Sunday, 4 June 2017

Party Time

Yes, it's party time in the Chookshed to celebrate 5 years of  fabric, fun and friendship. I've managed to don my party hat briefly and make some prep time happen towards my A Holly Cottage Christmas stitch-a-long quilt.

With chores done yesterday I was about to start cutting into these lovelies.

Until Mr C requested help with one of the bore pumps. Then it was time to head into town for the annual show and Grandson J came home with us afterwards. So today when Pa and J went to check the molasses tubs, out came the iron, cutting mat, rulers and cutter.

Finished just in time to get smoko. All base fabric squares, sashes, first and outer borders and binding cut ready. Waiting now till the spare bed is spare once more so I can lay them all out for a look see.

Rustic scones for smoko. 

Make your way through the balloons and streamers to see who else was at Chooky's party.

Monday, 15 May 2017

A Beary Nice Day

Yesterday was a lovely relaxed day spent with this beary huggable mumma and her two cuddly cubs ...

Together with her Bear friends in Michelle's Calendar Bears.

Of course yesterday being Mother's Day, a chocolate mud treat was the order of the afternoon ... yummmm!

Hmmm, still half of May left. What shall I find to work on at night?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Off the Hoop

Sliding backwards with my April finish ... better get a wriggle on with May Calendar Bear.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sewing Happens...Occasionally

Seems to have been a long gap between posts and finished projects...every now and then I manage a flourish of finishes.

First is the best...Little Parker's Farm is done done done

and won first place at our local show on the weekend.

I've had the pattern for these baby change mats since August last year...finally two finished and off to DD and DIL.

Yesterday I still had nothing ready for 1 Xmas Item a Month and it so happened that while rearranging some patterns recently, I found a long ago printed off pattern. Diving into a scrap bag, 8 tissue packet covers found there way into my gift box.

A successful tally for OPAM too. As there are only a few April days left, I best get needle and thread stitching to finish my next Calendar Bear.

Lest We Forget

Friday, 7 April 2017


Time to get stitching with friends on this first Friday night of April.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Good Weather for Stitching

What does one do when the rain is bucketing down and work is closed? .... Stitch of course.  I finished this stitchery that has been on the go a good while .... High Tea needlecase by Red Brolly

We've been fortunate to receive almost 7 inches of rain without the damage .... dams and creeks have overflowed and roads are cut so we'll just sit put for a bit .... remember if its  flooded, forget it!  Our emergency services are stretched helping those who are in real need, not those who only think they know best.

Monday, 27 March 2017

What a Difference!

What a difference some nice rain can make. From worrying about water for the livestock, to a beautiful reflection in the water's surface. Grass is starting to come through so the cattle can get a reasonable mouthful.

Now sitting here, torn between worry for those in the path of Cyclone Debbie and hoping she brings some good rain our way to run the creeks, fill the waterholes and top the dams. Stay safe xx

As March comes to the end, I have met 2 deadlines. First is my stitchery block

Calendar Bears by Michelle Ridgeway

Next is a placemat/coaster set for my 1 Xmas Item ... straight to the giftbox.

March has been filled with visits to and from loved ones, special moments and cuddles with our grandsons, and a welcome to a sweet baby girl (niece). Throw in a few birthdays and this month has flashed by.

Next on my to do list :-  bind Little P's Farm

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Getting Close to a Finish

Off to the quilter tomorrow ...

We received a beautiful 63mm (2 1/2 inches) of rain Tuesday evening ... fingers crossed for some more. Coming to the end of school term is always a weary time too ... and my messy house begins to show it ... 2 weeks to go.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Not Today

Hot ... dry ... no inspiration for sewing.

Forecast says maybe a couple inches at the end of the week ... that will be a nice change ... if it happens.

EDIT:  Even that has been reduced. On the plus side just read that our local council is one of 7 more added to the Drought Declared list.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

FNSI Report

Almost too hot and sticky to feel like anything much but this sweet little bear was calling out to be finished.

Together with her January friend.  Head over to Sugarlane-Designs (FNSI tab on sidebar) to see which other friends joined the night.

Friday, 17 February 2017


Back to sliding in at the last minute ... better late than never they say.

Friday night's just a few hours away and it's time to join in with Wendy and friends for a Sew-In. Thinking this might be the night to try the microwave chocolate mug cake packet mix I picked up :)

I am also hoping I haven't left it too late to join once more with Peg and Kris for OPAM 2017. Always good inspiration to get a wriggle on and make a finish.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January Wrap

Just squeezing in with almost 2 hours to spare before the end of January ... January Calendar Bear by Michelle Ridgeway.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Every Farmer Needs A Hat

Long time since I've done sewing of the dressmaking kind ... especially hats. Grandson Parker can keep cool on his walks with this one.

The animals are all happy on the farm ...

Miss Piggy  -  Block 10 of 12

Clara Chook  -  Block 11 of 12

Hippity Hop  -  Block 12 of 12

All living in harmony and awaiting borders.

A farmer's work is never done ... from break of day till setting sun.

Monday, 16 January 2017

It's Official

My 2nd Little Macca's Farm quilt is now officially Little Parker's Farm.

While I wait for my next town day to buy a better matching blue cotton to machine applique the letters ... I've been hand embroidering more animal sounds and whiskers.

Missy Mouse

Tweety Bird

Mr Ed

Also officially back to work this week ahead of back to school for students next week. I am really going to try and keep up my blog posting and visiting more regularly than last year ... it's nice to keep in touch with friends xx

Enjoying slightly cooler weather today after a week of 38 to 41 degrees and oh the humidity. Hubby measured 12mm this morning after last nights storm while friends in town 50km away measured 101mm. More 38 to 42 degree heat forcast this week 😭

🎶  Just had to pop back in and edit ... keeping with all things official ... this is my 700th post ... wow!  🍹🎉  

From small beginnings come great things.
--- Dutch proverb

Sunday, 8 January 2017

FNWF Result

Yes, I did manage some stitching after many more cuddles.

At the end of 2016 I promised myself I am going to stitch one of Michelle Ridgway's Calendar Bears each month this year. I've had a couple prepared for a while so took this one with me.

Joy is not in things;
It is in us.
--- Richard Wagner

Friday, 6 January 2017

Hold The Sewing!

We are over the moon announcing the arrival of DD's and SIL's first born and our 2nd grandchild ...

Parker Ian
9lb 2.5oz  (4.15kg)
January 05, 2017

Yes, a big boy, but doesn't look it at 55cm.  

I might find some time for stitching tonight once we pry ourselves away from cuddles 💞

Cheryll is kindly hosting FNWF once more this year and I look forward to joining in the fun. 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Baa Baa Moo

Grabbing a little stitching time here and  there ... and baked some more ginger bread.

Shaun Sheep - 5 of 12


Missy Moo - 6 of 12

There is only one happiness in life,
To love and be loved.
--- George Sand

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Fur and Feathers

Two more animals ready to "meow" and "honk" on someone's farm.

Charlie Cat - 3 of 12

Gertrude Goose - 4 of 12

Here's a little bit of summer colour on our farm.

Pleasures newly found are sweet - 
When they lie about our feet
 --- William Wordsworth

Monday, 2 January 2017

A Relaxing Start

Happy New Year

Firstly, here is my last hand embroidery for 2016 ... Billy Goat's "bleat" and mouth ... no. 1 of 12

Followed by today's  first hand embroidery for 2017 ... Bluey the Dog's "woof" and mouth ... no. 2 of 12

We've been enjoying some beautiful rain since sometime through the night and it's been showering on and off most of the day ... 46mm.

I have so many projects and ideas running through my head. UFO's I would like to get back to ... patterns I would love to start on and a BOM I am very tempted to sign up for. Let's hope my enthusiasm keeps going as a new year unfolds.

May your 2017 be all you could wish for xx

Little friends may prove great frienda --- Aesop