Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"A new hexie project."


There is nothing quite like Telstra playing up, that's OK as last Friday I was planning to spend sometime looking at blogs but with no Internet service this was put on hold. Instead I ventured into my sewing room and had a bit of a look through drawers and de-stashed a few patterns which I know I will most likely never make again. In one of the drawers was a pile of calico and homespun in assorted sizes. A plan was hatching.
After using my hexagon shape punch to make some hexies from old photocopied patterns, a sort through fabric and now I have a new project.

I took out the papers from the calico hexies and machine embroidered a design. Each hexie flower will have a different design in the centre. There is no "real plan" I will see how it goes as I go along. Who knows I may end up with heaps of cushions or one big quilt. The main thing is to use up the scraps of calico and homespun and as I have lots of little pieces of the other fabrics it will be a great stash buster.

The best thing about a hexie project is the hand sewing. I love hand sewing much to some people's disgust. Why is it that a lot of patch worker's only use machines and detest hand sewing. Maybe someone can do a University thesis on this subject!

Linking this post up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches for Piece Yourself  Together.

Happy days.
Bev C

Friday, May 13, 2016



I hope you are enjoying some peace and sunshine like us here at Kainga.

Peace design in DMC 777, stitched on 25 count Belfast Linen.

I have been going through some of my cross stitch patterns that I have downloaded over the years. This Peace design was a freebie from h/http://lacontesselepointdecroix.blogspot.com.au/ I left out a few random background stitches. I don't like threads running across the back of the design. I made it into a mug mat or it could be used just as a small table centre.

I really wanted to make the whole back out of hexagons but didn't have enough of this fabric. Instead of quilting the mug mat I used a chain stitch. It was good to use up bits and pieces from the sewing room.

 For the past 18 months we have been buying our fruit and veg from Farmers Markets in the Perth Hills. Whilst these provide fruit and veg that is so much better than what the supermarkets provide we have also discovered some places that sell at their orchard.

 Earlier on in the month one of the orchards had a open day and we were able to walk around the orchard and eat fruit straight off the trees.

They have also planted hundreds of Italian grapes. Building is currently underway to open a restaurant in Spring. You certainly don't get a view like this if you shop at a supermarket.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, Anything planned?

Happy days.
Bev C

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Gentle Stitches."


Gentle stitches, don't those words sound relaxing. This month has just flown by but I did manage a little bit of gentle stitching.

 I have had this design printed out for ages, apologies to the designer your name didn't appear on the paper pattern otherwise I would let everyone know who designed it. It was stitched on 14 count Aida. I chose my own DMC colours.

 I then recycled the cross stitch pattern into some papers for some hexagons and decided to add the little bluebird design I stitched a few years back.

 I am continuing to pick up the Paris cross stitch and stitch a little every now and again, I have done a bit more since this photo was taken. I am working on the top right had corner at the moment.

 I did have one finish for OPAM  (one project a month). I decided to make up a bag with the cross stitch design on one side.

The other side had the hexies.I even managed to find a little silver bluebird to attach to the zipper.It was posted to its new owner yesterday and the post office assures me it will only take 6 days to get there!

Did you get many projects finished this month?

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, April 4, 2016

"Friday Night with Friends and a family weekend."


Thank you Cheryll for hosting Friday Night with Friends. I stitched on my Paris cross stitch I even did some more on Saturday night.

The plan is to get this one finished, I seem to have put it aside for far too long.

Sunday saw us visit  The Natural History Museum in Guildford. The array of animals was amazing. Everywhere you looked there was another creature. This Scottish Highland Cow was massive. Certainly not the sort of animal you would want running into your car on a dark night.

I wouldn't want to meet this Brown Bear either. Jacob wasn't too sure of some of the creatures but amazingly he loved the Wedge Tailed Eagle and several Owls. As well as the animals that had been given Taxidermy treatment there were massive  resin/plastic Dinosaurs some nearly reaching the roof. The Museum was certainly worth visiting, there is also a lounge area where little children can sit and play with toy animals, this was Jacob's favourite spot.

Across the road from the Museum there was a Heritage Fair at the park. We went to this last year as well. There seemed to be twice as many stalls this year. Certainly a lot to look at.  It was interesting to see how cars and buses have changed over the decades. The collection of old buses amused us, seeing how small the seats were, I can't imagine half the population being able to sit on the seats now. Lovely leather seats though.

My favourite vehicle of the day had to be this camper/car.

It was just so cute, the front seats turned around so you could sit and the little table.I couldn't imagine going too far in this vehicle today but it certainly would turn heads at a caravan park/camping ground.

Did you have a great weekend ? I hope so.

Enjoy your week.

Happy days.
Bev C

Friday, April 1, 2016

OPAM for March and a new machine."


I haven't done much sewing at all the past couple of weeks due to a new machine but I did have a few finishes for OPAM One project a month kindly hosted by Kris and Peg.

 I made a few more pot mitts using up scraps.

 Then I made a pot mitt and two pot holders for a horse loving family member. I  plan to get some horse manure for the garden in exchange for these.

 Another face washer was made with some left over cotton.

This is the new machine, sorry not a sewing machine but a jackhammer, we have been digging up some of the back garden. Lots of clay here at Kainga. Hopefully April  will see a few more projects done.

How did you go with your projects in March? I would love to hear how you got on.

Happy days.
Bev C