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

Monday, April 21, 2014

"A Magnifique Paris Easter Weekend."


Happy Monday,

I found this super quick cross stitch to make.

 This time I used Cosmo threads, which are just so lovely to stitch with and 25 count even weave. The free cross stitch pattern was designed by Kim who blogs at Wisdom with Needle and Thread.

 Thursday evening I realised it was time to make a batch of  Hot Cross Buns. So much nicer than store bought ones. Though the Chocolate ones that Ainsley and Julian brought with them on Sunday didn't last long either.

 Lucy made this cake especially for Bonnie. A double layered Chocolate cake with so many calories, we didn't even try to work that one out.

Happy Child and Charles Rennie Mackintosh Roses.

I have been picking a few roses from the garden. These ones are "Happy Child" which is the yellow one and the pink one is Charles Rennie Mackintosh .

Now this weather we have been having is lovely but the garden would really love some rain. 16 mls for the year is certainly not enough. I haven't even put in any Winter vegies yet . We have lost lots of plants over the Summer/Autumn, ones that I thought were really tough like Wormwood Rosemary and several Plum trees and Prunus Nigra's have gone to garden heaven. In the meantime I have been burying the food scraps with a dollop of Dynamic Lifter to build up the soil and try to get some moisture into the ground. The soil is so water repellent at the moment.The joys of gardening in the Wheatbelt.

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cross Stitch Easter Rabbit Freebie, Historical Places Place Mats, Homespun Magazine.


Happy Monday,

I just had to stitch this lovely freebie that Laura provided on her blog. Just perfect for Easter decorating.

It was stitched on 25 count white evenweave with  Cartier Bresson thread in colour 498.  I used the red fabric that it is sitting on below the white cotton lace and for the backing. Thanks so much Laura for the little pattern.

I have finished one set of place mats that I have been working on and got them into the post on Friday.
They were of old buildings here in Western Australia.

The Post Office Northam
Town Hall Menzies

Railway Station York
Hotel Menzies
Bijou Theatre Esperance
Town Hall Kalgoorlie

I used some Nutex Fabric for the borders which suited the embroidery designs perfectly.

I picked up the April  Homespun magazine last week. After I had posted about making Beau's Bag the magazine contacted me as they wanted to put it in the Readers Showcase page.Pretty excited to see it in there.

I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Easter and if you are travelling stay safe. Hope the bunny hops into your place.

Happy days.
Bev C

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Church House Farm" Cross Stitch and finishing other people's UFO's."


I have been working on this beautiful cross stitch design the last two weeks. I love the simplicity of the design and the muted colours that are being used to stitch out the design.

 I have some flowers to add to the top row of stitching, then two more rows of Alphabets. After that there is the border and some back stitching. I am pretty sure that this is Brenda Keyes design which I found in a book that I ordered through our local library.

At sewing last month, one of the ladies brought in several of her machine embroidery blocks and projects that she no longer had a interest in owning.

 One of the other ladies volunteered to finish of this lady. Well she turned up at my  place the next day asking
 if I would finish it. All that needed doing was putting in the pink fabric that is behind the stitching and sewing around the block to finish it off.

So I can add a UFO that belongs to someone else to my list of completed items for this month.

 This runner was done in a different way than usual. The longer sides of the white fabric were sewing to the green outside fabric then the rest was folded  and sewn to form the shapes on the end then I sewed around the green fabric 1/4 inch from the edge. There is no wadding or pellon inside.

Happy days.
Bev C

Saturday, April 5, 2014



Yesterday was Friday Night Sew In and I stitched out some embroidery designs from a CD of designs called "Yesterday." These are created by Michael of Truly Unique Designs.

47 Chevy Ute

47 Massey Harris Tractor

New Model T
A few more to stitch out and I will have them finished. If you joined in Friday Night Sew In kindly hosted by Cheryll hope you had a good time and got something done. Have a great weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Elephant Quilt"


Could someone please tell me that I am not the only one who leaves a finished quilt on the kitchen table for a week waiting for those damn threads to be trimmed off etc. I just spent nearly 3/4 of an hour doing that. Not one of the pleasant parts of quilting, give me a dozen bindings to be put on instead.

This will most probably be used as a tablecloth more than a quilt. Final measurement of this is 53 inches square. I ended up having to add some blue ric rac to two sides because when I was measuring the yellow ric rac silly me only measured the panels before the end squares were attached.

Every piece of this quilt came from my stash including the wadding. I used two different floral fabrics for the backing. The quilt police (whoever they are) would tut tut at some of the fabrics. You see some of the Christmas fabrics that are in the tumbler section are poly cotton. I don't care because they are now used up and there are so many fabric memories in this section it is all part of my fabric history.

Happy days.
Bev C