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

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stitching Challenge and Friday Night Sew-in and Giveaway.


Well not long after doing my last posting I looked outside to see a huge plume of smoke over the hill. Unfortunately a bushfire had started in Toodyay. 38 homes were lost in this fire. A very devastating end to the year for these people. Watching it on the news last night and recognising some of those who had lost everything was just awful. Our love and best wishes go to the community of Toodyay. Anita and I have been doing our Stitching Challenge all through out this year. Our theme for this month was to make something with calico,homespun and our threads. I originally wanted to do a little wall hanging I had seen in a magazine but the "Quilting Fairy" has been in my room and I couldn't find which one it was in. I will probably find it when I am not looking for it!!! So I had to quickly think of something else. I have lots of lavender growing here at Kainga so I decided to make a lavender bag. I used this variety of lavender for the bag. I purchased a couple of plants through mail order a couple of years back and they are thriving. The lavender bag is currently on my kitchen table. The perfume drifting from the bag is just beautiful. You just want to pick it up and smell it. January's challenge theme is "Black and White" I can't wait to see what we both come up with. As usual we have to make these items for the challenge with materials we have on hand at home.
Do you know about the Friday Night Sew-in? Please hop over to Heidi's blog to grab the button to put on your side bar and join in. These will be held monthly starting on January 15 2010. Heidi is also having a 100 post giveaway. Two lovely prizes are available.
I wish everyone who visits "Kainga Happenings" all the best for 2010. I shower you with good wishes good health and wonderful Happy Days to you all. See you in 2010.
Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Santa's been.


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. On Christmas morning we set of in three cars for a few days holidays down south compliments of Ainsley and Julian. There were ten of us altogether. After a couple of hours travelling we were on the beach.We stayed here. Games of beach cricket tennis walks along the beach swimming snorkeling reading eating and drinking and shopping were some of the things we all got to do. I finished of this cute little stitchery this morning. I found the Santa pattern on the net before Christmas and got it stitched up. I can't remember from whom I downloaded it from ,apologies to the original designer for not remembering. It was made up with some stuffing originally but I decided to make it flat. I added the "Merry Christmas" to the bottom of it. I also added some red buttons instead of stitching the buttons. I think Santa will hang around for a bit.
I made up another Mug Bag for a Christmas gift. These are very quick to make and you can find the tutorial for it here.

I found this saying on a blackboard outside a shop in Dunsborough. I thought it was very appropriate. No matter what else is going on things keep going. It is a scorcher here today I just looked out at the thermometer out on the back patio and it is 45 degrees in the shade. An awfully hot wind is blowing. Luckily it is going to be a lot cooler tomorrow. A good day to stay inside and watch the cricket.
Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas wishes and a Christmas Card Holder.


Gee the Christmas rush is on now. I finished my Christmas Card Holder yesterday and managed to get the right size hanger.I will use this to put my cards into as they tend to fall off everything when the air conditioning is on or the window is open. I wonder who I ran into at the craft shop?Anita and I were both shopping for hangers.Lucky there were plenty there so we didn't have to fight for them. The pattern is one of Gail Pan's. Gail thank you for the wonderful little pattern. I have seen a few of these popping up around the blogs. I have been doing a stitchery of a Santa but I am still working on this so will show a photo after Christmas. I have changed the photo in my header. I took the photo today of a "Giant Russian Sunflower" which is in full bloom amongst the roses in the front garden here at Kainga.As this will be my last post until after Christmas I wish a Merry Christmas to one and all. Have a safe holiday . Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Merry Christmas.

Bev C

Saturday, December 19, 2009

"Yellow Empress" and Friday night sew-in.


Look what has been in flower for the last week or so out the front of our home. Isn't it so bright it just wants to make you smile. It is a sunflower called "Yellow Empress." This was grown from seed from a packet of Yates seeds. Well last night at 8.00pm I sat down and started stitching while watching the show 50 to 1 which was about famous movie quotes,quite entertaining especially as they had movies from different eras. Then "The Castle "came on so this kept me up until the end of that which was 11.15. By then I had very tired eyes but have managed to finish one of the stitcheries and nearly completed the other. I will be turning the one on the left into a Christmas Card Holder. Hopefully this afternoon I will be able to finish it off. I enjoyed being involved in the Friday night sew-in because it made sure I actually did do something. It will be fun to see what everyone else managed to do. Some of us are in very different time zones from each other so will have to wait to see every ones work. Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy times.

Bev C

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Night Sew-in and the recipe mystery solved.


Well hasn't the week gone so fast. I can't believe it is the weekend tomorrow. Tonight I will be joining in the Friday Night Sew-in I have a couple of stitchery blocks that I want to get done. So come about 8.00pm I will be settled in my chair and ready for a evening of sewing. Heidi and Bobbi are kindly hosting this.

Now I was able to solve the mystery of the Recipe I posted. Lauren had a friend Chris who lives overseas who was able to decipher it for me. It is a recipe for Zucchini Slice. Nothing exotic at all. I suppose the lady who wrote this out hadn't heard of this but I think everybody has eaten this at some time.
In case you don't have the recipe here it is.

Zucchini Slice.

1. 5 eggs
2. 1 cup grated cheese
3. 5 rashers bacon chopped finely
4. zucchini 370 grams
5. 1/2 cup of olive oil
6. salt and pepper
7. 1 onion finely chopped
8. 1 cup self raising flour

cut bacon and onions into small pieces grate zucchini mix it together and put into a buttered dish and cook for 180 degrees for 40 minutes.

Thank you to Lauren and Chris for this. A six month mystery has been solved. I will now give the recipe to David with a English translation and he can put it in his cookbook.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hexagons, new material and a mystery recipe.

We have another smoky day around here. Bush fires are burning down south and we are copping the smoke. I will be glad when it clears up. Nothing like having a lovely day weather wise and having to have the doors and windows shut because of the smell. Yesterday I cut out some hexagons to make a bag for my sister Chris. I love doing this kind of work and can see why people get addicted to doing them.
This is the panel of material that Chris sent me. I have cut out the hexagons from the side of the panel so far because I want to make something else with the middle section. You can download some instructions for making the hexagon bag at Kiwiquilts.

Look what I bought the other weekend at The Apple Basket in Donnybrook. It was half price and as I couldn't see what the original price was I just got 1 metre. It was only $10.00 I wish I had bought the rest of what was on the roll now. We stopped here for lunch and they certainly do a lovely meal. Plus there is a great range in the patchwork shop as well.

Now I hope someone out there in blog land can help me decipher this recipe. My son David found it left on the counter at work here earlier on in the year. It is a recipe for a pie. I know it has 5 eggs and 1 cup self raising flour and that you cook it for 180 degrees. Beyond that I have know idea. Even what language it is would be great. I presume it is Japanese.Click on the photo if you wish to see it more clearly.
Happy days.
Bev C

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Parcels of goodness from Santa's Festive Honeypot Swap


Once again I was involved in Santa's Festive Honeypot Swap. It was a direct swap this year and my partner was Shiree in New Zealand. Shiree made up these wonderful decorations to go on my tree. Beautiful toile fabric in red tones. These are currently gracing our Christmas tree.
A matching card was made as well with some ribbons. Shiree also gave me the extra hand made card which I will frame. Thank you for these gifts Shiree and a big thank you to Darlene for organising this swap.

This is the card I sent to Shiree. This card can be pulled apart after Christmas. I cut out a piece of material that had Santa on it and sewed it on with some buttons.

This is the table runner I made for Shiree. I adjusted a pattern from Fat Cat Patterns.

I also added in some DMC thread a fat quarter and a tea towel I had appliqued.
So a little bit more of my work graces a home in New Zealand.
It is going to be a hot day here today so I have already started the watering of the garden. We are allocated two days of the week according to the last number of our street number. We are allowed to water by sprinkler or reticulation up until 9.00am or after 6.00pm on those two days. We can water by hand at other times. We just have to be organised. With the sun getting up earlier you wake up anyway.
Happy Sunday.
Bev C

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Embroidered Bowl,"Best Friend" Rose and a little pink shop.


Yesterday I spent the day doing something I will most probably never do again. I have always admired these machine embroidered bowls. I had downloaded a freebie from here. The bowl has six sides to it. Each segment took 34 minutes to stitch and had 19 718 stitches in it. The centre piece took 44 minutes to stitch out and had 25 699 stitches. I ended up making 7 side pieces as one had sewn a bit funny and it wasn't until I had taken it out of the hoop until I noticed it. I will use this for a bookmark. This morning I joined all the pieces together and it has pride of place on the table awaiting some lollies. There were several sizes to sew out I chose the smaller one. The centre piece would make a lovely Christmas decoration to hang from your tree. Am I going to make one? Probably not ,well maybe next year.
When we were looking around Bridgetown on the weekend we found Hayley's Nursery and what a lovely well stocked nursery it was. I was after a rose to plant to celebrate our anniversary and guess what I found. A rose I had been after for a while. It is called "Best Friend." It is a hybrid tea rose. It is a medium upright bush with deep pink highly fragrant blooms with long stems and good lasting qualities. It has light green glossy foliage and very free flowering. It is named by the RSPCA to honour friendship from loving a pet. I love it because of the name and that it is pink flowering. For Ian and I it will be the perfect reminder of our 25th Wedding Anniversary.
Look what we found while wandering the garden at Ford House. A lovely little pink room with lead light windows. The agapanthus was about to bloom. I wish mine would grow that big. It is amazing what a difference in climate and rainfall make.

Inside was a pink paradise. Pretty feminine gifts to touch and be in awe of.

Lots of lovely pink. It certainly was a shoppers paradise. You know in our room in the wardrobe hanging up were some little girls/babies dresses,a special touch indeed.

We are having a few cooler days before it heats up for the weekend. So I will have a chance to get some more sewing done hopefully.
Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, December 7, 2009

Silver-weekend away.


Ian and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary on the weekend. We were married on the 1st December, this was the closest weekend to that date.It was just so relaxing doing nothing but sight-seeing,eating and relaxing. Ian chose the wonderful Bed and Breakfast at Ford House in Bridgetown. We stayed in the Delaportes Suite. This is where we had breakfast yesterday morning with the other guests. This is an old barn with a wonderful arrangement of gifts you can purchase. On the right hand side on the shelves you can see all the preserving of fruit which the owner Ken does. We had some of his marmalade on freshly baked bread.
I can tell you that these two chairs were just so comfortable. I have always wanted some wing-backed chairs. I think we will have to look out for some.

The carving on the bed heads was just beautiful. I wish we could have slipped the bed heads into our suitcase.
There were several different buildings on the property surrounded by lovely gardens which we had a good walk and look around at. The Blackwood River runs along side the property which adds to the atmosphere. There were some geese that called Ford House home as well. I am glad that they tended to stay down the other end of the property. Although they were all there to greet us at the barn door for breakfast.
It was interesting to read through the "Guests" book in our room to see who had stayed there before us. A Lord and Lady...... of Scotland had signed the page.Wow!!!! It has been a couple of years since we last visited Bridgetown and things had changed a little. Some new shops and some had closed down. We did manage to do some shopping though. Thank you so much for the weekend Ian.
Happy times.
Bev C

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Walk in the Garden."


Today I spent the day putting this wall hanging together. Dzintra sent me the pattern a little while ago. It has been on the top of my to do list. It is called "Walk in the Garden" by Runaway Quilts. The pattern was made to suit a "Friends" panel material. As I didn't have access to this material I used what I had on hand including a fat quarter of material that Dzintra sent with the pattern. On the pattern they had the stitchery squares in a different order.The house was first followed by the duck flower and lastly the saying. I changed them around.

After all the animals are always up first. They may go to bed before us but I have never checked on the chooks in the morning and found them asleep.

Look who is sitting on the chimney. We must have all been very good. Santa looks just so happy sitting there.

We get up each day. Thanking the good Lord that we can go about our daily business.

Then we go out and check out the flowers. Thank you so much Dzintra and JoJo for this. I will hang this in my sewing room and remember you for your kindness when I look at it. Another project finished. I often wonder why I spend so much time looking at the pattern when all that time could have been spent sewing it. Oh well, I suppose I could call it research!!!
Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, November 30, 2009

Bugs,Love and a Biscornu.


I hope everyone has had a good time lately. We have been busy going to different places and end of year wind-ups. Not long until Christmas now. Last week I bought a metre and a half of light blue tulle to make a throw-over to cover food during summer. Although they can be used all year round. I made a few of these a few years back for Laura and Chris. While I was at Chris's home earlier on in the year she brought hers out to cover our dinner. I told her it was nice where did she get it from. I had made it she said, the memory came back very slowly!!! On Chris and Laura's I had for the weights some little metal dutch windmills. I found these in a craft shop and now I wished I had bought the whole jar full because I have never seen them again. I decided to machine embroider some ladybirds . I was running very low on Black thread and managed to finish the four lots of ladybirds with about 30cm of thread left on the spool.
For the weights on the corners I went to my button collection and used some lovely bright yellow daisy buttons with pink centres. I sewed these on with beading thread. I had saved these buttons of a shirt that Lucy had when she was about 4 years old. Twelve years later they have been put to very good use.

For this months stitching challenge the theme was "Love". I had downloaded this pattern from Andrea's blog sometime ago. The pattern is on her posting dated September 4Th 2009.I added a little of the detail from the main pattern in the corner blocks. I used some of the fat quarter that Paula had given to me in a bag swap. I can't wait to see what Anita has come up with. I have really enjoyed these challenges and the great part is we are both using up items we have on hand in our sewing rooms.

Last Friday was my last sewing day for the year. Six of us meet at our local neighbourhood centre and get together to sew talk and eat once a month. Most of us took hand sewing on Friday. Ladies were putting together quilts or doing some stitchery. We went out for lunch which is customary on our last day. We give Sue our tutor a present and card. Sue has been returning the favour with some wonderful gifts over the last couple of years. Last year we all received a beautiful machine embroidered bookmark. This year Sue has been into cross stitch. Cross stitch on her embroidery machine that is. Sue hates hand sewing and can think of nothing worse. This year we all received a Biscornu. For those of you who have never heard of this a biscornu is a 8 sided embroidered pin cushion. It is a French word meaning "that which has an irregular form,with projections." Sue did several different designs in different colours.
The pattern is on both sides of the biscornu. A check on the net will find many patterns to make them as well as instructions. I have finished sewing my gift for the Secret Santa Honeypot Swap and will be posting it of today. When it gets to its new home I will show some photo's. I just love doing these swaps especially at Christmas time.
Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A New Shirt,meet "Graham Thomas"and a Vegemite Recipe.


I made this shirt out of stretch material late last week. I bought a renmant at Good Sammy's during the winter. There was enough material to make one of my favourite patterns.
I have used the Butterick pattern for a while now. It is a great pattern because the shirts are both for summer and winter. The cross over style is so easy to make. When I was washing out the material I found two price tags one was for $2.50 and the other one was for $3.00. I don't remember which one I paid but it certainly was a good price for a shirt. There was about a metre left over and I have given this to a lady in town here who makes quilts and clothes for children in Botswania. The roses are loving this great weather we have been having. I went out this morning and enjoyed the scent from "Graham Thomas." Graham is another David Austin rose which has fully double cupped blooms. It has the most beautiful strong tea rose scent. I have this planted at the end section of our back lawn. From a distance you look through another rose covered archway to this rose at the end. Red and Yellow roses show up in the garden. Other roses tend to blend in.

You may be wondering why the Vegemite jar is out in the garden next to a gardenia in a pot. I will let you into one of the best gardening secrets/tips I have been given. If your gardenia is looking a bit yellow and is in need of a boost just do the following. Mix about a tablespoon of vegemite into about a litre of water and mix until disolved. A little hot water will help this along. Then when the mixture is mixed add this to a nine litre watering can. Pour this over your gardenia's and you won't believe the transformation of good health in your gardenia. A day or so later you will be blessed with the most healthiest plant and certainly more blooms than you thought possible. I have never been given the exact amount of vegemite but I found that about a tablespoon does the job.

The other week at a Garage Sale I spyed this lovely wooden wheelbarrow. It had to come home with me. I have several wheelbarrows spaced around the garden. This one is a more decorative one but others are old and are great for growing strawberries in. We had our last gathering on Saturday for Garden Club. We will resume again in about March,hopefully by then the worst of the summer heat will have been and gone. Thank you to everyone who expressed concern regarding David's accident. Hopefully no more motor cyclists will be landing in his back seat again.
May each new day bring you sunshine and flowers.
Bev C

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some Sewing and New Arrivals.


After a couple of weeks of looking through my magazines and patterns I have finally decided what to make for my swap partner in the "Santa's Festive Honeypot Swap." I found a pattern I think my partner will like. Of course I had to change it slightly. I sorted out my Christmas material and found I had enough to make my item.
Last week after several tries I finished a nightie. Three times I made the yoke wrong,I had the shoulder straps connected to the bottom of the yoke instead of the top. Thankfully it was easy to unpick and now I have my Strawberry Nightie.
I have had this book from Kwik-Sew for many years now. I like using this book because the patterns can be used either for stretch material or cotton. Very versatile.
I had on order from my local patchwork shop for a bolt of cream Homespun. I got the call the other day to say it had arrived. Yay. Chris also sent some more patchwork books from "Scavengers" and I was pleased with the material Lesley sent to me. I especially liked the brown floral.

I have been visiting C&T Publishing blog for a while now. I have found it to be an interesting and informative blog to read. I was extremely lucky to have a win of six patterns from Kim Schaefer
They are all applique patterns so I am in "Applique Heaven". Thanks guys.
On the home front we have had a bit to deal with in regards to David's car. On Sunday night we got a message to say his car had broken down about 20 minutes out of town. He had worked in the city on Sunday and was coming home for his day at the accountants here in town on Monday. After organising for the RAC to attend to him we booked his car in for a check up on Monday. It needed a new alternator. This was put in on Tuesday. He was supposed to work in the City on Tuesday but called in sick. There just wasn't enough time to get there after waiting for the car. He left home here mid afternoon with a car that had a new alternator and had been serviced the week before. Just after seven we got a phone call from him. "Mum I have been in a accident,but I am OK" I couldn't believe it. He and two friends were going out for dinner and a motor cyclist ran straight into the back of his car pushed all the rear end in and the riders head came through the rear window. They had no idea that the motor bike was coming to them. So they were in a fair amount of shock. Some of them had glass embedded in them but an ambulance was called and fixed this. The motor bike rider just had a sore ankle. Unfortunately we think David's car is a right off. We haven't seen it but have spoken to the tow truck driver who said when he drove it onto the truck it didn't sound very good. So we had about two and a half hours of phone calls back and forth to insurance company's police etc on Tuesday night and then again yesterday. We are just waiting to see if the car is a write off before we can do anything else. David took public transport to work yesterday and was getting a lift home. We may have to lend him a car to get to work though ,as he has to get up here for work on Monday's. David has been working about 45 and a half hours the last couple of weeks and it will be like this up until Christmas so it couldn't have come at a worse time. Thankfully no one was seriously injured but I do wish Motor Bike riders would be more considerate. I hate how they weave in and out of traffic. The funny thing about all this is that David had gone one block too far and was coming back to go the right way,if only he had taken the right turn he may never have come across this motor bike rider. Now we are wishing for a quite couple of weeks!!!
Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, November 16, 2009

Over the Top Blog Award.


I hope you all had a great weekend relaxing or having fun. Not long ago I received my first ever blog award from Pauline. Pauline has a great blog with such wonderful photo's . Pauline also has the gift of writing and I think she thinks I could write a book like her. I have to answer 35 questions then pass this award onto six more blogs. 1. Where is your cell phone? Kitchen

2. Your hair. Brushed

3. Your Mother. Gardening

4. Your Father. Deceased

5.Favourite food. Liquorice

6.Your dream last night. None

7.Favourite drink. Tea

8.Your dream/goal. Happiness

9. What room are you in? Family room

10.Your hobby. Gardening

11.Your fear. Snakes

12.Where do you want to be in 6 years. Here

13.Where were you last night. Home

14.Something that you aren't. Bilingual

15.Muffins. Blueberry

16.Wish list item. Holiday

17.Where did you grow up. Jennacubbine

18.Last thing you did. Breakfast

19.What are you wearing. Nightie

20.Your TV. New

21.Your Pets. Chooks

22.Friends. Happy

23.Your life. Full

24.Your mood. Cheerful

25.Missing someone. Elvis!!

26. Vehicle. Kia

27. Something you aren't wearing. Showercap

28.Favourite Store. Dymocks(Bookshop)

29.Favourite colour. Pink

30.When was the last time you laughed. Yesterday

31. Last time you cried. Winter

32.Your best friend. Ian

33. One place I go to over and over. Garden

34. One person who emails me regulary. Lyn

35.Favourite place to be. Kainga

So to pass this onto six blogs was very hard. Everyone I visit on blogs and visits here are friends I never had a year ago. So this was a tough decision. I chose the following blogs in no particular order.

Vickie from Vickie's Crafting Vickie is a real down to earth person who joins in a lot of swaps. So I have been able to find lots of new blogs from her swaps. Vickie leaves such quick witted comments it makes me laugh. Thanks Vickie.

Bobbie Lynn from Why I love to Garden I found Bobbie Lynns blog after I googled the words I love to Garden. I found a fellow gardener on the other side of the world who has much the same gardening climate as me. Bobbie Lynn I very much enjoy visiting your blog. Thank you.

Simone Simone and I have been blogging about the same time. We have exchanged some wonderful emails and I have gained so much information about her country that I didn't know before. I think this is one of the wonders of blogging. Thank you for your friendship Simone. I truly treasure it.

Dzintra , Queen of the Armchair I think I met up with Dzintra after reading her comments on Simones blog. Well I think I have found another friend here along with JoJo, Dzintra's beautiful daughter. Dzintra put me onto a place I would just love to go to one day. I did buy the book so that will have to suffice for the time being. I love reading your emails Dzintra I know my cooking skills will improve if I keep reading your food blog as well.

Lyn Moore I have been reading Lyn's blog for a long time. I enjoy reading her updates on things like the latest book Lyn has read to her knitting. I cannot knit(I have tried) and Lyn does the most beautiful knitting. I was extremely lucky to win one of Lyn's patterns earlier on in the year. It was such a beautiful stitchery about gardening. Gardening is something I do enjoy so to get to stitch it is even better.

Janelle from Threads of Friendship Last year Janelle sent me an email before I was a blogger and asked when was I going to start my own blog. This was the nudge I needed. I did what I was told and here I am today. I have since met Janelle and she is a beautiful lady. Plus she works in a great handy shop that I need to go to sometimes. Thank you so much for the email and our friendship since Janelle.

Happy days.

Bev C

Friday, November 13, 2009

The big reveal---The "Beach Quilt" has arrived.


I can give the full reveal of the "Beach Quilt". I got the call that it arrived in New Zealand safely this morning. My sister Chris wanted a gift with a Beach theme for Roger and Lucre who had a housewarming back in the middle of the year. Chris sent some of the material to me,this is used in surfboards that Roger makes.
I used patterns from this great site, I spent several hours drawing cutting and appliqueing the seahorse. I purchased the yellow for the seahorse and when I walked into the patchwork shop I eyed the lovely sea material that is used in the background. This is a nutex material originally from New Zealand. Chris sent me the paua shell material which is from nutex as well.

Being a "Beach Quilt" we had to have a palm tree. Originally this block was much larger but to suit the size of the quilt I reduced this to 12.5 inches.

I included sun fish,angel fish,dolphin and a turtle. All these have been done with button-hole stitch around the edge. I even got to use my "Wavy Edge Ruler' which has been so handy.

I wanted to add a personal touch to the quilt. So I sent Pauline and Chris on a search of lighthouses that are near Lucre and Rogers. With Cape Reinga being the closest and being white I got them to search further afield in Argentina where Lucre hails from. Lucre grew up in an area that was landlocked so I chose one that was black and white as I already had the block together. So I chose to name if after the one that is at "Querandi". For the border I had purchased the "Surfy" type material as a remnant at Textile Traders. I left it for a day or so to see if it really went with it. Chris loves this material. The final measurements of the quilt is about 1280 wide and the length is 1380. This in inches is about 47.5 wide and 51.5 inches in length. I thoroughly enjoyed the planning and making of the quilt. As Chris wanted it for a wall hanging I added a sleeve to the back of it as well as a label. I did use a cotton wadding so it can be used to snuggle under if needed. The backing material has different types of sea shells on it.I bought this quilting material a while ago at Good Sammys. I knew one day it would be handy for a backing material at least. I machine quilted it myself and surprisingly it only took a couple of hours.Roger has a blog,you can see some wonderful photo's of the surfboards being made. I loved the one with paua shell in it. Lucre is presently on holiday in Argentina and will be back next week. She sure is going to get a great surprise. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Redwork designs,new light,buttons books and movies.


I recently downloaded these Red work designs from Paula. I changed a few elements in the designs. I changed the summer block. The flag had stars etc on it and I made it to look like The Australian Surf Living Saving Flag. This flag is red on the top section and yellow on the bottom section. I also changed the "Fall" block to "Autumn". I even managed to find some watermelon material to put on watermelon block. The instructions and designs are very clear. Thanks for designing this Red work Quilt Paula.
I heard a knock on the back door today. It was the courier and I had a parcel to sign for.
My light had arrived. It was the "Duet" two light Floor Lamp in beige. Thanks to buysterlighting.com.au I will be able to do a heap more stitching at night time.

It was quick and easy to put together and since we took these photo's we have found an extension cord to connect it to the power point at the back of the lounge.This light is available in several other colours if beige doesn't suit you. The good thing about this light is that you can have either both globes on or just one,very economical. Thank you so much Maree for organising the quick delivery of our light.

I recently won some buttons from Sonya. These are made from porcelain and are just so beautiful. I know I have a cross stitch design of Noah's Ark somewhere in my books. These buttons will look great on the cross stitch. Thanks so much for the buttons Sonya.

On Saturday Ian Lucy and I made a quick trip to the city. Lucy wanted to watch
The Time Traveller's Wife. Ian went off to the Hardware store to spend some vouchers while Lucy and I went to the Movie. I really enjoyed this movie,although I didn't know anything about it beforehand. Lucy is part way through the book. I will have to read it after. Lucy has finished school for the year. We are planning to start walking together. I will be back in a day or so,I have won my first blogging award from Pauline and I have some decisions to make as I have lots of questions to answer and have to choose 6 people to pass the award onto.
Until then.
Happy days.
Bev C