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Monday, August 5, 2013

"How much can you fit into a Sunday."


 Hello,

Happy Monday.

Late last week I finally got around to dyeing some cross stitch linen.


Thanks to Nat and this link she had sent me I was able to change the colour of the linen without any problems. Using the skins of the red onion. The folded piece of linen is the original colour of the fabric. I am very happy with how this worked out as I have a design that will be perfect for the piece of linen. It is on my list to do next. I have since started another cross stitch but will share this when there is a bit more done to it.We sometimes call the red onions Spanish Onions. Not everyone knows what you are talking about when you refer to them as Spanish Onions. David found this out when he was overseas earlier on this year. He was at a Subway store and was ordering what he wanted in his roll and asked for Spanish Onions. When the roll was made up and given to him in it was Spinach and Onions.!


Sewing friends give you the best hints, not just about sewing. One of the ladies from my sewing group told me last year that her husband planted the bunches of Spring Onions after he had used them and they  re-grow. So this year Bonnie bought a few bunches for cooking, so I kept the bottom parts and put them in a glass of water for a few days for the roots to form and planted them out in the garden. They are growing so fast and now we just go out into the garden instead of driving to the shops if we want more Spring Onions.

Now I have been to known to procrastinate a little. You see there was a Craft and Wood Show on at the Claremont Showgrounds over the weekend. I was going to go then decided not to. Then Ian said we could go together on Sunday. In the meantime one of the sewing ladies offered to take me on Friday. I declined and said we were going on Sunday.
Anyway Sunday came and we left town in the soup pea fog at 9.00 am. First port of call was to see David at his rooms at Uni and drop some fresh Mandarin's and Oranges and other goodies to him.After a tour of his room which was very neat we left for the craft show. By this time we decided it was time for lunch so got some lunch and had to sit on the floor until a kind lady offered me a seat. Thanks so much for that. Then it was time for a wander around the show. I was mainly after some cross stitch fabric. I was at the Colours Down Under stall when I could hear someone asking me "Are you Bev?" "Yes" I said. It was Anthea and Tracee. You see I had my Sweet Liberty Handbag on my shoulder, that I finished making last week. Making your own bag has got its perks. It was great catching up with both ladies after emailing and reading their blogs. After chatting for a while it was back to shopping and this is what I purchased.


Yes, only three items. A metre of 28 count Zweigert linen. The fabrics were only available in 1 metre lengths. This was OK because it was 20% off and I can always dye the fabric to suit the pattern I will be working on. The books were 10% off I was only going to buy one but when she told me they 10% off I took two. Why not, these books are certainly not available locally.
Then it was a wander around the quilt display and look at the woodwork. Some of this was amazing. I couldn't get over the price of some pieces of wood. I throw pieces of wood into the fire when I should be selling them to men.
After the show we called into see Ainsley and Julian for a much needed cuppa and chat. While we were there we got a call from Lucy who was in Perth for the weekend with some girlfriends. The car they were travelling in was broken down at the Midland Railway Station. We had given them a Battery Starter pack on the Saturday when they were leaving because Simmy had trouble with her car. Ian gave her instructions on how to work it and all three girls knew what to do with it. Anyway we drove to meet them at the Station at 4.00 pm. Got the car started and told Simmy to keep it revved up and we would follow her up the road. She was going home to Toodyay about 40 minutes drive from Midland. All was going well until her car stalled at the traffic lights at the Midland Gate turn off. We drove into the car park, leaving Lucy with Simmy and then we all pushed the car up the road into the car park, a total of several hundred long metres. We only had one car of hoon's toot at us, everyone else was kind. Simmy called her Mum and both she and her Brother drove down. In the meantime we decided to go into Midland Gate Shopping Centre and have a look around and I was in need of a coffee. No coffee, only takeaways as we close in 20 minutes said the woman at Muffin Break. No thanks I wanted a real cup. Lucy and Simmy were off looking at other shops and then Simmy realised that she didn't have the car keys. Ian and I walked back to see if she dropped them or if they were locked in her car. In the meantime we told them to go and buy a wire coat hanger to help open the car if we needed it. Sorry said the girl at Big W it is too close to closing time we have already done up our tills. Never mind that it was urgent. No more shopping at Big W with that attitude especially as Lucy and Simmy told her why they needed to buy them. The keys were locked in the car, so when Simmy's Mum and Brother arrived a trip up the road to Bunnings to buy a hanging basket hook. After much struggle we were able to get the door open. Then the new battery was fitted after things had been filed back to fit etc. Apparently the Alternator had gone so the battery was only charging a little, no lights etc. Simmy had a friend up the road where the car was left. So being that late we ordered Pizza from Caesars Pizza and finally got home at 7.30 pm. So you see we can fit a lot into a Sunday.

In case you are wondering we did ask Simmy on Saturday if she was in the RAC. No. By Sunday evening she was joining up as soon as she got home.

I am hoping for a quiet day today.

Happy Monday.
Bev C

16 comments:

Maria said...

You have been keeping very busy with all sorts...
Pleased you decided to go to the Craft Show on Sunday and that you meet up with Anthea and Tracee. Wish I could have gone but was in the big smoke the weekend before...
Have fun with your new books.

Julie said...

Phew Bev ... what an action packed day you had!!! Glad you did get to the craft show & those new books look very interesting. I look forward to seeing the colour of your cloth after you have dyed it :-)

Fiona said...

oh my my... I am exhausted reading through your adventure... you must have been beat after all that!!! How fun to bump into A and T and that they recognised you by your bag... excellent.... great colour you got from the 'spanish' onions....
Hugz

Vickie said...

busy busy Bev that's what I call you..always on the go..I laughed at the spinach & onions LOL...yes spring onions/shallots grow very quickly and much more cost effective to pick a few than deal with a whole bunch..lucky for your bag post hey...you go tot meet 2 lovelys and have a good time as well...cheers Vickie

Mitzi said...

How interesting...dyeing fabric with onion skin! You certainly have been busy lately, Bev!

marina said...

wow what a saga! At least you could get comfort from your lovely craft show purchases and surprise bloggers meet
Love the colour of the dyed cloth. Lovely!

Charlie and Wendy said...

You did have a busy day and certainly deserved a good cup of coffee! How fun that you were recognised by your bag, your purchases look lovely and the spanish onion made a great colour. Hugs Wendy

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Well Bev what a Unday you have had...especially so since you couldn't get a coffee when you needed it! I like those Onions being able to grow again...aren't some plants amazing! Great books too xo

Jess said...

Hi Bev : )
What a busy day! You have to be quiet for some days after that...
I just have a question, Have the fabric you dyed some smell like onion?
Thank you for the tip.
Have a great week!


Nat Palaskas said...

Good job Bev, dyeing with onion skin is not that hard right? I'm glad you did and this is only the beginning! Hugs Nat

Bobbie Lynn said...

Wow Bev, That is a lot and a lot for a Sunday too. You must of sleep well that night.
I hope David was not too disappointed with his roll. The red onions in your photo are gorgeous. Yes, they would make a beautiful dye. The one here in the market are brown/golden in color that we wall Spanish onions.
Neat tip on for the spring onions.
How wonderful to meet other that enjoy your blog. I can't wait for our craft show. I hope this time I can go.
Do you use the same linen for embroidery work?
Sorry to hear about you car incident, wow.
Have a wonderful day!
Blessings to you and your family.

Melody said...

I had no idea about the onion skins -they make a fabulous colour. How wonderful to run into blogging friends.

Cheryll said...

I suppose that's another interpretation of recycling! Fantastic result too! :)

Anthea said...

Hi Bev, I still am amazed that our timing of where we each were, meant that I saw your bag!! Fantastic to have met you and had a great chat!
I do love the look of your purchases, no doubt lots of inspiration in them for you.
What a busy & adventure-filled weekend you had:) x

Joy McD said...

What a lovely busy day! And how cool that those ladies recognized you by your bag!!! Well done for only buying three things!! xxx

Nicky said...

You're as busy as a one-armed paperhanger at your place aren't you!! Glad to hear you all made it home safely...