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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Raggedy Anne and Andy Quilt is completed."


At approximately 12.30 pm today I put the last stitch into the binding on the Raggedy Anne and Andy quilt.

I used a spotted material for the outside border and binding. I happened to get 2 metres of this Michael Miller fabric at Good Sammy's earlier on in the year for one dollar. It hadn't even been washed. I had no idea what I would use it for but it certainly came in use for this quilt.

I used Cream coloured quilting cotton for the main part of the quilt, Black thread was used in the sashing. For the outside border I quilted hearts in Yellow.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the time hand quilting this quilt. It is amazing how much this quilt has been the topic of conversation here at Kainga over the last couple of weeks. I have a finish for One Project a Month and more importantly it has been ticked of a list I made at the start of the year.

I have joined in Cheryll's Friday Night Sew In which is happening this week. Now I have to plan a new project.

I have my fingers crossed that this post will be right. You see I have used up my limit for my photo storage. I just read some fine print that said if you keep the photo's under a certain amount of pixel you can still post. If it doesn't work out I will have to get out the credit card and re-post this as well.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, October 22, 2012

"Makes Me Happy Monday."


Happy Monday to you. We have been blessed with some rain today which was lovely.

 Last Thursday we celebrated Bonnie's Birthday. Going with the family tradition Bonnie got to choose the meal for the evening. She chose Indian from the local takeaway. It was the first time we had it and it was very yummy indeed.

 No candles on the cake, there wasn't enough room with the top filled with Peanut M&M's. Bonnie's favourite chocolate lollies.

I made the cake with a recipe I have used quite often. It comes from a school cook book from many years ago. It makes a rather big batch of cake mix so I put it into two tins. I used some of that frosting that comes in a plastic container already mixed up. In between the two cakes is that squirty cream from a can. Bonnie is currently on holiday in Melbourne for a couple of weeks. She will also spent sometime in Sydney. Enjoy your time away Bon.

I have nearly completed the hand quilting on Raggedy Anne and Andy.

I have completed all the blocks except some of block one. Then it is onto the border and the black sashing. I have left the black sashing for the time being because I am contemplating doing that in black thread instead of the cream thread I have used for the rest of the quilting. I will be so happy to have this quilt finished. No I haven't started anything else before you ask!!!!

Happy Monday.
Bev C

Monday, October 15, 2012

"I died and went to Heaven."


Happy Monday.

On Sunday we had the best day ever!!! I don't know how many times I said to Ian "I have died and gone to Heaven." Let me explain. We decided to go to a Open Garden in Guildford. I didn't realise what garden I was going to. The entrance was behind the house in another street. Once inside the garden we soon worked out it was the house and garden that we had seen develop over time. I took so many photo's. There was plenty to take in plus there were several stalls on the verandah of one of the homes.

In the photo above, just to the right of the dovecote you can see the top of the Guildford Grammar Church.

We both came out of this garden so inspired. I can safely say that this is the best garden we have visited in the Australian Open Garden Scheme. We had lunch before we got to the garden, Ian was a bit disappointed about that and I was too because the Afternoon Teas looked so delicious. Hopefully they will be opening again next year and we will plan to have a cuppa in the garden. One of the interesting things that attracted me to this garden was that it contains one of the first Jacaranda trees grown in Western Australia. Ian noted that there were many standard roses. These provided shade for the plants underneath. A few more standard roses will be on the list for next years planting here at Kainga.

Happy Monday
Bev C

Thursday, October 11, 2012

"Before Blogging Syndrome. Have you got it?"


Hope you are having a good day. A lot of people seem to have the same thing I have recently diagnosed myself with. Before Blogging Syndrome. You know how before you began a blog the world was different. You weren't enticed by every single blog overflowing with beautiful projects, cakes, gardens and books etc.

 There seemed to be time to finish one project at a time.

You didn't have a file of patterns downloaded from the Internet. This is where the term "One day" really takes precedence.

The good thing about having this Syndrome is that it is reversible. I prefer to call it After Blogging Begins Syndrome.

You get to know that I love Roses.

That my Sweet Peas are flowering.

See that is two good things already. Having  After Blogging Begins Syndrome means that I have learnt some amazing things like:

Frixion Pens
Different sizes of linen for cross stitch.
All about Cross Stitch Calculators
On-line Shopping
Receiving/Sending mail from all over the World.
Making Soap
Giving out garden hints and tips.
 Learning about places and people of all races and religion.
Meeting some lovely bloggers.

So this week I continue to hand quilt Raggedy Anne and Andy, while those other projects wait in the sewing room.

Have you got After Blogging Begins Syndrome?

Happy After Blogging Begins Syndrome.
Bev C

Monday, October 8, 2012

"How to make Akta-Vite Ice cream."


Happy Monday. Homemade Ice Cream makes me happy today.

Ian making Akta-Vite Ice cream.

So  I want to share with you Ian's homemade ice cream recipe.

Akta-Vite Ice Cream.
150 mls skimmed milk
50 grams caster sugar
200 mls thickened cream
50 grams Akta-Vite
Rum Essence, a few drops.

Place the milk and sugar into a saucepan over a low heat. Stir this until the sugar has dissolved then leave until it has cooled. Stir the cream and Rum essence  into the cooled milk. Pour this mixture into chute into freezer bowl (with the paddle running) When the mixture starts to freeze add the Akta-Vite. Freeze until the desired consistency is achieved. The mixture can be doubled if wanted. Akta-Vite is an Australian made nutritional chocolate food drink.


Happy Monday
Bev C

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Hand quilting progress and Chia now grows at Kainga."


I have stuck to my guns and have been hand quilting. No new projects will be started until this quilt is finished. I can then reward myself with a new project.

There is something quite relaxing about sitting and stitching by hand.

Last weekend we  picked up a new plant for the garden, a Chia.

Chia Plant.
This is an annual  which grows to 1.5 metres. It is a tremendous energy food, which benefits your health and vitality. Leaves can be used in a salad or tea.The seeds are rich in minerals, Vitamin A, B's, D 30% protein and Omega 3. The seeds when soaked in water are an excellent thirst quencher. Natural enzyme acts as a catalyst for protein. Chia is regarded as a survival food. A useful gel made from soaked seeds is a food thickener to replace fat, increase fibre whilst reducing calories. Chia  can be used in salad dressings, yoghurt, dips and spreads.

Hopefully this will set a lot of seeds to carry on for following year. The Chia plant is part of the Salvia family so hopefully it will do well here.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Makes Me Happy Monday."


Happy Monday, hope you are having a great day.

Always happy to see the first Sunflower flowering. I planted some seeds in some newspaper pots I made and planted them straight into the ground when they were a few inches high. It was a bit of an experiment to see how these pots worked. Happy with the results.

Yesterday Ian and I took a drive across to York for a wander around and lunch. The town was so busy and the restaurant we wanted to go to was closed so chose the pub across the road. Very happy with the meal and service provided.

On our walk around we had a look at a antique shop which had the most marvelous furniture if you had a Grand old house. The bookshelf/cupboard we both loved would have taken several hundred books to fill.
The shop was originally the Convent and across the road the Catholic Church Saint Patrick's is still in use.

This is the side view of the church. The present church's foundation stone was laid on St Patrick's Day in 1875, and completed in 1886. It features imported Italian windows. The original Catholic Church commenced in 1859 and dedicated to St Patrick in 1860, still stands today and is now used as the church hall, situated in South Street on the front lawns of the presbytery,

This is the front view. I couldn't imagine how the workers built this. There certainly weren't the cranes and scaffolding around back then. Just long ladders I presume.

If you want to see lovely photo's of Church buildings in New Zealand, Pauline has plenty on her blog.

On the sewing front I have challenged myself to hand quilt a quilt. I actually embroidered 2012 on one of the blocks so I had better get it finished. Nothing like imposing a deadline to get me motivated.

Happy Monday.
Bev C