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, 2015

"The final finishes for 2015."


Christmas has been and gone, it was a lovely occasion at Kainga with family from overseas and interstate.

There has been a bit of sewing, I finished the top of the scrappy quilt.

I will have to wait until the craft shop re-opens to pick up some wadding and backing.

This was certainly a great scrap buster, even got to use up some machine embroidery and applique bits and pieces that have been in the sewing room for ages.

This little bag makes a great present, this one was for my niece. I filled it with sunscreen lip balm etc.

Miss Mary Mack has been back from the framers for a while. I am so pleased with the framing on this one. I tried a new framer and I am very impressed with the detail of the framing.

The embroidery machine was working overtime before Christmas. I made a couple of sets of coasters. Using the same pattern but changing what goes in the middle of each one. These were all made in the hoop.

This has been a year long project, finished part two of the Paris Stitch Along. Hopefully the next two parts won't take as long to stitch.

 We are getting some lovely sunsets here at Kainga.

 I would like to thank each and everyone who reads this blog and those who are regular commentator's I truly appreciate you dropping by to see what is happening at Kainga. May 2016 be a fantastic year of finishes and gardens that bloom and lots of Happy Days to you all.

Happy days.
Bev C

Saturday, December 5, 2015

"That's the first week of December done and dusted."


How did your week go? Ours was a busy one, we celebrated our Wedding Anniversary with a day out. It was decided to spend sometime looking at the amazing old paintings dating back to the 1500's at the Museum and Art Gallery at New Norcia. You don't need to travel to Italy to see old paintings they are here in Western Australia.
New Norcia Hotel.

Then it was time for Lunch at the New Norcia Hotel. We had a delicious lunch but as the tables were fairly close as is the case in most restaurants these days we couldn't help but hear the lady  at the next table arguing the whole time with her Husband. It even came to tears by the time their meal was served. She must have forgiven him because she ate his leftover pizza!

After lunch it was a wander around the town looking at the array of buildings and cemetery. Nothing like a cemetery to find a rich history of the past.

I couldn't get over how tall this gum tree was, it was so tall I couldn't fit it all into the photo. I bet this tree could tell some stories.

St Ildephonsus College.
The style of buildings is just stunning, they certainly have stood the test of time. We then drove onto Bindoon to have a look around there and enjoy a cuppa and cake at the Bindoon Bakehaus. This is where Prince Harry called into earlier on in the year and purchased some cake. I can certainly see why he chose to eat there as the service was fantastic. After we got home we found that Lucy had put up our Christmas decorations while we were out. Thanks Lucy, then she cooked tea for us. Wonderful to come home to a meal of our choosing and no cooking involved for us.

 During the week I did manage a small finish. I put together the fabric samples and made a table runner. As the fabrics were a bit stretchy I used a stretch type fabric for the backing.

 Teddy seems to like it.

Friday I joined in Friday Night With Friends the last one for the year. I worked on a recently started project. Adding lots of fabrics to strips of calico. I need to make 27 strips that are the Width of the Fabric ( 44 inches), I had some extra wide calico so one strip makes two of the pieces required.  I am half way there. It is a good project to use up those skinny pieces of fabric that you save "just in case"

It was so lovely to hear the rain during the night and this morning. A very rare occurrence for this time of the year.
I will be attending a Thermomix party and playing with the Grandies this weekend. Are you doing something you love?

Happy days.
Bev C