I will not be doing any blog posts in April.
Tomorrow I am heading to Japan and will be back in Australia on Tuesday 1st May. This is my first overseas trip and I'm super excited.
I will blog about my trip upon my return.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
This is my first attempt at making T-Shirt dresses and I'm very happy with them. I will definitely be making more in the future as I feel confident about cutting off T-Shirts and adding fabric to them.
Kate and Josh have God Daughters and they are sisters, they both love Frozen, I think all little children do.
I went into Target and found these lovely Frozen T-Shirts so they were perfect for the fabric I purchased from The Fat Quarter Shop last year.
This is for Mackenzie, she is 7.
This one is for her sister Emelia and she is 5.
I did a machine hem of 1 inch and then I did a hand hem of 2 inches so when they grow their Mum can undo the hand hem and they'll get more wear from them. I will be giving the dresses to Mac and Millie (as their parents call them), next Saturday.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
I absolutely love Cinnamon scrolls so I decided to have a go at making them myself, they were really yummy however I still think there is room for improvement.
A friend asked me to make a baby quilt for her first Grandchild, the baby is due in May and the parents have decided not to find out the sex of the baby so the quilt fabric needed to be non gender.
I decided to make a Tumbler Block Quilt using my Go Machine which is fantastic, I was able to cut these blocks in no time using my Tumbler die.
The completed baby quilt which I finished last month.
The made the baby quilt early as I also made a 30th Birthday quilt for our daughter Kate and I needed to finished these projects before I travel to Japan on 28th March for 5 weeks.
I have completed Kate's quilt and now need to hand stitch the binding so hoping to BLOG post about
it next week.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Oh gosh this heat we've been having on the East Coast has been terrible. We put the aircon on in the bedroom at night as it's too uncomfortable to sleep. Thank goodness a change came through last night with some rain and the temps today were about 8-10 degrees lower, so much more comfortable to do things around the house plus I did 85 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast this morning.
These are the last two gifts I'm making to take to Japan with me, two aprons, the lavender one is for a 30 year old. Since taking the photos I have washed the aprons and still need to iron them before gift wrapping them.
This one is for a 80 year old lady, the wife of one of my ex Managers from the 1980's, she made me the most gorgeous crochet table cloth and food cover when I left work in 1988 to have Kate. I wanted to add something of Australia to the aprons, can you see the Kangaroo fabric on the bottom of each one? I received the fabric from my Australia Day swap. I have also added a crocheted doily to the lavender apron and a tatting doily to the apron below. My grandma made these and they're over 60 years ago. I have a good stash of them and would like to use them in projects so they're not sent to a thrift shop in the future.
My BFF and I will be turning 60 this year. I have already purchased a gorgeous gift for my BFF and also wanted to make her something which I know she'll love. Two Birthday's ago my Bloggy friend Anthea made me a gorgeous craft carry all bag for my Birthday which I love and use to carry my craft projects in when we travel in the van. My BFF loved the bag when I received it from Anthea so I know she'll love one too. I cut it out on Monday and worked on it over a couple of days and completed it yesterday. I'm really happy with it and quite sure my BFF will love it too. I've added two photos as when I took the photo below it didn't really show the real colours for some reason. The fabric is pink and white check gingham with cupcakes. My BFF doesn't read my BLOG so she won't see this post.
I took this photo with a flash and I think it shows the colours a little better.
I had these gorgeous cupcake buttons in my stash and I thought they'd be great on the bag. How cute are they !!!
Saturday, January 27, 2018
I hope you all had a lovely relaxing Australia Day spent with family and or friends.
We had a quiet one at home ion the aircon so I took the opportunity and stitched my "Love Is" BOM Block 2 completing it. When I took this photo I had the border to finish and I did this last night watching TV. I'm very happy with what I accomplished, now I can start on Block 3.
Do you have any Australia Day traditions? Mine is to make Damper and we gobble it all up while it is still warm. This is a photo of my damper straight from the oven.
We enjoyed it with Apricot conserve and a lovely home made flat white using my Jura coffee machine. Very delicious.
Today, 27th January is my Dad's Birthday, he would have turned 85 today, this photo was taken of him on his 81st Birthday. The good Lord took him in May of the same year.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The second year running Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches has organised an Australia Day swap, it was so much fun last year, for me it was a no brainer to join again this year. Thank you so much Anthea.
These are the gorgeous gifts I received this year and my gifts came from Susan over at Susan's Sewing Space
The most gorgeous handmade card, lovely Australian fabric, a gorgeous Tilda pin cushion with a cute little pair of scissors, lovely lace, Ice cube tray with Australian shapes and a very handy shopping list pad. I love it all thank you so much Susan.
A closer look at the Tilda pin cushion
I sent my gifts off to Lyn and she doesn't have a BLOG so I'll post here the gifts I sent to Lyn
A pack of Aussie serviettes, a lace doily, a package of red beads and red buttons, I made a tissue
cover from fabric I received in the Australia Day 2017 swap and a pair or quirky Aussie sunglasses.
I received a lovely email from Lyn saying she loved all of her swap items.
A closer look at the doily
A closer look at the fabric tissue cover
The fabric is of Australian wild flowers
Happy Australia Day everyone.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Happy Monday everyone, it's now 72 days till I depart Australia for my long awaited trip to Japan.
Last week I made more gifts to take with me, I found this scrap piece of fabric in my stash which had been given to me in a bulk lot of fabric when a friends Mother passed away. It was left overs from a dress made from this fabric so I cut it down into rectangles and came up with the four pieces to make these four zippered pouches. I looked through my stash of zips to coordinate with the fabric and ended up with the 2 black, 1 white and 1 bright pink which really pops, I was wishing I had more pink zips in my stash. I also attached the lace which I think really sets them off nicely. I only use this gorgeous lace on special items. My gift giving box is now quite full, however I am going to make 2 aprons as well. One for an ex Manager's wife, she is in her 80's and I think an apron would be more useful for her rather than a zippered pouch or a Lingerie bag. The other is for my ex "work colleague" who now lives in Tokyo and will be our tour guide for a few days on our trip.
Thank you Lord for a more pleasant day today, we have a slight breeze and the temp is much lower today. WOW since Friday and over the weekend it was very hot in our part of Australia, we put our aircon on Friday night and it was on non-stop till 2.30pm yesterday afternoon when the change came through bringing gusty winds and sure cooled things down. Saturday I spent all day in the bedroom stitching my second block of the "Love Is" BOM by Rosalie Quinlan. I was most happy what I had achieve by the days end (this is an early morning photo), it's further along than shown in this photo.
Have a wonderful week everyone.
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