Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A VERY productive Day

Yesterday I had both my embroidery and sewing machines going.

First I made these luggage labels for my Mum for part of her Mother's Day gift. I changed the "name & address" paper with her actual name and address which I printed out on the computer with a picture as well.
While I was sewing the labels, I embroidered these 2 towels:

I also embroidered 4 tea towels and 4 matching dish cloths:

Then I cut up a BRAND NEW bath robe made out of the cotton waffle like fabric I bought at a garage sale for $5 (it was still sealed in the packaging with labels) and made 4 tea towels and 4 dish cloths out of it with 4 little pieces left over which I put with my "dusters"... (well I didn't need a bath robe!... I bought it to cut up and make these)....actually my boyfriend picked up the robe and I said I didn't want it..and he just looked at me strangely and whispered "tea towels"... had to smile...he's learning quickly!

Today I will be sewing more towels, but will also be spending time with my boyfriend.

Until next post...


Monday, April 25, 2011

ANZAC Day in Australia

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

Sunday, April 24, 2011

2 Quilts Finished for Quilt Sale

I have now just finished 2 quilts for my quilt sale day in December.
The first is a Flintstones single bed quilt made from a panel, which I cut up and added borders and used a co-ordinated fabric in one of the borders.

I made another one the same, using a bright yellow co-ordinated fabric, but it is still waiting for me the hand sew the binding down.

This is a cheats quilt. I just had the panel quilted and I bound it.

I send ALL my quilts away to be quilted, as I don't have the expertise to do mine on a machine and I don't enjoy hand quilting one bit.

Well that is 2 quilts down and many more to make and finish.

Until next post...


Monday, April 18, 2011

2 Books I Just Read

A friend from the States sent me these 2 books to read:

They are true stories written by Jeannette Walls. The first book she wrote was The Glass Castle, which is her life story so far, then her second book was Half Broke Horses, which is her Maternal Grandmother's life which the author wrote in the first person.

My friend suggested that I read the second book first, which I did. I absolutely LOVED Half Broke Horses, couldn't put it down.

I then read The Glass Castle. Yes it was very good, but it upset me greatly... how could parents be like that?... this book reminded me of "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt.. another book that upset me.

Have you read either of these books? if so, what did you think?

Until next post...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lovely Parcel

The mail person delivered a parcel from my friend Jane (no blog) and look what she sent me.

She made me a pair of pillowcases, wash cloth, tea towel and also sent a packet of Easter eggs.

The pillowcases and tea towel will be used this Easter along with the other pillowcases I received last week, as my daughter and family will be staying for a few days.

Until next post...


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Finished THAT scarf and new fabric arrived

At long last I finished the pure wool scarf. I can now send a photo of the finished item to the lady whom I bought the spun wool from to prove I did actually knit half of it up.

I got a friend in the States to buy a yard of as much of the range of "Tweet Others with Kindness" by Kelly Mueller she could find. I saw a quilt made up from it in an American magazine and knew I just HAD to have it in my stash. I looked up the Australian shops I buy from and they didn't have it, so I asked a friend who lives in the States to buy it for me. With the Australian dollar so strong against the American dollar, I was able to get quite a lot.

After playing with the fabric, I will have to make something out of it.

Until next post...


Monday, April 11, 2011

Parcels arrived today

I received a box from my friend Toni, and in it was many parcels for me. They were for 3 different occasions.
Firstly there was this parcel... it was a belated Birthday present... can you work out what it is?

I was very amused when I laid out the letters to spell my name!

I received another little gift for my Birthday, which I haven't photographed, as it is a self inking stamp that says ONE word...I can't write the word, but it is along the lines of a "male cow's excrement".....

Then I opened this parcel, which is another Easter swap we are in (off blog land)...we had to make a pair of pillowcases, cloth and chocolate:

Then there was this gift, which is yet another swap we are in... we had to send a magazine, drink mixture & scarf.. I was a bit naughty opening it, as Toni is VERY organised and sent this parcel a couple of months early!

Lastly, this is a block I received from Sylvia in the Quilting Block Swaps group I am in.

I wonder what the postman will bring tomorrow?? (probably bills!)

Until next post...


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Zucchini Pickles and that Scarf!!

I managed to upload the photo of the scarf in progress... 130 grams knitted, another 70 grams to go...just don't like it!

Tonight, after coming home from work, I made 10 bottles of Zucchini Pickles. I poured most into small bottles, as I will be giving a few away.

Until next post..

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Block Swap and Knitted Scarf

This month my swap partner wanted a block in yellow and blue.

As I have a lot of juvenile fabrics in my stash, I pulled out the Snoopy print and made this block.

I am still knitting the scarf from the homespun wool, and not enjoying it one bit. I was making it as part of a swap I am in, but I don't think I will end up sending it, as I am one who won't send something I wouldn't like to receive...so I think I will just finish it using 200 grams of the wool and maybe sell it, along with the other 200 grams of spun wool on eBay. (I can't add the photo, because for some reason the image button won't let me add the second photo!)... the beginning of the scarf is only a couple of entries back.

Until next post...