September 20, 2016

Welcome to Spring ...

It is on days like today I wish that I had my new camera with me ...

 Breakfast at Grandma's.

It just makes my heart sing!

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Australian Magpies are fiercely territorial and have VERY long memories - they have been known to attack (even years later) if you have 'ticked them off' at any time - especially when nesting.  
However, should you take the time and get to know them, they will reward you with their presence and beautiful carolling song.

September 12, 2016

Unravelling a 10 year mystery...

As UFOs go - I do not have a lot of the Quilted variety.

I have only been quilting for around 11 years and (to keep DH happy) - I try and finish them.
Before that I did a lot of 'tinkering' with other crafts - I made toys and lingerie and tried my hand at embroidery, needlepoint, latch-pull, house and garden renovation and... I knitted.

On the 5th August 2005 I began knitting an Aaron style cardigan.
(I had made one once before and finished it in 2 months.)

It must have been picked up and put away sporadically over the next couple of years when, somewhere in 2009,  I suspect the dreaded "Muuuuummmmmm!" must have stopped me in my tracks -
Why else would I have put my knitting down with only 15 stitches to finish a row?

For the past 2 weeks I have been ill (thanks for sharing DS & DH), and have once again picked up my knitting basket, as it meant I could potter without getting up too much.
Yesterday I found my cardigan - which of course will no longer fit me (a win for DD) - and taking the afternoon to work out where I was... picked up and finished the back.

11 years after I cast those first stitches on - because I had the wool - I have decided it is time to finish this UFO!

August 29, 2016


Sixty Three years ago they said "I do"

Sadly the Church has long gone but today
 I took them back to where this photo was taken
 and bought them lunch!

They were thrilled!!

August 25, 2016

Cupcakes for RSPCA day

After last week's Retirement cake, I thought I really should find a solution to my fear of writing on cakes.

I have been using my Brother Scan-n-cut to make Applique for my 'Istanbul' Quilt and recalled that I had also considered using it to make Stencils for Cake decorating.
So when I heard that DH's office was having "Cupcake Day" I thought it a good time to have a practice at Stencilling!

I found some acetate sheets that were originally for an old overhead projector (which still works by the way!) and downloaded a clipart stencil of something I thought would be appropriate.  It took a bit of tweaking but finally I cut out a perfect stencil.

Using leftover Icing to make small cupcake size plaques - I was good to go, and in no time at all I had a dozen 'Purrfect' cake toppers.

Just one small problem -
I discovered much later that DH's office was not raising funds for the RSPCA....

I wonder if there are any Black and Ginger cats in Indigenous literature?

Never  mind whatever the fundraising was for - they got Cupcakes to auction off and I got to practice making stencils!
I call that a WIN-WIN!!

August 12, 2016

Retirement Cake

This week has been one of "those weeks" ...

And in the middle of it I had a cake to make!

Making a Cake for a man is hard enough but when the only information you have is that "He is Scottish and doesn't like the cold"... It makes the task just that much harder!

I'm not 100% happy with how it turned out and would have liked another day to 'get it right'. (Lettering isn't my strong point and I had to 'cheat'.)

But I did enjoy designing and making the life-size Pocket Watch and small Travel diary.

No time to fiddle and fuss it is required for Morning Tea tomorrow at DH's Office.

(No it is NOT his cake - although I think HE wishes it was!!)

July 29, 2016

Christmas in July ?

Well not really, but with our holiday in the Summer-like heat of Cairns and then on our return I received an email from the incredible Desley telling me my latest project is finished -
It sure felt like Christmas had come early!

Now, this wall hanging isn't quite ready to bind and hang - it is destined for a meeting with my Hot Fix Swarovski Crystals!

Because we all need a bit of "Bling" at Christmas!!

July 25, 2016

A funny thing happened when we got to the Airport...

We were not booked in on our flight!

It would seem that somehow when we made our online bookings a mistake was made and instead of booking our return flight for the 24th July - We were booked to fly home on the 24th of August!

The wonderful staff at QANTAS managed to squeeze DS#2 on board - so he could be at work on time this morning... leaving us to depart the next day.
The staff at Thrifty car rentals retrieved our hire car out of the car wash for us, and Tourist Information Bureau rang around to find accommodation for the night.

Leaving DH and I the terrible ordeal of staying another night in Cairns and waking to this sight from our room in the morning!