February 16, 2017

It's called a "Deadkitten"

I am glad I keep up with things, because when my DS#2 asked me at 11:00 last night if I could make him a Dead-kitten I did actually know what he wanted.
What's more - I had everything I needed.

So - If anyone is interested in how to make a Windsock for a Microphone - this is what I did!

Go raid your stash of Fur Fabric
- alternatively buy some from a craft or Fabric store.

Depending on the size of the microphone, you should only need a small amount.

When working with fur fabric - trim back the fur from the seam allowance.
This will give you a nice seam with no fur stuck between the stitches.

Create a 'hat' by sewing the back seam first, centre the seam and sew across the top.
You can line the windsock with the toe section of a stocking sock.
(I used a disposable from a shoe store)

Place some elastic around the bottom of the Kitten and push ends through the sock to the outside.
Turn over edge and stitch in place enclosing the elastic.

Turn right side out

place over microphone
adjust elastic to fit.

And there you have just saved yourself $30:00

Just one other thing for 'next time' ...

Make sure your fur fabric
Does not match the Cat!

He was a bit concerned!

February 3, 2017

Allietare - Picking up the pieces

Thought for today -
There is NOTHING random about Randomness!

I have been tinkering away at Bonny Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt "Allietare" and I decided to place all the blocks out on the floor in readiness for the next stage.

There are a few issues that have 'jumped off the floor' at me.

1.  With only 4 assorted Golds and 4 Reds - my fabrics are not 'scrappy' enough which isn't giving me much wiggle room to give a 'random' look to the quilt.

2.  If I ever do another Bonny Hunter Quilt... I think I would use yardage and forget trying to do scrappy - when I am not actually a scrappy sort of person!

3.  If unsure of the placement of your blocks - get someone else to do it!

(Although I don't really recommend this method!!)

4.  Get yourself a DESIGN WALL -
I now have to pick it all up, label everything in order, so it is not around when the dinner guests arrive!   Or - start all over again another day...

January 26, 2017

Australia Day

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands
To make this Commonwealth of ours
renowned of all the lands

For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair

In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia Fair

*The words above are the often unsung second verse to our National Anthem

January 21, 2017

Melbourne mourns

1:30 pm Friday 20th January 2017
Bourke Street Melbourne

No words can express the shock and sorrow.

Our thoughts and Prayers are with all those
touched by this tragic event.

January 18, 2017


Through Children's eyes - the World is new and every day's a fresh surprise.

Written for the International Year of the Child, the Song "Through Children's Eyes" has always stayed with me - especially as I watched my own children grow and encouraged them to see the world around them and the beauty of God's creation.

Today I received a photograph -
this time, it was her time to show me.

First snowflakes on the rail outside the window- captured with a macro lens.

January 16, 2017

... silly me

The housework is done,
No one wants me
I will do some sewing

... apparently not!

We are Cat sitting our DD's beautiful (yet somewhat adventurous) Artemis Belle
who has found the purfect 'sweet spot' combination of air-conditioning and a View.

looks like she hasn't taken long to feel at home!

Unfortunately, if I am going to get this hanging sleeve made - 
someone is going to have to move

(now where is my spare cutting mat?)

January 13, 2017

Taking the kids out for coffee . . .

"Mum" may be dining on Croissants in Paris at the moment
But I've been for a manicure and 
now am having Coffee with Uncle Spike at Northland
and everyone is adoring me!