31 December 2012

2012 - Another Year Gone.

A fresh start to a new Year- and decisions to make
Do I start a new project or continue with an old one?
Nope! - Renovate!!

Lots of Sewing this Month and a Family outing
Will they EVER grow up?
(I hope not!)

I celebrated a Year of Blogging
Finished 2 Quilts
and watched news reports of my Nephew and a 'few friends' 
Sandbag a Town from an impending flood.

ANZAC Day, Easter all important
but this month saw Our Son take Off for a Music tour of  Kyrgyzstan
Time for a Mother to Worry!
and a Lamp will be in my 'Window' until He returns safely.

My Lounge Room got turned into a Movie Set
for DS#2's Final University Project.
... Things you do!

Started with a small problem of a house mouse with a liking for Chocolate
and ended with adopting a rescue Cat named Spike.
-who is terrified of everything -especially Mice.

Meet up and lovely Lunch with 
Jan Maree Ball from Aussie Heroes

I showed off some other Skills
Cake Decorating!
Cupcakes for a Cause for DH's work

Another busy month and so hard to choose just one highlight
But when your Daughter comes home with the University Course Guide
with Her Photo on the Cover..
well, maybe not so hard a choice after all!

Blogging is all about sharing things that happen around you.
I could not resist posting this news photo of
a Kangaroo lost in the Parking at Melbourne Airport!
(Just direct me to the QANTAS terminal please)

Still working on Hearts Desire, More Sidetrack quilts finished
and reorganised the Fabric into easy to reach drawers.

Finally finished the Centre of Heart's Desire
and then settled into all things Christmas 
Everyone enjoyed - even Spike!

Merry Christmas Everyone
and a Happy and Safe New Year.

25 December 2012

Christmas Day

A time for family and friends 

A time that bridges generations.

This HAS to be the Photo of the Week
A story with Great Grandpa.

Christmas Eve....

Someone left some Milk out....

Therefore it must be mine....

14 December 2012


Block 1 - NOW finished!... for me Butterflies have come to signify New Beginnings, and so - as I  progressed along the journey that I have been travelling over the past 2 years -It seemed appropriate that I add some to my version of Heart's Desire.

I started last November by placing a ring of Fussy Cut Butterflies around my Centre Block.
And drawing from a lesson I learnt in Cake Decorating that also applies to Quilting...

If you  make a mistake...
.... Embellish it!
(Ok that's Craft-speak
for "Cover it up")

in this case I had a stem that had lost it's leaf.. and rather than remove it and unbalance the block - I balanced a Butterfly on it instead.

That reminded me that I was going to allow a few more of these beauties to alight where they pleased.

And just to let you in on my little secret....
I have been using this beautiful print called Kiyomi Butterflies from Red Rooster Fabrics.

I haven't finished with them yet,
and I'm not telling where I plan to place them next..

After all - this is a mystery quilt!

9 December 2012

Together at Last.....

 I have placed the last stitches
 in the last leaf
on the last block,
 so at last
 I can say...
the Centre is done!

on to the borders!

4 December 2012

Christmas Baking #1

It is the time of year when the family starts coming home and writing "Christmas Break-up" on the Wall planner.  This is the cue for me to start dusting off the Christmas Recipe books.

First request for this year was ...
"Mum, can you make a Gluten Free Christmas Pudding and can I have it for Tuesday?"
My (predictable) response was "Of course you can" whilst remembering back to my childhood when the lady down the road started making her Christmas puddings on Boxing Day (January 26) for the next year.
That meant I was about 11 months late!

I like a steamed pudding for Christmas but the thought of having the steamer going for up to 6 hours on a 40 deg C day does not fill me with any enthusiasm. BUT... whilst trawling the Internet for Gluten Free Pudding recipes I found a tip that confirmed what I had been wondering for a while...
You CAN make a steamed Pudding in a Slow Cooker - Fantastic!
No hot steamy kitchen and no boiled dry pots!

So armed with a recipe from one of my (not so dusty) cookbooks,
I swapped the flour for Gluten Free,
I raided the pantry, and used some mixed fruit that had been soaking in Grand Marnier,
I set to work and made......
5 individual steamed Gluten (and Egg) Free Christmas Puddings.

Then had some fun with DS#2 and his new camera to make my little pudding look like it came from a fancy recipe book!