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Monday, 12 November 2012

Sunday Beauty - Aggies

Actually it is Monday morning here but I am guessing it is still Sunday somewhere in the world. I took this picture yesterday evening.  I love most flowers but Agapanthus are on my top five list and I found the first one of the season just popping.

 not the easiest picture to take as the plant is up on a retaining wall and the long stem of the plant meant that I had to stretch up as high as I could and take pot luck to get a picture.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Love Rainy Days

It is so nice to be back in the creation station!  It has mostly been a rainy weekend here which has been good for filling up the pool and for the lawns and plants......and me! Nothing like a rainy day to plonk myself in front of the sewing machine and do some piecing.

Started to get my groove on with Lynette Anderson's "My Garden". The day has gone too quickly though and I have not finished as much as I would have liked.  I got quite distracted with fabrics at some point and whilst looking for some that I thought I had, found a whole lot of projects and so took a break to organise my "get-a-round-tuit" projects.

Block 2 of "Tail Feathers" is due to arrive this week so I finished up most of block one

Every evening over the last week, I have stitched block 7 of Edwardian Garden while watching tv. I have loved this block which the lovely little flowers growing through the fence.

Hollyhocks, primroses, foxgloves, lavender and roses......my kind of garden!

Then around 3pm, the sun came out and not a cloud to be seen.  Time to cheer these two up and take them for a walk.

They are waiting for their dinner now so till next time......Hope you had an awesome weekend!

Lest We Forget

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not 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,
We will remember them.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Here's a good idea

What's a girl to do when she is organising her project boxes and runs out of those little plastic bobbin winders for her silk threads.....improvise of course!

I bought some new threads while out a couple of days ago but didn't realise that I would need more bobbins and it turned out I was very low on supplies.

It is a twenty minute drive to Spotlight where they are usually available but I really didn't want to face the traffic, suffer the carpark and wait in a life sapping queue just to buy a few plastic cards!

Insert *light bulb moment* here. Only five minutes to the nearest supermarket for a possible stand in product and no traffic lights to contend with....ok, the car park can be a nightmare there aswell.....unless.........

Oh, what a stroke of luck,  I had some wooden pegs sitting around for another project to make washi tape/wooden peg fridge magnets.   

Why not wind the threads around the wooden peg! I had seen this idea somewhere on Pinterest (I think) and it had stuck in my head to be used at the very right moment.

Works a treat. Holds the end securely and is so easy to write the colour number on with a pen. Now I can get on with stitching instead of making the 40min round trip to buy the original item.

I think they will look so lovely in a bowl on the shelf too.

I've been Tagged.....once more

I’ve been TAGGED. Bianca from Quilts, Cats and Automobiles has tagged me to play along. I have been tagged once before and I quite like these games and kind of think of it as interactive blogging so thanks for tagging me Bianca.

 Here are the rules;
 - every tagged person has to tell 11 things about themselves
 - the person who tagged you asked 11 questions, answer them
 - ask 11 questions for the 11 blogs you're going to tag (the people you tag should have less than 200
 - mention the blog that tagged you but don't tag back

 Let's get started: 11 things about me 
1. I love being beside the ocean
2. I hate housework but constantly crave a clean house
3. I dream of living in Tasmania (if I can’t be in England)
4. I have three amazing children that I love dearly
5. I see much of the world through the lens of a camera
6. I learnt to tap dance when I was in my thirties
7. I have two furbaby dogs who melt my heart
8. I am a quiltaholic and have to have everything and anything to do with quilting.
9. I am the youngest sibling by a 10 year gap
10. I am a Pisces and live up to the sterotype.
11. I have lost 7kgs since August and intend to keep going till I have lost 20

 Now here are the 11 questions I got asked:
1. What did you want to be (profession) as a child?
     I only ever wanted to be a teacher
 2. Favorite activity?
     Walking my dogs 
3. Favorite color to put on your walls in your house if you could/dared?
    For ages now, I have wanted to paint the walls in my home a “latte” colour with some feature
    walls of “chocolate”.
 4. What does your perfect saturday looks like?
      In hot weather I like to be in my sewing room quilting with the AC on, in cooler weather, I
      like to spend Saturdays with my hubby, bushwalking or sailing or just visiting the art 
      gallery, finishing with afternoon tea at Mt Cootha
5. What is your secret wish for yourself? 
     I don’t really know, most of my wishes are for others. I guess I just want to live a good,
     healthy life…..maybe rescue a few more furbabies
 6. If you were an animal, what would you be?
     A pampered cat or dog 
7. Who is your rolemodel?
     Definitely my mum 
8. What is your secret indulgence?
9. If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
    A farm in the English countryside (preferably Yorkshire) 
10. One thing to bring to a deserted island?
      my camera 
11. What's your favorite movie ever?
      Inception… I loved how mind boggling it was

 Now here are the questions I want to ask the blogs I tag:
1. How many pets do you have?
2. What is your favourite city in the world?
3. What kind of books do you read?
4. Where did you last holiday?
5. What is your favourite animal?
6. What is your zodiac sign?
7. What is your favourite tv show?
8. What was the best bargain purchase you ever made?
9. What is your favourite season?
10. Do you like to garden?
11. If you could, would you make a "treechange" or a "seachange"?

The 11 blogs I tagged:
Sylvia’s Stitches
Dora Quilts
Calculating Quilter
Charlottes Web
Krafty Panda 
Farm Gate Creations 
Little House on the Hill
Cape Pincushion 
Sew a Little Love 
Korumburra Quilting 
Susan’s Sewing Space


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Drum Roll please...............

I have booted up my pc to do this blog so heres hoping I can get done before it overheats again. I got my hubby to draw the winner of my Give away. There were 23 entries all up and Tania got a second chance entry for blogging about my give-away......thanks for that Tania.

 and the winner is....drum roll please....

 SHEILA from Sheila's Quiltworld was the number drawn out. She wrote:
"I love visiting your blog Cath , always an interesting read , thanks for the chance to win :-)"

Sheila has been following my blog for awhile now and often leaves a comment for me which I really appreciate. Congrats Sheila, Please send me your snail mail and I will be sending the gift off to you asap.

As you can see, it was a very technical process.  I listed off the names, ticked the followers and gave them all numbers.   I then folded a second copy of numbers up and put two #20 in for Tania.  It was very exciting unfolding the winning number.

Thank you all for entering and welcome to the new followers, I hope I continue to interest you with my quilting journey.


Saturday, 3 November 2012


I'm finding it a little awkward blogging at the moment as I am having trouble with my pc and it keeps overheating and switching itself off so out came the iPad but that has its issues as well as it will not let me upload a picture from my iPad gallery and of course I cannot connect my camera to it. Grrrrr! so frustrating.  So that is the reason I have been a little quiet of late.

Back to work for a week and the rest did me a world of good as I am more enthusiastic about being there.  Since I finished my "In the Pink" project, I have not done another stitch on anything else so back to the timer today.  I am happy to report that the lovely Kim (from work) that won the raffle loves her little wall hanging and I am tickled pink that she won.

I haven't drawn the winner of my give-away yet but promise I will do so tomorrow. That means that this is your very LAST chance to get an entry in..... click here

Before I go and set my timer, let me just say to all of you on the eastern coast of America and Canada, that I have you in my thoughts and hope that you are all safe and sound following hurricane Sandy's destructive force.

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