Monday, November 28, 2016

Squeaking in a post for November! ...just...

Wow!  Not sure what happened.....it was October and all of a sudden it's  the end of November - just putting some meetings in my calendar and realised December is ...this week Whaaaaaaat!

....and I did receive a gentle reminder about my lack of posts from my sister who phoned the other night to see if a) I was still alive and b) if I was still alive why hadn't I blogged lately....

So.....what have I been doing......I need to look back on the pics on my camera for a reminder - it's all a bit of a blur really......  So here goes....

I finished a whole cloth baby quilt for a friend of Rhiannon's - Jess chose all the fabric and I put it together and hand quilted it with perle thread.......it has since been gifted and is being loved.....




I participated in a swap with my online stitching group.....the brief was simple....stuff a tin with......

My tin arrived from Vicki wrapped in snowflake fabric.......


Cutest old tin......love it !!!


I tell you, that tin was stuffed! Lots of sewing stuff....oh and a Turkish Delight....that didn't last long at all!


Thanks Vicki...great job!  My tin was sent and received....and did I take pics before sending....that would be a "no"......very poor form indeed.    Thanks to Roseanne for sending me a couple ......



It was a fun swap and a great theme......it's amazing what you can fit in a tin!  

Hmmmm....not necessarily in order here, but I think my next finish was for Halloween and this little Lilipopo embroidery (i love these designs!)  flew off to a friend's house (I think a little late for the actual date, but ready for next year!) 


Next up was a weekend away in Wallaroo with a group of girls hosted Sharon from Patchwork on Parade 

Sharon on the right with her co-hort Barb....Sharon's mum who lives in Wallaroo made most of the food for the weekend - no pics I'm afraid......but take my word for it...it was amazing!

Sharon is the understated one on the right......


Cabin 12.....not a lot of partying .....but quite a bit of late night stitching went on here....


Always good to be near the sea.....


This was my ta-da moment....the product of the first day...so I wasn't just eating and talking....

The MoonShine bag by Monica Poole....taught on the day by Dannyell


A few pics from day one.....to be honest I was pretty busy sewing most of the day......My room mate Alix from Alize Fabrics bought along some of her shop for the weekend.......there may have been some shopping done....

Setting up for day one.....


some pre-cut goodness......


...patterns from Missouri Star Quilt Company..... Alix stocks many of their patterns and also rulers etc....great service (I know this because I may have placed a couple of orders since i arrived home.....) from a very industrious young mum.



Even though I had taken enough projects to last a dozen retreats I was of course attracted by something new, bright and shiny.....so one layer cake....one Dresden Coin pattern...and the Dresden ruler and a little cutting and I had this ready to sew on day two.....


I got most of it done and finished off with the sashing on the Featherweight while watching the Titanic on Saturday night.....


I didn't spend all of Saturday sewing.....instead Barb and I made a little trip to Moonta to visit the shoe shop.....we also found a Christmas shop...but that's another story.....
I did have in mind what I "needed" at the shoe shop and I wasn't disappointed....couldn't make up my mind between these .....so both had to come home with me......most comfy shoe going around....lightweight and aptly named....Travelwalker - from Kroton - don't take my word for it..... have a look here...


Oh......we had a "super moon"....there were some great pics on line...this isn't one of them..... :)


Since coming home I have been faffing about on various projects and planning for Christmas.....gosh it comes at you fast! 

A couple of weeks ago a friend at work asked if I would make a quilt for their new grandbaby in the UK....so I made the top and then procrastinated on the quilting.....Saturday I got it all prepped and yesterday spent most of the day (to the detriment of any house work being done - how sad!) quilting it.....this was during the process...it's now finished, binding on and partly stitched down before I ran out of steam last night.....


Not the best pic of the colours, but I wanted to get the light on it to show the quilting to see how it was going......

So....that's about it from me....... will be super happy to have this crew around for Christmas this year....with of course the new and wonderful addition to the family...little Lenny! This was taken last year when they spent Christmas together in Europe....



Phew, just made it for November.......see you all in December! x

Friday, October 14, 2016

The wedding.......

After 8 years Mark and Terri 'tied the know' on Saturday 8 October.....the weather for the past few weeks has been very hit and miss...mostly miss I have to say with most days with wind and rain or at the very least overcast conditions with cold temps......

But last Saturday dawned clear with a forecast temp of around 26C - pretty much perfect!...and it didn't disappoint - I have to say they were blessed as the weekend before the wedding Terri had her bridal shower at a winery in the Adelaide hills and the weather was pretty awful for most of the weekend except for the Sunday afternoon when the sun shone 

......a few pics from the bridal shower

Terri (second from left) with her two sisters and Mum....


There was an abundance of beautiful food.....a macaroon being sampled by Gabi...
 

...cake surrounded by gorgeous flowers by Jess.... on IG as poppyandvine_ if you are looking for great flowers in Adelaide!


Lee enjoying a quiet white.....

 
Terri with Chloe (left) and Jess (the flower whisperer!) 


We were asked to bring a pair of panties (new obviously!) which were pegged on a line - Terri had to guess who had bought each pair......there were some surprises! 


Jess had arranged flowers on a frame for pics during the afternoon.....here is Terri with her beautiful maid of honour.....Shelley.....


...waiting for someone to join her.....I think her words were "hurry up...this is getting heavy" 


With my gorgeous girl Rhiannon.....


with the MoTB and MoTG.....


and so to the wedding!!!  What a glorious day!  The wedding venue was a winery and this was taken from the car park at the barrel hall where the reception was held....the view was amazing.....I don't have a lot of pics of the wedding - I left that up to the photographer who did a fabulous job.......


Rhiannon and Wade enjoying the sun while waiting for the ceremony to begin.....


Mark waiting with the celebrant for Terri to arrive.......Terri was actually early to the wedding (she had to do a couple of laps of the venue as the celebrant was the one running a little late!)


Lenny hanging with his uncle Wade who was a groomsman and also in charge of Lenny for the ceremony......

Couldn't quite get all the boys in shot.....with six groomsmen and six bridesmaids it was a large-ish wedding party....


Mark and his best man David - they have been friends since year 3 when Mark arrived a a new school and sat next to David....


...and here she is ....the stunning bride with her Dad .......all the flowers  by Jess again......she did an amazing job!


Saying their vows and just about to be Mr and Mrs.....


my seat at the reception....


the cake......choc mud cake and red velvet cake....delicious!  


..and this...this is the first face I saw on Sunday morning after the wedding.....little Lenny who had his first sleep over with Granny (first of many I hope!) We had fun! 


'Til next time........Lorraine

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wild weather......and a wedding!!

Over the past few weeks we have had some rain...well, quite a bit of rain actually along with strong winds and generally crappy weather......some flooding has occurred along with a statewide blackout when the power was cut during a storm.....some areas had power restored after a few hours.....others a few days - not ideal.  To have the entire state without power was not something that has occurred before so no doubt there will be on going inquiries along with some political grandstanding to look into the reason(s) and to look at ways to prevent it happening again...... 

I took advantage of no power to have an early night and catch up on some sleep and some TV programs on the iPad before that.

A couple of weeks before the storms which took out the power and caused flooding we had rain which resulted in a bit more water than usual in our waterways.....

these pics were taken on my morning walking trail.......



..the same spot two weeks later......


First rains...... 

 ...two weeks later.....



The  doggy poop bag dispenser is the green thing sticking out of the water....this is usually high on our walking path....not so on this day!





What a difference a week makes....water back to normal level and all is bright and sunshiny....


So that was the wild weather......now for the wedding.....next time :)