Saturday, March 25, 2017

Welcome Ezra Jack....

Gosh...I haven't posted in an age!  Whilst I have done some fun things since I posted last by far the most wonderful and funnest thing that has happened is the arrival of little Ezra Jack born to Rhiannon and Wade on 14 March......all doing well and adjusting to life as a little family!   I have been enjoying some Granny time with them and getting in some cuddles with this little bundle.......

Nothing quite compares with the arrival of a baby into the family......I will be back (soon?) with an update on stitching related "stuff"......

'til next time..................Lorraine 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A stitching day with the girls.....

Today was the first of our stitching get-togethers for the year and it was my turn to host......I wasn't sure what to make for lunch so turned to Taste.com  for some inspo......

Beetroot and Sweet Potato Burgers with a little Greek yoghurt to garnish.....with Cauliflower Poppers on the side.......not the greatest pic but it was delicious and I can see more of these being made.....perfect to prep during the day and pop in the oven for an evening meal....the beetroot is grated and cooked with onion before mixing with quinoa to make the burger patties.. a nice vegetarian option.....


For dessert I found the recipe for little lime puddings....light and quick to prepare and cook.....perfect little "after" dish.....


The girls were busy during the afternoon....Cheryl working on a little glasses or "whatever you like to use it for" case....her red and white dots coordinating with the coffee mug...


Joyce was putting colourful stitches on this piece....


Linda belongs to a craft group and has volunteered to crochet edges on squares knitted by another member of the group....the squares will become rugs donated to charities for distribution....

....between courses I worked on another Gail Pan stitchery  ..this is the Dream/Create Sewing Pouch and Pincushion pattern.....


...and because I think I have way more time to stitch than I actually have I have traced off all the stitcheries from Kathy Schmitz's My Little Garden and My Little Year....I purchased these patterns from Craftsy.... here 




well, at least I won't ever get bored!! 

Last weekend I spent Sunday afternoon in the sewing room and this little guy was the result....still a couple of borders to put on, but pretty happy with him so far.  He is a part of a pattern from Sassafras Designs....Zoey's Zoo...there are also patterns included for a lion, bear and fox......


Rose is letting me know it's her dinner time........better go and feed her before she fades away.....:)

'til next time..................Lorraine

Friday, January 27, 2017

Some Lenny time......and catching up.....

When Mark and Terri were married in October they put off having a honeymoon until a couple of weeks ago when they flew to Bali for a week.....Lenny stayed home and after a few days with Terri's sister and his three cousins I was lucky enough to have him for the remainder of the time.......Loved.every.minute!  He is now 9 (almost 10) months old and an absolute delight.......


Chubby little fingers holding chubby little toes.....


...even his washing is cute!  :)


While I was staying in Adelaide with Lenny I saw quite a bit of Rhiannon and Wade which was an added bonus....here they are heading out to dinner to celebrate Wade's birthday....love these two...... who are not far away from becoming three!  


Not a lot going on on the stitching front....Rhiannon and I paid a visit to The Drapery while I was in the city and I bought a kit for a hand stitched cowl / scarf which I finished during Lenny's naps. I also picked up some fabric to have a go at some dressmaking - watch this space!  Might need to go for a road trip to visit my sister for some assistance - I haven't had a lot of experience with sewing clothing.......see you soon M!?


Once back to work it was full on with last minute planning/organising for our Australia Day breakfast......early starts and late finishes meant I was mostly in bed before the chooks....well, not that I have any chooks, but if I did I would have been in bed before they were....and they are always in bed by dusk!  Some evenings I managed to stay awake long enough to do a little stitching on one of Gail Pan's patterns, Blessings of Nature, a four part BOM - Bless the Flowers done and working on Bless the Birds!  Always love working on Gail's patterns....especially love her little trademark birds!


Last weekend there was an event in the area which attracted many cars not usually seen on our roads.....I parked next to one such vehicle while I was out one afternoon.....a bit longer, brighter and more open than mine!  


So what else has been going on........the annual jigsaw was finished - it's still on the dining room table under the cloth....can't bear to break it up yet.....love these Ravensburger puzzles by Colin Thompson - this one is the Bizarre Bookshop #2 and was a swap puzzle with Susan after last Christmas.  (I swapped the Mariners Chest).




The weather has been quite humid for this part of the world - it is normally hot but dry....this summer we have had quite a bit of rain which has created the humidity which to be honest isn't something I particularly enjoy....I will also say I am not a fan of summer in any of it's forms!  But, summer it is, so get on with it I say!  A few pics from the garden - I don't have many flowers so it's nice when the rose bush blooms and the little native orchids come out to add some colour.




So Australia Day was yesterday and the breakfast saw the culmination of quite a bit of organising on my part....I couldn't do it without the assistance of the local service clubs who cater and those who supply the audio and entertainment.  they are all great to deal with and most importantly, reliable - it makes my job that much easier.....

the Show Hall in Tanunda is a big shed basically and is used for large indoor events.....here it is set up to seat 1,000 people.....well, half of it anyway.....


Members of the Tanunda Town Band played while breakfast was served.....


 Some of the crowd who attend and make this a special event......


This year we had 19 new citizens conferred.....


By the time I finish at the breakfast and go in to work to tidy up a few things I am more than ready to get home and put my feet up for the afternoon.....Rose is always there to keep me company! (probably wondering what I am doing sitting down when there are walks to be had!!)


I was lucky enough to be able to take today off to make it a long weekend and this morning was spent in the sewing room cleaning up after the Primavera finishing frenzy.....

Lots of gorgeous colours in the scraps.......


...and I have resurrected an old WIP to work on tomorrow.......the scrappy flowering snowball....31 blocks are done and I will keep making them .....well until the quilt reaches a decent size.....planning to do some cutting tonight so I can sew tomorrow.


So I think I am pretty much caught up with the news and doings from here.....I must catch up more often so the posts aren't quite so long!  

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

and here we are in a new year.......

With Christmas and New Year done it was a few days off before it was back to work.  

Packing up Christmas always seems to take longer than decorating.......by the time I collected everything from around the house and got it packed away it was the better part of a day gone.....



The house always looks a little bare once it's all down!  

Rose was a great help.....

hmmm.....I know I shouldn't be in "her" chair....maybe she won't notice........


....settling in........this is pretty comfy.....


....and..............doing what I do best........



Late last year I had a quote to tidy up and make-over the front and back gardens.....it seemed reasonable and I engaged the "gardener" (for want of a better word) on a word of mouth recommendation from a friend at work......he came along, stripped all the weeds along with the topsoil from the garden then decided he had underquoted for the rest of the job....and we parted company after I had paid him for leaving the garden looking like it had been nuked!  
  
Enter my new gardeners who are on school holidays.....


.... and after three loads of mulch from the local landscaping supplier the garden looked like this.....(thanks to Wade and his ute which also saved quite a bit on delivery costs!)

before the mulch......


...and after.....much better!!


While we spread mulch outside Rhiannon was looking after the littlest gardener inside....it was a group effort and I really appreciated their help. Always great to spend time with the kids!


A few days after Christmas a parcel arrived from a friend in the UK.....although packed in bubble wrap and a reasonably substantial box somewhere along the line the parcel was pretty much flattened.......


 ...but somehow the contents survived!  Cute fabric and "London" salt and pepper shakers along with a gorgeous little sign.....

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along with a gorgeous little sign.....love this.......


Later in the week it was time for my little stitching group to meet for our Christmas get-together....postponed until after Christmas when everyone was a little less busy....

Cute gifts as always.......love this little shoe pouch.....


 Along with handy oven mitts, heat pad and a lavender eye "mask"......which has been great during the hot days / nights we have had lately....


Last year I spent some time in Melbourne and surrounds with a friend - we visited with stitching friends on the Mornington Peninsula and spent a wonderful day sitting and stitching with Emma at Tree House Textiles - a fun day - and a fabulous shop!  during the day Alison and I decided we would like to make a Primavera quilt.....a pattern by Christine Vlasic - Yarra Designs.....so after a quick whip round the shop to select large florally (not sure if that's a word!) fabrics and some shot cottons we had our fabrics sorted......fast forward to getting home....and distractions like work etc......and we have just finished the tops.....love this!!  

blocks in progress......



the initial lay out on the lounge floor - left it overnight so I could ponder and make changes....


the finished top.....poor lighting as it was late in the evening when I finished....


and a garden shot......


Whilst some of my points don't quite match I am very happy with the way it has turned out.....halfway through making the blocks Meredithe announced that her collection of templates now included the Primavera templates.....a little more precise than my templastic version - certainly a useful addition to my template collection - they will be used again......I am contemplating making this again with a different selection of fabrics....it's a lovely pattern! Check out Meredithe's other templates (no affiliation - just a very satisfied customer!)  

So that's my first finish for the new year...I have a backing fabric ready - not sure if I will attempt to quilt this myself or send it out......still thinking on that one!

Now to a bit of a clean up in the sewing room and the next project.......!

'til next time.................Lorraine




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December.......the Festival ...and Christmas....

Gosh that was a blur!  The lead up to Christmas is always busy but this year it seemed busier.....a dozen or more lists were made - things were crossed off...some things were probably missed, but in the end everything came together on the day and a wonderful family day was had!  

But before Christmas was (as always) the Festival of Loz - I don't think I took any pics this year - too busy just enjoying the day(s) - family and friends gathered for a meal here and there were numerous lunches with work mates during the festivities!  There were birthday gifts received.....











and Christmas gifts finished and sent........these were off to a friend in the UK.......





Secret Santa gifts ready to be posted to Lynda in the online stitching group....I 


Some finishes from the sewing room.....Matilda's quilt made for a friend to send to the UK....





Finally got around to making up a kit I bought from Ruby and Kate during a visit to  Port Lincoln a few months ago....


A Gail Pan pattern for a friend who is a cross stitcher.....and up until now has been keeping her needles in the arm of the lounge.....so this little arm chair caddy should help with that!   



......and a set of place mats made the day before they were gifted on Christmas Eve....because sleep is over rated anyway! ...something to read while you eat?





So looking at the finishes I haven't been idle during December!  some Christmas decorations came out in early December .......at work and at home.....

the theme for office decorating this year was "an Australian Christmas" ...this of course meant I put out my usual decorations and added a flag or two......the bird seems impressed anyway!


and at home......Rose satisfied (and a bit tired) with her efforts of helping with the tree.....


.....a stick tree decorated with some lights and bling......





a couple of the small trees around the house.....



of course there was a cake to be made.......and I love the smell of fruit that has been languishing in brandy for a while.......!  I was very pleased with the cake this year....I think it was one of my best.....in my most humble opinion of course!  I have been very remiss with photos lately.....not even one of the finished cake!  


I did take this one of the cinnamon scrolls fresh out of the oven on Christmas morning......


Of course the cameras came out to record this little man's first Christmas morning......Lenny was the star of the show....


I love this one......


I will leave you with good wishes for the year ahead - may 2017 be everything you want it to be. 

'til next time....................Lorraine