Friday, 31 October 2014

Scenes From my Week







  • Making cards to send to special friends
  • Reading a beautiful book on the life and garden of Vita Sackville West - which I inadvertently returned to the library before I finished it.  Needless to say, it has been re-requested.
  • Opening happy mail - a beautiful swap package from Kathleen and some  envelopes from Mia for my SWAK Quilt.
  • Playing with all my envelopes, I am only waiting on five more, but will need to make another three to even it up. 
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Weekending








Labour Weekend at home with my family. Lot of reading, fine weather and time spent relaxing. Family movie night with pizza made by Miss B and Mr J.  The Scout scrubbed the house exterior.  I planted part of the vegetable garden, so far I have planted a Sweet 100 cherry tomato (our favourite) a self sown tomato seedling, which fingers crossed, is one of the black cherry tomatoes I grew last year, lettuce, beetroot,  a Lebanese cucumber and beans.  Still to go in (after I buy them) are capsicum, courgette, basil and some more African marigolds for deterring pests.
  • A leisurely Sunday breakfast - cinnamon roll brioche, fresh from the oven with a vanilla latte.
  • Happy mail from my friend Deb , recently returned from a trip to New York and Hawaii, with some new DS fabrics for me. The top ones are from her Sweet Ruby range which has just been released,
  • A little creative sewing - I love how this paper pieced word looks, though it was rather fiddly to do. A few of my favourite fabrics - now to decide what I turn it into. Create pattern from here.
  • A finish of sorts, that black and ivory paper piecing I showed last week, has turned into the Black Knight, I still have the Ivory Knight to make.  These will be used in a cushion for Miss B, my chess champ. Many thanks to the very talented Juliet of TartanKiwi, for designing this pattern for me.
Hoping you all had a fabulous weekend too.  Enjoy the week ahead.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Pinspired




 I have been wanting something chocolate and decadent to eat today, so when I found this recipe, for Cornflake Mars Bar Slice on my pinterest board, I thought it fitted the bill easily.  The only change I made was to substitute Moro bars for Mars bars, cos they were on special.  Now I just need to wait for it to set before I can sample it.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Scenes From My Week













  • more happy mail - two more envelopes for my SWAK Swap
  • lots of secret sewing - for swaps and Christmas gifts, paper piecing makes the biggest mess in my sewing room, but the results are certainly worth having to clean up afterwards.
  • spring has sprung in my garden - beautiful aquelegia, my favourite geranium and this unknown blue flowering plant which just delights me every time I walk past it
  • yummy baking - a coconut caramel macaroon slice
  • flowers and a pile of library books on my bedside table

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Liking

  • these violets for bringing back childhood memories of time with my sister and my Nan
  • this gorgeously inspiring Liberty Drawstring bag from Cottitello
  • this dining table - I want to paint the base of mine and sand and restain the top for a similar look
  • this cunning idea for an ironing board in my sewing room
  • a simple idea for hanging my lanterns outside



  • the fabulous quilt my  talented sister is making  (she needs her own blog to show her beautiful crafty creations)


    • oh so true
    • this book - I don't know how many times I have read it, but it remains a favourite

    • cosmos flowers - I have seedlings of these to plant - hopefully for an endless supply of flowers to pick for summer

    What are you liking at present?
    I'm off to enjoy my weekend now, I hope yours is great too.

    Monday, 13 October 2014

    In Love with Liberty


    My sister and I have gone halves in a monthly Liberty Fabric Club.  Unfortunately because my sister organised it, the fabric gets sent to her in Australia each month, so it takes a wee while for mine to get to me. (Actually that is probably a good thing, cos after feeling these fabrics, I don't think I could bear to send her half if they came to me).   Anyhoo, over the weekend my first 2 months worth arrived.  I think I am in love.  Now to find the perfect project for the  12 months worth of Liberty fabrics, I will have in a years time.

    Sunday, 12 October 2014

    Weekending








    Officially the last day of the school holidays.  So tomorrow it is back to work and school for us all.
    Here's a little taste of the things  I have been doing this weekend.

    • some quilting on my SSM6 item
    • more baking for school lunches - my favourite Afghan Slice, and spicy carrot muffins
    • I cooked Pork Belly for the first time using this recipe  - yum very tender and the crispiest crackling ever
    • some more sewing - a prototype napkin ring
    • a possible fabric pull for a Christmas table runner - does it matter that the fabrics aren't Christmas themed?.
    Hope you have all had a fabulous weekend