Monday, 15 September 2014

It's in the Post

Over the past week, there have been some lovely packages in my mail box.  I do so love getting "Happy Mail".   First up was my Fox Swap.  I received a beautiful mini quilt and drawstring bag, filled with treats from Lisa.  I love all the bright fabrics and printed panels she used. This was her first mini quilt too, and she was apparently rather stressed over sending it. She did a fabulous job. I certainly didn't waste any time hanging it in my sewing room.

I also received some more envelopes and fabric stamps from my SWAK Swap friends.  This is slowly coming together.  My envelope quilt/cushions will be a WIP for 2015 I feel.

Sunday, 14 September 2014



Getting a copy of the latest cookbook, by one of my favourite New Zealand cooks, means that some new recipes have been tried and tested this weekend. I also enjoyed watching the first of the accompanying television series which started last night.  On the menu has been:
  • Turkish Red Lentil Kofta
  • Lumberjack Cake
  • Peanut Satay Chicken Salad - enjoyed today with my mum and dad who came to visit.
A little sewing has been done also - this is going to be a portable mini iron caddy and mat - destined for my mother in law for Christmas.  So nice to make a start on that sewing list.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A Fox for All Seasons

My fox swap cushion is finished.  Four 5" foxes, with differing backgrounds to represent four seasons.  Winter is top left, and spring follows clockwise. Approximately 18" square, it is sashed in a sand coloured solid, bound with Julianna Horner fabric, ready to be posted.  I love how this has turned out, and I hope my partner will too.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wednesday WIP

The last few days of winter have knocked me about with hay fever, coughing fits, very sore ribs, and sinus pain.  Today it feels as though I am starting to get better, just in time for spring.

There has been a little sewing going on though.  I have finished the last of my paper pieced foxes, for The Fox Swap.  I now have a fox for all four seasons.  They have been sashed and straight line quilted, into a pillow top.  I quite accidentally found the perfect backing at Spotlight too, so just the zip to install and binding to make, then it is done.

Also being worked on rather slowly is my embroidered label for Mr J's shirt quilt, comprised of  an inspirational quote and the date it was made. This will be a slow project, cos I find I can't see well enough at night to do the tiny stitches it requires, so it must be done during daylight hours, fitted in around work, cooking, gardening, reading and housework.  I did this for Miss B's Granny Square quilt too.

Fox Pattern from here

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Home Work

Much as I enjoy my job, I do so like it, when I get to spend a day at home,
  • pottering about in the kitchen - this week spicy pineapple muffins and marshmallow slice
  • doing a little housework  (my house, is now never as clean and tidy, as it was in my prework days) 
  • having time to browse through inspiring garden books - I am especially loving Virginia Woolf's Garden
  • opening more happy mail - the arrival of some more swap envelopes - here's how they all look together so far.
Hoping your week is going well too.

Sunday, 24 August 2014


  • Friday night at the movies with a friend.
  • sewing for The Fox Swap, two down, two to go.  Pattern from here.
  • my bedside table - a lovely pile of new books and poppies from my garden.
  • close up of the above-mentioned poppies.
  • cupcakes in progress for school cake stalls this week - I ran out of papers for them so cut 5" square of baking paper to line the tins.  Icing and decorating with popping candy, is tomorrow night's job.
  • Late afternoon in my backyard - the rainbow chard is still growing well and there are lots of juicy lemons on my small tree.
Hoping you all had a fabulous weekend too,

Thursday, 21 August 2014

It's the Little Things

  • water damage in our bedroom from the leaking hot water cylinder - the cylinder has been replaced, now we are waiting on builders to decide what happens to the floor and still damp wall.
  • small block sewing - scaled star from this tutorial and   playing with some Heather Ross frog fabric.
  • happy mail in the form of two envelopes for the SWAK Swap.
  • a finish - the top of Mr J's shirt quilt - he has been home sick all week, so I have been able to get this completed, now just the back to piece and a quilt label to embroider for it, before all the dreaded basting and quilting has to be done.
  • taking time out with a cup of tea, some home baking and a new book from the library.
Hope you are all enjoying the little things in life too.