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


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


 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


  • 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


    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