Didn't put up the tree this year (again) but do put out my Santa collection (see post from December last year) and I have this lovely angel from Germany and the Quilt Shop bought in Sydney a few years ago. The spirit was there this year - the sons and partners came for lunch & we had a wonderful time. Christmas felt good this year from the Christmas Eve service at my church - lots of carols, beautiful choir & the Christmas readings, Christmas morning service - more carols, choir, friends & lunch with family followed by a nap to restore us - perfect!
Monday, December 26, 2011
Quite a spectacular flower! OK - how many of you are laughing??? Christmas Day - one son said "What's that smell?" We were going to have lunch on the back deck but they assured me there was a disgusting smell (I have no sense of smell - another story). Yep - this flower sends off an odour - definitely not a perfume - of rotten meat to attract flies (its food). Needless to say, the pot got moved to right down the back yard to a safe distance.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts - starting to feel better - new camera, new purse, licence replaced (but I have to wait 2 weeks - new type of licence with microchip!) Credit cards should be arriving today or tomorrow - really hope so - HofM is not handling not having a credit card well - see, one has to spend one's cash then!
This camera has a sketch mode - will be really interesting to use for quilt designs. For overseas friends, these seed pods are from a flame tree. It looses its leaves in summer & produces masses of red/orange flowers that, from a distance & in the bush, give the impressions of flames - hence the name.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Some 'nice' person/s must be in real need ......................they climbed in through our bedroom window & stole my handbag. We were watching TV at the back of the house, the front door was open & I can see the front steps from where I sit! We didn't hear a thing! Police called by - the buggers had broken in to a house around the corner, opened Christmas presents under their tree & stolen their BMW! The owners were out - bet they wished they'd taken the BMW. Needless to say, am going through the replacing of credit cards, debit card, driver's license, etc etc etc. Now need a new camera & new purse/wallet. Don't think we really needed this at the end of the year but at least it was only the handbag & nothing else. Hope we can get everything straight before Christmas.
AND NOW.................................Merry Christmas to all!
AND NOW.................................Merry Christmas to all!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Thought you might like to see where & how I display my MailArt - we rescued various drawers & wooden boxes from our flood 'rubbish' and HofM screwed them to the wall (under instruction of course). My MailArt is displayed for a time & then placed into this special photo album for keeps.
Monday, November 28, 2011
A few of you would have heard of this project hosted by Leah Day http://www.daystyledesigns.com/ I have started practising - won't get 1 done each day but one day I hope to get through most of them.
"Practise makes perfect!" hope that is true - bit of a wobbly beginning - each square is about 4" & very achieveable & I actually do improve by the fourth square.
This is my "Swirling Flames" & I reckon it doesn't look too bad - from a distance! Will keep at it & post my efforts from time to time.
Came across more photos that had been 'damaged' in the flood - photos of quilts - this one had been under a card & the writing copied on to the photo. Embellished with flowers.
The mirror images appeared on the under side of the the photos resting on top - it was one of those "wow' moments - now what to do with them all. Am creating mail art & trying to be creative enough to display them well.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Have also been in HerShed - making these stitch samplers. Not an original idea but one I got from the book, Threads The basics & beyond written by Debbie Bates & Liz Kettle. Borrowed from Qld Quilters library & am going to work my way through it over Christmas (or so the dream is!).
Each year, Sherwood Stitchers goes on a bus trip - this year our destination was Sew Creative http://www.sewcreativegatton.com.au/, in Gatton, with a stop at Rose Patchwork http://www.rosepatchwork.com/ in Ipswich. We spent up big & Gail & Jenny at Gatton put on lunch.
Some spent more than others!
Even the bus driver was looking for dog fabric.
http://mailart365.blogspot.com/ - she has nearly accomplished the goal of 365 Mail Art pieces in 365 days. Her postcard told me she had only 8 to go. A few others are almost there too - me - I have over 200 to go. I started late & had 3 months off - not much of an excuse, I know & I'm probably not as dedicated as others. Congratulations to them all!
Friday, November 18, 2011
There are still a lot of flood damaged photos to be embellished - slowly making my way through them. This was a photo of one of my sister's paintings (the top one) - from about 15 years ago.
Fused Christmas scraps & then free-motioned stitching over to hold it all in place.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
It is amazing just how creative people are - this one is from Helen of the West - corrugated cardboard can be beautiful too.
I now have a Rebecca original water colour & on one of my favourite subjects!
Mim,visit her at http://mim4art.blogspot.com/ - she does wonderful stuff - loving her latest & check out her Tiny Town.
Also from Mim - can't believe how lucky I am to be in touch with all these great artists.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Spent an absolutely delightful weekend with several other ladies learning shashiko and an applique technique using Mylar. The above design is one of Sylvia Pippen's Australian flower designs.
Sylvia is on the chair surrounded by very happy women - the 3 quilts on the left are Sylvia's and the 3 on the right are pieces done by the ladies holding them.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Think this is Block No: 9 on my Aussie Antique Quilt - only 11 more to go! Have had a thought this morning - blogging can become addictive! It's almost a must to start my day but maye it's also that I now have work to share with you - am certainly enjoying the return to my craft and atually accomplishing something.
SuZanne, thanks for your hugs.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Felt a bit low these last couple of days, however, a session in HerShed & these 2 pieces were produced. The original was from the book Edith Holden's "The Nature Notes of An Edwardian Lady" . Such beautiful water colours. Mood was a little better after finishing these.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
What a surprise - I won Third Prize for this little quilt in the the Predominantly Pieced, Amateur, Section. I loved doing this quilt - the pattern was frrom an Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine - although I changed the background blocks to use up some gingham I have had in the cupboard forever and then raided the stash for the applique petals & took them overseas to have some easy handwork to do. It just never entered my head that "Petals on Ginham" could win a prize. Check out other prize winners at http://www.qldquilters.com/
Here is my "Daughter of the Forest" entrant - she was up against some really hot competition - she survived the January floods and I have no doubt she'll survive & have more stories to tell.