Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I'm testing the waters with a cross stitch pattern. If I still feel comfortable selling, I've got books and lace making bobbins and....let's just say several other items.
Wish me luck.
Cheryl (aka Kayly)
Monday, October 20, 2014
We are still preparing for our son's return, evicting a possum, finding out why we have lost power in our extension, buying a new fridge because we thought that was the problem (wasn't...oops) and general life stuff.
I continue to work on 'Gossip in the Garden'...slowly...the others in our group have streaked ahead....ahh well, I'm telling myself to enjoy the journey.
The Craft and Quilt Show was on in Brisbane. I did white glove duty at the Queensland Quilters Show which was on within the show. I also helped with set-up and pull-down. It was a lot of work but fun and I meet a number of new people.
I joined Chookyblue's 2014 Secret Santa Christmas Swap. I have
This is about all I can show you.
We had Sunday Stitchers this last Sunday. Here are this month's birthday girls and their loot.
I really enjoy these days. We sit, work on hand work, eat and chat about all sorts of topics. This month we collected wrapped lollies to help one member supply them for Christmas stockings for the homeless. It's that kind of group.
Well I better get back to those swap gifts I am working on. I am determined not to have a last minute panic this year.
Cheryl (aka Kayly)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Last month, I met up with Fairy Floss while she was having a stopover in Caboolture. She and Mr Fairy Floss were taking part in the Starlight Foundation's bash. Now that sounds like a fun thing to do one day!
One of the Brisbane girls, Deb from Sweet Little Cottage received her Australian Citizenship. It was fun to be able to be part of the night along with other bloggers.
These are all people I would never have met without blogging and life would have poorer without them.
Cheryl (aka Kayly)
Monday, September 22, 2014
For reasons to do with my son, I bought my sewing room up from our rumpus room downstairs to our second bedroom. It was a tight squeeze. The 3rd bedroom was never going to cut it. Pity. All I have to do downstairs now is find hidey holes in our store room for my other occasional hobbies of stamping and jewellery making. Don't laugh! I bet you have heaps of other craft stuff too.
I'm going to let the photos do most of the talking.
Before...previous life - son's bedroom then ironing room.
Alert...missing photos....they would have shown many trips up the stairs....efforts of trying to kill the neighbours while getting their help shifting a bookcase and cupboards......repacking said bookcase and cupboards.....
And a tidy brand new sewing room.....It WAS tidy.....I promise... well, at least for a day or so!
All the effort (most of it DH's) has been worth it. It is rather convenient to be able to just pop up the hall.
Thank you T for ALL your hard work.
Unfortunately it's not over yet. We had to fix up downstairs now.
Cheryl (aka Kayly)
Thursday, August 28, 2014
This is a very small part of the big move. It's a slow process as we need to wait for someone stronger than me to help with the lifting. Could do it once, but the turning staircase gets me.
What's the sobering part?
Realising just how much stuff (read - fabric) I have accumulated.
Must get a new mantra - no more stash building!
Back to it or I'll spend all day playing with what I find.
Friday, August 22, 2014
So as you read 2 post ago, we went up last week.
We had a wonderful day. It may have been windy and the water rough with heavy rain squalls coming across, but it didn't matter. We saw lots of whales.
When looking at the photos remember we were too busy just enjoying the day and whales, trying to keep the camera dry and making sure we hung on to a rail to stop falling. I won't tell you about going to the toilet on a rocking and rolling boat. Let's just say it was a challenge.
We chose Freedom III. It was a 3/4 day trip, much better than a 1/2 day morning or afternoon trip. You just get out there when it's nearly time to turn for home. Their need to return worked in our favour, but I'll explain later. The 2.30pm return time is a bit flexible. The trip, the day before ours, got home at 5.30pm. Our Captain Keith has no problem with going further out to sea and staying out longer if it means his passengers get to see whales. We were luckier in that we didn't need to go past Platypus Bay to see whales. We were still 'late' back at 4.30.
Here I am ready to go - a real bundle of style. As least I'm dry in this photo. There was plenty of undercover if I had wanted it, but not being a great sailor, I prefer to be out in the fresh air.
'Mugging' is when the whales come to you. It happened to us several times. There is no feeding of these beautiful creatures to entice them close, very much not allowed. They come of their own accord. They are just as interested in looking at us as we are looking at them. We, the passengers, are encouraged to wave our arms and yell out to get their attention.No banging of rails as the noise upsets them, just lots of yahooing. The whales are probably laughing at our silly antics.
|Tickle my tummy.|
Next time we go, I'm getting a go pro camera stuck to my hat. That way I can just watch and not worry about the camera but still catch all the action.
I can recommend our boat - Freedom III. The captain is also a chef, so morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea - delicious, especially the profiteroles! If you do go with this group, don't plan to drive any long distance after the cruise. Plan to stay the night, as I said, the return time could be later than planned.
We were lucky on the day. Not every cruise see as many whales or so close. It is the luck of the draw.
Whales are beautiful creatures. It was wonderful to see them.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world or so I thought. I think that fact is now being disputed, but never mind it's the largest sand island I've ever been to.
DH and I did a day trip because, although we now have an all wheel drive vehicle with higher clearance, I don't think it qualifies as a car that can go on Fraser. Also I wanted someone else to do the driving, catering and organising.
We did all the quick day trip touristy things, including the stunning freshwater Lake Mackenzie.
Now for the whales,