Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Brisbane Open House

Brisbane has been holding as 'Open House' weekend in October for a few years now, but we always seemed to be busy and miss out. This year we set the date aside and other things were missed instead.
Some of the houses/buildings need to be booked. They may have size/numbers/parking restrictions. We were late organising our itinerary so next year we will be quicker to book some of these.
Can't complain though as we had a very entertaining day in the city and we saw lots more than we thought. In fact - 3 churches, 1 water reservoir, the base of the old windmill (need to book to go up top), the Grand Masonic Lodge, the General Post Office and the new ABC building.
After which my feet and stomach gave out and we ended up at Ole in Southbank with a pitcher of sangria and tapas.

 The no-longer-needed-but-can-be-hired water reservoirs on Wickham Tce. They would make a very unusual venue for a party.

 The Grand Masonic Lodge. The other floors were also on display with regalia and historical items. The long timber seating was installed via the roof when the building was being constructed. There would be no way any of could be moved now without going out the same way.

 One of the churches - St Andrew's  Uniting Church. Very restrained Art Nouveau.

 The GPO with its odd assortment of buildings attached as the need arose to the original sandstone building.

The news floor of the ABC building. We met people from the radio and television sections, heard how programs and the news are put together and broadcast. We went inside the TV news studio where we saw 'weathergirl' Jenny Woodward's green screen and learnt how it worked.
In all, it was an interesting day.

Take care,

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dressmaking....Who me?

Amongst the secret Christmas sewing, I have been trying out a few dressmaking patterns. Recently, I did a major wardrobe cull as I've lost a bit of weight. Very happy to have lost the weight (and determined to keep it off now) but disappointed to pass on a few items as I really liked them. Still someone else will get better use out of them.
Not a good day for photos.

 A bit lairy, I know, but the 2 on the left will be house clothes.
I tried the patterns out in cheap rayon from East Coast Fabric before I cut into the cotton/linen blends I also got from East Coast. The skirt is in a stretch woven something or other. East Coast are not good on labels. Experienced sewers like my mother would be able to rattle it off easily.
 Me on the other hand ..... strictly amateur!

Still I am happy with how they turned out. I've even worn the skirt out in public!

Take care,

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bathurst Bloggers Meet 2015

After several nervous weeks waiting and preparing, our special visitors came and went.
 It was then time to turn my attention to another much anticipated event - The 2015 Bathurst Bloggers Meet.
I really enjoy meeting this group of the picturesque comfortable accommodation....very well fed by Vicki and her in Anni Downs' Home Patch store.
Unfortunately, my body decided that now the stress of the previous weeks had gone and it could let a cold take hold. I was feeling good until the plane flight. I don't think the pressure on my ears and sinuses helped.
I really really hope I did not pass it on to anyone. I was trying to be careful.
I was very annoyed with myself as I was looking forward to walking with Fiona and talking. Talking is big part of this weekend, naturally. These days when I get a cold I seem to get it in the voice. It is hard to have wonderful conversation when body wants to cough and gag.

Set up time...grab your spot.

 The beautiful weather this year, meant we could sit and sew on the verandah.

This is some of the magnificent show and tell.

 Dinner Saturday night is "Make It, Bake It or Fake It" swap time. I might add the girls were offering to trace their feet if they could get a pair of socks from Georgina like the lucky Fiona received.

 What do bloggers do....why record everything, of course.

 These are just 2 of the finishes from the weekend.

 Kate made this entire pincushion and Trish stayed up late to get all the rows joined in this beautiful quilt top, made from a churn dash block swap.

 There were a lot of other high achievers there too.
Me...I was just happy to sit in my corner and take it all in.

Thank you to everyone who was there!

Take care,

Thursday, September 17, 2015

2015 Warwick Retreat......So Late ....

This post is so late that it's not funny. I've written it in my head and I really thought I had published it. I'm still going to do it as I want to keep on record  this year's retreat.

Same venue -Glenrose Patchwork B&Bs  at Warwick - why change perfection.
Same week - end of June/start of July.
Same people - well almost - One was unable to come, but we made sure she was there in spirit and didn't miss out.
Same lack of photos - the others do it so much better.

The photos will tell the story.

It's always my birthday on retreat. This year I enlisted DH's help to make a little present for everyone. Thread holders made from Silver Ash and Kewila.

 Here was our missing friend - Helen. We made sure she had her spot. Stick Helen came with us to lunch at the Warwick Garden Centre for my birthday. Here I am explaining the menu to her.

 I worked on a project that I had cut out on our first retreat 2 years previously.

Here it is minus the sashings which were put on before I left. It's 'Off Track' by Cluck Cluck Sew.

 De worked very hard to get this Natalie Bird wall hanging finished.

Sandy sped through Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book. Fast worker that one!

 Teresa dug out a project to keep Stick Helen happy.

 Foxy ladies!

The girls even replenished the fruit bowl.


A lucky daughter is getting this Marilyn design.

Sorry Lynda, Alison and Maree. Your work for the week was also fabulous just not recorded properly by this slack photographer.
I didn't think I would be able to go next year as 2016 is a very significant birthday for me and I want to celebrate it with hubby and parents. But! It's a leap year so it moves the the end of the week. I might just be able to go still. Insert smiley face here.

Take care,


Living with our son has been 'interesting' over the years. On the eve of his birthday in July, he gave us a present....a three and half year old granddaughter!
I won't go into all the details here. Let's just say it was a bit of a shock.
Miss C comes with a 15 month old brother, who, although not ours biologically, we will also regard as our grandchild. 
We got to meet them recently when they came for a few days with their mum. I think all were nervous at first, but by the end we had relaxed. I loved playing with them. I had shopped for toys, books and games. So it was bubbles and stories and watering the garden and kickball all round.
Out of respect to mum's wishes, I won't be showing their faces. I will be altering my profile so show grandmother status and this post is to explain that sudden change.

I've already 'knocked the socks' off some friends.
We hope to be able to continue to have a relationship with them and enjoy watching them grow up.
Take care,
New Grandmother.

Monday, August 31, 2015

What do you reckon?

Fair swap?

 I took up this quilting hobby quite awhile ago. It seems like everyone else has a quilt and not my darling husband. I have finally remedied that.  Here is his Twister quilt.

 I gave it to him, then took it straight back. I felt a bit mean, but it is also my entry for display in the Queensland Quilters show this October.
It was made with a layer cake of  'Comma' by Zen Chic for Moda and I used the largest Twister ruler, by CS Designs.

But look what he made me!

I've always liked the quirky Adirondack chairs. Can't decide if it's going in the garden or on the patio.
I've since found out there is a matching footstool. If anyone knows where to get that pattern/plan, let me know. DH T has said he would make one.

I think we both got something we liked.

Take care,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Finished Projects

I have had a few finishes as well as the mini shown in the last post.
I finished and gave away the quilt for my youngest brother-in-law.  I could kick myself as I didn't get a photo of him with it.

Also finished the little bag from our Natlie Bird workshop in February.
I'm going to use it as a travelling jewellery bag.

At the moment, I am quilting my husband's twister quilt. Photos of that later.

Still more blogging to catch up on, but that is enough for tonight.

Take care,