Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday's Treasure

Yeah, I remembered, even if it's a quarter to six and I haven't got tea ready yet!

My treasure this week is the necklace my Grandfather gave my Grandmother for their 30th wedding anniversary in 1961. Unfortunately he passed away 2 years later.

It is only valuable in sentiment, but that's okay. I love it dearly. Even though I have had the chain checked by a jeweller, I'm not game to wear it. I would be devastated if I lost it, so it sits in my jewellery box.

Have a look at the other treasures at Clare's Craftroom.

Had a great afternoon with quilty friends planning a day to work with the x-block rulers. More on that soon. I stitched some more Gardener's Journal while talking.

Take care everyone,

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run

Or more accurately in my case 'Fun Walk'.

Last Sunday saw over 30,000 people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels, get up well before dawn to do the 14th annual Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run.

Including the above colourful characters.

I don't know if you can see it in the first photo, but there is already a mass of people on the bridge on the right side. The 'walkers' still had not been set free when this shot was taken.

Over the last year I have been attempting to lose a bit of weight. Walking has been my main exercise. I have aimed for 10,000 steps each day and I might add that 10,000 steps is not always easy to reach. This walk was my challenge to myself. I am proud to say I did the 10 km in 1 hour 48 mins and 35 secs. I even jogged a bit at the end to make up for a necessary toilet stop. ( Well, we were waiting at the start line for over an hour and a half!) I don't think I'll get up quite so early next time.

This year, the main beneficiary was Autism Queensland. So it was extra special as a friend's child benefits from their programmes.

Take care everyone,

PS I hope to remember Tuesday's Treasures tomorrow. I forgot again last week!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Great Sewing Time and a Good movie.

I've had a good couple of weeks. I'm half way through the embroideries needed for August's block for the Gardener's Journal SAL. I've just sewn the binding on a boy baby quilt. I only have to hand sew it down and tidy up loose threads. I'll take a photo when I've finished it and I made this top for a girl baby quilt. I'll soon have it pinned ready to be quilted. I used Spring Fever charm packs by Me & My Sister in a disappearing 9 patch pattern. I love how quick it can be.

Our nieces are nearly ready to have their babies. My SIL and I will be stuck if they both have girls though. I should have 2 boy quilts and 1 girl quilt ready and waiting. It will have to be a quick sewing job if they are both girls.

Last night DH and I went to the movies. We saw Inception. It was fabulous. I had been warned not to go to the toilet during it and to concentrate hard on the plot. Some friends didn't like it as they got confused by the plot. DH and I like puzzles and I think that helped us keep track. It was convoluted but very well done. A thoroughly enjoyable night. I recommend it.

DH is cooking a caramel slice for a family get together tomorrow. I wonder if he needs a taste tester. Better go and see.

Take care everyone.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Treasure Tuesday.

I have missed 2 Treasure Tuesdays! The last 2 weeks have just flew by. I was determined not to forget today.

This is sort of dumb I know, but I've kept this cane for 49 years. It is from a pink sparkly Kewpie doll bought for the 5 year old me at our 'Ekka'. The doll fell apart years ago, but I just could not throw away the cane. It hangs tucked away in my wardrobe. It's over a metre long and would have been taller than me.
I must explain what the 'Ekka' is. It is the 'Exhibition' or to give it its more formal title - the Royal Queensland Agricultural and Industrial Association Show - a fair on a big scale! It has just finished its 10 day run, always in August, of course.
I have some other Ekka treasures I must dig out.
I've been quilting a boy baby quilt and have also sewn a girl baby quilt top. No pictures yet, but I'll do that soon.

Take care everyone.

PS - I forgot to put the link in to Clare's Treasure Tuesdays.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gardener's Journal Sew-along Update.

I'm up to date with my blocks for the Gardener's Journal Sew-along. Phew! Use the icon on my side bar to check out the great work being done by all the other participants.

These blocks contained 'square in a square' blocks. I've never done one of those before, so it was good to learn something new. One in particular is a bit wonky - off centre and points chopped off. I decided against redoing it. I'll just look at it with one eye closed and my head on a slant! But I do want to practise them to get those points right.

Off to trace August's stitcheries.

Take care everyone,

Birthday Boys

Well these are my birthday boys!
My son J turned 21 yesterday. I really would like to know where those 21 years have gone. I know it's cliche, but it really does seem like only last week I held that long baby in my arms.
Yesterday we took J and 10 of his friends out to lunch. The above photo is one my Mum took last Christmas in my sister's lovely garden.

Hubbie and I would like to wish him all the best for his future, whatever he decides it to be. (We just wish he'd hurry up and think about it.)

This is my Dad. He's 79 today.
Happy Birthday Dad.