Monday, 26 May 2014

Not so depressing!

While DD and I had a dig around in some old stuff this weekend we came across some real treasures amongst the trash. A great find was some beautiful depression glass items.

The rose pattern on this medium bowl is beautiful and it was a bargain from Life Line at $5.

This one, while not as cheap, was much bigger!

I have been chasing some green pieces for a while now and came upon these beauties.

It is still possible to find these beautiful pieces around the place really cheap, but not often now. I don't mind paying a fair price though and love using them when friends drop round for tea!

It wasn't all trash and treasure hunting, I did do a little stitching on the weekend as well and finished off my "Preston Bag" by Dawn Hay. Of course while we were out and about we did happen across a craft shop and I finally found a piece of green fabric I liked enough to make up the bag. If you like the bag you can get the pattern here!




I still have a couple of little buttons to stitch on to the pockets, and when I stop being lazy I will get the jar down and dig out a couple.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

A spot of upcycling!

There are lots of people out there with great ideas for upcycling all manner of everyday items.

What do you do with these containers from the supermarket?

They often come with fruit in them, and sometimes they have biscuits. They come in all shapes and sizes, big and small.

Here is what I like to do with them. 

They hold all the bits and pieces when I'm working on a project.

Scraps and threads while I'm stitching.

A container for all the different threads when I machine applique. I choose all my colours first and have them handy where I can grab them quickly to change colours.

I even use them in draws to hold different items such as make-up!

Here are a couple of other bloggers who love to recycle. Agy and Karen, they have lots of great ideas.

What do you do with yours?

Sunday, 18 May 2014


I once again signed up with my blogger friends for a night of stitching.  What I didn't know was that hubby had organised a pizza night with the grand kids so although I did bring the stitching along I only did a little as there was the Leggo Movie to watch!

I did however finish off the embroidery on the pocket of my new bag. I didn't really want to make tiny hexies so did something a little different and made a large flower hexie. Now I'm all ready for bag construction.

Saturday was another day of stitching and saw DD and I working on our projects again.

I decided I liked the hexie I used on the bag pocket and while DD and I enjoyed  a few movies I got cutting and stitching.

Now to decide what to do with them or maybe I can just keep them for embellishments on other projects.  Maybe I can just keep making them like this person I found on Pinterest!!

Think I have hexie envy! LOL!

Thanks Wendy for hosting Friday night again. 
Why don't you pop on over and check out what everyone else was up to.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Having a choice!

My daughter came over on Saturday with a lovely carry bag and proceeded to pull out 3 equally beautiful fabric packs complete with matching thread and ribbons. Be still my beating heart!
 Harmless enough I hear you say.............


She then told me I could chose one for mothers day! Easy I said " I'll have that one with the lovely roses on the green".  How good was that, fabric, thread and matching ribbon!

Then she said......."Chose another" after some discussion where I professed my need to NOT be greedy and that I absolutely loved my choice and didn't have to have another and not to spend all her hard earned money on me....and so on! 

She insisted.

Now this choice was hard. I didn't want to pick all the lovely colours and leave the last one like it wasn't took some anxious time for the decision to be made.


What do you know...........the wretch laughed and said they were all for me!

She enjoyed making me squirm! Now is that a naughty daughter or what! Need to give her this one but look out as I shall be planning revenge!

This is what I have done so far.

Have a nice project in mind from a pattern I recently purchased. I am a spoilt mother! Hope everyone had a wonderful day last Sunday.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

New Bag

Doing the stitching for Dawn Hay's Preston Bag, but still having trouble choosing the fabric for the rest of of it. If you want to make one for yourself you can find it here.

 Just don't know about the green!

Love the stitchery verse.

Needed to show the view from my office. Looking out over the sea to Magnetic Island.

And around the back there is a close up of Castle Hill! 

Of course that is the view when I am in the office as I also go to Cairns, Mareeba and Ingham as well as working in Townsville.

Last week I spent some time in Mareeba and on the way home I just had to stop in at the rose farm, Roseburra and pick up some seconds. Around 40 roses for $12 What a bargin. They call these seconds?

 I need to make the craft shops known to me now and vist them as well!

Monday, 12 May 2014

A Tale of Two Stitchings!

My mojo had gone missing and I didn't really know what I wanted to stitch so I pulled out a little stitchery I finished recently and thought I would put it together. 
Then I filled it with needles and took a piccy and the more I looked at it the more I thought there was something wrong with it and for the life of me I couldn't figure what! The buttons were in the wrong place for a start!

I was really confused and decided to check out the original Jenny of Elefantz pattern and see what I had done wrong! Nope, no good, can't see the mistake..................then one day while looking at it again ..........I discovered I had completely changed the piecing.
 Check out  the way it should have been!

Ha Ha....who's the goose. I guess I was a little pre-occupied with family matters! Now the decision to keep it as is was there and I tried to put on a nonchanlant air of "it will be ok the way it is", but the more I looked at it the more I wanted to change it.

So to the un-picker I went and that is how it became the tale of two stitchings! I could have written a dam book.

Example number 2! 
Now mine is still different because I didn't really want to unpick the whole lot! Hope I get my brains back soon! LOL!

The inside story

I think the moral of the story is to check the pattern as you go and make sure you have the pieces in the right place.
Hope you like my un-intentional version.

Thursday, 8 May 2014


The death of my mother in law recently (two weeks ago) has certainly had a profound effect on our family. 

We are all missing this person who was the last link to where we came from and who we are.

But there are beautiful memories, recipes, photos and wonderful sayings.

We always had an interesting relationship, her coming from northern Italy and my heritage coming from the deep south! Northerners don't trust southerners and visa versa! But she never included me in that......or so she always said!!! LOL! I never did master how to make her special meatballs!

And this last piccy sums it up as she dearly loved all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even the non-meatball making daughter in law!

Ciao Benita, Rest in Peace.

On a different note another crafter has a problem with a heirloom stitchery and if anyone can offer any suggestions go here to see the post and maybe offer some words of wisdom.

Thanks for listening.