Friday, 30 December 2016

Another Year Rolls On.

Now with another new year looming it's time to turn around from the past and look forward to what's ahead.

Despite a shocking family tragedy before Christmas we were able to come together and celebrate the season with family and friends.  No promises or new year resolutions for me as I never keep them anyway, just different plans to move forward with. 

I did get time to whip up some little pouches for the table.

I have joined a couple of Face Book fabric de-stash sites and am looking forward to a big clean out of fabric, patterns and bits and bobs that I won't be using.  It's a good feeling and I'm looking forward to this clean out.

Another change you may have already noticed is my name. While working for Queensland Health in a management role I never wanted my name out there and just used my middle name. Of course I have not worked for them for a couple of years now and decided it's time to ....come clean!! 

There will be lots of sewing, cooking, gardening and collecting (not too much collecting) on the horizon for the next year with a little work thrown in for good measure.

I finished a little Christmas stitchery over the holidays but didn't get time to frame it, so it will have to wait for next Christmas now!

I also have the first block completed for Gentle Domesticity from Jenny of Elefantz. Hope to get going on the rest soon. I used other little stitchery's from the Stitchery Club as well to fill in the spare spaces.

Hope 2017 brings out the best in all. See you in the new year.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Quietly Stitching Away.

I know I've been quiet on here, but I was still stitching away in the craft room. Sometimes it's hard to juggle between work, family and craft, but it is possible when you love what you do.

In between all the juggling I did manage to get a few things made for the gift box.

A coupe of bag holders

A hand cloth and tea-towel set in brown. Not my favorite colour I must admit. Don't know why I brought these tea-towels!

Tea-towel trimmed with some ric-rac and fabric.

This tea-towel has a rather delicious cup cake trim.

Another set with matching hand towel.

This one has a matching pot holder in the shape of a muffin.

Didn't purchase anything extra to make these......just had a dig in my stash. Need to make some more to take to work as people are requesting to buy some to give as gifts!  

I'm in the kitchen tomorrow making Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.....Yum!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Back in the Kitchen.

I always love cooking for the grandies and I'm sure they love it too. I don't always cook sweet things but alternate with savoury goodies.

Choc-chip and Macadamia Cookies

Pumpkin Fruit Cake.

Of course I'm using my new measuring set. Got this for my birthday, and just love it!

Cheesy bacon and Zucchini Muffins.

I could go a muffin right now, but there's none left so I guess I'll have to head into the kitchen and make another batch.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

What I Did Last Night!

Wendy again hosted the  Friday Night Sew In and I stitched along with 25 other lovely people from all around the place. Of course not having to work Friday I did start a little early and did some extra stitching on my Gentle Domesticity Blocks.

Block 7 was finished and Block 8 just needed a few little finishing touches only.

And earlier in the day I got this one ready to finish, but didn't get around to taking one stitch on it. It's a free pattern from Jennifer of Elefantz and gets made into a lovely cushion. You can get this here!

Now as you can see below I have quite a mess on the craft table and I think it's time to tidy up.

Why not pop on over to Wendy's Blog Sugarlane Designs and see what others have been up to!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

New Kid on the Block.

A couple of weeks ago we went for a drive to Ravenswood to meet up with friends, who also happen to be the breeders of our beautiful guardian dog "Ghost".

It's about an hour and 50 minutes drive from home with not a lot to see until you arrive at this small old mining town. Once there, the history of the place becomes more evident with  rusty remnants of the past to be found everywhere around the town.

There are many reminders of the booming mining place it once was. You can read about it here.

Very friendly locals and beautiful old buildings with a great museum.

But most importantly we came home with this little cutie! He started off with us naming him Lucky, but his name has since changed to "Rocky".

Here are his hard working Maremma relatives, which includes his mum and dad.
Hope you enjoyed this short trip to the south west of our region.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Getting Another UFO Finished.

Lately I have made an effort to finish a few projects and this is the latest. A quilt top I completed who knows when as it's been in my " to finish " box for..... forever.

I will be using this on the table when friends come over for coffee and cake.

Of course the dog, being a Maremma has to inspect everything and this was no exception. 

As I needed something for the backing I went to Spotlight for a pale check gingham or something similar but fell in love with this and used it for the binding as well.

With the weather being so nice here (for hot tropical North Queensland) the flowers are loving the mild weather and frequent showers.

Not to be outdone the orchids are blooming away with wonderful large sprays.

Of course with the damp comes the fungus, but aren't they gorgeous?