Sunday, October 16, 2016

A quick update and a word of caution

The last school term has started and work dominates everything it seems at the moment but there had been some progress in the to be bedroom, the ceiling is done and the lights installed, although the rest is very much a work in progress.

I have taken a few hasty photos, the flowers are blooming lovely, sorry about the shadow.  The chickens are still wreaking havoc in the garden so spend a lot of time confined to quarters.  The corn and sunflowers are slowly recovering from being flung far and wide by eager chickens feet several time over the past few weeks.

The pouf continues to grow although not so much this week, still trying to get work fit after just two weeks off!  

I have spent this morning putting together some note cards using images the year 8 photography class have taken and edited. These are going to the local primary school who are having an art show this year. I think they have done a great job.  

  And now for that word of warning.  I recently bought those Frixion pens thinking they were the answer to all our fabric marking dilemmas.  My grandson was round yesterday having a nap under the little quilt I had made him and I noticed the pink lines that I had drawn for my quilting guides had reappeared in some places, ironing did nothing to get rid of them, but a soak and wash seems to have done the trick although there are still a few faint marks. The quilt is still wet so I will check again later. This has only happen on the printed fabric, all the hand dyes seem of.  I remember drawing over the lines a few times as they weren't where I wanted them and I suspect the pen has gone right through the fabric and into the wadding and some months later have reappeared. So I would be a little cautious if using loose weave fabrics, don't overdo the pen marks!  
I have just taken the latest sour dough experiment out of the oven, lets just save it it an enormous improvement on my last attempt.  In fact a big buttery hunk is calling me, fortification to tackle some marking, what better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.  
I have downloaded a new app for blogging, it's great!  And have changed the setting for leaving comments here. I know a few people have tried but have not had a google account, now it should be much easier.  Let's hope next weeks update has some big progress to report, although it will be a bit late as I will be enjoying a weekend of dyeing up at Main Creek 😀😀

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Frustrating Day

What a waste of a day!  I had the whole day to myself and usually have a project planned that I can do uninterrupted, but today I decided my blog needed a freshen up and spent hours looking at templates deciding what I really wanted the "new" blog to look like, downloaded a template and fell into a hole of woe!  Hours later I'm back where I started here, minus a few bits that didn't backup before I went down the slippery path of messing up your blog.  I do however have a wix site, not sure I am going to change over thou.

So at 4,o,clock, I realised I was still in my pj's and hadn't actually remembered to eat anything apart from the obligatory cups of coffee, but not sure they count as proper nutritional intake.

To try and compensate for my total lack of achieving anything so far today, I went and dragged in my large crate of wool and filled a smaller crate with a selection ready to start a crochet pouf as shared by Ester over at

The bedroom is still coming along ok, the cornice is up and we had hoped to have the lights in before the weekend but the weather has been horrible, making it difficult to work without lights and the chief renovator is away for the weekend
Although is not that cold now, well hardly chilly really, the fire is lite and I'm ready for an evening of TV and crocheting.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Plodding Along

Well I have decided not to show anymore pictures of bare walls as progress is s....l....o...w... but school holidays are here so I will be acting as foreman and will kick some butt!

So here are a few things that have been making progress.

A little bit more crochet.

The garden is looking prettier and I can sit and have my morning coffee and enjoy the view.

The cheeky gnome has just about disappeared into the veggie patch.

I love cloudy skies and this was the view when I took pictures of the garden a little earlier. Now the sky had gone dark as a storm rolls in over the lake.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A little progress

I did warn you progress will be slow, a week on and we now have square corners!  The trouble with renovating a very old house is dealing with warp, in this case warps and wefts as this house twists and turns every way imaginable and after spend so much time getting the living area straight, Steve is not going to be beaten by this room. There will be another week of levelling and flattening before anything serious happens in here, but will be worth the effort when we come to put in the wardrobes as hopefully it will fit into a proper corner and the doors will actually slide.

My six balls of wool from last week have transformed into this little gem, I am addicted to this overlay crochet, and looking for something else to keep me busy in the evenings.  I think this will end up as a cushion for the back deck, it will complement the lovely spring bulbs that are blooming away at the moment.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A long process

We all crave that quiet, well organised place to work or create in and if you have followed this blog, you will know that my work space has been out the back of the house in dark and dusty rooms that are cold in the winter, hot in the summer and frequently invaded by unwanted guests.
Well after a lot of persuading we have decided that a spare bedroom is completely unnecessary and I can have a room in the house, the fact that Steve is in need of more work space had no bearing on the decision I'm sure!
You may also be aware that we are in the process of the longest renovation ever undertaken by man, or women for that matter, but today, at last I feel like we are moving forward again.  We have had a junk room for more years than I care to remember,  it is like a black hole in the middle of the house. The door is always firmly shut and very few people have seen behind it. This afternoon, it's walls and floor were finally laid bare, not a bit of junk remained, it is a blank canvas, ready for transformation into ........ No...... Not. My work room, but our bedroom. This is going to be a very long process!

So in many months from now, hopefully this will be a smart new bedroom THEN the work can begin on my work room.  It is the only room in the house that needs completely gutting as it still has the old horsehair plaster walls and ceiling.
But it is a nice big room with a double window to let in lots of natural light, it will be fitted with good working lights and a ceiling fan, plenty of power points and won't be down the back, away from phones, running water and other necessities.

I has been been a very long time since I have posted to this blog and I'm not sure anyone visits anymore, but I will be posting weekly (she says optimistically) photos of the progress towards getting my ultimate work space.  If nothing else this will be a great way to track our very slow progress. 

I had three things to do on my list today, luckily the other two involve sitting in front of the telly with either needles or a hook in hand and this colourful array of yarn, not finding storage for stuff that just can't be thrown or dust!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Blogging from an ipad

Just how easy is it? Well here we go and maybe I will be blogging again soon

Friday, May 29, 2015

Latest Project

My latest project using my pile of fat quarters is this lovely pin cushion /thread catcher. A free pattern can be found here.…/SMSPincushionOrganizer.pdf
I now have a colourful collection to organise all my bits and pieces for my next sewing weekend away.
I still have quite a collection of fabric left, even a few whole fat quarters so if you have any suggestion for my next project, then post them here, or if you have something you want to see made up in hand dyed fabrics let me know and I will see what I can do.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Quiltarama Project 2

Today project is made using Liz's Folio pattern
As you can see, there is a theme to my pieces and one big mistake in this piece but I can live with it. I am into recycling, up cycling at the moment so used a cornflakes box to line my folio. The machine had no problem stitching through this, but as we know, paper blunts your scissors, so you can assume it will do the same to your needle so use one that you are ready to replace, or keep a separate needle for the purpose.
All these pieces are made using the fabrics dyed in the pictures posted on 21st with the addition of a bit of stamping and decorative stitching. Don't forget to check out if you would like to come along and dye up your own lovely pile of fabrics.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Project 1

First project from my fat quarter stash is this bag and zipper purse using the Monica Poole Bambino bag pattern, tweaked a bit to accommodate my fat quarters. I am quiet amazed at how far a pile of fat quarters will go!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Quiltarama 2015

It is that time of year again and yes, I have been a very bad blogger as my last post was about this time last year!!
All the information for this years Quiltarama can be found at
This is going to be an exciting year, with a change of venue and more workshops on offer.
This year I am doing another dye workshop but focusing on colour theory.  All the details can be found on my tutors page
As I have said over on the tutors page, I have set myself a challenge to use all the 21 fat quarters in a variety of small projects, which I will show you over the next few days.
For today, here are a couple of photos of the lovely colours that will be dyed up at the workshop.

I also have a facebook page, where I will be doing regular posts where you can add comments or ask questions.

You can also always message me here in blog land and ask too.