Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's Wild and Windy

There is so much wind today that it's a great day to be indoors.  Though I did jump out of bed early to take the dogs for the play at the beach.  Not for any altruistic reasons of course, such as I must get my daily exercise.  Nope.  I do it because Molly heaps a guilt trip of monumental proportions onto me if she doesn't get her manic half hour at the beach.  She has gotten to be very well known down there now, and this morning as she hit the beach (I was still struggling along the bushy track that leads to the beach) I heard a chorus of "Oh here's Molly!" from the people already down there.

My younger daughter Andrea has always had a very artistic streak and has very recently begun designing and making jewellery.  When she sent me some photos of what she has been doing, I was very pleasantly surprised.


davinci loveaffair

Aren't they scrummy!     I'm really looking forward to seeing how her talent develops.  She tells me she is also designing a CD cover for somebody, as well as doing some art work for another customer.

I don't have to lot to talk about regarding my artistic endeavours.  I am halfway through appliqueing many many very tiny leaves and berries onto a block that is part of a group quilt.  

And I joined a new quilt group this week.  Very nice ladies.  I shall enjoy meeting with them each week.  I'm also about to join yet another small group.  So that takes care of my social life as I also still go to my lovely group each second Tuesday evening.

A whole slew of new projects have just been begun, or are about to be begun, and the poor old Dear Jane is taking a backseat just at the moment.  But I have discovered that it is really difficult to watch the tennis and stitch at the same time.  Very easy to watch footy, cricket or movies cos I can just watch with my ears...but with tennis I need to watch with my eyes.  Really slows down the stitching progress.

DD Rhyll is coming to visit again from Canberra for the Australia Day long weekend which is very exciting.  I haven't told the dogs yet because they will get too excited.  I pick her up on Friday from the airport.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Another fabulous project

The great new projects just keep right on coming for this year.  I bought the new Homespun magazine yesterday and was absolutely delighted with several of the projects in it.  But my absolute 'must do' is Breast of Friends which will be presented over 6 months.  It has designs from all our Aussie designers, and best of all, it features the fabric line In The Pink II by The Buggy Barn.  Now I just happened to purchase all of these fabrics as soon as they came onto the market and have been waiting for just the right project to use them.  And now I rather do think I have found it.

These photos show the fabric range and the first of the designs.

In The Pink II

Breast of Friends

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Oh Happy Days!

Yup, I'm bopping around the sewing room singing Oh Happy Days cos I'm excited about a new project for the first time in a very long time.  For a little while there, I thought I was losing it (my patchworking obsession I mean).  Nothing inspired me.  There has been a rash of new free BOM projects, each of which I would excitedly read about and then just go cold on the whole project.  I'm not interested in cutting up a million little pieces of fabric and sewing them all together...been there, done that.   A couple of applique projects caught my interest for a little while, but no, they weren't what I was looking for either.  And then yesterday, wonder of wonders, I totally fell in love.  With a project of course, not a bloke!!!    My god, I'm not THAT crazy!

On my Bloglines, I saw that there was a new blog posting from Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs   I adore Anne's designs and love reading her blog, so I nearly jumped right out of my skin with excitement when she said that she was running a free BOM this year and that the first block had been posted.  Oh be still my beating heart!   So I took a little peek at the first design and knew that this just had to be a project for me this year.  It is adorable (as you would expect from from Anne).

So this morning I have been happily rummaging through the old stash finding just the right fabrics to begin working on block 1 which I will do in needleturn.  I don't have a piece of white felt, so I've put the call out to my friends for a teensy piece 3" square if they have one.

So while I've been busy sulking about not feeling inspired about sewing, you'll notice that I also haven't been blogging.  So I'll take this moment to wish you a Very Happy New Year.  Don't pay any attention to all the doom and gloom being predicted for this year.  Your year will be what you make of it.  Okay, so that got my little lecture out of the way too.

I had a wonderful Christmas/New Year week as my older daughter Rhyll came to stay for the week.  We didn't feel like doing any of the touristy things down here, so we decided one day to take the dogs to the dog beach at Kingston.  Well!  Was that ever fun!!  For us and the dogs.  From then on we kept going each day till Rhyll returned home to Canberra.  Molly didn't seem to think that Rhyll's departure was a reason to stop going to the beach and she can be mightily pursuasive!  So heart in mouth, off I trotted to the beach with Molly and Ebony...and it was fabulous!  I love it!  Every morning we bolt our brekky down and off to the beach we go for fun, fresh air, doggy smells, sand between our toes, lots of running (the dogs not me).  I meet lots of lovely people down there to chat to while our dogs go nuts.  So I can see us going down there daily for a very long time to come.  I tried to take piccies, but it's all a bit too frantic to do that successfully.  I'll have another go one day.

We've had gale force winds a lot down here, hence summer still hasn't really arrived.  Yesterday I looked out the window to see my poor roses being battered by the wind, so I went out and brought some of them inside.  Beautiful aren't they.

I was rummaging around out in the cabin/studio/shed (it is called various names according  to whatever comes to mind) and found this little wallhanging I made years ago.  I made it as a place where I could attach all the various pins, badges etc that I collected from friends, from shows, etc.  I thought it was a great idea rather than losing them or just throwing them out for want of an idea of what to do with them all.  So now I shall continue to find little items to decorate with.  It is now on the wall in my sewing room.

And last, but not least, as it is the only sewing I've done lately, here are seven little blocks I've made of the third row of my Dear Jane quilt.