Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Out To Dinner

What a day !
I made binding and bound a quilt.
Cut sashings and started sewing the BOM together at work.
I should finish it tomorrow.
So many people came in today , I think they thought the shop was closing the doors today.
Still 2 to 3 weeks to go.
There is so much to move and clean out.
And when it all gets to where it's going, it will take a few more weeks to organise.

DH , the boys and I went out to tea.
It was one of DH's work mates , wife's birthday .
Not much fun for the boys as they have girls.
But it was a good night.

So no sewing tonight.

The girls layed only 7 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Reading Again

DH and I saved some fuel today and went to work together.
As he started work at a normal persons time today ,  and I didn't have to get the boys ready for school , we took the same car.
I was very lucky to get a doctors appointment this morning too.
I have something on my back.
I'm not sure if something bit me or what.
But if the antibiotics don't work then it will have to be lanced ( ouch )
I hope the antibiotics work. Lol.

No sewing tonight.
I have been reading. ( The Misconception by Darlene Gardner ) A free book on i-books.

The girls layed 25 eggs over the last 2 days.

Until Next Time.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Caught Napping !

I couldn't help myself , I just had to take his picture.
Jacob's cat sound asleep on the table outside.
He sure has grown !

Some of the babies having breakfast.

They are just so cute.

Here is what Mum has been doing today.
Finishing a UFO.
I think it has been sitting in the cupboard for over 12 years.
A very scrappy log cabin.
With 3/4" finished strips..

I have started sewing my mystery quilt.
I block down    ? to go...........
I have also started an applique quilt , and when it's a top , all will be revealed.
I do hope there will be people brave enough to make it. Lol.

Back to work tomorrow after my very short week last week.

As the weather has changed ,  and is raining  , we didn't pick up the eggs.
It is still very humid though.

Until Next Time.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

A Bit Of Sewing

This is Mum's jelly roll race quilt top.

And this is  the back.
Mum joined the strips on the straight to give it a bit more width.
They kind of look like barcodes. Lol.

I have been working on my mystery quilt today.
And have nearly finished my first  hexagon star block.

The girls layed 11 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Friday, 27 January 2012


Today we spent a few hours in town as we had to bomb the house. ( for flea's )
Last year they were so bad.
We have to call the pest man to come spray again.

Jacob spent some of his Christmas money and bought himself some jeans and two shirts.

We bought some lunch and went to the skate park for the boys to have a bit of fun.

Jacob on the rip stick.

And Zac had his scooter.
Half an hour was enough in the heat.

Zac had his picture in today's paper.
It was a very nice photo.

I did a bit more on my mystery quilt while DH was umpiring the charity twenty/twenty cricket match in Swan Hill tonight.

The girls layed 19 eggs over the last 2 days.

Until Next Time.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Australia Day

                                                       HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY !

I hope everyone has had a great day.

We had a nice cooked breakie at Nyah West which was put on by the Lions Club.
Then the business end of the day with the speeches and the awards.

Zachary recieved a certificate of achievement and medallion.
We are very proud of him.

This is him looking very bored while some of the speeches were being made.
He really needs a hair cut.
The local paper was there and took his photo with his certificate.
 I will post a photo when I get one.
Jacob spent most of the day at a friends house.

One of Grandma's Dalia's

These are new babies that hatched while I was in South Australia.
DH's Mum got the eggs from someone and they were blue.
Aren't they cute.
We don't know what they are.
Some have better markings than others .
There are 15 of them.

We forgot to pick up the eggs today.

                                                     Easter Lilies
No sewing today.
After 2 trips to Swan Hill ( taking Zac to the pool and then picking him up ) and watching the cricket then watching the movie " Friends with Benefits "which was funny, witty, sweet , sad and very entertaining I ran out of time.

Until Next Time.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Home Again

We are home !

We arrived home safely at 4.30pm this afternoon , after leaving the Barossa at 11.00am our time.
It is such a long drive.
I was having trouble keeping my eyes open as I only had 5 hours sleep ( strange bed and to many thoughts )
It would have been nice to stay a bit longer , but as Zac is recieving something at the Australia Day ceremony tomorrow I had to be home.
Gosh , more bacon and eggs tomorrow for breakie !

My cousin loved her hug quilt.
There were a lot of tears yesterday and some today as well.

My cousin cooked bacon and eggs on the BBQ for quite a few of us for breakfast , which was really tasty.
If I had known he was going to ,  I could have supplied the eggs. Lol.

I might work on my mystery quilt tomorrow.
I hope.
And as DH is still on holiday he can help me with my resume.

The girls layed 11 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Well I did get up when the alarm went off.
And then had a very nice hot shower.
We had a safe and uneventful trip.
The service was very nice.
And very sad.
You will be missed greatly Aunty Fay.
Love you heaps.

The heat hasn't stopped either.

It was nice to see my many cousins again , even under the circumstances .

The girls layed 12 eggs today .

Until Next Time .

Monday, 23 January 2012

It's Hot

It has been hot now for over a week.
I'm glad we will be in the car for half the day tomorrow, as it's going to be a  hot one.
The funeral is at 2pm so we are hoping to leave by 7am.
I am not a morning person , but that is nothing that a hot shower can't fix.

It was very warm in the shop today and despite the heat it didn't stop people from shopping.
I have finished 7 blocks of the BOM for the shop , only 2 left.

Mum called in to put her car fridge in my car for the trip.
And then I vacuumed the car , so she is nice and clean now.

I hope I will be able to post something tomorrow as I will only have my phone.
So it may be a short message.
Despite the circumstances it will be nice to see family again.

So I'm off to bed as we have a long drive tomorrow.

The girls layed 10 eggs today.
There is another clucky chook !!

Until Next Time.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sleep Overs

Mum has been sewing like a mad woman ( I think it takes her mind of things for a little while ) and has finished another jelly roll race quilt.

It is using just a black and a white jelly roll.
For a mad Collinwood supporter.
It's definitely very different.

I have been working on my mystery quilt.

Zac has had a friend stay last night and most of the day , until his Mum came and picked them up to go to the pool.
Then I picked up Zac and his other friend who is staying tonight.

Back to work tomorrow , then off to South Australia on Tuesday for Aunty Fay's funeral and home on Wednesday.
If only we could snap our fingers and be there.
It is such a long way.

I washed the car tonight out front on our new grass. ( will take a photo when I remember )
And will give it a vacuum when I get home from work tomorrow.

Here are our new dozen babies.
One little red one in there , it looks so funny with all the others.

  Here are the next oldest chicks.
There are two different age groups in this pen.

These are some of the bigger ones.
They are from the eggs my Dad gave us to hatch.
I think we will have a rest from creating more mouths to feed. Lol.

The girls layed 12 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Same , But Different

Mum finished her second " Holly Jolly " jelly roll race quilt today.

And here are the two of them together.
The one on the left hasn't been ironed yet so that's why it looks smaller.
They look so different.
While Mum was sewing that I was working on my Mystery Class quilt.
Still no sewing on it yet.
And my lips are still sealed girls !!
That goes for you to Natalie. Lol.
As to the Toll House Cookies , when I have time I will post the recipe.
They taste so good.............

Sometimes I think my brain is like a sieve because I forgot to take photo's of the babies.
DH and I moved them out to the baby chicken run , so they can go under the light at night.

We have close to 80 chickens in all different sizes.
OMG !!!
If anyone would like to buy some young pullets we have 12.
Just let me know.

My brother came for a visit with his girlfriend and her two girls today ,which was nice for Grandma.
The girls kept going out to the garden to pick Strawberries.
I'm glad they didn't run into the great big Stumpy Lizard that we saw when we got the eggs.

The girls layed 13 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Babies Again !

I took the boys to town early today.
New shoes for both of them , plus school shoes for Zac.
Only two weeks left of the holidays now.
And Jacob had his hair cut !!!
We got a few groceries , filled the water bottle and had a stop at the patchwork shop for some fusible web.

Tonight when DH got home he and Jacob made Toll House cookies.
Jacob made this cookie man.

Not bad !
There may be a fight over who gets to eat him. Lol.

We have 12 new additions as well.
Photo's tomorrow.

I have been sewing the binding today.
I should do another hexie , I've been really slack.

The girls layed 11 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Thursday, 19 January 2012


Today Mum finished another jelly roll race quilt.
It's using Holly Jolly fabric.
And she started another one too.

I will take a photo of them together when the other one is finished,  as she is using the same fabric.

Belladonna Lillies   aka:  Easter Lillies.
They are beginning to pop up everywhere.

Jacobs cat curled up to DH's arm.

Zac spent most of the day out in the shed with Mum and I today , which was nice.

I haven't actually sewn today, but I have been designing a mystery class for the middle of the year.
And have started getting it ready.
I must have a finished product for the class. Lol.
My lips are sealed ! ! ! everyone.......

The girls layed 14 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

A Very Sad Day

Today's post is going to be one of those that no one wants to write about.
This morning my darling Aunty Fay died.
She was one of Mum's big sisters.
I can say now that she is pain free and now with Uncle Geoff.
But that doesn't make us feel any better.
It was a great shock to everyone , as she was going home from the hospital today.
And I know Mum will probably not sleep a wink tonight.

This photo was taken nearly 2 years ago at Grandma's 90th.
Aunty Fay is the short one and Mum's oldest sister Aunty Lorraine.
Aunty Lorraine had a very bad stroke 5 years ago and we nearly lost her too.
Mum has had a very rough trot, losing 2 of her brothers,  and now Aunty Fay in the space of 2 years.

I have started sewing some of the binding down on the Jelly Roll race quilt that I made ages ago.
Well it seems like ages.
I am giving the quilt to my cousin who lost her husband late last year.
She can then have a hug from me at any time.

At work I have been doing this.

My poor fingers.
I was so scared that I would accidently cut through the leaves and have to start all over again.
I would have not been happy.

This is the finished block.
I am up to block 4.

The girls layed 11 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

I Sewed !

I have sewn a little bit of my Rose Star block.
They do have lots of pieces.
31 of them.
This may be another very long term project. Lol.

The Crepe Myrtle's flowers.

Fat Cat and the Mother Cat relaxing on the grass tonight in the evening heat.
What a hot day!!
I'm glad the A/C in the car works well.

I have started the fusible applique on the BOM at work.
OMG!  It is taking so long to trace and then cut out.
Very detailed.
I think I will have permanent scissor dents in my fingers by tomorrow night. Lol.

The girls layed 13 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Manic Monday

Today was quite a busy day at work.
A lot of familiar faces too.
People seem to come all at one time , it's kind of strange how that is.

Simone dropped in after her daughters dentist appointment , much to her disgust.
As all children of quilters think that their mothers have enough fabric already , so why Mum do you need anymore.

DH called in at work to say hello and kill some time as he dropped Zac and his friend at the pool.
Zac looks a bit like Rudolph now.

I had better wish my Dad a happy Birthday!!!
Not that he reads my blog. Lol.
No sewing tonight.

The girls layed 14 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Sunday Sewing With The Girls

I did manage to cut out and baste my first Rose Star block.

I did sew a few pieces together as well.
But only a couple.
I'm going to use scraps of the Dolls Dresses fabrics that I have.

Was so nice to see the Sunday Girls.
We all had a great time at our monthly sewing get together.
It was great to see Simone too.

We all went out to have tea at DH's brothers , which was good.
Home made lasagne and garlic bread.
I took a salad and a starters of dip , ritz , home grown baby roma tomatoes , cheese and kabana.
I think the boys had fun with their girl cousins.

The girls layed 11 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Summer Garden

Our Crepe Myrtle has been flowering some more.

It looks nice when it is all out.

Things in the garden do look nice in the Summer.

Today I made this bunny rug out of flannel.

It is double sided.
It has a Riley Blake print on one side and a nice pink check on the other.
It will be the first thing to go in my Etsy shop.

My brother and his boys stopped by for a while.
Zac and his cousins did a bit of slug gun shooting.

And DH and I watched the cricket.
And we have just finished watching  " Due Date " so funny !!!!!!!

The girls layed 21 eggs over the last 2 days.

Until Next Time.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday The 13th

Well today not much of anything was done.
After the dishes being done and washing hung up it was time to go to town and the funeral.
It was a graveside service and though it wasn't hot we did get sun burnt.
I now have a bright red forehead and white where my sunglasses were.
DH is sun burnt too.
I don't have a good hat just the one I wear at home.
Must invest in one, I think.

After all our running around in town and some appointments and after-funeral drinks ( because that is what blokes do ) we got home at tea time and quickly made some steak sandwiches and then I dyed Jacobs hair.
I sort of did the tips only.
It is a darkish brown colour so I hope it isn't to dark as he has ash blonde hair.

One must not wave to the local paper's photographer ( even if you know her )
Because then she will take one's photo.
And then she will put it in the paper.
And I hate my photo being taken.
She took DH's and my photo with our neighbour when we were at the trots the other night.

So no sewing done today.

We forgot the eggs tonight. Oops!!
DH copped a migraine when we got home , so with getting tea and doing Jacobs hair I forgot.

Until Next Time.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Unwanted Exersise

Well the weather today was very nice.
Not to hot , with a cool breeze.

DH went with friends to play golf today.
At least the windy weather had gone.
He didn't win.

So I had a play out in the sewing room.

And did the next block of the Noah and Friends BOM.

I would have done some more but I have been in the toilet most of the day.
And my sewing room doesn't have a toilet , so I had to keep running inside.
So I got some exercise. Lol.

Tomorrow DH and I are going to town for a funeral.
A former work associate of DH's died.

And do some school uniform shopping for Zachary and school shoes.
Always money!!
Now I will have to label their clothes as they will have the same size.

The girls layed 9 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Isn't It Summer ?

Today I finished cutting , folding and bagging up the BOM.
It is a Michelle Hill pattern using William Morris fabric.
Arts and craft era stuff.

DH , Zac and Grandma had an appointment with the 6 noisy roosters and they are now headless , featherless and in the freezer.
So no more 5 o'clock serenading.

Tonight after tea we went for a little walk to the trotting track to see the trotts.
We never bet on them we just pick horses between us and see who wins.
I won twice and DH once.
We only watched 3 races because it is so cold.
The wind is freezing.

Here are the boys sitting on the grass with their jumpers on.
There was no way we were going to get eaten by mozzies tonight.
Too cold.
Jacob was playing on his phone.

And Zac, thinking ,stop taking photo's Mum !

The mighty Murray River is just behind the gum trees past the trotting track.
The oval for football and cricket is in the middle.

The girls layed 10 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Movie Night

The sale at work is keeping us very busy.
The stuff that we are finding tucked away in boxes out the back.
There are many specials and bargains too.
I'm nearly sick of rolling and tying fabric up.
My poor feet didn't like it today.

I have started cutting up a new BOM too.
Something a bit different than looking through boxes and sorting.

We have watched  Cowboys vs Aliens tonight which was very  good.
Love Harrison Ford.
I think I have watched just about every shoot em up and kick boxing movie ever made.
With only brothers in the house I didn't have much choice.
We also watched horror movies.
Now I can't watch them at all.

So no sewing tonight either.

The girls layed 12 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Busy , Busy !!!

Not a great deal to report today.

What a busy day again at work , we were run off our feet.

I had two friends drop in which was nice.

They know who they are !
Love you guy's.
See you Sunday Nat !

No actual sewing tonight , but I did cut out some applique pieces.

The girls layed 12 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Sunday, 8 January 2012


After a very late night ( morning , the boys didn't get home from the speedway until 12:45am ) we had a very good sleep-in.
I said some very bad words when I looked at the clock.
It was 11 o'clock.
So breakfast was lunch, and then that just stuffs up the day !
DH and I went to town to see his friend and drop something off to him, then we went and did a bit of shopping as the boys wanted pizza for tea.
Then we went to DH's brothers house on the way home to drop off some corn and tomatoes and we ended up staying for hours.
Isn't it usually parents ringing their children to ask where they are , and when they will be home , not the other way round ?
We had a few of those phone calls today.

The pouring rain woke me at 3:30am , which was nice to hear on the roof.
We ened up with 21mm , so nearly an inch of rain.
The garden said thank-you.

No sewing done today.

The girls layed 14 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

A Little Dust Storm

I have made the next block in  Just Takes 2.

And the heart block but I haven't appliqued them yet.

The 6 blocks.

The next block in the Noah and Friends BOM.

All the corn cut and bagged up.

And 5 bags of corn kernels.

The boys have gone to the speedway with their uncle and cousins tonight.
We thought the weather was going to be bad, as we had a little dust storm.
 And then it started to rain softly.
But it didn't last long.

As I am home alone I watched a movie.
Bright Star.
About John Keats the poet.
It made me cry ( I'm such a sook )

The girls layed 15 eggs today.

Until Next time.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Corny ?

Today , when I got home from work , DH was out harvesting our corn.

I think we will be eating corn for a while.
Most of it will be going in the freezer.

Another very busy day at work again.

No sewing tonight either.

The girls layed 15 eggs today.
It seems like some are laying every other day.

Until Next Time.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Something To Crow About !!!

What a day!!!!

Well I didn't get half as much done as I could have , because I was so busy with customers.
After the boss put an add in the paper reminding everyone of the sale, she also announced to the local public that she is relocating the shop to the little town where they live.
The shop will now be in the church across the road from her house.
So now the shop will be over 30 minutes from Swan Hill.
And way to far for me to travel for work. ( It takes me 20 minutes to get to Swan Hill )
I will now be looking for a new job.
I have known for a while that she was going to move , just not sure when.
Sometime in February.

Well no sewing done today.

And in just over a week ,  6 of our roosters will be going into the freezer ( not before time ) the bloody things crowed all the wee hours of this morning keeping me awake !
I usually don't hear them but I woke up when the computer decided to update and turn itself off then on again , making that noise it does.
I thought one of the boys had turned on their computer ,  but it was the house computer , I will make sure it's turned off before I go to bed tonight.

The girls layed only 7 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Last Day !

It was a very nice day today only 31 C.
Heaps better than 40 C.........

Just 3 more rows to sew together.

My Just Take 2 Ohio Star block.

My 4 finished blocks.

The next ready to go!

The heart applique block to be.......
I need ink for the printer so I can get the heart template.

Back to work tomorrow.

The girls layed 15 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

No. 52

I have finally finished Diamond Hexagon No. 52.

Now I have to baste as I haven't any left.

Block 2 of  Just Takes 2.
It even measures right.
As I go back to work on Thursday I'm not to sure if I will keep up, but I will try to get another one done tomorrow.
And I've sewn a few Irish Chain blocks.

We went to town this afternoon when DH woke up.
The boys wanted to spend some of their Christmas money.
They both bought an X-Box game.and Zac also bought another Nerf gun.

It's still hot !
But they say it's going to be in the low 30's tomorrow ( that will be great )

The girls layed 10 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

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