Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Summer Is Over

Well look at this......
The last day of Summer , and the rain they have been promising has arrived.
With what is on the radar there is more to come too.
It sounds so nice on the roof.
And best of all it has cooled down.
Until the sun comes out again and the humidity will go through the roof. Yuck !!

As our block is on a slope the rain runs down our driveway.

Today Mum and I basted 4 quilts.
I finished one more block of my mystery quilt as well.
I may start quilting the baby quilt tomorrow , depends what I feel like doing.

DH cooked tonight.......we had KFC.

As it is bucketing down outside the eggs weren't picked up.

Until Next Time.

Liebster Blog Award

I have been gifted by 2 blogging friends with the Liebster Blog Award.

Freda and Mary.
Thank you both for the honour.

The Liebster Blog Award rules.
1. Post about your win.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
3. Copy and paste the award to your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs that have less the 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognized.
5. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

My 5 blog choices are.....

1. Simone
2. Ellen
3. Sarah
4. Nicky
5. Kylie

I love reading about their crafts and what is going on in their lives.
The world of blogging has opened up a whole new world to me and it is wonderful to talk , if only through technology ,with like minded ladies .

Until Next Time.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

New Cutting Station

This morning DH helped me set up the counter.
The top had to be screwed on and the middle section placed on the kick board thingy.

It will be my cutting station.
It got a bit of a rough trip in the trailer and could use some paint , but that's a job for another day.

The baby Trip Around The World top is finished.
I hope to baste it tomorrow and start quilting it.
It will be the first quilt to go in my Etsy shop.

I just love these fabrics.

I have finished another mystery block and sashed it too.
So I am a third through.

This is another storm photo from yesterday.
Zac took it just before it hit.
It is looking over our side fence and  that shed there is my sewing room.

The girls layed 5 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Monday, 27 February 2012

A Morning In The Garden.......

DH , Grandma and I ,  this morning , did a bit of gardening.

Double Delight

Some of the roses are blooming .

We cleaned up some vegie beds.
Planted seeds in the glasshouse.
And DH weeded some of the rose gardens too.
I pruned some branches off our London Plane tree as we couldn't walk under it anymore.

The weather last night and today has been unbearable.
So humid.
Yuck !
We had the A/C going full speed all night and it was still so hot.

This is the reason why.
All the weather from up north is coming down here.
I took this picture on our way home from town today.
we didn't make it home before the storm hit.

It came with quite a bit of dust too.
You can just see it on the horizon.

When we were in town , we picked up half of the counter from the shop.
It will be a great cutting counter for my shed.
When we get it together I will take photo's.
The boys and us got a little wet as we unloaded it from the trailer.
And the shed is a little muddy.
Nothing that a mop won't fix.

No sewing today.

The girls layed 6 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Quack Quack

This morning DH and I went to Nyah West and bought 4 ducks.

They are Peking cross with something.
Don't they look nice.
We have put blue rings on their legs so we know that they are the older ducks.
We don't know if they are boys or girls yet.
I will keep you posted.

Now this crazy picture is my Diamond Hexagon map. Lol.
It is not all filled in ( because that takes forever ) but the picture is for you Linda.
I hope it helps.

A little sneak peek at Mums sewing project at the moment.
It didn't quite get finished today.

I have 2 blocks of my mystery quilt finished and sashed , now only 7 to go.

Jacob had a great time at his friends house and didn't get home until after 8 tonight.
Zac had a day out with his friend .
They went fishing and swimming.

It is so hot ! ! !
I hope the cool change comes soon.
It feels like the A/C isn't working.

The girls layed 7 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

It Was So....

........ nice to have a little sleep-in this morning.

My cousin and his fiance left at lunch time and Grandma was a bit sad.

DH fixed the buggy for Zac and he has been driving  it around this afternoon in the neighbour's paddock.
Zac and DH just got back from going spotlighting.
Zac is a " dead eye dick " with his shooting.
Jacob is spening the night at a mates house.

Mum and I did some sewing out in the shed.
Mum's project is coming along and should be finished tomorrow.
The mystery quilt is starting to take shape too.

Tomorrow we are going to get some ducks.
Finally some ducks for the duck pen.

I would like to thank Sarah and Kylie for awarding me with the versatile blogger award.
Now, I will be doing my post but not just tonight.
Also I would like to thank Freda and Mary for the Leibster blog award.
It too will come, but not tonight.
I am not the fastest typer in the world or computer user either.
So I need to do a rough copy.......

The girls layed 9 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Friday, 24 February 2012

My Last Day

Today was my last day at work at the shop in Swan Hill.
I have next week off.
And then I will wait until the boss says she needs me to help arrange the new shop ( church ) so they can open again .

I might get some of my sewing done this week.

Grandma had a day out with my cousin and fiance.
Grandma was the tour guide *lol* and she took them the long way to Swan Hill through New South Wales.
They did some shopping in town and Grandma had them pick out some things for a belated engagement present.

Grandma cooked a lovely roast tea for us all and my brother and his boys came for tea too.
We have had another great night.

No sewing today.

The girls have layed 20 eggs over the last 2 days.

Until Next Time.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Family Visits

Well on the work front , all is set for the big Clearing/Garage Sale tomorrow.
The shop is very , very empty.

On the home front......
My cousin and his fiance arrived just after I got home.
I haven't seen him for nearly 13 years.
Grandma spent the day making salads for tea.
I made a big platter of cheese,cherry tomatoes and kabana , with dip and ritz crackers.
DH cooked a BBQ when he got home from work.
My brother and his girlfriend came for tea as well and so did Mum and Bruce.

It was a great night.

No sewing tonight.

One of Grandma's Dalia's.

Very pretty.

The eggs were forgotton in our mad rush to get tea cooked ( and maybe all the talking)

Until Next Time.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Warming Up Again

Well , we didn't get covered in dust today.
Four more shelves are empty and will probably not be there in the morning when I go to work.
We loaded up the boss's car with mostly fabric and a few boxes.
Also there are now lots of bolts marked down to $5 and $10 a metre.
And heaps that are at bolt prices of $5 and $10 too.
By tomorrow there will only be the specials left for the big clearing /garage sale on Friday and Saturday.

It is warming up again and won't be cooler until Tuesday.
I hate the heat.

Grandma is very excited as my cousin is coming to see her tomorrow.
He lives in South Australia and hasn't seen Grandma since she moved here , and she will have been here 10 years come August.

Well no sewing got done today either.
I really must baste some hexies and get one finished this month.
I still have a few days.

As I had to cook tea ( spaghetti ) and I vacuumed right through the house  ( because we are getting visitors ) and have done some of the laundry, which reminds me that I had better put some in the dryer or I will be wearing my birthday suit to work and that would not be a pretty sight

Happy Birthday to DH's brother.
He has just turned what I will be in about 5 weeks.

The girls layed 9 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Still Cleaning....

Well , we didn't quite get to cleaning the other half of the counter today.
We got all the fat 1/8ths packs bagged up though.
Between customers and boxing up fabrics and taking down shelving, we were kept rather busy.

The shop will be closing on Saturday.
I am working all week to help with the packing.
Then I will be helping at the church to get everything ready to open back up.

Zac had drum lessons tonight.

No sewing tonight.
I have been watching T.V with DH.

The girls layed 10 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Monday, 20 February 2012

The Dust Bunnies.....

What a day!

I still have dust and fluff and god knows what in my lungs and eyes.
After folding and sorting all those fat 1/8ths that I ironed last week ( Sue did help ) they are now in their happy little piles.
They just need baging up.

We have been cleaning up and sorting through all the stuff under the counter.
Dust bunnies were everywhere. ( even a mouse.....I did was attached to some batting , very attached......why do mice not decompose ? It just looked at me. It is now in the bin , batting too )
Cough, cough........
Sneeze, sneeze.........
We will tackle the other half tomorrow.

You find interesting things when you get to the back of the cupboard.

I haven't sewn tonight ,  but just might soon.

The girls layed 10 eggs today.
DH stopped at his Mum's on the way home from work and got a dozen of those blue eggs.

These are the ones that hatched last time.

Chickens are like Voltures.
They peck our toes when we go to feed them.
They are devouring a zucchini.

And just for you Freda , a close up of one of them.

Until Next Time .

Sunday, 19 February 2012

A Fantastic Day Out With Friends

Mum and I met with our Sunday sewing group for breakfast at Spoons , down on the Little Murray River.
It's right next to the Pioneer Settlement.

I even managed to get some sewing done.
I sewed two more joining sections.

And I sewed all of this , despite all of the talking.
These Rose Star blocks take a bit of sewing together.
But I can't wait to add a few more blocks.
And I'm not sure how big it will get , but if I'm going to all the trouble of hand piecing it I may as well make a decent size quilt.

The girls layed 8 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Saturday Sew Day

I got an early start out in the sewing room today.

I traced , cut and basted more joining blocks and added two more .

I have also been sewing my mystery quilt.

And I  helped Mum cut some of her strip sets.
So she is now off and racing. :)
It won't be long until it's finished.

Mum came for a ride to Swan Hill with me , as I took 9 chickens and a rooster in for Sue.
DH helped catch them . ( we are now like chicken farmers ) Lol.
We were in and back in an hour , with a quick stop at the supermarket too.

Here are some of the chicks from the blue eggs.

The ones that look white do have faint lines on them like the others , so it will be interesting to see how they turn out.

The girls layed  an even dozen today.

Until Next Time.

Friday, 17 February 2012

What I Have Done


I have finished basting my second Rose Star block.

And basted and sewed a joining block.

Mum has sewn all her strip sets for the quilt she is sewing.
Tomorrow she will do a lot of cutting.
We didn't get around to basting the quilts either.

I have worked on the mystery quilt.

I picked Zachary up from school today so I could take him to get his hair cut.
Grandma had hers cut as well.
And while I was there I thought I may as well have mine cut too.
It was so nice to have someone else shampoo and play with my hair.
I have had a bit over an inch cut off and it's still down to my waist , only because she straightened it.
We didn't get home until 6.30pm.

Tomorrow we have to catch 9 young pullets and a rooster and take to Swan Hill.
Sue my boss has bought them.
Now she will have her own eggs.

The girls layed 18 eggs over the last 2 days.

Until Next Time.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

A Sewing Day

Today , after the morning jobs were done , I escaped to the sewing room.

I have been working on my mystery quilt.
Four blocks made  ? to go!
I have also been constructing the sashings.
Yes ! You read right.....
They aren't just plain fabric.
So that little mystery is out of the way.

Mum started another quilt too.
It will be going in my Etsy shop.
It will be a surprise until it's finished.
Don't worry ,  Mum is sewing it so it won't take long. Lol.

Tomorrow we will baste two of the quilts that Mum has recently finished , so they can be quilted.

Tonight I have basted a few pieces of my next Rose Star.
And checking out the blogs I follow and some that I don't.

We forgot the eggs again.
Doh !

Until Next Time.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Ironed Out.......

This is the big pile of fat 1/8's that I have cut and ironed.

And I won't complain that my feet are hurting either. Lol.

Tonight DH cooked a BBQ and we ate our tea on our new outdoor setting that we got ourselves for christmas.
There were only a few flies too.
Even Grandma joined us outside.

DH and I just finished watching  " No Strings Attached " and it just finished in time for him to go to work.
Night shift again.

As he will be sleeping tomorrow I should get some sewing done.

The girls layed 10 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Our Yucca

Our Yucca is flowering again.

It seems to be flowering every year now.

A close up.
Such beautiful flowers.
The lady that made my Mum's wedding bouquet turned these flowers inside out somehow.

A not so busy day today at work.
I bound a quilt.
And made backing for a quilt.
And as Jinny Beyer is coming to Melbourne for AQC in April , I sorted out some fat 1/4's and cut them in half for fat 1/8's.
Now I will be at the ironing board for quite a while.
She will be doing 4  x   1 hour talks at the show.
Then a 1 day class on Wednesday after the show in Melbourne.

Zac had music tonight.

No sewing tonight.

The girls layed 17 eggs over the last 2 days.

Until Next Time.

Monday, 13 February 2012


Another manic Monday at work this morning.
There are still a lot of bargins to be had.

I was given a little treasure trove today. ( thanks Sue )
There is still so much to pack .
A few more fixtures have gone too.
Oh, I had a dream that I went to work and the shop was empty !
But it isn't.
Not by a long shot !!

No sewing tonight.
What with getting tea and homework and watching " The Big Bang Theory" just love that show ! I just didn't get around to any.

The eggs were forgotten today.......oops.

Until Next Time.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

An Off Day

I would like to say that I have had a productive day, but I haven't.

Other than doing some washing and the dishes. ( that doesn't count )

DH did a few things outside. And watched some of the cricket.
Jacob talked and played with his friends on X-Box live.
Zac went to a friends house to hang out and saw his cousins and uncle as they live next door to his friend.
I finished a book.

After lunch I felt so bad , I felt like being sick.
I feel much better now.

No sewing today.

The girls layed 7 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Saturday, 11 February 2012


Saturday .
I think I'm as bad as the kids.
We always had to get up very early when we worked on fruit blocks , so maybe now I'm making up for it.

Today I sewed more of my mystery quilt.
And had a good tidy up out in the sewing room.
Mum cut out the strips for a baby sized Trip Around The World quilt.

DH worked the morning shift and then went fishing with a friend.

The girls layed 10 eggs today.

Jacob's kitten was curled up on our window sill, he was asleep until I got to close.

Until Next Time.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Sewing..... Reading.....

The boys have survived their first week back at school.
And I guess I have too. Lol.

Mum came over for a while today and finished off her little scrappy log cabin.

She didn't make as many blocks as the pattern said,  and then added the scrappy border instead.
It may get basted tomorrow along with the black and white top.

I have been sewing on my mystery quilt.
And I finished another free book from i-books Tall, Dark and Lonely  by  R.L.Mathewson.
    For a fantasy novel it was very good.
    If you don't mind blood , gore and sex it is a good read.
    It was the first in a series and I just had to by the second.

DH played golf with a work mate this morning.
When he got home we watched the cricket until we had to go to Swan Hill for an appointment.
We brought home noodles for tea ( yummmm )
And watched more of the cricket.

I have a bit of a cold.

The girls layed 9 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Clean Out.....

Today I took a little trip to Nyah West to Zachary's old school and picked up a CD that had photo's from Australia Day.
Thank you Mr Winbanks.

He was a little bit nervous and embarrased as you can see on his face.
He really needs a hair cut.

Here he is with councillor Gary Norton recieving his certificate and medallion.

And with his very proud parents.

The Easter lillies are nearly all out.

Here they are, all 21 of them have flowered or are about to.
I should have weeded them first. Lol.

And our new babies are growing very fast.
These are the chickens from the blue eggs.

I did do some sewing today.
Added one more block to my mystery quilt.

Then I got domesticated and started cleaning out the tupperware cupboard.
I found tubs without lids and lids without tubs.
And the ice-cream container lids. They can be cut and used for labeling seedlings , so out to the glassouse they went.
Then I tackled the pantry.
It is quite amazing what gets pushed to the back.
I now have 8 empty and clean bottles for next years sauce.

I have been reading too.
And playing suduko on my i-pad.

The girls layed 12 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Happy Birthday To You

What a day!
I was so busy at work today that my feet hurt.

Today is my darling DH's Birthday.
We went out to tea to celebrate.
One of  DH's brothers came and his 2 kids , our SIL had to go to a meeting so she couldn't make it.
And DH's mum and step-dad came and two of his sisters and their kids .
We all  had a great time.
And got home late !
The boys won't want to get up in the morning.

So no sewing tonight.
I should get some sewing done tomorrow , as I only have to go to the chemist and drop in at Zac's old school and pick up the photo's from Australia Day.
( can't wait to see the photo's )

The girls layed 12 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


I haven't done any sewing tonight as Zac started back at his drum lessons.
So the weekly quick drive home and back to town has started again.

The boys are actually getting up and getting ready for school without much direction from us which is a great change.
Jacob has mostly electives ( different art classes , drama and psychology ) and the boring maths and english. Lol.
Zachary is liking High School far !

And the weather is delightful......

The girls layed 11 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Cool Change

I have basted some pieces of the next Rose Star block.

And watched a movie with DH.

The weather has changed.
This morning was cool , it was very nice.

The girls are in disgrace , only 6 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

A Dust Storm

Just before lunch a little dust storm blew in.

And did it blow!

I only lasted a couple hours.
This was the view from my sewing room.

The wind broke a branch off our Jacaranda tree.

I did a bit of cutting out of some Rose Star blocks.

The colours didn't photograph very well.
Now I just have to baste them.

And Mum sewed the log cabin blocks together and started on the borders.

The girls layed 11 eggs today.

Until Next Time.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Home Made Is Best

I finally finished it.
My first Rose Star block.

I will continue and make more.
How many ?  I'm not sure yet.

Today was sauce making day.
I have no idea how much stuff  this great big boiler has made , but I can say quite a lot !
Grandma has had it for so long.
It has made pickles and chutneys and sauce and every jam there is.

So we ended up with 12 kgs of tomatoes for the sauce.
Most of them were Roma's.
I snuck in one zucchini too.

I chopped the apples.
And Grandma chopped the onions ( they make me cry )

Jacob helped me carry the pot from Grandma's house to our house.
We did the chopping over there as DH was sleeping.
So at 12.30pm the pot was on the stove.

The strainer has been around for ever as well.
It is missing the knob off the handle but it still does the job.

And at 5 minutes to 9pm this is what we had to show for our efforts.
19 big bottles and 4 little ones.
Mum came over just as I had put it back on the stove to cook after straining it and stayed to help me bottle it.

My house smells like sauce and I love it !

The girls layed 10 eggs today.

Until Next Time.
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