Thursday, 16 October 2014

A finish!!!!

"Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie..."
Robert Burns

Racing against the iPad battery...7% to go...will I get this post in before it turns off at 3%?

One finished pincushion designed by Natalie Bird of 'The Birdhouse'
 ...and I beat the battery!

Of course I could have plugged the iPad in but I am using the charger for the phone which I will need for my drive into the country for craft with the Fabulous Fiona! 

Have a great day


Monday, 13 October 2014

Old friend

"The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table."

With a weekend free when work didn't want me, I could continue on my 'Things to do this September' list. This project was to be the regular top up coat of varnish on our kitchen table. Alas... 'regular' seemed to have slipped from about  2 or 3 years to 6 or 7 years and the poor girl needed a bit more dramatic repair work.

As I sanded and choked and clamped and drilled and glued, I wondered why I was bothering but this table knows all my secrets and has kept them well and such loyalty deserves a reward. Since coming into our family 20 years ago via a Salvation Army store 
wearing a psychedelic purple paint job (the photo is a faded hint, baby!) she has been the quiet listener at intimate conversations over cups of tea, she has been at our birthday parties, family dinners, group lunches as well.

She has seen my children learn to cook...and me too. She has been the workbench for secret Christmas projects and has a few dings to prove it. She has held babies and day old chicks and knows the bottom of my sewing machine very well. She expands to 6 feet and shrinks back to 4 1/2 feet to suit the occasion.

and now she is ready to do it all again.
Tea anyone?


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Show time again

" 'I must be overtired' Buttercup managed. 'The excitement and all'.
'Rest then' her mother cautioned. 'Terrible things can happen when you're overtired. I was overtired the night your father proposed'. "
William Goldman - The Princess Bride

Off to the show we went last Wednesday, a bus laden with quilters and embroiderers eager for the sybaritic temptations and the inspiration of the Brisbane Quilt and Craft Show.
And inspired we were!

Despite all the delights on offer I bought only essentials,
then realised the next day I needed x to finish y and b to finish a and...

Of the quilts I only have a few photos to share.

This was part of a '10' challenge and I thought it would appeal to a mathematically/puzzle minded friend.

Audrey for my daughter

And this homely hanging made from aprons and domestic bits and bobs.


And of course it was lovely to put faces to a few of the bloggers I have been reading 
as well as some I haven't come across yet.

I started posting yesterday and technology defeated me! The email disappeared from my phone so photos couldn't be sent and my laptop is holidaying with my daughter so I am restricted to the iPad which is confused about my accounts. If anyone has been wondering who comments with this face are from, it is I in another incarnation! 

I have to apologise for not replying to comments as well, the email address for this account is in my lap top...

It's not only email accounts the iPad is in crisis about today so for the sake of my sanity...



Leaving work into the dawn

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Another month passed

'Oh, to be in Toowoomba now that September's there'
apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning

What a month September was! 
So many gardens...  so much craft... so much to eat... so many guests... and so many new projects started ...with so few completed.

Spring time in Toowoomba is Carnival of Flowers time and even though the main event only lasts a week, the lead up is thrilling as you watch gardens and projects bloom.

The first event of the month was Stitchers Dream Day Out with the most beautiful table settings, glorious projects and talented designers. How could I not start some more projects with so much on offer!

Enjoying sneak peeks at the public gardens and bursts of purple in my own filled in the couple of weeks before Toowoomba opened up in all its colourful glory. 

Two (!!!) quilt shows. One 'Creative Fields' from the Quilters Angel featured other crafts as well as quilts and I was lucky enough to be able to put in a couple of quilts as well as some dresses I had made for my children when the were little, bringing back all sorts of nostalgic mummy memories.

The Toowoomba Quilters show were having their 30th birthday, so I could pop a couple of quilts made in the late 70s and early 80s into their historical display - is it sad when you realise your work is old enough to be historical! No photo sorry, I seemed to have spent September looking at everything and forgetting to get the camera out. 

My owl banner was also included in a display of owl challenge quilts and won Viewer's Choice... however it was mentioned that lots of children voted and several times over, so I'm suspecting that it wasn't my dazzling mastery of the art that earned this prize! 

and while I didn't actually finish any fabric projects, I did get a chance to blow the dust from my beloved dolls house and make a gramophone table for its little imaginary inhabitants.

10 cent 'record' for scale

It was a glorious month off but now it's back to the night shift treadmill. 
...roll on retirement!