Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Another finish and a celebration........

I'm getting used to this keyboard slowly......have almost been tempted to put my old keyboard back.....

I've finished my own version of 'things I love' - 3 designs from the Gum Tree Designers, I used some colouring in designs (Eeyore & Miss Piggy & Kermit), some other published designs (albeit modified - the sewing machine and Shaun the sheep), but I did create some of my own - the Christmas tree, the garden Arch, the bottle & glass, and finally the frog I drew from one of my ornaments.  The hardest part was working out the block sizes, what lengths to cut the fabric and then working out where to put my 'bling'.  But I love it - it's all my favourite things, plus blue fabric........let me know what you think of it.....
block 1

block 2

block 3

block 4
tomorrow is my 32nd wedding anniversary - 32 years my wonderful other half has put up with beads, sequins, fabric, wool, embroidery floss, putting hooks in the walls and just allowed me the space to be me.....may we have many more.......

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods......



Friday, 10 February 2012

the best of intentions.......

Technology has conspired against poor old PC was going so slowly a couple of tin cans with string inbetween might have been quicker.  So, a new PC I have and very nice it is too.....modern, fast (keyboard is a bit weird still).  So once I've got everything sorted & can upload photos again, I'll be back with a report on my latest finish...I'll give you a's 12 stitcheries (some my own creation).....kind of a story of me......and I will get to commenting on blogs....just forgive me if I mis-spell anything (as I said keyboard is a bit strange just yet)

so......enjoy your day & happy creating...
~Karen~ :)

Monday, 23 January 2012

I really should be on here more often.........

I enjoyed my holidays so much that I didn't get on here to check any blogs out....but I have been productive:
  • 2 baby jackets completed
  • 4 table runners
  • 1 quilt (pinned & ready for quilting)
  • 1 sleeved cotton cardigan & 1 sleeveless cardigan
  • plus I've started 'Silver Frost" - a sampler by Patricia Bage (Patricia Ann Designs)

fat quarter quilt -  'Sweet Hearts' by Heathers Designs from the Bay Window - done minus the applique of hearts

charm square quilt - 'recipe from the Moda bakeshop' - except this one was done using 4 fabrics from my stash

Charm Squares (as above) but using the Christmas themed squares

Christmas runner (ready for 2012) - stash fabrics

blue & white runner - using part blue fat quarter plus white
I hope everyone had a safe Christmas & New year - I'm back to work today, but plan on being back on here with the rest of the pics of my holiday activity in the next few days (crochet pics to follow).......I need to get to read some blogs & see what everyone has been up to.......

I'm thoroughly rested & looking forward to a new year....hope you all are too.......


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

very close now......

12 sleeps left.......hope you're all organised.  Me - I'm still trying to write cards (bit late I know), & I just got the overseas cards posted yesterday (hope they make it).  Suddenly an organised person (me) is just wondering how I got so far behind?????

 Here is our front garden - looking very dry at present, but the magpies just love the arch & bird bath (as well as the Agapanthus).  The climber on the arch is a clematis - it's been growing like mad, but no flowers as yet.
And some frog items my sister sent me - the shower cap looks wonderful on ( and no, there are no pictures of me wearing it lol) - she just spoils me. 

On the craft front - 2 pairs of bootees finished and posted off for my new great nephew, then to start on a little cardigan. (all crocheted of course - I can't imagine trying to knit wool that thin lol)
finishing off some Christmas things (now you can see why I'm panicking - so pictures to follow).

6 more working days for me & then 4 1/2 weeks off (yipee - I'm so tired - I haven't had more than a couple of days off since last year (and I can't remember how many days off I had then).

Hope your planning is ...well going to plan.....take care wherever you are & drive safely. 


Monday, 28 November 2011

what's new.....

Well - there's 27 sleeps to Christmas (sorry if you're not organised yet).........bit more shopping to do & then wrapping.  Why are men so hard to buy for (and I don't like buying the usual undies & socks either)....anyway it will work itself out I guess.

I'm working on a bolero in cotton (and white cotton at that) ...but pics of that next time when it's finished (back is done already).
young magpie

I can't quite believe the cheek of this young's sitting on top of an Agapanthus flower (ball like flowers on long stalks).  These flowers look colourful in the front garden, when everything is gradually dying off - there's not much for the wildlife to eat now.

I'll try to do antoher post when I have some sewing to show.....thank you for your comments - they do make my day.  Thanks also for reading my ramblings....

til next time

Monday, 14 November 2011

show results.....

Hello again....time definately flies...41 sleeps to Christmas (just in case someone else hadn't mentioned it) and the weather is certainly warming up (in the southern hemisphere anyway).

So, the past couple of weeks have been quite busy.  We travelled to Adelaide for the craft & quilt fair...some lovely quilts but no photos (sign said photography was not allowed), and have increased my stash, but everything will be put to good use (eventually lol)

Hardanger doily on 28 count from the book Award Winning Designs in Hardanger 2010
Both our local shows have been held & my hardanger doily won a 1st along with a few other things in the first show, so put another piece of hardanger in for the second show and that won a second.  

I did read that handmade is 'back in fashion' - I wonder why it ever went away.  It would be nice if the number of entries increased but I wonder how we get people interested in sewing, embroidery, crochet & the like?  Some groups run during the day (which is OK if you don't work), but how do you get younger ones interested when they maybe studying or have young children???  Then probably the cost of materials may also be out of their budget.....maybe at the shows we need a place for demonstrations of crafts...or leave some flyers with some names to contact if they want to learn.  I just think in maybe 30 years time some of these crafts may all but die out in some communities.....Sad really

Not much else for now........thanks for reading...


Monday, 24 October 2011

an update and a win.....

Apologies - life just gets in the way of posting, but I'm over the moon at present.  I was having one of those weeks where nothing would go right and then Jenny of Elefantz ( had a giveaway after reaching 1500 followers.  I love her work and she has inspired me to draw some of my own favourite things ready for stitching, then I was picked as the Australian winner - I still can't quite believe it.  Anyway a big thank you and thank you to Katherine for alerting me to the win as well - I'm not on here that often on weekends.

Butterfly on 28 count from Awaard Winning Designs in Hardanger 2010
I've finally finished the Hardanger - was quite a nice design and now it's ready for our local show.  Done on 28 count jobelin in no8 & 12 blue & white thread.

Completed blanket from 63 Sampler Squares to Crochet
The blanket is also finally finished.  I should have tidied up each square before I joined them together - don't know what I was thinking (I obviously wasn't) and it's taken most of the weekend to end the threads off, but it's done.  It's also extremely heavy as it's all pure wool (now I know why I also do these rugs in acrylic lol). 

so what to do now....?  I'm one of these peiople who doesn't have 2 many projects on the go - I'm not a fan of UFO's or PHD's (Projects half done), although I can hear the stumpwork calling me again....(lovely design but I'm just not keen on working in silk thread that's thinner than human hair)...maybe I'll get it back out......

Anyway wherever you are - have a happy week and thanks for reading....

~ Karen ~