Sunday, August 25, 2013

More Birthdays

To say the least we are over endowed with birthdays at this time of the year since we've been back from holidays (has it been 4 weeks already!!!) we have had Tulley's 4th birthday
At the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway, a fantastic place for kids of all ages! All the Dads and Grandpa's got a tour of the sheds and works yard. Then over the weekend we have had Jordan's 17th and my Mum's birthday, after looking madly through all of my photos I have realised all the photos of the cakes we made are on Meg's phone so they will have to follow later. Then next week is Lewis' first birthday!!! Yes where has that year gone!
We had a lovely meal out for Jordan and Mum's combined birthdays and so this morning I felt compelled by too much cake, to take Rosie out for a run walk, the sun was shining, the only time this week, and we had an accompaniment of kookaburras and even a cow mooing at us as we passed.
The wild flowers are out and they may not be as flashy as Western Australian wildflowers but they are very dainty and add a splash of colour
prickly moses this is a small rather prickly wattle that the blue wrens like to hop around in
white heath, Rosie got bored waiting for me to take photos and wandered through the background
and pink heath, yes it really is quite a startling pink. Must get back to some stitching I have the next swap to post off tomorrow.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Stormy Night

I did get a bit of sewing done on my Friday night with friends. We had a windy stormy night but in between waiting for the power to come back  on I did some quilting, then some binding and indulged in some rhubarb sponge, while watching the Hawks win. Couldn't get much better than that!

I can't show too much as this is off to NZ on Monday for Wendy but I did try using masking tape to mark some straight quilting lines, it worked well and didn't leave any residue, however I did use a good brand of painters masking tape and I removed it fairly quickly. This probably wouldn't work for my bigger projects because I tend to procrastinate once I get to the quilting stage and it might not come off so easily after a year or two!
Today was bright and sunny, such a change from last night, so I got outside in the garden to start to reconfigure my veggie garden before spring. I moved the rhubarb and a grapevine so I can realign the fence and put an extra gate in, this will make the access so much easier and I'll be able to get the wheel barrow in there too. Hopefully there will be nice weather tomorrow and I can restrain the fence and hang the gate. I also had a wander around and took a few photos of some of the bulbs.
Hope your Friday night was as good as mine.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday night with Friends

I've signed up for the Friday night with friends I have Wendy's birthday present to put the finishing touches on, so I can post any photos yet and if I get that finished there is a felt applique quilt I have been working on while I was away to finish too. That should keep me out of trouble while I watch the mighty Hawks play Collingwood. You can join up here at sugarlanequilts. Hope you have a lovely Friday night.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Squishy Mail!

Of course when we got home there was the usual stack of bills and endless piles of mail, but in the middle of it there was a squishy package from New Zealand from my lovely swap partner Wendy! I scooped it up and waited until I had a quiet moment to enjoy it properly, this time the item we had to swap was a mug rug, however Wendy has outdone herself and spoilt me with a mug rug and matching cup cosy along with tea bags and some yummy shortbread, it all made me feel very special and twice as guilty that I had forgotten her birthday gift, which is today so Happy Birthday to Wendy!  I'm busy working on your gift and it will be on it's way to New Zealand very soon.