Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Busy, busy, busy...

It's been a really hectic month, and the next month doesn't look much better, so I'm sorry if I'm not around much.

Parenting is a learning curve.  I've now realized that saying to my children, before entering the Local Show, "now here is some money. I don't care what you spend it on, but don't ask for any more..", isn't such a great idea.Cause this is what they come home with.... 

Apparently the first bunny was lonely...

I'm currently packing hundreds of parcels for our school's Mother's Day stall....and it's taking over my house! So no spare time for crafting.

Anyway in light of that, here's something I found amusing....

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Chicks, chevrons and chastened

With much excitement our baby chicks hatched last Wednesday. I didn't realise how fraught it would get with the question of "Should we help them hatch?". Three of the eggs just didn't progress from the little peep hole stage and we ended up assisting them out. I'm not sure whether this was the right call or not, or whether they had already become weakened, but these three all died over the next couple of day. But we still have 9 healthy chicks out of a dozen eggs. They are so cute...

On the crafting front my chevron-ripple-wave quilt continues...

And does anyone else hand in their sewing machine for a service with trepidation? Maybe it's because I tend to get reports like this..
I knew it wasn't good but really..was the highlighter necessary?! ;-)

Hope you're having a good week...

Monday, March 10, 2014


My first attempt at a Ripple Crochet Blanket. Destined for Gorgeous Girl's chair where she reads...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New things, old ideas

So February saw my youngest start school - leaving our house very quiet for 6 hours...and extra loud as four over-tired children get home.

Our puppy, Ruby, continues to grow...and assume control over our house...

Also, hopefully, in about two weeks, this broody hen will have done her job and we should have new chicks. This is our first attempt at hatching eggs...bought fertilised and sent through the post (!)...so hopefully we will have success
I wish I could capture her attitude and how "flat" she makes herself in an attempt to cover and keep her eggs warm.

Recently Gorgeous Girl asked me to make a gift for a friend. So she pulled out some fabric,
and with a little applique...
we came up with this...
(sorry that the pillowcase isn't centred properly!)

One year I made all Gorgeous Girl's friends pillowcases for Christmas and I am chuffed to still see some of them heading off with the girls on school excursions.

Anyway, hope you have a good week!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

definition: Menagerie = My house

Through some particularly poor planning by me (never promise that a child can buy their own pet, if they save 'x' dollars, without considering that they might actually make it,at the same time as their younger brother gets a pet for his birthday) we now own a puppy by the name of Ruby. A Tenterfield Terrier she is already showing some of the breed's 'spunk' as she attempts to take on our two cats and bunny who are all at least two to three times her size. Currently she is just getting her ears boxed. Hope that continues!i>

The kids of course are loving her to bits. Ruby is absolutely tiny..approximately the size of little J's shoe!

On the sewing front I managed to finish this block...it's for a quilt by Cherry Pie Designs

And even though I am not buying any new fabric this year, I may have conveniently signed up to a fabric club last year, so am still getting some fabric lovelies in the mail. I am really enjoying receiving these fabrics from The Home Patch.

Hope you are having a good week!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Finish A Long 2014

With new resolutions in the air, I am once again joining in the Finish A Long. My plan is to finish some stuff...and shock horror , not buy any fabric this whole year!!

So here is my Quarter One List for 2014. Sorry if you are sick of seeing them!!

1. One baby quilt to be quilted and bound.

2.My travelling circle bee quilt needs borders, quilting and to be bound.

3.Another baby quilt that needs quilting and to be bound.

4.These blocks need to be joined together in some fashion and then made into a quilt.

5.And these blocks too..

Wonder what is the record is for the length of time something stays on a list?? ��

Hope you are having a good week!