Friday, April 30, 2010

And another one bites the dust!

I did it!! I finally finished another UFO!!
this one is made with a plain red and muslin (100% cotton) and was paper pieced and hand quilted.
I wanted something to give some bamboo batting a test run, and I have to say it quilts like a dream! And even for a small quilt it doesn't feel stiff and drapes great!
The pattern came from an old Miniature Quilts magazine (not sure about the issue, as I can't seem to be able to find it at the moment!)
The quilt measures 20"x20"
And it only took me 6 months to pull my finger out and finish it! (LOL)

(EDIT: the pattern is in Miniature Quilts magazine issue #33, page 42 and is called Indian Hatchet)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rag Doll

I finished the rag doll! I was easier to stuff it then I thought! (maybe cutting the rags really small helped!)
I really love the feel of the doll (although as Mr L demonstrated, it does hurt when thunked on the head with her!)
The pattern for the doll is by Drakestone Primitves Country Cabin, and was easy to make!
I may need to make me some more!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Mr J: Sweety, what would you like for Mother's day??
Me: would a table saw be asking too much?
Mr J: "SIGH" a normal woman would ask for jewelry!
Me: I never claimed to be Normal!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rag stuffing

For a while now I've been thinking of rag stuffing a doll!
But was a little worried about the end results: Would it be too lumpy, too floppy etc!
So while I was stitching this little pillow (part of the Mehitable Wright's Redwork Sampler pattern from Pineberry Lane),I decided it would be a good idea to try stuffing the little pillow (4.4"x2.5") with some rags.
Off I went to the local op-shop and bought an old flannel sheet and ripped a 3" section into .5" stripes which I then cut into little itty bits! 
When done with that I firmly stuffed the pillow and I just have to say I LOVE it!!! The pillow feels nice and firm, and I love the feel of it more then when I stuff with polyfill.
Now I can't wait to get going on the doll!
I wonder if I will need more old flannel sheets or will this 1 single bed sheet ( minus 3" I used for the pillow) be enough?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Check out my selling blog!

I've decided to open up a selling blog!
Please check out what I have to offer HERE

I will try and list more stuff on there regularly

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm in love!!!

Last Friday we picked up our 2 youngest kids up in Melbourne after they spend a week with Oma and Opa (or Uncle Rich and Aunty Kylie) and as they needed some things to wear this winter we decided to take them to the DFO near Moorabbin Airport and shop til we dropped!!
Now I'm not really much of a shoe kinda girl, but I saw the pair in the pic above and HAD to have them!
Life just didn't seem worth living without them!
So I parted with some hard cash for them, and I'm so happy with them! They are comfy and they have a heel, so I look taller when I wear them!!

a Trip to Maldon

Oh what to do on a cold and boring Sunday? Well we loaded the one remaining kid (Miss Teenager decided to spend nights and days with teenage friends (so much cooler then hanging with the old folks!))and headed for Maldon a small goldrush town with a much loved ( by Mr L and his Dad) Lollie shop and of course antique shops and patchwork shop for mum!

below a picture of main street Maldon ( see that hot Mamma in the blue jeans and brown shirt? Yep that is me! I'm surprised hubby could contain his excitement long enough to take the picture! LOL)


We had a great lunch at one of the pubs in town and drooled over some shops that were for sale and dreamed about buying one and moving to Maldon. SIGH!!! maybe one day!
Then we made a quick d-tour to Castlemaine to visit Threadbear  quilt shop! WOW that is one great shop! all the repro fabrics I could dream off and then some! Hubby waited outside and at once stage came rushing in coz he could smell the melting credit card! 

On the way back home hubby indulged my (as he calls it "creepy") fasination with old Cemeteries and we visited the cemetery in Maldon.

Now is it just me do you think it is a little weird that both the boys were called Thomas?
I remember seeing a family grave in Holland were 6 of the 8 kids were called Jan (the other 2 were girls) the next boy was called Willem. Did mum and dad have a talk and go: do you think the name Jan is killing all the boys before they are a year old?? maybe try a different one??

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Great Op-shop finds 2

I made another little trip to the op-shop! There wasn't much there today but I did find these 2 books!

<-- this one is a childrens book , which was won by Ruby Ezzy at St Marks SS in Millthorpe in 1894
it was the second prize for something (it doesn't say for wat, just My Second prize) Her Teacher was Miss Lizzie Kingham.

And this book  is a 1928 Webster's Ever-Ready
Dictionary of the English Language, Self-pronouncing

I love those old fashioned books! and to think I only spend a tiny amount on them! they were 50 cents each!
I wonder how much use that dictionary will be to me! LOL

Friday, April 2, 2010

Should I be worried??

The other day Miss D said to me: "Mum, I'm bored! I'm going to clean my room!"
Now as if that isn't scary enough from a Teenager, yesterday she ironed for me as well! We didn't have to tell her to do it, she offered and did! And did a good job too!

As a mother I now wonder if I should worry, or just go with the flow?

OH No!!

I was such an un-happy girlie yesterday! The internet was down all day!!
If you saw a  woman walk around town in a daze, not knowing what to do with her hands. Well that was me!!
There was nothing else to do (OK so I could have done housework, but where is the fun in that??) but to fire up the ole sewing machine and sew!

<---So I made this lil Pumpkinhead girl (Jackie Schmidt pattern) and the Snow man below (Cotton Candy Creations pattern)