Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
And I rode to your house and nearly died again. That hill ALWAYS gets me. But I'm fine again...
The Pen holder was made using this great tutorial. I've made the elastic loser so you can use it as a bookmark type thing. ENJOY!!
Hi Sharon. You knew this would end up here!
Bernadette and Sharon were Ikea virgins so at least I didn't feel bad buying so much as they were buying up too. I even insisted we took the biggest car we had between us and i still had to have a mirror hanging out of the boot. Sharon stood arms cross smirking when the mirror was just that tad too big... Return it? no way! I ran back in to grab some string that i spotted at the wrapping station.
The mirror is currently sitting on the bathroom floor until i get a chance to paint a feature wall behind it. Three people have suggested Brown, which makes that choice easy. Photo's to come when i get around to it.
Then yesterday i got up early and went into Spotlight before work (in uniform as Spotlight is closer to work then to home), and spent my "Spend $100 and get $40 off" voucher. I was like a kid in a candy store. Although i really need a new rotary cutter blade which they didn't have. Grrr.
I bought the material to cover my 2009 diary (with embellishments of course). The purchase of the 1" x 6" ruler was inspired by this craft apple tutorial. The pencils are iron-on transfer pencils for I don't know what yet. They are sitting on my new 35" x 23" double sided cutting mat. It was the biggest they had. Big is always better...
This sign is on one of the planes I fly on....
I did giggle when i first saw it. But I'm sure there's been kiddies who have actually done this and ran out crying, because the loo's are pretty loud on the plane. Come to think of it.. I have had to unlock toilets to find no one in them...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I've been missing in action lately but apparently a lot of people are. But I have been doing stuff.. I promise. Bernadette has a quilt that I've done for my mummy for Christmas. At least that's 1 present down. I've just got a new emmeline apron pattern that i can't wait to make. I have seen Amy at badskirt make so many and I've just fallen in love with them.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I changed the pattern a bit by not doing the circles as needle turn applique. I just sewed them on so that the edges will fray.
Bernadette quilted it with lovely daisies. She always does a fabulous job.
F.Y.I. Stick your needle in some soap while your binding your quilt. The needle slides into the fabric so well. My fingers weren't nearly as sore as usual.
Guests to my house ask if I painted them (I can't paint or draw which is why i sew)... Thats how good they look. And it was so simple to do... and cost under $50... They have lasted over two summers of being taken down and put back up when the air conditioner is in use.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Yesterday was just an amazing day to go snowboarding at Mt Buller. There were very few people on the slopes as seen below. This photo was taken at 2.59pm!! Look at that snow cover. Can you believe it's going to be like this for another month!!! They even extended the season...
It was only the second time I've snowboarding so it was great not having to dodge any people or brown patches as there weren't any!!! My friend/teacher was very impressed how fast i was going. I don't have a big head or anything. As i am quite a bit taller and a tad rounder then my friend (i was wearing her old ski pants) my fly kept coming down. If anyone saw me... I'm sorry. I'm sure you can picture me flying down the slopes while pulling up my pants with numb fingers while wearing mittens. And did i mention i was borrowing a men's snowboard too and i had the worst rented boots EVER!!! And i still loved it!!
My thighs and knees were killing near the end. And i woke up this morning with a headache. Maybe it was because i fell back and hit my head yesterday.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I may have a thing for red and pink as a "secondary" material as the photo was taken on the backing to my lime and soda quilt.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
There's an extra line on it but it's hanging over the hand rail. It was made using mainly Kaffe Fassett prints. I used the Kaffe Fassett print with the orange daisies for the binding. It's always so satisfying to finish something. No matter how big or small. Thus the love of my to do lists where i can make myself small goals. Ie. Bind 1 side a day and feel great when I've done 1 and half instead.
Another love of mine is watching an entire series on DVD. In the past 3 days i have watched the entire 2nd season of Dexter. So good. But don't worry i still left the house this morning to run some errands and gave my bike another workout. I'm still going strong on the pact to not use the car local unless i have something big to buy. Thus this morning stealing the in laws Slow Cooker and lawn mower which required the car. I currently have some yummy Garlic and herb Lamb Shanks cooking that will be ready in another hour. I still have to make the sweet potato mash. The house smells divine. Who needs to burn candles and incense when you have a slow cooker on all day.
Hopefully this rain holds off for a little so i can go for another bike ride with Mr Maiden Ramblings. I ride... he runs. Sounds good to me.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I decided to make the passport cover tonight as i already had the sewing machine out. The boyfriend and i went shopping today for supplies for his Kokoda trek. Thus he's training has made him lose weight (running in the family lately) so he needed new jeans which i had to take up... Plus a few of his other jeans that miraculously appeared for the same treatment. I'm a good girlfriend.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
I've also photographed my little helps. I tried to avoid buying this hoop because i thought it would strech my fabric too much but it's perfect because it takes 2 seconds to move it as i don't have to keep undoing a screw like on my other hoop. The other help is the disappearing ink. It saves me from wetting my creation although i have to go over it every now and again before it completely fades, but at least it pushes me to get it finished. I also roll up my stitcheries and put them in a snap lock bag so the ink lasts longer.
I should probably fluff up the couch where my impression is... and give the cushion a break. I'm off to do things on my never ending To-Do List... I swear if i didn't have it nothing would get done around here.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I just love the pin cushion with some pins on there representing sprinkles. There's also some beautiful strawberry tea that i'll have tonight. It's so perfect as i don't drink regular tea and just love herbal tea etc. How cute is the matching door stop and cupcake spoon. Plus a bath bomb and a beautiful card. Thanks Catherine. You've done so well with my preferences of pink and red.
It's cheered me up since I had to return to work today after having nearly 3 weeks off... Lucky me.. It doesn't feel like that long since i was last there... How time flies... Good times on the couch... Memories...
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I've been talking myself into getting 'Betty' for about a year now but when i saw her all made up with no one giving her love i just had to have her. Complete with a bell that goes "Ding Dong" and a basket. I giggle everytime i ring the bell.
We walked around Brunswick st while they gave her the once over. But unfortunately my Mazda couldn't fit her... grrr.. half a tyre was sticking out. So i pleaded for a friend to come with his ute. Lucky we saw him in Brunswick St earlier, considering he lives near us, nearly an hour away. Things happen for a reason.
I have so far kept to my resolution of riding her once a day to the shops. I want to stop using the car locally unless it's raining of course... or windy... I hate the wind... anyway it was all going good until last night when I rode just that little bit further to my friend Sharon's house where i encounted a hill. Not bad when your in a car... but on a bike being rode by someone that has got a little unfit lately because she has got into her sewing so much... it was hell... but i made it.. barely.. I rang the boy begging to be picked up from Sharon's... but he refused to take me home and told me i could do it. So off i set after some intense re-hydration. And i didn't die. Very proud of myself.
A couple of days ago when i was all ready to go to the shops, my best friend showed up with her dog going for a walk. Being a bad mother, i choose riding beside her instead of taking my dog Rupert. Bad move. Rupert loves his friend Whiskey so much that while we were gone he managed to squeeze under the front gate and cross a main road (by Bacchus Marsh standards) and end up on said best friends door step. We didn't find him for about half an hour because we didn't think that he would have crossed that road. Poor fellow. He must of freaked out when he realised we wern't there... and I'd like to think that he stopped at the main road and looked right, left, and right again before crossing...
Friday, August 15, 2008
I think he prefers to be hugged rather than being stood on. He is just so huggable... I used the tutioral here. Ive known about this tutorial for a while and when i saw these socks at the $2 shop they were just screaming to be made into a monkey. He just looks so naked compared to others I've seen.
I'm very excited... My Chloes and lime and soda quilts have just come back from being quilted by Bernadette. So they're going to keep me busy. Any excuse to keep me sitted in front of the TV is good.
This game actually got banned in Australia. The game involves a main character seeking bloody vengeance on gang-filled streets, firing automatic weapons and picking up women along the way. A great inspiration for a 4 year old.
A talented cake maker who must be color blind.. The blog has the full story behind the cake here.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
It's from a stitchery book by Bronwyn Hayes called "Sunshine In Your Pocket". Rachel at Four Wise Monkeys did it in the red work and it looked awesome... so monkey see monkey do.. Thanks for the inspiration Rachel..
I love mail... I received this pattern and off cuts from Kristen Doren. Thanks Kristen. I now have to decide as to whether i buy the fabric that Kristen used or see what i have in my stash. Hmmm... Maybe i should do both. That would be the easy option.