Saturday, 22 November 2014

Cutting table


I am in Bathurst for the weekend at our annual Blog Meet...
We are staying 10 kilometres out of town at The Vale
at Perthville and will most probably be shopping at
The Home Patch when you are reading this post.....
I may possibly be buying a project to work on this afternoon
because instead of packing one of my many projects
 at home the other night I got side tracked and ironed on
the laminate edging that I had purchased to tidy up
 the edge of the board that is my cutting table top....
I love a bit of DIY in the evening....How about You?
After it was ironed on and trimmed up
I positioned it atop of my 2 bookcase ends.....
It is just the perfect height for me and has storage in the ends..
The man from Bunnings cut the original sheet into 4 pieces for
 me, one 1200 by 1700 for the top and one 350 by 1180 to be
 padded and covered with fabric to use as an ironing board,
 the other 2 are 1200 by 175 to be used as shelves later....
$39 for the sheet of board and $15 for 10 metre edging strip
 has resulted in a great result for my little studio....
These will be wall shelves eventually....
I have also moved my Horne sewing cabinet into the corner....
Next project will be a storage cupboard of some description and
THEN I will be able to move all of my things out there and sort
 into some sort of order and THEN let the sewing begin!!!!!
Have a great weekend....
I know that I will be with a great group of Blogger Buddies....
I am sure you will hear all about it next week......

Until then, Happy Stitching

Kate

Friday, 21 November 2014

Bathurst Blog Meet Here I Come

No more Sleeps.....Yay!
By the time this says 000:00:00:00 I will
be just heading to dinner with the girls....
Bring it on!!!!
My work day is over and I am loading all this into the
 car and I am off to our Annual Blog Meet in Bathurst....
Lots of laughs, food, drinks, chatting and
good time to be had this weekend....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Thursday, 20 November 2014

SSCS is on the sleigh

Made it in the nick of time.....
Will show you what's in there after it arrives and is opened....
Thanks again for organising us unorganised elves Chooky xx

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Friday, 14 November 2014

Floors are in....let the fun Begin!

Hi everyone, time to share the next step of my "Sewing Studio"
The floor went down yesterday and my oh my hasn't the old
lino come a long way, it looks great and is soft under foot.....
And I have a 5.3 metre long roll leftover that was an
off cut from the side to cut up for chair mats etc....
So after an extra long day at work yesterday, I arrived
 home at 7.40pm and went straight out and gave it a sweep
 over with the broom and moved a few things in....
I constructed my Daybed and moved the 2 bookshelves
 in that will be the 2 ends of my cutting table....
Was having lots of fun and was going to move my Horne sewing cabinet in next but was getting a bit weary and invaded by bugs by this stage because I had left the door open whilst moving everything in so thought it best to do that in the daylight.....



A top for the cutting table is next on the to do list and then
 a corner bench  in the back corner where the roll of leftover
 lino is for my sewing machine and overlocker....
I will use my Horne sewing cabinet until then but
want to construct some sort of nice white bench....
I can feel a trip to Ikea in the school holidays coming on for
some sort of storage cupboard for the other corner and some
shelves for the side wall above my machines....
I want to get it mostly decked out before I move my stash
 out there or it will be like a builders house
and probably never get finished....Lol
The jury is still out at the moment for the window
and door coverings...Watch this space!
I purchased these 2 sheets of polystyrene wall insulation
the other day, these will be transformed into my
design wall....OMG Can you feel me smiling!!!!!
It will be HUGE!!!!
The floors are actually lighter than the pictures and the white
 and cream colourings are more prominent than the grey....
They look fantastic....
SIGH.....Wish I could have stayed and played all day....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stitching

Stitching of a different kind last night....
Still can't show you what it is yet....
OH My....So many secrets at the moment!!!!
Good to be creating again :)
Great news....My vinyl floor is being laid in my studio today!
Much excitement....Yay!

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Mojo


My Mojo popped in last night for a visit
 to help me work on my SSCS....
I must say I enjoyed her company immensely and
 was thinking how many things we could
 have achieved if she had been around all year.....
I think she may have heard I have a nice new
 "Sewing Studio" that we can play in soon....
I sure hope she sticks around this time....
The good news is my little Machine "Bernie" still sews
like a dream and yes I can still sew a straight line....He He...
Can't show you what we were working on yet as it is a secret...

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Monday, 10 November 2014

Secret Sewing



A bit of Secret Sewing happening at my house tonight....
What a mess spread all over the kitchen table....
It was nice to dig into some boxes and find things
 I forgot I had, so many projects and so little time.....
I also spent some time out in my "Studio" last night and tonight painting the backing board that will go on the bookcase that will make up one end of my cutting table.....
My builder cut it from a spare piece of the wall paneling, the other end will go against the wall so it will not need a backing board like this one, might get to screw it on tomorrow night....Yay!
Well off to do some sewing, have a lovely evening all....
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate
 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Flooring Ordered

After many samples, sessions on the internet and trips to the flooring shops I have decided that laying a floor for people to walk all over is an expensive job.....
At the rate I was going I could have made a
patchwork floor with all of my samples :)
I had been playing with the idea of vinyl planks so I could lay them myself and keep the cost down but I have been advised not to go with that idea due to Oranges extreme temperatures. None of them are guaranteed not to expand and contract and I really didn't want to go ta all that trouble to have little gaps for pins and thread to be trapped in. So I ended up choosing this sheet vinyl below that comes with installation included, it is actually a bit lighter in real life and I think it will give the room a light airy feel....
What do you think?
I've ordered it today and it will take 7 to 10 days to come in and
 will be installed no later than Friday the 21st of November....
2 weeks and counting....


I had better get busy building that cutting table
 and benches for my machines now....
Not sure if I will ever get in here to sew!!!!!!
My goal was by to be all set up by Christmas at the latest with a BIG hope that it would be a lot sooner than that so I guess I shouldn't complain....

Can't wait to share the final reveal!!!!!

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

365 Days a Year Comfort

Unwrapped this last night....
Took the last pic of my bare wall....
Got out my drill and installed the bracket for my remote....
Called in the professionals to take care of the rest....
Came home from work to find my split system installed and
ready to go for year round comfort in my "Sewing Studio"...
Didn't get a winner in the cup, actually one of the horses
I drew in a sweep came last so I got my money back....
But feeling like a winner this afternoon when I came home
 and checked out the Studio progress....
Flooring to go girls and then move in time....Yay!

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Paintwork Complete

Another update on my "Sewing Studio"
 I am pleased to be able to say that all the painting
 is complete and it looks so good.......Yay!
The windows can do with a good clean and will
get one before I start moving things in.....
My cutting bench will come out under the larger window
 and my machines will go on a corner bench
 in the corner under the small window.....
A storage cupboard will go on the right at the end of the studio....
And can you picture a lovely big design wall right here.....I can!
Ok enough dreaming and down to some decision making....
These are some samples of vinyl flooring planks....
At this stage I am swaying toward the one on the left in the
picture below, it looks like lime washed rustic boards
and is a loose lay vinyl product that I will be installing
 myself, Just like a big patchwork floor.....I hope....
I am waiting on a couple more samples to arrive tomorrow
and then I can finally decide and place an order,
 you know what I will be doing next weekend.....
It is a tad bit overwhelming that I am almost at the move in/decorating stage, at times I didn't think I was ever going to get there but OMG Ladies it's all happening....
I think I might just sit in here all day and smile....LOL!
Can you feel the smile on my face....
Happy Sunday
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate






 
 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

My Beautiful Tree is Dying





This tree is to the West of the back of my house and I just
love the shade that it provides for me in the Summer....
I even love raking up the masses of Autumn leaves
 that it drops, the colours are so pretty.....
Sadly I have raked up my last Autumn leaves from
 this tree because it is dying from the roots up....
"The Tree Surgeon" has made a house call and confirmed
 my worst fears that it has to be removed....
He is as baffled as I am as to why it has started to die
and we don't want to take any chances that it may fall
on my House or my sewing Studio so in the next
 few weeks it will be removed....

It is going to leave a very bare patch in my back
yard and I am devastated to say the least.....
They say from all endings come new beginnings so
I will have to plan a new project to fill the void eventually....
Stay tuned for how it will look when it's removed...

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Friday, 31 October 2014

Bathurst Blog Meet

This is a copy of a post I put up on our Bathurst Blog Meet Blog last night, just thought I would add it here for those slackers in the group that have not been checking the Blog. Get on their girls and introduce yourselves....:)


Oh Chooky you are such a NAG!
Just kidding you know I love you.....
Well here goes girlfriend....
Hi my name is Kate and I live in Orange so I won't have far to travel to the Blog Meet, which is a nice change because I grew up in Cobar and going anywhere always meant endless hours in the car travelling. So lucky for me I am one of the close ones and will be heading down after I finish work at 4pm on the Friday. I am super excited to see everyone old and new and can't wait to have a 2 night slumber party with a great bunch of like minded girls.....My blog is called "Kate Show and Tell" for those of you who don't already know me
Blogging and Sewing has been on the back burner for me as of late so I am really excited about having a play with some fabric when we get there. My craftiness has been taken up with yarn from the gorgeous Jody at Jellywares so there has been stitching happening of a different kind. I also am in the process of setting up my very own "Sewing Studio" so that has also taken up a lot of my time as well. Great things will happen in there soon I promise!!!!
How many of you will be jealous if I turn up wearing a pair of these babies, I found them on facebook the other day and just had to pinch the picture for this very post....
See what you are missing out on Chooky!!!!
I also have another distraction, my little home based market stall business "Pickled on Peisley" this also takes up a lot of my time. A lot of you have sampled my wares and I will include a list at the end of this post for anyone who would like to email me and place an order. Some things I have low stocks of but if orders are in early I will do my best to have them ready to bring along to you. This little venture is helping me to save a little bit to do projects around my little house and garden....
Thanks for reading a little about me and thanks in advance for any orders that will be placed. See you all soon and travel safely my friends....
 
Oh and maybe you should put up a post as well so Chooky doesn't have to Nag us all....
I think she secretly likes busting my chops....Lol!
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate
 
 
PICKLED ON PEISLEY
 
Cookies in a Jar mixes (28cm Fowlers Vacola Jars with a Wooden Spoon tied on and recipe Instructions) $20 each
White Chocolate & Cranberry
Pecan Nut and M&M's
Choc Caramel Oatmeal
 
Pickles and Tomato Relish $9 500gm Pasta Sauce Jar  $7 375gm Honey Jar
Tomato Relish
Cauliflower Pickles(Mild flavor similar to corn relish)
Spicy Mustard Pickles (Not hot spicy just flavoured with chunky vegetables)
Green Tomato Pickles (Old Fashioned Recipe)
 
Chutneys  $6 250gm Jar
Lemon & Mustard Seed Chutney (Great with tartare sauce with fish and prawn cutlets etc)
Apple & Date Chutney
Apricot Chutney
Rhubarb Chutney
Orange Chutney (Delicious Spread over Chicken breast while cooking)
 
Caramelised Red Onion Relish  $7 300gm Salsa Jar $5 200gm Jar
(These are delicious on homemade Burgers, steak sandwiches, in toasted sandwiches, in tarts and on pizza)
 
Lemon Butter $7 300gm Jar (Warning you will want to eat this with a spoon)
 
Orange & Passionfruit Butter $6 250gm Jar
 
Jams and Marmalades $7 350gm Large Jam Jar  $5 200/250gm Small
Grapefruit Marmalade
Tangy Lemon Marmalade
Carrot and Orange Marmalade
Mandarin Marmalade ($5 Jar only while stocks last, too time consuming. Great to glaze Ham at Christmas or meats at other times)
Citrus Spread (Lemons, Limes and Oranges)
Apricot Jam
Pineapple and Orange Jam
Dried Apricot and Pumpkin Jam
Fig and Apple Jam
Pear, ginger and Lemon Jam
 
Sauces $7 250ml
Worcestershire(Very yummy old school recipe)
Sweet Chilli Sauce
 
 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Cotton Washers

Today I am going to show you some cotton washers
that I have been knitting to use as sweet
 little gifts for some friends....
Such a nice gift with a lovely cake of
 soap from the Frenche Shoppe....
This simple diagonal washer was knitted
 using Patons 8 ply Blend....
And this cute little textured on was knitted
with the remainder of the Patons yarn.....
This sweet butterfly one was knitted using the softest
Debbie Bliss DK Cotton that I purchased from
Jody at "Jellywares on Marshall"
A new little addiction for me....
Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Painting in the Studio

More progress in my "Sewing Studio" this week....
The plasterer finally finished after being called away and
 then sadly his wife passing away as well....
I decided that there is only one of me and painting would take
 me a few weeks with working full time so I called on my painter
 who came around on Sunday afternoon and had a look ....
Luckily for me he said he could start the very next day so without
 thinking about the cost I said great lets do it!
The wall colour is very similar to the undercoat that was already
on the panelling so that will make for a quick finish I hope.....
It will be nice to have it all completed this weekend instead
 of me just starting to putty up the holes.....
Nice crisp white ceiling and Hogs Bristle half strength for the
 walls and quarter strength for all the trims....
This is how it looks with one coat on the ceiling and walls...
Yay! It's getting there....Insert Happy dance here.....

Stay tuned for the final paint reveal in a few days....
Until next time, Happy Stitching


Kate




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