Monday, 13 October 2014

Chooky's SSCS 2014



Hi there Blogland, I have signed up fo Chooky's SSCS and I am excited about putting together a nice gift for my partner who lives way way over there......???
I wonder who will be sending to me this year?
If you are reading this and have been snooping on my blog I am sorry that there have not been a lot of sewing/quilting posts of late. Once my little "Sewing Studio" is finished and I move all my sewing stuff out there I will have no excuse for my lack of stitching. Until then you will have to snoop back to 2011/2012 etc to see the things that I like to make. Looking forward to seeing all the lovely gifts this year and thanks again to Chooky for organising us.....

My Jacky Mister is commencing his HSC Exams today.....
Glad it is him and not me, there is so much pressure on them...

It is pouring rain and thundery here today, a perfect day for stitching but sadly it is work for me.....



Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Jellywares Spring Yarn Club - October




It always makes me smile when one of Jodie's
cute little parcels turn up on my doorstep....
Just like a little girl with a lucky dip....
A cute pack of buttons and 2 gorgeous cotton yarns
 for me to play with this month....
A look on Ravelry at the pattern suggestions for this month....
Stay tuned to see what I come up with.....
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate
 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Front Garden Bed Planted & Figs

Sadly today is the last day of my holidays and Hi Ho it's
off to work I go tomorrow for the chaos that is
Term 4 at The Combined Schools Fees Office.....
I will also wave farewell to my girl today as she heads off to
 Uni in Newcastle for her final term of the year.....
The holidays were very eventful with my girl home from Uni,
lots of work completed on my little "Sewing Studio",
 garden bed makeovers, lots of weeding(With so much more
 to go)and 3 separate lots of visitors.....
Phew I think I need a holiday to get over the holidays....
Today I am going to share my front garden bed makeover,
 I always seem to get side tracked before during and after
projects and before this one started I had to clean out my
 shed because the old carpet that was in the far back corner
 was what I needed and couldn't get to.....
I am sure the shed gremlins have had a party out there!
I am using my old carpet as weed control in my garden,
 it lets the soil breath and the water seeps through keeping the
ground and plants nice and damp and best part doesn't let the
weeds through....
I am sure the passers by may have decided I had finally lost the
 plot carpeting my garden with cream carpet....Ha Ha!
After a trip to the garden centre I set about measuring
 out where the plants would go....
Then it was time to cut a hole for each one and plant them.....
I am having 2 informal hedges in my front bed....
The back one I will let grow to around 1.2 metres in height so
 as not to block out the house completely but to add a little privacy
for when I am sitting out the front watching the world go by.....
The back one is Escalonia Iveyi(Glossy and evergreen and has
 a pretty white flower in the summer months) it responds really
 well to pruning and always looks happy....
The front hedge I will gow to around 50 to 60 cm and
 is called Tuecrium(foliage is similar colour to
 that of lavender and has a tiny blue flower throughout spring and
summer) it also responds well to pruning and tolerates frosts etc.
I think they will be a nice backdrop to my pink standard Bonica
 roses that are planted across the front fence....
After planting the mini bark chip goes straight over the top of
 the old carpet and hey presto no weeds.....
My Espalier Camelia now doesn't look so lonely out there...
I purchased this fig tree at the markets about 2 years ago and it
 was a sad little stick of a thing that was leaning
over the edge of a 15cm pot....
That is where it stayed for 12 months or so until I transplanted it
into this bigger pot and stood it up straight to face the world....
The jury is still out as to where it will go in my yard
 so at this stage it is still in the pot....
I noticed that the leaves are just coming on for this season as with
 lots of things around the place at the moment with the
beautiful Spring weather we are having....
Imagine my delight when I noticed these tiny little figs popping out
 of the stems near the leaves....
Just goes to show if you love something and give it the right
amount of attention it will in turn flourish and reward....
It is a long weekend here in Australia so I hope all my
 Aussie blog buddies are enjoying a lovely day off....
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate
 
 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

I have lights!

One step closer to the completion of my "Sewing Studio"
My brother and his family spent a few days with me early this
 week and I now have electricity connected to my studio and a
couple of new spot lights on the back of the house to light the
 yard up when I am having all of those wild sewing parties...ha ha!
Here's a shot with the inside lights turned on.......Yay Yay Yay!
He fitted all the power points and light switches and it's
my job to pop the outer covers on after I paint.....
 
The plasterer has been working on the ceiling also but sadly has
 been called away due to family commitments so there will
 be no painting for me these holidays......Boo Hoo!
Hopefully he will get back and finish mid next week....
So that's my latest progress update......
The end is in sight and then the fun starts....The Decorating!
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate
 
 
 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Stitchery Complete




I have finished the stitchery part of my Christmas Wreath....
Linen and red thread is such a lovely combination....
Lots of cute little bits on this one....
I especially love the reindeer.....
Have a great week Blogland....
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Hadley

Yesterday we got together to celebrate
Little Miss Hadley's 1st Birthday....
There's nothing like having a quilt ready to gift over a
 month before the event and then sitting the night
before stitching on the label.....Lol!
Hadley had the best time opening her presents....
Such concentration and excitement....
And here she is sitting on her Birthday Quilt.....
She looks pretty pleased with herself.....
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate




 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Wednesday's Studio Progress

My little Studio is progressing slowly along and I hope
 you are all enjoying taking this journey with me...
Yesterday we completed the plasterboard on the ceiling and
all the architraves, skirting and trims....
The shape of the ceiling took a lot more time
 but it sure looks cute now it is up.....
I even progressed to nail gun operator.....Yew go me!!!!!
I also wanted to share my new daffodil blooms with you.....
This is called "Shirley Ann" my new bulbs purchased in
Rydal last weekend at the daffodil festival....
The name of one of my favourite Aunts so had to have some...
I am not sure who's enjoying the school holidays
 more, me or the girls.....
They have been out exploring the yard all day every day.....
Next step in  my little studio is the plastering on the ceiling
 and fitting out the electrical power points/lights etc....
Waiting on the professionals for those who
 wont be here until next week....
Then it will be my turn to putty and paint.....
A great day topped off with a game of monopoly with my
 2 favourites that I won......Finally!
Its only taken me 18 years to beat Jacky Mister.....
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate








 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Tuesday's Studio Progress

First job yesterday morning for me was the start of the ceiling
insulation, the ceiling will be the shape of a barn roof....
All of the roof trusses were a bit out of whack but Rosco added
 timber noggins throughout to fix the plasterboard to,
this also helped hold in the ceiling insulation....
The last wall panel was installed around the window....
Then it was on with some plasterboard.....
Last job tonight before we ran out of daylight
 was a part of the wide skirting....Love it!!!!!
Then it was inside for long hot showers,
 a Roast Lamb dinner and  time to cook up a big batch of my
 "Pickled on Peisley" Lemon Butter....
Rosco's Favourite and a guarantee that he will
come back one day and do another job for me....
Very excited to see how much further we get today....Yay!
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Monday's Studio Progress

I spent the best day yesterday with my builder Rosco and his lovely wife Zena.....
I was the apprentice Insulation Installer!
The brand is called Earth Wool and was easy to install...
Very natural feeling....
I am feeling like a bit of a pro installer but I must
 say it made me itchy by the time I got around all the sides....
 
And then Yay! My Builder Rosco nailed
up the first sheet of wall paneling.....
Insert happy dance here and lots of excitement and itching....Lol!
The back and end walls are now all complete.....
I had lots of fun being the trades assistant yesterday....
The barn style ceiling requires a bit of extra
framework  to fix the plasterboard to.....
Rosco is pretty clever so I am sure he will fix that up easily...
We worked our way around to this section today and one
 more sheet was added leaving just one to go.....
We  had to stop at around 5.30pm cause we were out of sufficient
 light so that will be first job today........... 
This was my little Studio last night....
Proof there is progress happening this week....
And it is....Yay Yay Yay!
Well must go as we are working on the last sheet and all the door
 and window trims today and the start of the plasterboard ceiling...
Oh and my promotion to Ceiling Insulation expert.....
I feel itchy already!!!!
 
Have a great day and stay tuned for the next progress post....
 
Kate
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