Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas at "My Little Home Sweet Home"

Welcome....Come on in and have a look around....
I am feeling very festive this week and wanted to share....

Share the Joy....I love this time of year....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Studio Garden

A couple of weeks ago I purchased 6 standard white iceberg roses from Buy Swap and Sell, The guy I got them from had been living in a rental house and was moving out so he transplanted them into pots. He delivered them to me and they looked happy for a day until we had some really hot weather with very hot winds.
I watered them daily but I think they may have been a bit traumatised from being transplanted. So on the weekend I got busy making a garden bed to plant them in. This is how it looked before I started. First job was to pull the sleepers up that were in the ground at one side of the Studio....
I moved the sleepers and stole a couple from further down the yard that were just the right length for what I needed.
I want them to act as a retaining wall so the woodchips don't wash under the Studio.
It looks a bit rustic and although they were really heavy I persevered and after a couple of squashed thumbs later I had them in place.
In the back ground of the next picture is where my big tree was that I had removed. It looks so bare compared to how it was before and I have a lot of soil to shift because it is quite a bit of a mound where the stump has been ground up.
That is definitely a WIP!
I rolled back the piece of fake grass that was near the studio only to find a 1.5 metre square of pavers. Not sure what that was for but was thinking REALLY lugging sleepers and planting roses isn't a big enough job, now I have to pull up pavers....LOL! Every project I have attempted in my yard has revealed a surprise of sorts.....
Never a dull moment!
I sat and thought for a while what I could do with this latest obstacle. In the end it worked out quite well because I only removed some of the pavers and the others are acting as a small path to border the garden bed. I will use the ones that I pulled up to join them up to the other paved area eventually.
I pruned all the frazzled leaves from the roses and planted them in the garden bed. I also moved some of the soil from the tree mound and filled the bed up a little. The four rose bushes in this bed have lost their leaves but are still nice and green. I gave them a good soaking of seasol so now all I want for Christmas is some nice new leaf growth on them. The poor things should do better back in the ground I hope.
 
I also planted 3 Daphne bushes in between the roses,
mulched and wood chipped the bed....Yay! Its looking good :)
I had 2 left and they were much worse than the others.
Look at this poor sad plant.
I decided to plant them anyway and hope for the best.
I have put them on the other side of my patchwork rock path, I 
will wait to see if they live before I do any more with this side.
I gave them both a good pruning and a good hit with seasol.
 Not sure if these two will make it as they are more brown than
 green at the moment. I will replace them with new ones from
 the garden centre if I have to.
I am really happy with how it is looking so far and hope they
 all like their new home. Can you see the woodchip pile in the
corner of this picture....That's my tree... :(
On the upside I have lots of woodchip for the rest of my gardens.
Thanks for stopping by and cross your fingers that the roses will
 flourish now they are back in the ground. Most other things do
 really well in my yard and I hope these do also.
I know the weeds surely flourish....LOL!
We got some much needed rain on Sunday with more forecast
during the week so that might also help to kick them along.
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate
 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

FOR SALE!

Hi all, I am selling this tree skirt if anyone is interested.
I was going to list it on Buy Swap and Sell but thought
a fellow quilter would maybe appreciate it more...
I absolutely love love love love  love it but sadly my
Little Home Sweet Home is exactly that....LITTLE.
I set my tree up in the corner between the fireplace and the
lounge and once the tree skirt is crammed in
you really cannot see it.
I wish I had room to display it to it's full potential.
So I thought it was best to sell and let someone else enjoy it.
It is made using a kit from Hatched and Patched in fabrics
from my Favourite Designer Anni Downs.
I pieced the skirt and the gorgeous Belinda Betts from
Eucalypt Ridge Quilting in Orange quilted it in the ditch around
 the blocks and used a swirly star pattern in the centre block.

The small and large corner pinwheel blocks are pieced and so
 are the block borders. The blocks are a quilted panel from
 Anni's Christmas range. It is made to a high standard.
It cost me over $130 to make and I am asking $80
(Including delivery in Australia)
The first person to comment SOLD on this post will be the
new lucky owner or maybe it will be great for gifting.
This is my little tree nook, lights on and waiting for
Miss Molly to come home and help me decorate
(She is in charge of that apparently...LOL)
I have put my tree in my Nan's old wash tub, still need to add a
big burlap bow and I know that Nan will
 be smiling down on us admiring it also...
(Just wish I hadn't been through that paint everything green
 stage and had left it in its raw state,
maybe I will strip the paint off before next year)
If I have learnt nothing in the last couple of years I have
 definitely learnt that holding onto things that aren't meant to
 be definitely don't make you happy, even if you do love them.

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Monday, 1 December 2014

SSCS has arrived from Norway

My Secret Santa Christmas Swap arrived on the sleigh today...
What a nice way to celebrate the 1st of December....
I was excited to find out that my parcel was
 sent all the way from Norway by Grethe.....
This little one was allowed to be opened so of cause I was
surprised that I remembered to take a pic before I opened it....
This is what was inside....A sweet little heart ornament....
Too cute Grethe....
I love it and it will have pride of place on my tree....
This one will go under the tree and I will refrain from peeking
 and tearing it open wait very patiently until Christmas day.....
Thankyou sweet Grethe for my lovely gifts....
And a Big Thanks to Santa's helper CHOOKY xx
You are amazing and spread so much happiness
 across the world with this swap....

I haven't heard if my parcel has arrived at it's destination yet
 so I will let you know who I sent to when the time is right....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate
 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Studio Storage

Wow last day of November already. Where has 2014 gone I ask you? Today I wanted to share some more of my Sewing Studio progress with you. I had previously planned to take a trip to Ikea and buy a white storage cupboard of some description to use in my Studio because I wanted a crisp white interior that was light and airy. Well the rustic girl in me came up with this idea, This 1920's dresser that I absolutely adore has been in my kitchen/dining room, I could do with some more space in there but did not want to part with my beloved dresser. I decided if this fitted then it was moving out to the Studio and Wallah! Fits perfectly and doesn't seem to make the space dark at all. I am so loving how it looks and am now sorting through my stash and having a good clean out before I fill it up. 3 weeks until school holidays(which I am lucky to get with my job) and then I can stay and play in there all day...
My storage tubs slide in perfectly as well so I will have easy
 access to my fabrics and other bits and pieces once they are
sorted into some sort of order....LOL
I work well with order!
I still have a monster design wall to create and need to decide
 on what to put on the windows and sliding door....
I am having lots of fun creating my special little Happy Place..
Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate



Saturday, 29 November 2014

Studio Ironing Board



I took a little detour on the way home from Perthville last Sunday, I called into Masters to pick up another 5 storage baskets to go into the end of my cutting table. One end is now full and I am saving my pennies to get some more for the other end eventually. After all a girl can never have enough storage....


Meanwhile back at the "Studio" Kylie was being
very cheeky indeed posing on the day bed...
I had a real belly laugh when I got a message on
Facebook and this cheeky pic popped up...
Come back anytime Kylie....
I arrived home and unpacked the car and of cause with new
storage baskets for inspiration and a split system to keep me
 cool I decided to have a bit of a play in the Studio....
I got my tools out and began to cover
 my custom made ironing board...
I gave it 2 layers of quilt batting...
Pulled it all nice and tight and used the
staple gun to secure it at the back...



Next a layer of rubber backed calico...
It looks so nice and crisp but I know it will get very
discoloured in no time at all so I will make a fitted
cover from some printed fabric next....
Starting to reap the rewards of the process
that has been my sewing Studio...
A design wall and storage cupboard are still on the agenda...
Oh and lots of cushions for the day bed....
Thanks for stopping by, I truly
love sharing my progress with all of you...


Until next time, Happy Stitching


Kate





Friday, 28 November 2014

2014 Bathurst Blog Meet Part 4

This time last week I was super excited about heading off
 to Bathurst for the weekend with my Blog buddies.....
This is my final post about the weekend...
I stole this photo from Kylie....
A bit of silliness after our group photo on Sunday morning,
I am not sure who has the nice group photo but
I am sure it will pop up at some time or other....
Morning tea Sunday....
We love you Vicki(Hostess with the Mostess)
Sadly our beloved Peg and Dale couldn't join us for
 the weekend and they so generously donated some prizes
 for a fun ticket game that we played....
Tickets were awarded for a number of reasons
and there were lots of draws throughout the weekend...
Here are some of the lucky recipients
with their foil wrapped lucky dips....
Only the best wrapping paper for us Blog Girls...
Chooky with a bit of show and tell....just gorgeous!
Anita completed this shaggy quilt and it was just lovely....
She may have RSI from all the clipping but was
well worth the effort to get a great finish.... 
Our favourite Granny Heather finished this pretty table runner
and Miss Georgia(Baby Chooky)
 made an adorable Christmas ornament...
I was lucky to win 2 prizes on the weekend so I too can
make a pretty ornament with this pattern from Anni....
I also won a button pack that I shared with Googy Girl.....
I kept these bigger ones to use on the back of my cushion....

Chooky also made us all a cute little keyring....
Mine is holding a key to my "Studio" and
 a key to my "Little Home Sweet Home"
My 2 favourite places to be....
I picked this little trinket up at The Home Patch on Saturday...
How could there not be good in the world when we have
 friends who love to share such special weekends together....
What more could we ask for? 

Kylie and Chooky causing havoc wherever they go...
Love these ladies to bits xxx
Much stitching and chatter in a perfect venue....


I spent my stitching time hand quilting(for the very first time)
 my Lynette Anderson wall hanging that has
 been a WIP since 2011....
I have decided to make it into a large cushion for my Studio
 day bed cause I am not a big wall hanging girl...
I have one more block to quilt and will then construct it
into a cushion cover and sew on the 9 hand painted buttons
 that compliment each block....
The photo doesn't really show the quilting but I am pretty
chuffed with my efforts for the weekend...
Thanks for stopping by and sharing in our weekend and thanks
 to the ladies that contributed to making it such a fun time....
Another BIG THANKS to Peg and Dale for their generosity
 and for CHOOKY who made it all possible....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate
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