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




Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Weeding Weekend

Still no sewing at number 81 but lots of work going on.....
My yard had gotten away on me over the last 12 months with commencing full time work, doing extra casual days at the other schools, a part time job for a term and starting my little market business "Pickled on Peisley.....
I feel tired just thinking about all of that....
I have been in my little Home with the BIG yard for about 20 months now and have had many projects on the go with my quest for a low maintenance weed free yard!
This was my project last weekend, two full days out in the dirt with my 3 chickens by my side to keep me company......
Tired and aching on Sunday I gave myself
a pat on the back for a job well done.....
Most of the weeds cleared and a few unwanted
 plants dug out and rehomed...
I now have a nice blank canvas to work with....
This was my pile on Saturday evening...
 I was far too tired and over it to even take a photo Sunday
 so you can only imagine how high it was......
For a long time all I could see were the endless list of projects
 and jobs ahead of me but finally I am starting to look back
 and smile at where all my hard work has gotten me....
Gotta love a cute bunting blowing in the breeze :)
Thanks for stopping by and waiting patiently
 for a post of the fabric kind....
Once my Sewing Studio is complete I will have ne excuses...
It won't happen overnight but it will happen...eventually!

Until next time, happy Stitching

Kate

Friday, 24 October 2014

Spring Yarn Club October

It took me a bit to get going this month with my Yarn Club projects, I started using my 4 ply cotton to make a skinny scarf but wasn't really feeling it so I pulled it out...
I then chose to do the coaster pattern that Jodie had suggested but was going to make it bigger to put in the centre of my table with a vase on it. I got this far but wasn't really feeling it with this project either so I pulled it out again....
I finally decided to make these cute little bunting flags....
My pile grew bigger as my yarn ball grew smaller...
And here they are strung across me bed head.....
So simple and just a bit cute....

Do you like bunting?
I do and there are so many ways we can play with it...
Next project a washer made from a lovely shade of
 pink/melon to finish up October's instalment....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate




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
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