Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Happy 18th Birthday Jacky Mister

Happy Birthday to my smiley little man who is now my BIG man.
Feeling happy, sad, old and proud today......
Love you more Jacky Mister xxxx
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Studio Update








I thought I best do a blog post as I have been a bit missing in action of late. Lots of cooking in the "Pickled on Peisley" kitchen and working full time have taken up a lot of my time over the last couple of weeks. I also had a nice weekend is Sydney with a good friend of mine so no time for anything!!!!!!
However I did make time to pop up to Bunnings at lunch time to pick up some wall and ceiling insulation for my Studio. Who needs airbags when you have this much padding in the vehicle. 2 rolls in the boot, 3 in the back seat and 1 in the passenger seat....ha ha! I have been getting my supplies ready for my builder who will start lining my Studio on the 17th of September. I can't wait to see some more progress out there.
I chose a colonial architrave for around the door and windows
and a matching wider board for the skirtings.
All pre primed to save on painting later.
I also have my wall lining boards ready to go and they are also pre primed so when they are all up I will be able to paint without using too much undercoat. The wall sheeting will give a look of timber boards when they are done and we will be running them vertically. I think they will look awesome. The ceiling will be plain plasterboard and in the shape of a barn roof.
I now have to wait patiently(BA HA HA) for 3 weeks. I will then be on school holidays so can't wait to be able to spend my holidays painting, fitting out the power points and lights and split system and working on my cutting bench and corner machine work station.....Sound busy doesn't it?
 Just how I like it....Thank goodness.... 
These will be the last pics you see like this, the next lot will show the interior transformation taking place....
Did I tell you I am excited!!!!
Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate













Saturday, 16 August 2014

Jellywares Winter Yarn Club...2nd Project Finished










Jody from Jellywares was running a Winter Yarn Club, I missed out on signing up for the Autumn Club so was excited to be able to put my name down for the Winter one.....
I could choose knitting or crochet and since I haven't learnt to crochet yet I went with knitting...
There are 3 mail outs, one for each month of Winter....
You can read about my first project HERE....
I was keen to start my second project and decided to make the 22.5 degrees shawl that Jodie had suggested.....
It was slow going because the yarn
was thin and the needles only 3mm....
A couple of nights I nodded off and lost a few stitches so I am thankful for the variegated yarn because it hides a multitude of sins where I have picked the stitches up a little wonky....
I finally finished all of the rows and was getting concerned that my ball of yarn was getting very small, the shawl start with 3 stitches and ends with 289 so each row got longer and longer to knit....
Next step was to knit a scalloped border, I really was concerned that it wasn't going to turn out like the picture.....I think I had close to 400 stitches by the time I had knitted the border row.... 
next step was casting off and as I worked along the row the pretty little scallops emerged from the needles.....It really was exciting watching it come together and a real sense of achievement for trying something new and actually having it work out.....
This was the tiny ball of yarn that I had left
 from 1 Skein of Malabrigo Sock....
I was so very relieved that I didn't
run out of yarn on the last row.....
By this stage I think I had earnt myself a nice cup of tea...
Next step was to google how to block a knitted piece on Youtube....
So it was into the sink for a soak....
And then I laid out a towel on Miss Molly's bedroom
 floor and pinned to my hearts content....
This is where my shawl stayed for
 about 5 days to completely dry out....
Until.....Ta Dah!!! All blocked and ready for wearing....
The blocking really made it sit so lovely and flat
 and gave the points a nice pointed finish....
I have so enjoyed getting my Nanna on
 and doing some knitting again....
My 3rd Installment of the Winter Yarn Club has arrived but I will share that with you another time....
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Electrical in the Studio









Yesterday while I was at work my brother was very busy at
 "My Little Home Sweet Home"
working on the electrical for my "Studio".....
Lot's of power points around the walls and
two long fluorescent lights for the inside....
Oh and a split system for year round comfort....
He had to dig a trench for the power cables and so carefully
went underground  so my path wasn't damaged.....
I even have an outdoor power point because Chooky tells
 me you just can't have too many power points......Lol!
So that makes 1 outside and 8 double power points inside....
I was excited to get home from work and see the progress...
Lucky for me I got to help dig the last part of the hole for
the cable near the house, nothing like lying on your stomach with
 your hand down a hole scraping out dirt....
A cute little outdoor light for the verandah....
I am feeling very blessed today to have a big brother that
selflessly worked so hard for me yesterday digging
 and crawling around in the roof on his own....
I am a bit excited today that I can now organise to get
 the walls lined....Yay! Onto the next stage....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Friday Night Sleepover Fun

No Friday night stitching for me last night because I was
 busy dining, chatting and drinking bubbles with Chookyblue
 my special sleepover buddy.....
I did manage to locate my missing quilt labels so all was not lost!
Have a great weekend blogworld.....
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Malabrigo Sock on my needles





First job was to turn my skein of Malabrigo Sock yarn into...
This!!!!!
I love the variegated colour of this yarn....
I then enjoyed a cup of Jodie's special tea and the yummy
home baked shortbread that was included in my parcel....
This is the start of my 225 Degrees triangular shawl.....
This one will take a while, you start with 3 stitches and end up
 with 389 so each row will take longer and longer to knit....
Perfect project for frosty winter nights....
Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate







Monday, 21 July 2014

Patchwork path for my Studio.



No sewing for me over the weekend but I did do a bit of
patch working of the bricks, rocks and concrete kind....
That counts doesn't it?
Jacky Mister helped me move these two rock clusters
around the back that I dug out of my front garden
when I was doing my Espalier.....
I was going to use them for stepping stones to my
Studio but decided on making a whole path instead
 because I have an assortment of rocks lying around my
 yard and some bricks leftover from my other path project....
After a bit of weeding and decision making
 this is the rustic look I came up with....
It was then off to the garden centre for some
bags of cement mix and then the fun began....
This is a progress shot... I had ran out of cement mix
here and headed back down to pick up some more....
So after about 6 hours and 6 twenty kilo bags of
cement mix later this is what I ended up with....
It was just on dark so I had to pop in and turn the light on....
I am pretty happy with the result but will sweep some
 dirt over the top to dull the new grey cement
 colour a bit when it has dried out....
The view from my studio verandah....
My brother didn't make it down on the weekend to start the
electrical but I feel one step closer to my finished project
 now that I have a rustic new Patchwork Path....
I can't wait to plant some garden around the path
 and along the front of the verandah....
I can tell you all that I am feeling muscles and aches
and pains today that I would rather not be but am
 so glad I put in the effort and got it finished...
This is the dessert that Jacky Mister cooked
for us when he came home from work...
While I had a long soak in the tub....
Blueberry and Raspberry Clafouti.....YUMMO!!!
So glad I made him watch
Better Homes and Gardens on Friday night...Lol!
Until next time, Happy Stitching
(Or whatever it is creative you are doing)

Kate

"Coop de Peisley"


Today I wanted to share my chicken coop with you all....
Isn't it just the cutest thing you have ever seen?
It arrived in the first term school holidays...
It came flat packed with instructions saying it would take
2 people an hour to put together with a screw driver.....
BA HA HA!
It took Jacky Mister and I about 6 hours to construct....
I also made an additional base so it doesn't sit directly on
 the ground to prevent it rotting....
I saved the offcuts for stepping stones....
And then the fun began....
Well I was having fun, Jacky Mister on the other hand was
 convinced there were better ways for him to be spending his
 Saturday but he persevered and under sufferance even let me
 get a (Mum do you really have to take my photo) happy snap.....
Easy access for cleaning and collecting eggs....
A few days after Easter the girls moved into their new coop....
Brown New Hampshire- Phyllis
White Leghorn - Mabel
Black Austrolorpe - Mrs McLeod
They should be starting to lay 6 weeks from Easter....
It took them a few days to work out their feeder....
And their drinker....
I was starting to think that due to the cold that I wasn't going to
 get any eggs but in the holidays I found my first little egg.....
Phyllis is the first girl on the lay and I hope
 the other 2 follow her lead soon....
Bought it inside and sat it on the bench and
when I looked around it was gone!!!!
Oh dear it rolled off and broke.....Wah!
Miss Molly came out to see what all the
commotion was and I looked at her and said
 "You have got to be YOLKING!"
You can imagine the fits of laughter we were both in
 at this stage but all was better the next day
 when I got my second little egg...
Thanks to all of you who stop by and take the time to
read my blog and leave nice comments.....
It truly is nice to share the simple things....
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

 


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