Monday, August 27, 2012

fabric fun

Got a chance to play with some fabric scraps this weekend. Mean't to start dyeing some white cotton drill that I had put aside for the purpose but somehow got side tracked. I did wash & iron the drill though, so I am one step closer to the dye pot.
Making new fabric from strips of other beautiful commercial fabric is so much fun too. I had a pair of cushion inserts that had been sitting around looking sad...perfect! I spent Saturday morning pulling fabric from boxes and cutting strips. After sewing them together lengthways I ended up adding a layer of thin batting, quilting down the seams and putting the cushions together.

Pretty happy with the results. It's easy to do - a mad mix of pattern, plain, spot, floral worked well but I kept some fabrics for both cushions ( black/white & red) and then added different accent colours such as the blue tones.

I caught this beautiful moment of our grandsons ...a quiet 'second' of rest before the fun of jumping on a matress begins again.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend too.
Take care Deb

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Windy August

Ahhh! August, windy, windy August. Show time in Brisbane...Ferris Wheel spinning as I write.

 A little bit of trivia...We have an interesting new M7  tunnel in Brisbane that has made the journey to and from Uni & GoMA soooo much quicker for Mum & Dad's taxi service. You just need to forget that for the time in it you are far underground. Being a bit of an old claustraphobe it does take some getting used to. There was an incident in the tunnel recently that required some flashing light changes etc, all easy, until...the booming voice of a tunnel controller ( I presume) echoing through the tunnel ( you could imagine "this is God speaking" etc....) gave me quite a scare.

June/July, at least part of, was spent visiting Tasmania again. This is a small part of Aussie that I love and every visit we find something new to see. We had never been to Cradle Mt or the West Coast before. Strahan, on the West Coast, is a quaint fishing village  and we were treated to reasonably fair weather which according to the locals was surprising. Went on the Gordon River cruise and I would say it was a highlight. Stayed at Ormiston House which we thoroughly enjoyed...beautiful house full of history and friendly helpful hosts.

Popping in some photos here:-

 Lovely little craft co-op store in Salamanca Place.

 Secondhand bric a brac store.

 View right outside our accommodation at Somerset on the Pier, Hobart. Highly recommended - staff friendly and helpful...great beds, view,  and self-contained.

 Queing for entry to Mona - Museum of Old and New Art. Hobart. Wished we had more time as there is so much to see. Left my coat in the cloak room by mistake and only discovered my loss at the airport. Lovely staff posted it to me.

Sound tunnel - an artwork.

 Wilderness Railway from Strahan to Queenstown. The carriages were beautiful.

 The three musketeers on the Gordon River Cruise.

 On land during the cruise.

 Lighthouse at mouth of Macquarie Harbour.

The beautiful Ormiston House.

Early August also brought a serious health scare for my hubby. Thank goodness we were not travelling at the time. Anyone who has been affected by heart disease will understand that the sooner they are discovered and treated the better. Luckily for us this was the case. It took a heart attack to make him ( as well as the entire family) slow down, take care, and make sure we smell the roses. Hubby was looked after by amazing medical staff at The Prince Charles Hosp and is now doing well.
I have discovered and am now encouraging all of the family to enjoy a vegetarian meal at least once a week. Bought a couple of vegie books and all recipes sound yummy...will pass on any great successes.

Finally managed to get Hip Hip Hooray pattern in the shop and lately playing around with colours and ideas for a winter themed doll. Fitting in some sewing for Holly as well. She has a ticket to the Royal Show Race Day next week and can't find anything to wear....wardrobe full but nothing to wear syndrome. I found a gorgeous polished cotton fabric with full blown roses in my stash and it looks promising. She has a cute little black fascinator ready to go...just waiting on mum.

Even though I have not posted anything I always love to keep up to date reading everyone else's blogs. Stephanie at My Calico Heart always has lovely goodies to show.

Take care


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