Sunday, April 20, 2014
I have spent the better part of today, whittling down my blogger reading list of saved blogs from an astounding 374 (how did I ever expect to keep up with all these?), to a more manageable 125.
This does not mean that during the next blog-hop that I take a fancy to, I will not add another half dozen or so....
It appears, during the latter part of 2010, that I added a lot of quilting blogs, most of which have ceased to function. If you find that your blog has been inadvertently left off my list, please let me know, with a link to it in your comments.
I'm also trying to present links to blogs I like in a more rational manner... and if blogger would save my changes to my template, may have the top blogs in each category shown on the left column.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
|Sheepies found in Southern NSW - along with a rusty horse|
|On a water tower - crafted locally|
and it lights up at night too!
|One big spider.....|
|That Retro Shop in Finley - NSW|
|Ginge & Fluffs Secondhand Store in Lockhart, NSW|
|My latest collecting obsession - Kathy Winkle designs|
On Broadhurst Ceramics - from the early 60's
|A Winkle atop a yellow, |
Depression Glass Cake Stand
- pattern yet to be identified
|A small pumpkin stitchery, |
found on Pintrest one evening
and stitching started the very next day...
getting ready for Halloween!
One thing I have come to realise, is that my passion for SHEEPIES started long before 2011 - The Year of the Sheepies; and continues now into 2014. Driving along in country NSW, I am constantly calling out 'Sheepies!!!", much to the consternation of my co-driver and new partner, Laz. He indulges me in this obsession and has pointed out one or two new sheep related items from time to time.
|The view of Australia's Parliament House|
from the steps of the National War Memorial
We had a day trip to Canberra, our Nation's Capital. Now that I know what to expect, I'll be heading back again to look at more. We spent the morning at the National War Memorial - (absolutely gob-smackingly amazing experience. Very highly emotionally wearying, but well worth the visit. I cannot speak more highly of the staff and volunteers.)
Then a couple of hours at the National Gallery to see the Inca Gold Exhibition - just enough time to duck into the Australian Art section on the 2nd floor to see Art that is imprinted on my mind through reading about it in books... (reminds me - must get back to the Victorian Art Gallery.....)
Hope you have all enjoyed my snap-heavy post ... next one to show a bit more stitching...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Sam Sarah Design Studio
Kurt's Garden! P049
Rabbiting around in my stash, trying to ignore the temptation to start another Mirabella mermaid, thought I'd get something started that i could finish on the same day (& I'm not counting "finish-finish")
Took me only twice as long to stitch a it did to decide what fabric to stitch it on.....
Monday, March 3, 2014
Here is my latest TUSAL for 1st March 2014... I've pretty much been only stitching the Advent Sampler...
Monday, February 3, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Here is my starting post for the 2014 T.U.S.A.L.
You can see how much I stitched on NYE - sitting in hall full of Hungarians celebrating. (I don't speak a word of Hungarian!)
I sat in a corner of the room, stitching, while watching septuagenarians and octogenarians celebrate in a vivid style.
I'm contemplating a change to the layout of my blog too.... pondering in the quiet of NY day...
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my blogging friends....
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Here is the little fabric portable ort collector that I drag with me everywhere - it doubles as a needle minder from time to time. The Jar I am keeping to use - it works well and will be kept in plain sight this coming year so that I can remember to add to my blog on a regular basis.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Please forgive me - life has intruded and I've not posted nearly enough this past 18 months.
I had a massive lifestyle change in May 2012- leaving my husband and striking out on my own.
I did barely any stitching in 2012 -a wee bit more in 2013 - who knows what is likely to happen in 2014
Stitching, prior to my break was my crutch - to the point of obsession - as was my blogging - dropping out of the world of reality and huddling comfortably in the welcome arms of my stitching sisters (and brothers)
While I don't think I will ever return to the excessive output of 2011 - The year of the sheepies, I do miss the camaraderie and show and tell aspect of blogging. I truly felt I have friends out there, beyond the keyboard and screen, friends who have their own interesting lives.
It's nearly Christmas - and I've managed to almost catch up with my Christmas Tablecloth.
2010 - We celebrated Christmas and my Dad spent the holiday with us - so naturally, Santa symbolises that year around the table...
2011 - It was heading into prickly time - I didn't know at the time, it would be the last Christmas with the extended family - Holly seemed to be a suitable symbol for that year.... located on the edge of the cloth..
We also had lunch that year at a friend's home - there were more at the table, but I've included the family on a banner above the 2011 square
2012- After calling in to see my boys late morning on Christmas Day, I was invited to lunch with my girlfriend's family. All I need to do is to add the names and 2012 is done
|John and I|
|With my younger son, Harry|
Time now for me to log off again. It shouldn't be so long this time around.
Seasons Greetings to all my friends - Happy Stitching - I'll be back in 2014
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Precious little I'm afraid.
I've only recently taken up stitching again and there is not much to show. I cannot for the life of me find the dancing penguins, they cannot be too far away... if I remember correctly, I was up to adding beads and put it down until I could find my box of beads . . ... found the beads, just don't know where the project is.
Halloween - I don't think I shared with you my decorations.... I was really pleased, because the local kids who did come a'calling, declared me 'Awesome !' I decorated one room, and left the blinds open, so they could see in, to see my Halloween tree. All has been carefully packed away, ready to decorate again next year!
Oh I did spend a bit of time on a craft project. I love beads, have many, many beads - one to match just about any colour outfit I wear. I got sick of them getting jumbled up and knew what sort of project to do to get them hung up neater than sitting in a big ol' shoebox!
First I found a cheap print on a chipboard picture at the thrift shop. Then I found this packet of adhesive hooks. Out came the patchwork rule and I worked out to place them evenly apart and on a 60degree angle so to make the most and to avoid unnecessary tangling. You can see the pencil lines which I rubbed out at the end - not that it really mattered, because with all my beads (well most of them) you can't really see the picture at the end.....
I celebrated the big 5-0 recently - with friends as I held a Gilligan's Island party - such a whole lot of fun. I'd been preparing and collecting a lot of vintage and retro dishes & arranged the hairdresser and a trip to a glamour photographer on the day - the whole day was a fun-fest!
Naturally, I selected Ginger as my character... I baked a coconut-cream pie for the evening - and mmmmmmm it was good! I even wore false eyelashes! All I could think when the makeup artist was working on my eyes - was that I really looked like my big sister! She's a wee bit older than me, and I vividly remember her with a similar hairstyle and the false eyelashes about 1972!!
I've started yet another blog too - see over there on the left sidebar - Retro-Girl in Frankston - all to do with my love of retro ware and style. I'll post there my treasures that I find and my search for similar.
Signing off now with an end of Summer Snap! A casual photo taken by my son last weekend. The water was so clear, I couldn't resist and paddled out to the sandbar. Mind you, this week in Melbourne, we've had a blast of heat again.. The bay and the sand and the sky and the sun felt so good!