Sunday, April 20, 2014

Under Construction yet again

Hi friends,

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.

Happy reading....

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Retro Road Trip - April 2014

Hi Friends,
Sheepies found in Southern NSW - along with a rusty horse

On a water tower - crafted locally
and it lights up at night too!
Haven't been blogging much of late, but I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things. Very little stitching to show, but thought I'd show you a few pics of my current holiday in the southern area of New South Wales.

One big spider.....

That Retro Shop in Finley - NSW
Ginge & Fluffs Secondhand Store in Lockhart, NSW
(I know a few of you stitchy girls are also collectors, so may appreciate my other blog - Retro Girl in Frankston - some of these pics may double up on that blog too...)

My latest collecting obsession - Kathy Winkle designs
On Broadhurst Ceramics - from the early 60's
 My latest collecting obsession...   Kathy Winkle Designs - on plates from the Broadhurst & Sons from the early 60's onwards.  This has led to me singing:  "A Winkling we will go, a Winkling we will go, Hi Ho with cash we'll go, a Winkling we will go .. .. ..."

A Winkle atop a yellow,
Depression Glass Cake Stand
- pattern yet to be identified
I have found one Winkle on this Road Trip, but am still looking...  you never know where you'll find treasures...

A small pumpkin stitchery,
found on Pintrest one evening
 and stitching started the very next day...
getting ready for Halloween!
One of my other recent distractions has been Pintrest- although taking up valuable stitching time, has enabled me to find designs destined to end up in my WIP pile

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.....)

Then a quick trip up to the lookout to snap a couple of scenic views- including this selfie:
Hope you have all enjoyed my snap-heavy post ...  next one to show a bit more stitching...


Monday, March 31, 2014

Tusal - March 31

T.U.S.A.L.  -  March 31 2014
What's this I spy... hidden amongst the reflection of a Melbourne Autumn blue sky, are some blue fibres???   What??  Could I possibly be stitching on more than one project at a time???  And do I also spy some olive green floss on the left?  All snuggled with the crimson and cream floss of my Christmas sampler...
Let's see... can I show my current progress??
(running - taking a hurried photo with scattered WIPS on the couch, in non-flattering light.....
Don't go looking too hard... clockwise from top left - A little blue heart sampler on aida- The Sweetheart Tree - Snowflakes in Abundance.  On aida again - Plum Street Samplers - Coffin Buzz. On Linen, Sam Sarah Design Studio, Kurt's Garden (part 049),  my progress on the Christmas Advent Sampler (ran out of floss - came to a temporary halt).   A single line of a band sampler that I'll design as I go.
Sheep have not completely abandoned me . . . . I'm sure they will raise their fleecy heads as I drag out more WIP's from the cupboard.....

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Quick Sunday afternoon stitch

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

TUSAL - March 1

It really looks as if I've not stitched much at all, but there are a couple of weeks of missing orts there - and yes, I've not stitched anywhere as much as I have in past years... My WIP is progressing....I'll post a pic shortly...
Here is my latest TUSAL for 1st March 2014...   I've pretty much been only stitching the Advent Sampler...
Don't you like my kitty cats..??  (and yes - the sheepies have not left me totally yet)

Monday, February 3, 2014

T.U.S.A.L Jan 30

Running late again (& only the second entry for the year!)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

TUSAL 2014 - a new beginning

Hi friends,

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

TUSAL 2013

As 2013 nears the end and the time draws near for TUSAL 2014 to begin - I thought I'd share with you my TUSAL jar full of orts from the past 18 months.


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.
The project is my current WIP using a combination of Picture this Plus hand dyed fabric, DMC 4210 and Anchor 1301. I'm stitching a freebie found on this German Blogger site - click here- it was released as a December Advent calendar in 24 sections - of course, I didn't find it until Dec 19, so I'm way behind - and in fact, didn't start from section 1, but instead put all the pieces together and have started in the middle...
I've also changed the wording and made a couple of adjustments to the pattern - as I tend to do...  you'll just have to wait and see how it turns out
Happy New Year everybody!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 - Stitching Seldom. - Seasons Greetings from bronny

Hello all my friends and followers.
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
2013 - I have the chart all ready to go.  Christmas Lunch this year will be with my boys - and to symbolise my eldest who is now in the Australian Army, I will stitch a Christmas Toy Soldier.

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

Halloween, Beads, Gilligan, Sunshine

So what can I share with you to show evidence of the past 10 months of stitching/crafting and the like.........?
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!