Sunday, August 24, 2014

A day by the sea side.

 Its been another exciting time for me seeing my latest design  in print and on the pages of the latest Patchwork and stitching magazine. 
 This big table runner is called A day at the sea side, inspired by our trips to the beach in summer. I'm not much of a swimmer so imagine me sitting in the deck chair with my stitching on my lap, watching my boys swim and play beach cricket.
 It was such a fun project and I loved sewing with the blue and aqua fabric fabrics, I think the range is called Seascape by Deb Strain.  It was beautifully quilted by my lovely friend Sarah from Patchworks plus. She's a clever girl.  Sarah also has a new web site, its set out so nice. Go and check it out, Sarah has some beautiful stock, including lots of Bonnie and Camille fabrics for all you Miss Kate lovers out there.
 As always the magazine do a beautiful job of photographing my designs,
 I was a very happy girl thats for sure.
 Another busy week ahead, back to work and the every day routine like most of us. I did stop today and pick some pretty snowbells from my garden, they are so sweet with their little green dots on each petal. They don't have much of a scent but I do like just admiring them.

Do you like my new header, my dear friend Tracee designed it for me, Gee I  have some clever friends don't I. Thankyou Tracee I love it.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you find some sewing time. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Something different

 Well another week has come and gone, soon Spring will be here and I for one can't wait. Its been a long cold winter and after such a beautiful sunny day today I  have had a taste of whats to come. I have been sewing like crazy all weekend trying to get a magazine project ready to send off  but I can't share it just yet, sorry. Soon though!!!  I have had a fun time changing things around in my sewing room, I thought I would bring a bit of early Spring to my shelf and share it with my prettiest tilda doll.
 Working with such pretty fabrics always makes me smile and I added a new zipper pull to a new project. I love the tiny log cabin.  Such a clever design.
 I also changed and added a few new things to my kitchen, I had all red stuff on here but now I have added a bit of aqua I love it  even more. Its funny how just adding  a few things can  change to the whole look.
 My pretty Cath Kidston cup, I wish I bought more when I saw this in a shop last year.
 Yesterday I was in K Mart and found this gorgeous jug for only $12, I liked it so much I bought 2. I put one in the bathroom for decoration. Also the little tin, I thought that was just so cute and for $5 I mean really could I leave it behind. These goodies are on my kitchen hutch and I love looking at them.
I also changed my Greengate shelf around, these cups are my most favourite. Such beautiful colours and shapes. I do use them occasionally, whats the point in having nice things if you can't use them. My grandmother used to say that when I was young and we would go to visit. She would serve tea in pretty china cups and I was always worried I'd drop it.

I have roast chicken in the oven  and it smells delicious so I had better get my vegies ready, wishing you all a wonderful week and thankyou for stopping by.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sewing, magazines, baking and gardening.

 What a week its been, lots of fun and exciting things happening. First off I can't wait to tell you that I have a quilt published in Homespun magazine. I don't think this issue is in the shops yet but it won't be far away. I got my issue in the mail and I couldn't wait to open it up and see my design.
 Do you like it?   All made in my favourite Kansas Troubles fabrics.
 The photography is so nice, even a photo of me and my profile is included.

 I have been sewing like a mad woman all week, working on secret projects for magazines and writing patterns til the early hours of the morning. Finally I think I'm on top of it all. Oh its hard being a designer. lol and  I am loving every minute.
 I have been doing some sewing for myself to which  is fun. I made a mini pouch to hold my ipod so I can find it in my gym bag but its so cute I  might have to use it  for sewing instead and make a new one.
 All my photos are out of order today, blogger is being silly and I don;t know how to fix it so its all a bit jumbled. This morning I have done my traditional Sunday Lunchbox baking. Made choc chips cookies and an oat slice and right now I have an apple slice in the oven, it smells so good.
 My garden is showing signs of Spring (At last) I'm so sick of winter. I have a few bulbs in flower.
 My mother in law sent me a box of cute little quilt block decals, I'm not really sure what they are called, they are made from metal and had a little jump ring on them so I made use of one and used it as a zipper pull. They are adorable and I think they make the zipper look so lovely.
So thats my week and all my news, I hope you have a wonderful week, enjoy your Sunday and I hope you find some sewing time.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I did it again...

 I am very excited to tell you that I have had another design published in Patchwork & Stitching magazine. There it is sitting on my bed looking pretty with all the others I have made.
 Pretty stitchery with flower sugar hexagons, I loved making this cushion. Watching my drawings come to life with thread is such a good feeling.
 There it is on the front cover. Thats an exciting moment when you get your magazine from the letter box and see the cover with your design on it. Doing the Happy dance on the foot path makes for some interesting curtain movement from the neighbours thats for sure. I'm sure they think I'm crazy.
 Such beautiful photography makes my project really shine.

Stitchery of course is my favourite thing to do, most of my designs have stitchery on them somewhere.

Its been such a wet and stormy week in Launceston and much of the state. Luckily we had no damage to  our property but I watched the wind carry my neighbours  trampoline almost over the back fence. It got caught on some bushes.
Right now its -2 degrees and so frosty outside. I'm sitting by the fire  debating to have another hot cuppa or do some baking. Which would you choose?

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Christmas gifts made by me.

 These are the gifts I made for my Christmas in July swap partner Anna, (no blog) All of them were so much fun to make, especially the christmas candle mat.

 I used Gail Pans pin cushion pattern from her new book and added Lynette Anderson's reindeers, Pretty nifty don't you think?
I love pin cushions so I had to make this one also designed by Gail. Glad you liked everything Anna.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July

 I received 3 beautiful gifts from  Tracy  and they are beautiful. My pretty stocking is so cute, love the Reindeer.

 I'm sure Tracy has read on my blog how much I love crochet as she made me the most sweetest snowflake bunting,
And I think my santa ornament will look right at home on my christmas tree this year,

Thankyou so much Tracy, I love everything you have made me, thankyou to Cheryll for organising such a fun swap.

I'm off to Hobart tomorrow to go to Craft and Quilt fair, its been a bit disappointing in previous years so I'm hoping  its a bit better this time.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday night sew in.

 Last night was very productive for me, I made 2 Round and Round blocks, they are so much fun to put together. The pattern is by Thimbleblossoms and I used lots of Bonnie and Camille fabrics and a few other favourites.

 I have made 5 blocks now only 2 to go, Can't wait to get this one finished.
To finish the night off and relax a little before bed I basted some hexagons for a new design, I love this fabric. Its so pretty and girly.

Do you ever have days where you plan to do so much but you feel like you haven't achieved anything. I had a day like that today.
Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

What did everyone else who joined Friday night sew in get up to? click here to go and see.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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