Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Another Christmas Finish

This is a little felt kit I bought while out with the Tuesday Girls.....(in March).....
"ok hurry up and take the damn photo"....."you said it was play time..."
 Six little christmas stockings....I did change it a teeny weeny bit - I have added buttons here and there...
 A closer look - the train and the robin.....
 The reindeer and mittens (the mittens are my favourite)....
 The tree and the candy cane......
 "Are you still taking photo's????""
 "If your not going to play with me then I will just help myself to some of these!!!"
"I don't care if they are hanging on your design wall.."  "This one is looking really tasty.."
"Have I got your attention yet??"
Lol - I had better go....before Maci eats my buttons.....
Bye..xx

Quick Post for Kitty Lovers

My new little kitty has a routine every morning.   When she wakes up, she eats, goes to the toilet and then plays with my husband before he goes to work.  Then, while I am on my laptop catching up with everything,
she will come to me for "cuddle time".  Cuddle time means she will jump up on my chest and because I don't have enough hands to multi-task - hold her and use the laptop - I tuck her in my shirt....I do realize that only
cat lovers will appreciate this...  
Here are a couple of photo's...


Cuddle time last for about 20 minutes and then she is off again....I have no idea what I am going to do when she is fully grown - have seriously considered a baby sling...lol    Anyhow that's all...hugs...xxx

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

OMG this Is a long post - grab a coffee and a light snack if necessary....

Hubby and myself decided on Friday night to take a trip out to the country.  We have heard about the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival before but have never seemed to have found time to get out to it...
This event happens once a year, on the last Sunday in May and is held in a little town north of Kingaroy.
Our plan was to drive to Kingaroy on Saturday, camp one night in our tent (a two minute pop up tent) and then visit the Festival in the morning.  After a little searching on the  net we found a camp ground with a cheap cabin - thinking this would be one up on camping, we decided we would go this way instead of camping...more about that later....
So starting out on Saturday morning, breakfast at Fernvale was to be our first stop.  I took no photos here unfortunately but I can guarantee it was yummy...
Second stop of the day was at Blackbutt - to their famous - Woodfired Bakehouse.... Oh boy, so glad I wore loose clothing....
 We made the decision to eat our goodies at Blackbutt's local park - Red Wine and Garlic Pie with a Blueberry and White Chocolate Muffin and of course a coffee...
Totally worth the stop but I don't know if you can call it a muffin as it was more like a cupcake in texture..
Ok now we had better stop eating our way out to Kingaroy and do some non-stop driving....after all the trip from home to Kingaroy is about 3 hours.....I don't think I could possibly fit another meal into that sort of time frame...
Too early to check into our cabin - what's a girl to do - Shop of course...lol
 I have seen this shop advertised in many magazines and have always wanted to pay them a visit...It was very easy to find - and I could have spent hours in there...instead of the one hour I did  stay...
I forgot to get a photo of the back area that had quilting fabrics etc...just means I will have to go back one day....
 I had trouble choosing what I wanted to take home, I wonder why?
I ended up buying this clock - I have always wanted a clock for my lounge-room and seeing as I love roses so much, it just seemed to be perfect...
The next stop was a local winery - the Kingsley Grove Winery - after sampling some of their wines we chose a bottle of red wine for later....



Still some time to kill - lets go for a drive...a visit to the Bjelke-Peterson Dam.....see - we don't eat everywhere we go...
On the way to Kingaroy this morning we stopped at several Antique stores but the best by far was as Wondai.  I didn't get any photo's of any of the antique shops but I can tell you the store in Wondai had heaps of olden day items, We both could have brought home heaps, but were very good and only looked with our eyes with maybe a little touching too.
Now check in time has finally arrived and now we get back to our accommodation...I should have known something was odd when making the booking on line the owners gave us a courtesy call to let us know that it didn't have an ensuite and that it was an old cabin....we let them know that we had intended to camp and felt that this would be one step up from that... 
 The cabin was dated indeed, with wood paneling on the walls and a peeling ceiling...lol  We had a laugh and nick-named it as our Trailer Trash weekend.. lol    Don't get the wrong idea - after making the bed up with one of my quilts it didn't look that bad...it was very clean, the appliances were new and there were no crawlies.   We had a ball in our cabin, lovingly christened by us as "Trailer Trash"....we wouldn't have changed a thing...
Dinner - yep that's right - food again....I don't usually drink wine, usually referring it to tasting like medicine but I did enjoy this one.  To accompany our wine we bought some locally made Dukkah, olive oil and freshly baked  mini  breadrolls.  
Sunday....Goomeri Pumpkin Festival...
Now what does one eat at an event like this.....everything pumkin.....lol
Firstly - Pumpkin and basil wood-fired pizza and pumpkin damper - omg - I have never had a pizza like this and I have seen the light - I have been converted...I wonder if hubby can build me a wood fire oven when we get home? I am sure I NEED one...
 The street parade was pretty cool too - lots of interesting things to look at...
Could this be the Pumpkin Queen of Goomeri??
 Vintage cars....
 Men is skirts - where is a good breeze when you need one?
 More men is skirts and tights but this time in medi-evil outfits....
 Some belly dancers - I was in awe with the lady in blue - I hope I have and outlook on life as she obviously has when I am her age...Go Granny!!!
 Some early pioneer costumes...sorry mate - can't be converted to your faith - have already been converted to the "pumpkin woodfired pizza faith"...
 An old car - now hubby has let me down here, cause while we were there he called it something and now that I want to write its name down, he is having a senior moment....oh well....an old car....
 Some pretty lama's with fancy neck wear....
 A stream traction engine from 1920 - see he can remember what this is called, why not the other one...lol
 A couple of ginormous pumpkins....
 One of my favourites - the Clydesdales...
Mmmm, time for more food - what haven't we tried - Pumpkin soup of course...lol     This was so good that we had discussions on whether we should go back for more and whether we could possibly fit more in...
Not a chance unfortunately...
This means that I just have to buy the local cook book.....and yes - there are quite a few Pumpkin soup recipes to try out....
We chose not to stay for the pumpkin hill rolling competition, and opted to head home.
You may be thinking that after all this, we would drive straight home but oh no - not us - we just have to stop off at that Wood Fired Bakery that we had visited the day before...more food...
Choc-Orange Muffin, another Blueberry and white-chocolate muffin and some Macadamia Rocky Road (bought from Goomeri)... I think I need a bigger car.....
We had an absolute ball this weekend - Goomeri closes the main street off for the Festival and from one end to another were market stalls, with hand made goods from the locals...and lots of food choices and live music..
Now I am home, bags are unpacked, caught up with what the kids have gotten up to, cuddled my kitty heaps (and heaps) and that leaves only one thing left to do to end this weekend...
Dinner...Pumpkin scones followed by a mandarine purchased during our adventure....
I don't think I will need to eat for a week, oh did I mention that we bought a bag of Kingaroy's famous peanuts.....night all....xxx
PS: Hubby has just remembered the old car was a Stanley Steamer......lol

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

A couple of Finishes

I have had a couple of unfinished projects hanging around my sewing room lately and they have become a pain cause every time I want to use my cutting table, I have to move them...
I have no idea why it has taken me soooo long to finish them.  I can give you all the excuses under the sun as to why I have been so lazy, I mean, well, considering they only needed a little bit of attention and I could have had them out of the way a lot early...
I came close to cutting one by accident  the other day - that would have taught me a lesson...
Anyhow, here are three ??? well if I tell you they are little christmas tree skirts for little christmas trees, would you understand what I am talking about...I had visions of displaying my tree skirt with christmas decorations but they are all packed away and I just was toooo lazy to get something out...lol
 Here is a closer look - they are suppose to look like bonbons, measuring about 30cm in diametre.
 Here is another little project - a rubbish bag - this kit has been sitting on my table since Norreen's birthday outing.  I have to confess - I think it took a whole hour to make and this included eating lunch and having a coffee....
There is a green tab at the rear for hanging it up in the car, but I think I will use it in my sewing room...
I do love the fabric...
 Ok now the last finished project is a McKenna Ryan wall hanging.  I am part of an on-line McKenna Ryan stitch-a-long and I think, if I remember correctly, that I should have finished this about two months ago..oops sorry.  I did have it ready to be stitched but like everything else, it was put on my cutting table with intentions of finishing it off (one day!!!)..
 I am not too happy with my choice of background fabric, I think it needed a bit more oomph...but I did enjoy free motion quilting but maybe this too could have been in a darker thread...
Anyhow I did have fun making this, I might have to track down some more McKenna Ryan patterns.
That's it for me - kinda feeling all chuffed - just like my rooster - lol - cause I have cleared some space on my table....well at least for today....
I am sure I have finished something else but I just cannot think what it was....senior moment maybe...lol
That's it for me...night all...xxx

Sunday, 18 May 2014

A Weekend of Catching Up...

 The Sunday Stitches Group met today for our monthly get together, this of course is another way of saying - heaps of laughter, food and stitching, and as a bonus, three of the girls had birthdays this month and one of the girls was saying her goodbyes to the group so she can concentrate on her new project - the birth of her baby...
First photo is of the three birthday girls - Maria, Maree and Tatyana..
 The group chose today to present Tatyana with a quilt made especially for her baby by The Sunday Stitches group...
 I thought I would add another photo of Tatyana with the quilt - I couldn't decide between which photo I liked best - she was smiling beautifully in both...
 This is the label on the back, made by one of the very talented members of the group...
 We also presented Tatyana with a baby basket full of goodies for her little one....
Teresa also made this gorgeous nappy cake especially for Tatyana too ( have you guessed the sex of the baby yet?...lol) 
Some of the group have been doing a stitch-a-long and here they are showing us the "homework" completed... lookin good girls...

 Cheryl has been a little behind in her stitching so she brought in a note so she wouldn't get into any  trouble...lol
Such a great day and what a busy weekend, yesterday I had the chance to catch up with some special friends - Lynne and Chrissa...
Chrissa is doing great and has almost reached her 100 days since her transplant, it was a wonderful day to be able to - once again - eat naughty foods and laugh together...and to see her well enough to join in...
Now you might be asking - doesn't this girl ever sew - well of course I do...but the only photos I have taken recently of my sewing are of The Christmas Belles quilt....
I have finished my top, was ahead of schedule I might add, but that just gives me heaps of time to quilt it...something I am known to NOT do...lol
 I have had alot of trouble getting a good photo of this quilt - it was a little too big to get any detail to show, so I have taken a few close ups..
The rose border...
 Maci getting in on the act once again - (I thought you said you would play with me)....
 If I move over here, will you play with me....
 Can you see it now.....lol

Ok now I have to do some showing off - My youngest daughter is in the latest issue of the Queensland Brides magazine...she is dressed in a bridesmade/flower girl dress....
This is the second time she has been in a bridal magazine, and each time I make sure I buy a copy to put away for safe keeping....maybe I should get her to autograph it for me....
Anyhow tha'ts all today, I will try  to take some photos of the other stitching projects I have been working on....if I remember.....lol
cheers...xx