Thursday, July 31, 2008

Christmas Mayhem

This is a sneak preview of my new Christmas stitchery quilt - it has been a headache trying to think up a title - it has gone through several name changes! Every time we thought of a really, really good and new and original name for it, I found another designer had already used that name - and I wanted to avoid confusion - so we settled on "Christmas Time for Teddy Bears" (a bit like "Picnic Time for Teddy Bears" which is a line from the song "Teddy Bears' Picnic" (and also another design of mine - oh dear, am I confusing myself?
I'm hoping to have the pattern complete in a few weeks.
Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 27, 2008


We used to have a kookaburra visit us. We named him Jack, of course! He ate tiny scraps of meat out of our hands, but we think the magpies and other birds chased him away (kookaburras like to eat baby birds). We were even introduced to the family one morning - Mum (or Dad!) and three little ones were sitting on a garden railing patiently waiting for their breakfast!
Lately I have heard the kookaburras laughing - a lovely "Australian" sound - and today a tame one landed on the deck. No meat in the house for him, but he ate a small piece of cheese! He was happy to oblige when I took a photo.
Another sound I love is the warbling song of the magpies.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Toy

My new toy! A label printer to make bulk mailing so much easier - prints off address labels so quickly. However, it creates "label spaghetti" all over the desk and floor!!! And it took me ages to type in all the addresses!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Google Earth

I love Google Earth!!!!! Whenever I receive an order from an overseas customer, and even orders from exotic-sounding Australian places, I log onto Google Earth to find out where they live - it's fascinating!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Here it is at last - Teddy Bear Tea Party made up in slightly different colours to the pattern photo. Isn't the backing fabric gorgeous - and you can see how I used the leftover strip of border fabric for the rod pocket.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Yesterday I visited Foothills Fabric & Threads at Tecoma - Lesley and Sandra have moved into their beautiful, beautiful new shop, just a few doors down from the old one. Polished wood floors, lovely timber counter (made by Lesley's hubby Peter - what a star!), lovely area at the back for classes and groups, lots of space and light - a real "feel good" place! I'll take some photos next time I'm there.
I came home feeling thoroughly disheartened with my lot - I am not usually an envious person, but I so loved what they have done! These photos are what I am putting up with - and this is before I get out the sewing machine - much of what I do happens in the kitchen! However, we do have our plans drawn up for a workroom, so need to "save our pennies!" I'd better stop feeling sorry for myself, stop blogging and start designing!!
Congratulations Lesley and Sandra - it's a beautiful shop - your customers will love it!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Rod Pockets

I've found a lovely way of using up those left-over strips of border fabric - rod pockets! Most of my designs are hanging up in shops and David asked why we don't have any in our home - so I have made up a Teddy Bear Tea Party quilt for me! I used the Verandah range of fabrics, but different colours to the pattern photo - I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Will post a photo soon. I used the leftover teacup border bits to make a rod pocket for the back. It can't be seen when the quilt is hanging, but like a quilt label, I know it's there!

Kerri's Bundle of Bears

I've just been talking on the phone to Kerri - she has the most beautiful little shop in Woodend, Victoria, that is "all things bear". You know - I've talked about Kerri's Bundle of Bears before!
Kerri is a tireless worker for Free the Bears and Animals Asia - she is frantically preparing, with her trusty band of assistants, for her Teddy Bear Show in October which should be a "must do" for any bear lovers. It's such a lovely event - proceeds from which go to Animals Asia and Free the Bears Fund Inc.
If you are at the Craft & Quilt Fair at Melbourne Exhibition Centre (July 24th - 27th), make sure you visit Kerri's stand. She is also an agent for Charlie Bears - they are gorgeous! I keep putting one on my birthday/Mothers' Day/ Christmas list, along with that elusive Steiff bear, but I think my hints are ignored by Himself!!!