Friday, March 28, 2008


This is the latest photo of Bobo, our beautiful sun bear who was rescued before being sold to a restaurant, and now lives in the Phnom Tamao Sanctuary, Cambodia. A visit to the website is a must for anyone who is concerned at the plight of these beautiful creatures.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have a busy time ahead of me - currently working on projects for Australian Patchwork & Stitching Magazine, and Australian Bear Creations!
I also have three new ideas for patterns rocketing around in my head - hopefully one of them will be ready for the Quilt & Craft Expo - a trade only show at Rosehill in June. I'm in a constant state of "muddle" - flitting from one thing to another, probably not using my time efficiently, and wondering how that list of priorities should be decided!
However, on the bright side ...... yes ...... more rain! Lots of it! But still not enough. Is that being greedy?
And I found a photo taken last winter of one of our furry nocturnal visitors feeding his face in the bird feeder. We named him Boof - because he's big and that's the sound he makes when he drops from the trees onto the roof!
'Bye for now,

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Whatever the Weather

I'm working on several new projects at the moment. A Spring idea for Australian Patchwork & Stitching magazine, and a Christmas idea for the Christmas issue of the same mag. I'm also working on a set of stitcheries for a Christmas quilt - haven't quite decided how to do this one yet, but the drawings are very cute!
Last night I felt like the little teddy in the photo - the one stamping in the puddle! We had more rain, but not enough (3mm.)!! What scares me is the state of some of the gums in our neighbourhood - they are suffering dreadfully, which makes for a stressed and unsafe tree.
"Whatever the Weather" is a quilt pattern showing bears enjoying the four seasons. It is available through my website.
That's all for now!

Monday, March 24, 2008


I asked for it and we certainly got it! Rain, I mean. Last night, complete with thunder and lightning - the possums went quiet!!! I wonder where they go during thunderstorms? It was heavenly lying in bed listening to the rain on the roof - I'm positive I could hear little sighs of pleasure as the plants drank their fill! It's a quintessentially Australian thing - rain on a tin roof.
We continue to sponsor Bobo, a beautiful male sun bear. He was rescued before being sold to a restaurant and now lives in the Phnom Tamao Sanctuary, Cambodia. Bears in this sanctuary have been saved from appalling conditions and abuse and Teddlywinks aims to continue to sponsor this very worthy cause.
For more information:
We love our wildlife.

Sun Bears

Bit tired today - woken up in the middle of the night by the possums playing on the roof. What a racket!
Rain, rain, rain, rain........... we neeeeeeeed rain! I know some areas of Australia have experienced dreadful flooding, (my thoughts are with residents of Mackay in Queensland who suffered badly last month) but here in Victoria it is dry, dry, dry, dry! All the vegetation is looking very sad and we will certainly lose a few plants.
I have posted a photo of a wall hanging - "Sun Bears". Proceeds from the sale of this pattern go towards the Free the Bears Fund Inc. I'll tell you more next time. Meanwhile, I'm off to eat chocolate and watch Inspector Frost. After all, it is Easter!
Talk soon,

Monday, March 17, 2008

Another Quilt Hanging Idea

Another hanging idea - metal curtain rods with those nifty little clips - ideal for hanging quilts, and you can change your display as often as you like with very little effort! It is a good idea, however, to get the handyman in your home to file down the little teeth on the clips so that your quilts don't end up with little holes in them!

Friday, March 14, 2008


I've had a few ladies ask me where I get my hanging rods from - so I'm about to give away my secret!
Hardware stores usually have a section in their timber departments where short lengths of dowell can be purchased, and in different thicknesses. Try screwing wooden cupboard knobs at each end, or simply drill holes for decorative cord. I paint these with folk art paints, using crackle medium for an interesting effect. To give a Christmassy feel, use burgundy over gold. Light colours such as dusty pink over cream give a lovely shabby chic look.

'Bye for now,
P.S. Lack of Usable Space update - we are having extension plans drawn up - and we can afford a floor. I suppose it's a start!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hat Stand

I bought this hat stand at the scout market I went to last month - it cost me $10 and was in a dilapidated condition, with screws either loose or missing, bits hanging and lots of scratches (I really should have taken a "before" photo). A bit of TLC, stain and a couple of coats of satin varnish, and "voila!" Doesn't it look posh! Why did I buy a hat stand, you ask? I'll be using it at markets for hanging bags or whatever, for display.

I'm excited! This afternoon we are having our "Lack Of Useful Space Problem" looked at, and hopefully plans for a workroom will be drawn up! Ooooh...... floor space, shelves and surfaces! Heaven!
'Til next time,

Monday, March 3, 2008

Knitting Needles

Search out your old knitting needles! They are great for wall hangings. Simply thread through tabs and proudly display! You may even find some old wooden ones in Grandma's knitting basket - but make sure she doesn't need them!
Happy hunting!