Monday, August 31, 2009

Woodend Teddy Bear Show

The Woodend Teddy Bear Show is on again this year, on Sunday 25th October, 10.00am - 4.00pm, at St. Ambrose Hall, Templeton Street, Woodend. Easy to find. If you haven't been before, it is a fantastic event, with a teddy bear competition, bear artists, teddy bear supplies, raffles, refreshments, craft and decor items as well. Proceeds go to Free the Bears Inc, Animals Asia and W.S.P.A.
Here are some photos from last year's show - we'll be there again this year!
Check my list of links on the left - you'll find the Woodend Teddy Bear Show link at the bottom.
Liz

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Red Roses

Aren't they beautiful! Given to me by my lovely hubby - for no reason at all!!!

Here it is at last! A (very bad) photo of "Birdies", my new quilt, made using a layer cake, some cream material for the stitcheries and a lovely blue for the narrow border and binding. A very bad photo because it has been too windy to take the shot outside, which I prefer to do. When the conditions are right I'll give it another crack! It will be on the website soon.
Cheers!
Liz

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Funny Sort of Week

It's been a funny sort of week! I was going out for dinner on Tuesday night with my friends Heide and Georgie - Heide is living in Abu Dhabi and has been home for a holiday - due to go back this weekend, hence the farewell dinner! However, the storm struck just as I was about to leave, thought it would be a good idea to stay at home!
Power went off, ominous creaks, cracks and crashes outside, hmmmmmm....... trees down. Then the musical sound of the chain saws began in the distance! (If you live in Mount Evelyn and don't have a chain saw you have to be bonkers.
This one was a beautiful peppercorn which demolished the back fence
That little bit of blue you can see through the gap in the fence is David (below) - he had to take the day off work to clean up. After chopping, cutting, sawing, dragging, lifting and moving we both pulled up stiff and sore the next day.
This one was a lillipilli which the birds and possums loved. It destroyed our neighbour's Hills hoist.
Now we do battle with the insurance companies.
Wish me luck!
Liz

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I Love Creating

I love my work (but it really isn't work - it's such fun!).
Today I received a parcel (don't you love getting unexpected parcels in the mail!?) from Tim at Lloyd Curzon Textiles (link to the left) - they are the company that distribute Maywood Studio fabrics which I find to be of such a beautiful quality and wonderful to work with.
In the package I found pieces from the "Maid of Honor" range - lovely florals in tiny prints, tone-on-tones, stripes, checks, spots ......... colours that are screaming teddies ........... here are some photos.I wish you could see and feel the actual materials because the shots don't do them justice. I'm having a lovely "play" with them!So ..... a new design is on the way and I will blog regularly to keep you informed as to how it is progressing. I have in mind something square that could drape over the end of a bed, with the design going all the way around the quilt so that there is no top or bottom - it can be positioned any way.
I'm getting itchy fingers!!!
Liz

Sean's First Birthday

We had a lovely day today - it was Sean's first birthday - hasn't that year flown by! Family and friends, and littlies from his Mum's group - they all had babies around the same time. And what a happy little group of children they are! I'll post some photos soon.
Meanwhile, here's a photo of a little ball I made, with a bell inside it. I issued my friend Bron with a challenge. We won a small pack of 5" squares each recently, and we had to make something with them within the month. (We actually took a bit longer, but eventually completed our projects within a reasonable time!)
Bron's effort was sensational! She had a quilt top she started about 50 years ago, when she was learning to sew. It is made of all sorts of bits and pieces - from her school uniform, dresses, curtains, her Dad's shirt, pyjamas ........ etc. etc!!!! She used the squares she won, plus more that she bought, to bind the quilt. It is now draped over her couch - it looks fantastic! And what a talking point!! Next time I'm at her place I'll take a photo.
Talk soon,
Liz

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chocolate

To all you Chocaholics around the globe! My Friend who is The Champion Chocolate Eater of the World ..... yes ..... you guessed it ..... "TiramiSue", sent me a message as soon as the news hit the air waves! (She's fast, she is, our Sue! Has her finger on the media pulse 24 hours a day!)
The glorious, glorious news that Cadbury have bowed to public pressure and have admitted that they made a mistake by substituting cocoa butter with palm oil.
Here was I, trying to cope with the reduced block size, different shape of the squares, and new packaging ..... plus the reduction of cocoa butter.
Here was I, also thinking, what has happened to good old-fashioned chocolate? (The term "good old-fashioned" seems to be a recurring theme in my blogs lately!)
As you probably know, the plight of the sun bears in Asia is a cause dear to our hearts. Now we are faced with the dire circumstances faced by those gorgeous orangutans whose natural habitat is being obliterated and converted into palm plantations. Palm oil (often just called vegetable oil) is an ingredient in so many products, and not just food.
We need to read all the labels.
I do.
Bye for now,
Liz
P.S. Sue - I know you bought a George Foreman steamer to create healthy meals, but it really defeats the purpose when you put dim sims in it!
"Before" recipe & size change - the way I prefer my Dairy Milk!


Friday, August 14, 2009

Soap Box

Do you remember some time ago I lamented at the lack of basic jeans? Not being able to find any that fit? Today I'm having another grumble.
Whatever happened to good old-fashioned coffee scrolls?
This morning, being a mild but windy day (plays havoc with my already "bird's nesty" hair!), we decided to take a walk up the street, to our little township, to post the mail, get a few groceries, and find something to have for morning tea. Of course, we wanted coffee scrolls, and of course, we should have known that neither of the two bakeries sell them. In fact, I'm still looking for a bakery that's not too far away that does sell old-fashioned coffee scrolls.
However, we thought maybe a miracle had happened, but no.
Came home with the following.
The "item" to the left had some sort of syrup poured over it before icing which made it soggy. It also had what appeared to be putty spread on the top, which is what it proved to be when we tasted it. There was evidence of jam in the scroll, or what we thought may have been jam. It could have been an ingredient from something else that was being baked at the time.
The "item" to the right was once again soggy with syrup, and had chocolate icing and chocolate through the dough. Extremely rich. Extremely "doughy and stodgy".
In our search for the perfect coffee scroll (our mission in life, I think, along with finding clothes in general that fit and don't fall apart after the first wear, milk bottles that don't dribble, labels that peel off without leaving a sticky residue, plastic wrap around cd's that peels off easily, new electrical appliances that actually work ...... don't get me started!) we have come across the following - jam, pink icing, apple, chocolate, syrup, yellow icing, no icing, custard ......
I thought a coffee scroll was a bun with a spice such as cinnamon in it, a few sultanas and coffee icing on top? Simple!!! Or so we thought!!!
Must be the "Grumpy Old Woman" in me!!!
Liz
P.S. We're both full now!
P.P.S. Something else that I just adore are almond croissants - with the gooey custard in the middle - yum!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sorry

Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry ......... I've been a baaaaaad girl! Haven't blogged in quite a while, but "I'll be back" .... with a new design ..... soon!!! I promise! I really do!!!!
Liz