Sunday, January 31, 2010


At last! No more (or soon to be no more) tripping over boxes of patterns, bruising my shins from squeezing through awkward spaces, chasing dust bunnies across the floor - now where did they come from? Oh, yes - from under the furniture, boxes, sewing machines and other assorted paraphernalia that can't be moved when I vacuum (I use the term loosely) and dust (also a term used loosely)!
My workroom is about to happen! No more playing sardines when the family visits and now Sean will have room to play.
I will post progress photos - the two above are taken from the back yard - it's a shame that we have to take out all the bushes, but we have plans to re-plant!
The one below is from the family room which is going to be enlarged, with the workroom further out where the garden is.
I'll take photos from the same position as the building develops - did I mention that I'm excited?!?!

Gloria's Quilt

Gloria lives in South Africa, and she has become somewhat fond of Teddlywinks patterns! Here is her beautiful version of Teddy Bear Tea Party, and like Julia from my last post, she has used lovely soft colours, with a very pretty border. Thank you Gloria - it's gorgeous!
I get a huge thrill to see these photos, and to think of the pleasure all you stitching ladies (and men!) get from your sewing!
News of "The Workroom" coming soon!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Julia's Quilt

I love receiving photos of your versions of my patterns - here is "Christmas Time for Teddy Bears" made by Julia, and displayed with the help of her little daughter Jacqueline. Julia made the quilt using the Figgy Pudding range of fabrics, and it looks just beautiful - very festive!
She is fairly new to quilting - she has been stitching for a year now, and quilting for only 6 months, and I think she just may be hooked!
Thank you for sending me the photo Julia, you have made what could prove to be a very popular family heirloom!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Roger the Blue Tongue

David was a bit startled when he was walking down the garden steps today. Then he realised it was only Roger! But look how much he has grown! Must be the abundant diet of snails that we seem to have! He took a long, quite snooty look at us, then quietly crawled under a pile of logs that we meant to move today but didn't get around to. So tomorrow Roger will have to find a new hidey-hole. Under the deck is always good.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Glimpse of Something Special

Phew! It has been hot (an understatement)! But a lovely cool day today. Can't seem to get motivated - legs and brain won't function!
Here's a glimpse of something special - can't tell you any more at this stage!
Short blog - coffee calling!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Desk nearly ready to stain and Christmas Lights

I took our Christmas tree down on Wednesday - I always put the Christmas decorations away on Twelfth Night - it's a compulsion I have! But the lights on the tree outside (you can see them through the window above) stay there all year round.
My desk is nearly ready for finishing! It looks a bit bare at the moment! Then I have to find somewhere to put it!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Boxing Day Project

My old school desk.
This is how I spent Boxing Day - my old school desk is having a facelift! This desk has moved from classroom to classroom with me. It has seen lessons planned, work corrected, attendance rolls marked, parent-teacher interviews conducted, report writing, lunch eaten from it, naughty children disciplined, upset children comforted, good children rewarded. It has even had children hiding under it!
It has scratch marks from stanley knives. It has staples and drawing pins embedded in it, and ink stains in one of the drawers. Many a colleague gazed upon it with envy (they all had smaller modern laminate desks - no soul to them)!
I wouldn't part with it.
Now that our plans for a workroom are getting closer I have started stripping away the 1970's timber finish that was all the rage. Some may remember it? The undercoat first, then the top "woodgrain" colour was painted on, wiped with a rag so that the undercoat showed through to look like real timber (doesn't look like it now - didn't look like it then - what were we thinking??!!??), finished with a coat of estapol. Many a lovely piece of furniture was ruined this way.
Masking tape around the real "leatherette" (read "vinyl") writing pad , to protect it.
Ink stains in one of the drawers - I'll leave them there - they are part of the desk!Tomorrow I am going to give it a final varnish - handles to go back on and I'm going to find a locksmith who can supply a key for the drawer locks. The only thing missing - the two boards that slide in and out from the space at the top of the drawers. I used an old desk lid at school - it was very handy having that extra surface. I wonder if Himself can make something for me?
Bye for now,
PS News of a new project coming soon!

Glad Press'n Seal

Here was I, very smug, knowing that my local IGA stocked Glad Press'n Seal. Imagine my horror when I tried to buy some today! NONE on the shelves! So I got onto the internet and found a business, with on-line shopping - It is $6.99, and apparently they have had heaps of orders, so a check to see if it's in stock is advisable. But I'm sure that they would order more if it's obvious that all Aussie quilting ladies are after it!
Here is the link:
USA Foods Melbourne
146 Cochranes Rd
Moorabbin, Victoria
Australia 3189
Phone: (03) 9555-0288
Fax: (03) 9532-0580
Good luck!