Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ernie Dingle's Saturday Out

What is Ernie Dingle doing amongst the Spot fabrics? We had a Saturday out and he did his usual stowaway act. But we didn't find him hiding in the car until after our breakfast at Bianchet Winery. He missed out on eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, orange juice, coffee ......... I suppose it was justice!
Once full and very satisfied, we headed off to The Patchwork Tea House at Warburton. Ernie was very excited because he loves that shop!
The Patchwork Tea House is very much worth a visit - Gary's scones and coffee, cakes, foccacias, beef burgundy pies, soup of the day .......... (not to mention all the patchwork fabrics, threads, notions, patterns, books ..... etc!).
And who should we meet but Deborah, all the way from Port Douglas. Her Mum Ramona has a shop, R & C Fabrics, in Mossman, Queensland and I have met them at the trade shows. Imagine my surprise to see her here in Victoria! Here we are, with Marilyn on the left and me on the right.
Deborah had brought her stitching with her (obviously had heard all about the shop) and Marilyn introduced her to a group of regular stitchers - it wasn't long before she was sitting amongst them, chatting nineteen to the dozen! New friends (see photo below).
That's what The Patchwork Tea House is all about.
Sally (below) was attempting to "bearnap" Ernie, but he wasn't having any of that!
Here he is, sitting quietly, waiting for his chance to escape ......
...... eyeing off the threads .....
..... hiding amongst his allies .....
..... giggling when the coffee grinder went into action .....
..... demanding, yes, demanding hot chocolate .....
..... "I want chocolate, I want chocolate, I want ......."
..... sulking in the Moda bakehouse as all else failed (he needs to find his manners) ......
..... found some friends in a stitchery group who visited for the day ..... they took pity on him .....
..... he apologised for his behaviour .....
..... and on the way home he got to play with Archie!
What a spoilt little bear!
Liz

Friday, July 8, 2011

Village Green Preservation Society

This is my quilt "Green Farm Village". There is a small stitchery in one of the blocks (middle left) which says "Village Green Preservation Society". I feel very strongly about preserving some of the "old ways" and traditions. There is a song, originally by the Kinks, which expresses my feelings exactly. The version I truly love is by Kate Rusby. I have all her records (that's giving away my age! I mean CDs, of course!) - her voice is unique.
The track is also the theme to a quirky British series called "Jam and Jerusalem".
Turn up your speakers and have a listen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRK6U5vIHCs
Liz

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Teacups Galore!

But wait .... there's more! Here's a teeny tiny one that I remember drinking out of when I was a little girl! There's a plate that goes with it ..... somewhere in a box .....
And the one below has its very own little milk jug, and teapot ..... when I can find the box they are hiding in!

Here's another favourite .....

..... with a better look at the saucer .....

The teacup challenge has really taken off! Here's a list of links to other teacup lovers. There are some beautiful collections here!

Happy browsing!

Liz

http://kpscarlettandchief.blogspot.com/2011/06/teacup-collection-challenge.html

http://sheilasquiltworld.blogspot.com/

http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com

http://www.woodberrydesigns.com.au

http://lillycottage.typepad.com

kris@tagalongteddies.com.au

http://allthingsvintage-teresa.blogspot.com/

http://michelleridgwaydesigns1.blogspot.com/

http://valspierssews.blogspot.com/