Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tin swap with Shez….

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This is the beautiful tin I received from Shez in our one on one swap this month, Shez spoilt me rotten again!  Look how beautifully Shez made up the inside of the tin to compliment the outside and aren’t those tiny teddies super cute! Then to top it off Shez also filled the tin with lovely goodies like patterns, threads and a beautifully hand made Etui in my all time favourite colour red! Thanks Shez, I hlove our one on one swaps….now to get moving on our Christmas themed one Smile


This is the tin I made up for Shez, I filled it with cottage garden threads, swing tags, fabric and a couple of mini tins I found in various places while out and about shopping ( as you do lol )


With the inside I did a little stitchery, it was supposed to be inside the lid but ooopps I made a boo boo and when I went to close the lid it wouldn’t so I had to rethink what to do as I still wanted to use the stitchery and this is what I came up with SmileI must admit now that I’ve tried making a decorated tin I’ll be on the look out for a few more hinged tins as I’d love to make another one or two of these and put in my gift basket.

Monday, August 31, 2015


For OPAM I was one of the lucky winners last month and this is the gorgeous parcel of goodies that arrived on my doorstop from the equally gorgeous Peg….


A pretty “hugs’n kisses pattern, sweet Petunia cottage garden thread and yummy fat 1/4 as well as a beautiful Summer mini wall hanging……I was spoilt rotten!


Here’s a close up of my beautiful mini, Peg does such lovely work and I’m soooo happy to have  apiece of her creativity to display in my home. Thanks to both Peg & Kris for hosting this marvellous event as it keeps me motivated to at least try and get one thing finished a month while plodding along with my other long term projects Smile

Monday, August 24, 2015

Saturday was soooo much fun

I’ll let the photo’s do the talking of a fun filled fantastic day shared with great friends when we met up in Melbourne for our latest get together…….


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All I can say is bring on November when our next meet up is scheduled, I love spending time with these terrific ladies!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Friday Night With friends and what else I’ve been up to….


Friday saw me linking up with Cheryll and other like - minded women for a night of crafting deciding I’d work on something for myself after working on various secret projects for others over the past few weeks…..this is what I decided to work on my “Scandinavian Roses” stitchery by Rosalie Quinlan, I just love working on this project and as I said at the beginning this one will be my long term project with no hurrying or pushing to get blocks done and so it has been  for me for this BOM Smile if you want to see what everyone else got up to last night just pop over to Cheryll's blog, thanks Cheryll for motivating me to pick up this block and put a few more stitches into it “"Smile


I’ve also found some time to plant myself a small herb garden after my renewed interest in  baking and discovering how expensive fresh herbs are I decided to try starting my own herb garden in an unused planter that I’ve had sitting around……I started of with planting the herbs I’m using the most of in my baking at the moment which may extend when I bake more, especially when experimenting with my bread making in the future Smile


And on the subject of baking I experimented with my latest loaf of bread by adding some grated cheese to the mix and let me just say it was super yummy with my home made pea & ham soup on a very chilly afternoon for our lunch, I’ll certainly be experimenting some more maybe with feta, bacon….the list could go on forever LOl….


I also made some yummy scones which we had with lashing of jam and cream….there goes the diet!


I’ve also been busy with some knitting, not my forte as I’m soooooo slow! but I’m enjoying the rhythmic clacking of the needles as I knit and it’s a great pick up/put down project when I want to work on something which doesn’t require much brain power of an evening Smileand I’m loving the variegated wool I’m using for this project/


Finally a finish I can show you as this scrumptious scarf is for me, finally a finish for me and just in time to wear it for this winter, this one is going to be my work scarf as I spend a lot of time outdoors with my job so it should keep me pretty warm…….I have a funny feeling my knitted one in the previous photo will still be getting worked on next winter lol.

Time for me to grab myself another cuppa and start blog surfing and seeing what everyone else got up to last night, I hope you’re all staying toasty warm today and have a lovely weekend Smile

Saturday, August 1, 2015

FHF Swaps and OPAM for July…..


July saw me cooking up a storm in my kitchen as well as working on numerous projects ( Lots of secret ones at the moment ) and unable to show any finishes till now with the ruler swap I was involved in with FHF Swaps friends and suddenly realising I hadn’t shown you the ruler bag I’d made for my partner Ondrea. I knew Ondrea loved the colour purple so it had to be in there somewhere and because I couldn’t find a pattern I liked I made up my own version to fit her 12’ ruler…..


I also included a few little extras with Ondrea’s parcel and I’ve heard back that she loved what I made and sent her “PHEW” Wipes sweat of my brow and now onto the next swap which i can only show you a picture of what I may or may not be using  all of in our next FHF swap item……


Lots of pretty felt for me to play with, I’m still thinking on how I want to use these gorgeous colors but to me that’s half the fun Smile So only one item finished for OPAM this month but that’s better than none isn’t it????

Monday, July 27, 2015

Scandinavian Roses update…..


Going back through my blog I realised I haven’t shown a photo of this stitchery project since May……gives wrist a small tap and making tut, tut sounds!


So this is where I’m at with this project, slowly but surely it’s getting stitched in-between my other crafty pursuits and work/home commitments but I am getting there! I’m hoping to get blocks 5 & 6 prepped and ready to be able to start working on once this block is finished Smile

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bread making…..my journey


My latest attempt at baking bread using the cloche my sister Anne bought me Smile the cloche made the top of the bread soooo crunchy! I sprinkled this one with sesame seeds before popping it in the oven and my next attempt will be with cheese and assorted herbs to mix it up a bit……maybe some rolls?? the list is endless, I think I’ve been bitten badly by the bread baking bug LOL Smile

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Busy, busy……


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This pile of circles, 17 colours for my next blanket using big baby 4ply now to add the cream edging to turn these 160 circles into squares Smile

Sunday, July 19, 2015

FHF Ruler Swap….


This parcel was waiting for me when I arrived home from work on Friday form Mel so I only had to endure one sleep before I could open it without too much temptation LOL….


This is what I opened up yesterday after being a good girl and doing all my chores, the washing the dreaded grocery shopping etc…. and then I couldn’t take a photo till now as my camera decided to not work and I wanted a daylight photo to show of how utterly beautiful my swap items were….DUH! slaps forehead, after recharging it overnight I could finally take a photo of all my gorgeous goodies from my lovely partner Mel and finally do a blog post!

Mel certainly spoilt me with not one pouch but two, one for my 12” ruler and the smaller one for my rotary cutter and then to top it off she added a super cute bundle of matching fabric and a yummy tin of buttons!! Thanks you Mel you certainly brightened up my week and put a huge smile on my face Smile

If you want to see what everyone else received in this swap pop over to FHF swaps and have a look for yourself……I am as soon as I make myself another cuppa Smile

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cooking up a storm!


When the cold weather hits I like nothing better than heading to my kitchen to try out some new to me recipes….the one above is a blueberry, lemon and pecan cake with a lemon/sugar drizzle spooned over it while still hot Smile


Here it is sliced up ready to try out with a cuppa, anyone up for a slice or two with me??? 


I’ve also been perfecting the art of bread making and this is my first attempt with making bread in a bread tin, it rose beautifully and tasted very yummy…..



I also made another batch of chicken and leek pot pies using my new ramekins and I can see me using these quite a bit in my cooking future….. I’ve also been relaxing at night with my Scandinavian stitches and crochet projects ( two on the go at the moment )  I’ll try to do another post with pictures of how I’m progressing with all of them soon. I hope everyone is staying safe and warm with all this chilly weather we’ve been experiencing Smile