Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So Kris made this absolutely stunning Soiree bag, and guess who won it?!! Yes, ME! :D
When I read that I was the winner I was completey and utterly stunned speechless! I never win anything! And now, to win this gorgeous bag! I feel so very honoured and blessed, and it has really brightened up my stressful past weeks with all these bushfires.
Thank you so much to Kris for running your giveaway, and spreading some much needed love and joy. I promise to cherish and look after your lovely bag, and I can't wait to show it off to my friends!! I hope you don't mind that I 'borrowed' yours photos!!
Monday, February 23, 2009
So, this is the quilt that is on my bed at the moment.
Actually, this quilt is always on my bed! It is about 10 or 12 years old, and was a birthday present from my Aunt Steff. My Aunty introduced me to quilting and taught me alot of the techniques and procedures. I was absolutely thrilled when I saw this quilt for the first time as I used to love pink and blue, (still do!) This dear quilt has survived so well all these years. It is so thin now, and so soft that it just wraps around you with ease. No matter what new quilts I make, I always keep this one on my bed. To sleep under this quilt is to really sleep under a blanket of love.
So, what quilt is on your bed at the moment? I would love to see!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Check out Homespun Magazines website, as they have a blog that is updated every monday. This week they interview Rosalie Quinlan.
I have also been working on the quilt for my Omi. Yes, you remember that one that I had so much trouble with, right? Well I am pleased to announce that it is finally quilted!! And I stipple quilted the whole thing! I'm quite stunned with myself as this is the largest quilt I have stipple quilted other than a wallhanging. It's not perfect and there are quite a few mistakes, but I don't really care. And I don't think my Omi will either. Considering where I have come with this quilt and what we have been through, I'm so happy with it!
This morning I am pleased to report that we had a few sprinkles of rain! Praise God! We haven't had rain here for litterally months, and everything is dying. The beautiful hedge that we have around the back fence on our property is dropping it's leaves and looking miserable.
As it was drizzling this morning, I turned around and saw this rainbow, with the end of it sitting directly in the township of Healesville. It gave me a nice safe and secure feeling that Healesville was saved from all the desctruction of the bushfires, and the promise of rain is coming.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
A very quick update. I'm currently on my brothers laptop due to our internet not working, which is due to the bushfires that have ravaged our corner of the world. Thankfully our home and property is fine, though we had embers, and were very ill prepared. If the wind hadn't changed direction when it did, our town would no longer exist, and neither would our house and animals probably.
My heart goes out to all those who have lost their homes, their lives, friends, family and pets. It is just too tragic for words, and just so devastating. My friend lost 13 horses, and another friend lost her home. I still am yet to hear from people I know who live in Marysville and Kinglake... I just can't believe that these towns no longer exist.
So yes, just to let you all know that I probably won't be online for a while yet. I am so lost without my internet. Doing alot of stitching though!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I have decided to join in a "UFO challenge" that Dawn posted over at Dawn Hay Designs. So the deal is that I have to finish one UFO inbetween one new project. I, like Dawn, often get distracted by new projects, and I forget all about my old projects that just sit languishing in a box somewhere. I think I have about 20-30 UFO's (or Words in Progress as I like to call them!) sitting around....which is so shameful!!! There may even be more, but I'm too scared to count them. I hope I can keep up with this challenge!! So, 2009 will be the year of the UFO! Dawn is even having a giveaway on her blog if you join the in the challenge.
So, my first UFO finished is, um...well, I'll get back to you on that one!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
250g Butter or Margarine, 1/2 C Sugar, 1 395g tin of Sweetened Condensced Milk, 2.5 C Self Raising Flour, and some bits to add, like choc dots, sprinkles, nuts, m&m bits, sultanas etc.
And basically mix it all in together! If I have time, I then take a teaspoon-full of the mixture and roll into a ball, and then lightly flatten it on a tray with the back of a spoon. If I'm in a hurry, then I use two spoons to quickly grab a dollop of the mixture (about a teaspoon, or a bit larger) and then plop it onto the tray, then flatten with the back of a fork. Either way is fine.
So put your cookies evenly spaced apart on a tray with baking paper, and then bake in a 180°C oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown colour. They don't take long to cook, so don't walk away and forget about them! Then leave them to cool on the tray for a few minutes, then move them onto a wire rack. Usually makes around 30 biscuts roughly. I usually freeze half of them.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Aren't they cute? I can just imagine sitting down with these three girls and having a good giggle and a chat. I'm so looking forward to the next issue of Homespun!! I wonder which designers will feature in the next issue?
Monday, February 2, 2009
And because it was so hot I had to give my little dog Daisy a hair cut! She gets quite a long thick double coat, so of course she just suffers in the heat. So here she is, looking much more happier with her new look. :) I can't believe she is going to be 12 this year!