Wednesday, 28 March 2012

I have to show you my lovely pincushion I received in the GDITC pincushion swap. My pincushion was made by the lovely Dawnie.

We all struggled with our EPP pincushions, it was the first time a lot of had worked with apple cores.  Maree from On my Verandah received my pincushion.

We also had to make a name tag and Sue Daley was the judge for the best one. In the end three of us ended up winning yay!!! My prize was a 'Lily and Will II' layer cake by Moda.

DS met me at the door when I returned from the weekend away. He gave me a parcel he had in his room for the last couple of days...sigh... inside was were gorgeous hexis from Melody, as part of the "Inchy Hexagon Swap". I got spoilt, as I also received some reproduction fabrics and a scissor fob.....thank you Melody!!!!!

I will have to start to put together the hexagons I have received the last six months in this swap. Hmm what layout will I use??

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Lets Exchange Swap

Ohh I love swaps!!! Look what I found in the letterbox yesterday ...

And look at the lovely goodies I received!!

A gorgeous journal, needlecase, a golly pen, floss cards, needle pack and eclair lollies!!!

A big thank you to Sharon @ Lilabelle Lane Creations for being my swap partner in Cherylls Lets Exchange Swap.

Monday, 26 March 2012

More adventures of Peg n Dale

Peg and Dale were unable to join us in person this weekend .....we missed them so! So these two "chooks" are filling in for them.....(see here and here for more adventures..........)

I found these two attacking all the nibbles....

And after shooing them away, I later caught them drinking the rest of the champers!!! Bad chooks....

I think these two forgot where they were as we kept finding them laying choccie eggs all over the cabin.....

We knew it was time for bed when we found that they had found their roost for the night...

Last time I saw this pair, they waved to me from the back window of Lise's car, the cheeky buggers so I guess they are now on their way to Melbourne......

Sunday, 25 March 2012

GDITC Nundle...Its Carnival is Over

Very sad to say the weekend is over, but excited that I had such a WONDERFUL time at "The Girls Day in the Country" hosted by Cottage on the Hill in Nundle NSW. It was a weekend filled with Good Food, Great Company, and English Paper Piecing.

Our bag was filled with lots of goodies....

We had two projects to work on .. and I can now finally do EPP clamshells YAY!!

I had three gorgeous roomies ( seated L to R), Lorraine ( Granny Loz), Lise ( the chocolate cat) and Tracey ( ozcountryquiltingmum).... Ohh and Miss Chookyblue, who is always up for a photo op...

I made some lovely new friends, Dawnie (itching for stitching) and Suzie...

Sue Daley presented her beautiful quilts and of course I had to buy most of the patterns... which is no surprise to those who know me...

A final goodbye, the last of us at 9.30am this morning about to do the short and long treks home...I would like to thank all the wonderful ladies who attended for the laughter, tears ( Hello Cardy and Belinda!!!) and blossoming new friendships.. will post more pics tomorrow, and my adventures with "Peg and Dale"

Deb xo


Friday, 23 March 2012

The day has finally arrived

Yay, its the day IM off on a wonderful adventure. Ive been up since 4.45am ( thank yo my precious cat NOT) and just having a nice cuppa before I take off on a 4 hour + drive to Nundle NSW. Kerry Swain is hosting the annual "Girls Day in the Country". This will be my first time but IM sure it wont be my last. I am looking forward to a weekend of chatting sewing and catching up with some wonderful blogging friends Ive yet to meet. Friday night is Sue Daleys (English Paper Piecing Queen) trunk show. Am eagerly awaiting this. Saturday is the workshop with Sue, wonder what wonderful EPP goodies we will learn and make. The Sunday its off for a bit of shopping at Kerrys store and local shops who are honouring us with lots of discounts ( insert smiley face here).
To everyone that is travelling near and far, take care, keep safe and SEE YOU THERE!!!!!

Happy Stitching ( I know mine will be!!)

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Working away

Its been a busy week, sewing, writing, getting things organised for my weekend away to Nundle **insert smiley face here**. I cant show you my swap item or name tag for the "Girls Day in the Country" that I have been working on, but, I can say its an English paper pieced pincushion...its an EPP shape I havent used before and dont think Ill be rushing to use it again lol

I have also been madly making these Robot and Rocket blocks for a new design, which I will hopefully finish after the weekend! Am loving this one, tis quick and easy to sew and I love the bright colours ( yes i know.. the pic doesn't do the colours justice!). DH has a good camera, but mines soo easy to plug into the puter...I have two other robot blocks and the centre block to applique... a night or two of stitching, then I will be able to piece it all together...

I do love it when I can finally finish a project!! 

Saturday, 17 March 2012

A bit more....

Im bad, I didnt go to the Home Patch yesterday so I wouldnt spend anything so close to Nundle, so I went to the local Fabric and Trim just for a look see and omg bought this....the mobile pic quality isnt there... but its a stash of mushroom, lilacs and pinks with a few cottons....buying fabric is like an investment Id say... for my retirement lol

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

My name game mini quilt swap has arrived!!!

Yay my mini quilt in the Samelias Mums Name Game swap has arrived!!!

I got spoilt!! As well as my mini quilt I received a zippy purse and a hexagon for my garden. I think you will agree with me that my partner Alison did a wonderful job!!!

I havent heard if my partner has received her mini quilt in the post. Im sure she isnt following my blog so I will show you what I sent to her. She chose to have her blog name in her quilt. Fingers crossed she will receive it soon...

I have been a bit quiet as I am madly trying to finish a few deadlines before I head to GDITC in NUNDLE next weekend!!!!!!!!Woot Woot, I am sooo excited!!! I still have to make the swap item and name tag for the workshop but it is on my to do list!! I still need to buy a few new CDs for the 4.5 hour trek...I am planning to sing my heart out along the way....will be exciting to catch up with and finally meet all the lovely bloggers I converse with daily!!!!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Getting to know me...

I found this on Kate's  blog and thought I would play too

1. Make a list of 5 things that you can see without getting up......
my puter screen, a cup of green tea, lots of  eucalyptus trees and a water tank

2. How do you style your hair?

Brush it, twist it and clip it up.... for days at home :)

3. What are you wearing now?

black tights, long sleep tshirt , thongs

4. What are your top five favorite TV shows?

In no order - The Secret Circle, Project Runway, Real Housewives ( I listen and sew lol), Ghost Hunters and Mad Fashion...I made a list of whats on my recorded shows :)
5. What do you hear right now?

Nick Jnr, a bell and a bird whistling
6. Who was the last person you hugged?

My kids as they left for school
7. What did you have for lunch?

Just finished brekkey, eggs n bacon

8. What did you do today?

What Im going to do today is pattern writing, and cut and sew for a new design
9. Dog person or cat person?

I have two cats and prefer cats but also have two beautiful doggies too, a dalmation called Kelly and a shoodle called 'Bundy'

10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?

Happy with my name :)

11. What was the last thing that you bought?

Fabric BOM, EPP this goes with that :) shhhhhh
12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

England, Bahamas, New York, France or Bora Bora Im easy :)
13. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still in the country and hopefully with a little quilt shop
14. Where's your birthmark?

No Idea

15. What are you doing this weekend?

The hubby is off to another Swap meet with the older kids and Im going to have a relaxing weekend with the three little ones...ohh and hopefully sew!!

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?


17. How tired are you?

Im always tired, need another holiday to Fiji, so easy to relax there BULA
18. What are you plans for the rest of the day?

Catch up with paperwork, washing, prepare dinner then hopefully sew

19. What's your drink?

Nice dry white wine, strong coffee, weak green tea
20. If you could buy anything, for no reason, with no budget, what would you buy?

One of those wooden cabins which I could use as a studio, and a Happy Quilter, I think thats what its called for long arm quilting
Play along too, leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can come and visit :)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Another giveaway at Samelias Mums blog!!

Samelias Mum is having another giveaway!!! Dont you just love giveaways!!!   Just enter her giveaway and receive your own Vintage Modern charm pack!!!

Vintage Modern is full of bold, graphic prints, quirky vintage based prints and the combination of the two in Bonnie and Camille's favourite colour palette; lovely reds, aquas, pinks and greens mixed with a bit of soft grey.

Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille - Charm Pack

Samelias Mum also has some pre-release Vintage Modern from her little online store Fabric Buzz – and until Sunday, if you use code Autumn10, you’ll receive 10% off everything in store.

Im going to enter as I lurve anything by Bonnie and Camille!!!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Once a Season Swap

I can now show you what I sent to Cheryl for the Once a Season Swap, since she has now received her parcel!!

I made a journal covered notebook,mobile phone pouch and I sent one of Anni Downs new notepads, and a fat quarter bundle in autumn colours. I did forget to pack chocolates as most quilters are also chocoholics, but I must admit Im not a fan of chocolates or sweets...glad to have them at Christmas thou lol 

Sunday, 4 March 2012

A quick peek before its mailed tomorrow

Yay for all the rain, it has given me the perfect opportunity to finish my 'Name Game' swap item. My piece was hand and machine quilted and a bit of my english paper piecing addiction.... its being mailed tomorrow to the other side of the world...

I have blocked out the name of my swap partners blog as its a SECRET swap lol. don't you just love them!!!

Now I can look at my Nundle pin cushion swap and name tag...not long now Im getting excited!!! Need to also make a bag for all my sewing bits n pieces to take with me.....

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Tales of the Turon River

I woke up this morning to discover the Turon River is flowing faster and stronger than yesterday, DH moved the caravan earlier this morning from the campsite on the property...just in case....

The Turon river borders 2kms of our property and our house sits high on a hill so we are safe. This picture shows a raging river where as normally from this angle we can see a small stream which is no more than a foot deep in places, with lots of deep waterholes further on.

Our immediate 5 acres surrounding the house is fenced. The above photo is deceiving, due to the angle of which it was taken. As you walk out of this gate tis a steep walk down to the river.

We took a drive to see if we are cut off and yep, the river had finally gone over the road.

It had gone down as you can see outside the window of the car, where the water level had risen too overnight.

So I guess Miss 8 isnt going to a birthday party today....

This pic is one of the local campsites "Wallaby Rocks". The complete camping area is under water. fingers crossed with all the rain forecasted for March that I am able to attend "GDITC" in Nundle NSW. 

A big 'stay safe' to all my blogging friends in flood affected areas. My thoughts are with you.