Monday, 6 July 2015

Tutorial - Goldwork Poinsettia Christmas Ornament

Now available for purchase and download. Kits are also available.







Arlene

Friday, 26 June 2015

Gift for MIL - finished

A couple of months ago (already), I went to a class in Laurieton NSW, to learn to create fabric 3D flowers.  With the lessons learned I went head on into a project for Michael's mum.  She's just finished repainting the interior of her home and it's a lovely soft mauve.  I decided she needed a centre piece for her lounge wall.  Here is my finished project to give to her in a few weeks. Hubby is still to make the hanger, but my work is done.



Thursday, 11 June 2015

Enjoying the Central Coast, NSW

Well, our house sit at Bateau Bay came to a quick end, with the son of the owner wishing to move back home due to issues with this wife's family. So we quickly found a new house sit and are presently at Holmesville, just west of Newcastle.  We are house sitting the house of course and Zacky, a lovely black and white cat. We have become good friends and we share the sun room when it's sunny.

I've been busy working on a couple of courses with Kathy Shaw, Dying and Embellishing with Threads. If you get the chance to do these courses (they are FREE), even as a refresher, they are well worth it. Here is some of my work.
First the Dying course, this is good fun, and as you can see I had wonderful weather for drying.


 Embellishing with threads, seam treatments.
 Trees, veins and spiders


 Enhancing motif's

 Monogrames, which we all don't do enough of.

I have found a few craft groups here, one embroidery, one quilting and one bobbin lace, pity we are only here for 7 weeks.

We have also done some more sight seeing around Newcastle.

 Michael steading himself on the sign to see if there are any humpback whales passing. The radio said there were a few sighted that morning.

 Michael on the Memorial Walkway, opened for ANZAC centenary.

And now to some other news. Son has decided to make a trip to the USA, for how long we're not sure as he's taking Ally (his Labrador) and Tatum (Rachel's cat) with them. So we have to go back up to Brisbane, pick up and pack up our gear he was using and store in our container.  We also have to pick up Rosey.  Thankfully Michael's mum will look after her whilst we are in Coffs Harbour (our next housesit) as the house has no fence. After that we're possibly going to have her travel with us.  Chris has had the dogs on strict diets and exercise, Rosey is now almost down to 11kg and Ally is about to tip below 30kg.  Here's the latest picture of them both.

Well that's about it for the moment, catch you next time.
Arlene

Monday, 18 May 2015

Where have I been?????

Well where has the time flown, we left Townsville on the 29th January this year just five minutes before our house settled. We have now made it as far south as the Central Coast NSW. We will be here for the next three months house sitting.

Since leaving Townsville three and a half months ago we first made our way south to Warwick to stay three weeks with my brother after settling our dogs in their new home with our son in Brisbane.
Here are the girls at our son's home, they get faster walks and are on a diet (we loved them too much). Rosey is now down to a much better weight for her and Ally is loosing more too.

This is our position on my brothers property, what a view, was a little noisey with the highway within cooey of us.



We then moved to Tweed heads for a week to catch up with some family and friends. It was lovely meeting up with my high school friends Michelle, Kim and Stuart.  Here is Michelle (in red) and I.


We then moved on further south to Kempsey where we house sat for about 8 weeks. What an amazing home we got to look after. 3 1/2 acres of manicured lawns and gardens and a huge home.

The coastal scenery here was amazing, we were lucky to have many fine days. Michael has bought himself a surf board, so if the wind is not blowing and he can't go Kite surfing, or it's not calm enough for him to go diving, he can surf.

There I joined a quilting group Macleay Quilters where I attended a workshop and went on a shopping bus trip.  I also volunteered at the local show and entered a few items. I got 2 first and 2 seconds, with Cheerful Flutterings again taking out a first.

I also managed to make a couple of items for Michael's mum, one I blogged about just the other day, the second I'm still working on. (pictured here) It's three dimensional but it's quilted and all made of fabric and lace.

On our trip from Kempsey to Gosford we stayed at Diamond Head which is a camp in the Crowdy head national park, we were right on the beach and the views and weather was just amazing. We even had the Kangaroo's, Kookaburra's, Rosella's and even a Gonna visit us in the Park.

 The bottle brush was growing everywhere, bushes and bushes of it.
 The view behind Michael towards Laurieton and Mt Middle Brother.
Our visitor one day.

We have now moved onto the Central Coast near Gosford, we will be here until late August house sitting and minding their lovely little pug dog Tilly.  I haven't yet touched base with craft groups here but will in the next couple of weeks.

Not sure if you remember but I purchased a small sewing machine to use on our travels, but alas I am doing just as much sewing as I had at home and have found it too restrictive, so for Mothers Day my darling man purchased me a new sewing machine. So of course I have to make a new case for it.

The good thing it's only 2kg heavier than the small one I had, so it's light and fits nicely behind my seat in the ute when we are travelling, so we haven't actually added any weight in the Caravan, which is vital in our travels.  I also managed to get a set of feet for it very cheaply, which also included a walking foot, which are very expensive on their own.

Well currently I'm still working on my Aussie Quilt and the 12 days of Christmas, with a few little projects mixed in here and there as well as taking Kathy Shaw's Free Quilting courses.

Well I think I've roughly got you back up to date where I've been, travelling this wonderful big country of ours but have only made it this far. But I'm not complaining, it's a fabulous life Michael and I are having.
Catch ya soon.
Arlene

Friday, 1 May 2015

A gift for Mother in Law

Now I have a better sewing machine for my travels around Australia, I've been busy making gifts.  This one is for hubby's mother for Mothers Day next weekend, so finished just in time.


Jan moved into her new (old) home, had the interior walls painted a soft musky pink. This is to be hung near her back door.  
Arlene

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lest we Forget


Remembering those who served. My Granddad (short one) and his friend.

AND

Fibres and Fabric's and other volunteer groups contributions to the Poppy Drive for the Centenary
of ANZAC.

Poppy's on the lawn at Jezzine Barracks, Townsville.


 Fibres making poppies


These are displays from the Kempsey Show.





Yes I know I haven't posted for some time, promise I will post again shortly.

Enjoying life as a Grey Nomad.

Arlene





Monday, 26 January 2015

Happy Australia Day

Hope everyone who celebrates this wonderful day has a good one.  

Congratulations to my friend Tatjana who became an Australian Citizen today, and we were privileged
to witness her taking her oath.


Thursday, 8 January 2015

One chapter finishes as a new one starts

Yes, we've sold the house.

We will be beginning our new chapter on the 3rd of February when we drive our lovely new ute and caravan down the Bruce (Highway 1), towards Brisbane with all our belongings either in the van or packed in a shipping container to stay at my Brothers home.


First stop is Brisbane to settle the doggies into their new home along with Chris and Rachel. Helping them to unpack and get things organised. Then a few days later we will make our way out to Warwick to stay with my brother for a few weeks to get things sorted on the Van.  Only to pop back into Brisbane to Doggie and cat sit for a few days whilst Chris and Rachel head back to Townsville to bring my car to Brisbane for them to car sit whilst we are travelling.

So the packing, sorting, clearing out has begun.  Still got to downsize some more on what I'm taking in the van, as of the weight restriction, but I'm getting there.  To help, Michael bought me a new little mini Elna machine, she is so cute and only 2.2kg.  As i don't intend to do more than just the basic sewing whilst we're travelling.

Transferring most of beads into bags from their round containers I have saved myself over 10kg.  Who would believe there to be so much weight in those containers, thank heavens for zip-lock bags.
We've done a few mod's to the van, Michael has created my new 'Craft storage area'.
 Firstly, we removed the lounge that was there and put down some carpet and have placed my drawers on top. We can still remove the drawers to get to the compartment underneath where the House battery and electrical stuff is.  I then made a cover which Michael attached to the van to secure the drawers whilst we are moving.  It keeps it all nice and tight and secure.

 Next was the dining table. I hated it as the seats are the cafe type and have lost their sponginess. So until we can replace.



 Michael converted the big table into a much more smaller one, which still pulls out to be the big one.



So no more hitting our legs on trying to get in and out, much more leg room.  We eventually will replace these seats with two recliners.










Other than a smaller TV, mini washing machine for the ensuite and a single induction portable cook top, we will wait until we get to my Brothers home before we make any more modifications.




















So let the packing begin..... hope it all goes through smoothly..... settlement I mean.....

Arlene