Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Bobbin lace - Did I score big.

Finally some posts, my computer died, the motherboard in fact, thankfully the hard drive is ok, but I back up all the time so I lost nothing, just had to reinstall programs.  So now all back to normal.

So over the next couple of weeks I'll be doing my catch up, but this post is one of the most important ones I needed to start with.

During our stay in Newcastle I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful group of ladies creating amazing pieces from Bobbin Lace.  Our hostess Janis lives in an amazing big house with her husband and opens her home to these ladies weekly for their regular get together. Janis also has an amazing collection of Bobbin lace dating back to the 15th century. All the ladies were so lovely and happy to share their knowledge and skills.  One lady in particular Joan Cruise who has been bobbin lacing for 35-40 years or more, is moving house. Downsizing from her large home to a over 55's retirement village.  Doing the same craft for so long you accumulate a lot of stuff (I know and certainly not doing the same craft for so long).

Joan was selling off most of her stuff.  I said I would love to buy some of her bobbins. (Light weight for traveling).  So my friend Lorraine and I went to her place and she gave me (Yes - gave me, would not take an offer of money), all of these following items. Her only request was to put up this write up on my blog (which I would have done anyway).  I am so humble to be the receiver of all these wonderful craft items.  Thank you Joan from the bottom of my heart.

A bag to carry my round cushion, beautifully made.
 Joan made this some time ago, a bigger roll than mine, and more room for accessories.
 And closed.
 A bobbin holder, this I am already using regularly.

A bobbin winder, which Michael has oiled up and we have put this into storage, as it's really heavy.

 And several books, this one I have kept out as it had the best information i though for my travels. Even though it's a hard cover and a little heavy I think it is worth me having we me.
 These next books I have put into storage.

So who's the lucky ducky.......ME of course.


Now we are in Coffs Harbour and I have found a small group here to do bobbin lace and Dot is very happy to pass on her knowledge. 

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Classes at Nesting Needles - Coffs Harbour

I will be doing classes at this wonderful little shop in the heart of Coffs Harbour from October to January this year. Nesting Needles will be offering these classes - My Beetles, Wisteria, Cheerful Flutterings, Spring Blooms and the Hopper Grass.

I was hoping to post pictures, but this computer won't allow it.  So please go to my Tutorials page tab and see my work.


Catching up

Hi All,

Yes I am still here, sorry I have had a computer failure and for some reason Hubby's computer which using Windows 10 will not let me post any photo's.

Give me a couple of more weeks and hopefully all will be well.


Monday, 6 July 2015

Tutorial - Poinsettia Christmas Ornament (updated)

Late Change:  I have added to this tutorial to make into either Thread version or Goldwork version.

Thread version

Goldwork version

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


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.

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.

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.  

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lest we Forget

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


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

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.