Monday, May 27, 2013

What a day

We have officially started a new chapter.  We sold our house in Melbourne on Saturday.  It is such a relief.  With relocating our family twice in 15 months, buying land, building a new house and starting new jobs and schools it has been a very big 18 months.  It all came to a natural completion with the sale of our Melbourne house on Saturday.  It was a very emotional day.  And here on the other side of it I feel nothing but relief and a little sadness of saying goodbye to the house and the garden.

However a new chapter is starting now and therefore a new set of challenges, new garden and new interior designing/furnishing and new projects.  The first of which are new curtains, new tractor and new carport.  We have started the garden.  I have only shown you half the front lawn because that is all there is...we can't do the other half until we sort out the "Telstra issues"......

And yes it is true we have a green patch of grass and lots of dry grass.  We need rain.  This week they say.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Another One...just couldn't resist

Still no Internet....

So this post is bought to you courtesy of someone else's internet connection.  They are even letting me upload pictures.

Telstra Telstra Telstra....words really escape me.....lets just say that if any other business in Australia operated in this manner they would be broke.

So onto more pleasant things....On Saturday 6th April  I spent the day with Corliss from Threadbare Quilters in Castlemaine.  It was excellent.  I did an applique master class and met so many new people...some locals and some not so locals (Bairnsdale) and some interstate (Adelaide). 

I was in gadget heaven...more on that later.  I did four classes during the day.  There were four fabulous teachers: DI FORD,  MARGARET MCDONALD, WENDY WHELLUM and  ROBYN FALLOON

All teaching four different techniques: Needle Turn, Broderie Perse, Back Basting and Reverse Appliqué and lets not forget all the tips, techniques and tools to enhance my stitching. We each got a kit for each technique  and we were able to shop for all the different gadgets....It was an amazing day.   This is my finished Broderie Perse sample (none of the others are finished yet.) 

Di Ford's new book was just released. Look at Threadbare's blog for all the details about what inside...but I will be getting myself a copy. Of all the techniques I fell in love with Broderie Perse, Back Basting and Reverse Appliqué......and gadgets....there were so many ....the reservoir pen, best press, perfect circles, timbles, needles and more......

 I have been trying to do some more of my candlewicking blocks and I have completed two more.  I am half way through all those blocks so I will keep plodding  away at it.

And my beautiful girl turned 7 years old on Sunday.  Here is the cake I made her below.  The hardest bit about making the cake was locating the Strawberry Shortcake doll in her bedroom...that took two hours.