Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Curtains and blinds

I have gone to ground in this heat.  We have been having one of the biggest heat waves that I can remember and so I have given up trying to be outside.   So I have turned to the windows which are currently devoid of any curtains and blinds and I have got cracking and started to make them.

Here is a picture of the curtains I had made for the lounge

Here is the fabric up close...I have to make three roman blinds in this fabric  .... and pattern match at the fabric ends!!!!

I have also started to make the two roman blinds to go in my little girls room.

I have also been making the 4 roman blinds for the bathroom, toilet and laundry.

I am up to sewing the rings on now and trying to get my hands on some more of the pull cord - to no avail...I tell you... that "S" shop!!!!

I have also managed to make  my little girl a dress.  She hates it as it is too itchy (around the chest)

And new library bags for the boys.  I had previously made them library bags for school and now I can't find either of them...in the shift we have lost them

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Back to sewing

There has been so much happening here that I have really struggled to do any sewing.  However over the Christmas break in amongst bush fires, visitors, cooking, day trips etc I made some curtains.

There is however some additional information required before the curtains can be appreciated.  My BAM has been trying for a very long time to convince me to let him by a camper.  As a result we have a running joke about it.  I suggest that he might like to buy one which is really code for "over my dead body will I let you".  Well it back fired on me.  I often send my BAM emails at work of campers that I see for sale in my travels for work or though the community bulletins/classifieds and always ask if he is tempted or interested ...knowing that he has no chance of ever getting one.  Well this time I sent him an email of this kind and he rang the guy and bought it.....that will teach me!!!. 

Meet Esmeralda the camper - there she goes on her inaugural outing with the family - minus Mummy who stayed home with Auntie Kate.

Well Esmeralda was in need of soft furnishings.

So I picked the fabric and off I went. 

New curtains and pillow covers (yellow and blue caravan pillow covers) were made and gingham bed linen was procured.  I decided that since the camper was circa 1985 that I need to go retro. (sorry for the strobe effects - camera didn't like all the checks!!!)

...And what did my BAM say......."great!!!! how is this going to look when I turn up to the boys weekend with my strawberry curtain fabric camper ?......"   oh and "...you really have put the definition of camp into camper!!!"  

to which I said....."be careful or I will staple to the camper's ceiling the red and blue bunting that I have made"

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Now I know what they mean't when they said..."well there goes any summer holidays away from home"

Do you remember this green view?

Well it now looks like this.

400 hectare grass fire right at our front gate.  (58 fire trucks, two water bombers (there names are Eric - what happened to Elvis)  3 planes......). 

I thought we were fire ready.  Now I know that we weren't quite as ready as I thought.   I also now know that when you see the flames coming down the hill you really should go into the house - not drive out the gate like I did.  So much learned on the day...so much more to learn. 

So moving forward...We are getting fences for livestock (we are just arguing over sheep vs cows) and a water bore (just need to find someone who can do it...not that easy).  We are putting a water ring around the house and we have installed fire hose stations all around the place.  We take our phones everywhere with us and constantly watch for the wind change.  And last but not least are now members of the CFA (however I am not the one learning to drive the tankers!!!).

And yes we love living here....the fire hasn't changed that!