Sunday, 27 February 2011

All Ready to Go!!!

I joined the Stitch-A-Long blog in time to join in with the Tis the Season project.

We start stitching March 1st so I’ve slowly been gathering things & making choices so I would be ready.

I’ve chosen my fabrics & threads & I’ve traced off my blocks for March. Of course it was a little tricky with Zaphod wanting to sit on the fabric & play with the pen as I traced. But we got there. :-)


I’ve gone quite colourful with my choices, both fabrics & threads. I’ll probably also make a red & white version. Bright reds.

I’ve enlarged the blocks to 5” rather than 4”. I’m now deciding whether to back the blocks with lightweight pellon or lightweight interfacing.

Looking forward to getting started. :-)

Friday, 25 February 2011

Colourful Friday – Black & White

Well ok I have to admit I have a distinct advantage here with both a black & white kitten, & a black & white dog. :-)))

b & w pets

Bookends, rather hard to see Molly against the black hearth.

b & w zaphod

Zaphod recuperating after his little ‘op.’ Molly kindly lent him the toy Santa brought her. He actually spent a few days in a large cage in our lounge room while he recovered. Wrestling with Molly was definitely off the agenda. They spent a lot of time playing through the wire & Molly laid on the floor next to the cage. Nights Zaphod sleeps in my sewing room so he had plenty of time & space to stretch his legs.

Now as my sewing room is black & white & aqua there were a few bits & bobs to photograph.

b & w curtain

My gorgeous sewing room curtains!!!

b & w boxes  Boxes of ufo’s, there are tons more………

b & w eiffel2 b & w eiffel

My passion for all things French shows through.

b & w fabric2b & w stereo

Mum sent me money for my 50th last year & what better than this great little sound system to keep me entertained. The little owl is my ‘stick’ with all my fave songs on it.

b & w thingsb & w mugday 2 sleeping

Molly ‘relaxing.’ :-) This was the day after she joined our family, I think she she felt ‘at home’ pretty quickly.

basin P1020273

Byee from Molly & me!!

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Thanks Robyn!!!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Solved It!!

What to do with odd sox that are too good to throw out.


My feet are just as warm as if the sox matched.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Some Before & Afters

I’ve been making a few improvements around the house this week. Lot’s more to do, but I’m pleased with the results so far.

Dining Room

before windows after windowscakestand

The windows in the dining room look so much nicer with the lace curtains, I’ve put the same curtains on all the windows in the lounge room too. I saw a pack of ‘repositionable’ stickers the other day & couldn’t resist them.

The dining room table & chairs are in for a makeover next week, watch this space.


I had all blue & white crockery along the mantle & felt like a change. I can see now it looks rather bland so it’s a work in progress. Maybe some bunting?


More stickers, I think they’re cute. :-)

cannisters cannister
I’d been on the lookout for some nice old canisters but they are out of my budget. Spotted these the other day & loved the colours. They came with a large bread one too, which is ideal to store the pet food in.

Sewing Room

windowswindows2 windows3windows4 windows5 windows6 I didn’t take a real before pic here but you can imagine it. Lot’s of boxes piled up waiting to be unpacked & sorted. All done, so I had this cozy little corner in the sewing room to put to good use.

I finally took the curtains up, I know puddling curtains is ‘the look’ but with a dog & a cat they just attract the hair/fur & dust.

In came the round table I hadn’t had a use for, & I have a great place to surf & have a cuppa.

Main Bedroom

 blanket extensiontucked
I’m so sick of the blankets coming untucked all the time. I wish they wouldn’t skimp when they make these things. Anyway I had a brainwave, I bought some sheeting & added it to the bottom of the cotton blankets so now there’s plenty to tuck in.


Of course Zaphod has to be on hand to help make the bed!!!


It will be nice to not have the blankets hanging out the end in the morning.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Friday, 11 February 2011

Colourful Friday – ‘Valentine’s’

V - hanging February ‘Celebration’s block.V - heartsI made this felt garland last week, it will be part of my Valentine’s mantlepiece display.
V - bears V - fqs V - Madeline2 V - Madeline Isn’t she cute? I saw her years ago & she was way too expensive, months later I saw her again & she was reduced!!! As the seagulls in Finding Nemo say, ‘Mine, mine, mine.’
V - pinkbuttons V - redbuttons 
V - mugrug2 Another blocks Two of my Dear Jane (Marple) blocks.crackers Bonbons I made for Yule 2009.cheryl

V - telephone V - candle
Couldn’t resist the telephone box.
It’s designed to hold cd’s & dvd’s.
buttonzblockjanmac block 
Swap blocks I made for friends.
V - crazy heartMy Crazy HeartV - Zaphod

‘My Crazy Cat?’ I was ‘trying’ to set up a shot with a few bits & bobs but had to give up when my assistant wouldn’t leave the wool or garland alone. :-)

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