Saturday, November 15, 2014

A touch of nostalgia

They say you can never go back and I must admit it has been a very long time since I spent any time at the Sunshine Coast where I lived for a few years as a child. Recently I was there for a few days  attending a niece's wedding at Maroochydore... what can I say; the wedding was wonderful, the weather was fabulous and I got to spend a bit of time marvelling at how much the place had changed.

Until I set foot on Maroochydore beach and looked north. This view looks just as I remember from childhood (I wasn't close enough to see bathing suits. I'm pretty sure they've changed a lot since I was a kid!).

The view to the south is a bit different, with lots of high rise apartments at Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headlands. Even so, it is still a very beautiful part of the world. Makes me wonder why I haven't taken the time to visit sooner.

On the crafting front, I have finished the top of my Dancing Nine Patch. It is off being quilted and then there will be the rush job of binding before it is raffled off on November 23. 

Nothing like a deadline!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Out and about

I have been a bit of a social butterfly lately, so not much crafting (or decorating) has been happening around here. A few weeks ago I went on a day trip to Murwillumbah to visit the Tweed Regional Art Gallery. The main attraction of course was the recreated studio of an amazing artist; Margaret Olley.

These photos are of the yellow room which featured prominently in her work. The painstaking work undertaken to catalogue, clean, pack and restore in the new location is mind boggling. The gallery is located outside the town, with stunning views to Mt Warning and the Border Ranges. Well worth a visit! The gallery cafe does great meals too... sorry... too busy eating to take food pics!

I also recently visited the Quilt & Craft show in Brisbane... looking for inspiration. I love this string pieced beauty. I saw this one in Melbourne, but neglected to take a photo.

And a close-up!

Just lovely... and yes I have been sort of inspired... I'm working to finish my dancing nine patch (started months ago). Progress soon!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It's strawberry season...

...and while I love fresh strawberries,I'm also partial to a bit of strawberry jam. Yum! Especially on scones!

My jam is actually a strawberry/ apple combo, but the apple flavour isn't noticeable, and it makes the strawberries go  further. Win/win!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Although I haven't done much in the way of crafting lately, I did manage to finish this cute quilt for a friend's grandson.

I backed and bound it in red which I think has finished it nicely, along with some simple machine quilting.

I also bought him a copy of the book to go with the quilt. Can't start the reading habit too soon I say!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's Spring!!!

Here I am... after a much longer blogging hiatus than I intended. The recent winter months left me rather uninspired to do anything at all, much less anything creative. Spring arriving has me feeling positive again... although my thoughts are turning more towards redecorating projects than quilty or crafty ones. Although there is certain to be sewing involved at some point.

I have dusted off my favourite decorating books for a bit of inspiration.

Watch this space!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Last hurrah..

from my roses that is... lots of blooms before their winter shut down and pruning.

I am sometimes amazed that they bloom at all, as I'm not the most consistent gardener. Aren't they lovely!

I've been a bit wrapped up in heritage stuff the last couple of weeks so I thought I would share one of the gorgeous houses open in Ipswich last weekend as part of the Heritage Festival. This is 'Toronto'.

And it is every bit as cute on the inside as it is on the outside! This is what it looked like in the 1970s.

Looks a bit different now!

Monday, May 5, 2014

A bit of a gem

When I was at the Quilt Convention recently, I chanced upon a stand that caught my eye for several reasons. One, that it had interesting bits and pieces on display and two, I had read about it on other blogs.

I know many of you will recognise the name. Seeing that there was a crowd around at the show, and I was staying in Melbourne for a few extra days after, I decided to check  out the actual store.

I didn't buy much, just some vintage buttons and some fabric for my daughter (sorry, I forgot to take photos), but my sister and I had a lovely time browsing and drooling. Definitely worth a visit!