Friday, August 21, 2015

Too boring to blog about...

that is how I have felt during the time I have been gone (but not forgotten I hope) from this blog. It's not true really, but some things in my life recently have been difficult for me to deal with (mostly because they are out of my control), so I have withdrawn into my little shell (my star sign is Cancer). There has been a lot of this happening..

And quite a bit of this...

A fair bit of heritage stuff... (yes, that's me! In Edwardian costume no less!)

A certain amount of socialising... but, very little crafting. The sewing on the treadle is the beginnings of another quilt for raffling. I am being ably assisted by my sister (she is shaming me into it) so hopefully I will have something to share soon.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baking ... And taking

photos! I had a lovely time with my daughter yesterday, working on a special project. A while ago, at the historic house where I volunteer, an exercise book was discovered in a cupboard. It contains hand- written recipes, dating from WW 1 to the 1920s, along with some interesting 'household hints'.
I hope to put together a collection of recipes from the book and also photos of the finished products! My daughter is a great photographer, as well as an excellent baker, and we trialed two recipes.
First is a Victoria Sandwich...

...and next is coconut macaroons

These are my photos by the way, my daughter set up for the food photo-shoot and I piggybacked on her expertise. If we get to publishing, hers will be the ones we use.
And of course, after the photos... there was tasting! Yum!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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!