Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Flat Out Like A Lizard Drinking...

This is a bobtail lizard. They are often seen in my neighbourhood in the summer months.
He's a docile fellow that loves snails and bugs.

It's been a long time since my last post and I have been incredibly run off my feet. My oldest daughter Jessica is moving back home and she has so much stuff! She is organising storage for her furniture and sorting through her other possessions etc. And she's studying at Uni and looking for a job and she's a real whirlwind...

My father-in-law just turned 81 and we had a little family meal here on Sunday so that was great. We numbered 14. And my husband's nephew and his wife have just had a son born 8 weeks early. The little guy is doing well but will be in hospital for a little while yet. They have two other children - a 9 year old girl and an 11 months old son.

Work has been hectic as usual...

So I'm busy and tired and sometimes feeling a little sorry for myself but I am getting some sewing done and the camera is charging at the moment so will try and post again later in the week.

Thanks for stopping by... Hope all is right with your world.



Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day (a little late)

This is my lovely prize from Kim at bitty bits and pieces,
for her 100th post giveaway.
Isn't this the most delicious prize ever? All pink and red and perfect for Valentine's Day. There was also some delicious chocolate but you know that doesn't last long! I haven't untied the little bundle of 2 1/2 inch squares yet - it's just so sweet and so neat and tidy! I love holding it in my hand. The little basket is so great too. For a tutorial on how to make one yourself, go to littlebusybee and scroll down to the bottom of the post (although you may want to slow as you pass the cookies). This would make such a cute Easter Basket, don'cha think? There's also a cinnamon lollipop - Australia doesn't have hardly anything flavoured with cinnamon in the lolly (candy) department. I grew up with a permanently red tongue as I used to suck on Red Hots all the time!
A BIG HUG and HUGE THANKS to lovely Kim for having the wisdom to choose the computer program that chose me!!
PS I know I blogged about this before, but now it's in my house!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Little Sewing Tip - Scraps of Thread

Do you have bobbins like this?
I think of them as scraps of thread.

I use these like I do scraps of fabric. Most of my sewing is scrappy and I don't worry too much about thread colour. I use bright thread scraps for my bright fabrics and dark thread scraps for my dark fabrics.

But it's not practical to use them as the bobbin - they run out too quickly. Instead I pop them on the thread holder on the top of my machine. I get to use them right to the end. Thread scraps are also good for little hand-sewing repairs, which thankfully I don't have a lot of.

As news of our devastating bush fires fades from your headlines in the US, it is still very much a reality here. Aside from the terrible human cost in terms of lives and property, there is a huge cost to the bush animals and the environment. The region destroyed is a major water catchment for the Melbourne area, and already tough water restrictions are bound to get worse. There are just so many implications long term that the mind cannot get around it.

The amazing generosity of the Australian public, both private sector and public sector, has been enormous with over $40 million donated to date and more coming. Coles supermarkets (one of two major chains here) are donating 100% of all profits from tomorrow (Friday 13 Feb) to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, so all you good Aussies do your shopping tomorrow at Coles.

A really big thank you to all those who are doing something to raise money or who are working to make quilts.



Friday, February 6, 2009

Don't Tag Me - but here are 8 Random Things

I don't want to be tagged but I'm happy to try to find 8 random things about myself to tell you.

  • I was born in Key West Florida in the Dee Poo Hospital (I kid you not - that's the name and it no longer exists).
  • I won my sixth grade spelling bee with the word 'poison'.
  • When I was a kid I sometimes deliberately hyperventilated then held my breath to make myself pass out. It seemed to be a mini-craze in my peer group.
  • I accepted the Lord Jesus when I was 12 and was baptised in a Baptist church. I now attend a reformed Presbyterian church.
  • I joined the US Army when I was 17. I married at 19 to another soldier. Two years later I became pregnant and he shot through so I had to leave the Army to have my baby (my beautiful Jessica). I married Max (Mr Fixit) when Jessica was 2 1/2 and he's always been a wonderful father to her as well as to our other two daughters.
  • My primary job in the Army was Medical Laboratory Specialist and I worked in a MASH unit as well as a NATO hospital in Belgium (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe - SHAPE). This is the same military base as featured in the movie "Private Benjamin" with Goldie Hawn. I was there after the movie.

  • I learned that it is better to be kind than to be right.

  • I love reading romance novels as well as spy novels and detective stories and science fiction and fantasy and the occasional biography and of course the dictionary (Oxford English of course).

Is that 8 yet? Yes.



Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sheri Howard's Giveaway

Sheri Howard has one of her quilts

(Sweet Pink Daisies)

published in Quilt magazine!


In honour of this Sheri is having a


so pop over and see her!

This really is the sweetest quilt ever!



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lovely Kim at bitty bits & pieces

By now you may have heard I won a giveaway.
The lovely Kim at bitty bits & pieces had a giveaway
and I won!
This is so exciting.
This is what I've won.

I can hardly wait for my postie to bring it on his motorbike!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Interesting Video

Here is a very interesting video called "How I Quilt"

by Lauren at My Aunt June.

Pop over and check it out.

Thanks to nannergirl at Down in the Sand Quilts for the link!

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