Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Scraps & Noodles

So I've been doing a little cutting with no particular project in mind. Just tidying the stash.
In tossing the scraps in the bin, they caught on the bar of the table.
This brought to mind scenes from my childhood.
Every winter, my step-dad would make home-made egg noodles and cook them in home-made chicken broth. I would come home from school to find a broom stick between two chairs with the noodles hanging over it, flour everywhere. The smell of the simmering chicken was divine. He would toss the noodles in to the big pot and we knew it wouldn't take long. The flour thickened the broth nicely and the chicken just fell off the bones. Too, too yummy.
There was always some discussion as to the best egg to flour ratio. But dad liked one egg to one cup of flour and just a pinch of salt. He hand-rolled the dough and cut it with a knife. He used extra flour on the cutting surface and the broomstick. With the meal this delicious, who cared about a little flour tossed around?
Do you ever make home-made egg noodles?
(These noodles found on Google images.)
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Friday, February 24, 2012


There's not much sewing at the moment.
This is the state of my sewing room.
I think a tidy-up is in order.
To procrastinate, I've been de-constructing an old wool jacket that hung in my father-in-law's closet for so many years the moths had a really good meal. The interesting metal silver buttons are off the jacket. The look like stainless steel.
The is the tailor's label. The little paper tag next to it I found actually adhered to the wool inside the lining. I'm sure for those who know such things it would tell them when and where the jacket was made.

And although it's clearly obvious in the above photo I do not need any more fabric, I couldn't resist this little morsel that came home with me from guild on Tuesday.

Yummy rainbow snakes. On a purple background.
With gold highlights.
I'm just a kid at heart.
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Won in Give-Away

Teresa at Sewing Trials had a give-away recently and I won this lovely prize from her. The card is delightful and is printed crisply -I wonder if these are samples of her fabrics? The fat quarters are richly saturated in colour and the book is full of quick projects - perfect for me at the moment with very little sewing time available. Thanks Teresa!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Wonky Houses Done

Here are my finished wonky houses.
I will choose one at random to keep and send the rest to Jane.

Here is a smattering of the labels.

And a question of nutrition.
Is muesli still healthy if it's topped with Froot Loops?

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Friday, February 10, 2012

World Economy

I'm doing my bit for the Greek economy.
What are you doing?
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wonky Houses Update

In between work and the normal domestic dramas that seem to pop up regularly, I have managed to nearly finish my wonky houses for Jane's Wonky House Block Swap. I need to get them in the mail by the end of the week to allow for international posting time.
The windows and doors are spray-basted and I will raw-edge applique them down.
To me, they are very cheerful and fun to work on.
Check out Jane's Flickr group to see what everyone else has done.
(Blogger's being funny again today.)
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Friday, February 3, 2012

A Young Visitor

The young woman is my lovely daughter #3. The young joey is the visitor. My sister-in-law is fostering this baby, as she does from time to time. In the early days, the joey has to go every where with her as they need constant care and feeding etc. Her 'pouch' is a pillowslip-lined handbag. Several handbags are used as they are washed etc. as needed. The joey drinks from a bottle. (No pictures of that, sorry.)

Who could resist this little face?
One day she will be old enough to go and play with the other kangaroos.
My sister-in-law lives on a remote farm and she will eventually return to the herds in the area. That's a year or more down the track. In the meantime - they named her "Gemma".

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