Friday, 5 April 2013

Little pin cushion swap

Oh my, I just received the cutest damn pin cushion I've ever seen.  Last month I signed up for the Little pin cushion swap over at Sweet Little Pretties.  My swap partner likes Gnomes, mushrooms and cute little cottages.  I chose to make her a screen printed gnome pin cushion.  It turned out like this
I had a little issue with screening on top of already screened fabric, it bled! not too bad but still not great.  You can see it mostly around his belt.  I made three panels in total and this one was the best.  I weighed the bottom down so as he didn't fall over when in use.  I hope my partner likes him.

Now I was super spoiled and received this little pin cushion from Ruth, you'll find her here dukeandtheduchess, love it, love it, LOVE IT!
Every detail is just lovely, even the card was gorgeous and the smell of Lavender as I stick my pins in is an added bonus. Thank you so very much Ruth.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Woodland baby blanket

Hi there,
I have finished my entry to the Fancy Feet challenge over at Ricochet and Away.  However am probably a bit late but I will show it here anyway:)
The challenge was to use a sewing machine foot that you have never used before.  This was great timing as I wanted to attempt a baby quilt with free motion quilting.  This was very scary for me but after a few tension issues it was nowhere near as scary as I'd imagined.  I only followed a simple squiggle pattern which I freehand drew onto the quilt top with washable quilting marker.
Free motion quilting foot

Now as you can see by the picture here on the right I was way off the lines, but I really had a fun time quilting this little quilt and I was really happy with the results.

I did have the thread snap a couple of times but it was easily resolved by tying off the thread and then stitching in the same spot a couple of times where you tied off before continuing.  I did also keep checking the back because I was paranoid about tension issues.  This was good because on a couple of occasions I had really loose thread on the back which I had to unpick.  All in all though I had a great experience and finished this little quilt in two hours.

Thanks Rikka for giving me the push I needed to try this great method of quilting.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

It's on!

I'm of course speaking in reference to my home internet!  This fills me with much happiness indeed.  Oh and my husband too, he's not been too happy about my $200 mobile phone bills over the last few months,  all spent over in data use of course (sad face).  Hopefully now it should go back to the $50 bill it's been for the past five years.

Im also really excited about sewing in my newly decorated arts and crafts room.

So excited in fact, that I finally pulled my overlocker out of its box.  Embarrassingly I've had it for twelve months now!  Oh the shame!!

So yes I'm on a high, I had my father help put my lovely Ikea draws on the wall, which I LOVE!  I got around to hanging my white board and I purchased a table top ironing board for $13 from Spotlight, so I'm set.  There is still plenty to hang and organise, but it's getting there.  I can't believe it's been five months since we moved in, time just fly's, don't it?

I've signed up for a challenge and participated in a couple of swaps lately, which I'll tell you about tomorrow, now though I must get ready for work.

Take care

Monday, 7 January 2013


September was my last post, not cool Kristin!  Hi all, I hope everyone had a restful Christmas and New Years.  We had a great time hanging out with family at Christmas, both my baby brothers (19 and 28) came home, which was lovely.  I hadn't seen my bigger brother for a year as he's an Army boy and lives afar.  My younger one has recently moved to Western Australia to finish his Electrical Apprenticeship and my Mum misses them dearly so she was thrilled to have her four babies together for Christmas.

We are in our new house and have been for two and a half months now and thats exactly how long we've been without a home phone or INTERNET!!!  Luckily I still have my phone to check blog posts and make calls, but this is getting ridiculous!  I am happy being in though, despite this and several other issues, including a flood through the ceiling, gouges in our lovely timber floor and an expanding deck, I won't get into it,  but it's been trying.

Here is our home the night we started to move in.

 The black behind the oven is a window, but it's night time:)

I love my new kitchen, especially the pantry!!
Here are all my Freedom lovelies in the living room, just to the right of the kitchen.

 Oh yes, we got a new puppy.

My Mums dog had puppies and we got one!  His name is Morris and he's a bit bigger than this now and very naughty.  Our other dog Lenny (the Bernese Mountain Dog) and him get along famously and Sam loves him to bits, he's always saying I love my puppa Morrisey.

The only crafting going on here is preparations for Sam's 3rd Birthday Pirate Party, more to come on that in the near future.
Hope all are well, take care now.