Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I've been sewing up a storm with these Lingerie bags and zippered pouches.  The first one is the same colour/fabric combination as the first one except it's a little smaller and just has the knickers appliqued on the front.

After seeing my lingerie bags on Instagram and FB a friend asked me to make some for her to give away as Birthday gifts however she wanted them in an envelope style.  Although I'm happy with the them and they are quicker to make I prefer the above pattern.

                                                     A Blue tone Robyn Pandolpf fabric

                                                    A Green tone Robyn Pandolph fabric

                                                         Yellow and blue tones

My friend also wanted a Lingerie bag for herself in Pinks. Fingers crossed she loves this as much as I do.  It's nice and bright and the Pink and Green just sing together, don't you think !!!


I made therse two different size zippered pouches for myself which will come in handy for my trip to Japan next year to keep things together in my suitcase.

                                                                HAPPY SEWING


Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Well seems a whole month has passed since I last did a blog post. 

My first sewing project since my machine went in for a service in April.  This is my first go at a Lingerie Bag and I must say I'm rather thrilled with it.  I will make some more for gifts for sure,
a few the same pattern as this one and a few smaller ones with just knickers appliqued on the front.

I also made this cute little zippered bag, it is the ideal size to store phone charges and accessories for trips and will keep everything together.  I'm all for keeping things in bags, pouches etc rather than just thrown into a suitcase.  I can now use the same pattern making various sizes to carry other items for travelling. 


Friday, May 26, 2017


            So Mother's Day this year was wonderful, my two girls put in a big effort as usual.

We went to the Marketti Steet Food markets at Miami (Qld) on the Saturday night.
I was given this gorgeous bunch of flowers.

       We enjoyed some boutique beers, this one from burleigh, just so nice and they
are carb free.

                                Then we enjoyed a lovely cocktail, I had a Margarita.

                                               Rebecca had an espresso Martini.

                   Kate also had an espresso Martini and Josh had a water as he was driving.

My gorgeous cards on Mother's Day along with a voucher to be pampered. 
A 60 minute massage and a 40 minute facial.  I am looking forward to
having this done.

Kate also gave me this Lonely planet book,  ahhhhh so excited....
I have read it all through once however I will be reading it again and again and
again and jotting things down to see and do. 
I will be taking my very first overseas trip in 2018.  This has been my
dream for over 30 years, to visit Japan.

Have a great weekend.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Two of the special people in my life had Birthday's in April, first Birthday early April is my BFF's Birthday

Vicki is always making cakes for everyone's Birthday's, she is what I call "the Birthday cake maker", so I made a Birthday cake for her Birthday which she was thrilled about.  I managed to find her a "cupcake" Birthday card along with a "cupcake" scratchie ticket from the Newsagents. Plus  a couple of "cake boss" icing and cookie cutters to use in her baking.

I also made her this bag which she loves, I made one in the same pattern for a Christmas BLOG swap which I showed to Vicki and she loved it so my "ah ha" light blub moment went on and I made one for her Birthday.

Vicki about to cut her cake..

The second Birthday in April, the middle of the month is my SIL's Birthday.  Last winter Kate mentioned to me he constantly complains about not having a blanket long enough for him to sunggle under in winter whilst watching TV. Soooo my "light bulb" moment went off and I decided to make him a patchwork quilt for his Birthday this year.  I went with the good 'ol "disapearing nine patch" pattern which I have made a few times and it always looks great. Plus I have the pattern down pat now and it's not such a daunting task to undertake.  Earlier this year I checked out the web sites for fabric on line at "The Fat Quarter Shop" and "The Missouri Star Quilt Shop", two of my favourites in the US to buy fabric.  I found this great Star Wars fabric and so Josh's "Star Wars" quilt was ticking away in my head.

Sandwiching the quilt on the spare bed in the back room.  I used to do it on the tiles however that's not great for the knees or the back so now do it on the bed which is much better on my knees and back.

Doing some very easy quilting on the "Star Wars" quilt.

Attaching the binding using the machine quilting method, this saved me hours of hand sewing.  I use this method when putting binding on the ADF quilts I have made in the past, it's so much more durable for guys. I used a decorative zig zag stitch, it looks nice and keeps it all together well.

Ta Da....... this is the finished "star Wars" quilt for Josh, it's larger than a single size but not a double size.  I just love the colours and the small amounts of orange which just "pop" in the quilt.  I used the orange as the middle block in the centre of the nine patch.....

This is the quilt label on the back of the quilt.

I asked Kate to sneak a photo of Josh under his quilt, he hates having his photo taken and wouldn't pose with it when I gave it to him.  Kate said he loves it and it's a great size for him to snuggle under.  Oh good, my job is done...........

So, I came across this on FB and told him - it's on order as a belated Birthday pressie.  LOL LOL
Of course I haven't, he just said - oh no, you haven't........

Cheers everyone


Sunday, May 7, 2017


We recently did a caravan trip (I will make this another post) to Hervey Bay,Queensland for 2 weeks. These are some of my lovely purchases.

I found the "Dew Drop In" Patchwork and Quilt shop on our last day in Hervey Bay - sigh... There was too much to choose from however my hubby spied a Rosalie Quinlan BOM "Love Is", 10 packets and he talked me into purchasing it.  I was "HOPING" the designs were pre printed onto the fabric, but no -sigh.....  Such a great find, it was marked down to $120, the set includes 9 blocks with all fabric. 

I will have to open all packs and trace the pattern blocks ready for embroidery, I will do this in the next few days as we are planning another short adventure in our van. They will be great to take along in the van to stitch.

I also purchased this piece of backing fabric at a great price of $13.99/mtr so I purchased 2 mtrs which will be plenty for a quilt and some left overs too.  I also purcahsed some tape with "inch" markings in white and off white. 

I have wanted to buy a couple of English china teacup, saucer and plates for those "special" occasions. I found this little beauty at the Vinnies store for a great price.  It's a Shelley "Crochet" design, isn't it pretty........ I just love the shape of the cup.

This saucer came from Vinnies as well - can you believe for $1.50, there were 3, my friend and I bought one each and left the other one on the shelf.  It's by Johnson Bros called The Ice House (The Friendly Village).  Initially I bought it to put in my craft room to put pins in, however it's in really great condition so I am going to see if I can possibly buy a teacup to suit.


This beauty came from the Antique shop and was possibly too expensive, I didn't have my glasses on - rookie error which I have now learnt my lesson, it was displayed as a set in a china cabinet in the Antique shop, both have roses however when we arrived home and I took it out of the van to wash I noticed the blue on the teacup is not evident on the saucer and plate.  I turned each piece over and found the teacup to be Queen Anne "Cherie" which is ever so gorgeous, the saucer and plate are Delphine China.....I was less than impressed to say the least.....

I also purchased this lovely cake stand from the Antique Shop, it is slightly elevated with three little nipple stands.  I have a few tall cake stands but this one will fit perfectly in my Tupperware carry cake container. 

My friend and I had a lovely time perusing Vinnies and the Antique Shop,.


Monday, April 17, 2017


We collected our new caravan on 17th November 2016, it's a 17.5ft JAYCO starcraft poptop.  Thefirst trip in it was to Ballina, NSW from 12 - 26th March 2017.  I have quite a few photos here of surrounding areas of Ballina. The first two photos are at our first site where we stayed for 5 nights.

                                      I took along my chicken scratch embroidery, of course.

                 Celebrating with soome bubbly on our first trip away in our lovely new caravan.

                                This photo is of our second site, we stayed here for 9 nights.

                 The first week we were away there was LOTS of rain, we went for a drive to see

                                                                the swell in the ocean.

                          The next three photos is the view we had from our van at our second site.

In the second week we went for a drive to Lennox Heads, a gorgeous spot, the next two photos are taken from a lookout near Lennox Heads.



                         These next two photos were taken between Ballina and Lennox Heads.

I went to K-Mart and purchased this great slow cooker for $20, what a bargain and a great asset in the van.  We had a yummy Black Angus Rump and vegetable slow cook meal for dinner one night.

We are heading off again on another little adventure tomorrow for a couple of weeks.  Where you ask, wait for the next post..........

Soooo excited, we are going away with another couple on our next adventure.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Several months ago my Aunty was clearing out her linen cupboard and came across some souvenir linen tea towels, I was very escited when she gave them to me to make some ADF Laundry Bags. They are all from Queensland towns, some of them have little stories about the area as well.  I recently made these seven and have a few more tea towels put away for more bags,  They make great bags and are so colouful.