Sunday, June 26, 2011

Winnings and a winner!

Hi all,

I thought I would show you some things I have won lately, not in the last week….but over the last couple of months!

The coasters on the right I won from Bree, aren’t they great?! I bought the Vignette Issue 3 which is very inspiring.  Under the top of the magazine is some brown fabric, this is Bella solid Moda U Brown, I won a yard of this colour and also the Bella solid Black by participating in the FQS Bella Parade which was hosted by Shruti.

I won this sweet little package from Kelly. There is a bag made from a fat quarter, a needle holder, a pincushion and a rainbow charm pack. I love it!

Which brings me to my little competition….no one guessed which travel mug was mine! Don’t you know me at all? Only joking!

This is mine on the left and my mum’s on the right. Honestly this paper was like my third choice so it is no surprise that you couldn’t pick it. It does have my favourite purple flowers though!

However, someone is going to be getting a little something anyway!

Mr Random Number Generator has selected number 9 as the winner….Michelle May, congratulations Shell! I hope you like the coffee cozy and coaster! I will send you an email.

These are made from the Boutique fabric range, I love this range! Tutorial for the coffee cozy came from House on Hill Road.

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PS. There is a great giveaway happening here!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Retreat and a little competition!

Hi all,

Retreat was great! It was soooo nice not to have to wash up, cook and do washing for a couple of days, although I came home to a sink full of dishes.

This is what I started with…over 420 little cream squares and the same amount of blue squares, ready to make half square triangles. Yes over 800!

This is how far I got. About half of the cream and blue squares sewn together and some of the “broken dish” blocks sewn together. This pattern is in the latest Homespun magazine.

I wanted to have a finish to show for the weekend so I put together this Ooshka Boy. Pattern is by The Red Thread, as is the gorgeous face panel. This is the only boy she does at the moment. The boys love him and I will need to make a second because he is causing a few fights. I actually stuffed him when I got home but otherwise he was finished at the retreat.  

This is the sweat shop! Mum is in the front left working on some machine embroidery. There was about 23 ladies and I won’t be able to tell you all their names. Too many people to get to know in one weekend for me – I am a shocker with names!

One of the mini workshops was decorating these travel mugs. The bottom screws off and we used special paper you embroider on and decorate with some flower punches and bling! Which then goes up in behind a clear layer and it is supposed to be water-proof.

Now for a little guessing game! The first person to guess correctly which mug I made will win something…I don’t know what yet but I will come up with something to suit the winner!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Retreat time!

Hi all,

I have been keeping a low profile lately. There has been a lot of sickness and drama in our house for the last couple of months and this has made me reassess my priorities.

I am really cutting down on the time I spend on the computer - which is mostly blog surfing, and I feel like I have gained an extra couple of hours a day! I have made a “must read” folder in google reader and at the moment it contains 16 blogs, which is not many when compared to the 168 blogs I am subscribed to.

I plan to keep my blog updated because it is my creative diary and I am still creating. Actually I am more inspired than I have been for a long time.

But guess what I am doing this weekend….

My bags are packed! I am going on my first ever quilting retreat – I have been on a scrapbooking retreat 6 years ago, how times have changed!

The retreat actually started today but I am only brave enough to leave my boys for one night….I know I have too many things packed but what if I get there and don’t want to work on a particular project? I need to have options!

I will share some pictures of my little adventure with you when I am back and recovered.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Weekend Wrap-up!

Hi all,

It hasn’t all been good here over the last few days…well month really. But we will talk about this weekend and there are good bits!

It started out with me having to pick TP up from school early on Friday afternoon, the class had been on a trip to a farm and he had started vomiting on the way back to school. He stopped doing that Friday night but he has been really off colour all weekend so he will be home from school tomorrow. So far the rest of us have stayed okay so hopefully we won’t get it too.

TP is always bugging me to make playdough so I thought that might be a nice quiet activity for them, it keeps them both busy for hours – the key is not to make it too often! I use a great recipe that doesn't require cooking on the stove. Here is a recipe.

I think that is enough “keeping it real”.

I have also worked on a couple of projects.

I finished putting together the top of the Schnibbles Plan C quilt this afternoon. Now I need to sort out some backing.

I have made some progress on the Mug Rug for my partner of the Mug Rug Swap Adventure 2. Just working on the tea cup and trying to make it how it looks in my mind.

I hope you all had a good weekend!

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