Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I have told the children that next labour weekend we are going camping (And. I. Mean. It)
So the real object of this little speil is to point out this timely, inspirational and much needed post by the frugal Coop here I am going to read it again and travel here frequently. I feel so dispondant about todays utter waste of money and I felt like it at the time the cash was leaving in a southerly direction. At least (I suppose struggling to find things I did right) we didnt come home with senseless Spongebob balloons, large cheaply made stuffed animals or cheap Chinese made toys from the bargin stalls cluttering up the place.
Tomorrow I am going to the Quilt Fair at the Riverview Quilters shop. There is a quilt display BUT there is also 50 % off many fabrics. Now I wanted to indulge just a bit but due to today I feel I cant. Because what I havent mentioned is that i have pre Christmas laybys coming out of my ears..Perhaps I shouldnt go at all??
have a lovely cash strapped day in Paradise
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It looks like this ..
And it does all this..., And im too scared to use it right now!!
This is one of the ideas I have found for my Scrap quilt collection 2009. I think it will look great in my scrappy colours .
This is a short posting as I have been sick all day:/
Tomorrow it is the costume fitting and photo day for my ballet girl, that means we have to get up early :( But it will be nest to see what the teacher has in store for her this year.
Have a great rainy day keeping all the seedlings alive.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I have my Primitive pumpkin and cat up on the door. My girls think this is crazy as "its not Halloween yet". After all the efforts put into making this I think it should be up longer than one night!
Here is the progress made during the last few nights. Really want to finish this as I have not one but two panels to quilt noe. With my NEW sewing machine!!! A wonderful friend and fellow quilter and crafter extroidainaire gave me a deposit for a new sewing machine that I had raved about!!! SO this morning I went and put some more money on it and the lady let me bring it home. It is a special Janome that was bought out at a special price for Breast cancer awareness. And it QUILTS !!! I am so excited that I can hardly bare to put it aside while I read the instructions. Also Im scared something will happen to it while its still not paid off. I really wasnt expecting to leave the shop with it. Then I passed a small quilt shop while in Napier that i do frequent when in Napier and I bought some grey for my repro pyramids quillt, some edging for my trade me panel. Also saw the panel in that shop for four dollars cheaper........ and then I spied for 6.oo a smaller panel(fat quarter size) similar to my big panel, that i will make into a Christmas decoration as well. My new machine will be buzzing.! Also they have old magazines marked down to 2.00 each and althogh my favourite American ones werent in the pile I did come home with two.. So it was quite a morning. Ill post pics in my next post.
Have a lovely windy and slightly wild day with a warm temperature besides.
Monday, October 13, 2008
to not spend.. I saw this gorgeous quilted panel all ready for sale in our local Christmas shop that opens earlier every year..and it was 98$, I thought wow love the design if only I could find that panel..So on my daily sneak at Trade Me (Meant to be looking at lawnmowers there..) I found it, and of course it was pay by credit card (because its easier, faster etc, etc...) Now justifying this is quite easy. As I have several quilts to quilt and one Christmas tree skirt to finish (Actually progress is racing ahead on that Im on to the embroidary already!) you wouldnt think that justification was easy coming HOWEVER Alex has her ballet rehearsals and recitals and Im always on the front door at my little desk signing hundreds of parents and children in and out (fire rules) but inbetween that I have nothing to do and so taking this along and gently it will use up that time I just hope I have finished by the big day! Also spare time at swimming practise and piano practise and so forth and its not so big as to be cumbersome to drag around like a big quilt is. To justify the outgoings Im going to use a plain calico and try to sew together my remainding bits of lowloft wadding rather than buy some. (Makes me feel all better and frugal again!!). Obviously though I am feeling terribly guilty as I have felt the need to blog about it. Sometimes blogs do become something of a confessional dont they?!
hAve a lovely day in the sun and the wind
Sunday, October 12, 2008
strawberries..couldnt find ANY!! So I bought some basil and some flowers and some parsley for a problem area I have outside my bedroom window. I took the only remianinf strawberry plant that was sad and dry in a neglected pot. The giant Box plant sucks all other plants dry and placed in my new part. I added compost and slug bait and water and the idea is to have this all big and with stawberries poking out come Christmas. If were still here. . Im going to have to add a nother post as the photos to go with this post have disappeared into blogland.
Before I go dont you love handmade cards from your babies?
have a great day
Thursday, October 9, 2008
able value right now) BUT Hubby DIDNT. LIKE.IT. :(
I have half a percent chance out of 100% of changing his mind....He believes the market being what it is we can afford something bigger better etc. But honestly I just fell in love with it. I could see us all living there . I didnt even have to try to like it.Infact I was ready to be disappointed that I didnt like it because the price was so good. So I guess Watch this space. Thats my girls on the front verandah. Oh theres a book around called Historic NZ cottages and its in there too.. If yoiu happen to see the book.
On to brighter things..I am making progress with the skirt. Its very hard on my unthimbled fingers and somethimes I just cant go on trying to blanket stitch around the stitches. However it has me in its grip now. ALTHOUGH last night ..very late..I almost got into my small box of repro prints to cut out some triangle just to see what they would look like. (Im going to do a thousand pyramids quilt with alternate repro red and blue fabrics and grey) Glad I didnt because that would have completely gotten me off track with the Christmas tree skirt..
I also have been investigating pattern (FREE!!) on the net of scrap quilt for my scrap quilt 2009 year (This being the year in this recession we also start to eat pigeons, pooums and rabbits..)
and I found a great site here. There are also crumb quilts made up of all those little bits and bobs left over. And also on this fabulous site there are ideas for charity quilts. I love this idea and have thought of this before I read about it and want to know from any KIwis anywhere..are there any organisations that act as a middle ground for people wanting to donate quilts. I thought I could start by approaching the WOmans refuge to see if I could donate some quilts for families in need.
Ill be interested to hear your thoughts.
Have a great Spring day. its warm and calm here, not like the usual windy in October Hawkes bay day.
Monday, October 6, 2008
And so to the progress report. Actually I started off quite enjoying the applique (I do the blanket stitch method) but it soon became evident why I dont like applique. Its just all the faffing around, ironing vislieofix, peeling, re ironing, positioning, putting wrong things on, tearing off etc etc.. Then blanket stitching around everything while the smaller peices fall off anyway with all the manouvouring around this huge thing!
But I have made some progress and for that i am thankful. After all the appliqueing is done, then comes a ton of embroidary to the wadding, then a few rash cuts, a few ties added, a few scallops sewn on, the backing sewn the whole thing turned inside out and sucked out again on the right side and -fingers crossed- sucess..
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
This is my gorgeous girl playing the part of Victoria in The Darling Buds of may. The show just finished the Saturday before the Monday of the School holidays. Being an adult theatre it didnt finish until 10.30 each night. We didnt go to school on the Friday, but after two weeks of theatre that was the only time. I have to say that Georgi has been in musicals and shows since age five and her sister has become the Green room expert in that time, and they are both professionals now!
..Did I say that 2008 was the year of the scrappy quilt. THIS (bought from trade me in a weak moment) is the quilt I am going to do when I have collected enough flannel material. (shirts from the Op shops, fat quarters lying in tempting cut price baskets etc). I LOVE log cabins and I LOVE flannel, so ..a match made in heaven.
Its been muggy and hot her in the Hawkes bay and today although it rained it was 26 degrees. Not bad for spring huh?!
We have also found a place in the country that could be a great starter for us. It has half an acre and is an old but mostly done up villa, close to the school and the local country pub(!) Im very excited a sits the only affordable (To us) property Ive seen. We veiw on Wednesday.
Have a great spring school holiday