Monday, December 29, 2008

Woodford Folk Festival

We (hubby, eldest son & fiance & myself) went to the Woodford Folk Festival on saturday and had a wonderful time there. Woodford is about a 35 minute drive from home, so we are lucky that it is so close. Many thousands of people attend the festival - it is a highlight of the year for us. The festival goes for six days (and nights), has 400 events and 2000 performers. The first photo is a rather large sculpture of a bowerbird's bower (with me standing in the middle).
We saw lots of 'street theatre'. Here is a teapot and cup (we saw them later on that night - all lit up). The teapot occasionally sprayed water at people - I thought it was starting to sprinkle rain :) until I saw it was just the teapot :)
This girl was dressed up as an elf /pixie?- she even had the pointed ears (didn't show up in the photo). She wasn't a street entertainer - you can wear anything to the festival :)
After the opening ceremony, 'That One Guy' (I think from Canada) played. He was fantastic - the crowd was really grooving along to the beat.
I had some more photos loaded on to this post, but only four came up. Anyway I had better go now as there is a big thunderstorm about to hit.
Cheerio,
Sandi xx
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Monday, December 22, 2008

Garden friends

We have a family of Tawny Frogmouths nesting in our tipuana tree out the front of our house. Mum is on the left with her two babies beside her. Tawnys are usually hard to see because they sit still and are well camouflaged. The babies haven't learnt to sit still and look at us as we walk past the tree. The babies are getting much bigger now and have nearly all their feathers. They were so cute when they were younger, and were much lighter in colour - they looked like white pom-poms with eyes.

The ducks found this Great Barred frog in the garden and were very excited. They were all standing around looking at it, wondering what it was (and whether to eat it or not). I thought I had better relocate Mr frog away from the ducks. These large, rainforest frogs are found hiding amongst leaf litter near creeks, so I placed him in the garden underneath some leaves.
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Quilt group Christmas party

Last wednesday, our quilt group, the Maleny Quilters, held their Christmas lunch break-up. A great time was had by all; lots of fun, food and laughter.
Kaylene is showing off her Mrs Claus apron. Her hat had little blinking lights. Very sparkly!
We had about forty ladies attending our lunch this year.
Here is a photo of the restaurant where the luncheon was held, Maudy's at Witta. A lovely setting for the lunch.
Not long till christmas now,
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Friday, December 19, 2008

A Package!


Look what arrived in the mail - a beautiful pair of handmade earrings - and in my favourite colour too - red! Thank you to Ellieboo She had decided to have a giveaway and I was a lucky winner.
Now don't look too closely now at my photo (there seems to be a few wrinkles, how did that happen? )
Cheerio for now,
Sandi xx
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bloomin' Marvellous

Thought I'd show you a few flowers that are blooming in my garden at the moment. The first one is a hydrangea. A lovely mauve flower with a blue centre.

This hydrangea is a Chinese forget-me-not type. A really pretty blue with lots of clusters of flowers.

This flowering shrub is a type of plectranthus (no common name). I have this one growing in dappled shade.
I had better go now, and get ready for my Quilting group's christmas lunch, at a local restaurant.
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Lime Kiss biscuits

Yesterday I made some lime kiss biscuits to serve with afternoon tea, as we had visitors arriving. They are a rich, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth type of biscuit (with my secret ingredient - Cointreau, added to the icing). My lime tree is loaded with fruit this season, perfect for adding to summer drinks and of course lime kiss biscuits!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Past

Just as Jo has done, I too am showing you a couple of Christmas projects made quite a while ago. The santa swag I made from a pattern by Mum's Moment.

This table runner I think was an American design with reindeer pulling the sleigh. As you can see, I replaced the reindeer with some kangaroos I designed. (because when Santa is delivering presents in Australia, he uses kangaroos - as the reindeer get too hot!)
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Progress on the carriage


Mr Roo and I oiled the platform on Saturday. I got to do the fiddly painting with the little paintbrush.(can you see the look of concentration of me trying NOT to get the oily stuff on the stainless steel cable?)

Mr Roo trialled the new colour - Venetian Red , on one end of the carriage.

Here is our builder, Matt, fitting out the interior of the carriage. It looks much bigger since Matt took out the doorway.
TTFN,

Sandi xx



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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Face in the Sky

Last night we viewed a face in the night sky. It was looking unhappy. On monday night it was a happy face (the moon had travelled below the two planets to create the smile). Astronomers predict that it will be back in 28 years. The planets are venus and jupiter.

I thought I'd show you the progress on the carriage. The 'platform' is up now, just has to have the stainless steel cables threaded through the railing. Then we oil the timber.
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Bon-bon

Today I made a bon-bon to take to my quilter's group christmas party. Everyone was given instructions on how to make one plus a snap (to make the bang). Inside is a fat quarter of fabric (I also added a chocolate for a sweet surprise). You are supposed to use christmas paper for the wrapper, but I found some nice paper with chocolates on it amongst my wrapping papers. Sarah would be proud.
I then added the ribbons and then thought it needed something else, and thought maybe a button. So I had a look through my collection and found a gingerbread lady. Voila! She is done!
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Goodies in my mailbox

Look what arrived in the mail recently from Tasmania. Jo sent me a lovely handmade christmas ornament made from wool felt, and the most scrumptious chocolate fudge from Bruny Island. Mmm, it was so yummy. Don't you love the red ribbon and the jellybean wrapping paper?

Love the colours that Jo used.
And here are some little lovelies from Sarah, these being the prize for naming the gorgeous duck she made. There was a lovely handpainted birdhouse button - perfect for a stitchery project, and a wonderful rusty tin star ornament - with christmas coming up, it will look just right in our little cottage.
Thankyou so much, Jo and Sarah, so wonderful to have friends like you two.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi x
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Our Carriage Arrives

On friday, we re-located my long awaited studio (bought way back in June) to our front yard. Here it is being loaded onto the super-tilt truck. Our son, David, is in this photo.

The carriage was located on a bush block on the other side of our town, about 10 or 15 minutes drive. Here it is on it's way over. The weather was a bit doubtful, but we decided to go ahead anyway. Showers were predicted.

The carriage had to be reversed into position. Had to dig out about five rose plants - just where the back wheels are now.



Also had to chop out a section of the hedge. Hopefully it won't take too long to grow back. It was now starting to rain.



Lining up the carriage and the tracks.


Here it is finally in it's new home. Next, we are building the platform and continuing the reno work. The carriage will be painted the original railway red colour. (Don't like the present colour - yuk!). On saturday, DH cleaned the outside of the carriage with his pressure cleaner - it looked much better. On sunday, we prepared the undercarriage, scraping off the rust and gunge, then David spray painted the metal bits with black killrust enamel.
The neighbors came over and had a celebratory champagne with us that afternoon. Just before tea, a big storm hit south-east Queensland. Our area was ok. The carriage was fine, and no leaks!
Cheers,
Sandi xx

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cuppa time

Time for a cuppa. Thought I'd finish off the last chockky from the box - a chocolate bear. DH and I were in the city (Brisbane) last week and he surprised me with a little box of handmade chocolates from a shop in Adelaide Street called 'Chocolate to Die For'. Mmmm ted was delicious!
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Parcel for me!

My Stitcher's Angel parcel arrived yesterday (on my birthday!) all the way from Iceland (can you believe it - wow!). THANK-YOU so much Gudrun.

Look at all the goodies that came. I have been spoiled! There was a beautiful drawstring bag - very handy to put small project in; a lovely needlecase; a wonderful folder with a mini cutting mat and a cute little quilter's ruler; wait there's more; some christmassy DMC threads, a pack of really pretty ribbons; a pack of great buttons in natural colours; some tissues (great to put a pack in my handbag - I needed some more :) and some nice label stickers.

Here is a photo of the front of my lovely new quilter's folder. (stitchery designed by May Britt)Lovely stitching, Gudrun.

Here is the inside of the needlecase. It even had a needle included. There are pockets on the other side to put in packets of needles.
I love Gudrun's choice of colours used for the sewing accessories, a lovely country check, a green print featuring acorns and leaves, and a matching chocolate striped fabric - brilliant!
It was a lot of fun to participate in this swap and make new friends,
- thanks Helen for organising!
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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