Monday, September 28, 2009

Beach Day

Friends of ours were camping at Double Island, (north of Noosa), on the beach. So we packed a picnic lunch and joined them for the day. Great view from the campsite.

Catching the car ferry across the river, on the way there.

I got to fly my new kite. I saw a kite stall at a market a little while ago, and bought a bright rainbow coloured one. Hubby asked who I was buying it for, and I said 'me' - I had always wanted my own kite.
I had fun flying it :)

The campsite, tucked in under the trees.
We had a lovely day there, relaxing with our friends.
Whilst there, we saw several pods of humpback whales travelling north.
Hope you had a great weekend too.
Sandi x
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yesterday's Dust Storm

Erkk!  This is what it looked like here yesterday in our little part of the world, just after lunch. A huge dust storm covered a big part of eastern Australia.

This is a before photo, taken about a month ago.
Blue sunny skies today. Still a bit windy, but nothing like yesterday. Thank goodness that this phenomenon doesn't happen very often.
Cheerio for now,
Sandi x
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Finish!

The little cotton spool quilt is finished now, and is hanging up on the wall. I am really pleased with the way it has turned out.

I think it looks great in it's new home.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

In My Mailbox

Look what arrived today in my mailbox - a mystery gift from CurlyPops.
She had a competition to guess what she was sewing - and I guessed right!

A gorgeous hand made red brooch - and it's my favourite colour too! :)))
Thanks so much, Cam, I love it!
Sandi x
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Appli-Bond Needles

I thought I'd show you these applique needles I've been using, you have probably seen them before.
These Petal Play appli-bond needles are great for applique (using the iron-on fusing method). They just power through the layers with ease. The needles have a three-sided point on them and are very sharp and strong. I bought mine from Patchwork Angel.
Happy Sewing,
Sandi x
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Early Visitor

Er.....excuse me, have you got any sunflower seeds?

Mr King (parrot) (not a very original name, I know) usually visits at this time of year. He will fly around the house looking in the windows for me. This morning, just before 7am, he was waiting patiently (for his seeds) on a chair on the back verandah.
Do you feed birds too?
Sandi x
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

'Sit and Stitch'

One of the projects I am working on at the moment. It has these words around the border - 'On days when I can sit and stitch, my life runs smooth without a hitch'.
The project is a mat to put a sewing machine on, but I thought it would look nice as a wall hanging, in my studio. I have been wanting to sew this one for quite a while now (have had the pattern for many years). It is designed by Janelle Wind. I love these spool blocks.
I have put a different sewing machine design in the middle. I still have to do all the blanket stitch around the applique pieces. And finish the writing.

Janelle's pattern in the magazine.

Something nice to have with coffee, are these very rich chocolate brownies, I baked. Some of the ingredients are, dark chocolate, macadamia nuts and rum. PLUS, it has chocolate ganache (chocolate & cream) on top.... mmm..... almost a chocolate overload. :)
Lastly, a garden photo.
Our fragrant wisteria is looking lovely at the moment, the pavers below are covered in a carpet of purple confetti.
Cheerio for now,
Sandi x
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Monday, September 7, 2009

Sort of Recycling

We are big on recycling in the embroideroo household. Does this count?

It is a blue plastic lid and ring from a cream container. I cut the ring open so it doesn't get stuck on Mr Bowerbird's head.

Sandi x
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's Out!

Whoo-hoo!'s arrived!

My first project to be published in Country Threads magazine is out now. I was sooo excited to receive my copy in the mailbox!! The project I designed is a pattern book cover, featuring those cheeky bowerbirds.

Inspired by the bowerbirds who visit my garden.
I love to look in the bower and see what blue treasures he has collected.

Happy Stitching,
Sandi x
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Never Too Much Fabric

Yesterday, I went with my quilt group on a bus trip to Hervey Bay and Howard. It was a fun day with a lovely bunch of ladies. The first shop we visited was called Dewdrop Inn Patchwork & Craft. This vast store has a huge variety of fabrics and notions.

Linda (from Dewdrop Inn) showed us some new products and a demo. (And provided the group with a welcome morning tea).
After shopping for our fabric fix at the Dewdrop Inn, we had a picnic lunch in a nearby park beside the Bay.
Next stop, a little country town called Howard. Here the owners have two stores, a Drapery, and a patchwork fabric store, which is in an old bakery building across the road.
Lots of fabrics and bargains to be had there. Also a beautiful afternoon tea - Devonshire scones and tea/coffee. Yumm!

A few of the fabrics I bought.

I haven't any projects in mind for these fabrics yet....just adding to my collection, as you do!
Happy Stitching,
Sandi x
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