Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Christmas Surprise


Introducing 'Cricket', the newest member of our household.
Mr Roo brought her home on christmas eve - a complete surpise to me!


She is a Border Collie pup, born on 23rd October.
A little ball of energy and mischief!
The other day, she worked out how to unzip her dog cushion - there were bits of white stuffing all over the verandah :)


A sheep dog should have a sheep (even if it is a pink fluffy one!)


Dash (12) is being very patient with Cricket.
The dogs were allowed to come in for a while (as long as they stayed on the towel) We have red volcanic soil here, there are muddy footprints right around the verandah.
Their beds are on the verandah.
As you may know, we have had an enormous amount of rain here in south east Queensland (for about three weeks now) and there are lots of flooded areas. We are fine, living on the Blackall Range, and our house is elevated (four steps). Our yard is very waterlogged and quite squishy underfoot. I think the weather is finally clearing up - it will be nice to see the sunshine again.
I haven't done much sewing in the past few days....I've been a little distracted.......

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Secret Santa Gifts revealed


 I couldn't wait to open my gifts from secret santa Simone on christmas day.
 Look at these wonderful goodies.
A lovely placemat and matching coasters in christmas colours; a beautiful  christmas wall-hanging;
and a gorgeous pattern to make a table runner.


- look at Simone's fine stitching.......


detail on the coasters,


I love this pattern!

Thankyou so much for making these christmas gifts for me, Simone, I am so lucky for you to be my secret santa.
And a great big thankyou too, to Chookyblue for organising this swap.

Cheerio,
Sandi x
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Santa's on his way....



This year Santa is delivering the presents by boat
 in some parts of Australia.......
(many areas are affected by floods)

Have a merry christmas everyone!
Keep warm..... and dry!

Sandi x
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

White Christmas Slice recipe

 
An Aussie favourite at christmastime is 'White Christmas' slice.
This crispy no-cook slice is great to make with kids. A few pieces wrapped in cellophane can make a great christmas present for them to give (that's if the adults haven't eaten them all first).


Ingredients:

1 cup of coconut milk powder 
3 cups of rice bubbles
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup of dessicated coconut
1 cup of mixed dried fruit
250g Copha, melted and cooled off
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

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Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the melted copha and vanilla, and mix in.
Pour into a lamington tin lined with baking paper. Press the mixture evenly into the tin.
Chill in the refrigerator till set and firm, about 2 hours. Cut into squares to serve.

 
A gift idea: here I have used a thrifted glass dish and piled on the pieces of slice. Then wrapped it up in cellophane and tied with a ribbon.
Enjoy!
Sandi x
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Christmas Cheer



Come on guys, smile and someone might
just take us home for christmas.
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Funny Photo



Due to spiralling veterinary fees,
Santa was forced to take a Saturday job.

Cheers,
Sandi x
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Package on my Doorstep


Look what I found on my doorstep today.
Given to me by my lovely neighbor, Sharon, she knows I like vintage things.

 
 
The picture on the tin looks like the fifties or sixties?


This is the original label on the back.
I think Bycroft was a New Zealand company.


And inside, wonderful wooden cotton spools, buttons, thimbles and an enormous embroidered linen tea-towel. I think the tea-towel would make a terrific apron!
I love my new treasures!

Happy Stitching,
Sandi x
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I'll just open one or two.........



Fido resolved that next christmas he would definitely ignore the voices in his head.

Cheers,
Sandi x
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ornament revealed



This is the ornament I sent my swap partner, Nicolette, as part of ChookyBlue's secret santa swap this year.

An 'Aussie Santa' (wearing shorts)


Nicolette lives in the Netherlands. I hope this Santa doesn't get too cold over there.

Cheers,
Sandi x
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Dogs



Pull over by that tree, Frank. I need to powder my nose.

Cheers,
Sandi x
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's Arrived



All the way from the Netherlands....... a parcel from my Secret Santa Swap partner.
from Simone at Quilting and Stitchery Diary.

Amongst the prettily wrapped christmas gifts that  Simone  has sent,
are an advent calender,
some nice tea tied up with a red ribbon and a snowflake button,
 And a lovely christmas card.

I am allowed to open the christmas ornament parcel........ the others are to be opened on christmas day.......
I am being very good.



Here is the christmas ornament,
a beautiful redwork stitchery featuring christmas bells.
It will look wonderful hanging on our tree.
Thankyou Simone for making all of those little christmas gifts for me, I can't wait to open them up.......

Many thanks also to ChookyBlue  for organising this fabulous swap!

Cheerio,
Sandi x

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tiny Teddies


I was over visiting Judy's blog, and she was showing us her little porcelain bear. I have some that are similar.
They are only about three centimetres tall.


These 'bandage bears' are a recent addition, found at an op shop on the Gold Coast. No label underneath, but these bears look similar to the letter-posting bear.

Sailor bear. No label.


My sister bought me this one when she was working in the UK. Label says 'made in England'.

This is one I bought in a local shop. He is a cutie. Label says made and handpainted in Scotland, Lammermuir Designs, 1992.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my collection little bears.
What do you collect?

Sandi x

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A BBB in the garden


Yep, a Big Black Bull!!

Happily munching away on my lemon tree!

 
C'mon Dash, let's round him up and head him off, back to where he came from.
(the farm down the road, I think).
He wasn't too thrilled with us moving him along.......

Cheers,
Sandi x
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Festive Feline


No, please, not the nose.
not everyone loves christmas.....

Cheers,
Sandi x

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Cheer


From an early age she suspected men were a bunch of lazy freeloaders.

Cheers,
Sandi x

Friday, November 26, 2010

Quilt Rescue


I came across this little quilt at the local op-shop on wednesday. It was in with the pet blankets???!!!
I wondered why it had been put there.


Oh dear, there were some black marks (paint or tar?) and some purple paint on another section.
Nevertheless, I bought it anyway.
Once home, I thought 'what are my chances at getting those marks out?'

I was advised to use methylated spirits or mineral turpentine for removal of paint.
I tried methylated spirits on a cotton bud, just dabbing away,
the marks were coming out.
It went a little smudgy, but it was mostly out.
Next, I rubbed on my favourite stain remover - 'Sard Wonder Soap'.
Guess what?
The paint marks vanished!



All of the appliqued bears have been hand done. Just look at those adorable tiny buttons. A lot of work (and love) has gone into the making of this little quilt.


You can see in the picture above that there is no sign of the black paint on the yellow gingham square.

(My winter heater has now become a summer quilt stand.)
I will keep it now for when little ones (grandchildren?) come along. I expect that will happen in the next five years or so. No rush :)

Cheerio,
Sandi x