Life is short.... Occasionally bend the rules.... Forgive quickly.... Kiss slowly.... Love truly.... Laugh uncontrollably.... And, never regret anything that made you smile....

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The New and the Old..

Our little Max Edward is five weeks old today... He is such a gorgeous  boy, with the most expressive face, I could watch him for hours..



And, his mother is beautiful... I am so proud..

More finishes in my sewing room for this week, and some stitcheries pieced together into a quilt top. Now I have to decide whether to hand or machine quilt..
No photos of the finish yet as it is a present for a special girl...

Instead, photos of two antique quilt tops which were hand pieced by my great-grandmother from her son's suit materials, and other scraps she had on hand. I love these tops and wish I had met the lady who made them..





She never got them finished to the quilt stage. But then, maybe she didn't have the time, or only meant them to be tops. There are several rips now which will need mending. For years these tops were on beds in what we called  'the sleep out'  at home. This is an add-on to an old house, usually used for sleeping on hot summer nights as there were louvre windows which let breezes through. Our visitors used to also stay in the sleep-out when they came up  from the city, and I can imagine that there may not have been a lot of respect given to these beautiful old tops..

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Finished At Last.

I have had a lovely couple of  days sewing in my new 'sewing room'.. I have moved my sewing machine into our dining room and am lovely and warm in the room next to the heater.. It is rather ironic, that I have moved back to the room that was actually my old sewing room when the kids were little and hadn't moved out of their bedrooms!


I got my scrappy baby quilt completed. It was a pattern I found on the internet whilst blogging some time ago. My apologies to who posted it, as I did not take down your details to give you the credit you deserve.
It is so easy, just squares of plain material, with scraps of colored contrasts sewn on each end, and then the squares trimmed..





I also finally got finished my Under the Sea BOM designed by Cheryl Goss of Willowberry designs. I am so happy to have it finished.. I needed prompting and pushing from my blogging friends!!!
Now all I have to do is get a piece of dowel to hang it up..





Just a couple of the stitchery panels in the quilt...

The little scrappy baby quilt I think will be given to Jan, a lovely lady who completes quilt tops and donates them to people around Australia and the world who are in desperate need. A lot of quilts were sent to the flood victims in Queensland and Victoria, and more recently, over to  Christchurch in New Zealand.

Any one interested in Jan's work, or wishing to donate quilts, quilt tops, blocks, knitted hats, scarfs etc, go to her web page at http://ozcomfortquilts.blogspot.com. Here Jan shows pictures of those quilts she has completed from donated tops and blocks, and tells you where they are being sent..

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sewing in the Cold.

The days here on the farm have been glorious. Sunshine all day, but night and cold temperatures come very early. It is not long until the shortest day of the year..

We have been spending most of the day outside doing our 'farm chores', and only heading inside when the light goes. As a result, not much sewing has been happening here.

It is so so cold down the other end of the house where my sewing room is. I am going to have to close my eyes to a little mess and move my sewing machine to our dining room where there is a bit of warmth.


This is a stitchery block-of-the-month designed by Cheryl Goss of Willowberry Designs called Under The Sea. I have really enjoyed all the stitching, and then the coloring of the stitching, but now the time has come to make it up.... This is where I stall... I have so many other quilt tops at the same stage...
At least this one I do have the borders on and it has been quilted, just needs the binding done!
Yes, I think it's time to move the sewing machine into the warmth, take away another excuse!!

Being cold inside is the perfect excuse for baking biscuits, and I found a really yummy recipe to share... I have used gluten free flours, but I see no reason why it wouldn't be just as nice with ordinary flour..

JAFFA CHOC-CHIP COOKIES.

125G butter
200g (1 cup) caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
160g (1 cup) maize cornflour
200g (1 cup) chickpea flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarb. soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
120g chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease baking trays or line with baking paper.

1. Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Gradually add egg and orange rind until well combined.
2. Sift together flours, bicarb. soda and cream of tartar. Fold into butter mixture with chocolate chips.
3. Roll teaspoons of mixture into balls and place on prepared baking tray, allowing room for spreading.
4. Bake in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, or until firm and golden.
Allow to stand for 5 minutes before removing from tray. Cool on wire racks.



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Family.

A perfect day today.... Warm and sunny....A house full of family....What more could one ask for?
No matter how big they grow, they never stop being your kids do they??


Max and his dad. Three weeks old.

Mark and Leona. I know that it's blurry, but look at the happiness!





And thank you for a house full of people I love.
Amen.
-Ward Elliot Hour.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Molly and Me.

Another busy week has just flown by. When I think back over what we were doing I realised that it was more interesting than I thought at the time..
 I made a start putting things back in the rooms which were stark and empty, re-arranging furniture, and decorating with all the special things....
We had a couple of days of very special visitors...
We bought new babies for the farm....
Said goodbye to neighbours who are moving..
And went to see Max...


We bought ten little Friesan steer calves to grow out. They are weaned from milk and now just need grass, hay, and oats to develop their bodies. It is an experiment on finances! We don't know if they will be another future project, time will tell.. But, we do know, that they are cute little babies who are very quiet and a lovely addition to the farm..




This is Molly, my absolute favorite... We bought her as a bucket fed heifer many years ago. She is so quiet that you can go up to her in the paddock and pat her all over. She will lead the other cows where you want them to go just by calling her name.. And, if you have a bucket of oats, she will just about perform tricks!!



And this is Rosie. She was already named before we got her, so I do feel a little silly calling her name when we need her to come for milking!! She is not as quiet as Molly, but when she is being milked she just stands in the bale without her head being locked in like most cows, and stays still eating her oats while we milk. She is on holidays at the moment, she wasn't in calf when we bought her, unfortunately, so we hope she has had a honeymoon down the paddock!!

This post I am linking up with Farm chick's Farm Photo blog hop, a lovely lady whose love of the farm is equal to mine.. If you have time pop on over and have a look at the pictures from other countries.


Again, not much crafting this week... Still working on my flower garden! It is growing, slowly...