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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa Arrives in the Valley.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas........ Santa made a stop over the farm yesterday..... and dropped off this wonderful bundle of beautifully wrapped presents....


Look at the gorgeous way these presents are wrapped....
I was part of the SSCS which Chookyblue organised....
These beautiful presents came to me all the way from the Netherlands...

So thank you so much Simone .... I haven't opened anything yet.... I'm enjoying the anticipation of seeing what my little ornament will look like.....


Harvest is on down on the farm..








We are harvesting an oat crop at the moment..
See the lines of chaff which fall out the back of the header (harvester).. The oats on their stalks are fed into the comb on the front of the header, and pass through all the various workings.. (girl talk for I have no idea what goes where, I just drive the tractor)..... to end up as oats in the header bin and chaff out the back..
The lines of chaff remind me of quilting lines.. They should be lovely and straight, unless you have to dodge something like a stump, or a weed... Mine often bend slightly as I day dream, or turn the power steering too hard...
 It's hard to get good drivers......


While I wait for the header to be 'greased' and over-hauled I try and have some quick hand sewing nearby..


This cute little owl is a freebie I found. Designed by Jessica Levit and found on her website www.juicy-bits.typepad.com. He is really easy to make....

Looking forward to opening up my decoration parcel.....
Again, a big big thank you to you Simone....


Friday, November 25, 2011

Cot Quilts.

From this....


To this...





No frilly embroidered and appliqued pretty bear quilt for Maxie...

Instead, a cot quilt found on the Moda Bake Shop Website called Building Blocks Baby Quilt..
It was a very simple and quick quilt to make...
On the back of the quilt I used the left over pieces and so now Maxie has two for the price of one!!




I guess someone in the family will just have to have a girl now..... can't have all that embroidery and applique going to waste!! Besides, Maxie needs a cousin.....!!!


Just thought I'd mention two websites which I think are worth looking at:

The first is a grocery site which has a lot of items at half their normal price.. they list every week, and post the items out to you.. I would presume that this is only for Australia...
http://www.groceryrun.com.au

The second is an American site which has great little Christmas ideas for now, and through the year lots of other relevant projects. You can become a subscriber for a small amount each year which gives you even more access to Block of the Months... But there are lots of free projects always on offer....
http://ajpadilla.com/

And just for the overseas girls an eye test!!    Spot the kangaroo..... Unfortunately, I only had my little camera with me and the zoom wasn't enough to bring this little lady up any closer...

"What are you all looking at? Can't a girl feed in peace....."

She was just sitting there watching us, wondering why we had stopped and were staring I guess...
There were more on our track feeding too, where the grass is a bit greener... must be some new joeys in pouches, and mum needs the green to feed.....

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Moon Shine Bags.

As the days get longer here, then so does our time spent outside. It really is one of the busiest times of the year..
I managed to grab some time in between penning up lambs for shearing to do some sewing this week.


While on holiday last year I splurged on another bag pattern that I really didn't need! Like you do!! However, this one has already been made up four times and I can see more to come. I can recommend this pattern as being easy to make with great  instructions.. Just don't do it if you are really tired and are menopausal!!!!!!  .....Need I say more... younger readers won't quite understand yet.........



Bag number one was a Christmas present last year to my daughter who immediately said that she was going to use it as her nappy bag when the baby was born... and she did..



Bag number two was also a Christmas present last year to my daughter-in-law who happens to be a music teacher.. I am happy to say that she does use her bag, and it is already well travelled..



Bag number three was for me... I liked the materials and decided to put them together.. Ironically, I have not used my bag, but it is there waiting for when I need it..... Just like the other 'fifty' bags I have made!!!!







The fourth bag is another nappy bag made for a friend of my daughters who admired Mel's bag.. Moni loves purple so the choice was obvious..
With the scraps left over I had just enough to make a changing pad.. The pattern I found in a gorgeous book my Sister-in-law lent me called 'Winsome Baby' designed by Nancy Halvorsen..





Hope everyone is getting some time in this busy season to do what they love doing....

P.s... Maxie is six months old.... our cute little bundle of yumminess!!!!
Love you Max Edward..xxxxx

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Gorgeous Boy..


Just how cute is our grandson?....That's him on the left hand side in the navy blue and white striped shirt, holding hands with his little girl friend.....



Maxie on Poppy's knee...

We can't get a photo of him smiling.... he is totally fascinated by the camera...
Hopefully his Mum and Dad will be able to get our boy to smile for the camera..


We are off to baby sit him tomorrow..... Let the cuddles begin.....