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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy Australia Day..



Wishing everyone who lives in this beautiful country of ours a wonderful Australia Day... may you spend it with the people you love, doing what you love....

January has gone by so fast.. It's been a hot month here on the farm. I have spent most of the days with my best friend  'Mr Fujitsu'... He makes my hot days bearable, even when he does blow hot and cold..
Lucky for me he comes with a remote control and is easily managed....



My first finish for the year, a hand stitched hexagonal heat-pack for mum. This was a pattern called 'Forever Blue' designed by Vicki Porter, found in Australian Homespun No. 97. The pattern is designed to be a pin cushion, but I thought a hot-pack would be more practical...







More blocks finished from 'A Boy's Story'...




And a new project to start the New Year just because ....   another year has begun, and I have wanted to do this quilt for so long....
Just perfect for sitting on the couch with my mate Mr Fujitsu.....

I have found an exceptional helpful tool, the PILOT Frixion erasable pen. It is fantastic for drawing out stitcheries, and tracing around freezer paper templates for needleturn applique. If you make a mistake just iron and it's gone. The only problem with using it for stitcheries is that you can't iron on wadding at the back of your stitchery, but I just pin the backing on and when you stitch the wadding is held on.


I'm off to catch up on some blog reading... and to have a 'talk' to Peg about OPAM....




Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year Wishes.

In the early days of this New Year, I have some wishes for you...

May your home always be your castle... full of love, happiness, good health and laughter...



May your journey through the year be full of the greatest experiences....



May you reach great heights in all your endeavours...



May you never find yourself in deep water... and if you do, may you be a good swimmer....



May you sail through the year on calm waters....



May you always have someone to meet you when you get home....



May courtesy and kindness be mechanical.....



With many thanks to Wendy, Josie, and Marina, for inspiring me to start my own Boy's Story.... If you get the chance, have a look through this wonderful book of applique and stitchery projects, designed by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched.


It has been a very hot start to the year, perfect for being inside  stitching... All you need is  a comfy seat, the air conditioner, a good DVD and something pretty beside you....
With many thanks to the lovely Mel for my very pretty scissor fob... I just had to get a pair of scissors to match...

Hope you all have had a lovely New Year.... May 2012 be very special....