Friday, April 24, 2015

After the storm

Well as most of you probably already know the eastern coast of NSW was hit by an east coast low, which is basically a category 2 cyclone. Newcastle and the Hunter ( and many other areas as well) were hit pretty badly.  thousands of households in the hunter area have been with out power for many days. many were also with out water. Newcastle itself appears to have been mainly damaged by the high speed winds but further up in the Maitland area flooding has and is the major issue facing many households.


along the Newcastle foreshore huge old tree s were ripped out of the ground



signs were either blown over or badly damaged, the rough seas caused damage to the ocean roads and walkways. at one point the ocean baths at newcastle were barely recognisable they were just covered by the seas


Civic park lost many of it's beautiful trees.
cars were crushed and some houses roofs and some were crushed beneath huge trees. 


Fortunately Gadget and i were safe in our little home, which has now sheltered us very safely through two major storms (the June 2007 storm). we were amongst the fortunate few in who did not loose power or water.


My Mum and Sister live just 40 mins from us on a few acres, they lost 15 trees, one coming down across the corner of my mums house another falling across the apartment my nephew and his fiancee share. The family spent many hours trying to stop water from entering the house's.
the flooding in the surrounding area prevented the family from travelling to and opening their family business for several days. But they are all safe and well. and fortunately the local SES were able to come in and clear some of the tress allowing them to move around safely.

(photo's courtesy of my Nephew)

It was a truely scary 48 hours, my babies were both away from home, but both fortunately were safe and warm. Fortunately i was on days off from work, so i did nt have to go out in the weather at all and used the opportunity to catch up on some sewing and knitting and spending time with Gadget and Mr Cooper.


After it was all over it was wonderful to see the sunlight streaming through the window once again

I hope everyone is safe and warm, my heartfelt condolences go out to those whom have lost family members.

i hope where ever you are you are surrounded by the love and warmth of your family

Ciao




Googy girl








Sunday, March 15, 2015

Oh happy mail day ......


a few weeks ago i decided to sign up for the Jellywares autumn yarn club.  for the past few years my life has been filled with the thrill of making quilts and occasionally new clothes. My creative life centered around my sewing machine.  but when i was very young wool was the medium i worked with more than anything. When i was little my mum crocheted, at one point when there was very little money my mum would buy old handmade jumpers /cardigans and unravel them so she could make crochet blankets. My job was to roll the wool into balls. The other major influence in my childhood was Cookie, our lovely elderly neighbor from across the road. Cookie was a prolific knitter. i spent many afternoons after school at Cookie's house waiting for my parents to come home from work. it didn't take long with my all consuming desire to learn for Cookie to teach me to knit. she had an abundance of scraps of wool and i would toil away making scraps of knitting. I think my first major achievement was knitting a jumper when i was in about year seven at high school. My mum tried multiple times to teach me to crochet but for some reason i never took to it and much preferred the clack clack of the knitting needles.  During this time i also kept myself entertained sewing my dads hankies into clothes for my Barbie dolls on my mums old singer sewing machine. Much to dad's frustration he often picked up his hankies, to discovered they had had arm holes cut into them or they had been stitched together in some way. Luckily mum had a reasonable stash of scraps of fabric and i soon left dad's hankies in peace.


But back to my happy mail day. I had decided it was time to challenge myself and start working with yarn again. To make something i would nt normally. so i happily signed up for three months of lovely packages being delivered to my door.

so this gorgeous box, my first package, arrived the other day.  I had been anxiously awaiting it's arrival. I was on night duty last week , and each time i woke in the afternoon one of the first things i would say to my family was "is there any mail?'

this reminded me of when i was young and i would be waiting for a letter from a penfriend from England. I still find receiving mail gives me that little thrill of receiving something from some foreign destination. It 's such a shame that the only mail i receive these days are bills ........LOL. i really miss having a penpal to send / receive snail mail letters to and from.


but i m drifting again . . . . . . this lovely box arrived on Thursday and inside was my first  yarn sent from Jodie. A gorgeous vibrant colored cotton yarn. included was a gorgeous little project bag to hold my yarn. Included were six recommended projects, all face washers. Three knitted, three crocheted. I decided that crochet was the go as i really loved the lacey look of two of the recommended face washers.



So i rolled my hank of yarn into a ball, just as i used to roll mums wool when i was little. i dug out my crochet hook and set to work. with the assistance of the WWW to remind me how to do a treble crochet, to understand what a DC or SC was.  To have knitted the face washer would have been easy but i wanted a challenge.

so let's see how that goes for me . . . . LOL

do you like a challenge? do you like to push yourself outside your comfort zone?

"i hope your hands are working on a project that you love"


Ciao 
Googy Girl










Tuesday, March 3, 2015

making, baking and celebrating


I ve been pretty busy, as usual filling every spare moment i can trying to 
achieve all the things i want to do
as you all know i love mucking around in the kitchen as much as i love
sitting at my sewing machine.

well a few months ago Gadget decided he would have a go at some gardening
inspired mainly by the constant frustration
of throwing away half used fresh herbs.

unfortunately our basil keeps going to seed, is this normal?
one of the most successful plants we had was the chilli's
they just thrived .....
so what do you do with a heap of chilli's?

well 
. . . . i make chilli jam . . . .
this was truly so easy and it taste's just great.

then of course i love baking
this week i was inspired by the instagram feeds of
munching away on their crumble cakes so 
i googled myself up a recipe

and tahh dahh
Apple and pomegranate crumble cake
it was really lovely i only had a small bit 
as i am continuing on with my healthy eating and moving more regime
at least until i get to Nundle

it's amazing just how many parties and celebrations pop up when you are trying to stay off the junk food and alcohol
this year has been a pretty big year for us

Miss M turned 21 in late December
and
Miss S turned 18 last week

i managed to be pretty well behaved food wise at Miss S's party
although i did have a few wines . . .  but hey you have to live

Sooo
i hear you say
have you been sewing?

Of Course
 a bit of fiddling on my MSG Quilt (really need to come up with a name for it)
but most of it has been mainly secret sewing so 
i can't show you ....... 
i ve made a little something for Nundle

and am working on a challenge project at the moment



i've had to do a bit of repair work on this as
Mr Eddie thought he would help grandma out by removing all the papers 
he did a great job and somehow amazingly didn't damage the fabric at all

i have also been into my WIP's 

and have finally done some finishing off


these socks were started sometime last year at Nundle

they are now finally all finished and ready to be gifted away
i have to say there is a lot of satisfaction in getting things finished off

so that's me caught up

"i hope your hands are working on a project that you love"


Ciao

Googy Girl


Monday, February 9, 2015

Lucy Boston block 3

This is my third Lucy Boston block and I just love love love it.
Sandy from Shiralee Stitches actually sent it a few weeks ago now ( actually I m expecting block 4 anytime now) and I had just popped it aside. Lots of other things going on, sewing wise. It s kind of become my night duty project something I can work on in my dopey sleep deprived hours before returning to work.




So I started stitching it together last night, and it s just so pretty I am just loving working on it.
So I know it will be finished very soon.




I ve got lots of other things to show you as well.... So the next post will be coming super soon

" I hope your hands are working on a project that you love "

Ciao

Googy girl

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

And so it begins...... The Double Wedding Ring adventure

Well i awoke Australia day to the sound of rain pattering down on Bridget's roof. Which was a little sad as it was our last day away, and the night before i had had a lovely evening stitching and watching Kyrgios playing Seppi.



But unfortunately the rain had set in and it wasn't looking like clearing for several days, and to make things even worse for some reason our television reception went crappy. So we decided we may as well head home where we could watch the Television and get all the unpacking over and done with. So the upside of this was that i got to start working on my DWR quilt.



Last week i finally starting cutting my fabric for my DWR quilt
i cut what i thought was heaps of pieces, only to discover i have cut less than a quarter of what i will need ( and that is just for the arcs). I am using the Matilda's own Double Wedding Ring template set and my smaller rotary cutter and so far so good.


Last Night Victoria and i set to work, stitching these pieces together.


i m trying to be random in an organised way . . . . LOL


This is greatly assisted by the use of my pudding Bowl, ( to contain all the little pieces and mix them up a little) and a glass of wine of course . . . . .

i hope you had a fabulous Australia Day
and
"i hope your hands are working on a project that you love"

Ciao

Googy Girl




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