Monday, February 1, 2016

Stitching away

Last weekend Gadget and i  decided to have a little road trip. so we hooked Bridget the glamping van up and we headed out to Dubbo to visit zoo.

so with four hours in the car i needed a little something to do in the car and as i have no knitting on my needles at the moment i thought it was a perfect opportunity to catch up on my Lucy Boston blocks. i was three months behind

so this is my car stitching, i did pretty well with no major stabbing injuries.

we had an absolutely marvellous time at the zoo and i took some absolutely fantastic photo's of the animals.  I really enjoyed the zoo and would highly recommend it.

after the long days at the zoo i got to enjoy a little wine o'clock stitching
so progress was pretty good
after several text messages with the ever helpful Chooky and Sandy i was totally in the Lucy Boston mode and i have now chosen my main background fabric, it's a little different and not at all traditional but i think it will look absolutely marvellous. but you will have to wait and see.....

this block was finished off at home, but the majority was done during the car journey home.
So i am all caught up with my Lucy Boston blocks but after working out sizes etc . . . .  i know realise i have a lot  of blocks to make so feel it's probably time i started creating some of my own blocks.

i have to say i am not terribly good at fussy cutting, well i seem to get the cutting right, it's just positioning the papers on the back in the right place.

if anyone has any suggestions i would really appreciate it.

and this is my progress on my cross stitch i am a little behind everyone else but that's ok, I'm really enjoying the project. even if i seem awfully slow.

do you find you seen to get in a bit of a habit with stitching?
not so very long back i was all about sitting at the machine, but now i seem to be spending a lot of time sitting on the lounge with my hand stitching . . . .

it's all getting very exciting here with only 60 days until we leave our Europe trip is now feeling very real and i am starting to get my stitching projects organised for the trip.

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

"Life is like a cup of tea, it s all in how you make it"

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Brandwood .....

this is for Susan , she asked for this post way back in March 2015 and yes ........ it has taken until now

so you remember way back here i organised a Nine patch block swap.  
well Susan asked me what i did with my block's, well with most of my block's i created  Brandwood. A gift for my sister for her Birthday.

I enlisted My Niece's 's help, they took sneaky photo's of my sisters bedroom so i knew what colours to choose and it turned out easy Purple (my favourite colour ) and a soft  green. so i choose a lovely reproduction purple with the assistance of the fabulous Cath and we were away....

Brandwood was pinned to the wall and over a period of time (about three months approximately ) it was slowly pieced together, i have many many photo's of the progression of the quilt and Mt T created  a lovely slide show for my sister showing the journey that her quilt travelled.

the design for this quilt was inspired by a quilt created  by the fabulous cardygirl. It's a simple on point design featuring both nine and four patch blocks. and had three borders. The quilt was about 86" x 86" completed.  I wanted to create something very traditional and i think Brandwood achieved this. 

this apparently is the only photo i took of this quilt with only the top completed.  The lovely Cristie machine quilted Brandwood for me. The quilt was gifted to my sister on the 1st of June 2014. I believe it is very cherished and i hope it will be a family heirloom.

My Niece was so thrilled with it that i was requested to make her a quilt for her recent wedding


Googy Girl

Friday, January 1, 2016

A new year , new challenges and exciting days ahead

2015 started with high hopes and excitement abounding in our household and it truly didn't disappoint

2015 seen Gadget complete his Masters of Social Science  with a Distinction average and whilst at times it was stressful getting the essays together, i think he thoroughly enjoys the study and it will not surprise me if he finds a another degree  sometime in the near future.

2015 seen us travel to Fiji to watch my beautiful eldest niece marry the love of her life, i was proud to stand and watch one of my closest work colleagues marry the man she waited so very long for.

we smiled with joy at the arrival of a new life and cried a river of tears saying  goodbye to loved family members.

we watched ( a little nervously) as our eldest spread her wings and journey to the other side of the world, she returned to us safely. Our youngest also spread her wings and took a journey she also has now developed a travellers heart and is travelling to Bali in the very near future.

we sadly learn't of an illness within our family which rocked all our worlds, but whilst this left us all a little shaken it has created a stronger bond through out our family and we are growing ever closer.

2015 saw me stretch my creative abilities, i continued to work on my MSG quilt which has challenged me in so many ways, and whilst at times i have contemplated to throwing it in the back  of the wardrobe, i persevered and i feel we (the quilt and i)  have turned a corner and our journey will definitely continue into 2016. 

With the assistance of Jodie from Jellywares I rediscovered my love of yarn and once again picked up my knitting needles. My favourite new knitted items being my fingerless gloves and some delicious washcloths.  I also embarked on a new challenge in 2015 and started and finished my first crochet blanket.  The crochet blanket was inspired by Lucy’s cosy blanket, and my lovely family gifted me the wool pack created by Lucy.  I just loved making this blanket and it in turn has inspired many others to start their own hooky journey. I already have a wool pack ready for the winter of 2016.

My Darling friend the wicked temptress Cardy girl got me back into Cross stitch in 2015, and I am all but finished my first cross stitch for many many years, never one to be faint hearted I jumped in with boots and all when Miss Linen suggested a stitch – a – long and am excited to get started on this new projects.

Baking was also high on my agenda in 2015 i continue to plod along with Sourdough baking, although was horrified to discover that my starter has been accidentally thrown out and i need to start again 

i discovered Brioche and even had a crack at making Croissants.  they were huge but absolutely delicious.  however with the current healthy life style happening in our home, they may not be on the baking list for a while.

who knows what 2016 will bring i 'm sure there will be good and bad, joys and sorrows

but i do know that surrounded by the love of my family
the love and support and kindness of my gorgeous friends both close and far away
it will be a challenge i look forward to 

and want to share here with you all.

Googy Girl
"Life is like a cup of tea, it s all in how you make it"

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Secret sewing and new beginnings

wow i can't believe how long it has been since i have sat here at the computer and written in my blog.  i actually created a few drafts but then just deleted them for a variety of reasons. 

a few months back i was very fortunate to have been invited to join the most lovely group of girls for a weekend away at MiddleBrook, it was just heavenly sipping G & T's and eating yummy nibbles on the deck of an afternoon and stitching and chatting away throughout the day and into the wee small hours of the morning. They even managed to achieve something almost unheard of in my household.... i forsaked my morning cuppa and went for a walk. My husband knows full well that i won't do anything until that first cup of Tea is finished.....if we do a road trip and he want's to leave early he actually makes me one in my travel cup so i can have it in the car.

anyway the above photo was of a project i made whilst at Middlebrook, i arrived at middlebrook with some white fabric a charm pack and an idea in my head. This was to be a gift for my sister for christmas, the beginning of my secret sewing.

i was happy with it, but felt it lacked something . . . .

so i set it aside and worked on other projects and contemplated what i could add, i rummaged through books and found a design in my Gail Pan book ,  "Patchwork loves Embroidery" , and after a bit of tweaking  i created a little something in the corner to brighten the design. 

the second secret stitching project was for a christmas swap with my gorgeous sewing group, i made the gorgeous "Dave the Dachsund", I was inspired to make Dave by the gorgeous Susan after seeing hers at Middlebrook, and Susan even suggested that dave could become a wonderful stitching companion with the addition of a few items.  Dave was received by the perfect new owner my friend  Tiffany. Tiffany loves dogs,  so he was a great success.

and above is the making's of a new start for the new year, i was a cross stitcher way back when i was much slimmer , had more time and silver wasn't a colour in my hair.   Recently it has re entered my life, i must admit with the encouragement of the always wicked Cardygirl and Miss Linen the twin temptresses .

this cross stitch is a stitch - a -long organised by Miss Linen, commencing on the 1st of January 2016, i m very excited to start using my gorgeous overdyed threads and embark on a new adventure.

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


Googy Girl

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bathurst blog meet 2015

Ohh I had the most lovely weekend. On Friday morning Jan and I headed out west to Bathurst. After a little stop at Blackheath for the compulsory antique shop and lunch we headed to The home patch where we did a little bit of retail therapy. We arrived late in the afternoon to the sounds of the corks popping.

What's the rules about drinking and sewing????
i don't think it's illegal . . . .  well, not yet

There was lots of concentration

And Victoria, after a pretty big rest over the winter, she got a work out 

She sewed

And sewed

Until all of the centre was together. I completed the centre at about 10am on Sunday morning
i purchased the red fabric for the next border today, so now i just need to save a little money then he'd down to red shed for some backing fabric and batting.

which batting do you prefer?

Of course we did so much more than just sewed, we had show and tell and we told stories , we laughed and like pavlov's dog we knew at the sound of a little bell that it was time for food. It was such a lovely weekend getting to know each other better. Some of us even tried to get their phone to talk dirty to them , with hilarious consequences.
It s very easy to get wrapped up in your own little bubble, it s not until you spend some time with some like minded friendly people that you realise the importance of good friends and laughter . . . . And a little retail therapy . . . 


            Googy Girl

                                     "Life is like a cup of tea, it s all in how you make it"