Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fabric Origami Bukuro

This little bag is very quick to make and uses two fat quarters. It is only about 6"' high and I might experiment with the measurements to make it twice as large. Japanese fabrics are ideal but Christmas themes would be nice as well.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

This Week in the Kitchen

Blueberry Muffins
I think I must be indulging my inner food stylist lately.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lamb Tales

The morning after my chaotic night home alone with the five lambs, we were able to foster the noisy and the quiet abandoned lambs onto a ewe. Her lamb had died, but she wouldn't leave it so she really wanted to mother something. This has been a success and they are thriving.

The twins were kept in the woodbox and fed cow's colostrum, then milk. The little ewe, who had been partially cleaned up was really lively and continued to thrive. Her brother, who had not been cleaned up at all wasn't very well for a few days. We gave it an injection of a drug we use in these cases and added yoghurt to their milk and he improved very quickly.

When I started to put them out during the day in a small pen we have I put a little coat on him I had made out of an old coat sleeve. It looks a little strange, but it does the trick, keeping them warm in the changable weather.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Little English Paper Pieced Quilts

I have finished these two little Quilts and also have a large Mauve and Green top ready for the machine Quilter. It is a nice feeling to be finishing a few projects.

From the Garden

"Try as gloomy Winter will, it can't hold back the Daffodil" Linda Burns.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Birthday Salad and Flowers

Colourful and Tasty Salad for Dinner
My Beautiful Flowers from A & V

I had a lovely Birthday recently, going out for lunch as well as having an evening meal made for me. Thank you  A & V for the flowers, it is so nice having a florist in the family.

In The Garden

Daffodil Ice Follies
Forget Me Not

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lamb Tales

"All young animals are appealing but the lamb has been given an unfair amount of charm"  James Herriot, "If Only They Could Talk" 1970

It has been a hard Winter this year, continual rain, knee deep mud, and cold!  Our big Tractor has been in for repairs so the little one has been used for feeding the cows their hay. It has no cabin, so avoiding the rain has been difficult and the mud is making for very hard work.

A Tangle of lambs
 We have been lambing for some weeks now and we have lost quite a few ewes to Toxaemia and Prolapse. One really bad day I had 5 cardboard boxes with lambs in them in front of the fire. One set of twins, one triplet, one very noisy abandoned lamb and one quiet abandoned lamb. As the evening progressed I was able to feed them a little cow's colostrom Tom had collected from the dairy. The living room became very noisy as the lambs dried out and warmed up and by 12.30 three were off to the woodbox in the shed with a hot water bottle and the 2 quieter ones settled down by the fire for the night.

Sturdy Carry Bag

I made this largish carry bag from 3 fat quarters and some calico for the lining. The fat quarters were a gift from Amy some time ago and I had always wanted to make a bag with them. Thanks to a timely reminder from  I remembered to use interfacing on this project and I now have a very sturdy tote for traveling.

Modern Baby Quilt

I finished this quilt in good time for a new arrival thinking it was a neutral pattern and colour scheme. It is a Disappearing Nine Patch B...