Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hot Drinks

Hot Drinks

We have a lovely little machine that makes good coffee quickly with no mess. Consequently I have been having far too much and instead I am now making honey and lemon drinks in these insulated cups. I bought them for $5 each and the colour of the lids is a bit startling, but they keep my drink nice and hot for quite a long time. The felted cosy cuff makes them more comfortable to hold. Lemon is helpful to ward off colds and honey is a natural antibiotic, so hopefully I will stay well and keep enjoying my hot drinks during this wintery weather.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Zorro the Rooster

We have had a black Andalusian Rooster since 2005 and he has finally fallen off his perch. He had many wives and children over the years and is only survived by "Daughter of Zorro" and she is getting on a bit now. Zorro survived at least three dog attacks, (you know who you are Monty and Buck!) and numerous fox encounters. He was a bit battle scarred and lately he would sit in the sun and fall asleep. I knew he would not live much longer, but it was still upsetting to find him on the floor of the henhouse.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

A Cute Image

This Mabel Lucie Atwell illustration reminds me of a happy little cutie I know.

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Caravan Craft

I made this little felt receptacle one drizzly afternoon in the caravan using this Pattern

I also managed to do a bit of felting in the caravan as well.

It is always a good idea to take a variety of projects away and I find it easier to pack these than it is to pack clothes.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Edith Holden

Edith Holden originally wrote and illustrated what we know as "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" as nature notes to aid her art students.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Late finish or an early start?

I have finally completed my Chrismas Sewalong banner. I really enjoyed participating in this and many thanks to Lesley Boost for so generously sharing her design.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Varda and the Charabanc.

Late last year we imported two caravans from Britain. The larger one is going to our beach block while we build a holiday house and the smaller one was bought to fill up the shipping container with the intention of selling it.

Recently we took the little one on a trip to Northern NSW. Due to an incident involving tools, the local ED and stitches, our start date was delayed. We had to be in Sydney on a certain date to collect an online auction purchase, so we traveled straight up the Hume Highway. The little van towed really well and we stopped for the night at Gunning. I had our dinner ready and just had to heat it up in the gas oven. The temperature the next morning was 4 degrees below zero, there was thick ice on the windscreen and coffee was 45K away!

Fortunately, the auction purchase was near the Craft Depot in Sydney and I was of course desperately in need of more fabric, so that worked out well for all concerned. I learnt that the Hume Highway is all about trucks and Gunning was the coldest place in the state that morning.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Out of the Kitchen too long.

We returned home late last night after three weeks away. I haven't done much cooking for a while because we usually don't have much breakfast and make a salad roll for lunch when we are traveling. Dinner takes advantage of the very reasonably priced Pub and Club meals that are available. Well, we are on holiday! The garden was very wintery and I dug up some Jerusalem Artichokes and made soup. The recipe is from a Delia Smith Collection and uses carrots, celery and onion as well. I also made cheese, mustard and parsley scones to have with the soup. I think I have been out of the kitchen for too long.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Mabel Lucie Attwell

I love searching for images that have patchwork or other craft content. This one is by Mabel Lucie Attwell

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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...