Friday, May 27, 2011

In The Nick of Time

With the wait for my new glasses and the renovations to the house i was behind with my quilting project that "The three of Us" (Susan & Tracey) are working on.
Susan worked us out a time table (or else we would never finish the quilt) and this block had to be completed by the end of May, and may i say, this was my least favourite of the blocks so far. So many small bits to applique on. Although i must say that i am very happy with the end result.
So there it is, The Festive Table complete with turkey and potato's (i think).

Here's a close up

and here's a shot of all three completed blocks so far. (i apologise for the photo-methinks i cropped it just a wee bit too much but you will get the gist of it.

The next two weeks at work are going to be very quiet so hopefully fingers crossed on Sunday i will have time to cut out Junes blocks so that i can take them to work to hand stitch. Well that's the plan any way.

Do any of you out there have a favourite gluten free recipe you could share, my friend is on a strict gluten free diet and i would like to make something yummy for her.

It's Friday night and we are in (how unusual-not) but i feel the need, feel the need for.....not speed but paper crafting so hopefully tomorrow i will have something else to show you.

Love and hugs

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Yes finally i have completed a layout.
I have been doing an online class at Big Picture (when i say doing i mean reading) called 28 Sketches with Lisa Day and yay i have finally got to play along. The good thing with these classes is that you can do them any time, the classes stay on your profile for ever.
This was sketch 9 and it suited me as it uses 16 photos so you can really get a lot on this page.
Please excuse the photo as i was eager to share with you  my work and its late here and definitely not the best lighting.
The photos were taken by my 13yo niece on my SLR camera and may i say NOT on auto, she was having a great day playing with all of the settings and most of the photos are great, some are even breath taking.

Joe must be in a risotto mood as he came out of his cave oops bedroom and made a cheese risotto this time, he needs to remember that at work he has stewards to wash the dishes after him, at wait.....he has Andrew who was standing there washing Joe's dishes as he went along. There is something very wrong with that picture as no one follows me and washes the dinner pots and pans.

With that in mind i will bid you all a good night>

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cooking class

This must be my favourite way to spend some time. Joe had the day off and i had just came home from work and after much discussion on what to cook for tea we decided on pasta. So what do you do when you are tired and have been on your feet all day, make pasta with your son and it was so much fun.

We had a ball and all of my tiredness disappeared. Here is our end product.
and we didn't stop there. Joe frequently makes risotto at work and as i have only made it once he gave me a lesson. So here is our mushroom risotto,
I love the fact that i am now getting cooking tips from my nearly 17yo son.
and i just have to share with you a card i made for my MIL, she was 85 yesterday.

don't you love my new, very old flower frog, i searched eBay for one of these as i have never seen any like this in WA.
craft room is nearly back up and running
both bathrooms have been finished, carpet has been laid, house has been painted, we are just waiting on our window dressings then yippee its all done, a new house.
enjoy your Sunday

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Happy Mothers Day  i hope that  you all had a lovely day.

I had to brave the garage and dig out a few tools and paper to make my mothers day cards. The first thing that i grabbed was one of my Cocoa Daisy kits and the second thing was a Stampin Up butterfly punch.
So here is the end result.I made two of these.

As Mothers day was at our house this year, yes gasp amongst the uncompleted bathrooms, ripped up carpet and lovely paint smells we had a delightful brunch. My cousin Nicky and her family were over from the UK via Sydney (long story) and they came as well so it was a really great day. My niece took some wonderful photos on my camera and i will have fun scrapping them. So as i knew that Nicky was coming and that my SIL-Grace loves handmade cards i used the supplies i had at hand to make a little card pack for them both, so i made two each of these cards.

and a little note card made with the stamp from the Cocoa daisy kit, did i mention that all kits come with a stamp.

Hopefully our ensuite will be finished tomorrow, then we will be able to get the new carpet laid in the bedrooms.

I hope that like me you had a lovely day.
Enjoy the up coming week.
and still no new glasses.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Still Here

Hi there
yes i am still here, my new specs haven't arrived yet but here is another reason why there has been no craft in my house.
this is my craft room currently
and here is the rest of it in our garage

and gosh you don't realise how much stuff you actually have until you have to move it all. So the main bathroom has been finished and looks amazing, the painters hopefully will finish today but i still wont be able to get my craft room back as new carpet has to be laid and we wont get that done until the ensuite is finished-hopefully in another week.

Now onto other things

i bought this cookbook-

about three years ago to make some yummy pudding the kids and i had seen her make on telly
so its taken me three years to make it but here it is

oh yum yum yum

Caramel Croissant pudding.
now i am not a lover of bread and butter pudding (actually i hate it) but this is in a class of its own and very easy to make and very caramelly and YUM that's the only way to describe it.

i am feeling like i need to make at least one card so hopefully i can go and unearth some supplies and make them on the kitchen table.

and ahem-Andrew and Joe spent about three no make that five hours putting together a chest of drawers from Ikea and were about to give up as according to them a piece was missing all it took was mum/me to come along and softly suggest that they may have had a piece in the wrong spot.....needless to say a lot of bad words were said and it still sits unfinished in the family room...ho hum...

ahh the painter has just kindly bought me my April Cocoa Daisy kit which was left at the front door so i am going to make a cup of "George" and take delight in opening my package.

happy monday