Monday, December 22, 2008

A Christmas Colour.....

The Poinsetta is a gift my daughter is giving my mother for Christmas. My mother is deaf and is legally blind. We think she should be able to see the lovely colours of this plant and brighten up her Christmas.

The Christmas wall hanging has been waiting around a while to be finished and finally this Christmas I have put it together at last!! The pattern is an Australian design by Pat Weir-Smith from Western Australia.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree.....

The Christmas Tree in the City of Melbourne.

In Melbourne each Christmas the retail firm Myer Emporium always has its' windows decorated for people to come and see. This time it is a Christmas theme. They have based it on the book "How Santa Really Works" by Alan Snow. It is always very popular as shown by the queue of people going passed the windows.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rain, rain and more rain

Yesterday I went to the City of Melbourne with my daughter. It just happened to be the day that was the wettest day in Melbourne for two and a half years!! Fortunately we did not get wet and there was plenty of cover from the rain and all our time was taken up looking for Christmas presents in the shops.
The rain is a blessing as it has been very dry and we have not had good rains to fill up the dams for such a long time.
We stopped for a coffee in the Royal Arcade to rest our legs after doing some of our shopping. I noticed this lolly stand - very sweet treats indeed!!

We went to China Town where we had a lovely lunch. The pictures show how wet it was!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A bag I have made.....

Recently I purchased fabric depicting the Australian Blue Wren. It is one of my favourite Australian birds. My niece also likes this bird and I made this bag for her for Christmas.
It is such a tiny bird and has such lovely vibrant blue colours. Such a delight!

Friday, November 7, 2008

At last.....

At last I have put the borders on and completed the funky flowers quilt top. I am going to do some embelleshments to the flowers before I get it ready to quilt it.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The last of the wattle blooms

There are quite a few different wattles. Here are two more

Some more pictures of Spring

It has been a lovely time of year with pleasant warm sunny days.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Melbourne Town Today

The Royal Melbourne Show is on as is the Australian Rules Football Grand Final. The teams who are in the grand final are Geelong (known as 'The Cats') and Hawthorn (known as 'The Hawks'). I had to show this picture of a couple of Geelong fans dressed up for the match. The wording on the back of the fans is "Look what the Cats dragged in".
P.S. to the above. Hawthorn won the Grand Final. Commiserations to Geelong.

Melbourne is a very busy place today. There are a lot of people who have taken advantage of the beautiful weather (28c) to take a cruise up and down the Yarra River and alternatively stroll along Southbank and enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes.

Today I went to the the City of Melbourne and met up with my daughter to do some shopping and generally enjoy looking at the shops in the lovely arcades. There are some interesting gift shops and of course I visited the fabric shops as well. I would like to share some pictures I took when walking around the Southbank area.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Colours of Spring

This year the spring blossoms have been lovely. Here are some pictures I have taken. The wattle blossoms remind me of fingers.

My Mum's big day

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It was a grey, grey dull day

We decided to go on the new freeway to Frankston and then we travelled on to Rosebud West where there was a lovely patchwork and embroidery shop called The Needlery. It was a treat to look through all the lovely fabric and patterns. I ended up buying another Bronwyn Hayes book and some fabric.

We had lunch at a bakery and then had a look at the beach area. The sun tried to come out but there was too much cloud cover. It was a mild day and there was no cool wind blowing.

We will be taking another trip down Frankston way as there are a couple more patchwork and embroidery shops for me to visit. That is a good reason isn't it?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

At last I have put the blocks together.....

Here are the flower blocks sewn together at long last.

I have decided on the fabric for the border. Still have some funky blocks to do as well. All takes time.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I would like to share.......

One of the things I like to do is to visit op-shops and see if there are any treasures for me to buy. One day I went and found a book called Australian Flower Fairy Verse Birthday Book by Margaret Thornton. It has been well used as there are plenty of scribbles and names in the appropriate pages and one of the front pages has been torn so it shows me that it has been a much loved book. The pages which contain the verses and pictures are still in good condition. The Common Pink Heath is the flower emblem for the State of Victoria and I would like to share the following poem with you:

Those brilliant hoods of startling pink
springing on wild slopes and by the brink
of paths, are bells no human hears -
they only chime for fairy ears.
When tired of listening to the chimes,
fairies wear them as hats sometimes.
And if a spell was cast on you,
you'd hear pink heath's bells tinkling too,
as fairies shake them in their secret dells -
those tiny bonnets, those silent bells.

Cecilia Egan

Friday, June 13, 2008

My Day Out!

On Wednesday I went to a Stitchery Day. It was at The Patchwork Tea House in Warburton. Altogether fifteen ladies were in attendance. We were given two stitcheries to do. The theme of the day was cup cakes. Very popular at present.

High Tea was provided, such yummy food. It was a lovely day filled with lots of chattering and laughter and a good time was had by all. Marilyn and Gary the owners of The Patchwork Tea House were as always very welcoming.

The Patchwork Tea House is always a lovely venue to go to. I cannot wait until the next time I visit The Patchwork Tea House. good food, lovely fabric and gifts to buy!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

More Funky Blocks....

I have made these blocks with different background colours so that they can interact with each other. I plan to make 16 blocks in total.

My quilt will have a different look to the quilt in the magazine. Different colours and will be bigger as there will be more blocks. (The quilt in the magazine uses 6 blocks in total.)

Experimenting with different colours is what I like to do; putting my own interpretation on a certain theme.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Last day of Autumn.....

This is the last day of our Autumn. Melbourne in Autumn is lovely in all her colours.

The tonings brighten up what is sometimes a dull day.

Nature in all her glory.