Saturday, October 23, 2021

Hat parade


Our first model is Anastasia wearing her lovely orange bonnet 
It’s a tad big but I’m sure she will grow into it 
Doesn’t she look lovely 




Our second model is teddy 
He’s wearing a scrappy hat made from another pattern 
It did quite work and then measurements have to be tweaked 

But he loves his new hat and wears it proudly 
Grandma did have fun making it for him lol 

It’s the weekend 
And once again we have had a bucketful  of rain

Too wet to work outside 
So inside we will stay and fine things to do to pass the time 
The fire has been relit
So at least the washing will dry quickly 

Stay safe and well 
See ya 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Sun bonnet


Ever since I saw the little house on the prairie I’ve wanted a bonnet 
I love the little sun bonnet Sue’s and I’ve actually made a quilt with them 

Today I searched and found this you tube 


I wanted to make sure the bonnet will fit Anastasia for the summer so when I sent the links to the pattern
I asked my son to print them larger 

The problem was I didn’t tell him on the second part of this pattern. 
And as I sent him about four different patterns to print he only increased on the one
He wouldn’t of know they were the one pattern


So when I cut the pieces out and tried to put them together no way was it going to work
So I had to cut an extra piece and join them 
I’ve made a note on the pattern so I’ll remember next time 



Here is the finished bonnet 
You can’t really notice the extra piece. It’s just a small join at the back of the bonnet
The other thing I would do is use a cotton similar to the fabric. But I had nothing 
I just use white or cream while making quilts 

Other than those two little issues I’m happy with it 
It’s perfect for wearing around grandmas house 
I think she will look adorable in it 

Life is moving along
We are coming out of lockdown on Friday with some restrictions 
Hopefully the weather will start to warm up so we can enjoy time outside with our families 

Hope your all well 
See ya 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Abundance

Today the last of the beetroot and leek was pulled out and processed to make way for 
The next crop 

These little bags have chopped up leek, I’ll freeze them and use them in stews and soups


Vegetable seedlings have been hard to come by 
A friend of mine found some and bought extra for me 
She even did a contactless drop off on her way home 

I left the money and a bottle of lemoncello for her as a thank you 



Hubby came home from work early and together we got the new plants into the ground 


You can’t see but the seeds I planted under the mini hothouse, made from drink bottles,
Have started to germinate 


I had three empty wicking beds so I planted the new tomato seedlings in those 


This is perpetual lettuce. I’ve been harvesting and eating fresh salad for weeks 
They need a good hair cut so I’ll keep eating them to help them grow 



Tonight we have beetroot salad, I’ve boiled up the small bulbs and green tops
We also have roasted beetroot and leek with chicken 

Hopefully our coming harvest is as abundant as our winter crop
It was so lovely to have a good friend who was able to source the vegetable seedlings
I’m so blessed to have so many good friends 

All that work has worn me out 

Hope your all safe and well 
See ya xx 










Sunday, October 10, 2021

Lemoncello #2




The lemoncello I made a while ago was a hit with hubby and with wonderson 
So I was asked to make some more
I didn’t have any more grappa so I bought some vodka 

I didn’t add as much water, as the vodka was under 40% alcohol 
I only used a litre instead of 1.5 
I tasted it and it’s really nice 
But unfortunately it doesn’t go that lovely creamy yellow colour of traditional lemoncello 
It’s a clear yellow

But other than that. It’s just as good 

 If you have never made it. Give it a go
I’m going to try and make some with gin next 

I’m having lots of fun experimenting 

If you do make some let me know. 
Stay safe and well 
See ya xx





Friday, October 8, 2021

Anastasia

Today grandpa came home early to spend time with me
We played on the floor with Trixie 



We played on the PlayStation and Trixie gave me her toy to play with. She placed it at my feet 


Then grandpa fed me some fruit for lunch 


It was really yummy it had blueberries banana and strawberries 


And then I had a bottle with grandma and fell asleep 
I didn’t feel well I’m teething so grandma held me while I slept so she could pat my bottom whenever started to stir. Keeping me asleep for longer 


My mummy came to pick me up and take me home around six. Grandma and grandpa have been relaxing since 

I’m just a pocket rocket full of energy and tired then out
Good thing they love me so much

Stay happy and healthy 
See ya 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A lovely day











Today I met my daughter at the local botanical gardens and had a lovely time walking around seeing all the flowers and using the children’s interactive play areas 

I miss them all so much 

The sun was shining and it even got a little warm 

All too soon it was time to go

Hopefully we can do it again soon. The girls really loved it 

Stay safe 
See ya 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Dietary restrictions

I’ve been following a low carb diet for a while now 
And usually it’s easy. Some sort of protein and salad and or select veggies 

But that does get a tad monotonous 
Over the weekend I saw a lady make a lasagna and used lots of veggies that i can eat 

It gave me ideas 
So here is my gluten free,  low carb lasagna 

I thinly sliced eggplant and fryer them 
Then I made my sauce using leek and silverbeet from my garden 
Tinned tomatoes and herbs 

Instead of a sauce thicken with flour I broke up mozzarella cheese and placed it all over the top 
It melted and covers it all. 

I haven’t had any as yet but it smells awesome  


I wanted something that I could have as a treat so I made these chocolate chia puddings 
I used low fat milk, and a sugar free chocolate powder 


This is the chocolate I use. I have it when I want a hot chocolate 
It’s sweetened with stevia and monk fruit 
It doesn’t spike your sugar levels and has no carbs


Best of all it tastes like real hot chocolate 
Trying to keep the weight down during lockdown is hard 
Not being able to swim my back is now too sore for me to take long walks
And the medication to help with the pain has a side effect of weight gain 

So being careful with what I eat is really important 
Not to mention my digestive issues I have from the fibromyalgia 
Which means if I eat the wrong thing I end up in even more pain
And stuck in the bathroom

Hopefully hubby will like these and I’ll make them again 

Hope your all well 
See ya  






Monday, October 4, 2021

Scraps


If finished the giant granny square blanket 
I had a few balls of carron cakes of blues and greens that were left over 
From other projects and they have been sitting around a few years taking up space 

I have now used them up and made this 
It will go into our caravan to use as a spare blanket if and when needed 

We are still locked down, although we are allowed to travel upto 15 kilometres from home now to 
Exercise 
We are aiming for more freedoms on the 26th of this month when we will hopefully 
Have 80% vaccination rate 

In the meantime the weather is keeping me inside 
As I type we are having rain, thunder and lightning 

Other than that. Nothing much happening 
Just hanging on to my sanity 

Hope your all safe and well 
See ya 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Back to basics



My son kept telling me to watch the Mandalorian 
I kept putting it off because I need to just sit and watch 

Eventually he convinced me so I needed a simple project to do 
While watching the series 

So I’ve gone back to the faithful granny square 
You don’t really have to even look at what your doing. Just a glance once in a while 

As for the series, oh yes I love it 
He knows me so well 

Stay safe 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Earthquake



Today just for a change of pace, victoria had a massive earthquake 
That was felt in four states 

I was home with Anastasia and it shook the house for a very long time 
No damage that we can see 
But I can tell you I kept shaking long after it was over 

We did get a strong aftershock only a short time after the quake 
But it seems to have settled down now 

We don’t get earthquakes as a norm here 
We do get lots of little ones that we don’t feel 
But never ones this strong 

The universe is sure keeping us on our toes 

Makes a change from all the covid stuff anyway 

Stay safe and well 
See ya xx

Monday, September 20, 2021

A new week


Another week has begun 
The weather is still cold and wet 
Still waiting for summer to arrive and for our lockdown to end 

HOTH
I’ve finished my Christmas blanket 
I think it turned out ok 

I’ll use it as a decoration during Christmas 
If we get to enjoy one that is. 



While working on the blanket I’ve been listening to this audiobook on audible 



It’s a story of two little girls, who’s life is turned upside down when their mother remarries 
I’ve not finished it by oh my it’s quite a story 
It takes you on a journey that starts in post war London and all the way to Sydney Australia 

 I highly recommend it 

Meanwhile I hope you are all well 
Stay safe 
See ya xx


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Crochet tiles




All crochet tiles are done. 
Now I have to sew it all up 
That’s a fun job.  I’ll work on it during the week and hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have it ready for it’s border 

Hubby and I went for a walk around the botanic gardens today 
I was a able to increase my speed today, my legs and especially my ankles have now swollen 
But I’m going to continue to push myself  

I hope your all enjoying your weekend 
We have lovely sunshine one minute and then the next the temp plummets and we get rain and even have had hail 
So I’ll be inside the rest of the day 

Stay safe and well 
See ya 


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Getting out


Today I went to the local botanic gardens 
We are only allowed to travel within five kilometres from home and the gardens are thankfully definitely 
In the five ks

While driving to the carpark, there is a long road into the gardens I saw a wallaby by the side of the road 
I couldn’t take a pic as I was driving but he/she was just sitting there watching all the cars go past 


I did see this honey eater enjoying a mid morning snack 





We also saw a bandicoot 
We couldn’t get a pic so here’s one I got before the lockdown 

Isn’t he/she adorable 



The sun was out and it was a lovey day 
There were lots of people out and about in then gardens 
Some were having picnics with their children 

It was lovely to see 
Everyone you came across was wearing a mask 
But we were all so happy to be out of the house and enjoying beautiful gardens, lovely weather 
And amongst other people I think 

Stay well and safe 
See ya 








Tuesday, September 14, 2021

new WIP’s

I found this pic on Pinterest a few weeks ago and thought how lovely it was 
I did buy Christmas colour yarn before lockdown in preparation for the perfect project 
And I decided that this was it 

Even though hour Christmas is during our summer I thought it would look nice on a back of the couch 


Here is the start of it 
The squares are not very big as I didn’t want to run out in the middle of the project 
If the pattern doesn’t make a big enough blanket I can put a decent boarder at the end 

I actually love just this bit. I’ve decided that once the stores open I’ll buy more yarn and make a Christmas blanket 
Made up with bigger squares with just this pattern 
But that’s for another day 



Hubby has filled my wicking beds and they are now ready to be planted up 
We have had a few frosty morning so I’ll wait a little longer and then plant them out 



Still don’t have a date for coming out of lockdown 
It’s definitely wearing thin now we are all just sick and tired of it 
Hopefully as the numbers of vaccinated people go up we will be released 
To live our lives again 

In the meantime 
Stay safe and well 
See ya 




Sunday, September 12, 2021

Ta da!

I know. Two posts in one day but I’m so excited I had to share 
The quilt top is done and I’m so happy with it 
It’s bigger than I thought it would be so a perfect size for a picnic blanket
Or to snuggle under when outside and you want to keep warm 


Here it is from another angle


I’ve decided I’ll get it professionally quilted. I wouldn’t know where to start for stitch in the ditch 
And an all over quilting will help keep it all together as there are so many joins 

So now my stash of scraps is very small and made up of larger pieces 

The long pieces of 2.5 cuts I put in my binding pile will go to binding this once it’s quilted 
I just have to wait until we open up again 


In other exciting news I’ve got all these wicking beds now 
Just need to top them up with the actual growing soil and away I can go



We have been very productive this weekend. It must be the sunshine 
I’m blissful happy. It really is the little things 

Stay safe and well 
See ya xx




Stage one


Stage one is done 
I didn’t use all my scraps. Some were just to big to cut up 
And would be useful for pattern pieces in different pattern 

Some were nice and long and perfect for binding so I’ve added those to my binding pile




But the rest I’ve used in my very long fabric snake. 
I’ve put a new jelly roll next to my roll and even though mine isn’t as tight, I think 
It’s probably about the same  size and so enough for a quilt top 

I’ve re watched the video and I think I’m ready to start 
Wish me luck 

Stay safe and well 
See ya 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Waste not


Today I decided I was finally going to do something with my scraps
I had started to cut them up in hopes of making something out of them but really 
Didn’t know what 


Then I saw a YouTube video similar to this 


So I’ve decided to do just that only not with a new jelly roll 
I’d make my own up with the scraps 

So I started to just sew all the bits and pieces I had already cut up 


I continued chain sewing until it was just one long piece
And then ironed it all 


This was just one lot of scraps all blues and greens 
This is another lot of the most recent projects 




I’ll cut these up into 2.5 inch wide by however long the scrap will allow me
And continue to join them to my one long piece 

I’ll then go through my big bag of scraps and do the same 
I definitely won’t have enough for a quilt top yet. But at least the scraps will be all sorted and 
In one neat pile 

The weather today looks grey but the wind is kinda warm 
So that’s a nice change 

Still in lockdown 
Still no light at the end of the tunnel as yet 
So I’ll be here still plodding along 

Stay safe and well 
See ya