Monday, 18 May 2015

Where have I been?????

Well where has the time flown, we left Townsville on the 29th January this year just five minutes before our house settled. We have now made it as far south as the Central Coast NSW. We will be here for the next three months house sitting.

Since leaving Townsville three and a half months ago we first made our way south to Warwick to stay three weeks with my brother after settling our dogs in their new home with our son in Brisbane.
Here are the girls at our son's home, they get faster walks and are on a diet (we loved them too much). Rosey is now down to a much better weight for her and Ally is loosing more too.

This is our position on my brothers property, what a view, was a little noisey with the highway within cooey of us.



We then moved to Tweed heads for a week to catch up with some family and friends. It was lovely meeting up with my high school friends Michelle, Kim and Stuart.  Here is Michelle (in red) and I.


We then moved on further south to Kempsey where we house sat for about 8 weeks. What an amazing home we got to look after. 3 1/2 acres of manicured lawns and gardens and a huge home.

The coastal scenery here was amazing, we were lucky to have many fine days. Michael has bought himself a surf board, so if the wind is not blowing and he can't go Kite surfing, or it's not calm enough for him to go diving, he can surf.

There I joined a quilting group Macleay Quilters where I attended a workshop and went on a shopping bus trip.  I also volunteered at the local show and entered a few items. I got 2 first and 2 seconds, with Cheerful Flutterings again taking out a first.

I also managed to make a couple of items for Michael's mum, one I blogged about just the other day, the second I'm still working on. (pictured here) It's three dimensional but it's quilted and all made of fabric and lace.

On our trip from Kempsey to Gosford we stayed at Diamond Head which is a camp in the Crowdy head national park, we were right on the beach and the views and weather was just amazing. We even had the Kangaroo's, Kookaburra's, Rosella's and even a Gonna visit us in the Park.

 The bottle brush was growing everywhere, bushes and bushes of it.
 The view behind Michael towards Laurieton and Mt Middle Brother.
Our visitor one day.

We have now moved onto the Central Coast near Gosford, we will be here until late August house sitting and minding their lovely little pug dog Tilly.  I haven't yet touched base with craft groups here but will in the next couple of weeks.

Not sure if you remember but I purchased a small sewing machine to use on our travels, but alas I am doing just as much sewing as I had at home and have found it too restrictive, so for Mothers Day my darling man purchased me a new sewing machine. So of course I have to make a new case for it.

The good thing it's only 2kg heavier than the small one I had, so it's light and fits nicely behind my seat in the ute when we are travelling, so we haven't actually added any weight in the Caravan, which is vital in our travels.  I also managed to get a set of feet for it very cheaply, which also included a walking foot, which are very expensive on their own.

Well currently I'm still working on my Aussie Quilt and the 12 days of Christmas, with a few little projects mixed in here and there as well as taking Kathy Shaw's Free Quilting courses.

Well I think I've roughly got you back up to date where I've been, travelling this wonderful big country of ours but have only made it this far. But I'm not complaining, it's a fabulous life Michael and I are having.
Catch ya soon.
Arlene

Friday, 1 May 2015

A gift for Mother in Law

Now I have a better sewing machine for my travels around Australia, I've been busy making gifts.  This one is for hubby's mother for Mothers Day next weekend, so finished just in time.


Jan moved into her new (old) home, had the interior walls painted a soft musky pink. This is to be hung near her back door.  
Arlene

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lest we Forget


Remembering those who served. My Granddad (short one) and his friend.

AND

Fibres and Fabric's and other volunteer groups contributions to the Poppy Drive for the Centenary
of ANZAC.

Poppy's on the lawn at Jezzine Barracks, Townsville.


 Fibres making poppies


These are displays from the Kempsey Show.





Yes I know I haven't posted for some time, promise I will post again shortly.

Enjoying life as a Grey Nomad.

Arlene





Monday, 26 January 2015

Happy Australia Day

Hope everyone who celebrates this wonderful day has a good one.  

Congratulations to my friend Tatjana who became an Australian Citizen today, and we were privileged
to witness her taking her oath.


Thursday, 8 January 2015

One chapter finishes as a new one starts

Yes, we've sold the house.

We will be beginning our new chapter on the 3rd of February when we drive our lovely new ute and caravan down the Bruce (Highway 1), towards Brisbane with all our belongings either in the van or packed in a shipping container to stay at my Brothers home.


First stop is Brisbane to settle the doggies into their new home along with Chris and Rachel. Helping them to unpack and get things organised. Then a few days later we will make our way out to Warwick to stay with my brother for a few weeks to get things sorted on the Van.  Only to pop back into Brisbane to Doggie and cat sit for a few days whilst Chris and Rachel head back to Townsville to bring my car to Brisbane for them to car sit whilst we are travelling.

So the packing, sorting, clearing out has begun.  Still got to downsize some more on what I'm taking in the van, as of the weight restriction, but I'm getting there.  To help, Michael bought me a new little mini Elna machine, she is so cute and only 2.2kg.  As i don't intend to do more than just the basic sewing whilst we're travelling.

Transferring most of beads into bags from their round containers I have saved myself over 10kg.  Who would believe there to be so much weight in those containers, thank heavens for zip-lock bags.
We've done a few mod's to the van, Michael has created my new 'Craft storage area'.
 Firstly, we removed the lounge that was there and put down some carpet and have placed my drawers on top. We can still remove the drawers to get to the compartment underneath where the House battery and electrical stuff is.  I then made a cover which Michael attached to the van to secure the drawers whilst we are moving.  It keeps it all nice and tight and secure.

 Next was the dining table. I hated it as the seats are the cafe type and have lost their sponginess. So until we can replace.



 Michael converted the big table into a much more smaller one, which still pulls out to be the big one.



So no more hitting our legs on trying to get in and out, much more leg room.  We eventually will replace these seats with two recliners.










Other than a smaller TV, mini washing machine for the ensuite and a single induction portable cook top, we will wait until we get to my Brothers home before we make any more modifications.




















So let the packing begin..... hope it all goes through smoothly..... settlement I mean.....

Arlene


Friday, 2 January 2015

CQJP 2015 Crazy Quilting Journal Project - Aussie Outback Themed Quilt

Well for the fourth year running, I will be creating a new piece for the home, my travelling home in fact.
Even though 2013-14 piece is still be finished, it will be worked along side this one. The 12 days of Christmas is half way there, just got to do 7 - 12. Most of the 3D ornaments are designed and two of the blocks have their gold numbers attached.  To refresh your memory here are the first 6 blocks.

Here are the 30 blocks made for 2015's project.  I hope to do up to two blocks per month, but with travelling we will see.

I have labeled each block and for each row.  Bagged them up so to keep them free of dust and dirt as we travel. I have created a template for each block, as each block is exactly the same template.  I can design it and note lace, braid, beads and thread colours and types etc to each.


I found a great book for Aussie flower designs: Jenny Bradford's Embroidery Collection, has some wonderful motifs for me to add.



















I'll be using a lot of my own drawings for the animal, bird and insect motifs, including the odd beetle, dragonfly, butterfly and grass hoppers here an there in 3D, and forever been aware that the quilt will be washed from time to time.


I now just need to sort my embellishing goodies into bags for each block, dye lace etc to suit the shades I want and I'm off and stitching.

Arlene

Monday, 29 December 2014

Last of CQ Round Robins

Well I have finished my work on my final two Round Robins with Crazy Quilting International for a while due to us off travelling our great county in a few weeks.
Both of the Round Robins were themed 'Garden and Flowers'.

Traditional RR - Candji's block.  I added a beetle and sent to Gerry to complete as this was a time when we were preparing the house for sale.

My naked block:


And my finished block, just stunning, so much work and detail.  Will be made into a cushion for our new caravan.

 Then the DYOB (Do your own block) - Barbara's blocks, this is my work.
 Barbara's full set after I had completed mine.  These were sent to Elizabeth to do one and then she would send the set home to Barbara.
 Elizabeths's block, my work
 Elizabeths full set.
Now to refresh your memory this is my original set (they were destroyed by a post office truck fire), my second set I sent contained four fans.
 Here are my completed blocks.
they will be added to the other six blocks from the Southern Cross Crazies Round Robin and made into a single bed throw (eventually, as they are now packed).

They will all look so good together I think.

Thank you to all the ladies who worked on my blocks, I will miss doing them, but I will have CQ to keep me busy with the 2015 CQJP starting up in January and I have at least 30 blocks to do, as well as the remaining six blocks in my 12 days of Christmas Wall hanging.
Here are my CQ Blocks for 2015, they will be made into a bedspread for the caravan, in Aussie outback colours.


Well that's the last of these RR posts for some time.

Arlene