Jan 29, 2012

Finished at last!

We are still on cyclone watch as of this minute but not much has been happening in the last 24 hours, so that is a good thing. But i do have some monumental news for you, I have finally finished my Twinset and Pearls quilt that i started about 4 years ago. I put the last stitch in it yesterday and to say that i am glad it is finished is an understatement as this quilt has been the bane of my existence for the past 12 months. You see i have many UFOs and i just don't like quilting much so i keep making toppers and not finishing any of them.
But then i decided to stop being a coward and jump in at the deep end and get these suckers done. This one is the first one i have tackled and it did me for six as i have never quilted with flannel and chenille before and to say that these two fabrics cooperated is definitely wrong. I had it all pinned and started quilting and then realised it was too thick, so then i had to unpin and unpick and re pin with no batting and quilt it again and then hand sew the binding and with no batting in place this was difficult. but now it is done. Even with the no wadding it is still extremely warm and lucky i live in a very warm place so no extra warmth is really needed.
Well without any further ado here she is introducing Twinset and Pearls.

For Christmas i also got a wonderful present from the King it was a surprise the first one he has given me since we were married 12 years ago, guess what it was! Go on guess!
It was a Kindle and i love my Kindle so much that i made a cover for it the day after boxing day using some special fabric that a friend gave me the first time i looked after her dog while she went on holidays. i have had it sitting in my stash for the past 5 years and i love the look of it. I am very proud of my Kindle and it's cover. So here it is.

It is a pouch and ties up with ribbon, this is the last thing i have sewn with my machine so i think it is high time i dusted of the little baby and got to work again, only a couple more UFOs and then i can start making some new quilt tops. Yay.
Well till next time Ciao.

Jan 28, 2012

Cyclone Update

Well we are now on cyclone watch, cyclone Iggy is currently a category 2 storm and hovering off the northwest coast and heading our way. Although with the unpredictability of cyclones we are unsure of what it is going to do. Our region is still battling with the massive bush fires and a cyclone with the winds it generates is the worst thing that could happen, but the next 48 hours will tell us more information.So i thought i would leave you with another picture of the cyclone forecast track map of the weather bureaus hypothesis of what may happen.
source Bureau of Meteorology
As you can see we are just below Cape Cuvier which is only an hours drive away from us, so we will be watching with baited breath as they are predicting the cyclone to become a Cat 4 storm system, (and a Cat 5 is the mother of all storms and the highest category rating). So until then wish us luck. Ciao

Jan 26, 2012

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day to you and yours,

Enjoy one of these,

And a slice of this,

And even some of these if you are lucky,

But above all Have a wonderful Australia Day.

Jan 25, 2012

The Bad and the Ugly!

Well to say that 2012 has started well is not exactly true. You see here in Carnarvon Western Australia we have had bush fires surrounding us since just after Christmas. It has burnt out many thousands of hectares and is not dying its death any time soon.
We are extremely lucky to have dedicated fire crews in the area to try and stop this disaster. (see photo below of fire)
                                                                      photo source  ABC news.
But to top things off we have a couple of cyclones brewing off of our northwest coast as well that may cause problems (see below)

                                                           picture source Bureau of Meteorology.
We are below Coral Bay only a two hour drive away, rain would be nice but the firies don't want the winds or the fires may get bigger. Cross your fingers for us all please.
We are extremely hot here too, yesterday we had a top temp of 43 Deg Celsius and today we are predicted 41, way toooooooo hot for this little black duck, the air cons have been cranked high since yesterday and i know my power bill is going to be huge. :(

Well just thought i would fill you in on the Bad and Ugly to date, Lets hope that 2012 gets better, because surely it can't get worse.
Ciao for now.

Jan 2, 2012

Welcome to 2012

Welcome 2012.

Happy New Year everyone.

I am hoping that this year will slow down a bit and allow me to catch up. Last year went by to quickly and i think i may still be at the month of september. I don't usually make resolutions as i never stick to them so this year i am just going to go with the flow and see what happens.

The only thing i will say is i hope to do more crafting, whether it be patchwork, knitting, crochet (I will have to teach myself this one) or other crafts. I also hope to finish my UFO's and start on some new and exciting projects. And keep up with my blogging on a bit more of a regular basis.

I also aim to do more for myself this year and i am learning some alternative therapies. That i hope will make me a better person and allow me to explore different and new things.

I hope that 2012 brings everyone out there whatever they deserve and everything they hope for and all your dreams come true.