Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ATC Bags come in Handy.

I spent 30 minutes yesterday looking for where I put my needles and 1/4" foot. Finally found them under fabric. I have a habit of changing from free motion foot to other feet several times whilst quilting and putting them near my machine. My little hook for my scissors has solved the problem. 

Those shoelaces

For those who asked...this is what they look like with the aqua laces.
Look great under jeans.
Not quite sure if I can put the hot pink laces in with the yellow shoes, will give them a go.
 What do you think? Dear Daughter said she prefers the orange shoes.
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I mentioned to a friend, that every time I wear those little foot stockings, because I don't want to wear socks, they slip off my feet when I wear my orthotics. She said, she puts them over her orthotics.
Brilliant idea and it works. Now in summer my feet won't stick to the surface of the orthotics.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Quilt and Craft Show

 A small selection of the quilts displayed at Jeff's Shed yesterday.







 Unfortunately, didn't get a photo of the Best of Show which also won many awards. A stunning quilt and well deserved.
I always enjoy these shows, mainly for the time spent catching up with others, not for the shopping. When you have been quilting for so long, what else is there to buy.. 
I bought myself a pair of bamboo knitting needles for the poppies I am knitting. Apparently these can be taken on planes, so my very long flight from Melbourne, Dubai, London (5 hr layover in airport) to Edinburgh in one go, can be used up knitting
I took advantage of the Early Bird parking and walked over to DFO South Wharf to buy a 2nd pair of Ecco shoes. Was given bright blue shoe laces to match the soles. Best shoes I have worn for comfort and my orthotics. Sorry now I didn't buy the 2nd pair in Hong Kong with 30% off.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Poppy Patterns

If you are able to help and would like to make some, the patterns are on the following. My links never seem to highlight for clicking on.

www.5000poppies.wordpress.com/poppy-patterns/

Thank you.

5,000 Poppies.

5000 POPPIES

I am so excited to be sharing this wonderful new community craft/art project with you.
Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.
The aim of this project is to create a field of 5000 poppies which will be displayed publicly in Melbourne on ANZAC Day 2015 as a community tribute to commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.
poppies 2
Now I know that 2015 seems a long way off … Almost two years … But there is a LOT of work to be done between then and now and a milestone or two to meet along the way.
5000 seems like a large number right now … But I know its achievable …Once the crafting community get behind the project.  Already we have at least 10 contributors making poppies … And almost 100 poppies have been made in only a couple of weeks .
Poppies can be crocheted, knitted, felted or stitched in any design you like and must, of course, be RED and no more than 15 cm in diameter.  That’s the only criteria.
I happen to be a crocheter, and will post a pattern shortly for a simple crochet version to get you started.  In the meantime, however, there are many knit and crochet patterns available on the internet and many references if stitching is your thing … and, although I have not looked, I am sure there is at least one YouTube tutorial for a crochet or a knit poppy on there somewhere as well.
The first milestone is to make at least 500 poppies for display at Fed Square to commemorate Remembrance Day 2013.  This will generate public interest for the project and get people excited about contributing.  More news on this soon.
We will also be running a couple of workshops at Fed Square over the next few months for anyone who would like to join our little group … Which will be a lot of fun.
So if you would like to get involved in this wonderful, worthwhile, meaningful community craft/art project … we would love to have you.
More news very soon.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Zucchini Walnut Cake as requested

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup vegetable oil
125g walnut pieces
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 3 medium zucchinis)
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups self raising flour

Combine, eggs, sugar and oil in electric mixer, mix until mixture is changed in colour.
Takes only a short time.
Stir in walnuts and zucchini, then sifted flours.
Spread mixture into well greased square tin with baking paper on bottom of tin.
Bake in moderate oven for approx. 1 hour.
Stand few minutes, turn onto wire rack to cool.

When the cake is cold, using an electric knife, I cut in half and then into slices and glad wrap each slice to place into freezer.
I only take out a slice as I need it. Takes only a short time to defrost.

The Letter Z- Scatterdays

 Notorious - ZELDA
This is a notorious sword buckling hero.
Not exactly sure what the DVD is about, but apart from ZORRO, it was all I could find that started with Z.


 Edible - ZUCCHINI SLICE
I have this recipe from the Woman's Weekly that I make. We plant 4 zucchini plants each year and we end up with an abundance of zucchinis. I also have a recipe for zucchini walnut cake.

 Family - ZEBRAS
Our daughter took this photo of a family of zebras in Ngorongoro Crater, in the Serengeti, in Tanzania. 
She fell in love with Africa and is planning to head back there next year for another holiday.

 ZZZZZZ...Bed
Our daughter came back to live with us for approx 6 months last year. 
We had to buy a new bed for her and her only complaint was that the mattress was too hard.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Winter School at Ballarat - Quilting - Some Images

 Spent the week at Ballarat Grammar School enrolled in a 5 day "Colour Dynamics" class with Karen Goetzinger, (in the blue jacket) from Canada. Wonderful time and now have an idea of how the colour wheel works. Karen's husband and son accompanied her on the trip and they had a wonderful time exploring the regions around Ballarat while Karen taught her class.
 Each class had a turn at decorating the host table and sitting at it for one day, for all meals. Our class made paper butterflies to welcome in Spring as it was so cold, we were hoping that spring would come soon.
 My first piece was hand painted on flisofix with a piece of hand dyed felt and stitched in red to represent the geraniums on the Kapellbruche Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland.
 My 2nd piece was stenciled in green with pieces of twigs stamped with blue paint and stitched with running stitches and french knots.
 Thursday evening was the opening of the Gallery where all our work was displayed. A wonderful evening.
Above and directly below, are some of the works from my class

 My friend Jeann, her Peacock from the class with Helen Goddon.
 Jenny Bowker's class
 Work from the class with Carolyn Sharkey.
 Judy's work in Carolyn's class.
 Linda Steele's magnificent quilt and a student's work in her Crazy Patchwork class.
Each evening and on some afternoons, the tutors gave an hours talk and slide show of their quilting lives and work.  Lots of laughs and some magnificent work by them all.
 Joy, Jeann and I stayed in Hayhoe house, one of the borders residencies. 
 Our class was made up of using these coloured squares for different exercise using the colour wheel.

A page from my work book.
On Thursday evening we had a wonderful time auctioning off the host table. I bid on the 2 jewelry stands but Helen Goddon beat me to it. She only wanted one, so we split the difference and each got one of the stands. The money was raised for Cancer.
I have enrolled in the Fibre Arts 2014 School in April and looking forward to it.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Letter N - Scatterdays

 Ocean - NEMO
"Finding Nemo" is one of my favourite movies. Looking forward to "Nemo 2".
I was sad in Hong Kong, the Goldfish Market, one of the shops had a tiny tank of approx 500 "Nemo" clownfish. I asked it they were caught, told they were hand bred and I wish they could be out there in the ocean playing among the anemones. The man wouldn't let me take a photo.

 Celebration - NINETY
I miss my dear Mum, she would have been ninety this year. My Aunt and Mum's school friend wore her Wedding dress. Many years a go, Mum cut up her dress, dyed the lace and re-made a dress. The style of the coffee coloured dress is now back in fashion. Funny how fashion does a turn around.
I can't imagine how it would feel to be that age of 90. In the next 30 years before I reach 90, I wonder how technology and the world will have changed.

 Notion from Sewing Room - NEEDLE CASE
I bought this little needlecase from the New York City Quilt shop on one of our holidays there. I have lots of packets of needles. I was advised to change my hand sewing needle every week that I am sewing. But forget and then wonder why the needle is so bent and blunt.

Medical - NASAL SPRAY
I haven't had a cold in the past 2 winters, but sure enough, caught one over the last couple of weeks.
The chemist gave me this nasal spray as an alternative to medication, it actually worked.
You go to the Dr's these days and they don't give you antibiotics like they used to.
I am sure people these days don't use tissues or hankies, they all seem to sniff and it drives me crazy.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hong Kong

We had a week in Hong Kong, arrived home Saturday morning to the most wonderful feeling of 6 degrees as we walked out of the airport after 33 with humidity of 90%. It is supposed to be summer over there and typhoon season.
 Caught the MTR to Mong Kok, where we visited the Flower and Goldfish Markets.
The orchids were amazing and the flowers of every variety and colour were in shops and on the footpath.
I thought that with the heat they would be limp, but were very fresh.
 The street was lined with these bags of fish hanging, different sizes of fish in the same size bags. How sad!
There were amazing tanks of tropical fish and coral and not cheap. Saw one man with about 100 bags of fish on his back walking down the street. You wouldn't want to bump in to anything sharp.
 We caught the ferry from Central Pier, Hong Kong Island to Cheung Chau, a fishing village, 45 minutes away. You can hire a bike to ride around the island in an hour but we decided to do it on foot.
This temple was in the middle of the basketball court and it had intricate designs in mosaic on it's outer walls.
Sitting by the water for lunch, fish were jumping out of the water, if you had a net, they would be easy to catch.
 The Promenade on Kowloon side is called the Avenue of Stars. Just like LA it has hand prints and stars of actors. Noticed that majority of the names ended with Wu, perhaps it is a common Chinese name.
This is Bruce Lee.
 We booked a night out to have dinner at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen. We had been here 25 years previously, it hasn't changed. Nine course dinner, thankfully shared between 12 people, the servings were not large. After dinner we were taken to the Middle Peak to view Hong Kong lit up at night.
 MTR trains, they are so clean and efficient. They have a 2nd door that closes off on the platform side, and it  is the reason they run on time 100%. When that door closes, you are unable to get though the train door. We went everywhere by train. You buy a card for $150HK, $50 for the card and $100 for fares which can be topped up. At the end you hand back the card and you receive your $50 back and any money left on the card. Works well. This is the seat where you sit if you are elderly, disabled etc. Love the smiley faces.
 Went on the Ding Ding Tram for a ride to Causeway Bay. You hop on and don't pay until you hop off. $2HK. You can even use your MTR card for purchases in shops. I bought socks with mine. The high rises are getting higher each time we go to HK. My tailor told us that there is not much land left, so they go higher and higher. A 1 bedroom unit is now about $1million.
 Hong Kong Park houses the Teaware Museum. Brilliant, unfortunately no free samples.
 These are packs of tea.
 On Wednesday night, we did a tour night at the Happy Valley Races with buffet dinner in the HK Jockey Club. Wonderful night, at the end of the 4th race, were taken to the mounting yard and winners circle to watch the 5th race. I was in the bad books, John asked me to put money on horse 4 in the 5th race. I put it on horse 5 and guess what, horse 4 won. We won quite a bit on other races getting 1st and 2nd in some.
We were also given $30 vouchers for betting.
 Hong Kong Disneyland. It is smaller than it's cousins in LA and  Florida.
Went on my usual ride of the Teacups. They had a new Winnie the Pooh ride, we went on it, cute, and later John asked if we could go on it again, it was "real cool". I was surprised with him saying to do it again, but after realised cool meant it was airconditioned!!!
 The highlight of Disneyland was the hour long theater show of the Lion King. We have seen it in New York, Melbourne and Sydney, but this was just as brilliant.
 It is the 40th Anniversary of the HK Opera Company. A beautiful building, have a Starbucks there, needed an iced coffee out of the heat.
 Prior to the Jumbo Restaurant dinner we went on a cocktail cruise on Victoria Harbour. Very smoggy and a little choppy for a harbour.
 The only day it rained, and I mean pelting down, was the day we went to Tai Po to see the Railway Museum. No one spoke English and after an hour of walking in the rain we still didn't find it.  
Called in to the Tai Po undercover market to get out of the weather and it was fascinating. In the seafood area were these toad. Now...I love frogs.... but had no idea what they were for. 
There were skinned chickens for sale, some with black skin, I asked why.
A man said "bad chicken... good for soup".
No comment.
If anyone decides to go to HK for a visit, I go to the same Tailor, can recommend him. I had a red waterproof  trench coat made. Also bought a pair of mustard coloured walking shoes. These were my only purchases, exchanged the money we didn't spend into UK. Got a good deal.