Saturday, April 30, 2016

"What Do You Collect?"

I was reading blogging friend Julie's, My Quilt Diary (blog reading list), this morning.
Julie posted her collection of cats. I commented over breakfast about it, and the reply came back, that's easy, Boxes and Containers!!!
Yes, I do have a "thing" for them. 
 Next said was, "you always have to have some sort of a box to come home with, that you have found on holidays. 
I am easy for family gift giving, just give me a box and I will be purring like Julie's cat collection.
 Emma bought me this little woven container from Kenya.
 Puzzle box and container from Hakone, Japan.
 Single Wedding Ring pattern, box bought in Boston, USA.
 Sweet container from Dubai.
It is lined with red felt, the lady in the shop told me that you buy it, fill with sweets and chocolate dates, present it to the family who has invited you for dinner.
She was a little puzzled when I asked her if I could buy just the box!!!
 Yokohama, Japan. Padded paper box.
 Fan box from Bird in the Hand, Amish County, Philadelphia, USA. 
 Scquilters Bendigo Retreat find in the antique shop.
 I use it to keep my braids, ribbons etc for embellishing fabric Postcards.
 Found this tin, in a little haberdashery shop, Beaune, France.
It speaks for it's self with the Eiffel Tower on the lid.
Collection of small tins over the years. Each has it's own purpose for holding textile embellishments.
"What do you Collect"???

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Victoria State Rose Garden

 Left home at 8am for the Rose Garden, arrived to a beautiful display of blooms under a lovely blue sky and warm breeze.
As volunteers, we are surprised at the late mass blooming of the roses.
We start pruning them the first week in July.
A selection from Petal C and D.
 "Joy of Life"
 "Oranges and Lemons"
 I work on the Weepers with Geoff, Bev and Ann.
We are also surprised that our weepers are still flowering.
Many of them are covered in hips, but also covered in buds.
 My "volunteer adopted" rose.
"Savoy Hotel"
 Avenue of "Bridal Pink"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Our ANZAC Day public holiday took us for a drive to Clunes, not far from Ballarat.
A busy little town with hoards of people enjoying the sunshine after the morning Dawn Service at it's local memorial. Clunes was one of the first towns to strike gold in the Gold Rush, 1851.
 Corrugated iron and old windows go well together.
 This Drapery shop door, could no doubt tell a lot of stories of the ladies entering it for their haberdashery and linen supplies. I wonder what fabrics it sold for quilts?
 The era of hanging wallpaper.
 Bottles of yesteryear were so attractive compared to the ones of today.
 Window display in the Union Bank 1865
 Buildings and shops fronts that have stood the test of time.
 The Town Hall and Police Court, 1872.
Autumn sunshine and fallen leaves.
Sitting by Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, for a late lunch.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Orange and Gold

Autumn and sunshine with a clear blue sky, my favourite time of the year.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

10cmx10cm for Fibre Arts

Spent this afternoon making my contribution to the Fibre Arts Winter School 10 x 10cm.
The money raised from the sale of the 10 x 10 and 15 x 15 goes to charity.
I used hand dyed blue/green and brown felt, green Japanese paper, a silk screen printed leaf, teabag paper and some hand stitching.
Have now finished both pieces. One less thing to do for Winter School in July.

Monday, April 18, 2016

First Surprise

Not sure if it was Salt or Pepper who laid the first egg today.

The Smell of the Ocean and Fresh Air

Our Sunday drive took us along the Hamilton Highway, west to Mortlake.
A 3rd Birthday party for "Sophie Emma" was attended, while John and I drove to Port Fairy and Warrnambool for lunch. 
 I often forget that Warrnambool is on the edge of Australia,
head south and eventually you hit Antarctica.

 Crossed the bridge to walk the coast line.
 Middle Island has a colony of penguins, the film "Oddball" was made as a tribute to Oddball, the Italian Maremma breed of dog, who protected the penguins.

 Stopped off at Mortlake to wander around the lake, a break from 2 hours of driving.
 It was quite cold and windy, but a certain person in the family does not feel the chill.

 On the way we checked out the World Wide game of Geocaching.
The app has to be downloaded and throughout countries in the world, caches have been hidden.
We found 8 on the Hamilton Highway.
It is a form of hide and seek. You are given a hint with co-ordinates, when the cache is found, sign your name on the paper inside the cache and register that find. Anyone can order a cache and hide it. We have many in Werribee.
This one was found tucked in behind the Fire Warning sign. Magnets are attached to the cache.
Some followers have found 4,000 plus. They can be in buildings, road signs, up trees etc.
The one we found at Lismore was tucked into a capsule with a red Coco-cola cap, hidden in a dry-stone wall.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Make and Take 1 - BORO

Booked a place in this Make and Take workshop.
 Our kit comprised of scraps, thread and a packet of Sashiko needles.
 BORO, meaning rags. 
Scraps are placed over each other to fill in the space and then stitched.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Aus-NZartquilters at AQC

 The Journey Thus Far.....
Australian and New Zealand art quilters online are celebrating their 10th anniversary with the exhibition of ten inch square quilts.
When our group started in 2005, art quilts were just beginning to be respected. Now, along with this new appreciation of art quilts, we quilters have also developed our skills over the last 10 years and have learned and grown as artists.