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Put Into Proportion

Earlier today I was pondering whether I should buy the book skinny quilts and table runners (edited by Elenor Levie) for $45 at my LQS.  Everything was put into proportion when I overheard the customer next to me telling the shop owner to charge her $16 000 long arm quilter purchase onto the credit card.  It put my CASH purchase into proportion.

There have been some cold mornings this winter, so…….

I thought this bloke might appreciated a bit of warmth and gifted him this scarf.

He reminds me of the piccies I’ve seen of early le Tour de France riders.

The month has flown past.  The Missus and I have been taking advantage of the cool weather, which we both like with the occasional beverage and something sweet at our favourite cafe.

We’ve loved what was on tv.

Finished a quilt….it just needs to go through the wash and dryer a couple of times to get the

fuzziness that makes rag quilts so scrumptious.

Received a lovely bunch of flowers from The Missus.

Picked some from the garden.

Was awed……

and pondered upon the talent and imaginationof the artists from……

Patricia Picinnini’s Studio.  This one is called The Embrace and it is an interesting take on motherhood.  We saw it as part of the Relativity exhibition.  I think it could also be called Clingy!!!!

I did get some FOSAL stitching done…..this one’s just waiting for a frame.

Made sssssssllllllllloooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww progress (and continue to do so) on a set of computer covers.

and indulged in some home made cordial tonight while watching The Lost Boys in my pj’s.


A Quiet Sunday

It is cold and still outside….a classic calm before the storm.  Fortunately, I don’t need to be out there unless I choose to.  I’ve just spent a few minutes pulling weeds out from between some iris bulbs. 


As I walked in the warmth of the house and the smell of freshly baked banana bread wafted over and it feels soooooooooo cosy.  Gotta love winter Sundays like today.  The smell of something fresh out of the oven has that effect, doesn’t it? 


1 ¼ cup self-raising flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

20g butter

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg, beaten lightly

½ cup milk

½ cup mashed banana


Stir flour and cinnamon together.  Rub in butter.  Stir in other ingredients.  Be careful not to over-mix.  The batter should be lumpy.  Pour into a greased 14cm x 21cm loaf tin.  Bake in a hot oven 220 – 230 degrees C (450 – 475 degrees F) for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked when tested.  Let it stand for 10 minutes before putting on a cake rack to cool.  If you want to be totally decedent, spread a slice with cream cheese and drizzle with honey.

 Today we have the *coff* sugar free version.  As I was typing in the recipe and got to ½ cup s_ _ _ _ my blood ran cold with the realisation that I’d FORGOT TO ADD THE SUGAR!!!  As I was mixing it and putting it in the pan I kept thinking it was rather pale….  The Missus and I have had a piece and it has the thumbs up with or without sugar.  The bananas make it sweet.  If you make it with sugar, it is darker than in the piccie.  We’ve decided to have it without sugar from now on.


I’ve spent some time today choosing fabric, drawing, vlisofixing and cutting some pieces for Sing, Choir of Angels by Roz Leadbetter of Country Cupboard Designs.  It is in Australian Homespun Christmas Issue. 


 I had originally thought of doing it in all reds, but after a mooch through my fabrics, decided something more muted would be the go. The fq all the others are sitting on is the backing fabric for the angels.  The pattern has this in three pieces, but I’ve decided to quilt down that section and have it as one colour. 

 Naïve style appliqué has been a firm favourite for the ten years I’ve been quilting and I can make it as scrappy as I like.  For a more coordinated look I like foundation piecing.  Being July I’m leaning towards Christmas designs for my quilts and cross stitch.

 I started Four Fat Friends by The Drawn Thread on Thursday night with some threads from my stash on 14 count aida, but all it looks like at the moment is the top of a mad woman’s hair…a progress piccie will come when there is more to show!

The Monolith (DS’s black scarf) is coming along ssssssslllllloooowwwwllllllyyyyyyy.  It is 67cm or 26 ½ inches long (that ½ inch is VERY important! lol).  Each ball seems to take for ever to reduce…..I know that it is because I use fat needles a lot….but I want to see it grow NOW!!! lol

*whispering*  I may have found a way round the multiple screens popping up when I look @ Blogger blogs.  I’m typing each blog address in manually, which seems to be working.  I’m not game enough to leave comments yet, but am enjoying seeing what everyone is up to.  Hopefully I’ve found a solution to the problem.

 Here’s wishing you all a wonderful week.

Today Is A Good Day To….

Lemonade Scones Prep
make lemonade scones.

1 cup lemonade
1 cup cream
3 cups self raising flour

Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon, being careful not to over-mix. Roll out to about 2cm thick. Cut out with scone or biscuit cutter. Brush with a little milk, place on a baking tray in the oven. Bake for 10 – 20 minutes until they sound hollow when tapped underneath.

Cafe de GUM
share their light, fluffy goodness over a pot of Irish Breakfast Tea with The Missus.
Le Tour de France Capelet
weave in the ends of Le Tour de France capelet and then give it a bit of a swish through in some wool wash. I’ve noticed three dropped stitches….It is times like this I’m glad I have a collection of craft books any state library would be proud of  few knitting books….I should be able to find out how to fix the problem.

It was going to be a full sized shawl, but would become too heavy to wear comfortably. I can still do my Pythonesque old hag impersonation if I wear it over my head….”YARN….YARN FOR THE POOR”.

finish off the last few rows on the Insomnia Scarf. It was so becoming when I modelled it for The Missus wearing my hot pink penguin pj’s.

Angel and Bee
add a binding to the On Angels Wings wall hanging and make a new one that is larger than the width of the dowel for Bee Kind To Others.

DMC Sheep
make a lavender sachet using the lavender I dried yesterday and a cross stitched sheep from Shepherd’s Bush ….until disaster struck…..I dried the lavender within an inch of its life yesterday and it doesn’t smell of anything much. Sooooooo….being the Queen of Adaptability….I decided it would make a cute little cushion instead.

Pearl linen should come with a warning, though….It frays like crazy. Of course this came to my notice when I was reverse stuffing the lavender…..Next time I will hopefully remember the fray stop and a very large seam.


finish off the day with a bit of stitching on the TOT Fairy.  I’m thinking about using Kreinik thread instead of beads….but I may change my mind many, many times before I get that far.

Dead Easy Berry Pancakes

The Missus and I had these for tea on Sunday night…delicious!!!

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg

20g (3/4 oz) butter

1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

¾ cup plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 ripe bananas

100g (3 ½oz) mixed berries (or whatever kind of berries you fancy)


Throw the lot (except the berries) in the food processor and zoom it up until smooth.  Fold in the berries.  Drop spoonfuls of the mix into a medium hot frying pan. (You only need a little oil and not too hot or the pancakes burn) and cook until the top begins to bubble.  Flip and cook the other side.  Keep warm until the rest are cooked and serve with maple syrup…Enjoy!

Head Down, Bum Up!


I will be head down, bum up no more thanks to this bag….when I am knitting at least!  I made it this weekend to hold yarn in while I knit.  I was spending a lot of time with my rear end waggling around in the air retrieving balls of yarn which had rolled under the settee.  I think there must be a minature black hole under there, as the tv remote ended up being sucked under there too the other night!  (Pity it doesn’t attract dust….we would never have to clean the house again!) 

The bag is big enough to hold a couple of balls of yarn at a time and small enough to tuck down between my leg and the side of the settee….plus  there is the added safetey factor of  it being harder for Lestat to get to!  The lack of handles was not intentional…..I realised I’d forgotten to add them after I had sewn both sides!  After giving the bag a test drive a few minutes ago, I decided that they would have been more of a hinderance than a help….So it is a sewing clutch instead.

The knitting is DS’s scarf….which will be ready at the end of the winter….but ready for the beginning of winter next year. 


I put some thin polyester wadding in the middle and added a “lollypop” flower to both sides of the bag to quilt it a little.   That was fun to quilt, as it was the first time I’ve every used zigzag on my machine….I’ve had it about seven years! lol  I used to do all my applique by hand using blanket stitch and since I can’t any more I thought it was about time I learnt how to use other stitches besides straight stitch on the machine! 

I went over it three times, as the stitching was wobbly, but am pleased with the result….It has a scrappy look.  I’ll be digging out my applique patterns (especially the Chook Shed ones) soon!  I like how something so simple as zig zagging around a couple of small circles can inspire me to make a whole quilt!

I thought I was biscornued out until I saw Alexandria’s Summer Butterfly Biscornu.  I am very tempted….The Trick Or Treat Fairy may find herself in coventry if she doesn’t buck her ideas up!  She has been warned!

I borrowed the marie claire book Breakfast from the library last week and decided I’d make something yummy to spoil The Missus with….Scrambled eggs and salmon on croissants.  The salmon is for me….The Missus doesn’t like it so requested hot salami instead. 

The ingredients are….eggs (local free range), pouring cream, unsalted butter, smoked salmon/salami, fresh herbs from the garden (depending on what I can find in the dark! lol) and croissants.  It sounds divine….and we will be eating a lot of fruit and veg over the next few days to get the balance back! lol

A while later….


The Missus likes her eggs omletted with Irish Breafast Tea on the side.


I like mine softly scrambled with a hot lemon cordial.

Both were delicious and will be staying on the “Spoiling The Missus Rotten” list….Just don’t ask me to do anything remotely active until at least tomorrow morning…I’m going to roll into the lounge for a bit of stitching on Gail Pan’s Christmas BOM.  Have a luverly crafty week and may the frogs leave you be!