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Cooking With Gas

I’m blessing the fact that we have a gas stove………the power is going to be out for about three hours.  What’s a gal to do but make hot chocolate and blog???

Lestat is completely unphased (and unimpressed) by my go-go dancing to the theme music of the 60’s British production UFO, which The Missus is watching on the portable DVD player.  She is sitting shaking her head and laughing…..if nothing else I’m good for cheap entertainment! lol

I made a bag this morning for the portable magnifying glass I purchased yesterday at the craft fair.  It’s made from a tea towel.  The motif on it led to a very fast finish.

I finished May’s FOSAL ornament today.  It is a bit wonky on the top and bottom, as it didn’t want to behave…..It got to the stage where it was either finished wonky or was hacked to pieces…..I decided to go with the former lest The Missus have thoughts about calling the women in the white coats to come and get me…..That doesn’t bear thinking about…..All that “rest time” and not being able to play with needles and other sharp objects!

A couple of weeks ago a friend had a  bad case of the blues.  So I whipped up a dammit doll for her.  I picked the ugliest fabric in my stash….(It came as part of a fq pack so I am taking NO responsibility for picking it! lol)…..I thought it would be easier to bash if it was not pretty…..She loves it and says it is too nice to whack on a hard surface….Having something hand made had a positive effect, which is wonderful…..

I wanted to have a go at foundation pieced flying geese a couple of weeks ago, so made a runner.  The background colour blends in a bit more than I like, but I’m quite pleased with it….I just ignore the unevenness caused by sewing onto stretchy interfacing for the foundation!!!

There was a queen sized quilt at the craft fair yesterday that was made up of all small flying geese.  It was hand quilted… that would take patience!  It was in cream and a soft pink.  It would look stunning in a feminine bedroom.

Have a fab week!


Counting Our Blessings

The Universe has a way of whopping you one when least expected….We got the bushfire “if you are leaving, go now” SMS on our phones yesterday. That combined with seeing gum trees exploding a few houses down from us at the end of our street and four fire bombers going hard at it meant we didn’t hesitate. We bundled Lestat into his travel box, Nibbles into a pillowcase, grabbed our shoulder bags and left. The Missus said I went all shades of grey when I told her we were leaving. It was a horrible decision to make, but not hard, because we were taking what we valued most…..each other and our pets. Passing through the road block was heart wrenching, as I knew we could not go back until whatever was going to happen was over. We were lucky, the fire was contained and there were no injuries (including to my fingers as I held the top of the pillow case shut on an irate weiro) or property damage. The area is still considered “at risk”, so Lestat and Nibbles are at the vet’s until everything is clear. The Missus and I are home and counting our blessings. We both feel very lucky.

The Missus took this piccie of me holding up a quilt top I finished on Sunday night. It had started off as “I’m Blushing”, but evolved into Lestat’s new cover for the kitchen chair he hides/sleeps on, as I ran out of fabric. He currently has a sarong which he gets tangled up in when he tries to get underneath it. He gets most miffed about it, as he previously had the end of a table cloth to hide under. He considers a quilt will be MUCH more suitable!

I’ve been slicing and dicing 6 ½ x 3 ½ inch green bricks today for my next two projects. One set will be for the green strip on a tablecloth with a coin purse design in the lesbian/gay Pride colours with black for the borders. The other set is for a double sided green lap quilt for The Missus. Green is her favourite colour.

The FOSAL rules have changed slightly, so if you would prefer to pick a new project each month, you can. I’ve mooched through some of my Christmas cross stitch patterns and have come up with my “lucky dip” list for FOSAL. My list is…..

A Merry Kitty Klaws – Val’s Stuff; JCS 2007

Be Merry – Val’s Stuff; JCS 2009

Christmas Kitty – The Cat’s Whiskers

Chilly Frillys – Little by Little Designs; JCS 2009

Peace – Cross Stitch Card Shop; December 2008

Rockin’ Robin – 74 Best Ever Xmas Charts; Cross Stitch Crazy

Row of Trees – Jill Oxton’s Cross Stitch Special Issue 1

Santa’s Buddies – Angel Stitchin’; JCS 2009

Scandinavian Style – Fast and Fabulous Christmas Cards; CrossStitcher (English, 2008?)

Santa’s Flight – Shepherd’s Bush; JCS 2009

Starry Night – Shepherd’s Bush; JCS 2008

Sweet Baby – Shepherd’s Bush, JCS 2007

My January pick is Christmas Kitty by The Cat’s Whiskers.

Heidi is co-hosting a Friday Night Sew-In on 15th Jan for night of stitchy goodness…..The details are here. I will be there in my pj’s with a cup of tea, some chocolate and I have no idea what kind of sewing yet! It is a safe bet to assume it will either be machine or hand sewing! 😉

One of Lestat’s favourite hidey holes is a paper bag. It’s not very often that we get a paper bag big enough to fit him, but when we do he makes a bee line for it. As you can see by the look on his face, it is a very serious business.


Festive Ornament SAL

I thought it would be fun to have a Christmas ornament SAL next year.….and even more fun to have other stitchers joining in. Which led to FOSAL being created.

Remember when we were kids how much fun lucky dips were? FOSAL is a bit like that!

How it works:


Pick out twelve patterns for Christmas ornaments that you would like to stitch during the year.  (Any kind of stitchy goodness, not just cross stitch.)

Kit each one up separately. (Snap lock bags are an easy way of doing this.)

Place them together in a box/bag for safe keeping.

On the 1st of each month close your eyes, put your hand in your box/bag and pull out one kit. That is the one you are working on for the month.


Pick a new project every month.

During the week beginning 1st January, please post a list and a related picture of your choices.

During the weeks listed below, post each month’s finished ornament for all to admire.

Start date: 1st January, 2010.

Blogger allows 100 members. If there are vacancies, people may join during the year.

Please post a picture of your finished Festive Ornament during the week beginning on the following dates:

January – week beginning Sunday 24th January 2010.

February – week beginning Sunday 21st February 2010.

March – week beginning Sunday 28th March 2010.

April – week beginning Sunday 25th April 2010.

May – week beginning Sunday 30th May 2010.

June – week beginning Sunday 27th June 2010.

July – week beginning Sunday 25th July 2010.

August – week beginning Sunday 29th August 2010.

September – week beginning Sunday 26th September 2010.

October – week beginning Sunday 24th October 2010.

November – week beginning Sunday 28th November 2010.

December – week beginning Sunday 26th December 2010.

If you would like to join in, grab the piccie at the top of the post and add it to your sidebar, then let me know either here or over at so I can add you.