Monday, November 2, 2015

OPAM October

Seven finishes this month - mind you, most of them are quite small so I really can't  crow too loudly. But a finish is a finish and I'm pretty pleased.

Thanks again to Peg and Kris for keeping us all motivated to keep calm  and carry on crafting.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

What's been happening

I'm now able to blog with photos - hooray! A visit to the Telstra shop yesterday confirmed my tablet was outmoded and the cord was stuffed, which was why it wouldn't charge. Boo hiss. We came away with a new, cheaper plan and a little tablet  which is  light and fits into my handbag - so convenient.
The Aussie husband and I got up at ridiculously early o'clock this morning to watch my team, the All Blacks, defeat the Wallabies 34 -17. Well, that wasn't my husband's intention but that's what happened. It was an absolutely excellent game, and I don't just mean because the Kiwis won. Now that the World Cup is over, this Little Red Hen can look forward to staying in bed all night, every night.

 Around lunchtime, we staggered out into the daylight and went to an exhibition by Ballaarat Quilters. So much colour, so much variety. I love the one above, which is based on Jane Austen's quilt. The quilt top left was viewer's choice for us both - it would look lovely on our bed. The one next to it reminds me of gift packages and I photographed the wall hanging because I have a kit for the 3 panels and hadn't  considered  putting it together that way.

 I'm in a couple of Christmas swaps again this year and have other handmade gifts to make. Above are two of the first - a stitcher's pouch, designed by Sarah from Patchworks Plus, and a purse for little scissors, some needles and pins and other accessories.  The pins fabric is by Aneela Hoey and Heather Ross, whose quirky fabrics I just love, designed the butterflies print. The other fabric is a floral cross-stitch print by Aussie Shannon Lamden. Using lovely fabrics is always such a pleasure.
We've been married 40 years next year and are hoping that our retirees' budget will fund a trip to Europe. Brochures have been collected and there's planning (and probably some arguments) to look forward to. Stay tuned.