Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Baby Shower

I wanted to make a bib to add to the baby parcel i was putting together,this is a lovely pattern given to me by my buddy Lyn.

This is the parcel that i put together for my niece Alana for her baby shower.

 Alana has 5 weeks to go and her mother my sister is so excited this is going to be their first grandchild.
Alana was glowing and she was very proud of her growing tummy.

This is my sister's beautiful ragdoll cat Coco Pop,she has just had 3 kittens ,i didnt get to see them as they have already gone to their new homes.

This is a new soup recipe i tried,which is very yummy,its a bit different to the other soups that i make so it was nice to have a change,i made this soup for my sister who is a vegetarian and instead of adding chicken i added a can of  organic 3 bean mix and used vegetable stock,she loved it and took some home with her, recipe below.

Recipe for the Country chicken soup.

Hope your day is a good one.
Cheers Shez xx

Monday, 16 July 2018

Needlecase Tutorial

I wanted to make a needlecase to match the dilly bag that i gave Lyn for her birthday,so i used one of Michelle's stitcher's alphabet letter's,i did decrease the letter down to 85% in size
The little grey squares 4 x 1" ,the stitched piece trim to 4" x 4".the top and bottom strips 1 1/2 x 4"

Then i sewed the 1" squares int the corners of the stitchery and pressed.

Then i attached the 2 1 1/2" x 4" strips one to the top and one to the bottom and press,then i cut a piece for the back of the needlecase the same size as the front,mine was cut at 7 1/2" x 6".
And i also found a small hair tie to use for closing the needlecase up.

Sew the back piece to the front make sure it opens up the right way then cut a piece of iron on pellon and iron onto the wrong side.
Also attach the hair tie to the back,pic below.

Then sew down your inside fabric ( wrong sides together) on each side edge then turn it inside out.

I also wanted to add a pocket so i cut some inside fabric 7 1/2" x 6" and folded it in half then cut a piece of firm interfacing ( the size of the folded fabric) and put it inside the folded pocket,then i sewed it to the inside of the needlecase.

I then used 2 strips of fabric for the binding 8" x 2" ,fold the ends in to make it the same size as the needlecase top and bottom edges then fold in half and iron then attach to the top and bottom edges of the needlecase.

I then attached some white flanette 2 pieces (you can do one if you like) 6" x 5" and stitch them down the center of the needlcase.

I then attached a matching button to the front of the needlecase for the hair tie to go over to keep the neddlecaes closed.

I also hand stitched a piece of ribbon to the lining so it would hold a pair of scissors in place.
The needlecase is all finished and was made in matching fabrics to go with the dillybag and sit in the pocket inside the bag.
This tutorial is to only show you how i made my needlecase ,i am in no way a designer,so to make one like mine is at your own risk using this tutorial which i am happy to share.

Hope your day is a good one.
Cheers Shez xx

Friday, 13 July 2018

Green Dragons sit & Sew

Brenda and i had another wonderful day at the Green Dragons sit & sew which is hosted by Michelle De Groot .
Above is Dot showing me her beautiful piece of work that she had done in one of Michelle's classes.

Candy the puppy like to give everyone a cuddle especially Cate.

Lesley model her new jacket which she had just finished knitting,its a lovely design that allows you to sew or stitch while keeping warm.

And Julie is busy making a lovely pieced design,its been fun watching her paper piece.

Cheryl and Lesley checking out Lesley appliqued cushion pieces.

Lol Kelly is so funny and has us in stitches,such a fun member of this group .

Cheryl showing us her beautiful hand stitched piece and she has FMQ around her stitched pattern.

Here is Dot with Michelle showing us her beautiful appliqued cats,all such lovely work from the girls,i kept working on my Ruth's tags not many more left to do now.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend,i have family coming to stay and my 2 oldest Grand daughters go home today after staying a couple of days,its been busy here this week,lol keeps me out of mischief.
Cheers Shez xx

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Bunnyhill Deco & Monday Craft

I am running late finishing my Bunnyhill heart decoration for July,but now have it finished.

7 Made 5 more to go,Karen is away ,to see Jeanette's bunny hill heart go here ,dont think joan has posted yet.

On Monday i got to catch up with the lovely Joy at craft.

 Most of the ladies were knitting or crocheting and Brenda has finished 2 quilts.

Also on Tuesday Lyn and i met up in Meredith for lunch only there was nothing open as everyone was renovating lol we couldnt believe it so we drove back to Bannockburn and had a lovely lunch and afternoon tea at Sorelles cafe.
It was lovely spending time with Lyn,wished we lived closer,lol.
Also Tuesday morning my hubby had an accident heading to Mildura,at St Arnold a kangaroo jumped out in front of him,it has wrecked the van lucky the trailer was ok and best of all hubby was ok ,but the poor kangaroo died.

Hope your day is a good one.
Cheers Shez xx

Monday, 9 July 2018

Baby Kanga & been Busy

We had our 2 grandson's over last week and boy did they get excited when they got to see kangaroos in our yard,even more so when Murphy said there is one with her pouch jumping up and down and then next thing a little joey popped its head out,well the boys were beside them selves,then we watched the little joey bending down and eating the grass all from the comfort of his mum's pouch,how cute.

The boys and i also went on a bush walk ,we found a little hill where a fox had been living ,so the boys were poking sticks in the holes hoping the fox would come out,it would've been funny if one did pop its head out ,i reckon i would'nt have seen the boys for dust.
Lol i knew that it had been empty for many months now,we did have a fox live in there with its cubs,but they have been long gone.

The chicken vests are all finished,dags sewn in and buttons sown on and they have had a good press ready to give to Lyn later this week.

I have finished needle turning another Holly Cottage block.

I have finished 4 more tags from Ruth's quilt.

I have been working on a secret project also.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.
Cheers Shezxx

Saturday, 7 July 2018


For FNWF i finished the embroidery on my Holly Cottage block., a big thankyou to my buddy Chez for hosting Friday Night With Friends.

During the week i finished 2 knitted chicken jackets, my buddy Lyn put out a call for friends to knit some jackets for her daughters distressed chooks after a fox got into the coop and did some damaged.
Lol they will be the best dressed chooks in the neighbourhood . Now i just need to press them ,sew the dags in and sew some buttons on and they are finished .

Friday i took my GD Adie out to lunch for her 11th Birthday and she chose Hogs Breath cafe to go to,we had a lovely meal and then did some shopping.

Adie also loved her stationary holder and has already started a bullet journal .

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Cheers Shez xx

Friday, 6 July 2018

Little Basket Zip Pouch

This kit is from a workshop i did in 2015 .

I got it all marked out for hand quilting and i decided to use some pretty wooden flower buttons instead of embroidering vines in the basket.

 I hand quilted with a thick DMC size 5 pearl thread and a chenille needle.

Finally all ready to put together.

The fabric in the kit i think is Figtree and this is a lovely design by Shelley Kelly called Little Basket Zip Pouch ,sorry i could find no link for the pattern.
Another finish for the gift box.

Dont forget to signup with Chez for Friday night with friends.

Hope your day is a good one.
Cheers Shez xx