Sunday, 3 November 2019

Highlights!

Well.... what else could I call this blog post other than "highlights"!  I have been here - unfortunately no exciting overseas trip to use as an excuse..... just time slipping by and not having the motivation to sit and add to my blog.... BUT - I'm here now and my blog journal needs updating.... so.... 
A couple of weeks was spent in Sydney during September... catching up with family.  Sadly a dear family friend passed away in Sydney during that time. Last year I made her a quilt when she became unwell as she had always aspired to making one herself.....
While in Sydney my sister and I spent a few hours (!) at the The Crewel Goblin...... we both came away with some bits and pieces.... I bought a Xmas Cross-Stitch pattern with the intention of finishing it this year but am now looking at it as a project to work on over this Xmas!....
A quilt I had been working on is ready for the binding.....  has been for some weeks (!) ...even though the recipient won't be getting it till next year I'd better not leave it till the last minute! 
The October long weekend arrived and it was time for the Bodalla Embroiderers' Exhibition.... as always it didn't disappoint....there were so many beautiful - and inspirational - creations....these were some of my favourites....
I myself have not been very creative over the last couple of months but have read a few books......
...enjoyed all these books but loved "The Travelling Cat Chronicles" .... "The Chalk Man" I bought in England last year after seeing it advertised on billboards at railway stations...if you like Stephen King you'll like this one.... and Liz Byrski didn't disappoint with"Gang of Four". 
During October our dear dad celebrated his 97th birthday but due to a couple of family members having health issues (not dad!) we postponed his birthday celebration to the Xmas holidays as we will all be once again in Sydney. 
I think that about brings me up to date.... I am working on something small at the moment which needs to be finished over the next couple of weeks......the binding on the quilt hopefully will also be finished..... another book has been started....so should be back sooner rather than later!! 
Will finish off with this lovely photo of Miss Dora - basking in the morning sunshine! 
Till next time
Happy Stitching
Asta













Sunday, 11 August 2019

Mum's 90th Birthday

A couple of weeks ago (end July!) we celebrated a special family birthday - Mum's 90th! 

We all enjoyed ourselves over lunch at a great Chinese Restaurant followed by a birthday cake back at home! 
Must add a few photos from Hayley & Megan's 2 week holiday together in Turkey with plenty of adventures.... including hot air ballooning and paragliding
...and on a beautiful sunset evening they sat together and remembered their dad who had passed away 5 years earlier.....before a planned holiday to Turkey together with Megan was to become a reality.
Turkey photos courtesy of Hayley & Megan
Meanwhile, after having to re-cast off the kneck edge (originally so tight I couldn't get it over my head!) my jumper was finally finished and with some very cold days has been worn!....... 
Decided it was time for a change of pace after reading 3 crime novels in a row....a period drama set in late 1930's.....
Today (2 weeks into August!) my sewing machine re-surfaced (last used in April!) as I have decided to make a quilt ......from working out re-sizing of the quilt..... a bit (!!) of time spent deciding which piece should go where..... I went from this....
.....to this.....
....and hopefully it will be sewn together soon!! 
To finish off.... here is a photo of bulbs blooming in the middle of Winter.... these don't usually appear till Spring! 

Till next time
Happy Stitching!
Asta






Sunday, 30 June 2019

June!

A month into Winter - and there have been some cold days! - and the last day of June which means it's time to celebrate younger daughter, Megan's, birthday.......
....and she is still overseas but enjoying her birthday with sister Hayley who has flown over to join Megan on a 2 week holiday in Turkey.....here they are all ready to visit the Blue Mosque.....in appropriate dress....
Meanwhile here at home not a lot of creativity has been happening......but did go to the local "Eurobodalla Fibre & Textile Artists Group" Exhibition - there were some very interesting & varied pieces of work.....here are just a few....
 ....a seahorse made of thousands of little folded paper boxes!
and.... what to do with those old garden tools and a bit of fibre!! 
Last weekend I took myself to Milton to take part in a couple of events at Storyfest....the inaugural 3 day "festival for the writer, the reader, the dreamer & story teller" ....
Although only 45 mins from home I stayed the weekend in a lovely Airbnb as I had booked into events over 2 days...... on the Friday night I attended an event called "Criminal Minds" ... a panel of 3 crime writers spoke about how they got into writing, where they got their ideas from. etc...... I found it very interesting.... I had not read any of the authors'works but managed to finish these 2 by one of the authors speaking before attending the event.....
On the Saturday I went to listen to 2 authors who incorporate actual historical facts into their novels....again very interesting and this time I had read one of the author's works....set in Estonia during the WW2...having an Estonian background I had really enjoyed the book and listening to the author explain her research for it didn't disappoint! 
The Ulladulla Bookshop had set up a book stall in the Milton CWA Hall....it was the equivalent to walking into a patchwork shop for me!! Purchases were made.... 6 books in total....but I tell myself I'm saving for my retirement!! 
That's all I have been up to of late......my jumper I was knitting was finished but am currently unpicking the kneckline as I cast off so tight I can't get it over my head....will have a photo perhaps next time! Otherwise have been too busy reading to do a lot of stitching...

Happy Stitching
Asta


Friday, 31 May 2019

May


Here we are at the end of May and Autumn - my favourite season..... though, with Winter just around the corner - and the weather having turned rather chilly - this beautiful tree is still wrapped in it's Autumn coat as I pass it on my way to work each morning! 
Along with May came Mothers' Day and another family gathering in Sydney....unfortunately my sister Linda couldn't make it this year due to a bad back which a 4 hour drive would not have helped.....but.... Hayley flew down from Queensland for the weekend..... I knew she was coming but it was a surprise for Mum & Dad with Mum saying it was the best "Grandmother's" Day present she could have had!  A few snapshots of another memorable day....

Afternoon tea on the verandah - everyone's favourite spot at Mum & Dads
Mum, Hayley and myself....
....and being entertained by my sister Vivien who has taught herself to play the harp - purchased only about 5 months ago! ...... she made it look very easy!
We all shared "Face-Time" (I think that's what it's called) with Megan in England and she followed up with one of her "custom made"  Mothers' Day signs for me..... this time not from some interesting travel destination but from the kitchen of the restaurant where she works.....
A little bit of stitching has been done over the past  month..... a very slow start to "Gossip in the Garden" quilt ..... and a few more stitcheries from "Stitch Therapy 365" completed....
A crochet blanket - which only seems to be worked on during the cooler months and hence seems to be taking forever to finish - has re-surfaced and am slowly making further progress on it.... will it be ready this Winter? I somehow doubt it! .......
One of my regular "haunts" on a Saturday morning is an op-shop called "Rally for Recovery" where you never know what you will find........like an old sewing basket for $2!
A bit of reading has been done over the past month..... an interesting story.... one critic describes it as "funny, touching and unpredictable" which just about sums it up....... 
And that brings me up to date with May...... we could get some showers over the weekend which may lead to more "creativity" happening or a new book being started.... we'll see...
Winter is closing in so time will be spent being cosy inside! 

Happy Stitching till next time....
Asta