Wednesday, November 30, 2022

City Christmas Lights

Today my two walking companions and I hopped on a Manly ferry to travel into the City

To wander around various laneways and arcades to see the City all decked out for Christmas.   First up was the Rocks area.

After a short ride on the light rail we arrived at Martin Place to admire the largest Christmas tree in NSW which is decorated with more than 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star and 330 specially created glossy baubles.

The tree’s 800 branches are dressed with 15,000 flowers representing 9 different kinds of Australian flowers: banksia, waratah, bottlebrush, wattle, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, pink wax flower and white wax flower.

We then walked along George Street to the Strand Arcade which never fails to impress.

We then headed to see the DJ's windows which were a major disappointment to all three of us as we remember them as being magical when we were children.  We were also disappointed with the tree in the Queen Victoria building as well.     No where near as spectacular as previous years.  

All in all we enjoyed our day wandering around the City seeing her dressed up for the coming festive season.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Fulfilling orders

The last couple of weeks in the sewing room have been spent between the sewing machine and overlocker while getting through some orders that came in earlier.    First up were 2 girl bibs, 2 boy bibs and an apron for a 3 year old girl.

Next to be ticked off the list was the set of 4 individual placemats.

A set of two kitchen hanging towels.

While making the above two towels 4 more were made and now reside in the giftie box. 

Next on the list was a couple of pairs of shorts for Miss M.    All the items finished were listed as my OMG for November.   

Miss M loves a waltz length nightie so one of those was added in as well.

While the above was happening a couple of audio books kept me company.  

I am pleased to say that all orders have been delivered and the recipients were more than happy with them.

Christmas shopping expeditions to the local shopping centres have been happening over the last couple of weeks and some items have been ticked off the list.   A few ideas for those hard to buy for people -  that we all seem to have on our list - are being considered and a start will need to be made if they are to be sewn and ready on time.

Linking with Table Scraps

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

You know Summer is on its way.....

 When the streets of Sydney are awash with  gorgeous purple jacaranda trees.  

This annual show never fails to impress me.

In keeping with all this purple the first pair of shorts for Miss M  - purple of course - were cut out and put through the overlocker which is what was achieved during FNSI.

During the week I caught the ferry into the City and passed alongside the Queen Elizabeth which was docked at Circular Quay.  I have a friend and her husband who were boarding the ship on Tuesday for a 28 day cruise around Australia.  

I missed seeing the movie "The Dry" when it was showing at the begining of last year and had heard that it was very good so when I saw the book in the library it was grabbed and checked out.    I am about 3/4 the way through the book and still no clue as to what happened all those years ago and if the current deaths were a murder/suicide or there was foul play.  

I have not read a Jane Harper book before but will definitely put her name on my future reading list. 

Two more red beanies completed and another one started.

Time to head off and check out some other blogs.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Music Blog Hop

The challenge for this blog hop is to 

Create something to do with MUSIC.
Do you have a song that inspires you or a tune you listen to when you sew?
Do you love a particular instrument or know someone who does?
Maybe something, anything, is music to your heart.
Does your Mary have a lamb?
Do you ave music fabric you need to use?
You decide!  
The theme is really your own interpretation, surprise us!

After giving the above much thought my sewing machine is music to my heart.    I find the sound of the sewing machine as it hums along a repetitive and constant beat as the fabric is fed through from the front to the back of the machine and on its way to a completed item.   Next time you are sitting at your sewing machine turn off all distractions such as tv, radio, podcasts etc and just listen to the "music" that your machine is playing.     So with this thought in mind it was fitting that something should be made to represent my "muscial instrument".    This is a good size pouch which holds various bits and pieces to take to my sewing groups.  

Thank you Carla for organising another fun blog hop and now it is time to head on over to the blogs listed below to see what their interpretation of Music is.   
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Friday, November 4, 2022


Started early this morning for me as two tablerunners needed to be finished off for the hospital auxiliary stall tomorrow and seeing that I am on the set up and first shift things needed to be moved along quickly.    Even though these are called 10 minute tablerunners there is nothing ten minutes about them or I am a very slow worker.

Before heading into the sewing room an impossible pasta and vegetable pie was made for a quick lunch for hubs and myself for the next couple of days.    

I cannot take any credit for the gorgeous handknits below but I wanted to share them with you.   One of the ladies in my knitting group donates these to the hospital stall each month.    I call her a "machine" as she usually donates between 4 to 6 of these each month and they sell like hot cakes.   As you can image there is never a pair of knitting needles out of her hands.    

This brings me to the big red ball of wool.    These three beanies have been worked on over the last couple of weeks and still does not appear to be any shrinkage in the size of the ball.  

A new book was started.

I have received a few orders over the last couple of days.    One lady wants 2 girl bibs, 2 boy bibs and an apron for a 3 year old girl.    Plenty of fabric in the stash to cover those.     Another order has come for a set of 4 placemats but they needed to be personalised for each member of the family.    Floral for the lady of the house, racing cars for the man of the house, basketball fabric for No 1 son and computer fabric for No 2 son.    Plenty of floral fabric in the stash but the other three were very specific so on-line shopping was resorted to to obtain them.   

The fabrics arrived in the mail this morning.

Another order has come in for two hanging kitchen handtowels.    And Miss M has requested a couple of pairs of shorts for summer.   

All of the above will be my OMG for November and don't forget to go over here to see what else was happening for FNwF in other craft rooms. 

Linking with Elm Street Quilts

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