Thursday, 30 October 2014

Jacaranda's.........

My favourite tree that I can grow well in my garden is a jacaranda.............so this is my favourite time of the year...................I have them everywhere...........
I know some people will say they are blooming messy trees but that is forgotten with their beauty.............
I think I have about 19-20 in the garden...........
yep heaps........
my bouganvillea's are putting on an amazing display...........
so together they are stunning............
the garden is doing amazingly well considering the drought...........but as spring has sprung some things have not sprung back to life and a few are struggling..........
gardening is not easy out here..........I am constantly chasing hoses etc...... watering things and thankfully my big dam has a good supply of water for summer this year unlike some of our other dams..........
But I would not live out here without a garden.......you need a sanctuary............
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now don't forget to read my last post.............i'll do the draw on the 1st........
Catch you later
Chookyblue

Monday, 27 October 2014

a new shop..........

Finally I can tell you a secret I have been keeping......................
Some of you would know Sandy's blog Shiralee Stitches.............she's been silent on there for the last year or more because she has been so busy with her new business..............
about July last year she launched Shiralee Stitches...........a portable patchwork shop..........
She has regular classes and does markets/craft shows and also takes the shop to your patchwork group if you want................i'm going to see how far west she will travel............
Shiralee Stitches
The BIG NEWS now a bit over 12 months and Sandy has launched her online shop........
I was so excited to receive the first newsletter on Friday in my emails.......it's like watching my baby grow.............I am so excited for Sandy..................
Now there is something I want to tell you but maybe I shouldn't because it lowers my chances of winning but anyone subscribed to the email by the end of October goes into a draw to win a goodie pack..............
so head on over and check out Sandy new shop.....Shiralee Stitches......
Shiralee Stitches
(pics borrow from Sandy website with permission)
ALSO tell me what you like about Sandy's new shop 
I'll pick a winner in my comments too and i'll pay for Sandy to send out her first designed pattern to someone from my blog comments
It's a lovely project I am currently working on..........
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Spread the word
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So 2 chances to win......
1. sign up to Sandy's newsletter on her website ASAP
2. tell me what you like about Sandy's online shop in my comments
.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........
PS I will catch up on my email replies as the internet has reset and I can open the emails...............thanks for being patient..........

Thursday, 23 October 2014

feeling hot hot hot..............

So October is the middle of spring isn't well - I think someone needs to tell October that.............
It's going to more like the middle of summer for us................
they say we're in a heatwave...........I think that's 5 or more of days X(5?) degrees above the average temp of the time......... 
So today got to about 34 deg cel..............the next 4 are forecast as 38 deg C but they had some 40's and changed them back.............our average temp for this month is 27.4..........this month our avg is already 28.3...........I hope this is not a sign of a very hot summer but who knows............
I know heat like this knocks us, gardens, animals everything around more now then the middle of summer when we are used to it a bit more.......but 38 is no fun anytime except when your on a run of 40 plus when 38 is a cool change........lol........
it's still 33deg now at 6.30pm...........
Maybe it will stir up the weather and bring us some rain.......
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Thanks everyone for your lovely comments on the bags Fairy Girl and I have made..............bags are a good project to see quick results............
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OK best go find something for dinner..........
any suggestions for quick and easy...........

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fairy Girls bag............

Fairy Girl had been busy during the holidays..............
Finished this bag off...........
Lou Lou by Natalie Ross..........
we changed the handles as we didn't have any rings.........and pieced the outside differently due to the fabric pieces we had............
Made a pencil case for school..........she survived the zipper lessons and did very well........
She loves the Prints Charming fabrics........she still has a bit more to play with...............
Catch you later
Chookyblue..............

Sunday, 19 October 2014

there's always a first...............

I know some of you may not believe this (well anyone who has ever been to a workshop with me) but I went to a workshop and finished the project at the workshop..............
now don't fall over with shock...........
Carol from Cherry Pie Designs had a workshop..........
you could do a bag or a needle book - Carols Felted Wool needle book............
why oh why did I put this pin in this spot on the bottom side.............
must remember to change the needle.............goodness knows how I didn't break it...........
But LOOK.......I made this gorgeous bag............."Katies Bag" by  Cherry Pie Designs
the workshop was heaps of fun...........I learnt even better handle making tips............we used a more stable bag lining which I will definitely be using again..............it's a great size.......I will be making this bag again for sure..............love the scallops.....learnt how to make them too..........
ta da...........love the fabrics,,,,,,,,,
some of the goodies on sale...........
it's great seeing the samples with the patterns............I missed taking a photo of the yummy fabrics she had with her...........
OH and was I in heaven going thru Carols English Paper Piecing papers and templates..............
so much choice in one spot..........I got a few more shapes that will go with what I have.........
also a little bit of shopping.............
what a fun day..............
Thanks so much Carol for travelling out west..........everyone enjoyed the day............
Catch you later
Chookyblue