Thursday, December 1, 2011

Space to sew

Sometimes one has to get away with the alpacas to actually find some time to sew!

Friday, November 25, 2011

In between..

.....all the tumultous events of the past months there have been moments of wonderful.

Heartfelt thanks to all who have emailed, sent cards & more (including food..such glorious food!).  It is a journey.

Monday, October 10, 2011

It's the end of the world as we know it....

& I don't feel fine.

Life can change in one day.  On the 20th of September my husband had an MRI with a shocking report.  This week he is having surgery.  And then next?  Not sure yet.

The photos above taken on Fathers Day September 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lost in time...

flavour of the month, originally uploaded by beeware70.
Mmm..well it's been a while. This is a taste of what the Beehivers have made for me this past month. They are absolutely amazing...the blocks & the Beehivers too!
As for me I've been lost in the knit & the yarn. As my ravelry pages can almost attest too.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Another sort of Beehive

another sort of Beehive, originally uploaded by beeware70.
..been busy cutting fabric for my month in the Beehive lately. Also catching up on blocks to be made.
If you hadn't noticed I like kntting as well. I have adopted this as my new favourite necklace.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Back from the Sydney craft quilt fair.  Tired, sore feet, more projects to do but happy.
Enjoyed the quilts...Dear Jane's seem to be plentiful.
Bought more than I needed (which would have been nothing but then I should have stayed home) but not too much.
Pretty yarn, just a tad of fabric, a birthday book for mum.  That would be about it. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Recipe for a warm neck!

Cold & wintry here...lots of neck warming required.   Inspired by similiar crochet cowls at Calico &Ivy decided to knit one....*

Take one ball of Kidsilk Haze in a mushroomy colour & one rather spesh hank of Koigu...this one was nice & earthy with greys & browns.

Cast on 101 stitches on 8 mm circular needle with one strand of each of the yarns.  Join these stitches as you knit one row in the round...I twisted the stitches so as to end up with a twisted cowl.  Did I do this on purpose?  Maybe!!
Keep knitting in moss stitch (1 purl 1 plain) until yarn is nearly used up.  Cast off loosely.  Quite a bit of KSH is left over...

Enjoy the warmth :)

* It is especially satisfying to complete & wear a project inside 5 days when I have so so many other things on the go that just go very slowly!
And I would like to put more time into learning to crochet one day...when I have more time...but not this week!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Down Under DQS

The DQS stands for doll quilt swap..just in case you were unaware.  I decided to join this swap as i love the idea of making quilts but often start & never finish.....well hopefully one day!
Anyway here is one I finished lately.  It has now been received by it's new owner prosestitch.  I posted it on a cold & rainy night..
..which is also when this photo was taken.  The photo isn't as good as it could be.  Prosestitch has a better one.

About the same time there was post for me.  A delightful package from aunty cookie.

This little quilt will fit perfectly in a little spot above my sewing machine in the corner of my bedroom near a yellowy aboriginal dot painting I have.  Thank you Aunty Cookie!!  I love all it's pleaty grey & yellow goodness. 
It was fun doing a DQS, definitely be up for another one some day!  Thanks Kate for your organisational prowess :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A bit of brightness for winter

DUDQS progress, originally uploaded by beeware70.
I joined the Down Under Doll Quilt Swap this year. It has been organised by the lovely Kate. I have so far enjoyed immensely the quilts popping up in the flickr group. They are all really beautiful. It's fun now to see where each one ends up! Mine is just undergoing it's final touches before it heads off.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Another week..

Well the May Fair was a grand success with the craft stall raising more money than in previous years.  We are all a bit exhausted here.

Here is a photo of the craft stall.  It would be more interesting with people in it but anyway...
Let me tell you I have several amazing friends who really went hell for leather in making stuff for this fair.  My contribution was somewhat measly maybe.

Still the whole experience of a school fete relies on many many hands. 

And this one demonstrated that!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cup of tea anyone?

Our little school fete is on today. 
On offer all sorts of things including cups of tea...and tea cosies.
Ferncourt May Fair 11 am

Entertainment on three stages!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day..

block 8 , originally uploaded by beeware70.
..and may you all have time for a little crafty goodness if that is what your heart desires.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Little holidays

Easter was filled with little trips here & there...not too far afield either.  During this time a birthday was style!

A cardi was finally finished..& the weather turned a bit chilly...

this is my second tiny tea leaves (ravelried here).  I'm now on to doing replace the one I shrank.

So now we are back to the norm of term time.  Very nice to start with a short week though!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter

From the ridiculous.......

to the sublime*

*yes I did mix it up...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Birthday wishes...

On Saturday morning I was inspired to make a birthday present for a 4 year old.  Using the ooshka babushka face my daughter & I set to work.
I used some of the fabric from my Sew-it Together sample bag.  Perfect for the job.  It was well-received on Saturday arvo!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sew it Together 2011...come & gone...but what a blast!

It was a whirl of activity & chat that was over all too soon.  The stories have been told much more comprehensively in many other places.  And photos- plenty here!  I really think Sew it Together is about the people...whom I didn't photograph so you'll have to imagine :)  The rest is icing on the cake.  Big thanks to Sheridan of course!

The day itself started off with an incredibly generous goody bag courtesy of the sponsors.

Settled down to a bit of knitting.  Combined with chatting.  Maybe more chat.  And more cups of tea.

Plenty of purchasing opportunites

A rather special pair of items I was delighted to win from craft schmaft & nicole mallileu

A helpful handpiecing workshop from Cath of Material Obsession.  This will no doubt help my circle game to keep rolling along...

photo from Kathy of Material obsession fame!!

And an impromptu crochet workshop from another Cath.  Thank you Cath.  I didn't get a photo of this one so watch this space.  Peta made a beautiful flower...maybe she will put a photo on her blog one day :)
I managed to fit in voting, a quick trip to Kinokuniya, racing back home to retrieve the lovely nametag I forgot all before dinner.  Which is probably another story to be told another time.

To extend the SIT experience it was great to visit the new Material Obsession on Sunday morning.  And look they are having a sale this week.  Perhaps the perfect excuse for a visit!
Willa & I did make it to Calico & Ivy on Friday to pretend we were on the shopping trip.  Willa had a ulterior motive in being pleased to go....macaroons from adriano zumbo.  I think this might become a regular duo.  Dangerous liasions...

This incredibly crafty weekend finished with a sock toy workshop to help produce toys for our school fete as well as give kids a fun craft experience.  Our May Fair has developed quite the reputation when it comes to craft... onwards..ever onwards...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sew it Together is on today

koigu, originally uploaded by beeware70.
Gathering together supplies to take to SIT. Perhaps not much will be completed so must not get carried away.

Thinking on themes of teal & raspberry today...or was that yesterday!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

...for someone going to 'Sew it Together'

...for SIT, originally uploaded by beeware70.
Yes. I finished it & it should arrive or have arrived at it's destination soon. I believe it is for someone who likes quilts so that is good!
The quilt bit has kind of taken over ...the name a bit. Oh well. At least I got the overall size right this time.....

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Circle game update

Circle game, originally uploaded by beeware70.
I haven't done any since being back at work & into the race of life. But this came the other day in the post.

Suzuko in the circle game....can patchwork get any better??!!

I am looking forward to doing this once caught up with the Beehive & started on some knitting for the May Fair (one scarf down...lots to go)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Made by a Belinda for a Belinda!!!!!!!

Here is a cute nametag that arrived in the post this week. Love the hexagons!

And here is a little stack of fabric etc that hopefully will be the one I make for someone by the end of the week.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


When I look back at this blog there is a hint or 2 (or more) of unfinished projects, too much fabric & plenty of yarn.  Yes it's true.  Storage issues?  Of course.  I recently moved my sewing machine into a corner of my bedroom.  My design wall thing is folded up in a washing basket since my eldest daughter took over the 3rd bedroom.   Feeling a tad disorganised I am!!

But Fridays are a time for simple pleasures...

buttons from the local market

yummy sourdough from a local bakery

some progress on the tiny tea that indeed it will be finished for the cold weather

some balls of yarn for only 75 cents each- perfect for upcoming May Fair projects

If only life was always so simple!! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

The circle game....updated

Some of my January was spent peacefully piecing these blocks.

And look there are buttons on my blog!

Ayumi has written a lovely post....all about Suzuko & the coasters.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Little coasters...

Our SK coasters together!, originally uploaded by ayumills.
Continuing on the story of the Suzuko Koseki coasters. Here they are all together...
I think Ayumi of Pink Penguin will talk about meeting & giving them to Suzuko very soon.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

January oh January where art thou?!

Here we are on the eve of school, first day back at work & all.  My January plans will now have to become February plans!  This is where 2011 truly begins, this is where the year starts to speed on by...are you ready??

from my backyard in the inner suburbs of Sydney

Enjoy the last day of January!

Thank you to all the supprters of the auctions/raffles that happened last week for the flood relief efforts.
Apparently they raised a lot of money.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Auction for the Queensland Flood Relief- number 2

Second auction the same just a few different fabrics.  28 squares of 6.5 inches square.  Please bid on this post & help the Queenslanders.