Saturday, January 26, 2013

Right of passage

I thought it was time that Harvey learned to bake.
We made chocolate chip cookies. He was my chief flour flinger - the clean up took a while but it was worth enjoying his enthusiasm.

The most important lesson and the right of passage was of course the opportunity to lick the beater. 
It took some fierce concentration

but as you can see, he's a natural.
It's been a bit mental around here, we needed to swap rooms around to prepare for the new bubba which has meant moving my craft room. That was all going well until we realised that things weren't going to fit quite the way I'd hoped (and the way I'd measured...)
Crisis averted with a few changes to furniture.
I finally got some sewing done last night, starting this cushion for my friends daughter who is being Christened tomorrow. I finished it today so tonight I can get stuck into some UFO's now that I have some momentum going. 

Happy Sewing lovelies,
Abbe x

Friday, January 11, 2013

Stripping - even the nice girls are doing it

Now, for all those doing Google searches for other kinds of stripping, sorry to disappoint,  I'm talking about fabric strips.
I've managed to get caught up in the craze of the Scrappy Trip Around The World (#scrappytripalong on Instagram) which stemmed from a great tutorial at by Bonnie Hunter.
I know I would have never done a Bargello or Trip Around the World quilt, just not my style but this grabs me because I am finally cutting into my huge stash of fat quarters. 

Just like my un-stuck sticker collection when I was a kid (I always kept them as they were because I didn't want to 'waste' them....) my fat quarters mostly remain untouched.
Or they did.
These are the block I've done so far - I can imagine I'm going to have 'fun' organising and reorganising placement. I am making 36 blocks, which are 12" finished.
I am aiming for a dark fabric through the middle of each block but otherwise it's random.
I know I'm going to make another because I've been cutting double the amount of strips I you do.

On a super happy note, Copper Patch House has finally got a couch.
Big deal you think?
We have some comfy outdoor furniture but it certainly wasn't the same as stretching out in the proper veg-out position. Something that was very hard to deal with when I was suffering the horrendous morning sickness.

I think we got enough couch....

I need to scale up the size of cushions that I make - this is the first of many planned using the colourful Denyse Shmidt ranges, Hope Valley and Chicopee.

Happy Days,

Another reminder -  Craft n Chat at The Retreat is this weekend, still some places available.
Check out this post or contact me via the website.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A reminder - Come craft with me!

Just a reminder that we are having some Chat and Craft days at The Retreat.
Need some crafty time?
Need to get away from the kids for a day?
Need to come and stickynose and check out The Retreat?
Need to hang out with lovely people, eat some yummy food and have a great day?

Come to The Retreat
Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th of January
10am until 

$50 per day includes, morning and afternoon tea and lunch.
Hot and cold drinks and energy giving chocolates lollies provided.

There will be little gifts for all attendees and the chance to win a $100 accommodation voucher.

Bring your crafty projects to work on, some show and tell and your sense of humour, bring a buddy or meet some new crafty mates.
Any type of craft is welcome, if you want to work on it - bring it!

Limited places available so contact us now to book.

Contact Abbe on 0412 932 880 or at