If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Topsy Turvey House

We are having new carpet and loose lay vinyl tiles put into most of our house except the sewing room starting tomorrow. That means completely clearing rooms, unpacking cupboards and finding things that have not seen the light of day for 20 years, especially all of that glassware we received as wedding gifts 32 years ago. I have decided to use "stuff" and not squirrel it away in case it gets broken.

This morning I finished packing up the eight Bridie's Blossoms boy packages that will be on their way to a hospital in the south of the state during the week courtesy of my two faithful couriers Jade and Kurt.
I have machine embroidered the little vests for these outfits which I have made from a lovely lightweight crepe which will not crush.

Many thanks once again to Anita James of Chrystal Embroidery for the lovely embroidery patterns. I think they look delightful. Unfortunately my photography does not do them justice and the blue buttons match much better than they appear to do.
If anyone is interested the patterns I use for these gowns is in the June 2006 newsletter from Carewear.Org. I use size E for my 37-40 week gowns, size D for the 31-36 weeks and size C for 26-30 weeks. If they are a little large they can be adjusted by the ribbon ties on the back.

We have had some glorious sunsets this past week and I have a few pics for you to see.




I have also to remember to take a photo of the magnificent blooms on the magnolia outside my kitchen window before they disappear for another year.

Tineke stumbled across my blog only five ago and has already stitched out four of the  Stack'Ems blocks from that BOM.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Many things to update you on

I have been busy over the weekend working on a project to help a group out who give little wooden boxes to local hospitals in which to lave their special angel babies who are born up to weeks gestation.  They had initially been lined by a funeral home but it was thought the finish did not convey the love and caring needed for these precious boxes.

An example of the original box is below

Many thanks to Anita James of Chrystal Embroidery for allowing me to use one of her background quilting designs. Photos of one of my boxes are below
Finished Box

Embroidered Coverlet

Base of Box

Inside lid of box



We are starting to sending out the Bridie's Blossoms infant loss keepsake hankies around Australia as word spreads that these lovely little family heirlooms are available.

 The latest blocks in my three BOMs have gone out.
 First up is Block 2 of HIA Forest Owls


Block 4 of Polka Dot Giraffes and

 finally Block 7 & of HIA Stack'Ems



Saturday, 13 September 2014

Free Online Embroidery Class

Just a quick post to alert you to a free online mini machine embroidery class being offered on Craftsy. You also have access to the embroidery designs that are used during the class and two of them are below. The class involves techniques for embroidering on towels, pillowcases, kitchen tea towels etc. I am sure that you will be able to pick up many techniques that you will find useful.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

I am still here but very busy

It has been a week since I last posted and time has flown by. One minute it is Friday and before you know it next Friday has arrived. I ended up with a sinus infection at the beginning of the week and that has kept me pretty quiet  but I have a list of jobs as long as your arm to do. We have decided to recarpet the house and put new vinyl tiles in the laundry and bathrooms. It is going to be a big job because we have lots of furniture and all of those dolls and things to move. That will more than likely be some time next week or the week after. We are not doing the sewing room though (what a terrible thought).

I am also replenishing 6 packages of the older little boys sizes of Bridie's Blossoms for a hospital as they seem to have had a few little boy angels recently which is very sad. I am also making over 200 of the little embroidered  hankies to give away to mothers who have lost their little babies at two local support events in October.

Shirley has sent in a pic of another Aristocat's quilt she has done.

Shirley's Aristocat quilt


Nelda has completed Block 1 of her Forest Owls Quilt. she has used scrappy colours but it is all tied together because of the black and white in the flying geese. Looks fabulous so you can use your stash with a few pieces of fabric that tie it all together.
Nelda's Forest Owls Block 1
I will be doing some more blocks to send out in our BOM's over the weekend once I get organised with some of the Bridie's Blossoms pieces.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

My Mum's lovely quilt and my ever present helpers

My Mum has been doing  hand stitched candlewick embroidery for years so when I donated the embellished cat quilt for the Alzheimer's Tasmania raffle she decided to donate one of the baby quilt she has done. I decided I had better take some photographs of it before it went. It is so difficult to photograph tone on one but think I have got some good closeups.






While I have been flying solo this week the spring cleaning has been powering on. I am doing our bedroom today, Thursday, so thought I would get  a head start last night by pulling my chest of drawers away from the wall vacuuming behind it and generally tidying up my clothes etc.  This chest of drawers belonged to one of our great grandparents so it is heavy. I took the drawers out to make it easier to move as it just about come up to all my five feet height and who decided to have a bit of a look, my two helpful assistants. They are sitting here ready to go again today. Worse than having two toddlers helping.





Saturday, 30 August 2014

Blast from the past

Seminole band in skirt

Tomorrow being September 1 is the first day of spring here in Australia. My husband has gone over to Canberra for a week to do a bit of landscaping for our daughter and while he is away I am into spring cleaning. Took the first load of old clothes to the charity bin. In my clean up I came across this skirt that I made many years ago with a matching hot pink shirt. It has passed my fingers before during my cleanup ups but I have always been reluctant to throw it out. I think I made it nearly 30 years ago and now it would be lucky to fit my leg!

It is difficult to do clean out cupboards etc it with two little fur balls into everything as well so I have to wait until they go to bed in their house at 10.00 or thereabouts each morning. They have been in the washing machine and one tried to get in the oven this morning.

If you have time  take minute to check out our  Bridie's Blossoms and Blessings Facebook page that Anna has set up. Anna would love it if you like the page.
Bridie's Blossoms and Blessings Facebook page

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Bridie's Blossoms and Blessings has a new home

Over the last few days I have set up a new blog that is dedicated to our Bridie's Blossoms and Blessings project. Bridie's Mum, my friend Anna is setting up a Facebook page that she will administer as I don't do Facebook or not yet anyway.

The reason behind setting up the page is that we have had a few request for packages to be sent to other parts of Australia and overseas. We have sent one package overseas but the cost to do this is on any larger scale is prohibitive. Similarly due to the postage rates within Australia we can only supply our Bridie's Blossoms packages to Tasmanian families who have experienced the tragedy of losing a small angel.

However, we have come up with an idea we can implement as a self funded project and that is to send one of the machine embroidered infant loss keepsake hankies that is included as part of our Bridie's Blossoms packages to Australian families who request one through the link on the new blog.


You can find the link to the new Bridie's Blossoms and Blessings on the tab on the top right hand of this page.