Thursday, October 16, 2014

Country afternoon tea.

I've worked out why for such a tiny community they get such good participation at local functions.  This is a typical afternoon tea.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Photography not sewing.

It seems my sewing hobby has taken a back seat to my photography hobby.  Spring has brought with it some exceptional photo opportunities.  I've been asked by several families to photograph their children which has been so much fun.   We made great use of the canola crops in flower, some children brought their horses, we dressed up and generally mucked around. I've chosen a few with parents permission to post here.  When one Mum told me she was bringing her three children and two horses I thought it was a recipe for disaster, you know the "never work with children or animals" saying. Well, it actually went really well!!  

I love having backdrops like this at my back door.  My photo portfolio is coming along nicely.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sewing dress ups.........for horses.

A few weeks ago I got a sewing request that I had never had before, to create some costumes for some horses.  Yep, horses.  Eeek.  I'll give anything a shot so I said yes.

A couple of costumes look a little short on this horse as they are for a smaller pony but you get the idea.

Here we have  Bo peep and her "sheep" and Alice in Wonderland and her "cat".  Most impressed with my cat ears that the horses ears actually go into.

B1 and "B2" and Jeanie horse and rider.  The ballooning chiffon pants were a challenge.

and Dorothy and the "Tin Man".  Note sparkly yellow brick road on rump.

So thats what I've been up to.  Can I say I'm quite impressed with the final outcome and apparently Dorothy won her event at pony club last week so happy customers too.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Snow trip.

The kids decided they wanted to go to the snow this year.  We have never been as a family, we thought the kids were perfect ages so we thought we would go. We stayed in Marysville and travelled up to Lake Mountain.  We considered a few different resorts and in the end decided this one seemed the very kid friendly and slightly closer to home. We were very happy with our decision.  

We hired pants, boots and toboggans in Marysville which was slightly cheaper than hiring on the mountain.  We took our own hats, gloves and coats.  Make sure you do your homework and compare all the various packages and offers.  It can be quite confusing, work out what you need and find a package to suit.   We also purchased our day pass and hired our chains on the day prior so we didn't waste too much time on the day which was excellent thinking if I may say so myself.

We were very lucky choosing a day that wasn't busy (week day) and the snow cover was incredible.  Even the resort staff said they haven't seen it this good for about fourteen years. (Obviously they have good memories).  We got their early so had a great play in the powdery snow, making huge snowballs by just rolling them down slopes, having snow balls fights and tobogganing and in the afternoon it snowed.  The kids just lay on the ground watching it float down and catching it on their tongues.

We made a snow man.  
More your classic style snow man, carrot for a nose, you know the one.  
Some people got very creative.
The trees burnt in the bush fires looked amazing with the snow settled on them and disappearing into the fog.

My speed demon below.

I would be interested in other people's snow experiences in Victoria.  We want to go again and Mr Eleven wants to have a go at snow boarding which you can't do at Lake Mountain so we may try another resort in future.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New phase for us.

Yikes.  Haven't blogged since March.  Not that it matters does it but I do miss it.  Since I made my grand statement of getting back into blogging our world stepped up a gear and has only just settled down again.   Feels like a new phase.  Here's where I've been....

We sold our little farm that we bought ten years ago.  We had a couple of interested buyers and as we weren't living at the property any longer we had lots of weekend trips to keep things maintained, sell cattle, and move the last of our belongings.  It was a busy time, everything else (such as housework and blogging) kind of fell by the wayside.  Anyway now its all done and dusted and we are living full time in one place now which feels great.  We are free to do what we like on weekends.  We have been living between the two places for two years so its a nice feeling not having to worry about mowing, chasing cattle, irrigating and all the other things that come with running a little farm especially from long distance.  I haven't liked to advertise all over the internet which house we were living in and when either which is another reason for my lack of time here.

We are still in country Victoria but are a lot more remote than we were.  We have gone from a town of 400 to a town of 40 people.  Its a 60km round trip to a supermarket but the killer is the four hour round trip to Spotlight.  We get fresh bread three days a week and there is no petrol available on weekends so I've become a lot more organised with my food shopping and checking the fuel gauge.  The few visitors we have had wonder why on earth we are living here but we quite like it which is all that matters.  You get used to not having all of life's conveniences at your fingertips.  The locals are a great bunch and there is always something to do or somewhere new to explore and the kids are doing really well in their tiny school with just over a dozen students.  

I haven't had a lot of crafty dabbles, just some paid mending and custom making for a few locals but I have managed one frivolous dalliance.  I made some costumes and took Miss Six and her friend out to an old house for a photo session.  So excited how these came out, see above.  I'll post some more soon.

So folks, whoever is still there, thats where I've been.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Acquisitions, a tidy up and more bunting.

Weekly wrap time.  There's been a few goings on.  Husband and son have been away on Somers camp so its been just us girls at home the sewing machine whizzing, visitors staying, slack meals and half the usual washing.

Copperpatch and her two boys came for a few nights.  The kids swapped a few germs, they all had the sniffles but we powered through, going through lots of tissues. 
On Saturday we rang and had the shop opened at Boort by appointment, we made a few purchases.  Here's my random pile of fabrics for skirts, bunting, a flannel pillow and hexagon cushions I'm making.  We bought lunch and sat by the lake and watched the skiers before we came home.

I've had orders for more bunting.  
This is the Christmas bunting I've just finished, my customer was thrilled and has ordered more for her daughter's  bedroom.  I've also heard today of a long lost girl friend having her first baby so some baby girl bunting might be on the cards there too.

In all my spare time I've also been organising my shelves.  I'm half way there.  Every time I've made something lately I've thrown the scraps into a pile which is a really bad habit. The pile was getting rather large, I needed to get things back in order.  I have a little card I press them around to get them all the same size so they stack nicely.  I know thats a little over the top but makes it easy to see and select fabrics for new projects.

In the garden the sunflowers were ready to snip off and save for seeds. We grew one enormous flower nearly 30cms across and many around 20cms.  the seeds were originally from the Diggers club about four years ago, I've grown and collected and grown and collected so have quite a bag of seeds now, well worth the couple of dollars I originally spent for about 20 seeds.

Off to tidy some more fabric and pull some colours out for MORE bunting and get ready for these boys to get home.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Bunting, bunting and more bunting.

All my sewing since my last post seems to have consisted of making bunting.  One lot has led to someone else asking for some and so on and so on.  I have a couple more metres to make and then on to some other sewing.  I'm having some crafty company to stay this week so hopefully there will be some more blogable creations to show later in the week.  Here is some of what I've made this week.

A couple of lengths for a gift to our neighbour who has just had twin girls.

A string for an elderly lady in a nursing home.

Some bright coloured celebratory bunting.

Finally, 25 metres of satin rainbow bunting for the local shop.  It is not the best material to use as it frays so much.  I've overlocked and made up as best I can.  

Its looking good on the front of the shop and is apparently attracting trade so a job well done.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fancy dress, a new desk and slippery bunting.

Its a mixed bag on the sewing side of things this week.  

I've started some costumes for a photo shoot I want to do with my little girl and her friend.  I've found an unusual old barn that I've been given permission to use.  I've been trying to think of something arty to do as the location is great.  I'm experimenting with creating some historical/bohemian type outfits for the girls.  I want them to look quite over the top.  I picked up some clothes at the op shop and I am just adding fabrics until I get the look I want.  The is my first prototype.  Its not finished but you can sort of get the look I'm going for.  I've used lots of cream, brown, gold and tan, no bright colours to go with the old barn and surrounds. I picked up a broderie anglaise bedspread which has provided a lot of fullness for the skirts.

In other news I started a job.  Just part time locally during school hours.  Perfect for our current situation.  I'm still picking up quite a bit of sewing work so between the two I'm fairly busy.  On my travels this week I saw this old sewing desk for sale for $40.  I had to have it.  Its crying out for a new paint job and handles but impatient me has cleaned it up and has it inside already with my overlocker on it.  Its a great little desk.  

Today I'm working on 22 metres of bunting for a local store to attract travellers to stop on their way to an upcoming alternative festival.  Its the first and last time I make bunting out of satin.  Its going to look good but I realise now why I like cotton fabric so much.