Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Day to day: Canberra Trip

I decided to take the kids to Canberra for the October long weekend (I know, I'm behind on my posts!)

We had seen many an ad on TV advertising Mephisto at the Australian War Memorial. I thought it would be a good opportunity to see it as well as see Floriade.

We headed to the city centre to catch a bus to Floriade, but we had just missed it and we had to wait 25 minutes for the next one, so we decided to hop back in the car and head to the war memorial.

It was super busy. But we found what we were looking for:

I haven't been inside the memorial for many years so I was surprised with how much it has changed. They have an interactive area for the kids taking them through each war. The kids got to check out a helicopter so they were happy.

And of course, we placed our poppy as close as we could reach to my great-uncle who died in the Vietnam War.

Then we headed on over to the city centre again and realised we were close enough to walk to Floriade and we didn't need the bus after all!

So, what can I say about Floriade? There were lots of flowers.

Some props to take strange photos:

I don't ask, I just click. And then, there were some more flowers, this time with water.

And there were even fake flowers coupled with powerful messages:

And just for good measure.... some more flowers!

Ok, so I was a little underwhelmed for an event that people rave about. Maybe if we hadn't gone on such a busy day, we may have been able to go on the Ferris wheel and appreciate the flowers a little more. I don't know. But, I do know that I never need to go again. Unless they bring out something new and shiny, and I'm not talking about another mirrored Reflection wall.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Scrapbooking: Love You

This month's challenge over at Scrap the Girls is a sketch challenge. Make sure you pop over to check it out.

I'll admit, sometimes these sketches stump me when they have flowers and things on them, even though I know I don't have to use flowers. Forest through the trees and all that.

Anyway, after much procrastinating, I finally came up with this:

My little baby Amy. So sweet.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Craft: Pallet Chicken Coop Part 3

It seems I hadn't taken as many photos of the coop being built as I thought I had.

We had a couple of bits of tin left over from building our shed, so we had roofing material. As you can see, we just straight boarded the back wall. We added boards across the top. The gaps are for ventilation (just kidding, we were being lazy builders). Although coops do need good ventilation. ;)

We hoisted the coop up onto a couple of besser blocks to give the chickens some protection from the sun and rain. I painted it using an exterior paint that matches the colour of the house and shed roof. I wrecked my favourite jumper too, by getting paint on myself.

There is absolutely nothing fancy about this coop at all, despite all my grand plans. But, it's functional and the hens don't seem to mind it.

We tried to dig the fence down into the ground, not very successfully, but have since been told that it's better to dig out horizontally anyway as critters will dig close to the fence line and just get chicken wire. I'm sure that between the dogs and locking them away each night, we should be safe enough anyway.

There's a hatchery close to us, so I went out after work and bought our new Isa Brown hens.

There's Gimpy, she's the one sitting down. She has a funny turned in leg, so of course we love her the most. The other two are identical and I can't tell them apart so they are called Chookies.

The floor has a layer of straw down now. I was finding too many cracked eggs and it's actually easier to keep clean as they crap on the straw. I then use the straw around the fruit trees.

And the very next day we had an egg. Success.

And then that weekend I had breakfast.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Scrapbooking: Amazing

October's challenge for Scrap the Girls (I know, I'm a month late) was based on a mood board. I really liked the variegated wooden wall and decided to use that as the basis for my layout.

Lucky I keep all those little scraps of paper that normal people would throw away, so it was quite easy to find bits of cardstock that would work.

I had bought a set of Stampin' Write markers from Stampin' Up as my 10 year old Zigs are starting to give up the ghost. I did not know you could stamp with those suckers! I can now stamp in mulitple colours without effort! Awesome.

So, I really liked this layout and the Illabo Show was approaching, so I decided to enter my quilt that I had recently finished (blog post to come) and a couple of layouts. My quilt bombed, but my layout won the Crafts with Paper section!

Mine were the only layouts entered. There were some cards and even a paper mache giraffe.
The show was only quite small but we stayed most of the day. Luke participated in the footy throwing comp and he won! A blue ribbon and $10!

We also watched a lot of dogs running around, both in the working categories and the show categories. We, of course, had to stay to watch the corgis. We also got to see the tractor pulls and check out some of the old tractors.

Then we stayed to watch the miniature horse trots, because we are now the owners of a miniature horse, but that's another story for another day.

It was just a great day getting out in the sunshine and spending time together.
And getting to eat a dagwood dog.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Craft: Pallet Chicken Coop Part 2

So all the way back here in May, I started the idea of building a chicken coop out of pallets.

Because it would be cheaper, right? Not really.

Sure, I got a trailer load of pallets for free from the local horse supply store (of course when Steve wasn't home so he couldn't say no. ;))

But then, you actually have to pull the things apart. And by pull, I mean going out and buying a $150 saw to cut through the nails.

Truth be told, I got really good at it in the end (Steve was still refusing the idea at this stage) and I could dismantle one in about 5 minutes flat.

I ended up with a giant wood pile (which Steve thought would make great firewood.)

I drew up some plans based on some I found online. I was all set to start building.

Then after a day out with my sister, I come home to find this.

Totally not how I had planned it, but since I finally had Steve on board, I didn't care.

I did try to help with the build though.

And I helped to work out the annoying bits.

I can now add the circular saw and the reciprocating saw to my list of tools I can use. Together we came up with this.

And it sat like this in our backyard for an embarrassing long time (2 months!)

Because we couldn't be bothered to work out how to make the nesting boxes that stick out of the coop for easy egg collecting access.

Spoiler alert: we board it up and just put nests in the coop. It gets finished pretty quickly after that (next post coming as soon as I download my photos).

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Scrapbooking: Cars

Scrap the Girls September challenge is up on the blog - you really should go check it out. The sponsor this month is Fiskars Australia!

It's a sketch challenge and it's perfect if you have a truckload of Project Life cards that you really should start using up (like me)!

I used five PL cards this time! Only about 5000 to go!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks so far

So I decided to lay out all the little teeny tiny blocks I've made to see how big it is.

It's not very big.

Only 80cms on the long side.

I'm beginning to feel like I'm going to have to make all 501 blocks in order just to make a lap blanket.

Seeing it all lined up, kind of makes it worthwhile. I think it's going to look beautiful once it's done.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Scrapbooking: My Heart is Full

So I may have gone back to Spotlight and bought the Maggie Holmes Open House Project Life core kit for $10 as well. Who wouldn't?! So now I have even more cards to use up.

Ok, so I only used three cards this time too, but I used a super old Kaisercraft rubon, so that should count for something, right?!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 35

This block is called Corn and Beans.

I wonder if they mean green beans or baked beans? Right now after being on Michelle Bridges 12WBT for 10 weeks, I am a little over both types!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Day to Day: Junee Roundhouse Museum

I love being a tourist in my own town. I've been to the Junee Roundhouse Museum a couple of times now. I've taken both my sisters here on separate occasions. Maybe that's because I'm projecting my likes onto them, or something like that.

It is still a working roundhouse and locos are still serviced there.

The volunteers and staff are really friendly and are always up for a chat. On one occasion they even let us in to look at the old buses.

They have a model railway too, but I don't have any decent photos of that.

The size of the locos and carriages is quite amazing, you don't really get how big they are until you're standing right next to them.

And this is the best I could do for catching a nice snap of the actual turntable. Sorry about the angle, but I didn't have a tripod so I was leaning my camera against a fence.

It brings back many memories of catching trains to and from high school. A real favourite was on the very rare occasion, we would get a red rattler. We would always put our feet in the doors to keep them open during summer.

They also have carriages from the 'Fish' and 'Chips' which my grandfather used to catch to and from work.

I do have an appreciation of old stuff and trains, so I quite like visiting the Roundhouse.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Scrapbooking: Paint

I was at Spotlight and I'd been looking at getting a Fine and Dandy Project Life core kit for a while and I saw it on clearance for $20, so I grabbed it. I get to the checkout and they took another 50% off clearance items so I ended up getting a full core kit for $10. Bargain.

So now I have this kit and a massive amount of cards. I decided to use some up by using them on a layout instead of just in my PL album.

Ok, so I only used three, but it's a start, right?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 34

This week is brought to you by the Amish Diamond.

Nope, still no better with the points. Oh well, in the overall scheme of things, I don't really care.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Scrapbooking: Lucky

I haven't scrapbooked in what feels like ages. Needless to say, it was a real struggle to get going. So then in the end, I cut the background down to 8.5x11 and it seemed a lot more manageable.

Hmm, I probably should have used a ruler when gluing the journalling down.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 33

Another week, another block to share.

This week is the Turn About Variation.

This was an easy block to make and yet none of my points match! Oh well, I'll try a bit harder on the next one.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 32

While I enjoy making these blocks, I find it difficult each week to come up with something interesting to say about each one.

This week's block is called Rolling Pinwheel.

So, what can I say about this one? It's pink and cream. Yep, that'll do.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 31

This week is brought to you by the Rolling Pin block.

All I can say is this block was so fiddly. I ended up doing a seam wrong and threw my hands up in the air and went to bed as I had enough (and also because I couldn't focus on anything close up so there was no way I could rip a seam!)

But then I finished it. And it's lovely.

Slightly crooked, but lovely.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 30

This week's block is called Album.

I dropped into the quilting shop at Wagga and picked up that gorgeous dark green fabric.

You know, I'm still unpicking at least one seam on these things still. Sometimes my brain can't work these things out.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 29

Annie's Choice is this weeks block.

If Annie really had her choice she would have told me to use a bolder coloured fabric.

Too late now and I'm not redoing it.

But otherwise, this was actually quite a nice block. Shame I messed it up, really.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 28

This week is the Devil's Claw.

Another very time consuming, small and fiddly block. I would not like to know how many hours I have put into making this quilt thus far.

And because the back is a little bulky with seams, no amount of ironing would make it sit nice and flat.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 27

I have no idea where they get some of these names from.

The block this week is called "54-40 or Fight". Whatever is that meant to mean?

I guess it kind of looks like a ninja star? If you squint?