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?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 26

Technically I've been sharing these blocks for half a year! That's probably the longest I've ever lasted at anything.

The block this week is called Storm at Sea.

I kind of like how it looks round, but with all straight-ish lines. I call them straight-ish because some of these blocks are quite dodgy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Craft: Coconut Milk Soap

Because it's actually really easy to make soap, I decided to make another batch. This time I wanted to try a milk based recipe.

I found one over at HubPages, thanks Pinterest for allowing me to find all these really cool things.


800g olive oil
200g coconut oil
320g coconut milk
138g lye
150g shredded coconut

This time I didn't over-blend it and it was a really nice custard like consistency which meant it was easier to pour into the mould.

And then to be fancy schmancy, i added some more shredded coconut to the top.

And now for the agonising six week wait.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 25

I love this block so much! Although I'm going to subtract points for the 2 1/2 hours it took me to complete it, so my love is sitting at around 75%.

The block is titled Blackford's Beauty.

Hopefully the next one won't take me as long to make.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Craft: Pallet Chicken Coop

So Steve gets home from work and says 'who dumped the rubbish up the side of our house?'

That's not rubbish. That's going to be a chicken coop.


I have a lot more to collect before I can make a chicken house, but it's a start.

Now I've just got to pull them apart. Fun times.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Craft: Soap Making

Sarah came for a visit the other week. It was so good to see her.

We went to the licorice factory.

And we made freckles.

Then we went home and decided to try our hand at making some soap.

I found a recipe and instructions over at Lovin' Soap Studio.

It consisted of:
Coconut oil – 8 oz
Lard – 16 oz
Olive oil – 8 oz
Lye – 4.5 oz
Water – 9 oz

FYI: the pumpkin is not for the soap.

We had a bad trace as I blended it for too long. It started going hard too quick to put it in the mould, but we got there, even if it isn't a nice smooth finish.

And now for the six week wait to see if it worked.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 24

Ok, so I am back up to date and in order again

This week is the Hovering Hawks block.

I think the green isn't strong enough for my choice of neutral fabric.

Oh well, it's done now and I have so many blocks to go that there's no way I'm redoing it!