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!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Day to Day: Mother's Day

I love Mother's Day.

The kids gave me a gorgeous new teapot. I love teapots. And tea. And the kids, surprisingly.

This year Steve asked if for Mother's Day I would like a new sewing machine. I looked around to see what I could get and I didn't really want to replace my existing 419S with a similar model as my machine is still going strong after 10 years.

I asked around and a few people had recently bought a Horizon. What's that? So I googled it and saw a beautiful machine that would be awesome for quilting.

So, I rang the quilting shop in Wagga and ordered a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200.

Automatic thread cutter - where have you been all my life?!?!

Automatic needle lift - you're my new favourite function!!

It's so smooth and quiet. So of course I've been sewing like a mad-woman. What an awesome beast of a machine.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Day to Day: Meet the new babies

So Sally, our dog that's not meant to be here, was getting chubby. We thought she was just eating both her and Ace's share of the food.

Then all of a sudden, she got very round.

This could go one of two ways. She was pregnant, but who's pups were they? Ace was surely too young and the neighbours dog kept getting into our yard.

I get the call at work. Steve let Sally out and she's gone under the house and has given birth. Steve crawls under the house and retrieves the puppies. There are 4, but one has died.

2 hours later I get another call. Sally has had 3 more puppies. The tally is now 7.

I come home from work and find Sally has just given birth to another puppy, 4 hours after the last one. This one isn't doing too well. But we are now up to a total of 8.

I give her tummy a feel and I think there's another one in there. I ring the vet and rush her and the pups over. On the way to the vet (a 30 minute drive to our closest one) she has another puppy, but this one isn't alive.

We get to the vet and sure enough, there's still another one in there. 10 puppies all up. I can't belive that our little girl had 10 puppies in her tummy!

As she is exhausted we opt for a caesarian. While the vet is at it, she removes her uterus as it is stretched too thin in some places and is quite dangerous.

At this point, there are only 6 surviving puppies. This will reduce to 3 in another day. Sally is 8 and this was her first litter.

So yes, they are the neighbour's dog which makes them a Corgi x Jack Russell.

And they are preparing to go to their new homes. I will miss these little guys.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 19

Block 19 is so very imaginatively titled "Untitled III".

However unimaginative the title may be, I actually think this is a pretty block. Maybe because I've used blue and it's my favourite colour? Possibly.

Again, I've slightly altered the block to make it easier to paper piece.

It's nice churning these  little guys out again.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 18

This week's block is: Next Door Neighbour.

It's not near as embarrassing as last weeks.

In fact, I quite like this one.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Scrapbooking: This

I adore this photo of Amy, not that you can see much of her. A doctor made her this glove person when we were at the hospital for Stephen. She thought it was awesome. I did too.

I guess that's it for now. I might go and sew another quilt block. Or finish my uni assignment. I'm not a betting person, but if I was I'd put money on the first one.