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.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rainbow pixel quilt.

After finding my blogging mojo my quilting mojo returned. 
In the last few days I've created this quilt from the 2.5 inch (large) postage stamp squares I received in a swap from Copperpatch, Lifeunderquilts, PetitselephantsProcrasticraft, my Mum and another local friend.

I had a scribbled down idea of a pixelated rainbow swirl type arrangement that I wanted to try.
I started by sorting all the squares in colour order. After sorting there seemed to be an even proportion of each rainbow colour so I thought my idea might work.

I then laid them out according to my sketch, light colours to the centre graduating to darker colours around the edge of the quilt.  I sort of made a wedge in each colour and merged into the next.

There was some tweaking and photographing to make sure I had squares in the right spot. I added a few more rows at this stage as I still had quite a few squares left over.

Once I was happy I photographed small sections so I didn't forget my layout then sewed them into blocks of about 8 by 8 squares.  I thought some of these 8 by 8 blocks would have worked well as cushion covers.

With the leftover black, white and grey squares I made a pieced back, graduating tones as well.

I've quilted it already, just using diagonal straight line quilting.  
I think that is all it needs.
I'm thinking a black and white binding would look best but unfortunately I don't have anything in my extensive fabric collection that is going to work as binding so I'll just have to wait until my next fabric store visit to get some.  Once it is bound and I have my good camera back I'll take some more artistic photos.  
I-Phone photos will have to do today.
I can't wait to see what the other girls do with their squares.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Our library comes to us.

Every now and then I'm going to write a few posts on our life here so we can remember the things we used to do.

Every fortnight we have a visit from our mobile public library.  Its an 80km drive to our nearest library so we are very lucky to have it come to us.  It pulls up out the front of the school which happens to be out my kitchen window as we live in the school grounds.
The kids get to visit and borrow and sometimes the little ones sit down and have a story in the truck.  The service is offered to everyone in the community not just the school children.  Being such a tiny school its great the kids have access to a larger library on a regular basis.  

The school also has a weekly visit from an Education Department library truck and teacher to give our teacher their release time which is needed as there is only one full time teacher and one part time teacher at the school.  Told you its tiny! 

There were two lady librarians on the truck today.  I'm not sure how many female librarians there are out there with their truck licence but I was impressed.  They visit two towns a day on a fortnightly rotation.

Inside its pretty much like any library but on a smaller scale.  Shelves of books, a kids section, DVDs, magazines, seats, air con and a borrowing desk.  Well, they still have to hand write our borrowings as there is no Telstra internet service in our town.  (Good on you Telstra!!) 
It pretty good, if they don't have something you want you just place an order and they bring it on the truck next visit.  All the rural libraries must be connected as I've ordered titles and they have come from The High Country Library!

Today I picked up a crochet book, don't be expecting anything too exciting from me, and a Call the Midwife DVD….to have on while I learn to crochet. It might be wishful thinking.  Lets see if I get anything done before the truck comes back.