Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jack's New Toy

Aldi had squeaky dog toys for sale this week, so Jack got a "squeaky pig":

When he pokes it with his nose, or picks it up and bites it,
it makes a funny noise which you have to hear to appreciate. And you can, because on YouTube I found a 10-second video of the same pig:
This one is from Wal-Mart, but it looks like it came from the same factory as the Aldi one. And if you love that sound, apparently you can get it as a ring-tone as well. Don't think I will, but it does make me laugh when Jack attacks his pig.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wild Geese

Between mystery clues, a few more Wild and Goosey units:
You might notice that a few pink and aqua scraps from the current mystery have made their way into these blocks.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mystery Step Three

Bonnie made it tricky for me this week! The first two clues were easy to convert to metric measures, as they finished at 4", so I made them 10cm. But this time there are squares which finish at 1.5", which is a bit messier to construct. The strips had to be cut at 5.25cm, and only one of my small rulers has quarter-centimetres on it. I would never normally make a cut like that; I would round up the block size so that I could cut half or full centimetres. But that's the risk with a mystery!

Anyway, despite my initial concerns, the strips weren't too hard to cut, and this step went together quickly:
How will these pieces, based on a 1.5" grid work with the ones we've already made which are based on 2"? Only time will tell!

I had to have a little play with all three parts we've made:
If you are wondering, some of the double-diamond pieces are upside down so that they point in the opposite direction. I didn't make them the wrong way round!

I will be adding a link to Bonnie's link-up later today when she activates it. Visit it and check out the beautiful blocks being made all around the world.

Added later: Here's the link-up  - and I'm the first link this time.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Sewing

Now that various little gifts have been distributed I can post some pictures here.

These little quilted mats could be table centres, place mats, pot-stands, mug-rugs, or whatever else you can think of. I made them from a pattern found here after seeing the very pretty one Marly made.
They look much nicer NOT in Christmas fabrics, I think. But anyway, that's what time of year it is. These are what I was trying to quilt when my walking foot decided to stop working.

I played with different arrangements of the fabrics, but the ones below possibly weren't the best I could have come up with:
Rather less star, and more Indian good-luck symbol which we generally try to avoid due to unpleasant associations... Oops!

I also made a few aprons from panels. Here's one recipient modelling hers:
Sorry it's a bit out of focus, but I was laughing so much as she strutted her stuff, that I didn't get a good shot!

Friday, December 12, 2014


Some years ago a friend gave me a pot full of Christmas lilies in flower (Lilium longiflorum). I'm not sure how long ago that was, but it must have been before I started my blog. This year, for the first time, they are flowering again:

The rescued crinum lily is also flowering:
Most of the others in the local area are flowering now as well. So this one was obviously just confused when it tried to flower in winter.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Four years ago this was the back yard of one of the houses over my back fence:

A patch of grass and a few fruit trees. Some open space. Photo taken the day I discovered there were plans to build four townhouses on this block.

Then in January this year, everything was flattened:

In April the second storey was about to go on:

Today I was in the area and noticed that the protective fence around the building site was gone, so I wandered in to have a bit of a look:
 Almost ready to occupy. Some "landscaping" is in progress, which you might almost see if you look very closely.  Here's the extensive garden at the front of the units:
One magnolia and one ornamental pear, with a few low strappy-leaved plants. I wouldn't expect any of them to be alive for long.