Another quilt and some time in the kitchen

I often say I would have been a great 1950’s housewife. I love to sew and cook, I drive a car from the 50’s (daily!) and adore the fashion from that era.

But here I am, in the present.

I finished my Mum’s quilt…. (insert photo here)…. I haven’t taken any good pics of it yet as the weather has been horrid. So I will when its a bit nicer outside (much better lighting!). I made it from a couple of Marmalade charm packs (By Bonnie and Camille) and Camille’s Dilly Dally pattern (you can find it here).

I have also been in the kitchen a fair bit. I really get the guilty when the kids eat processed foods,, especially since having the Thermomix I can make so many things myself. So we made some ‘Chocolate Jam’ (Nutella), Mixed Berry Jam, a loaf of bread (although we go through it so quickly I’m making a loaf nearly every night!), some delicious sausage rolls and some chocolate chip cookies with milk, dark, white and caramel chocolate chips….Mmmm Delish! as Hamish would say!

I did take some pics of my baking, just to make your mouth water a little bit!!

Chocolate JamMixed Berry JamBread and JamSausage RollsChocolate Chip cookiesCrumbsNow I’m working on Hamish’s quilt, long overdue, it was meant to be a birthday present in March!

xx

 

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Checking in

Ok so I’ve been a bit MIA lately. This is going to be a bit of a short post as I’m ready for bed, but I thought I’d show you what I’ve been busy with….
These two as usual

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Finishing this for my cousin’s new baby boy

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Baking cupcakes with Tilly and teaching her how to sew (she made a doll quilt with my help, she laid it put and sat on my lap to piece it, a bit of a proud mummy moment)

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So I’m now making a quilt for my mum, have many more ideas in my head and rolling along with life!
You can find me on Instagram (nellieanddot) and can you tell I’m loving the new Beautiful Mess app??

xx

Right place, right time

Mum & Dad have been foster parents for a few years now and over that time they accumulated a vast amount of kids clothing and toys…I mean an absolutely ridiculous amount. They have a large house with generous sized rooms and the clothing alone was taking over 1 and a half rooms!! Crazy!!
So on the weekend we had a garage sale and organised for a local charity to pick up the leftovers on Sunday.
While I was at my parents on Friday sorting, sorting, sorting, my Dad’a mate came to drop off some tables and two vintage sewing machines to sell. Before he had even unloaded I was asking how much he wanted for the two. He umm and ahhed and eventually came up with $100 for both. I was pretty happy with that but then his lovely wife decided that I could have both for $50!!!! An absolute bargain!!!

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The garage sale was a bit quite, we forgot it was school holidays and the beginning of the football season but the charity were a bit overwhelmed with the huge amount of donations they picked up today!! And I have these two lovelies for my future craft room! What do you think?

xx

A long drive, grubby kids and too much chocolate

Good Friday was spent with many other families on the road for half a day to our family’s property in rural Victoria. We were spending the Easter weekend on 17 acres of bush in a mud brick shack that had been built by my dad and grandfather when I was a little girl. My family has been getting away there my entire life and its such a blessing to be able to take our kids there too.
The four hour drive went by minimal grumbling and almost no restlessness from the kids. We don’t have a DVD player or electronic games to keep them entertained so it was logo bingo and eye spy. Prizes for bingo were new books so that helped keep them entertained.
The weekend was spent playing in the dirt, jumping off logs, driving around in paddock bombs, enjoying sparklers and glow sticks.
The Sunday morning egg hunt was just magical. My wonderful husband spent half an hour with Hamish being handed eggs which he would then subtly hide so Hamish could ‘find’ them again. I’m so blessed to be married to such a great guy.
Both kids fell asleep with 15 minutes of the drive home and slept most of the way! It was such a great weekend, the perfect distraction from the fact that I won’t have my sewing machine back from the repairer for another 2-3 weeks (it’s already been a month)!!!

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Welcome back Hermi

My wonderful hubby gave me the choice of a thirtieth birthday party last year or a Thermomix. I immediately jumped up and down (as we were walking the kids to swimming) and said ‘Themomix!’ That was back in October.
Since then, our grocery bill has dropped by an average of $60 a week, we’re all eating real food and hardly any processed stuff, I lost 8 kilos (woohoo!) and I use it absolutely everyday for almost every meal.
But then the blades came loose somehow and I haven’t had it working for nearly two weeks. It is something that does happen over time but usually after a couple of years. So over the last couple if weeks I have been eating crap, put on 1.5-2kilos and just felt like rubbish. Really tells me that I made the right decision back in October and that processed foods aren’t good.
Today a set of shiny new tight replacement blades arrived in the mail and I am now thoroughly enjoying a banana, pineapple, passion fruit and pawpaw smoothie for lunch. Delicious
xx

Beating my addiction

I have an addiction to fabric. Don’t laugh, I really do. It needs to stop and its going to.

I have so many ideas and the Internet allows me to fuel these ideas with beautiful fabrics that I can buy from across the world.

The problem is that the fabrics then sit in my cupboard and don’t get to be useful or admired. I do have them all neatly organised and I love to open my cupboard and run my fingers over them imagining all the beautiful quilts and bits and pieces I plan to make. Then I shut the door and get caught up with life and they sit there for a bit longer.

Well no more!!
I am making a pledge to actually use the fabrics I have and to avoid adding to my stash. I have a few pieces on their way through work in March (Little Red Riding Hood, by Tash Noel and Calliope by Cyndi Walker) so with the exception of these I am not buying anymore quilting cottons! I can buy plain fabric to use as sashing and backing for quilts, but only from my local Spotlight store and I can buy winter weight fabric to make clothes for the kids this winter (I have the cutest vintage overall pattern for Miss Tilly). Oh and I can buy batting.

My plan is to start ‘stash sewing’, using what I have on hand already and actually making things on a regular basis, not just for presents!

Wish me luck!!

xx

 

P.S. I will happily accept any gift of fabric or vouchers for Etsy or The Fat Quarter Shop….. Then its not ‘me’ buying the fabric…..

Three!

Last Friday my baby girl turned 3.

I loved this birthday as she was so excited about it. She really had an understanding of it being her special day (and that she would get presents!). I love the pure surprise and excitement that this age brings, its so special.

We celebrated on Saturday with a Lalaloopsy party. I had taken her to see the movie at the cinema back in February and she has loved the dolls since. I do have a tendency to go a bit overboard with parties, but the look on her face when my husband bought her over to my parents home (the party venue) after her swimming lesson was worth all the work.

She had an absolute ball….next year might be a quiet little family trip to the snow….

xx