Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Bag Challenge

I found a great project challenge on Instagram. I've been following Leasa from  Project Leasa for ages and have been keeping up with her "Sew my Stash" challenges since the beginning of the year. This challenge is a bag challenge - right up my alley!!!! I love making bags and have a few on my "To Do" list and plenty of fabric in my stash to use. 
Perfect. 
Challenge accepted. 
I am thrilled to say the challenge inspired me to make a bag with a pattern I bought at last year's craft show from Studio Mio. I love this bag as it's a little different to any other bag I've made.
The hardware alone is incredible. If has a metal frame that allows the bag to open right up and is inserted at the top of the bag.
It also has leather handles that are attached with brass rose rivets and a lace zipper. I've made mine with a gorgeous printed linen and a striped fabric that I've also had since last year's craft show. 
Ta Daa! I just love it! So happy to cross another project off my list and finally make this bag. 
Teresa xx

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Stitching with a Difference

This week's get together was a different day for sure. It started off with a road trip.... East Coast Fabrics were having a sale so we headed over there first. I needed backing and wadding for a couple of quilts and that was exactly what was on sale. Wonderful! 
Two lots of 240cm wide backing at $12 a metre and pure citton wadding for $15 a metre. Happy happy! 
Then for something entirely different we went to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. So lovely there. This little girl is a permanent resident and wont be released back into the wild unfortunately. She was doing what all koalas are good at...sleeping! 
Had a quick walk up to the top of the lookout....
Then we were off again. 
Another fabric shop and more bargains. Love a bargain, especially when it feeds my sewing habit! 
We then went back to Helen's and I sewed until much later than we usually stay!!! My wreath is so close to having all it's holly leaves. I can't wait to put the decorations on! 
When I finally arrived home I was thrilled to see some very happy mail in my mailbox. Lori Holt's "Farm Girl Vintage" book and Amy Sinibaldi's "Sweetly Stitched Handmades" book. Doing the happy dance!!!
What a great day. Thanks girls for another fabulous Tuesday!!!!
Teresa x

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Supanova

I have always wanted to go to one of these! Every year I say I'm going to go and never make it.....
My gorgeous youngest son surprised me this year with a ticket to "somewhere" on Sunday and "you will love it". And I did.
Lots of photo opportunities and I wasn't going to miss out on my all time favourite Star Wars. 
And Lord of the Rings of course.  Can you see Gandalph behind us? 
Can you believe I managed to buy fabric here? There was an amazing booth "Make it Hobby Craft" that sold fabric like I've never seen before. What an incredible range of themed fabric they had. Being a little "Avengers" crazy right now, I did get a couple of metres with the Avengers on it.
Jack loved the brighter one and I couldn't pass up the blue. 
I still can't believe how many people were there, how popular these conventions are and how many people go all out and dress up for these things. It was fabulous!!!!
Just a couple more photos......

Teresa xx

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Norreen's Birthday

Another birthday celebration this weekend and today we celebrated Norreen's 60th Birthday. 
The Tuesday girls got together with Nor's family for a lovely lunch and we certainly did have fun.
Lunch was amazing but the dessert was even more so.....
It was called "Opera slice" and it was delicious. 
I just love Norreens crazy sense of humour and today was no different. The birthday girl dressed in her tiara, party hat (or should that be hats) and feathers!!!! So much fun and so much laughing.
How amazing does the cake look? ... and yes, there were 60 candles on the cake!!!
We all bought pieces of a matching gorgeous tea set for Nor. Pale blue with gorgeous roses inside. Shame we spoilt the classiness of it all with an inappropriate birthday card! No surprise really!!!! 
Had a lovely day and so glad we were all able to be there and celebrate with our wonderful friend on such a special birthday. 
Love you to bits Nor xxxx

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Day with Mum

I got to spend the day with my mum yesterday, but unfortunately, not under very happy circumstances. My mum's partner has been terribly sick. Not only has he been in hospital since last Saturday, but he's been in 3 different hospitals. He is now in the hospital that my mum was in years ago, when she was in intensive care for a week. So visiting him yesterday and going back to the hospital was quite emotional for both mum and I. He had surgery yesterday and was in very good spirits last night when I left. I was hoping he might even get out of hospital today, but that wasn't to be and now he is back to square one again. 

I did get to spend the day with my mum though and help her get to and from the hospital and try and keep her spirits up too. My sister, who runs a mobile coffee van, called in to see us and make me the most delicious coffee ever. All I know is it had a hazelnut kick and it was exactly what we needed!
I got to have lots of long conversations with my mum and talk about just about everything. I also got a lovely Easter gift from her and as always.... was very spoilt with all the goodies.
How awesome is the thimble? Thanks to my mum  and all her travelling, I have a wonderful thimble collection! Two cute owls full of lavender (they smell divine) and lots of chocolate!!! Which I got stuck into on the long drive home last night!
I also got these two gorgeous bunnies.... I just love them! Thank you so much mum for the wonderful bag of surprises. 
Hope we get some good news tomorrow and Frank is better, or at least pain free would be amazing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Stitching and Vintage Love

Almost forgot to show you my Christmas wreath progress from last Tuesday! The holly is taking its time as there are so many leaves to embroider, sequin and bead. But it's going to look amazing when it's finished.  
Stitched a few more at home with some company from squeaky. 
I also made another vintage pincushion. Just love playing with laces, ribbons, buttons and charms. Can't help myself! 
And how gorgeous are these vintage treasures made by Julie of Bears and Old  Lace? The little tins on their own are gorgeous. The top one was used to give a piece of cake from a wedding and the bottom one held headache tablets. Now they hold lots of vintage sewing treasures. And of course the lace needlecase is just beautiful. Sigh! 
Have a great week. 

Teresa xx

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sewing and Strawberries...A Recipe for You....

A little bit of sewing this weekend - lots of fun, playing with vintage laces, ribbons ️and buttons. 
One vintage pincushion! But I've already started on another......
I've also been playing in the kitchen. When I saw the recipe for these chocolate and strawberry layered cheesecakes, made in the mason jars, I really wanted to try this! 
If you'd like to make this you will need...

Chocolate and Strawberry Layered Cheesecakes.
140g Oreo biscuits, roughly chopped
500g Philly cheese, softened
1/3 cup castor sugar
1 tspn vanilla 
125g baking chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup cream, softly whipped
250g strawberries, raspberries or mixed berries

1. Place chopped Oreos in the base of the jars and press slightly.
2. Beat Philly cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer until smooth. Divide mixture in two and stir the chocolate through one half. Divide the cream and fold half into each mixture.
3. Spoon the chocolate mixture into the jars. Stir half the strawberries through the remaining Philly cheese mixture and spoon into the jars. Chill.
4. Top the cheesecakes with the rest of the strawberries and dust with icing sugar.
ENJOY!!!
Well that's dessert sorted for tonight. Better make something else more substantial for the boys....
Enjoy the last bit of your weekend!
Teresa xx