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31 Dec 2011

'Bye 365 days...Welcome 366!



Wrong New Year's Eve, right?


Every NYE I have a drink from this glass to remind me that we all make mistakes and we can all move on after them. It is half of a pair that my sister gifted us (my first husband and I) at our engagement party on that date 26 years ago. The only reason I keep them is the historical significance.
Oh No!.... not historical personal  significance but historical astronomical significance. That was the year Halley's Comet passed over the world and Australia in particular. You can see the interpretation of the comet on the other side of the glass and that's why there are stars and a partial moon also.
I should have realised that comets can burn out quickly and that's what happened to the marriage. It sizzled along for 3 years and went out with a bang and a lot of small after explosions. I'm left with a couple of satellites from the explosion in the form of 2 wonderful kids that I love to pieces and they love me the same.
Just goes to show that one can find positives in most negatives.
'Nuff  negative reminiscing....






Here's to a positive 2012...
New Year - New Experiences....lots of love, support and creativity and wishing all my followers the same and whatever else makes their universe turn :D! 


Cheers!
Robyn







Footnote: please excuse the not so great photography – clear curved glass has its own reflective and mirroring properties that this amateur hasn’t worked out how to make work in a positive way and I haven't started on the wine yet :P. Another experience to add to the bucket list!

27 Dec 2011

Blog Anniversary and Giveaway

Today is the second anniversary of this blog. I must have been bored 2 years ago to begin another blog this time of year! I must also have had an empty house, like today, as I can't keep my train of thought with the other members of the household at home. Beats me why they never want a conversation when I'm not  at the computer!

I'm going to have a giveaway to celebrate actually having a blog that hasn't self-destructed or become impossible to update this time {thank you google and blogger :)}.
As 2012 is an Olympic year and the 26 January is Australia Day (I don't think there's been a name change though there's been a lot of noise about it) and my ancestry rivals Mr Heinz's variety of soups - like a lot of Aussie families who've been here quite a few generations... with DD12 adding another branch to the tree - I think an Aussie themed giveaway is the 'go'!
In true Aussie summer form there will be a BBQ apron. There will also be a pot holder for shifting hot trays of snags(sausages) to the table and an oven glove(mitt) for holding the tongs when you transfer the foil wrapped baked potatoes out of the hot coals into their tray! Of course before you have a BBQ you need to buy the supplies so a shopping bag is also a necessity and I'll add that to the giveaway.

This giveaway is open to ALL my followers for "putting up" with me and my irregular postings :D!
LOL, If you wish to become a new follower and tolerate my erratic ways then feel free to do so.
Closing date is midnight (AEDT - Australian Eastern Daylight Time or GMT +11) on 18th January 2012.

To enter just leave a comment telling me who cooks at your BBQ's, but more importantly, who cleans up afterwards!! Please ensure I have some way to contact you or you can contact me within a couple of days of the giveaway draw otherwise I will redraw on the afternoon of the 20th Jan 2012 (AEDT).

Good Luck!!

Cheers,
Robyn

Baby Card Swap

I haven't been in one of these for ages so when SoulScrappers ran a Baby Card Swap I thought I'd participate as there seems to be a few babies on the way in 2012 between family and family friends. There wasn't a gender specific but the 10 cards had to be all the same so I tried to make a design and find colours that would allow recipients to add a ribbon, stamped border, flowers etc later to make it gender appropriate if they wished. My card is the striped one with the little feet on it.










I'd love to credit all the other ladies cards but some of them don't have the makers names on them and I'd rather credit all than some as they all make lovely cards :D!


Cheers,
Robyn

23 Dec 2011

Christmas present to me

RIP to my old iron. After over 10 years my previous Sunbeam started having temperature control problems so I put it to rest.
This is the new replacement with safety auto off, a no drip feature and lots of steam holes in the base.



Of course I had to try it out and it beeps and flashes if I don't keep it busy or if I leave it standing with the sole plate on the ironing board when it's turned on. 
Here's to another 10+ years of hassle free ironing. Gosh I'll nearly be retirement age before I need to replace my third Sunbeam. Love a good product, especially Australian made!!
Cheers,
Robyn

18 Dec 2011

FNSI - NOT!

Apologies to anyone who has visited to see what I was up to with FNSI. I had to 'lounge lizard' for the night as DD12 shared the virus she'd had earlier in the week with me and I couldn't figure out which part of me ached the most :(. I attended a celebration for a golden wedding anniversary last night (Saturday) and had to leave the party early as my energy level had reached zero.
I have been blog visiting today though and viewing some of the lovely items others worked on for FNSI. Cheered me up no end to see such nice work :D.
Lol, I think I'll overheat the sewing machine in the next week before Christmas Day!
Cheers,
Robyn

13 Dec 2011

FNSI - last one for 2011!

I'm still working on presents! Is it just me??
Come and join in, especially if you haven't before, and check out some of the blogs afterward. You may be surprised.
I'm not doing bags this time either as too much of a good thing can be boring. More bags next year for the bag loving followers :).
Cheers,
Robyn

11 Dec 2011

Misty summer morning..photo intense

This is what I see if I'm out before the sun has broken though the mist. It's not fog to me as I think of fog as cold and clammy but this is light, soft, airy and makes everything look magical and surreal.



















This is who comes along to help me enjoy my rambles.

The farm ducks


Senior farm cat


 How to keep your butt dry - sit on an old cow pat



 What's that...snuffle snuffle...



 Chasey 1


 Chasey 2


Find me now


Thanks for coming on a walk around the farm with me :D.
Cheers,
Robyn

FNSI Results

Better late than never. 
Today was a dull, dark rainy day and photography light was not good but I did manage a few shots this evening when it brightened up a bit.
I'm still in bag mode so I decided to make a friend an unlined squared off shopping bag. I've re-arranged this pattern so many ways so not everyone has the same style of bag. Again, it's recycled/repurposed 100% cotton sheets courtesy of one of the local op-shops.

This was an all over print.


Squaring off was a bit tricky


 Of course the 'supervisor' had to inspect the finished product. Now I'll have to wash it as my friend is allergic to cats and I guarantee Miss Maddy has planted a hair on it somewhere!

Thanks for looking,
Cheers,
Robyn

9 Dec 2011

On My Mind...Handmade Christmas gifts

This is a Friday feature over at Down To Earth that anyone with a blog can join. To take part, post a photo on your own blog, write a short caption explaining it and link it back to the Down To Earth blog by saying you're part of 'On My Mind'. Please write a new post, don't link to an older one. When you’ve done that go to Down To Earth blog and add a comment below the “On My Mind” post with a link to your blog. 


I’ve been in a few swaps lately and become a bit behind on some but the last one will be posted today.
These bags were made for 2 different Christmas swaps. If the tri-pocket striped one looks familiar it’s because it’s the second one I’ve made but the fabrics are reversed and the pockets have been modified. It was for an online swap at Our Craft Forum. The card holder below it was an added extra.






This Christmas colours one was made for a local swap and it’s the first lined one I’ve made and also the first with an inside pocket. I should have been making these before as they are easier than I thought and are done using a modified pattern of the grocery bags with the handles sandwiched between the layers of lining and outside fabric then topstitching along the opening for extra strength.




I can see me making a supply of these for future gifts in various sizes and maybe with pieced or patchworked exteriors.

Now I have some family gifts to make. Some have been begun and others are either planned on paper or planned in my head!
How are you going with your Christmas list?

Cheers,
Robyn

8 Dec 2011

Down on the Farm....

This was the theme of a recent swap on Our Craft Forum. The requirement was the item needed to have something to do with farms so the scope was fairly wide. As boiled eggs are a favourite breakfast of mine, but the timing for having the toast and the eggs both hot/warm at the same time can be challenging and, I thought my swap partner may encounter the same problem, so I made her a set of egg cosies with some cheeky broody hens on to keep her eggs warm while she organised the toast.
Australia Post finally deigned to deliver them to her house (after nearly 3 weeks!) so I can now post a picture of them without giving anything away.



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Thanks for visiting!

Cheers,
Robyn


7 Dec 2011

Second last FNSI for the year!

Have you signed up yet? I have.
As well as working on Christmas pressies I can't wait to look at what everyone else has done. This time Debbie is donating a pattern and the material to make one of her great OOO RAH wallets.
Nip over to Handmade by Heidi and sign up for this Friday night, 9th December and have a look at the OOO RAH wallet while you're there :).

4 Dec 2011

Review - The Creative Mumpreneur

I've just purchased this 100 page E-book and after reading Chapter 1 and part of Chapter 2, and skimming the rest until I have time to read and appreciate it, I wish I'd had this book ages ago. There's valuable links to sites I didn't realise existed like the Australian Securities and Investment Commissions National Names Index, if I want to officially register the name I use at the odd local market where I sell my craft, and just as importantly a section on Copyright which is important if you don't want to wind up with legal problems for unintentionally stealing someone else's idea.
I've dabbled in trying to set up a home business before and this book has all the basics in one place that I couldn't find easily on the internet without trolling through lots of other stuff, as well as handy tips and suggestions  and it's written to be easily understandable. 
For this weekend only (3rd and 4th December 2011) Kerryanne of Woodberry Designs is offering this book at a special promotion price of $10, which is 50% off. Just click on the bookcover at the top right of this blog to have a look. You can become affiliated with the sale of this book too, like I did, just follow the links after you've clicked on the bookcover pic.
Cheers,
Robyn

30 Nov 2011

Sense-ational Summer Comp

This is the third month of this six month competition with Soul Scrappers but we are only required to do one layout a month. Here are the 1st and 3rd challenges as I've only just realised I haven't taken a photo of the second challenge as that's when the computer crashed. Missed the points score on that one!

This comp is points scored and the highest total at the end of the comp wins the overall competition. There's also prizes for each section of the comp so you can jump in anytime to participate and have your go at being a winner.




The Smells of Summer (Challenge #1)




Compulsory item for this was the technique of stitching. I machine embroidered on some cloud fabric I had as I haven't machine stitched on paper or card before and thought I'd make a mess of it .Stitching through paper/card is not kind to your needles either. Bonus items for more points were using string, using ribbon, using a tag and 2 or more photos. I scored highest for best photo with these - thanks Mother Nature!

Journaling reads: "I love a storm coming in on a hot summer's day. You can smell the moisture in the air when the breeze blows and then when it does rain it's like the bush releases all it's aromas and suddenly it seems like you can smell every blade of grass, every tree and even the soil they are growing in all at once." January 19, 2011.







The Textures of Summer (Challenge #3)




Compulsory item for this one was distressing.  Bonus items were using a journal tag, staples, 3 different fonts in the title and ric-rac trim. This comp hasn't been judged yet.

Jounaling :" Rascal is showing Opal how to enjoy a nap in the soft cool grass under the shade of a tree on a hot day in Summer 2010. A cat always finds the BEST places!"




Hope you enjoyed viewing these,

Cheers,

Robyn

25 Nov 2011

On My Mind.....Swaps and slow mail

This is a Friday feature over at Down To Earth that anyone with a blog can join. To take part, post a photo on your own blog, write a short caption explaining it and link it back to the Down To Earth blog by saying you're part of 'On My Mind'. Please write a new post, don't link to an older one. When you’ve done that go to Down To Earth blog and add a comment below the “On My Mind” post with a link to your blog. 

This is a sneak peak of a swap I mailed about 10 days ago to Queensland. My swap partner mailed to me a few days before I mailed hers...so where are our swaps now? I know it's near Christmas but it's usually only 2-3 days to/from mailing to this area :(.
Hoping everyone's mail arrives where it's supposed to and in the condition it was sent as AusPost seems to be dragging the chain a lot this year and it's not even December yet!
Cheers,
Robyn

19 Nov 2011

FNSI

Lol, I almost forgot to post this. Pardon the tassel, I had to make one and I haven't done it before. The tassels I had weren't where I thought they were so I  did a trial run of this stitching case and I'll keep it myself as a couple of things didn't quite meet so I'll need to alter the pattern a bit.

Cheers
Robyn

7 Nov 2011

Patience is a Virtue

I haven't gone AWOL but my computer has a couple of weeks ago. It did a big time crash and is still being sorted out so I have just been lent a lappy and it is definitely a learning experience. I'm glad I only have small hands and fingers or typing on it would be even more difficult. I'm so used to my old keyboard and having a mouse that trying to operate the lappy has slowed everything down by about 25%. Sincere apologies that there will be no photos for a bit longer but I hope to make up for it as there are 3 swaps,  a Christmas group swap and a sewing box I am progressing on that I want to post pics for. Thanks to a power outage this morning I have lots of catching up to do with communications and hopefully in a week or so I will have my computer back.


Cheers and happy sewing,
Robyn

14 Oct 2011

On My Mind - Bargains


This is a Friday feature over at Down To Earth that anyone with a blog can join. To take part, post a photo on your own blog, write a short caption explaining it and link it back to the Down To Earth blog by saying you're part of 'On My Mind'. Please write a new post, don't link to an older one. When you’ve done that go to Down To Earth blog and add a comment below the “On My Mind” post with a link to your blog. 
If you don't want to join you can start out by looking and maybe commenting :)!




Who said 13 isn’t a lucky number? Yesterday whilst looking for something else in the Red Cross Op-Shop I spied the items above. Anyone recognise the Tupperware Biscuit tin? I’ve had my 2 originals for about 25 years and they’re looking a bit tatty so when I saw this one for 20c I grabbed it. I even asked the cashier was that the right price! I was glad to pay $5 for the other item as I’ve wanted a flower/paper press for a while but there wasn’t any way I was paying $20-30 to purchase one.



I visited my Mum on the way home and she’d been to the Pro-Ag at Macksville where she found this:
 

No, not my battered chair  but the odd looking thing attached to it J.

They are called the Easy Sit and are made in Five Dock NSW, Australia. My dear Mum gifted me what she termed an 'extra' she'd bought. I have had this back support on my  old computer cum sewing chair all morning and it makes the chair sooooo comfortable to sit in now. An elastic strap fits around the back of your chair/seat to hold it on. Being 157cm(5’2”) I have trouble finding a comfy chair within my price range and usually resort to ‘shaping’ chairs with pillows, which has it’s downfalls(yes, there is a double meaning there, lol). As the flyer that comes with the chair has pics of campervans, tractors etc as well as household uses I’m going to trial this in the car next time I do the 8okm return trip to town. The flyer claims it’s UV treated so it should be ok.
Have a great weekend everyone J!
Cheers,
Robyn


9 Oct 2011

Stitchin' Time or not?

Hello everyone! I've been catching up on internet 'stuff' after a week away and came across a post on Dawn's As Sweet as Cinnamon blog about why/how people choose their blog names. My original blog had a boring name anyway so as I've always sewn, and I can be rushing to finish projects in general, I thought 'Stitch in Time' was appropriate. Of course, this was already taken as it is a well known, common phrase. Not being great at thinking up clever names, and being an Aussie who lazily drops word endings on occasion I decided that 'Stitchin' Time' was appropriate enough and close enough! If I have an enlightened moment one day  I may change it again.....don't hold your breath though.
How did your blog acquire it's name?
Cheers,
Robyn

29 Sep 2011

On My Mind......Storms

This is a Friday feature over at Down To Earth that anyone with a blog can join. To take part, post a photo on your own blog, write a short caption explaining it and link it back to the Down To Earth blog by saying you're part of 'On My Mind'. Please write a new post, don't link to an older one. When you’ve done that go to Down To Earth blog and add a comment below the “On My Mind” post with a link to your blog. 
If you don't want to join in you can start out by looking and maybe commenting :)!








Looks like a black and white print of a sunrise but it’s not. 
This photo was taken at 10.38pm on the 24th September 2011 when yet another storm was unfolding around us. The sheet lightning was so impressive I wanted to have a record of it and out of about 3 dozen shots, before the rain began again, I 'lucked out' with this one. I had to close my eyes to regain my night vision after taking this.
This is happening quite a lot lately and though I don't mind the rain some of the natural electrical activity that comes with it can be frightening.
Cheers, 
Robyn

And the Winner is........

#17 - Tania@Out Back!

Sorry for the delay in the draw but it looks like Random.org has decided to charge a fee so I used the free Sequence Generator instead and compared it to my numbered hand written list then I copied and pasted it into my blogfile :).
Thanks to everyone who entered :D.

Cheers,
Robyn

28 Sep 2011

Saving the Snow Leopard by Crafting

I couldn't be classed as a greenie or a tree hugger but I am a cat and animal lover as well as a crafter. A blog I visit had a message this morning that appealed to my sense of justice as it helps people learn new crafts and keeps them living in harmony with their furry neighbours, that they used to trap and kill in the past, as well as providing them with an income to help them live.
Please follow this link,
http://wethreecats.blogspot.com/2011/09/big-cats.html
watch the video, and decide if you want to vote, like I did, to help these villagers and their beautiful endangered co-residents. If this project wins it will receive a grant of USA$20,000, if 2nd or 3rd placegetter it will receive USA$10,000 to use to further the enterprise. Any of these amounts would greatly assist the project.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance to any of you who place a vote for this project that helps people and animals live together.
Photo credit: http://www.stephenoachs.com/gallery-endangered-beauty.php

23 Sep 2011

On My Mind......recycling, re-using, upcycling...

...call it what you like but it's better to find another use for something that has fulfilled it's original purpose than throw it in the rubbish, burn it or otherwise 'waste' it.

Before.....


and after.

I op-shop about fortnightly and if a fabric item is still there on my second visit then I figure someone has had a chance to obtain it for it's original purpose and now it is mine to redesign. Lately I've been in need of some shopping bags so I found a pattern online then modified it a bit as I have an overlocker(serger) and also the original pattern was a bit fussy. I have enough 100% cotton fabric left  for 3 more bags for gifts and a couple of button down cushions from the opening end of the doona cover J! Great value for $3 and my time.


See what's on other's minds at the Down To Earth blog!

If you’d like to be in my 100th post giveaway it’s here.

Cheers,
Robyn

17 Sep 2011

Giveaway as I've passed 100 posts


Yes, I know there’s no FNSI photos yet but it’s not finished and I’m still tidying up after a girls sleepover. Lol, there were a couple of items left here too. Anyway, as I’m making Christmas presents for FNSI I decided that 5 FQ’s of Christmas material was a good giveaway at this time of year. The green leafy one actually has a very dark green background, not black as it looks in the photo and the blue fabric has silver trees not white. There will also be a few ‘extras’ thrown in to help with the decoration of whatever you make with them.
No frills - just leave a comment, international comments welcome too, and it finishes at 11.59pm the 27th September, AEST, as that is this blog’s 21 month anniversary. Winner announced late afternoon of 28th Sept as I’ll be at quilting group before then :D.
Cheers,
Robyn


16 Sep 2011

On My Mind....Op-shopping


This is a Friday feature over at Down To Earth that anyone with a blog can join. To take part, post a photo on your own blog, write a short caption explaining it and link it back to the Down To Earth blog by saying you're part of 'On My Mind'. Please write a new post, don't link to an older one. When you’ve done that go to Down To Earth blog and add a comment below the “On My Mind” post with a link to your blog. 
If you don't want to join you can start out by looking and maybe commenting :)!

As a little reward for finally reaching 100 posts I bought myself a few things at my favourite op-shop – the Anglican Church one. I feel a bit guilty as the whole lot only cost me $3.05 because they were having a 50% off sale on clothing and fabrics.

This shirt is for me and it’s practically brand new. I like my shirts a bit big and loose in summer and usually prefer long sleeves so I don’t suffer sunburn.


I’ve been thinking it’s about time I made my first shirt that isn’t from stretch material and this fabric fits the purpose nicely. The zips are for other sewing projects (5c each :O) and I can always find a use for paper ribbon.


I bought this one for my grandson as green suits him and there’s Velcro tabs on the pockets so no frustrations there.

As I need to do a cleanout now that DD12 has grown so tall I know exactly where any donations are going to :D.

Cheers,
Robyn 

15 Sep 2011

Are you still with me???

Only a few comments of late but I guess those in the south of the planet are Spring cleaning and those in the north are unpacking the Winter things. It's that time of year.
Going shopping today and I'll have to peruse the craft stores for a few more items for the giveaway. It will be sooo difficult to not buy extra for myself, but I really don't need it, wellll - maybe just some stranded or pearl cottons. Lol, better put my walking shoes on then I can kid myself all the walking around town to different craft stores is helping me stay fit!
The giveaway will be posted Saturday.
Cheers,
Robyn :)

11 Sep 2011

FNSI for September and ....

… my 100th post!

First things first though – do come and join us for Friday Night Sew In on the 16th September. You will find out why Heidi is stalking the mailman then! You can also see if I can manage to make another Christmas present without any muck ups this time! Lol, I think I’ll try 
something flatter and less curvy.

OK, I think a giveaway is in order as I’ve finally managed a three figure number of posts but I’ll need to think about it between now and next FNSI. So the giveaway post will be the next one, probably on the 16th as I’ve been remiss with my blogging lately (and it gives me a few  days  to decide :P).

Cheers,
Robyn

26 Aug 2011

On My Mind....Spring is coming



A few things that have happened in the last week or so to let me know that Spring is nearly here. Lucy Goose's first eggs, the Jonquils in flower, blossoms on the peach tree (and a bee!) and mother hen with her baker's dozen of chicks.

Happy Spring to those south of the equator :D.



Cheers,

Robyn

20 Aug 2011

FNSI – Oven Glove

I wasn’t going to post this as I did just as much unsewing as sewing, it’s still not bound and I’m debating whether to finish it at all. Then I thought that it happens to all of us and might make someone else who has trouble sewing oven gloves/mitts a bit less disappointed when theirs goes awry.


This is the ‘nice’ view



Look, good fit!


However.......see the unsewn pieces?


I think I’ll sew the next one up a little differently so there’s not so many thick seams at corners and curves.

Hope everyone had a productive FNSI J.

Cheers,
Robyn