Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pillow talk

Andreena from our Sweet Pea group wanted to make a pillow (cushion) for her daughter featuring a picture of her daughter’s dog Flossie.

Flossie is Samoyed who was rescued by the SPCA.  Andreena’s daughter looks after Flossie so well. Flossie is groomed, clipped and loved to death! Flossie allows her owner to join her in collecting money for the local SPCA. Apparently she has received more donations than any other doggie.


I guess you can see why. This is dog that “smiles”.

To make the cushion, first Peggy put the image onto fabric for Andreena. Then we looked for a suitable block to pop the image into. The block we selected was Coronation from Quilters Cache.

We just took out the centre and popped the image in there. We made the block 14” and added a border.

It’s pretty swish isn’t it? Apparently Flossie’s owner ( read slave) has requested another one.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Flying Visit

This evening we have had the RNZAF Acrobatic team fly over Taupo.The fly by was part of its national tour to celebrate 75 years of the RNZAF.

The display recognised Taupo's history with the RNZAF such as exercises held at the old airfield in 1963. Flying training camps, tactical transport training camps, and visiting VIP aircraft and RNZAF participation in air shows are other associations the RNZAF has maintained with Taupo over the years.

Pretty exciting stuff. Loop the loop and vapour trails. They even traced a heart in the sky. Glynn says the  sounds remind him of planes during the war. I think he was hoping they would have a dog fight!


PS Photos from the net – my camera is not that good!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Grab bag winner

and the winner is – drum roll please:


Now for some eye candy:

Go to Hanging by a Thread Blog and check out the amazing paper clip and stitching parrot.Yep I did say Paper clips – check it out.

Just another day in Paradise here, look at Peggy’s burnt orange Dahlia with near black foliage.



It’s hard to believe that Autumn is kicking in. Mr Bumble Bee knows and he’s having a jolly good buzz around.


Isn’t that just too darn cute?

Bye for now

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Grab Bag


Peggy has been busy sorting through some fabric that we were given. We were going to throw some of it in the rubbish but we thought that someone might like to make use of it.

First we have some Buzzy Bee and Fireman fabric. This is soft furnishing weight fabric. The Buzzy Bee one is 50% poly 50% cotton


This bag is full of mostly elongated triangle shapes. About 1.5” to 2” at the widest point .About 3” deep in the bottom of a supermarket bag.


This bag is full of strips. 1.5” to 2” wide.About 2” deep in the bottom of a supermarket bag.


I think these would be super for some one who does fibre art or perhaps a Kindergarten  or Primary School could use them for collage work. A quilter might like them for a string quilt. The fabric is about 40% Kiwiana.

Anyway happy to post any where in NZ. I will be posting the whole lot in one bag.

If you’d like them please post a comment below and I’ll announce  a winner on Monday evening.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Food for thought…..

I am a great believer in fresh is best and home baked is best. I was very interested in this article written by Rhonda over at the Down to Earth Simple Living Blog. Rhonda went to her local Supermarket and was dismayed to find out how difficult it was to buy plain flour.

After reading her article I checked Woolworths NZ website to see if the same was happening here – I am glad to say it’s not. You can go direct to a Flour section. However I am with her in that we need to look in our local supermarkets and complain loudly if the same is happening here.

My break away was shorter than planned. I was away at the  Ruapuke Beach area  over Raglan way.A typical black sand wild and rugged beach.

It’s nice to be home. I am reminded of the old saying:

East is East

West is West

But home is Best!!!

How true. It’s hard to beat Taupo for beauty.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

I’m a winner!!!

Jean over at All points of the Compass had a 100th post giveaway.

Look at this:


All most too nice to open!

……………..and look:


Isn’t that superb? Thank you Jean.

I’m popping away for a few days for a break. I’ll tell you all about it when I return.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sweet Peas….

..gathered at our house again yesterday. Oh what busy ladies they have been.

Andreena (who loves all things Christmas) has made another Tree skirt. Isn’t it pretty? I love traditional red/green/white Christmas best. No lime green and purple Christmas for me.


Moira had been busy on a Christmas project too.





Isn’t that just darn cute?

 These ladies are going to be already for Christmas.




Friday, March 09, 2012

Do you remember this?


Let’s zero in for a close up:DSCF2015

Lemon Bars. Yum. I took a chance and made this the first time for morning tea for the Tokoroa Ladies. You can find the recipe over at Make it do.Thanks Calli, this recipe is a keeper. For my  NZ and Aussie friends the powdered sugar in the base is what we call Icing Sugar and 1 cup of butter is 8ozs. The topping is very sweet – I may try a bit less sugar next time. This is one of those slices that seems to better the day after baking and even better the day after that – if it lasts that long!

Do try – oh and pop over and say “Hi” to Calli – tell her I sent you. She has a homemaker theme going on her blog. Lots to look at, you could be lost there for some time!


Wednesday, March 07, 2012

We played shop today……..

Peggy invited a group of ladies from Tokoroa to view some of her Crazy quilting supplies.
The shop was set up:
Lots of goodies:
Beads, Rug mats, Silk prints, Silk ribbon,Lace Motifs, Ozecraft dyes and much more.

Personalised shopping bags complete with a wee freebie prepared:
The ladies arrived and browsing commenced:
Morning Tea served:

Much chatter and sharing of ideas:
If you belong to a small stitching bee you might like to come along and share a day like this with us. Please contact Peggy if you would like to.
Now we’re doing a bit of this:
Thanks for popping by and sharing our day.

PS Morning tea was delicious!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Quilting makes the quilt II

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I have been quilting lots of quilts made with this same pattern.


It’s a challenge to think  of something different to stitch on them. I always say that the quilting on a quilt should take your eye somewhere that the piecing doesn’t. I’m happy with what I have done on this one. The stitching almost tricks the eye into thinking some very tricky piecing has been done.


The eye wants to travel on the diagonal rather than straight up and down.


I also like the “modern’ look of this quilting style. A good contrast to the flowery fabric.

The back looks pretty cool too:







Thanks for popping by.


PS First fall of snow on our mountains. Bit soon for that kinda thing. Looks beautiful.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

It was a plum job

Yes pudding was yummy today. We have had very little good stone fruit this summer. Our own trees have been having a holiday – only about 10 plums on each tree. On Wednesday we were given a large bag of plums. They are very yum. Pudding today? Plum Tart.

Ta dah!


To make the filling I halved and stoned the plums and popped them in a bowl. Then I added:

2 Tablespoons of melted butter

2 Tablespoons of Raspberry jelly crystals

3/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of flour

Juice and finely grated rind of a lemon (you can use orange but I didn’t have one and our lemons are very sweet).

Toss this all around  with a fork until everything is well coated/blended.

Pile into your favourite pie crust and bake at 220C for 15 mins and then turn the oven down to 180C and bake a further 20/30 mins.

Thanks for popping by.

PS This recipe is just great for rhubarb too.

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