All Work and No Play...

All Work and No Play...

Excuse me while I have a little daydream of winning the lotto and spending my days sewing, making bread, sewing, blogging, sewing, doing yoga, sewing, bike riding, sewing, exploring our lovely Blue Mountains, sewing and more sewing...bliss... sigh.. Until that happens I have to keep working. Being a florist, there's not many opportunities for full time work locally. To risk sounding like a snob, country flower shops don't have the range of flowers or are as busy as I can get in the city. It's totally understandable, as everyone up here has beautiful gardens full of flowers and nothing is as beautiful as home grown, garden fresh flowers!! So I travel into Sydney everyday to commit floristry. People sometimes ask me about my commute so here's a little post about my trip. I love our station in Faulconbridge. It was opened in 1877 so has lots of old world charm to it. They repainted the windows and benches last year. They went from dark green to navy blue and bright yel

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Yee Haw

Yee Haw

YEE HAW COUNTY FAIR!! A Singing Chicken! Hamster Boxing! Mule Sniffing! If this is the 2nd Greatest Show on Earth I wonder what the first is? Why, The Springwood High Community Quilt Show of course! Check out the blog to see our progress on the 2011 raffle quilt.

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Block Party

Block Party

Yippee!! I've finished all my little square donuts for the Fat Quarterly Quilt Along ! I just love the feeling of sewing that final seam of the last block!! Knowing they're all finished and you're ready to move onto laying them all out. It makes me want to do a little touch down dance!! Yay!! I'd been a little on the generous side when cutting my strips. I ended up with 188 blocks so I made a few extra to get me to 196. The right amount for a quilt of 14x 14 rows and therefore 84inches square. My fingers are in knots after doing those calculations! Some of my strips were longer than others and gave me an extra square here or there and I found a few more in my scrap bag and made some little 9 patches. I'm thinking I might scatter a few through the quilt, just for interest's sake. I'll see when I lay it out... Maybe there'll be enough interest with all the crazy fabrics and the uniform look with suit the overall feel better... hmm ..we'll see. I have

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Sunny Sunday

Sunny Sunday

I've finished cutting all my strips into the required lengths for the Fat Quarter Quilt Along , ready for tomorrows sewing instructions. As I said in an earlier post I had lots of fun going through my fabric stash. So much fun in fact that I think I may have got carried away with how many strips I made. I haven't counted but it seems I may end up with a very big quilt. Or maybe I'll make some of the blocks into pillow cases. Oh well, the more the merrier. I've been sorting through the piles and pairing them up ready for sewing. Some crazy combinations are being concocted. I know this looks like a big topsy turvy mess but I prefer to think of it as organised chaos. :) My sewing machine was jealous of my cutting board so I just made a few... Gbf popped in and started talking about donuts. "Donuts?!?" I asked. He says these blocks look like square donuts. Good enough to eat! He's such a sweetie. While I was having a party in my sewing room he was maki

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The David Jones Flower Show

The David Jones Flower Show

Spring has sprung here in Australia! Being a florist that means lots of lovely things coming into season and busier times ahead with weddings, anniversaries and babies arriving. Incidentally September is the busiest month for babies, being 9 months after Christmas, New Years and all those festivities. For me the 1st day of spring is the day the David Jones Spring Flower Show opens. David Jones is Australia's big department store. To celebrate the arrival of spring the Sydney store is filled with flowers. Big window displays over 3 different streets wrap around the store. Inside, every counter on the first floor has arrangements. Big freestanding installations of flowers add a colourful welcome in the entrance ways. Usually a theme for the designs is chosen and is carried throughout the store. For the 25th anniversary of the show a retrospective of different years' themes have been recreated in the window displays. I was surprised how many I remember. These photos have been t

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