"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Indian Chief, 30th June.

Changed my mind about waiting until next Tuesday. Here he is now.

Friday, June 29, 2007

The Indian is on the move again!

I have been participating in a Better Health Group every Tuesday for six weeks, and each week we create an 'action plan' - a goal to achieve within the coming week. It usually relates to our health goals, i.e. drink 1 litre of water a day, exercise twice daily, walk for 30 minutes daily, and so on. But last week our leader suggested we make our goal something related to a hobby or interest. My first thought was of course stitching, then I had to decide which project. There was nothing I could guarantee to finish within the week, so I chose to work one hour each day on my dear old Indian Chief.
On Tuesday, I worked on it for one hour. On Wednesday, one and a half hours. Thursday I didn't stitch at all, and today I've been stitching on and off all night, stopping for cups of tea, trips to the loo, checking emails, etc. So I guess I've done well over one hour. I can see what I've achieved in four days, but when I look at how much more has to be done to finish it...well, maybe in another year or so? I'll post a photo here next Tuesday to show where I'm at. The last time I posted a pic of him was on May 8th here

eBay and Golliwogs

eBay can be such a dangerous place on the internet, especially for people like me who should not be there at all. I've been pretty good lately, only have a quick look once or twice a month, and if I don't see anything worth bidding for, well it's a good day for my bank account. But now and then, something will catch my eye, one thing will lead to another and before I know it, I've bid on half a dozen auctions! In the past two weeks, I have won two peacock linens (still coming from USA), a 1930's apron, an unfinished apron, a table centrepiece, the tablecloth that is shown below, and earlier tonight, a tea cosy.
Now, I have hundreds of tea cosies in my collection, but this one is quite different. It isn't antique, it is hand knitted by a lady who makes dolls and teacosies using golliwog faces. They are so CUTE!!! Have a look at their website: www.gollydownunder

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New tablecloth via eBay

This is a full size table cloth (I draped it over a small table for the photo), and the condition is superb. The stitching is lovely - see below. Closeup detail

Monday, June 25, 2007

Aprons have been updated.

Just to let you know that my Aprons blog has been updated. I've added two more categories to it - floral and Australiana. The link is on the side bar here.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Just a simple Thank You.

I have been doing a Better Health group course, organised by our local council. It runs for six weeks, and we have two facilitators, who are youngish (under 30?) girls, very serious about their role, and very patient with us 'oldies' when we waffle on about our problems! Next week is the final week, and I wanted to show the girls how much I have appreciated all their work, so I stitched this little thank you card.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Hidden talents of a friend.

One of my blogging friends in country Victoria, mostly posts jokes on her blog, along with anecdotes about her day to day life. She happened to mention to me that she used to do a bit of embroidery, and I asked her to show some of it on her blog. Well, talk about hidden talents! I think she should create a new blog just to showcase her stitching - it is stunning! Go take a look: Jen's Chronicles

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Finished item!!

It seems ages since I posted a photo of a project that I've finished. I'm still working on the Indian Chief and kitten doiley, but there is no deadline on them as they are for me. But I have now completed this little apron for a lady in the USA who is also a collector of vintage textiles, aprons in particular. We started emailing each other last year and agreed to do an apron swap. I told her I would stitch something for her and she was delighted that it would be handmade just for her (although like me, she wouldn't have cared if it was a thrift shop buy!). So here it is: I had this plain white cotton half apron in my stash without any particular plans for it, and decided to use one of my many Aunt Martha transfers for the design. I think it looks rather cute!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New additions to the Collection.

I received a parcel of goodies today from Susan at T-Cozy. She had shown this delightful teacloth set on her blog and I asked if it was for sale. She said yes, so I sent payment off immediately and here it is: This is one corner of the cloth, with one of the matching napkins (there are four the same) The next two photos are the design in opposite corners, and the last pic is of the whole cloth. Isn't it darling!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Finally! My new blog just for Aprons!

It has taken all week, but I finally got two of my friends to model all my aprons while I ironed each one and photographed it. Next I had to transfer all the photos from the digital camera to my computer, sort them all into categories and then label each pic. Finally I created the new blog, and you can see it here. (For future reference, I've put a link to it on the sidebar here, with my other blogs.) Do you know, I'm rather chuffed about all this. Fancy somebody my age being so clever with this technology...LAUGH OUT LOUD!!! What a hoot...I am not really so clever. Most of you who read my humble blogs have the most wonderful artistic blogs, everchanging templates and all the bells and whistles. I'm not even going to try to equal you - just happy to sit back and admire what you do! Hope you enjoy my new one!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A new addition to my Gallery.

My friend Sharon discovered this in one of her favourite opshops, and told me about it. I didn't get there until a few weeks later, and fortunately it was still there. I bought a few other things as well, and the shop assistant must have got a bit flustered, because she ended up charging me about $4 for this! I have done one of these Black Cat designs myself, and have two more charts waiting to be done. This is not one of them, but I just had to have it on my wall with mine, even though I haven't stitched it. The Embroiderer has worked it beautifully, but the frame has been knocked around, so I will probably have it reframed one day. This is the one I've done: