Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fabulous weekend

I love the Gold Coast! So close to home, so beautiful and so affordable. Angela and Paul gave Bill the Builder a weekend at the Gold Coast for his birthday. Naturally, I had to go too! We stayed at the Holiday Inn and it was just fabulous! This was the night view from our room on the 20th floor. It was pouring rain when we woke up on Saturday morning, so we didn't leave until later....................
............which was a good thing because I had to make my block of the week for the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.

 BOW 1 Ladies' Aid Album Block F~8

How would that have looked if I was in charge of choosing the blocks and setting deadlines and all sorts of other official stuff, and then I didn't get done in time??? Ooowaah! It wouldn't have been good at all! And now to announce (don't you just love announcing??) BOW 2 to everyone ie Lynda.  Lynda has already done her block for the week.

Lynda says this photo doesn't show the colours very well. I think it will be just amazing to compare our different colours with the same blocks as we get further along. We were planning on putting the quilt together when we go to Kingaroy in April next year but that means 14 blocks a month and we just aren't up to it yet!

Here is where we are going in April next year. I am going to be the guest speaker! Gads! It is an open day and all funds raised go to really worthwhile charities. There are all sorts of demonstrations and it is a fabulous day. If anyone is in the region, make sure you head on out. Food is fabulous too!

I have to go now. I have to  'announce' the block(s) for next week. There are two because they are easy and somebody got a jump start on me!

Let's have a fantastic week!

PS - I knitted three more rows of my beanie!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Who's been sleeping in my bed.......

Every Friday, I look after this gorgeous little package! He is grandbaby number 3 - aka The Sweet One. We have a wonderful time together - lots of goofing off! Today, we cleaned the car, did some washing, chased Barney No Friends, had a loooong nap and watched Madagascar. It was a full day!

Snappy dresser!

My friend Lynda and I had a really stupid great idea.  We are going to start making the blocks in Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.  Each Monday, I will choose a block (two if it's a really easy block) and we both have to have it made by the following Sunday.  We figure we should have them all finished by about 2020! We are both working on heaps a couple of projects but if ever once we've got those finished, it will be full steam ahead. Bill the Builder and I are going to the Gold Coast for the weekend at daybreak tomorrow so I'll need to get my skates on.

P.S. I knitted another row on my beanie!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Learning to Knit

My mother is teaching me to knit.  It's not panning out too well, let me tell you.This is eventually going to be a beanie but it sure is hard going! The needles Mum gave me were too short so I bought longer ones. Now the ends stick down into the sleeves of my jammies. When I reported this to Mum, she gave me a stunned look and said "how the hell do you manage that?" which I tend to feel is not what an encouraging teacher would say. Sometimes, I think Dr. Spock would have a field day with my mother.

It's been a while......

After much nagging from someone who shall remain nameless (but whose initials are Lynda), I am back in blogland! I have found so many new blogs and I get such pleasure from reading them, that I've been shamed into resurrecting my own blog.

It has been a busy few months - some birthdays, a trip to the USA, a scrapbook retreat, a Christmas, a road trip down south, some more birthdays, a quilt retreat and another scrapbook retreat.

I am now unemployed and only just starting to get used to that and enjoy it properly. It is a learned skill, just as being employed is a learned skill. I thought I'd have a lot more time for quilting, sewing, reading and the other good things in life but it seems like I have less! Note to self - get a grip and get organized!

I embroidered a set of 7 "Days of the Week" tea towels for Angela's birthday (yes, she did want them!) and they turned out really well. Bought cotton/linen blend towels from here which were just a treat to embroider. Service was amazing and the towels arrived the next day! Then I used designs from Embroidery Library. They turned out beautifully and Ang was delighted. The last scrapbook retreat was also part of her gift.

Our trip to the States was just fabulous! San Francisco, New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and heaps of other places because Bill the Builder is obsessed about car hire and we always do a lot of driving around.  This results in nasty slurs against my navigational abilities, even though we had the trusty Tom Tom on board. We were driving from Washington back to New York, hopefully via Philidelphia but ended up alarmingly close to Canada!! MUCH abuse as we got further and further away from New York!
Oooops! Turned out I had left the "no toll roads" option on and all roads from Washington to New York must have been tolls! We chose "no tolls" so that we could see something of the countryside. It was a fabulous holiday and we are thinking of going again around the same time this year.

Bill the Builder says I have to get a job if I want to go anywhere, but I think..................naaah!