Thursday, May 14, 2015

The end of summer harvest

I grew watermelons for the first time this year, and I just harvested the last one. I couldn't believe they were so amazingly delicious!

Next summer I'm growing more than one plant, I love watermelon! 

Carole x

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

For those of you who don't follow me on Facebook

Remember this quilt project I was working on? I thought I'd share the journey with you. I was busy making it for two reasons. 
First, I made a whole quilt using the red flower block pattern and it screamed "Red Poppy" at me. 

So my friend Trish who owns the local quilt shop and I both decided to make a quilt to be finished in time for ANZAC Day here in New Zealand, April 25th. The quilt had to use the poppy block. 

And secondly, because I have done a lot of reading and research around the Vietnam War for my next novel, I decided to make mine as a way of saying thank you to those men who let me delve into a part of their history that was very contentious. I felt that those soldiers that went to Vietnam have been excluded from much of what should have been bestowed upon them. 

Trish on the other hand, decided she would make her quilt as a tribute to her grandfather who fought in WW1 and her great uncle who also went to war. 

I decided to take the more traditional quilt path, while Trish decided to be a little more adventurous. She has never made an art quilt before and I thought this would make for the perfect art quilt for her to start with. 

Trish made six flower blocks and used quilters muslin or calico as we know it torn into strips.  For mine I decided to use as much thread on the poppy as possible in order to make it as 3D as possible. I used 3 complete rolls plus 4 other colours to build up depth. Once my poppy was finished I then decided to write the names of all the Kiwi soldiers who were either killed or wounded in action. I masked straight lines around the poppy and free motioned the names. 

Can you see Trish's finished quilt. She hung it out on the platform of the railway station on ANZAC Day morning for the special visit of the 'Passchendaele'. 

Here is my finished quilt 

My quilt was exhibited in the Palmerston North City Library during their ANZAC commemorations and I wanted the quilt to be viewer friendly so I stated that if people wanted to pin poppies to the quilt they would be welcome. There are 37 names on the quilt, there were 4 Kiwi soldiers who were fighting with American troops, 1 soldier who was killed while preparing to leave New Zealand, 1 nursing sister from the surgical team and 1 Red Cross worker who were also killed who were not included amongst the names, but are recorded with the info sheet that follows the quilt. 

Both Trish and I found the project really emotional, neither of us had realised that it would mean more to us than it did. I have met several people who have told me the story behind how soldiers named on the quilt have died. Truely sad. One soldier had only been in country 24 hours and he stepped on a mine. 

If you have a few spare minutes, I would love to hear what you think of them.

Have a great week,
Carole x

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I'm on a roll...

This is what's in my sewing box for my work in progress....

What's in your work box at the moment? The project I'm working on has so far used in excess of five rolls of cotton. How many rolls do you normally go through when you're making a quilt? 

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! 

Carole x

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A little Sunday gorgeousness...

This afternoon, I decided to make myself a small wallet to keep my cell phone and my ear buds in. It has two pockets and fits my eftpos card and my coffee card. I love it! 

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend! 

Carole x

Saturday, March 7, 2015

It's a playing with thread kind of day!

Not sure where I'm going......buckle in!

Carole x

If you haven't been to visit my Facebook page,

 I have some news....

I am off to Sew Marlborough!! 
July 2016! 

For more info...

Exciting times 

Carole x

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Summer in a jar

A productive afternoon in the kitchen yesterday. Plum jam, mmmmm. Totally summer in a jar! 

Hope your weekend is fabulous! 

Carole x

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to market we go!

This morning my friend and I took our wares to a local market at Ohau. It's the first time we've had a stall together. 
Of course you all know what my tables look like! I had lots of pretty lavender bags and gorgeous fabric cards and the coffe card wallets.

I also took a pile of my novels to sell. 

My friend was selling here beautiful hand made soaps.

We had a lovely morning selling and I was thrilled People even wanted to buy copies of my book, and I was happy to sign them! 

Thank you to everyone who called into visit and say hi, to those who supported our table with all their purchases and all the lovely comments we got! We decided it was well worth the effort and we'll be back again next month! 

Carole x

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday is off to a flying start!

Well, this morning I woke when hubby got out of bed. I was in the middle of a long and very vivid dream at the time, (and yes I do remember my dreams).
I rolled over and looked at the clock, it said 6.18am. I panicked and jumped out of bed and started rushing around. Then it suddenly dawned on me that my alarm had not gone off because it was Sunday NOT Monday and I had turned it off.
So, I'll get back into bed and check my emails.

Yesterday evening hubby took me to a local beach and we went to the little pub and had dinner. Sat outside in the last of the day's sunshine and watched the comings and goings. It was lovely.

So next Saturday I will be at the Ohau Market and I needed to make some more lavender bags and cards to sell. Above are some of the finished cards ready to package.  

Then I decided to make some coffee card wallets. I thought they might look a little different, I've never made them to sell before. What do you think? I use one all the time, they are great for your eftpos/credit cards too.

I haven't done a market for just over twelve months, I've missed them. I think I'll take some copies of my novel along too, may be I might sell one or two!

I got a lovely comment from Nancy on the last post. She has made a Snippet Roll and invited me over to see it. Of course it was gorgeous, but I knew it would be! If you want to visit Nancy's blog just click on the link. I have to say it was lovely of Nancy to credit where she got the idea, I really appreciate it. Snippet Rolls are infiltrating the world, but not many people credit it back to it's source. I'm guessing the wee SR's are a long way from home now.

Well, I really must get up now. Oh and if you were wondering what the dream was about - well I was living with a very elderly and forgetful aunt in a huge two story rambling house and I remembered that she had turned the bath on upstairs over an hour ago, and I was running to turn the water off. When I got to the bottom of the stairs there was water dripping from the ceiling and spilling down the stairway! The top floor was awash. And then I woke up. :)
What does it mean I wonder?

Enjoy your weekend!
Carole x

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Perfect Valentine's Day is spent doing..........

So far it's pretty much a perfect Valentine's Day. I mean to say, I'm in the Studio, the radio is playing some 'sing out loud' songs and I'm stitching up a storm. 
What more could I want?

What would you like to do on Valentine's Day? 

When I was at work in the quilt store this week I made a whole pile of red roses using fat quarters of red fabrics. They looked nice nestled amongst a display of black and white fabrics.

Whatever you do on Valentine's Day, have a lovely one. 

Carole x

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Today's mystery....

Today we found a birds nest on our roof. 

Normally I don't think this would be a big deal. However, where did it come from and what kind of bird made it? 

It's huge! And it's got all sorts of goodies in it. There was bits of plastic, lots of feathers, a lot that looked like chicken feathers, there was even horse hair.

When I loosened it there was an old tissue tucked in there. Perhaps we have some very emotional birds living around here? LOL 

I wondered if it belonged to a magpie? But how did it end up on the roof? 

Carole x

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last days

Here's a chance to win a copy of my book 'a tide too high'

I'm running a giveaway over at Goodreads, hurry on over and add you name. 

      Book Giveaway
        A tide too high by Carole Brungar



          A tide too high

            by Carole Brungar
            Giveaway ends February 10, 2015.
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.
      Enter to win

Good luck!
Carole x

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I think I've fixed the problem!

What do you think?

I think that works much better, don't you? I found a vintage looking velveteen leaf and it looks kind a neat with the flower. 
Thanks so much to all of you who left messages! 

Now to work on the next WIP - there's a few of them! 

Hope you're having a fantastic weekend! 
Carole x

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I need your opinion on this new journal!

Hi, thought I'd share this journal with you. I started it a few months ago and it needs to be finished. I'd like your opinion please. 

I've collected up a number of photos of me from when I was, umm, younger! LOL my aim was to put them all together in a album, and what better album than one of my journals? (I loved fishing, still do!)

I want to write about the photos, where they were taken, how old I was when the photo was taken, who I'm with in the photo and anything I might want to add. I figure that it might make a lovely gift years down the track. 

My daughter may remember where she lived growing up, but she won't know much detail if any, of when I was growing up. 

So now the special photo album is finished - on the outside at least, all assembled. What do you think?

I've just got to add the text now, add some colour, some stamps perhaps, momentos. Above left is me with my little brother. I think I would have been about 9. (My mother made all my gorgeous wee dresses and cardy's!)

I added a couple of special cards into the journal, one was a birthday card from my parents and one was a birthday card from my daughter. 

So here's where I need your opinion.....

I'm just not sure about the faded old rose on the cover. What do you think? Is it too much? I'm not sure if I like there or not. 

What do you think? 

Oh and if you'd like to make yourself a journal, and make a very special photo album, the link to class details are on the right hand side of this blog. Click on the link to find out more or email me. 

Are you all prepared for Christmas? 
Love Carole x

Friday, November 21, 2014

Preparing my voice....

This is what I'm doing this Saturday night!!!
Need I say more?

Love their poster!

Carole x