Thursday, October 29, 2009

Go see it!

We went and saw the MJ movie today. It was amazing and yet sad, and I doubt I will forget it in a long while. This guy was so very talented, there wouldn't be many, if any musicians who would equal him in talent. His whole life evolved around music, he lived for music, he was music. He was way more than a tall poppy and a lovely and trusting guy.
Go see it if you get the chance.


Thinking about building an ark.....

We've had a lot of rain lately, in fact 40 mm in one day, a couple of days ago. It rained hard last night too. I'm thinking we should build an ark, so that the animals can go in 2 by 2....

So they can keep their feet dry while drinking!

These pics were taken from a dry vantage point on our property! LOL (not)


Carole :}

Sunday, October 25, 2009

here's a wee laugh for you....

Brian invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, Brian's mother couldn't help but notice how beautiful Brian's flatmate, Susan, was. Brian's Mum had long been suspicious of the platonic relationship between Brian and Susan, and this had only made her more curious.

Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Brian and Susan than met the eye.

Reading his mum's thoughts, Brian volunteered, 'I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Susan and I are just flatmates.'

About a week later, Susan came to Brian saying, 'Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the beautiful silver gravy ladle. You don't suppose she took it, do you?'

Brian said, 'Well, I doubt it, but I'll send her an e-mail just to be sure. So he sat down and wrote:


Dear Mum,

I'm not saying that you 'did' take the gravy ladle from the house, I'm not saying that you 'did not' take the gravy ladle. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.

Love, Brian

Several days later, Brian received an email back from his mother that read:

Dear Son,

I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Susan, I'm not saying that you 'do not' sleep with Susan. But the fact remains that if Susan is sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now.

Love, Mum


lol, Carole :D

I've been meaning to show you this.....

remember this from a while back? well i've finally finished it, have been meaning to show you

i was quite out of my comfort zone, with the use of paint and collage, haha, but you will notice i have tried hard to get a little fabric in there!!

and then i found just the right coloured bead - and an egg was born!

back soon,
carole :}

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Many thanks, .. oh, and a new quilt!

Well first off, thanks for your comments on how I should go about lining my new old hat case. Some times it pays to ask around lol, as there is always someone else who has 'been there, done that'! Nathalie, I think I will take your advice and do some padding, I have some lovely fabrics and laces etc to help in that dept. I will keep you posted on progress...

Meanwhile, here is my newest quilt out of my sewing room for my etsy store!
I tried to do something a little different from the florals for a change, and I think it looks fresh, and crisp and quite vibrant. I've used all the scraps up on making a nice reverse-side to the quilt and with the binding.
It measures 51 1/2" x 62", so a nice size to snuggle up on the sofa with, cover a table with, throw over a chair etc...
I actually think it might make a nice chrissy present too!!

Now to plan the next project!!!
Carole :}

Friday, October 23, 2009

Today was my birthday, ...... so a little treat!

A hat box! Gorgeous isn't it? And it's totally Nathalie's fault that I had to buy it! LOL
I thought it might be the perfect place to keep my vintage lace in, what do you think?
It's in very good condition, made of hard cardboard, but I thought I might line it with fabric, but I'm not sure how I would attach it.

Maybe I could glue it on with pva or gel medium? But I'm not sure if this would cause the cardboard to buckle? Does anyone know a suitable way of attaching fabric?

Thank you Nathalie for inspiring such a great purchase!!
Carole :)

My book pages come home!

Remember my book cover I made recently?
Well, it has arrived home again after visiting with Patty, Nathalie and Linda in the States, and Margaret in Switzerland! Each of these clever girls made a page for it, and now it's home!

above: left is mine, right is Linda's
below: left is Linda's, right is a card from Patty

above: right is Patty's
below: left is Patty's, right is Nathalie's

above: left is Nathalie's, right is Margaret's
below: left is Margaret's, right is a card with notes on it from all the girls!

Thank girls, this has been a fun exchange, and I love all the pages that have been made for my Heart Art book!

Carole :)

lots of posts to catch up on!

I've been trying to spend a little less time on the computer this week, but now I have lots of blog posts to catch up on!
Earlier this week I received a surprise package from Margaret from Alice and camilla. A lovely card, some papers for crafting with....

a few fabrics to play with....

some very interesting mags for evening reading....

and some dainty lollies in a wee organza bag!

Thank you Margaret! What a fun time I had exploring this package, and you did really well to cover all bases! (crafts, mind and stomach!!) lol

Carole ;)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Would you like to stitch with me??

I have been saving floral fabric for a long time.


Because I love it!

I have made 2 floral quilts now, but I still have lots of florals left.

I am very much in love with my tag quilt I just finished and I think I will make another one.....with a twist!

What I would like to do is make another one using more of my florals,
but I would like to invite YOU, my blogging buddies, friends whom I have met via this blog, to do some of the wee stitcheries for my quilt!

What I plan to do, is send those of you who would like to stitch
a piece of 7"x4" calico fabric and some thread.

What you stitch on the fabric is totally up to you,
could be words, a saying, a picture, your name,
as long as you use the same colour thread. Then all the stitcheries will be done in the same colour!

When you have finished, you need to post it back to me, and when I have collected them all, I will put together my Blogging Buddies Quilt!

If you would like to sew a wee stitchery for my quilt, use the EMAIL ME link on the right and let me know you are interested, and give me your mailing address.

If I am organised enough, each person stitching will get a wee thank you tucked inside their envelope! :) Along with their fabric and thread.

There is no set time limit to have these completed by, but they are quite small and shouldn't take long to complete.

I would love to have you join in and be part of my quilt!!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Carole :D

(thank you I think I have enough offers of help, if I accept any more my quilt is going to be toooooo large!!! LOL)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A quilt is finished!

Remember this tag quilt I was working on with all the wee stitcheries? Well I've finished it!
And I love it!

It has lovely soft flannel on the back. And large stippling all over it.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!
Carole :D

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A halloween surprise and a quick unpick!

It is my birthday next week, but I think it has come early! I have had a week of the most incredible mail deliveries! In fact I don't know if I can take much more of this excitement! LOL
This arrived in the mail a couple of days ago! It was from Linda, who knows just how much I love mags!!

BUT WAIT! .......

There was something else,

A little brown envelope?

Very interesting! Love the bird stamp!!

But did you notice Linda had sewn it closed! What was in it? I rushed to get my quick unpick, one learns not to rip things open!

A halloween ATC! Very cool indeed!

I really like the gorgeous rosette with the bird, not to mention the 2 wee beauties! lol
Thanks Linda, they were a lovely surprise!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wouldn't this rock your socks off!!!


Want to know what's inside?

It's the package that arrived from my bestest buddy Nathalie in the States a couple of days ago.

Nathalie has a very keen eye for finding the most fabulous things! NO KIDDING! She is like the Sherlock Holmes of mixed media artists! LOL (and if you don't believe me check out the exciting thing she lists in her Etsy store!!)

This was what was in the package.......

Now would this just rock your socks off? I couldn't believe the gorgeousness of it! The lace was stunning, only wish I knew the history of it, the stories behind it. It is VERY vintage, and I spent ages picking it up and looking at it.

Remnants of satin ribbon...

It was so delicate, some was exquisitely fine, I'm sorry Nathalie, I just don't know if I'll be able to cut this up and use it in my fabric collages? But I do have my eye on a special case which would be perfect to store my treasure in for the mean time. I thought it might be kinda cool to invent histories and make cards or labels to go with each piece that explain the history of each piece!

Nathalie also sent me some huge tea bags to use in my sewing! My mind has been racing with ideas for using these!

Overall, this was an amazing gift, took me ages to calm down after opening it LOL. Thank you so much Nathalie, you really know how to get my blood pumping and my heart racing LOL!

Carole :D