Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Monday, November 23, 2015

"It's all about Pirates and Christmas."


You know when you walk into a fabric shop for just some small item and you come out with a lot more, this happened to me about a fortnight ago. I was after some tearaway for doing machine embroidery when I noticed the sign fabric on sale for $7.50 a metre. I didn't need anything but it couldn't hurt to buy some and then I discovered a fabric panel which I thought would be most suitable for some little boys. Oh and I did get the tearaway and some pellon. The bonus was the fabric panel was half price, I didn't know this until I got to the counter.

 The panel had a soft toy pirate and pirate themed bunting. Perfect for Christmas presents for the Grandies. I even sacrificed used my big blue ric-rac for this.

I then remembered seeing a pirate themed machine embroidery design on the net so made up a bunting for Jude and Jacob to match.

Late last week I received this gorgeous Christmas hanging from Bobbie Lynn. Plus one of her wonderful handmade cards. This hanging will be hung up on the 1st December. Thank you so much Bobbie Lynn for your kindness shown throughout the year.

 The weather has started to warm up so blooms like this Day Lilly brighten our garden up a treat. The bonus is these plants look so ordinary them bloom into such stunning flowers.

I celebrated my Birthday earlier on in the month. Ainsley made the cake, it was so delicious. Catering for Vegan, Gluten Free and Sugar Free she came up with a recipe that suited everyone. Amazing how cakes that are more natural taste so much better. That is Coconut Cream on the top of the cake. It has been a rather social month with a trip to the cinema with Ian to watch The Dressmaker. We can highly recommend this movie, in fact I hope it comes out on DVD rather quickly as I can see it being one of those go to movies for a bit of relaxation. Last week as a Birthday present from David I got to see Stephen Fry. Lucy came along too as she is also a fan. We had 2 hours of the most amazing facts and gossip from him. We wondered what he was going to talk about but the topics were  different and interesting. At the start he said he had one of those new watches that measure your steps by the end he had walked 5.17 kms back and forth across the stage.

I will be linking this post to Christmas Through the Year kindly hosted by Anthea.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, November 9, 2015

"Hello November."


Happy Monday.

With all this gorgeous Spring weather we have been blessed with blogging has certainly taken a back seat here at Kainga. I have hardly turned on the computer at all over the past couple of weeks. I have spent a fair bit of time in the garden prepping for Summer vegies and looking after the roses that have been in full bloom for the past month or so. I can see a few hours ahead spent on deadheading.

Now do you believe in the Quilt Police, I know they would be horrified with the mix of cotton and poly fabrics in this table runner. I don't care though, using up bits of fabrics from dresses from my girls has been a absolute pleasure. So many memories in this table runner. There are four Dresden plate sections to join up and then the centre piece is done separately and sewn on after. It was all done in the hoop and sewed up very quickly. I cheated a little, deciding not to put a border on and simply placed the backing fabric over the top of the runner then sewed and turned it all through.

 The good thing about doing it in the hoop the wadding is placed in the hoop at the same time so no fiddling around with getting wadding the right size. I was able to use up some of the scraps of wadding. Since taking the photo I did find my missing yellow thread and quilted the centre of the flowers to hold it all together. The Dresden Plate embroidery design is from Sweet Pea Embroidery which is based here in Australia.

 I was recently given a bag of fabric to use up. So Jacob got some new Pj pants. The pattern I drafted from a Enid Gilchrist Baby Book. Do you remember those books, I made heaps of clothes for our children drafting up the patterns. The original price on the cover is 50 cents. Can you imagine buying a new book with heaps of patterns for that price now.

 The other fabric was quite a bit of check fabric. The brown check fabric was actually a very quickly made table runner (by someone who is not a sewer) so I decided to cut it up and make tea towels. I did think about making pants or clothes for the Grandies but as the fabric was a bit faded in places, tea towels were made up. I also made the green check fabric into a tea towel. A inhabitant of this home seems to delight in using up every tea towel in existence so they will certainly come in use.

Can you spot the ladder that is being hugged by the rose?

My roses are making me happy this fine Monday, what is making you happy. I would love to hear.

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"A Day in the Country."


I just love a day in the country being a tourist and driving down some back roads. You never know what you are going to find.

Yesterday we had morning tea by the river.

Avon River Beverley
 The water was lovely and clear. I can imagine a few people having a swim in the river even though there was a sign saying no swimming.

Avon River Beverley.
 This was the view in the other direction. We were on our way to Narrogin, visiting the smaller towns in between. It has been a couple of years since we have done this.

 Just like the back roads the back of a table runner can be just as interesting.

 I joined up the charm squares from "A Day in the Country" by Moda. I purchased this tin a few years back from The Country Yard in New Zealand.

 I added a couple of the iron on blooms that my Sister Chris sent from Hong Kong. I used the country designs from the Brother Embroidery Card Number 65 for the embroidery.

We stopped at each town on the way and on arrival at Narrogin we had a walk around and had a lovely lunch at the Narrogin Nursery Cafe and Garden Centre. We have been at this centre several times before for lunch and have never been disappointed with the meal. This time I went exploring the garden centre out the back. No photo's I was too busy enjoying myself. I would have to say it is the prettiest stocked up garden centre I have been to. I did come away with a dwarf plum tree. I also visited the local patchwork shop called Patch 'n' Paint for pleasure and came away with a cross stitch kit. The best shop we went into was a wonderful surprise, I was enticed by the Wisteria that was in full bloom outside the shop and the small tricycles that were outside the shop. It was called Fabulous finds past and present. What an amazing collection of home wares etc. The lady intends to open a old fashioned lolly shop and serve afternoon teas in the near future.

Please note each of these business's have a Facebook page if you want to get more information. I do not have any affiliation with any of the business's but would recommend them for service and a damn good time.

 On the way back home we called into Cuballing. This community is very small but has the best oval with white picket fence and equestrian centre for miles around. I love that the old buildings have been looked after and the small town was very neat and tidy.

 You could even by the bank. I would love to look inside to see what it looks like now.

 The old post office has been turned into a home.

I loved the garden around the home and shed out the back, it actually reminded me of a garden in England of MidSomer Murders or some show similar to that.

All in all we had a lovely relaxing day out in the country. Have you been out exploring your part of the world lately?

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Spring at Kainga."


I took a wander around the garden on Sunday with the camera. There are lots of Roses in bloom and plenty more to come. The bees are active and I have seen a few ladybugs already.

Enjoy the wander...














At the end of September our total rainfall was 293 ml for the year, not a great amount but very much appreciated.

Happy days.
Bev C

Thursday, October 1, 2015

"A rather appropriate quilt."


I only realised while filling out some forms today that it was October, not sure what happened with the last couple of weeks. Though there has been plenty of gardening, lots of weeding to get ready for the hot seasons ahead and most importantly spending lots of time with the Grandie's. Nothing is better than spending time with little people.
I did finish and hand over the quilt for my niece. I am so glad to have  been able to use up some of the fabrics  I had been saving to make a quilt for her. My nice is into horses and owns several and has worked at cattle feed lots in the past.

As it has to be made in a few days I kept it very simple with strips of fabric and nine patch blocks. The colours don't show up well here due to the weather on the day I took the photo's.

I found this freebie embroidery design for a cowboy boot, I increased the size a little to help with the quilting.

This is the back of the quilt. Now she must have loved the quilt so much because she is shifting back to Western Australia!

Now I must be good and go and take a look inside the sewing room instead of just walking by. I am sure I started a new project a while back. Haven't even been sewing in the evening, I have been reading a book about a couple who have renovated some old homes in Australia. The history involved with our early homes is something that I enjoy reading about. The book is called The Constant Renovators by Marie and Dominic Romeo. Are you reading something you love at the moment, I would love to hear about it.

Happy days.
Bev C