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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

"Alexander the Crochet Rabbit and what is your favourite Beatles song? Mine is Hey Jude"

Hello,

I have a long awaited project to share now that it has been gifted to the new owner.


Alexander the rabbit.

 Meet Alexander the rabbit.  Alexander is the first ever crochet doll I have made up. His pattern is in the March 2014 issue of Homespun. I think I must have made each piece at least twice just to make sure it was right. I couldn't get my head around the instructions for the head and gave that to my Mum to try, even she had trouble and ended up making up the last few rows. I plan to attempt another crochet animal/doll to get used to reading instructions instead of following a graph.


Now you maybe wondering who the new owner of Alexander the Rabbit is. Our second Grandson  Jude Lucas arrived by "C" Section at 9.00 am on Thursday 20th August 2015. Parents Ainsley and Julian and Jacob are now all at home and enjoying the wonders of another baby in the home.Jude is also the owner of the Chicken quilt I completed not long ago.


If anyone was super observant they may have seen Jude's name peeking out from underneath the toys on the play rug. We knew Jude was going to be a boy when Ainsley let it slip not long ago and Julian had done the same thing months ago. When Lucy was visiting a few weeks back Ainsley let the name slip out when she was talking to Jacob so I put Jude's name on the rug, if it was wrong I would have appliqued something over it.

So I can say that "Hey Jude" by the Beatles is my favourite song. What is yours?

Oh and Alexander the rabbit is named because they were originally going to use Alexander as a second name but Jacob has Alisdair as a middle name and that would make two children with the same initials. Now I have to remember to make sure I use the right name for the right person with three of the family beginning with J I am sure someone will answer me.

Happy days.
Bev C


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Mushrooms, Jigsaws and Gardening at Kainga."

 Hello,

Well there has been no sewing here at Kainga. I do plan to make a quilt label tomorrow if that counts. Lots of other things have been keeping me busy though.

On my morning walk on Monday I decided to walk in the paddock up behind our place and out of the corner of my eye I saw a huge mushroom. I had to backtrack a bit to go back through a gate and hop over the fence that didn't have two rows of barb wire fencing to get to them.


These mushrooms are huge, bigger than my hand spread out. Of course we had only purchased a big bag of them at the  farmers market the day before. So lots of dishes with mushrooms in this week.



Not doing any sewing I have been kept busy with doing a jigsaw.


 Lucy is doing this one, of the Banff National Park which is a World Heritage Site in Alberta Canada.


 While I am doing a Wasgij Puzzle. These puzzles really test you out as the picture on the box is completely different from the finished puzzle.

It doesn't look like anyone can come for dinner or afternoon tea for a while with the coffee table and dining table taken up by puzzles.



 Meanwhile outside with the lovely rain we have finally been receiving the garden is loving it. This garden path always gets filled up with blooms, the poppies will be in full bloom in a week or so.


 These little daisies come up everywhere now, so pleased with plants like this. They are a welcome addition to the garden.


The flowering Prunus are in full bloom again. I love the pink snow they create on the ground.

I do have a finished item to share but that will have to wait to next time. It is a gift for someone very special and I can't wait to give it to the new owner.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the week, anything special planned at your place?

Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"Vroom Vroom."

Hello,

I think that $2.00 is a good price to pay for a brand new piece of children's curtain fabric. After a wash to make sure the colours didn't run I hemmed the top and bottom and left the selvages in place. It was time to embellish the fabric.


 With some words like Vroom Vroom, Toot, Honk etc.


A couple of hours later I have the perfect play mat for Jacob to play on, or could it be a super hero cape or maybe even the top of a cubby house. The possibilities are endless.

I love using up fabric like this, I wonder what the original purchaser was going to do with it or had she overestimated the curtain length by an extra metre. I will never know but I am glad to have used it up.

Happy days.
Bev C


Saturday, August 8, 2015

"Livin' the Dream."

Hello,

I joined in Friday Night with Friends yesterday finishing of a cushion cover I had started earlier on in the week.


 This cushion cover was made for Lucy a Kombi lover.


 I used a combination of applique and machine embroidery.


The pattern for the Kombi  applique is from  fabric designer Tula Pink.  The embroidered flowers are from the "Garden Grannie" Cactus Punch embroidery CD and the wording was done by my machine. I used two different bright orange fabrics for the back of the cushion cover.

Happy days.
Bev C

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Chicken Quilt, The pretty food wrap, Clivia's are flowering."

Hello,

I had a finish yesterday. The Chicken quilt has been quilted.


 This quilt was from the book "Out of the box with easy blocks" by Mary Lou Weldman and Melannie Bautista McFarland.


 I quilted it using the Character Decorative Stitches on my machine. Adjusting the sizes of the stitches a little in some areas.

 For the backing I had enough of the cat fabric with a strip of yellow in the middle.

It was a sunless day yesterday when I took the photo's, the fabrics are much brighter in real life.



 For the past few weeks I have been trialing a beeswax coated cover for wrapping up food. I was so disgusted that Glad Wrap had changed how you cut off there wrap. After years of cutting from the bottom of the box they decided you had to cut from the top of the box. With it being Plastic Free July, this was the catalyst to make up several of  these wraps. I did notice the other week whilst shopping that Glad Wrap were advertising the original cutting box. I guess they got a good deal of flack for changing something that wasn't broken.


They are super simple to make. Cut your chosen Cotton fabric in the size you want. Just make sure it fits on to your oven tray which has some foil on it. Shave some Beeswax to cover the area of fabric. Put it in a preheated oven of about 60 degrees Celsius.  It will only a take a few minutes to melt. Use a pastry brush to spread the wax if needs be. I have a silicone brush so very little wax stuck to it. If your brush is a bristle brush you may need to give it a good clean or use a old one.
We have used these for wrapping up muffins on a day out and can testify that the food remains fresh. They only need a wipe over with a damp cloth if food gets onto them.


I am super happy that all the Clivia's are now flowering. Garden books suggest these plants enjoy shade and are best planted underneath trees. Ours are real tough and have to make do with where they are planted here at Kainga.

Happy days.
Bev C