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

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Miss Mary Mack cross stitch and Folk Art Quilt are finished."


Miss Mary Mack is finally finished.

 I used DMC  5283 Light Effects  for the word Silver. I was planning to use another brand but found it really was a lot of hard work so ended up using the DMC thread.

Another cross stitch to take to the framers one day.

The Folk Art quilt was finished at the start of the month.

 I used a variety of designs for the quilting. Brother Country threads were used for the quilting.

 I added the tea dyed calico and homespun border and had enough of the fabric left over to use for the binding.

I used this fabric for the backing. One day when I was in Good Sammy;s the lady told me about a bundle of fabric, nearly five metres of it for only $1.00. Of course I said yes, it was 100% cotton so just perfect for backing fabric.

We received some much needed rain last week, so have been busy preparing and planting the Winter vegies. Plus the Olives are ready for picking. I did some yesterday, it takes time as I have to prick each olive several times and soak them for a few days before adding salt to the water and changing it each day for the next 10 to 12 days.It is nice to have our own produce to eat when we want though.

I have started a cross stitch that has been waiting to be done for sometime. Roses is the theme for this one. Hopefully I will have a bud or two to show next time.

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Volunteers needed to sew knit and crochet for Premmie Bubs, can you help?"


Late last week I came across a wonderful post on the Tiny Sparks blog. They were asking for volunteers to sew tiny baby outfits for premmie babies here in Western Australia.

There is a pattern for boys and girls outfits. As you can see you don't need a lot of fabric. Sort through your stash I am sure you will find lots of fabric that is suitable. They have since put up patterns for knitted hats and are looking for knitters. I am sure a pattern for a crochet hat will be on their blog soon if you crochet.

Please help with sewing some outfits and most importantly spread the word that volunteers are needed.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, April 6, 2015

"A little bit of colour in the garden."


Happy Monday.

I hope you are enjoying the Easter break. Last week I took a wander around the garden here at Kainga.

 From afar it doesn't look like much is blooming but upon closer inspection I found some lovely roses blooming and just about each flower had bees near it.

Tough plants that survive without a lot of water are most welcome here. Always adding to the succulent collection. These plants fascinate me, I love the shapes and sizes they come in. The garlic chive flowers (middle photo top row) are delicious put in a stir fry.

Have you got anything unusual blooming in your garden? I would love to hear about it.

Happy days.
Bev C

Friday, April 3, 2015

"FNWF, lovely mail and art on the silo's."


Thanks to Cheryll for hosting Friday Night with Friends tonight.

 I worked on my Miss Mary Mack cross stitch in the evening but in the morning I was able to get the backing ready for the scrap quilt. I had a metre of yellow fabric and added some squares to make it big enough.  I plan to quilt this one soon.

 I recently won a giveaway from Tracy from Outback Craftaholic. 3 exquisite fat quarters and two lovely buttons and the cutest card which is so tiny. Thanks so much Tracy and congratulations on three years of blogging.

There are currently two international artist's by the name of Phlegm and Hense painting the silo's at Avon Yards. This will take two weeks to do. We went for a quick trip today to see how they were going. It will be interesting to see them when finished.

These will be a wonderful tourist attraction when finished. Will post some more photo's when it is all finished.

Have a great weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"A dip in Auckland Harbour."


I did promise to show the front of the journal cover. This is my one and only finish for OPAM. (One Project a Month.)

I did a bit of rec-cycling. The tapestry on the front was done by my sister Chris many years ago. It was part of a pair that she did. The moths had started to get to the other one but this one was in better condition. It took ages to get to her in New Zealand and unfortunately it certainly didn't arrive in the condition I sent it. The parcel arrived in a plastic bag with a wet sopping mess inside. It makes me wonder if it was a New Zealand postie having a swim in the Auckland Harbour/ Waitemata Harbour before it went north or Cyclone Pam was the cause. Either way this is the second time a parcel has arrived at Chris's home rather bedraggled looking. I am thankful that it didn't have any red coloured material on it, the colour would have certainly ran.

One day I would love to put a tracking device on a parcel and actually see how they are treated etc.

Last week I did start the quilting on the Folk Art Quilt.

It has come to a complete standstill at the moment. Haven't been in the sewing room for days but will get back into there this week. Just needed a rest.

 My priorities instead have been more towards how we live and what we can grow. After quite a bit of Internet searching I found a online supplier of Heirloom Seeds that offer free postage and low and behold are here in West Australia which was a bonus with only a couple of days waiting for them to arrive. Now we just need some of that rain. We were promised some today and yesterday. They were lying!

 Yesterday I had planned to make some cold pressed soap. I got out the ingredients and found that we didn't have any copha in the fridge so today I got to the shops and came home and made some.

The Coffee soap looked so delicious, it was hard not to take a lick. If I did I would have an awful burn.This batch is now curing and tomorrow I will cut it up and dry it for the next 4 to 6 weeks depending on how it goes. The longer you dry it the better/harder the soap will become.

I would like to wish family and friends a Happy Easter.

Happy days.
Bev C