Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Pony Quilt...

...Top, only the top.

This is the first of three Pony Quilts I was asked to make. I'm not sure I like it, but it is for a 7year old, whom I'm sure will love it! This has been folded over a chair for 3wks, hence its wrinkles!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Where do I sew?

Did you see Pink Chalk Studio Blog story Where I I sew?.
I loved it.
Beautiful sewing rooms, inspiring decor, lovely clean, fresh rooms. Loved it.

Just one question. Are they always like that? Or did they clean for a week before they were photographed. Coz this is where I sew and it looks NOTHING like anything in one of those beautiful photos!

Maybe I need to clean up a bit!

Monday, August 22, 2011


I think William and Samuel are going to have alot of fun when they are a bit bigger. It is starting to happen already. Samuel adores his big brother. If he hears Williams voice, he stops and has to see what's happening. Doesn't matter what he's doing, or where he is. Sometimes he almost wriggles out of my arms.
William loves playing 'peek-a-boo' with him and reading books to him.
A few weeks ago, we stayed in Perth for a Racehorse Awards night. We were all staying in the same room at the Hyatt. Samuel woke up crying in the night, while I was trying to settle him, William started singing the Alphabet song to him - in his sleep! He has trouble with saying W and says 'double X' instead. He sang the whole song - stumbled over 'double X' a couple of times and then carried on sleeping. It was so sweet.

Samuel was seven months on Saturday. I can't believe it. He's more than half a year old already!

Loving the red hair and blue eyes. I think they are going to stay that way. Super cute!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Just some Chooks

I think I may have said once that I am a bit of a chook hoarder. Well, I have added to the collection once again. I know, I can't help myself, I think it's a disease. I really am going to have to do something about it - like build another chook pen!
Here are my latest additions, the big white ones. They are called Light Sussex.

And here is what the chook pen is looking like! They get to run round the farm too, but for some strange and annoying reason, they head straight for my vegie garden. I think I will need to build a fence around it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My new Toy

I couldn't help my self. Wednesday last week, I marched myself into the local art supplies shop (hadn't been in there for over 2yrs) and bought myself a screen printing kit.

I'm loving it, and so is William!

This is what we have done so far - just mucking around a bit!

And William (complete with Baked Bean drip down the front) who refuses to take his new dump truck t-shirt off!

Friday, August 12, 2011

We Had a Winner!

Well, two wins now actually! And no, don't worry, I didn't have two giveaways that you missed. Our racehorse Nothin' Leic It won again on Wednesday!
We are pretty happy about that, seeing as a few people told us to get rid of him and he wasn't going to be any good.
If I can find a photo of him, I will show you. He's a lovely horse and after a bit of work and patience he's really starting to get the hang of this racing game.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Farewell Disy

My dear old friend Disy passed away this morning. She had been unwell for a few years now and in the last twelve months in and out of hospital.

She was a funny old thing. Desperately dedicated to her horses, she loved her mares and foals. I'm very honoured to have one of her favorites Eliza Dane here on our farm. I bought her last year from Disy and her husband Tim.

The first time I met Disy I didn't know what to think! I went for a job interveiw on her farm and she rushed me around in her old Holden ute, ordering me to open the gate and telling me which horses were which. I was pretty scared of her for a while. But we became close friends. When I stopped working for her, she cried and gave me a pair of socks! I went to work for her again on the weekends and at Yearling Sale times which was so fun and made her happy.

She loved a glass of wine, but only white and only Chardonnay (think I'll have a little one tonight in her honour). After a glass or two she'd have tears in her eyes telling me about her first her first born son who died when he was only a few days old.
She hated the thought of getting old, and often told me that at nearly 70 she still felt like she was only 19.

She and her darling husband Tim worked so hard all their lives to produce successful racehorses. They had a beautiful farm that they sadly had to sell last year as Disy was just in too much pain and they were too far from the hospital.

I think if Disy hadn't have been so unwell she would have died working!

She taught me alot about horses and farm management and life in general.
I will miss her dearly.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Baby Pants

I am completely in love! I have been wanting and wanting to make some baby pants for Samuel for so long. I had been thinking and thinking and looking and looking for the right ones. I tried a few patterns and though they were cute, they just didn't grab me. Until I made these.

I used pinwale cord for these and I have no idea what the brown cotton print is that I used for the lining. But it is one of my favorites for boys.

I adore little boys in cord.

Then I made these too

I rolled the waist to the outside so the lining fabric would give it a bit more detailing.

The grey fabric is cotton drill and the grey dot is from Spotlight. I love the way they feel when they are on. They feel really comfy and cozy. I love the baggy fit too, it gives him loads of freedom to do things like grab his toes!

This cute little munchkin is spending his first night in his own room tonight. I don't know if it is a good idea though as I stupidly read a mum's SIDS journal today about the day her bub died and I can't stop thinking about it. I keep having to stop myself from taking him back to my room. I've already checked him three times and it isn't even 8pm yet. My heart goes out to all those families who have lost a baby to SIDS. Well, just lost a baby or child full stop.