Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Xmas List pt2

Made neice's bag the other day.  I think it turned out quite nice - hope she likes it.  It is a largish satchel type in a black fabric with an all over white print and has dark purple trim around the bag flap and 3 suffolk puffs in the same fabric with pink buttons in the centers.  I may need to add some velcro to hold the flap down, but it is big enough, I think, to not need it.  The pattern did not say to put any on - so maybe I won't.

Mum's table runner and placemats are part way together.  They are all cut out and the applique has been fused on.  Now all I have to do is sew the appliques down and then quilt them.  I have used a white cotton damask for the bases and assorted blue fabrics for the applique.

All over

Well the calispastic year has finally come to a close.  Concert is done and dusted, programs printed and handed out, medals received (or not if you didn't pay your fees), costumes to be washed.

Now is time for Me, Me, Me!! 
So here's some pics of things I made during the year.  There's 3 Owl softies and a couple of dolls.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Xmas List

This event is running at me full speed.......

We usually go to my sisters for xmas day lunch-come-dinner.  This year she is having her arteries lasered and is not suppoed to work for 2 weeks after the operation.  So I volunteered our place to our Mum.  Got the usual excuses - her kids like to be home and see their Dad (sister is divorced) and their other Grandma comes over....

I get a bit sick of hearing this every year.  So we will see if my sister takes me up on the offer.

Either way, I have decided to try and make some pressies this year.  Mum is going to get a table runner and some matching placemats; sister is going to get a bed runner (I think), my niece may get a bag with some money (got heaps of patterns to pick from) and the nephew - yeah, well, no idea.  12yo boys are hard to buy for.  Even more so when they are not your own.

So got some fabric for Mum's pressie, found the pattern I want to use; washed fabric today so it's ready to go.

As for my 3 children and idea for the kids.  Have an idea for the hubby (a wet gear bag for when we go 4wding).  He saw one ages ago and thought it was a good idea.  Luckily that idea got tucked away in the memory banks.  Luckier still that bank opened.  Actually I do have an idea for the kids.  1 has been overseas and the other 2 are planning to go in the future, so I think I will get them all passport holders.  Well that's a start anyway

Kitchen Update

2 Weeks ago we found out that the company that we had engaged to make the flat panels for the kitchen could not supply it anymore.  Any wonder we had not heard fom them after 6 weeks.  So this has meant that we have had to find another company that could make a similar thing.  Luckily hubby had kept that sort of info on his computer.

So we are back at square 2 with the kitchen renno.  Found a new company, got a quote, and have paid a deposit.  They have contacted us a few times with some questions about appliance sizes - so It looks like they are actually doing something.  Maybe I'll have a new kitchen for Christmas.

Hubby has done a bit more demolition and a bit of building.  I'll post the pics of where we are at soon.  The demolition has enabled Neo to become Adventure Kitty and sissy, as he calls her, to become Tahnee Fluffy Pants. (She always was that, but she too has gone adventuring into the roof space.)  They are a troublesome pair and will pull away the plastic we have taped over the wall space to get inside it.  We have had to put some boxes in front of the space too in an effort to stop them getting in there.  Not that they can do any harm whilst in the roof, it's just a pain getting them to come back out again when they walk around up there miaowing. 

Neo, the Adventure Kitty

5:40am, Saturday....

I look around me to see who is looking.  Good, no one is around.  As I steathily jump up onto the now open wall space I hear a sound..  Oh no!  Dad has caught me.  I am most annoyed at him and I swish my tail to tell him so as he places me back on the floor.  "Blah, blah, blah", he says as he walks out the front door.  I hear the car go taking Dad off to work.

Right, check again for likely do gooders.  Nope, they are all alseep.  Back up into the wall space I go.  Squeeze myself past the green box, through the clear plastic and I'm in.  It's a bit of a tight squeeze up between the bricks and the wood work, but I've done it before.  Sissy doesn't want to come this morning. 

I'm past the bricks now.  A few webs, but no resident spiders.  Cave exploring (read roof space here, for you humans) is great.  Large space, lots of wood to climb on and sharpen my claws on.  Soft funny smelling stuff is scattered all over the place.  I wonder what animal put it there.  Maybe it is their bedding.  Time to see if I can go up to the next level.  there's only one way up to that level - a steep climb up some silvery tubey stuff.  Maybe next time.

5:55am.....  Time to get down now; feeling rather hungry after all this exercise.  Crawl into the long low narrow space.  I think this is above Mum's bed.  Call her, "Wake up woman, I'm hungry" (read miaow here for you humans - really I don't know why you haven't learnt to speak cat; I mean we've had you as slaves for so long).  Doesn't sound like she is going to get up.  Try again, "Wake up!".  And again.  And again.  Finally she answers. 

I make my way to that square hole that leads into my bathroom.  Goodness she is taking her time.  Ok, square hole opens up.  I peek my head over the edge to see Mum standing on a chair making noise at me.  She offers me her paw, but I am not interested in smelling it.  If she would get out of the way I think I could jump down to the clothes washer.  Carefully step onto the bottom ledge, she raises her paw at me again.  Let her pat my head.  Ugh!!  She has me by the scruff of the neck and pulls.  Gees woman, don't drag me out of here, I'll fall and hurt myself.  She knocks off my foot from the ledge, pulls a bit more and then manages to put her paw under my tummy.  Ok, can relax now as I get lifted out of the cave.  Get a bit of a cuddle and a brush down to remove webs, then plonked onto the cothes washer whilst she closes up the square hole.

Time for breakfast!!