Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mini Quilt Swap.....

A couple of months ago Schnitzel and Boo ran a mini quilt swap. I have been wanting to show you what I was making, but life here has been a little hectic at the moment and it never made it on here. If you follow me over on Instagram you would have seen some of these over the last few weeks.
 

I had so much fun making these that I have already cut out another set to make one for me. I think I might start a wall of mini's. Ohh no not more projects.....
 
 
I love the odd green one, my favourite Granny Smiths.
 



I purchased the new book out by Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet. Its a fantastic book, full of great projects. Her house is a dream....
 
Her instructions are great and it came together really easy. A few days later I was quilting it and putting the binding on. It took me three days to finally decide on the binding. I always thought I would bind it in red polka-dot fabric. But after much thought I went with the green check binding and red dot fabric on the back. And it is perfect. The green is just the right balance.
 
 
 
 
And here it is all finished and ready to be posted to the UK.
 
 
 
Hope she likes it. I am really getting addicted to these swaps and always looking out for the next one to join. It is fun looking up details of your partner, what they like, finding their blogs of instagram profiles and then hopefully making something that they will like. Looking at all the photos going up online and then waiting for the postman to come.

Have you joined a swap before and did you enjoy it?

Filomena xx
 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dish Cloths... Do you use yours?

I have been asked so many times do you actually use these? The lovely girls at my crochet classes are amazed that I actually use them to wipe benches and clean up spills.

"They are too pretty to use" "What scrub things after I have spent all this time making it" Ha ha they make me laugh.

I am telling you after you have used one of these you will never use a chux again. And the best thing you put them in the washing machine and they are like brand new again.

Here is one of mine - evidence ladies that I do use them.
Last month I joined a dish cloth swap. It was lots of fun, working out what I was going to make, sending it off and them waiting for my package to arrive in the post. Mel over at One Crafty Mumma is running another one at the moment and one early next year. I will definitely be signing up for the next one. Why don't you join me.... I will keep you posted when the next one is on.

And here are the ones I got back. They are so pretty and will look great in my little kitchen.




This flower one is just gorgeous...


And this pretty pink one is so soft.


I love the hearts....



Have a go and make your self some pretty crochet or knitted dish cloth, I promise you, you will love cleaning with one of these... well you know what I mean....

If you are looking for a pattern here is one I made for the swap.

Filomena xx

Saturday, October 26, 2013

We are making quilts...... maybe you can help us...

As many of you are aware we have had some devastating fires go through our little community and so many families have lost everything. A lot of families were not home and all they have are the clothes they where wearing to work and the kids have their uniform and school bag. I know if  could save one thing it would not be my school uniform.


The beautiful patchwork group that I attend every Thursday is made up a bunch of lovely ladies and live in this community and we want to do something to give to as many affected families as we can. Well we are patchwork group so we are going to do what we do best, and that is make quilts.


Here is the link to Tracey's Blog  Cook Quilt Crochet she runs the Springwood Salvation Army Patchwork Group, if you want to read a little more about it.

Now maybe you can help us a bit. You may want to come to our classes and help make quilts, or maybe you have a quilt project you started and are never going to finish and want to donate it to us to finish and give to a family, you may have an overflowing stash of fabric and a few metres donated won't even make a dent into that basket. If you can help in anyway send me an email to lalakids_123@outlook.com  and I would love to hear how you can help us.

Springwood Salvation Army Hall
15 - 23 Francis Street,
Faulconbridge, NSW, 2776

Thanks
Filomena xx

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Springwood/Winmalee Fires

As many of you know I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, right in the middle of the recent bush fires.

Thursday started as a normal day, but not long after lunch things changed and they changed fast. In no time there was smoke and sirens everywhere. I looked out to the backyard. It didn't look good.



I wanted to get to my kids from school and went off to get them but I was quickly blocked off from getting to them. The road was closed and I was on the other side.


This is what I had to get past to get to the kids. There was no way they where letting anyone past.

 
 I rang Dave to let him know something was happening up here and this was his view from the city where he works.


There where sirens, Fire trucks, helicopters everywhere. But the scariest noise was a deep bellowing sound going through the trees as the fire go closer, loud crackling noises and banging noises as gas pipes and windows exploded.

Fire Trucks past the front of our house

 These guys are fantastic they fly back and forth picking up water as fast as they could. It was amazing to watch.





My father in Law was able to get to the kids from the other side and so picked them up. Once I knew they where safe and out of the area I packed some things. As I was leaving I said good bye to the house. I was sure it wasn't going to be here when I got back. It is just a little timber home surrounded by trees.

It was so nice to see it still standing there, when we came back the next day. I am sure this old house has been through many of these fires.

The fire did get to our backyard and put out by some amazing fire-fighters.





Many families around us where deeply affected. and sooooo many homes where destroyed in this fire. It is quite sad as I now drive around Winmalee and see some of the homes and some of them are friends and many of the homes are my kids friends from school. It has brought me to tears on a number of occasions.






 The photo below was taken by a resident from Katoomba. Imagine driving down the road and seeing this in front of you. It looks like the end of the world.


Well the fires have been going for a week now and I have evacuated twice with the kids. Feeling a bit like a yoyo. But I don't want to be here with 4 scared kids. The weather today is much cooler and hope that the fire fighters get some relief soon. The support and generosity I have seen from my community to those affected has been amazing. Even though we live with the threat of bush fires every summer I would not want to live anywhere else.

Filomena xx

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dish Cloth Swap and Pattern


Over at One Crafty Mumma, Mel is running a dish cloth swap. I love making dish cloths as they are such a quick and easy project and a nice little gift too. I thought I would show you each of the dish cloths I make and give you the pattern as well.
 
So here is the first one I have made.
 

 
It is really easy and quick to put this one together and the best part is, it even does the border as you go. That little scalloped edge is formed as you go. So super easy. And look at that gorgeous stitch pattern. This one is one of my favourites.
 

And my favourite cotton to use is sugar'n  cream. Luckily a shop not very far from me stocks this beautiful yarn and I can pop in anytime I need some more.



What you will need:

  • a ball of sugar'n cream any colour ( you can easily get 2 dish cloths from one ball of yarn)
  • 3.5mm crochet hook

Instructions: using UK terms

Chain 30

Row 1:  (tr, ch2, dc) into the 4th chain from the hook. *Skip 3 chains, (2tr, ch2, dc) into the next stitch. Repeat from the * until you reach the end. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 2: (tr, ch2, dc) into the chain 2 space. *(2tr, ch2, dc) into the next chain 2 space. Repeat from the * for each remaining chain 2 space. Chain 2 and turn.

Repeat row 2 until it is square. Fasten off and weave in ends.


I hope you enjoy making this disc cloth. Let me know how you go making yours....

 

See you in a few days for the next dish cloth and pattern.

Filomena xx

Monday, September 23, 2013

Where has September Gone.....


Now how fast has September gone. It has been jam packed with lots of craft and kids activities.
 
Well every week I look forward to me crochet classes. They are so much fun and the ladies are so lovely.  I love to see their progress each time they come back and show what they have done.
 
 
Here are the crochet projects I have been working on lately.
 

Here it is now hanging on my back door.

These roses are just beautiful. I have made so many of them, they are so quick to make, now to think of a project I can do with them. Have you got any ideas?
 
The little scraps in the bowl make pretty mess.
 
I joined my first pouch swap. It was so much fun to think of a design and pick the fabrics. It should arrive in the US soon.
 


And the best part was we had to fill it up with sweats from our country. Yummy.


And this is a pouch I made for my niece for her birthday. It was a great hit. I love making these pouches they are quite quick and easy to put together. I know there are many tutorials out there already, but I will do another one and upload it here soon.


And then there was Physie competitions. My girls where just beautiful.





 These are the little hair accessories I made for all 17 girls in our club to match their leotards.


We went to the Taronga Zoo. We hadn't been since the kids where really little. It was so nice to just leave in the morning, catch the ferry and walk around the zoo, with out pushing a pram, heating bottles and changing nappies.






If you haven't been lately, plan a visit it was great. A lot of the renovations are finished and it is so easy to get around and sit to have lunch.

The kids played their instruments at the Opera House.





And James played for the school Open Day.



 Sarah Danced her heart out at the school Open Day.


James turned 12. Wow not only has this month flown by, but where has 12 years gone. He wanted a bowling party with his friends. And it was great.



And everyone loved the cake I made...... It was so good.....


And we finished the weekend with a bike race. James came second, it was a fight for first place with James being over taken 4 metres before the line coming 0.01 behind the winner.



And it now one of our traditions we just have to have a sausage sandwich after the race.
 


 OK. So now its school holidays and I was planning to just hang around home. Well the kids have other ideas. The calendar is already getting full.

So what have you got planned for the school holidays? ........

Filomena xx