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Saturday, March 25, 2017

bits and bobs around home

I love pottering around in my sewing room and as I have collected an awful lot of scraps from the Christening gowns I have made, I decided to create some small items to use them up.

Bridal favours seemed the best choice along with some dolls blankets and baby bibs.


TheWeather has been so hot even though we are well into the first month of Autumn. The  garden doesnt know it's Autumn so keeps on blooming.





 This is our Dragon fruit with its first fruit.



The beans keep producing too

I will be visiting some of my favourite blogs today. See you there xx jeanette ann

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Keeping busy inside during a heat wave

We are in the very midst of an awful heat wave. Over 40c every day this week. It's a bit hard to take even though we have aircon. The garden is taking a beating we have lost some veggies and some of the flower seedlings I planted a few weeks ago.
I always make my own bread but it is too hot to put the oven on. I decided to try making the bread and fruit cakes in the Webber Q not knowing how it would turn out.
I could only fit 1 loaf at a time in the BBQ so it took a while but everything came out lovely.




I love kneading the dough,it's warm and moulds under your hands and very meditating. I'm going to try a custard tart in the BBQ tomorrow,I found a recipe on Pinterest for a no crust custard tart,my hubbies favourite.
I also want to try homemade pizza too.
Our son bought us the Webber Q last year but we haven't used it much as we don't have anywhere to put it under cover. They recomend it not to be outside exposed to the wet weather,but not to be used inside only under a carport or covered pergola.   With the heatwave now in full swing we can leave it outside so it's getting lots of use and practice.



I also managed to get a few more squares done to add to my quilt. At least being stuck inside gets the jobs done.
I have this quilt on the bottom of the bed,but meant to make it the size of the whole bed but never got that far. I am determined to finish it this year at least.




Thats it for today now to visit some favourite blogs and linky parties and some new ones. The links are on my side bar
Hope you have a lovely day
xx jeanette ann 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sewing room reveal

Good Morning blogger friends.
Well after a very tiring day decorating yesterday,I can now reveal the finished sewing room.
We were going to get the experts in to paint,but our lovely son said he would do it. He's a school teacher and on school break.  Hubby and I got into it too. Thank goodness I didn't have to cut in on top of a ladder 3.5 mtrs up. Hubby stood precariously up there a few times but after me nagging mmm I mean asking him not too,he relented and left it to the more fit younger one.
It took all day and I did I must say enjoy sitting on the floor painting the skirting boards, a more delicate task and kept the drinks and eats flowing.

I am so pleased with the end result,it's so fresh and as hubby says, it's probably the last time it will get  done. He thinks (or hopes) sometimes he forgets how impulsive I can be like painting the tiled hearth last year. I so regretted doing that because yesterday,I had to scrape the whole lot off as it had peeled. Never again will I do that.
Anyway,here are a few pics













All done and dusted and now time for me to enjoy my little haven.

Now I have some time to visit all of you and maybe some nice linky parties which I have neglected for some time. The links to some of my favourites are on my side bar.
I am going to spend some time visiting blogs I haven't been to before too. I'm quite looking forward to that to get some lovely inspiration.
 Bye for now.
xx jeanette ann
I am visiting A Stroll Thru Life linky party

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sewing room makeover

It's been so long it seems since this room which I so enjoy has had a face lift. So with the walls starting to crack and the paint fading, it was time.
The hardest part of realising this,is the thought of the mess and preperation.
The ceilings in our 1910 home are 3.5mtrs high,so at our age quite a daunting task to balance on tippy toes on top of a lader. Then it was decided we had to get in the professionals.
The plasterer has just completed his part and we were amazed at the quote of $200,bargain.
A friend had used him and said he was excellent.
Now to find a painter.
The fun part for me was do I stay with the lovely blue already there or have a change. I decided to stay with the blue as it is so restful and goes lovely with a cream trim.
I think the window frame will be painted cream too like the skirting boards.
When we got the windows replaced,it was decided to stain the window frame,but on reflection I think they need to be cream or antique white it's called.


I have put an undercoat on some tables and a bookcase and will top coat in the antique white when I do the trims after the painter has done the ceiling and walls. I am so excited about seeing the finished result.

A few years back we got some built in shelves for my sewing machine and all the storage. I have found them to be exellent so will keep them. I have been toying with the idea of getting some sort of bifold doors in front of them,but that's a little down the track. One thing at a time.

Well I will be back when the painter has been to show you the next stage

I hope you are having a lovely week and enjoying crafting or decorating or whatever makes you happy bye for now and hope to be back to blogging on a regular basis. I have neglected it for far too long

xx jeanette