Monday, May 20, 2013

Nearing the end of Autumn

My sisters and mother went to Vietnam for 2 weeks and asked me what I wanted. There isn't very much from Vietnam that I really want as I find most of the quality of their things a bit meh. When I went 4-5 years ago, I just got clothes made which was very cheap and the quality very good. But seeing as I'm on my own sewing binge, I asked for fabric.

And this is what I got - 3 metres of it. I'm thinking it can be made into a dress of some description.

Fabric from Vietnam

Our weekends are still filled with taking the Stooges to the dog park. This park is massive. We found a new path which loops right around. In between making sure the Stooges don't end up in the creek and facilitating (or preventing) them terrorising other dogs, it takes us a good 45 minutes to get back to the car which I think is probably plenty of exercise for dogs of their age.


This weekend, I drove down with my mum to Goulburn to get some photos of things I'd like to sell. Mostly farm stuff - tools, generators etc. On the way down, I decided to stop at A.aace sewing centre in Liverpool. I first found them when I was trying to find a place that will fix my old Empisal sewing machine (the one that cost me $10 and another $110 to fix). I wanted to get my little Elna Elnita serviced. The guy who owns the place is great, he'll do it while you wait. His wife (I assume it's his wife), on the other hand is just plain cranky all the time. She was kind of like that the last time I went and no different this time. But because I'm quite happy with the service and I was going to drive through anyway, I thought I may as well go there.

Anyway, it now works great and seems to go pretty fast for such a small machine.

We stopped at Goulburn Diggers Club for lunch and they have a great view across from the park with all the deciduous trees still yellow and red.

Last of the autumn colours.
We were also going to rush back to Sydney on Sunday for my older nephew's birthday. I can't believe he's 4 already!! It seemed like not that long ago that my sister brought home this little michelin man. Anyway, like last year, he asked for a dinosaur cake but this time in orange. It must have been baby brain or something but I had to call the BFG when I was at the supermarket to ask what colours made up orange as there wasn't ready made orange food colouring. Seriously, my mind was just blank!

This is the third time I've made this cake. I decided to bake the cake in Goulburn on Saturday night and ice it when I got back to Sydney on Sunday. That plan was a complete FAIL. The instructions for the tin suggests using vegetable shortening to grease the pan so that the cake can come out easily. I decided to just wing it and just greased it with butter. Needless to say, the cake stuck and refused to be eased out of the tin. I ended up having to just break the cake up to get it out.

So we had to leave Goulburn early the next day so I could get home to bake the stupid cake again. This time, I just did what I should have done the first time round and used copha. The cake came out easily enough and it was just a matter of piping it. As you can see, not exactly a skill I've actually mastered.

When I was doing the piping, I said to the BFG that I am NEVER making this cake again. At the party, my second nephew, who's birthday is in September claimed that he too would like a dinosaur cake! 

Dinosaur cake

Monday, May 13, 2013


I tried Oldreader since Google reader went kaput, but I noticed a lot of my feeds weren't updating and it just seemed so blah. Anyway, I've switched to Bloglovin, but if it disappoints me, I'll be ready to move too!

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

A weekend of fabric and quilts

My plans for Sunday fell through. A prospective buyer for the greenhouses on the farm couldn't make it which meant I didn't need to go down to Goulburn. I took advantage of the spare time to go visit the Eastwood patchwork quilters exhibition at Brush Farm House

Since my sewing binge and sudden interest in quilting, I was super excited that this exhibition was practically within spitting distance of our house.

These are some of the quilts that caught my eye. 

Brush Farm House

Brush Farm
A lot of the quilts were quite traditional and I think I'm more of a fan of the modern quilt. Some of them are so so busy!

On the Saturday, there was a garage sale around the corner near us where the woman's grandmother had died leaving behind the world's biggest fabric and haberdashery stash. I showed a lot of restraint and only picked up a small box of fabrics (actually if I had more time, I would have gone through more boxes). The blue and white piece is a John Kaldor design, which is no longer available in Australia. It still has the original tag from David Jones when they used to have a haberdashery department.

Garage sale bargains
Today, apart from the quilt exhibition, I also managed to FINALLY get myself to the Crowle Foundation's fabric cave. I can't believe I didn't come here earlier. I've always known about it but for some reason just never got around to visiting. It is a fabric and haberdashery lover's heaven. There was so much fabric, notions, embroidery, cross stitch STUFF! If it's textile related, you can bet it can be found there. I can't believe we used to live within walking distance and I didn't go!

I was specifically looking for some coat fabric to make this Burda coat. Someone on my DUE IN JULY facebook group had made it and I think it would be good for my ever growing belly and the fact that winter is soon upon us.

I bought some stripey wool-like fabric (really not sure if it is wool) and some chocolate brown coat fabric (but this will be for another project as there is only 3 metres there).

I'm also doing this for the Burda sew along that I've joined. I'm not sure how I'll go tackling a coat but according to, this is a good beginner's pattern.

Fabric cave haul and pattern for my Burda sew along
This weekend, we also bought the Stooges another cushion. We previously got them one of these Bono Fido weatherproof futon beds for their kennel, but we thought that since it's going to be winter soon, they should have something to sit on during the day. They love it and has not moved off it all day today.

Stooges on their new cushion
I've also managed to get some sewing done this weekend but I'll save this for another post.  So I feel like I've had a super productive weekend.

Pregnancy update: Today I'm 28+3 weeks. The baby is kicking like mad and seems to react to everything I eat. My back is killing me most days and sleeping has not been great. I find sleeping on my side really uncomfortable and each time I turn around, it wakes me up. Needless to say, I'm pretty much awake by 5.00 am. I really should go for a walk when I get up (like how I used to go for a run), but walking with a bowling ball in front of you isn't really that easy or fun.

Let's just hope the back pain eases as it's currently my one main bugbear about being pregnant. As of tomorrow, I only have 8 more weeks of work. If the baby comes when he's supposed to, then I'll have about 3 and half weeks of free time to myself! Can-not-wait!