Sunday, 24 April 2016

Silk Sewing

Both these fabrics are silk and it is about time I got them out of the cupboard and sewed something to wear.

I usually avoid styles of tops in this photo however this top will suit the silk sewing.

The silk is placed on top of paper so cutting out will be easier.

I cut out every pattern piece singularly. I had to copy the pattern paper piece for the back, front and sleeves.  Paper under the fabric and pattern paper above  the fabric made cutting out not so bad.  Before cutting out I always alter all my patterns.  I have a high round back and now with my alteration the back sits properly on my shoulders.  These sleeves are very wide so I did not have to alter the sleeve width at all.
I had to do some research about silk sewing.  The youtube videos below were very helpful.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Magic Garment Folding

I bought a magic garment folder from Ebay.

It took a matter of minutes to fold all my T shirts and file them in a drawer.  I love gadgets and tools.  I like this garment folder as it will make it more fun to have organised clothes.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Fold Up Tote Bag

Another project from the book in the photo

The tote complete with handles and drawstring closure

Fold the tote down to a smallish rectangle.

Fold the folded tote rectangle in half towards the velcro triangle attachments.

The two triangles are a handle come velcro closure.  The tote is ready to add to my handbag contents.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016


Yesterday Ron and I set off from Moss Vale railway station to go to Macarthur.  Ten days ago Ron did the same trip to have a CT scan of his brain and yesterday we got the results from the brain surgeon, Dr Darwish.  This has been an annual procedure since Ron had a brain aneurism on 4th September, 2010.
Dr Darwish looked at the scans and was satisfied that there were no brain changes or anything to worry about.  Dr Darwish said to keep up the healthy lifestyle and Ron need not return ever  for any checkups.  Of course if an symptoms return the option is open to get more treatment.

Hooray, hooray, hooray.  First the all clear for Oscar and now the all clear for Ron.  We all feel lucky and appreciate every day since the illnesses.  Good health is such a gift in life.

To celebrate Ron bought a right and a left terrace house for his model train set.  Ron likes the Hobbyco shop at Macarthur as he always finds something interesting to add to the growing home model train room.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

What to sew for a man who has everything!

What is this mystery object???
Surely Ron has not taken  to using handbags.
NO...Something more practical for a man who feels the cold.

Warm and light fleece
A train themed fabric for the double zippered closure

The  reveal is that the mystery object is  a light and warm travel blanket.
 It is something practical for the man who has everything.
Soon I will make a travel blanket for myself using dotty fleece fabric.
I watched a Nancy Zieman/ Mary Mulari video on Youtube.
I liked the project so much that I bought the book to make other easy travel things.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Tomato Jam...Recipe thanks to the Comonsense Cookery Book Book 1... Compiled by the NSW Public School Cookery Teachers' Association.

Tomato Jam
2kgs tomatoes
3 lemons
1.75kgs sugar

  1. Wash tomatoes and cut into pieces.
  2. Peel lemons finely and cut peel into thin shreds
  3. Squeeze juice from the lemons
  4. Place tomatoes, sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice in a saucepan.
  5. Stir over heat until boiling
  6. Boil until the jam will jell when tested
  7. Pour into heated jars and seal.
The tomato jam was easy to make and a great success with Ron.   At first I strained out the seeds etc but it looked so bland that I added all the seeds back into the jam.  I will make another batch as we still have many, many tomatoes still in the garden,

Monday, 4 April 2016

Oscar Update

Hooray, Hooray, Hooray!
Oscar's blood test today has returned to normal.   Oscar also had a ultrasound to check his tummy .  After a series of questions and answers with James, the vet, we have put Oscar's upset tummy to Oscar eating something that the bricklayers must have left in the yard when paving our new path.  
Ron and I can relax until Oscar's next blood test in July.  We do not take life for granted.  Everyday is a bonus after Oscar's chemotherapy.

"Most People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln

I love the quote from Abraham Lincoln.  This is the quote for April on our Woolworth calendar for 2016.  This quote speaks to me.  Yesterday Oscar, Ron, Kathy and I had such a happy day at home.

Kathy says our paver paths look like the centre of the peace symbol.  What a happy accident!

The hut is a place for relaxation and conversation.  Oscar has been known to "talk" too.

Kathy near one of "Ron's" dahlias.  Ron has a green thumb, fingers and hand.

Look.....Kathy knows us well. Kathy gave us a diorama of the "Great Wave".  I love this art.  I find seeing the little people rowing on the boat, despite of pending doom from the wave, very uplifting.  Everyone has a great wave sometime in their life and how we deal in times of stress is a gauge to the character of a person.