Monday, September 29, 2008

oooh ahhhhhhhh wwhere have I been

Hello all

its been a long time since I last blogged and for those few who do follow me I am sorry- we have had winter and true to form I go very quite in winter. Although now Spring has hit downunder and finally I feel a lot better within myself.

Although quiet on here I have been busy in the background firstly making a block for the Crazy Quilting Internationals Breast Cancer blocks to be made into a quilt and then auctioned off and the proceeds go to BC. USA. This is a horrendous cancer affecting many of my friends and former clients when I was nursing etc. One day I pray the cure will be found and women will no longer be under this scourge of womens' lives.

I only made one block and my friend Leslie E made the foundation block for me and then I did my part by embroidering on it and then sent it back to Leslie( along with many others who are doing the same thing) then when Leslie has all the blocks back it will be completed as a CQ quilt.
I called my block "Faith Hope and Cure" and if you look really hard you will see these words were embroidered into the blocks in different areas.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

A WIP previously known as a UFO takes shape

Hewoo there all

well here it is a day later and bears being a good little blogger and trying to keep up with wot I have been playing wiv. Well this WIP has been such since way back in 2005 ummmmmm that's a wee while ago is it not?? Anyway one of my favourite magazines "Embroidery And Cross Stitch" Vol 11 No 8 was released and inside was a lovely item named Victorian Beaded Box which had been submitted to the mag for publication by Julia C who for many years has been on several yahoo lists with me, and who in my humble opinion is one of Australia's nay one of our worlds best and foremost embroiders. Julia has been published many times in this magazine and I have often wondered why they or for that matter never asked Julia to venture into a Book on her beautiful embroidery style, if you have the idea I love Julias' embroidery style you would be quite right.
Anyway this beautiful Victorian Beaded Box of Julias' was actually embroidered in a delightful pale purple and those of you who know me well will think ah ha the bears done hers likewise - wrong! Yup totally wrong and why I have no idea but I began to make mine and I had several dyed motifs in this weird colour and thought ah ha I can get rid of them on this item. I must admit I worried but on exploring beads and flower beads, and charms etc I found enough to make the box up in these colours.

So I began - the actual embroidering was never the problem with this item nope finished that fairly quick so wot did take the time - well the outside edges of this box are all completed with blanket stitch, Julia had continued her purple colouring with a matching light purple thread but mine was a totally different colour LOL so to begin it I first used a similar colour thread did several panels and I let it sit for a while somewhere I could see the panels day after day but not all the time, during this time I realised I hater the edge colour it screamed at me sho8uldnt have but did! So I then took all of that stitching apart - and let it sit again for a bit- these bits could be related to months more then days while I went on to make fully other projects or other WIP as well. So one day I was looking for something to play with and my hands pulled out this project yet again mmmmmmm wot to do- so I dragged out the box with all my Rajmahal threads in it and saw the pale gold colour yup I thought many charms are in this colour maybe that will do, so away with the needle and gold thread -this time I did the entire set of panels and the bottom base and the top lid but something was telling me I don't really like this so back onto the table for the looking at period to see if I did or didn't continue mmm months passed again as other things were completed or begun and thrown in to the WIP boxes. Now about this time it was decided on one of my yahoo list that a Gathering of us Crazy quilters would be held at the list Mommas home up bush SA, and it was then I dragged this thing out from the delths to look at again and it was then I confessed to Julia how I had been over time being making her lovely pattern up and so had some others and we decided yup we will finish them and bring them to the gathering. unfortunately things happened and while I was stitching the panels together etc. and was about to stitch the base to the panels that I found Col and I couldn't make the gathering after all. Well this had 2 effects on me- I decided that I HATED that gold colour it just didnt look right sooooooooo I again sat down and pulled all of this stitching apart now remember I was at the stage of so close to completing this that I was very tempted to put it back in the box of WIP but I didn't - I again pulled out boxes of rayon threads and found a green DMC rayon thread and finally finally I had the colour why hadn't I tried that before I wondered well I began again finishing 3 panels and then something else happened and away it went AGAIN!- heavens I thought will I ever finish this or will it go into the " not going to be done box". Somehow it managed to come up for air again just in the past 2 weeks- I was looking for something to finish as I had completed Jacques CQ Block and was at loose ends didn't know wot to do start something so one night to my Dads horror I dragged 3 boxes out and began to go through them pulling out this and that unfinished project when again my hands hit this one so its come up for air yet again and I have now finished all panels and the lids been finished as well and I am about to complete the base in the blanket stitch - wonder of all I LIKE the colour still so I reckin I might just maybe I may finish it this time - BUT with my hands so bad and winter here I have had to use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the needle through the 2 pieces of cardboard and pellon and fabric and I have tried to join 2 panels and I am looking for a curved needle I know I have I really do not want to put this way unfinished again cos I think that would be the very end I wouldn't bring it up for air again! I have managed to break 3 needles so far this time- I look at it this way they were crook needles and pull out another one to carry on I MUST Finish it I really must finish it! If I keep repeating the mantra I might - I just might finish it this time! Its a wonder the panels etc. are still in one piece with all of the stitching and pulling apart etc. isn't it??

Anyway I will now put the pics up and call it a night - I have a couple hundred emails waiting to be read, and its cold and miserable its even begun to rain how bout that?? Its raining in dear old cold and drought ridden Adelaide - yeah keep on coming down rain pretty please.

love n hugs all
Bear xoxoxoxoxoxox

Saturday, June 07, 2008

OOPSA its June wot happened to May??

Dear all,

howzat I can talk proper! But not four long I wont!

Hewoo one and all

there that sounds more like me dont it??? So wots been happenings out there while I been lost and unaccounted for another hole month -cant even say I was hibernating --could say I was practising though its only now our official winter period- someone somewhere many eons ago decided that in Australia we would have offically the 1st of June being the first day of winter - (so then the 1st September is the beginning of Spring - ooooooh lovely, December 1 is the first of Summer and then the 1st of March is the first of Autumn) how this came about is not for me to say - after all I'sea a widdle bear person and not all that worried bout it and considering that my all time favourite season is Spring that I can class myself as a true bear - person gg.

Okay so why am I nattering on like an idiot old bear -- well 2 days ago for those not up wiv it that being the 5th of June my old man and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary now normally I wouldn't be blogging on about that BUT Maureen B asked me was I gunna blog and show my lovely pressie that my darling bought his hunny bear and so that's wot I am doing - its for those who may wanna know a Pierre Cardin watch bracelet and it has 7 hearts on the bracelet --one being the watch and the piccies awful cos its got 2 hearts covered wiv tiny Swarovski beads there's about 27 per heart so they are tiny but they do pack a punch out in the sun when it gets on them ggggg and I-- well gang I love it- its big bold and brassy like me gggg

So wot did I get himself - well I dun got him a pair of golf shoes and apparently all morning his buddies at the normal Cudlee Creek "Old Mans" Golf Club Saturday meeting --gave him heapsa for his new shoes, oh yeah and he also wore a new top - heck the way they do carry on ya would think he never gets nuffin new poor darling man!! I must admit though I chose the shirt and I take no blame for the shoes being that they are WHITE, BLACK AND TAN- yup Col is a lair and always has been and just cos he has qualified for his seniors card (U has to be 60 for that one gg) he is and always will be a lair BUT I love him for it --life surely never dull around Colly!! Hes already requesting a particular type of white and Tan shoe polish. Gotta keep these clean and shiny n GLARING at them I wonder if they realise hes got a special something in these shoes and when they do tweak hes winning even more -well then they might -- its special stuff and its to put the opposition off their game --- so Edwardo might change his mind about the ribbing he gave poor darling Col today - he thought he ought to turn it off today and give them half a chance to catch him up on the score board but its coming Edwardo its coming!!! After all Collie is leading All 3 of the competitions on offer at the club, and the physio told him yesterday Edwardo he might not even need the operation so look out dear man look out ggggg

The fact that we both remembered it is a miracle in itself - we have had a few years where it would suddenly occur to me that way back in June we had knocked up another year on the anniversary ratings . Now All I need is for something or someone to remind me that its coming in 3 years cos that will be our Ruby Anniversary and I wanna have a certain male to remember its a ruby year gggg.Anyone out there wanna take on that job its not hard --- you just have to do this -at least one month before a reminder should be sent to me to remember to remind Collie that's its the RUBY year gggg thanks a lot!

oh ahhhhh I love that man - - best decision I ever made! oh well til next time which wont be far off I got some piccies to show of a WIP, nope no longer will I refer to my UFO"s as that from hence forth (like that??) well now from hence forth this bear is gunna call all those UFO's as -- WIP - ie work in progress, never mind that this particular one is many many years old but more on that when I blog the pics okay so for now its night Maureen , and its night night Edwardo, and its night night to yas all -

love n hugs bear xoxoxoxoxox

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Oh looksie- 2 entries in one day

Hi friends and family

well I did as I said I would do and have taken a few pics of the CQ block I have been working on and this is why I have not been around much (also going through old issues of Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Art and a few others when I hit the muse full on and put her to sleep more often then I wanna admit to
anyway this is for a very special friend my lovely friend Jacque .

I have several pictures of different sections but I will put them up tomorrow, please forgive me not doing them all tonight but bears a tired little personbear and wants to go sit somewhere and read yet another old Cloth Paper Scissors.

Till then I will say nighty night to you all, hope you all having a lovely spring day over the big pond, its still raining here even as I type yummy rain keep on raining please

love n hugs bear xoxoxoxox

Hello Gang Its been a long long time huh??

Doesnt time fly and totally get away from you- have had an interesting time in between blog entries- NOT gggg. Ahhh well some nice things did happen way back - sorry Cory for being so long in acknowledging this on my blog but better late then never.

I won a beautiful necklace - Cory had a special drawing on her blog for "One World - One Heart" on February2 2008. The prize being the most beautiful Imagination Necklace. I am including a piccie of the necklace on this entry and oh deary me wait for it a piccie of moi wearing it. Please do go and have a look at Cory's amazing blog its here .

Thanks very much Cory I worn it often over our late summer and it was always commented on -all thought as I do I am one very lucky lil bear.
So dearest ones I am not commenting on the body under the necklace, had the hair trim the morning and the next thing I know when we got home Colins got the camera and I hadnt even looked at where the hair was- as you can see it was everywhere and I need to DIET! Not yesterday but this very instant- I have started - yeah I have- I only had 3 sugars in my Capuccino not 4 or 5, see I have begun but I also realise I am going to have to seriously cut back on my intake of Farmers Union Ice Coffee and with a plug like that I should get free Ice Coffee from them forever!! oooh yummy how am I going to do that!! I gotta though its the one thing if I cut it down or out I loose weight by the truckload - that might be overestimation but I can loose weight just cutting it down - oh but how to do it- ooooh buts so beautiful and just talking about it is making me want one right now (ggg its in the Fridge - I used to by 600mls these days I buy 3 litres- it last days but it shows wot a committed FU Ice Coffee drinker I am dont it but??

Oh well I will put the pics up and then go take some more - I have been making a something for a very special person and I think its finished but theres something stopping me sending it I cant put my finger on it but I think it needs a wee bit more - I will attempt to blog it afterwards ok my loves - and remember laffin at bears pics is not allowed, I is fat n beary looking n I could get beary nasty - nnnno I couldnt but now you all know why I dont like piccies of me!!

Anyway look back soon I promise to take the pics of the embroidery I have been doing in my long long long silence, I think I like it but I could do with some opinions there's a couple of spaces I am not sure of - anyway thats for later- this has taken the wind outta me heavens putting up a pic of moi who'd athought it would ever happen!!

love to you all n big bear hugs for being patient wiv me xoxoxoxoxox

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I like this one better!!

This one is for my alter ego bear !!!

Your Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Most Serene Highness Lady Bear the Gnomic of Londinium-le-Thames
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

I think this one is way more me dont ya think ggggg der bears lost it agin!
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxox

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Milady the Right Reverend Belinda the Ceaseless of Goosnargh Leering
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

well there you go noone thought I could ever be a Milady now did they?? Not sure I did either but hey why not try this out for some fun!
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxox

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Good Golly Miss Molly its February already

Hewoo one and all

yes I am here but .....well I cant use hibernating as an excuse cos downunder its been firey hot. and bears just completely collapsed from the heat- well bears have lot of hair- even though cos of the heat I had my long hair cut before Christmas- this was the second cut into the length and its almost there- one more cut and it will be there - I am getting used to having shorter hai and folks around here say its looking nice so I cant say no one like it- in fact a shop assistant here didnt even recognise me until I put in my bread order for the following day Wot a hoot hey?? the lovely young one told me its taken years off my face -oh Emma I love ya for that one compliment- best one yet!!

Anyway even though I was not keeping up with my blog I was doing something called sewing along the way.

I made 4 hearts to go with my pile swapped with ladies on the "Chain of Hearts group" and may even make more I still cant make up my mind wot I wanna do with them - grrrrr!! I used some ribbons I dyed myself the Torquiose I wanted to see how it looked up against other colours etc as I am doing a block for one of my darling friends on a list I adore.

Then I also made a square for my "Gathering Ladies" group! and I am really pleased with that block- I used a black and white lady a dear friend sent me and used coloured pastel chalks to add colour to her face and the flowers around her head.

And the final thing I made was a brooch -I have wanted to make this pattern up for ever so long
the pattern comes from an online shop called Vintage Vogue. Its a pattern that has been around for a wee while just as well cos it took me longer then a wee while to put my presents money down and buy it. Am so happy I did now its a lovely lovely brooch in real time its sparkles because of the crystals ( Vintage Vogue) oh but its twinkling at me even now as I write yummy!!

so as you can see I did some not a lot mind you but some stitching to blocks etc
Let me know wot you think of the items please
much love n hugs to my dear friends
Bear xoxoxoxoxoxxo