Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hello World!

It's been a long time since I've been blogging, but I'm back and very excited to be blogging again!

Unfortunately I got quite sick a couple of years ago and while trying to juggle uni, work and my health something had to give and be put aside for a while and that something had to be blogging. Sadly sewing and quilting was pushed aside for a while as well, I just didn't have a lot of time, inspiration or motivation and my projects were at a stage where they couldn't easily be picked up again spontaneously.

 I'm a lot better now and I'm pleased to say the sewing bug is finally back! the inspiration is back and I am full of ideas again! Not to mention the dining table is covered in sewing books and Charlie is lying in fabric scraps again!

There have been some exciting things that have happened over the last couple of years and I'm sure these have helped and contributed to the sewing bugs return...

I present to you, the two most exciting and influential (or we'd be here all week reading an essay!)

#1: Last year I brought home a new friend for Charlie, in my last blog post I posted a few sneak peak pictures of our gorgeous little Ollie.
Ollie is a Mini Labradoodle (Labrador x Mini Poodle) and came to us as he was unable to be sold due to some behavioural problems he had at 8 weeks. When he was scared or stressed, he would spin neurotically in tight circles, the Vet called it "Stereotypical Behaviour".

 He had been staying with a friend and came to stay with us over a weekend and never left! Due to my experience with dog training and puppy training I was determined to do everything I could to help him and help him get better and he in turn helped me.

 It was a very big challenge, it took a lot of time, a lot of training and behavioural modification, a lot of love and patience, but a year and a bit on and he is a different dog! He hasn't spun in circles for a year, we no longer find him walking repeatedly around objects, he is still very silly and a bit of an odd ball but he's become a much calmer, affectionate little noodle and enjoys every day being a dog and making Charlie play with him!

Here is Ollie and Charlie after I took them to the dog park the other day, poking their tongues out!

Not sure how impressed they were with wearing their Christmas T-shirts on Christmas day and being forced to sit still instead of play with their new toys!

Charlie is still his handsome and smiley self, he will be 10 this year!

          #2 For as long as I can remember, I have loved the snow. It's beautiful, magical and breathtaking!

A couple of years ago (2012) while recovering after surgery, I decided 2012 was going to be the year I learnt to ski or snowboard, so I bought all the clothing gear, found a friend equally as excited and keen to go and we went! We had the most amazing time. When we came home, Mum and Dad said it was the happiest and most excited they had seen me in a long time and that trip was the start of my love affair with snowboarding and with Australia's beautiful Alpine region and High Country.

After that trip I bought a Snowboard and most weekends in the snow season I can be found dancing in the snow and Snowboarding around breathtaking mountains and loving every minute of it! It is constantly challenging me, pushing my comfort zone, raising my confidence and giving me the opportunity to meet some amazing and lovely people.

Unfortunately we only have snow during Winter here and today is 40 degrees, the dogs are swimming in their shell pool and I am melting and dreaming of snow!

Thank you for reading along, for your comments and support, stay tuned for some sewing and quilting!

Have a lovely week,

Miranda, Charlie & Ollie

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blogging Return Coming!

I miss blogging...I miss sharing what I'm making and what inspires me, I miss reading all your lovely comments and suggestions, I miss reading all the wonderful blogs and seeing what everyone is making...

So in case anyone still reads this...this is just a quick note to say I know it has been an incredibly long time and that no I haven't dropped off the face of the earth (just the blogging one!) and that I'm coming back soon!

Here is a sneak peak at one of the more exciting things that has happened while I've been gone...
Meet the Ollie man!

Hope you are all well and still sewing through life!
Better get back to madly finishing assignments and studying for exams.

Miranda, Charlie & Ollie

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

MMQG Pin Cushion Swap

Hi all!

Just a quick update to share the gorgeous pincushion I received from Sally in the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Pin Cushion Swap....

 How cute it is? I love it! and it has owls and buttons on it...just perfect! I wish I could share a better picture because the piecing is amazing, I'm still trying to figure out how she made it.

So thank you so much Sally, it is sitting on my desk at the moment, making me smile as I'm studying :)

I was a bit late sending mine out and forgot to take a picture of it, woopsie. I will see if I can get a picture to share from my partner Kelli...hopefully she loves it as much as I do, it was so hard to part with!

Also, nearly finished the quilt top using the Boutique fabric I shared in the last post, I'm hoping it's not to rainy tomorrow so I can take it outside to photograph the progress so far.

Unfortunately there really isn't much to report on at the moment. Working part time 30 hours a week and studying at uni full time = not much sewing if any at all and not much inspiration, not a lot of blogging, no agility,  and no cooking...I really need to find a better balance I think! I do have nearly two months off in June and July, after exams finish so I know what I will be doing... Lots of sewing, blogging, cupcake making, agility and relaxing I think!

Hope you are having a lovely week and getting lots of sewing done

Miranda & Charlie

Friday, April 22, 2011

oh wow....

has it really been over a  month since I last posted? Time really does fly.
Where do I start?

  *First of all, I finished my laptop sleeve...Tada!

 Which I'm really happy about as I can take my laptop to Uni  now. I love how it turned out and my laptop fits perfectly, which is a bit of a miracle!

 As I was sewing it together I realised that something looked a bit odd. And something did- The flap was wider than the sleeve part...not sure how that happened. It probably comes from making the calculations and templates late at night. But after a bit of unpicking, cutting and resewing, you would never know! Although, unpicking Velcro is not on my list of favourite things to do.

I also sewed it together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance rather than 1/2 inch as the tutorial suggests, as I was a bit paranoid that my laptop wouldn't fit.

If you would like to make a laptop sleeve I used this Tutorial from Oh, Fransson! as Inspiration.

*I haven't made any progress on binding my Just Dreaming Summer Quilt, but I have started a  new quilt using the fabric Boutique by Chez Moi for Moda.

When I bought it, which was quite a while ago now, I loved the simplicity of a quilt that was on display and when I asked about it, they had a drawn up layout guide for it! 
 It uses a Layercake and a charm pack, so the only cutting you need to do is the sashing! which is great because cutting the fabric is probably my least favourite part of the process.  I'll be sure to share it when its finished :)

 What else have I been up to?.....

 *I have discovered my second home! 

A friend of mine, Adele, posted about a fabric store not long ago called GJ's Discount Fabrics. I had never  been there before so after checking out their website, I headed down there a few weekends ago and....Oh my goodness! I cannot believe I haven't been there before! They have the most amazing and humungous range of fabrics I have ever seen! and fabrics I didnt even know you could buy over here anymore. To make things even better, their fabric is pretty well priced.  
Fabric is quite as expensive here in Oz. About double or more the price it is in America.

To say I was in heaven is a bit of an understatement.

These are the goodies I brought home...

1/2 metre of Alexander Henry "Spotted Owl". I have admired this fabric ever since I started quilting and as I have an owl obsession, it was necessary to get some.  I think it might become a cushion.
    a 25cm x 112com roll of blue and green owls to add to my Owl Stash. I don't know who designed it but its very cute.

 a 45cm x 112cm of  Quite Contrary by Riley Blake. This is probably going to become a diary cover and a pouch for a friend of mine.

  I also got 3m of cream fabric to use as sashing in the Boutique quilt. 

and I found the perfect backing fabric for my "From Chicago with love" quilt but...

Has this happened to you before? You get all excited because you find the perfect fabric and you've been searching for ages for just the right one and then you get to the counter and there's not enough of it left :(
Very annoying. So now I'm on the hunt for this fabric from "The birds and the bees" by Keri Beyer and this fabric, particularly this colour, does not seem to be very if you have seen it anywhere, please please let me know! 

I'm on Easter break at the moment and haven't done much sewing in ages, so I'm off to do some sewing now!

Hope you have a lovely and Happy Easter

Miranda & Charlie