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5 Things I’m Loving Right Now!

#ONE

{Embroidery}

Over the weekend, I managed to squeeze in some time to start a new embroidery project.

I can’t remember the last time I had a needlepoint project on the go – I think it may’ve been sometime before Christmas…??

I was inspired to get back to the hoop when I re-watched a video I made last year called Stop-Motion Embroidery, where I took a photo of my work in-progress every two minutes.

It actually turned out to be a pretty rad little film – so now I’m motivated to do the same thing with this project.

This is currently where I’m up to…

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I’ve limited the colour palette to just pinks and reds – an unlikely challenge if I may say so myself!

I have no idea how long this little side venture will take me to complete.

But know this: I’ll definitely be posting the final embroidery and video right here once it’s done!

 

#TWO

{My Easter Show Ribbon}

In Sydney Australia, during two weeks around Easter, there is a huge Agriculture, Food and Crafts show called the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

This is a huge affair in the Sydney (and neighbouring rural districts) social calendar and is a highly prestigious show that spans back over a hundred years or so.

(You may have seen a certain Royal Couple visit this in the last week or so…!)

So to join in on the festivities and atmosphere, I entered in a few of my favourite quilts and one of my embroideries.

To my surprise, one of my quilts received an elusive Easter Show Ribbon!

IMG_2656My darling ‘Happy Quilt’ won me a beautiful Highly Commended ribbon!

I was and still am totally stoked that one of my quilts is of Ribbon Winning quality!

Happy! Happy! Happy!

 

#THREE

{Nephews}

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I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to be able to spend a lot of time with my four nephews each week as they only live (quite literally) down the street.

The oldest is six turning seven in May and the youngest is only a darling eight months old.

Each one of them possesses a one-of-a-kind cheeky and super-cute personality.

They also love being typical boys – playing LEGO and video games, watching Adventure Time (which this Auntie LOVES!!), eating tons of chocolate and generally getting into anything they can get their hands on!

The minute I came across this image on Pinterest…

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I immediately thought of those four little men!

(In a loving and precious kinda of way of course!)

 

#FOUR

{British Invasion Fabric Range by Riley Blake Designs}

Source | Riley Blake
Source | Riley Blake

If you’re new to reading my blog you may not know the love I have for all things British!

So when I heard that Riley Blake was bringing out a collection with all things typically Britishy, I flipped my lid!

I literally went into ‘fan-girl’ mode and swooned over all of the prints in the collection!

I’m really hoping I can get my hands on a Fat Quarter stack at the up and coming Sydney Craft and Quilt Show in July!!

I want it so bad!!

#FIVE

{Tea}

Sadly, here in Australia, we’ve waved goodbye to summer and are currently in the thick of a chilly start to autumn.

It seems like the weather has gone from hot to bitterly cold over night!

However, with the colder weather comes an outbreak of tea-sipping fever!

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One of the best things I love to do in the whole wide world is to make a cup of tea, snuggle under a quilt, pop on a good DVD and gobble down some good quality chocolate!

Ahh, heaven!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been enjoying a good brew of English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Peppermint and Green (with lemon) teas.

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And onto other things…

My goal for this week is to finish the quilt top of my Friendship Star Quilt (only four more blocks to go! Whoo!) and maybe even get some quilting done on my New Year Resolutions WIPs

In an odd kinda way, I feel slightly guilty for not spending time on getting my WIPs done when I was keen-as-mustard to do so at the start of the year.

My time and efforts have been diverged onto other projects and ideas over the last few months that these WIPs are literally (and typically) sitting lonely in one corner of my sewing room.

So, the intention is there…

Hopefully it gets fulfilled!

Happy Sewing Friends! xx

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7 thoughts on “5 Things I’m Loving Right Now!

  1. Congratulations winning a coveted ribbon! So nice to have your ability validated. What kind of floss are you using on your embroidery? I live in the US, but I think it looks so shimmery and cool, so I’m hoping it’s not a brand exclusive to Australia. Also, is it one color or a blend? Thanks for answering. My email is dahlgren0609 at gmail dot com.

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    1. I admit, it does feel great to have my work validated!!
      To answer your question, the embroidery floss I’ve used is from DMC, all one colour (no blends) and are the everyday/basic skeins.
      It must be my super-dooper photographing skills that make the threads look shimmery! 😀
      Thanks for stopping by!

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