Sunday, September 14, 2014

Washing Day Blues

Our washing machine decided to stop spinning. And draining. The draining was fixed easily enough by flushing out the hose, but the spinning not so much. Its 10 years old and used multiple times a day. Which to me is surprising as we really only wear the one outfit all day? But there are school uniforms, maybe a load of whites, dance gear to be washed separate, then some towels, farm getup, guinea pig blankets...

But after a quick search it turns out you can still buy parts for it, and new motor is only $66, much more economical than buying a new washer. It will take 2 days for the motor to get here and there forecasting rain so so off to the local laundromat, sorry, Launderette. Fancy.

Just in case your wondering, it was $9 a load and tumble drying was $1 for 8 minutes, each basket takes about 24 minutes to dry, they are super industrial. And huge, each machine holds 3 baskets so for $36 I did a weeks washing plus towels and two quilts. I am definitely going to come here again.

And the added bonus of no washing machine, well time for more sewing.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It's Spring

Time to get back into blogging on a regular basis.

So much has been happening, lots of sewing and quilting, the neverending cleaning (ugh) and sorting. Multiple trips to the Salvos decluttering; the High School textile department scored with 3 garbage bags FULL of fabric. Still a way to go, but we have been on our farm for maybe 6 months and settled in perfectly.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Postage Stamp Quilt

I have had these mini charm packs for a while now, I got them quite cheap and had big plans, can't remember what the plan actually was lol.  I opened one last night to have a better look at them and laid them out into a simple 10 x 10 block.

Each charm pack has 43 squares however I opened 5 to get the prints I needed, being such a small size some were plain or only had a tiny part of the print, I needed the image to be as close to the centre as possible to allow for seam allowance.

Plan is now to sew them up into one block, add some sides and turn into a lap quilt for the lounge. No pattern used but when you google postage stamp quilt heaps of inspiration comes up and there are 3 completely different tutorials here, here and here.
I prefer number 2, basically pair and sew, but I will sew these in the 10 rows and join up, I am sure they won't all match up perfectly but I am ok with that.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Reuben and JoJo

We bought two donkeys for the paddock, Rueben on the right, the brown one, and JoJo the white one.

Both boys, they were sent down in a truck from the Northern Territory, up there they are considered a pest. About 60 were gathered up and sent to a local auction, thankfully they were all purchased by a local donkey rescue group and private buyers.

They are very timid but will come around with some love, they have halters on so we can move them easily if needed. Reuben loves apples, JoJo prefers carrots, were going out there every morning and night and they are getting closer to us, every morning there waiting at the gate for there brecky. Our farmer whom we lease the property off thinks were insane but hey, better than a lawn mower.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Baby Quilts

Two quilts in progress, a pink one for Ruby
and a blue one for Andrew.
A nice simple pattern, all fabric from my stash. There not overly baby prints, and some of the blues weren't ideal but once put together the light and dark colours look good.  
Tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts here. Excuse the iphone photos, we can't find the camera charger since the move. We also bought toys, I was debating a drum kit and maybe a set of bagpipes, lol, I remember my kids getting some pretty loud and annoying toys, in particular this musical beat box that stayed at Nan's house!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

And I'm back

yes, it's been a while, just shy of 12 months! We have moved again, to a rambling old home on a 400 acre working dairy farm.  Crafty posts coming up with some decorating and home reno's planned, lots of sewing and quilting, hobby farming to the max and generally living a simpler life. 

Meet Kevin, newest member of the family, he's going to be an excellent mouser. He is 3 jelly rolls and a honey bun high. Loving having a real sewing nook again, more photos to come.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Off to the Alpaca Farm

So it's National Alpaca week, awesome. Perfect weather too so off we went to our local Alpaca Farm Malakai Stud, I love where we live, less than 5 minutes and were on open country roads.

So the great thing about this Alpca Farm, besides that they have over 450 friendly alpacas to look at, is the owner breeds Mediterranean Donkeys, ie. miniature jennys!

Cate really likes the spotty one, this girl looked like neapolitan ice cream. I think I prefer a standard grey. Stuart liked them too, except when they kept standing on his feet.

Just adorable, definitely on my wish list, not cheap though so will have to save, but so placid and friendly, and lovely to look at, a big must have.