Monday, January 30, 2012

Do You Feel Like A Weekend Away?

Do you feel like you need a little break?  Why not join us for our wonderful weekend in March in Tasmania my home state.  It is just 39 sleeps until it begins.   Bookings will close on 14th February to allow for our final preparations.

You can see what we are doing over HERE and download the booking forms.

We have lots of fun and games planned as well as a few outings and maybe even a few suprise stops along the way......

I have seen some of the projects that the girls have in store for you - You are going to love it all so much.  Our Sunday Sewing Day will include "Live" demonstrations on quilting and stitching techniques from 6 Designers and of course some retail therapy.

Thank you for the e-mails and lovely comments on my little keyrings. 

To answer some of the questions asked there is no pattern for these - I simply cut 2 x 2 1/2" circles (on my Go Baby) from wool or wool felt.  Sewed a button on the front.  Attached the ribbon and ring to the inside of the front circle behind the button to hide the stitches and then blanket stitched the front and back together and put a little bit of stuffing inside. 

Feel free to use my idea any way you wish - That's the beauty of creation and little ideas - The sharing of them.

I Hope you have a wonderful week.

Love and Hugs - Fee X

Sunday, January 29, 2012

What A Weekend

The weather here in Tasmania this weekend has been hot - 35 here today and after only a short stroll outside I am burnt.  Amy and I spent much of yesterday at the local cat show with 2 of our feline babies - Jack and Lucy.  They both had amazing wins and made us very proud. 

We usually go once a month and we are hoping that JT will be able to go next time.  Jack was still lounging around today after his big day out yesterday - Doesn't he looked relaxed.

Thanks so much for your kind wishes for our Anniversary we enjoyed an amazing meal and a lovely bottle of wine.  I had a risotto which was seriously to die for !!  Follwed by a traditional Tiramisu which was divine.  It is lovely to spend some precious "us" time which doesn't happen often enough.

For those of you that wondered what the wool circles and buttons were going to be used for - Here are some of them finished.

They are now keyrings - I have a few more ready to make - They are simple but cute.

We are having a BBQ with the grandies tonight so I had better go and get organised.

Hugs - Fee X

Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekend Time - YAY !

The weekend has arrived again - My favourite time of the week.  I have a pretty full weekend planned including our wedding anniversary dinner at our favourite italian restaurant.  You have to book a few weeks in advance to get in so we have been planning this night out for a little while.  It will be nice just to chill out - Just the two of us.

I have a few little projects on my To Do List this weekend including playing with these circles and buttons.

And some paper piecing

I enjoy paper piecing very much and this time I am playing with a new design

In very "Un Fee" Colours but still nice.  This will be the pattern that I release at our "Lets Get Stitched in Tassie" weekend this coming March.

I am having lots of fun putting it together.  Do you have much planned for the weekend?  I hope that whatever you chose to do that you enjoy it.

Love and Hugs,

Fee XX

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Australia Day Doings.....

Happy Australia Day to my fellow Australians.  

Do you have much planned today on this Public Holiday to celebrate our nation?  Unfortunately Hubs has to work today so we have nothing planned but instead I hope to get into the studio for a few hours. 

I have spent a few hours this morning on the computer trying to get things in order for our upcoming Lets Get Stitched Weekend. It is going to be so much fun.  Are you planning on joining us for any of the events?  If so please ket me know so we can get the final stages of planning finalised.  We are closing off bookings on Valentines Day (February 14th).

If you are a newsletter subscriber I have sent this weeks specials out a day earlier.  It includes some Honeybuns from the new 3 Sisters range "Papillon" - I think I love this more than Aviary - Is that at all possible?  I also have some MODA fabric suitable for a mans quilt or backing fabric at just $8.00 per metre.  There are Bargains Galore OVER HERE.

I came home yesterday to 2 delicious parcels in the mail.  These little owls flew over the Bass Strait to come and live with me - They are from Amanda - They are just adorable !!  The detail is amazing she is one clever girl.

And Look Cori's latest BOM all dressed up in a calendar which steps out each weeks To Do's to be on target to have the quilt finished by the end of the year - I wonder if I can keep up?  The fabrics that she has chosen are gorgeous.  This is going to be one adorable quilt.

So I am off now to play housekeeper for a little while and then I am going to hide in the studio and play.

Have a wonderful day.

Hugs - Fee XX

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


It has been 8 days since I last blogged - I have been Missing In Action. Sorry about that but we are enjoying such beautiful weather here in Brighton at the moment that the chance to get out in the garden and tidy up and other such things have been too much to pass up. I have even been pottering outside each evening after work once the heat starts to subside. 

I have managed to grab a few minutes here and there to work on the little tutorial I am doing for you at the end of the month.  Don't forget that you will need a little vintage napkin if you want to play along. 

And I have managed a little progress on my newest quilt design but somehow I think this one is going to be awhile.....  That's what you get when you keep drawing and forget about how long it's going to take to stitch.

The cats have been loving the warmer weather and make full use of the sun drenched scratch pole.  Jack likes to be king of the castle - I did take a lovely photo of all of them sunbaking but the quality was worse than this one - I am still using my Iphone for photographing at the moment.  Doesn't he look regal sitting up there?

JT is still recovering from when he was sick so every few days I roast a chicken for them all as it is JT's favourite meal.  This is how I have to "Jack" proof the chicken before I serve it to them.  He still tries to get to it before it is cool enough to eat.

But not even warm chicken will tempt this lazy fellow from his favourite spot.  Dreamer is such a gentleman and waits until everyone has had their fill before he takes his turn.  They are all loving the sun drenched/ air conditioned house at the moment - Who wouldn't?  It really is a cat's life.

I hope that you are having a lovely week.

Hugs - Fee X

Monday, January 16, 2012

When I get the bug - I really get it.  I painted all of my treasure finds yesterday afternoon and last night was able to scatter them around our home.  This is the little terracotta pot on the black metal stand - Now lovely and white and holding a fresh bunch of lavender from the garden.

This previously gold stands has come up a treat in it's new skin.  I can see this one being very useful - especially at Christmas.

My 50c Bright Yellow Mug Tree makes a lovely scissor and rotary cutter stand in my little studio.

And my favourtie find this 2 tier wire stand which was originally green.  I have to admit that I was very tempted to leave it green but now that it is painted I am very pleased with it's new look.

And it's accompanying basket is pretty cute too

The little frame looks cute in it's new clothes.  I printed up a little stitchery to put inside (It is currently my stitching project) and I think that it says it all.

So for such a small $ amount and a little bit of paint and effort I have been able to add 6 new home decor items this weekend and I am feeling pretty pleased with myself.

Did you do anything to your castle this weekend?  I would love to see what you have been up to.

Hugs - Fee X

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Some Days Are Diamonds ........

It seems like so long ago that I went on a good treasure hunt but this morning we had a lovely wander around our local trash & treasure market.  Some days you find no treasure at all and some days are diamonds.......  Like today.

You will have to use your imagination with today's finds as they all need work......  Just as well I am in the painting mood because their transformation will begin today.

A total of $17.50 for this lot - Luckily I had bag carriers with me - LOL

Late last year I discussed with you a Scrap Challenge for 2012.  I haven't forgotten about it but things have been so busy that I haven't had a lot of time to get the projects in my head done.  I thought that you might like to start with this table topper which was recently published in Patchwork & Stitching Magazine.  In the next few days hunt around for a vintage serviette and I will do a tutorial on how to make your own from a pre-loved serviette.  It won't be the same as this one but you can get the pattern from P & S.

I am sorry about the quality of the photographs today - I am camera less at the moment and am saving my pennies for a new one so for now my Iphone is standing in.

These are partly the reason why I have been very busy - I have been a very naughty girl and have let the accounts build up since July last year and now I have the task of entering it all in to our accounting programme - I do an hour or two each night and I am slowly making inroads.

It is school holidays here in Tasmania for a few more weeks and Amy was lucky enough to be invited to spend a day with Jo in her craft room.  She totally loved the day and look what Jo taught her.

And these gorgeous tags.  I think I need to go over to Jo's and get some tips too - She's very clever.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Hugs - Fee XX

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Little Bit Close For Comfort

It has been a blustery day here today and tonight a grass fire started in the paddock opposite us.  It is easy to see how quickly a fire spreads as it was a matter of seconds before it had taken off fuelled by the wind.

Luckily the wind was going in the opposite direction but we hosed our front area just in case there were sparks.

To show you how close the fire was this is taken from my front door......  The firies were wonderful and extinguished it in no time.  Well Done Boys !

Hugs - Fee XX

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Weekend Doings..... + Christened Names

How is your weekend going?  I had to work today but tonight I spent some time putting together some kits for my Christmas Honour Stitchery featuring simple stitchery and some gorgeous Theodora Cleave and Country Heart Buttons.

If you have already ordered yours they are about to be popped into Australia Post's Big Red Box

They come packaged in a gorgeous Christmas tin and are on sale for just $15 per kit.

Thank You for all of the name suggestions for my mischevious pair.  I Love the name "Ollie" as suggested by Linda for the little bird and Gill suggested "Marmalade" for the pussy cat which fits him perfectly.  Plese get in touch with your addresses girls.  If you are a newsletter subscriber I will be including a little Marmalade and Ollie Stitchery next Friday.

Bye for now

Hugs - Fee XX

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Arrivals and a Birth

Helen, Jo and I had a lovely chatting and stitching session yesterday.  We didn't get a lot of stitching done but we did make time for Scones, Jam & Cream.  Time spent with stitching friends is wonderful and great for the creative mojo.

Just before they arrived a delivery van pulled up and delivered me a huge box of loveliness for a new quilt design.

7 Bolts of Romantic Florals - Be Still My Beating Heart !!!!  I am still working on the design for this one but hope to have it ready for AQC in April.

Recently 2 new characters were born in the studio - A gorgeous 2 toned kitty cat and a sweet little love bird. 

Just about all of my designs feature flowers of some sort and this little duo are sitting amongst a bed of assorted blooms.  These 2 are featured in a new design but I feel a bit mean not naming them so I am open to suggestions. 

I have a skinny quarter bundle of the 7 fabrics above for the best kitty cat name and another for the best love bird name so get your thinking caps on.  I will christen them with their names over the weekend so you have until then to think up something lovely.

Hugs - Fee XXX

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's been a hot start to the year......

For those of you that are used to a warm climate 30 degrees celcius may be on the cool side but things start to really heat up here in Tassie once the thermometer begins to climb on the wrong side of 30 which it has done here in Brighton for the last 2 days. 

The first thing we do when the weather heats up is to make sure that the hens are let out early to give them a chance to pick around before it gets too hot and then find a nice cool spot to spend the rest of the day until dinner time when they return to their hen house.

Mother Nature has also been kind this week giving us some lovely pink eye potatoes

And some lovely sweet apricots

I have spent some time making up lots of these Vintage Music Sheet Paper Lavender Sachets for orders because they are on special over in my shop and are floating out the door.....

And I have been packing orders ready to send out

I also picked a bunch of flowers (Agapanthus) and Pepper Corn Tree Branches for a display in our family room.

I never realised how delicately sweet the buds of the agapanthus are - They are very pretty and I can see them featuring in a design in the near future.

I have just one more day of recreational leave left until I return to work so I have a couple of special visitors coming around to sit and stitch tomorrow - I think I will need to make a batch of scones.

I hope you are enjoying the start of 2012.

Hugs - Fee X