Saturday, April 30, 2011

A ruffled cushion and knitted cushion

We had a very enjoyable Easter, a nice blend of relaxation, socialising and getting some jobs done around the house. I painted our bedroom and was really happy with how it turned out. I'm still putting some finishing touches to it, so will show you some photos in a later post.

One of the finishing touches were to make a couple of new cushions for the bed. I got inspiration for a ruffled cushion from the tutorial here. As my fabric was a bit thicker I had to do the ruffles a little differently than the tutorial, but it still turned out not too bad.

For the ruffles I cut 3 2" strips and sewed each of them down the side and
then ironed them down flat.

Eew the colour didn't turn out right in the below picture but you can see how I pinned the ruffles in place and then stitched them in place from the back.
The seams were then sewn up. That's one cushion ready for the bed!

The next cushion I made from a large knitted cardigan that I bought at the opp shop for $3.
 I cut out a large square from the back of the cardigan and then measured out the size I required and sewed a similar coloured fabric to the backside of it.

This has made a lovely soft cushion.
So my creativeness for today is done...2 new cushions for our bed!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kombi Camper ready for Easter

Our eldest son LOVES the Kombi and over time has collected 7, some for parts and some for restoring. His latest project has been to make one into a camper. After a lot of work he got it finished in time for him and his girlfriend to take off for the Easter break. We look forward to hearing of their adventures!



And as it's Good Friday, I'm sitting here having the traditional Hot Cross Buns for breakfast!

We haven't got too many plans this Easter, just catching up with a few friends, but I plan to paint our bedroom. I've taken some 'before' shots, so hopefully next week I'll have some nice 'after' shots to show you as well (cross fingers!!).

Happy Easter to you all.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

First attempt at a smocked cushion

I've have enjoyed learning a form of smocking which my Mum used to do so much of, making us girls pretty dresses with smocked bodices.
I was quite pleased with my first effort, however now that I have the hang of it, I will be making a couple of others with more suitable fabric for my colour schemes.
I took a few pictures as I went along.

One of my sisters gave me this fabric for my trial cushion as she had been given a whole bolt of it. Lucky me!!

The area to be smocked had to be marked out in a 1" grid.

The fun part beings....this is the wrong side of the fabric where the smocking is done.
The smocking is complete and one side is drawn in.
Time to stuff it!

And draw that side together.

I thought I took a photo of covering the buttons, but I mustn't have!

The middle of the cushion needed to be stitched through to create a well in the centre and then the buttons are sewn in place.
Here it is!

Next time I will smock the pattern closer together so the pattern is more dense..not so loose.

You would quite often have found these type of cushions sitting on the parcel shelf in front of the back window of the old Holden cars.

Tomato and Zucchini bake
This recipe is a really easy dish to accompany any cooked meat and other vegetables.

Spray a baking dish with olive oil and layer thinly sliced zucchinis then tomatoes over the top. Shake some salt and pepper over with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with a layer of shredded cheese. Repeat the above as many times as you want. Cover with alfoil and bake in a moderate over for around an hour. Take the alfoil off in the last 15 minutes of cooking to allow it to brown.

Ready to go into the oven.
Ready to be devoured!!
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

My pink quilts

Over the years I have collected a few pink quilts and a couple of pink cushions. I've laid them over a dark pink chenille bedspread that I purchased for $3 at a garage sale.

 And I'll leave you with a picture of my favourite Rose, the Pierre de Ronsard.

I will be joining Beverly for Pink Saturday. Pop over and view other blogs who have dedicated their post to Pink!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

A victorian house - with a difference!

Many years ago I purchased a very special book that has proved a great hit with any little girls who visit our house. It opens out into a display of 8 rooms of a very detailed Victorian house complete with everything that opens and closes. A few cardboard cutouts of people make it a delight for 'playing house' and using the imagination.


Hope your day is a happy one.

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