I know that I have blogged about this before.......the tradition in our household that every year I make a big batch of large Apple Pies. I make my own pastry....with the aid of my food processor. I peel and cut large numbers of apples until my fingers are all white and wrinkly. I make and bake and bag and label and freeze about 16 pies every year....and they have become a favourite of Russell's. You have to be pretty special for him to share 'his' Apple Pies with you! So this year Russell said that he would help me make the pies.....so that we could make "a heap more". Wednesday was the day.......I set about to make the pastry and Russell's job was to peel and chop the apples. After about 1 hour the statement of the year was made........Russell says......"boy this is a lot of work". Me: "and I've been doing it on my own for the last 20 years", Russell: "I really appreciate what you have done now".
Gotta love them! To quote the wonderful Phryne Fisher: "Men. Can't live without 'em. Can't hit 'em with an axe."
We finished up with 17 Apple Pies and he wants to make more!
Every Thursday I spend time going through my pile of photos to pick one to feature in TBT. Sometimes I try and link them in with something that has happened or a time of the year, sometimes they are random (more often than not!) and sometimes they are the ones that are my favourites. Today is one of my favourites......this was quite evident by the fact that I had about 4 copies of the same photo!
It was taken in about 1968/69 by 'Uncle' Frank Millar. He was a great photographer who had the knack of making people smile at the right moment. I had lovely curls back then, but check out Cathryn's blonde curls! It still makes me smile every time I look at it......don't you love photos that make you do that?!
Our veggie garden is very overgrown at the moment....the end of the season with only the carrots and parsnips left. The tomatoes have produced a great crop and I have made more than enough Tomato Sauce, Tomato Relish & Passata to last us for well over 12 months. Russell even dried some and put them in olive oil. We ate lettuce, onions, peas, beans, beetroot, capsicums, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, parsnips and carrots. I haven't bought carrots since I harvested the first one last December. I planted 2 rows and am still using them......half of one row were heirloom seeds which produced purple, yellow and orange carrots. Imagine my surprise when I pulled this beauty a couple of weeks ago when I was making some soup.
It weighed in at 1.126kg! Now that's a carrot!
I am hoping that we will be able to keep using the last of the crop and that the bush rats don't get into them!
the mouse just stitches the days and evenings away.......
The first block of Christmas Blessings. I am making my sample up from the new 'Under the Mistletoe' fabrics from 3 Sisters (due in June). Kits will be available once the fabric arrives.
A remake of my Candy Table Centre using the new range Mill Book Series which arrived last week. Kits will be available next week.
I finished off my version of Gail's Vintage Sewing Collage. I mixed mine up a bit from Gail's layout, and I decided to make it into a wall hanging instead of framing it.....the reason.....I couldn't wait until I could buy a frame!
And finally I have pulled out the box of vintage pieces that I was gifted a while ago and I have decided to stitch them up into a special project. It is very hard to stitch as I am using the thread that was in the box along with the templates made from Weetie packets. The templates are not all the same and it is not the easiest on my fingers....but I am loving how it looks.
Oh and while all of this stitching has been going on.......not a football game to be seen or heard!
I often get asked what thread I use for my hexagons and hand applique.....the answer is Superior Bottom Line Thread. It is a 60wt lint-free filament polyester thread, and I find that it just disappears into my fabric and reduces the risk of your stitches showing. I have about 14 different colours on the reels for $16 each. Thanks to my recent delivery from Superior, I now have back in stock the 3 different packs of the Bottom Line Bobs.
These packs are really handy if you need a few colours but don't want to buy the larger reels of thread. There are 3 different packs available and they are $18 per pack (available here).
I also purchased some of the bulk packs of the bobs in 8 different colours.
I have decided to sell these individually for $2 each.......a great price if you would like just a little bit of thread.
We have had some very horrid weather for the last 6 days.....strong winds, icy temperatures, quite a bit of rain, and in between the rain it drizzles! It is always hard to imagine warm hot days when you can't feel your toes so I have decided to share this holiday snap to try and remind me what it's like to feel warm.
It was taken on our last holiday as family together in 2005.....before Emma finished year 12 and left home. I can't believe that it has been 10 years since we were in Borneo. I still scroll through the photos and remember the fun times we had....although in this photo Russell looks a little less excited than the rest of us!
I really think that I will need to up my Christmas gift to Sharon our mail person this year. She is one in a million and very helpful when it comes to delivering all of my parcels....usually one or two a day. But today everything arrived at once.
There was my new order from Superior with some Bottomline Thread.....all the way from the US in about a week.....about the same time as a parcel from Queensland!
A big box of scarves and some gloves......I was hoping that they would get here before Mother's Day instead of the day after.
My new order from my 'friend' Simon in China.......300 purse frames in red, blue, cream and black. Now I can finish kitting up the Peepers Purse kits.
A box of about 6 smaller parcels which contained all sorts of buttons. Some will be carded up while others will just be sold singly.
An envelope which contained 50 rattle inserts for the new Playtime Ball kits......yay I can finish those off as well.
A box of 100 foil pie plates......not for the shop but for me. It's Apple Pie making time again and I couldn't find them in any of the supermarkets or cheap shops. So I used good old google and found packs of 50 for $13.40 (plus postage)......so I thought I would stock up for a couple of years!
No wonder Sharon had to back her car in........I didn't even hear her until she shut her boot and was about to drive off. Sorry Sharon.
But the deliveries didn't stop there. Next to arrive was my parcel from Hugs'n'Kisses with some fusible hexies (again for some kits) as well as some patterns from Melissa of One Day in May. In the same delivery there were 3 boxes (meant to 4) of fabric goodness.......Mill Book Series c1982. The missing box will hopefully turn up tomorrow or Wednesday, but in the meanwhile here is a little peek.....
I'm off to get that plastic off the fabric and have a little pat!
I have been waiting for such a long time for this parcel to be delivered to me.
I ordered it way back on the 5th August last year after seeing that a friend in the UK had purchased one.
I would have loved to have seen the display of the 888,246 poppies in real life but instead had to be content with watching videos and looking at photos on the internet instead. I'm sure that it would have been an extremely emotional experience and just watching the video brings a tear to my eye.
I haven't as yet decided how I will display my special poppy so for the time being it is safely in it's beautiful box.
You might like to check out this video of how they were made.