Saturday, 21 February 2015

FNSI, a framed cross stitch, a bag and a thread holder

Friday night was a sewing night with FNSI. Please do not laugh at what I managed to do--- in other words, not much at all!
Strips made with "PerfectStems"
I had good intentions to do a lot of sewing. Got a phone call and ended up chatting on the phone instead of sewing. Had to come up with some finish-- and I needed these folded strips for a project and these "Perfect Stems" certainly make them easier to make. I can now continue with the project.

I had bought the pattern, All About Anna, from Stephanie, of Rummage ages ago.(  Late last year, I   decided that I would make the bag --- I used corduroy for the navy part of the bag, and cotton fabrics for the rest. I  enjoyed making it as the instructions were clearly set out and  very easy to follow. I gave the bag away as a Christmas gift, and I have decided to make another for myself.
My version of All About Anna 
I had finished this cross stitch before Christmas-- and took it to the framers on Christmas eve. I have finally got it back and am very pleased with the way it has turned out. The blue wren is my favourite little bird and the flannel flower is a flower I love to look out for in spring when I go for a bush walk.
Framed Blue wren and flannel flower in cross stitch
Ages ago, a fellow blogger had said to me that she would love to have  a thread holder. She had a special birthday coming up, and I was racking my brain for what I could give her. I decided that I would get a thread holder cut out and paint it for her. I was so excited about it-- that I wrapped the present and posted it without taking a photo. I then had to ask her to take a photo for me to keep in my photo album. Needless to say, she presented it beautifully.

The painted Thread holder
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Day at The Grounds of Alexandria

I have heard  a lot about The Grounds of Alexandria, but had not been there. Alexandria is an inner city suburb of Sydney.Some friends suggested we have a day out and go there. I was not sure what to expect-- but was pleasantly surprised.
I gather that it was the site of some flour mills years ago, and it has been done up to house a restaurant/café, and an outdoor eating area, some outside stalls, and they have a few pet animals as well. Nearby was a providore called Cheese, Meat and Salt.
Here are some photos  of the Grounds of Alexandria.

Cover of the menu in the restaurant
The Doughnut cart
The lemonade cart
The Florist
Coloured roses
Beautiful white roses
The meats at Meat, Cheese and Salt
Yummy cakes
Lovely old door
A resident Macaw

Kevin Bacon, the pet pig, asleep in his house

Kevin Bacon with the other resident animals
We had lunch there and walked back through Sydney Park to the station and home. It was an enjoyable day out.

Friday, 23 January 2015

A new Needle Keep made during FNSI

Last night was the first Friday sewing night for FNSI for 2015. I joined many other blogging friends to a relaxing night of sewing.
I have a large hexagon needle keep-- it is looking a little old and I have many needles in it all the time. I decided that I needed a small, new needle keep and it will just hold the needles I need for the project I am working on at the time.


So last night I started on this project, and completed it today.
Appliqued and embroidered hexagon
With the border and some bushes added

With a Sheep button?

Or a birdhouse button?

Or a bird sitting on the fence?
Or why not a kangaroo-- after all we are in the country.
I am happy with the finished product and I chose the sheep yet again. I must say the sheep is still my favourite button.
Thank you Wendy, for hosting another FNSI.
Have an enjoyable weekend.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The winner and Tonight is FNSI

The winner for the set of buttons for the triptych is Christine M. Could you please email me, Christine, and give me your snail mail address so I can post them to you. The pattern is in the January Homespun magazine.

Tonight is FNSI. The first for 2015. I am looking forward to "sitting and sewing" with my friends.  Thank you Wendy for hosting it again this year. Hop along to  to sign up-- there is still time.

See you there.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Instagram and a chance to win a set of buttons

Technology is progressing faster than I can cope with. I hear everyone talking about Instagram. I had to investigate it. With a lot of help from Margaret ( and I mean A LOT of help--I am now on Instagram too. So you can follow me on @yvonnewdesigns.

I have been painting buttons to go with the Room with a View tyriptych that is in the January Homespun magazine.If  anyone would like a chance to win a set of these buttons, please leave me a comment, and your name will be in the draw for them.
These buttons are available through my Etsy shop ( click on the Etsy shop in the side bar) and also from Marilyn's shop-- The Patchwork Teahouse at Warburton in Victoria.

Room with a View triptych -- January Homespun magazine
Buttons include Settler's cottage, birdhouse, blackbird, and 2 x sheep
The other thing I have been painting are these cute little elephants. These are a new design and I have just painted a few to see what they look like painted.

Elephant brooches
Elephant buttons
A brooch and a button
Take care,

Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday night with Friends (FnwF)

This was our first Friday night sewing with friends for 2015. I had bought a bundle of felted wool from Sandy of Shiralee Stitches ( and have been wanting to try it out and this is what I came up with. It will be a 6"block.

Little felt house

With a faithful dog out the front
or maybe a cat
or a cat with a bird in the tree
I will spend my weekend browsing the net to see what the other members of the FnwFs have made. The list is at
I enjoyed the sewing night and look forward to the next one. Thank you , Cheryll, for hosting it again this year.
Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Room with a View

I was very excited today when the postman delivered my copy of the January Australian Homespun magazine. This was featured in it and I could not wait to see it in print.

Room with a view Triptych as featured in Australian Homespun magazine
I came up with this design after a holiday in the Fleurieu Peninsular in South Australia a couple of years ago.
Tomorrow night is the first of the FnwF hosted by Cheryll. ( Do visit her blog and sign up for the first sewing night for 2015.