Well what a day! Miserable, wet ,cold – need I say more??
A good day to stay in bed and read but I needed to get started on my items for the showcase. This of course meant a trip to SL 😉 and the quilting shop in town ”Slash into Craft’ for the necessary goodies.
I wish I could say that I have finished but it wasn’t to be – so will post some photos tomorrow!
I’m off to get a start on ’50 Shades of Grey’ for our Book Club read …….
Until next time
Well it’s late on Friday night and as I sit here writing, I am trying not to notice the very loud thump, thump, thump of someone’s music blaring up the street!
I was spending time on here earlier and happened across a post about a Showcase and it tweaked my interest – Retro theme.
Well you are talking about a girl of the 50’s, so I have had a lovely few hours thinking back, remembering and searching through my stash for suitable fabrics to whip something up!!
Some of the things I have thought of:
Colours: Oh dear, remember when the kitchen cupboards were painted at least two colours – green and pink was a favourite at home! Don’t forget the table and chairs as well.
Mantel shelf: The mantel shelf above the fireplace – you know, the one where the canisters sat – Flour, Sugar, Tea, Salt and don’t forget the kero lantern! What about the newspaper cut to cover the mantle like a curtain and then the big change when plastic entered the kitchen and we had the plastic stuff cut with pinking shears that matched the table cover!! Note I see it back in Spotlight now!!!!
Checks: What would we have done without gingham? Well I would have coped , being a child, but remember the tablecloths with cross stitched patterns on them and of course the rick rack trim!
Spots: I have a vivid memory of my Mum wearing a white dress with blue spots – I thought she looked so pretty- it was the dress Mum was wearing when my brother was accidentally hit in the head when running behind a swing at the park and Mum’s lovely dress was covered in blood – my brother survived, just – and lives to tell the story – they stopped the bleeding by pouring pepper on to it – funny the things you remember…..
Craft: My Gran used to crochet but my Grandma would try her hand at other things – I never saw her knit or crochet but she did make boxes using old Xmas and birthday cards – I have made a version of the ‘hanky’ boxes that Grandma made me, for my Grand daughter but now we call it a ‘trinket’ box! lol That was a great craft for many women – they made boxes to hold their sewing or papers, album covers, placemats – all sorts of things.
Aprons: My Grandmothers always wore an apron and would whip it off if someone came calling – my next door neighbour, who was like my second mother, made me a beautiful little apron. It was blue, trimmed with red and it had a little pocket shaped like a heart.
Tea towels: The dreaded tea towel collections – lovely linen tea towels that all had to have where you’d been stamped all over them. How many households found a pile of those when that generation passed away? They were closely followed by the tea spoon collections!!!
Making do: Did you ever see a wagga rug being made? Wow, I just googled wagga to make sure I had the correct spelling and what an interesting lot of info I found – check it out if you don;t know what I am talking about – an important part of our history!! You will see that the wagga rug, when used as a generic term, covered any made from re-usable fabric, wool etc – the first of our quilts and no walking foot – only the ones at the ends of our Mothers and Grandmothers legs!
My Grandma also made floor rugs by cutting up old clothes into strips and plaiting them and then stitching the plait into a rug.
Oh the memories!!
Anyway, after all that, the night had passed and I had decided on my items for the showcase. I am going to make a ‘trinket’ box using red and white spots (I don’t have any blue), I am going to finish off a hexagon bag that has been fully hand stitched – it just needs the handles and then I am going to make a set of placemats using Aussie scenes (inspired by the tea-towel collections) or a little girls apron!
I can’t wait for tomorrow – I’ll show you when I am done!
Until next time
Well I woke to a beautiful, sunny day today and so hit the sewing room running! (would you believe slow shuffle??)
I just had to get my TSL Showcase item done. The theme is celebrations of TSL’s first birthday.
The story continues…
Mmmm I don’t think I have any fabric that will suit………… cogs are turning, turning
Wait a minute – I must have something in my ‘I Spy’ stash – so off to the wardrobe and plastic crates and Yes, I found a red fabric covered in balloons, streamers, musical notes and stars – now that says celebration to me!!!
Now, what to make …….
IDEA IDEA IDEA
I’m going to make a little girls bag!
So I did!!
If you want to see it, get on over to The Showcase
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.308919095844948.69818.229770490426476&type=1 where you will see the wonderful assortment of items showcasing the skills of a very talented bunch of WAHMs
Until next time
ANZAC day calls for some Anzac Biscuits so Nanny is getting up off her – chair- and heading to the kitchen…..
Now to get a recipe – think I’ll go with the good old Commonsense Cookery Book (can you see how much it has been used?? ) 😉
ANZAC BISCUITS( page 170)
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup coconut
1 cup flour
1.5 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1. Mix oats, flour, sugar and coconut together
2. Melt syrup and butter together
3. Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup
4. Add to dry ingredients
5. Place 1 tablespoon of mixture on greased tin
6. Bake in slow oven 20 minutes
OK we can’t have oats so introducing quinoa flakes!! (If you squint they will pass for rolled oats!!!)
and the flour will have to be Gluten Free……
and as for the sugar and butter, well I didn’t say anything about low fat or low sugar did I !!!!
Now if all goes to plan, I will be able to take some of these around to share with Mum and Dad for afternoon tea …….
Waiting, waiting, waiting
and TA DA!!!! Nanny’s Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits !!!! They look great don’t they??
And Dad ate them so I guess they passed the Yummy test!!!
Why don’t you give them a go? Enjoy!
Until next time