Wednesday, January 30, 2013

QLD Floods

I have been stuck in a flood zone for over a week now... At one stage over the weekend our small town was surrounded by water and access was cut to the larger town a few mins down the highway... There was a run on the super market too... people went crazy buying chips, chocolate, frozen food, coke, and more! The line for the checkout went all the way around the edge of the store and almost out the front door! It was simply crazy stuff! A week on and there is no bread, fresh or UHT milk, no eggs and fruit and veg are more valuable than gold! Not to mention nappies and everything baby!! Half the town had their electricity cut on the weekend too... Thankfully we weren\'t one of those homes! Water was also cut because it was contaminated... Everything is such a mess... When u drive around, u can see trees pulled out by the roots, roads and bridges cracked and destroyed, fences bustered and parks ruined! Its devastating to see... Some people have lost everything! My family and I are so blessed!! we have plenty of food, shelter, power and water and even though we r flooded in we are not near the actual flood waters... My children were thankfully able to start school on Tuesday (many schools were closed).
They are say that the Fitzroy River will peak and re flood the bridge connecting Rockhampton to Gracemere some time today... I\'m keeping a eye on the ABC news so that I know when to pick my children up from school in Rockhampton and go home to Gracemere and b flooded in again... Sigh...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Was it just me? Or were the few weeks leading up to Christmas totally hard core FULL ON???!!
PHEW! Oh good! I wasn't alone!!

A few posts ago I told how I was deflated thinking that I had set myself up to fail by aiming too high... 
I did it! I surprised myself and everyone around me by completing 5 crochet beanies and about 12 ten minute table runners!!
For the beanies I made;
1 Teddy Bear
2 Flowers
2 Dinosaurs

The beanies went to my nieces and nephews and every couple in the family received a table runner as well as a block of chocolate... I really quiet enjoyed making those beanies... I ended up turning out one every two evenings of work!! 

The ten minute table runner pattern found on YouTube, after being informed of its existence by a fellow crafter and very dear friend... I watched the YouTube clip once and set about making many... 
I had only 4 more table runners to complete when i discovered that my silly machine threw a hissy fit after I changed the bobbin and wouldn't sew properly!! Something happened with the tension causing my thread to bunch on the underside of the fabric... I had already prepped and cut the fabric needed and it didn't seem to matter what I did, I couldn't seem to fix my machine... So I had to make do with what I had made... 
Now having thought on it and after discussing this situation with my MIL (Mother-In-Law) who by all rights and definition is one of the most amazing quilters I have the privilege of knowing and working with (not to mention the ability to steal all of her beautiful scraps, discarded projects and the like)... She suggested to me that maybe the issue of tension in my machine was due to my needle?? 
Mmmmm.... thinks I... Maybe...
So now I must wait till the end of the week when I return home and am able to confront my machine about her behavior, to see whether or not this is the case! 

Any hoo... This holiday period has been lovely, BUT I cant wait to get back to my crafty nook and simply BURST with ideas and stuffs that have been invading my head since I left home!! 

So for now... TTFN... Ta Ta For Now... xoxox