Friday, 20 April 2018

Scrub Stitchin' Thursday..........

I really didn't mean to be this slow telling you more about Scrub Stitchin' but over the weekend I didn't have time and since then it has been crazy here...........and town work has been so busy for me with other days off.........no one does my job when i'm off.........
I took the day off before SS and headed off to Camp Cypress @ Baradine............
Met up with Sonia @ Forever Always Online to finish putting the kits together and set up the room..............
Bianca - Sonia's daughter was also there to assist and Kylie @ Indigo and Quince had other commitments that meant she arrived early too............both assisted wonderfully to turn an empty room into a beautiful sewing space for the weekend.............
Just as all the work was done Sally and Diane @ The Sloan Patch arrived..........
One long table for meals and three sewing spaces set up...............
we were not sure how this was going to happen prior but this setup worked so well we have set a maximum number of 36 for next year.......... 
Love this pic of Diddles under the tables...........
the grounds at Camp Cypress are located at the local Show Ground
Its a beautiful area..............lots of shade from white cypress pine trees.........
escaped from the real world.............
nibbles and drinks every afternoon...........
people just floated as they wished between sewing and eating..........this plan I had in my head worked perfectly..............the room worked just as I had hoped...........everyone came down for breaky and stayed until bedtime unless you needed a loo break or a nanna nap...........
lots of times to sew, talk, eat, socialise...........
lots of happy faces.............

and the newbies just slotted in perfectly..........
more to come............
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........

Monday, 16 April 2018

Stitchin' time in the car......

So much to share...... Need to catch up with life..... These were on my phone from today...... Easy to blog from there....... 
Catch you later..... Chookyblue........
Ps heaps more Scrub Stitchin' to come.......

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Scrub Stitchin' project................

This post is so over due........but now I can finally reveal..............these plans and projects were all planned mostly in May last year...........hence the date on the bags.........

These star mugs were perfect.............Baradine is in the Warrumbungle Shire .....the Warrumbungles National Park which is very close by......it is the only dark sky park in Australia.............Siding Springs Observatory on the edge of the Warrumbungles is very important to astronomers..............
so stars around here are even brighter due to the lower light pollution levels..........
The mugs looked so good in the dishwasher when we gave them a wash...........

Onto the project..............
ta da............
Scrub Stitchin' Bucket Tote designed by Sonia and me.............

Baradine is in the Pilliga Scrub............its got a lot of White Cypress pine hence the pine trees..............the star is the sky.......and there are heaps of birds......

Sonia and I had so much fun planning the projects and weekend..........then the photo shoot with our bags...........

love it.............

Maybe a champagne or two was consumed in the planning.............
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NOW for the winner of the giveaway.................
the general consensus was a smaller project but the chatting and friendship shared while at the retreat is as important as the sewing..............
Sounds like some of you have also enjoyed amazing times at retreat.....
the winner is Lou @ Manxgirl - get your self off to a retreat...........
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so much fun and heaps of pics i'm not sure where to start.............but I will be back with more............
I am way behind in replying to comments too...........but hope to catch up soon..........

Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........

Friday, 6 April 2018

Omg what can I say........

More to come on these blocks  on the design wall ..... but double wow and thankyou...... Which is not enough........ We are having a blast at scrub stitchin'........mystery adventure tomorrow.........already got the list for 2019.........dates to be confirmed.........just to busy to blog....... 
Catch you later........ Chookyblue......

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Scrub Stitchin'

Time for scrub stitchin'..... All set up and ready to go...... Everyone arriving tomorrow...... The car was loaded with bits and pieces....... Plus enough to sew for a month or more........ Bring on scrub stitchin '
Don't forget to comment on my retreat give away post back a couple of posts....... 
Catch you later........ Chookyblue.......

March charge

Thanks heaps for the support you gave me for
March Charge........ financial, encouraging, and walking with me virtually..........
I walked 167kms total.......3 more then last year.... 

Biggest day
13kms in two walks instead of 12.5 in three walks last year....... Longest walk 9kms which I did a couple of times and a few 8kms.......

It meant I avg 5.38kms/day which is walking about an hour each day (31hrs).....
With the days closing in fast in March I lost over an hour of daylight from the start to the end of the month........it's been a challenge working full time but I absolutely loved it.......even when I dragged my butt out of bed in the dark.............so I was ready to go as soon as there was light.............
Most importantly what have you done to improve your heath, eating and fitness..........have you done your health checks for cancer..........if not go see a Drs and see what you need to do............some quick easy ones to do......get moving......

I updated my header with pics from most days of the month.........I do have a thing for sure about sunrise and sunset.............
Cancer Council has raised almost $$$$1.5million thru March Charge which I think they were under a million last year........still taking donations for a few more weeks  i need to make my own and I have a few people who said they would give me a donation that still have to come in..........
i've raised $1475 so far.....
my walking won't stop here but it will back down I just can't walk that much all the time as I don't have enough time but I will continue to walk as I have done for a long time now..............
be active love life.............you only get once chance at it..........
Catch you later...... Chookyblue.....

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Retreat giveaway.................

We'll get back to a tally of the walking in a day or so...............in the mean time i've been thinking lots while walking........its been great.............
Moon rising last night......almost a full moon and it looks amazing...........
So big and bright and no photo will ever do it justice as seeing it as it happens........
Sunrise this morning..........
I'm getting ready for Scrub Stitchin' next weekend.........
OMG I cannot believe it is only 5 sleeps away........
the piles are starting of stuff to take......mostly show and tell so far.......
I'm so excited!!!!!!

1. At a workshop with a project provided - what sort of project do you like to make?????

2. Besides sewing what do you love to do at a retreat?????

3. Your favourite retreat - where did you go and why was it so good............

The giveaway...........
Answer all three questions and I will do a draw next weekend ............
Make sure I can reply to your comment otherwise I will not be able to contact you.........

Catch you later...... Chookyblue......

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

why cancer council and my buddy Annie..........

Its a long post but very important.........
Why have I chosen to raise funds and promote awareness for the Cancer Council.................
I've lost too many precious people to me to cancer...........
Mr Chooky's grandad, my Nan, my sister, Mr Chooky's Dad..........
Lets not go to extended family and friends...........
I cannot cure cancer myself.........not brainy enough to be involved in that but I can walk............I can raise funds and make people aware of there own health thru March Charge...........
Cancer affects everyone.........there is so much of it if you don't know anyone who has been affected by cancer be very thankful............
Cancer Council is not one cancer specific.......it covers all cancers........providing information for people with cancer........even information for people caring for someone with cancer..........they provide a phone service for information and support............anyone who has questions or needs support can phone this service........
Cancer Council promotes prevention..........healthy eating, exercise........see why I have been harassing you to get moving..........for nearly 4 years now I have changed how I eat and trying to increase exercise........it started very slowly...........I wanted to make changes that I can maintain.......permanently......
mostly this has been maintained..........gets a bit slack sometimes but overall going well............mostly I only walk...........i'm not a crazy gym person and never will be................
i have regular pap smears, check my boobs, i'm not great with sunscreen but long sleeves and a hat (sometimes) when working outside..........

Cancer Council also conducts research into cancer too...........

The other important thing Cancer Council does is advocating to ensure government takes action on cancer...........

I hope you never have to deal with cancer................but the chances are pretty high at some stage in your life you will have some kind of cancer........
SO the sooner we find a cure for cancer the better.........

The survival rates for cancer are now so much better then they were............treatments are being developed everyday............
things sure are looking up.........
and one day we will be cancer free............

So why have I blogged about this...............it does not matter where you are in the world................cancer does not care where you live, if you have plenty of money or none, what you do - school, work, retirement.........
My friend Annie who has been walking virtually with me on Vashon Island, Washington in America had cancer............she now drives other cancer patients to appointments in Seattle who need assistance to get there...........
These pics are from her walks on Vashon Island...............beautiful and so different to my views.............also much colder then here being winter.............
My friends Carole in America has also been walking with me................
let alone some of my friends in Oz............
Its never too late to make  health changes, have your health checks and the earlier to find out you have cancer the better it is for treatments........
So take care of your health.........
It affects every aspect of your life...........
And only you have the power and will to make changes.....

to my friends who read this and are fighting cancer now......stay strong my friends.........I hope you take some of my energy from all my walking and it gives you strength to keep fighting and it can make a bad day feel a bit better............some cruise thru with not to many side effects others are up and down and other struggle thru............one day we will be cancer free........
Only 4 days left to walk for March Charge..........
thankyou for your support it makes me want to walk even further..........
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue..........

Monday, 26 March 2018

Prepping.....


Prepping some EPP...... Cool clouds yesterday.... No rain yesterday but a bit last night..... Bring on more......
Heaps of prepping to get done....... More gluing to do also.......need to locate the papers........ 
Catch you later..... Chookyblue......

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Stitchin and walking

Friday I got to enjoy a fancy walk............farming friends who live in more civilised country...........OMG the grass was to die for..............
Big trees...........
long narrow tree lined tar roads................
Beautiful views of grassy paddocks...........
stitching in the car..........first time I have picked up Lucy since my finger got jammed in the door in November last year............big break..........I had been working on Edwardsia this year once I was able to EPP stitch again..........finger nail is still growing back slowly............heaps of the numbness is gone but it is still a bit funny...........the annoying thing is I thought I had sewn all bags of pieces up for Lucy.......I found a bag not done.........and some is missing so I must have a search for the stitching bag I had with me then......................
Got to sit and enjoy this beautiful garden view over a cuppa with my friend Annette..............
sunrise or sunset it's always beautiful...............
hit my walking goal this morning of 120kms for March Charge Cancer Council now lets see if I can hit 150kms by the end of the week..........
i'm at 126kms now after 7kms this morning........
6 days another 32 kms........
thats over 5kms/day........
i'll give it a crack for sure..........
what exercise have you done today???
have a fabulous Sunday........
Catch you later....... Chookyblue.....

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Minis.......

I'm a little short on details but this travelling exhibition is from Quilt NSW - think the theme was recycled and a couple of years ago???
Mini quilts.........I snapped a few pics.........i only had 10 mins to look as the place was closing.......and it was the last day........

Lots of different badges pulled together.........

they were displayed lovely..........

This one was Megan Manwarring current Quilt NSW President..........

Racheldaisy..............

I  like the pockets........

Loved the old fabric bags..........
Catch you later....... Chookyblue........

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Make hay while the sun shines......

Well more like feed hay while the sun shines...........Cause it won't blooming rain...........
this post is especially for my reader in Sydney who likes my farm posts.........
if only the cows would learn to eat roley poley we would be fine..........but its probably like eating cactus or razor blades..............The only green thing is the roley poley and there is nothing else but dirt so feeding it is............
i was walking/running around helping to muster as we were in the ute............
And trying to get my kms in for March Charge.......I knew it would be dark by the time we got home...........
Occasionally you had to watch out for big holes........note end of my shoe........note size of hole.............and might I add it is about 2 foot deep............Not something you want to step into for fear of bad injury.........
In the other paddock the roley poley is bigger........lots of high stepping to clear it.......lost sight  of the cows for the dust..........
I was looking out for snakes and expecting to disturb one but thankfully I didn't see any sign of one........
Anyway that's my interesting bit for the day.........
Or  completely boring if you are only looking for sewing..........
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The weather is really frustrating to say the least.........
on the weekend we had terrible fires down south due to extreme heat and winds................Darwin and surrounds had a cyclone............
over the last few weeks so many areas of Queensland have had heaps of rain........I grant some still none..........and today I read on the weather site big rain forecast for Newcastle/Hunter region..........
We can't seem to get a fall at all..............its just a land of extremes but I sure wished mother nature could even it out a bit more for a few years...........
Catch you later...... Chookyblue......

Monday, 19 March 2018

100kms........

Pretty pleased with myself tonight......
I have done 100kms walking this month for March Charge..........thats walking that I have tracked as specific walking...........
Do you do regular exercise?
Being active can help avoid cancer.......
Click here to see what else you can do everyday to hep avoid cancer.........
thank goodness I had my hat yesterday........

Ok get out there and do some exercise...........
Catch you later.............
Chookyblue...........