Friday, 14 August 2020

Pop.....

To the mystery fairy....... Thankyou...... 

Survived another big week not quite as huge as the last one but not much less. Patches of when I would consider drinking all this at once...... But also that I made it thru the week.....


Slowly kicking goals but good to kick some.....Canned my weekend plans because and it was going to rain lots and so far we've had 2mls. Roads get too muddy for visitors to my place at times..... It's to late to redo tomorrow's plans now....... So whoever you are thankyou mystery person as I at least know you read here...... I'll stick one in the fridge and pop it zoom sewing with blogland on Sunday morning......

Can't see any border changes coming any time soon....... 

Covid 19 is now affecting the agriculture industry....... 

Stay safe.... 

Catch you later.....

Chookyblue...... 

Thursday, 13 August 2020

zoom zoom.....

Hi Girls.........
Loving my sewing time with you.......
Everyones welcome so join in the fun.......
leave me a comment so I can send the link
Sewing kit with a small globe representing the concept of mending the planet
So Sunday i'm going to sew again.....
6am until about 2pm Sunday 16th August.

For the rest of you scattered around the globe
New Zealand 8am Sunday
 Oslo 10pm Saturday
UK 9pm Saturday
New York 4pm Saturday
Michigan 3pm Saturday
Vancouver 1pm Saturday
hope i've got those times right.......
We all need some bright cheerieness in our lives...... 
Stay safe........
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Sunday, 9 August 2020

playing with the layout with a photo.....

Playing around working out if things are placed right..... I did this before but goodness knows where the pics are at.... They had been grouped but what was supposed to go where???
Anyway I wanted to sew more of this and I was at a stand still till I did this.......
Hope you are all well.
My holidays got cancelled since we can't go thru Queensland now. When will I get to see my kidlet? 
So P%) _#=%ED off as we had 1 covid case back in March in our area. Probably only a couple in our region way back then also..... Punished by the happening in Victoria and Sydney.
So since I have no life maybe next weekend I'll zoom again since it's going to be wet again and I won't be able to have visitors for lunch either.....
I'll keep you posted..... 

It's a cool damp day drying the washing in front of the fire.... 
Have a lovely Sunday..... 
Stay safe
Catch you later
Chookyblue

Sunday, 2 August 2020

stepping out of life

This weekend I needed to step back and take a breath. So I did. 
I had a massive day chatting and sewing on zoom and sew I did. I achieved heaps.......
I started at 6am and went thru til 10.30pm......yes very long but it was so much fun catching up with everyone........it's like they were all sitting in the Chookshed with me stitching away.......with lots popping in and out around the globe as the day progressed.......it is weird working in all the time zones and that someone packed up and went to bed and when they woke they joined back in......but so much fun.........and we all have the common link of patchwork and quilting.....And there may be another person coerced to make Trail Mix with Maria and Janice.....
Early on I added the green and white block into the gap. 
Goodness knows why I had a gap anyway it's filled now.........
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Not having the next block prepped I moved onto another long time project.....see below.....
Scarily I looked it up and in August 2011 I started this one........I remembered Leanne @ The Stitching Room had shared a photo of hers finished just after I had just got the pattern and papers. I didn't even know she had been making it. 
I should have taken a photo when I started today but at this point I had added 4 blocks on the top part of this section...........I have all the cream and blue blocks made for this quilt except the edge ones. 
By 9.30pm I had added 15 blocks and I would have added the last bottom right blue block but my hand was starting to cramp after so many hours of EPP so I thought I best stop.....
Yes yes I know what you girls are thinking who have been on retreats with me...........
THIS IS A MIRACLE.........I was a top achiever........lol........
Thanks to all the girls who popped in......with no distractions other then a quick trip into the house to find food or use the bathroom it was so good to be out in the Chookshed......
(I tidied and cleaned a little more on Friday afternoon - still more to go)
Sew sew sew.........
I will be doing another one. We all love it. 
Stay Safe.........
Catch you later..........
Chookyblue.........




Saturday, 1 August 2020

international coffee time

So who's on at present..... 
Holly in Canada
Gail in USA 
Lou in New Zealand
Raedene in USA 
I'm currently doing some hand stitching on Edwardsia. 
Karen can you get on on your phone? 
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue..... 

Friday, 31 July 2020

zoom invite

Check your emails you should have the zoom invite sitting there. Hope I haven't missed anyone. If you want to join its not too late. Leave me a comment or flick me an email and I'll send you invite. Can't wait for another long day sewing and chatting with all of you.
Pic from yesterday morning going to work.
Stay safe..... 
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue..... 

Monday, 27 July 2020

zoom... zoom...

About all I have time for is pics of the chooks and sunsets..... So since all fun stuff in my life keeps getting cancelled I need to escape to another world..... 
So this Saturday I'm going to do another zoom marathon. Birmingham quilt show should have been on this week and there was a good chance I was going to end a holiday there. 
So lets just pretend I'm jetting opps I mean zooming around the world this weekend. 
So who's free.... 
Who's locked down..... 
Got nothing better to do in life..... 
Want to hang out with a bunch of quilty friends? 
Join me on Sat 1st Aug my time. I'll probably start at 6am AEST. So work that out for your part of the world.  Friday afternoon/evening for some of you in Canada /USA. 
It was heaps of fun last time so leave me a message and let me know if you want to join in so I can send you an invite. 
Don't be precious and needy this is an open invite. 
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue..... 


Saturday, 11 July 2020

flat bread the screen shot version

flat bread.....

Its a nice rainy cloudy day.......we've had about 28mm of rain here mostly over night. Soft and gentle all soaking in........my neighbour rang me to check the directions for the flat bread and I just had to make some too...........and I remembered to take some pics to share with all of you..........
Combine 3/4 cup/ 185ml of milk and 50g butter in a saucepan just until the butter has melted.....don't over heat it.....add 1/2 teaspoon salt........add 2 cups/300g plain flour (all purpose flour)........combine together and turn out onto a floured surface.......knead gently and then you can wrap in plastic and leave it for 30 mins then back onto the floured surface and cut into 4 equal parts. I have not noticed the difference of leaving it or just going straight into cooking the bread.........
this is one ready to roll out...........
My Nan's old rolling pin.........
place into a nonstick pan with a little oil...3/4 heat...watch it start to cook........sometimes small bubbles......
Some times big bubbles.....
this one is now ready to turn....you will see the flat bread has changed a bit..........it only takes a few minutes.....you can use them for wraps........you can keep some uncooked in the fridge for a few days roll out and use baking paper or plastic wrap between each bread.......
cooked ones I kepted in the fridge and ate the next day...few seconds in the microwave and it was great..........none have made it to the freezer but they freeze well I am told.....
so variations
add a dash of minced garlic......that was so delicious.......wish I had remembered that today.......
dairy free use oil and almond milk.......
Gluten free use gluten free flour......

Let me know how you go.........
Catch you later........
Chookyblue.......

Sunday, 5 July 2020

hello.....

Just busy with work..... Nothing exciting...... 
The new chooks are going great and laying heaps of eggs..... The Guinea fowl babies are almost full size..... 

I've been making some flat bread.... Never done it before but it's so easy,  quick and delicious..... Let me know if you want the recipe..... 
finally we've had some great sunsets and colours.....
Stay safe..... 
Catch you later...... 
Chookyblue...... 

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Bridget and some dead machines.....

So while we were virtually sewing I had to keep ducking out to feed my new lamb..... Her name is Bridget.... Here she is..... 
Somehow the discussion got to machines and while I have way to many of various ages I did mention I thought I may have 5 lining a path and another one in another garden spot.....well I under estimated..... In one garden there are 3.....and here they are...... 
The one below still has some timber on the bottom.... 
I'll take some photos on the others soon..... But it's not 5 opps..... 
The sunrise was pretty the other morning..... 
I forgot to add a link to Mia.... She joined us the old way creating at home alone then shared a post on her blog........ You can see her post here.... Thanks Mia.... Hope I have not missed anyone else.....
Stay safe.... 
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue...... 

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Zoom Virtual Chookshed Party

As requested by the girls here is a list of everyone who popped in..........Hope all the links are correct.........Let me know if not....

I've had the best time. It would have been no fun if you didn't join in with me so thank you to all of you for joining in.........Some longer then others but that does not matter.......I was on from 7am until 10pm with a few quick trips out to feed the lamb.....

Award for the earliest starter goes to Sylvia as she got up and joined us 4am her time. 

Last starter Chris who came in after the family had gone. But it sure made for a nice excuse to go back in this morning and hang out with you and the other girls......

It was an interesting challenge working around the time zones but thank you to everyone I really really do appreciate it.........I got lots done compared to some sewing days..........so inspired by all the different things everyone is working on. 

Goodluck with the Choc Chip Biscuits recipe that I shared. 

Thanks to the girls who had cake and a candle...........Corona Virus sure has changed parts of our lives and it was interesting discussing the different "rules" people are living with around the world..........the virus had made us all try new things and I am not sure why we had not thought of this previously and tried this truly virtual sewing day.........BUT I sure will be doing another one so be brave and join us next time we had a lot of fun and it's just like sitting around a table sewing with friends........ok well not quite as good but pretty close second.......

Belgium

           Nadine @ Notes From My Corner

France

           Lin @ St Victor Quilts

UK

Bethan @ Crafting Ramble

Canada

Holly @ Nimble Thimble Stitchery-Do

Chris @ Quilting on the farm

Germany

Sylvia @ Flickenstitchlerei

USA

Gail @ Gail's Place

Raedene @ Thread on the floor

Deana @ Dream Worthy Quilts

Denice @ Denice’s Day

NZ

            Clare @ Quiltlady in Kiwiland

Raewyn @ Stitching Farmgirl

            Lou @ Manxgirl Living and Crafting Downunder

Australia

            Sue @ Kiwikids Page

            Maria @ Life on the Block

            Susan @ Susan's Sewing Space

            Maureen @ no blog

            Judy @ News From Jude

            Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

            Janice @ Jannimary

            Jo @ ButterZ

            Sonia @ Forever Always Online

Julie @ Simple Stitches

Karen @ Karen’s Corner

Googy  @ GoogyGirl

still zooming.....

Still catching up with a few girls..... Yesterday was a massive zoom marathon..... I'll write more later..... Just back in with a smaller group this morning...... Aust, NZ, USA and Canada.....
Stay safe..... 
Catch you later.... 
Chookyblue..... 

Saturday, 6 June 2020

the party has started.....

The party has started..... Having a great time so far..... Girls popping in and out...... Leave a comment if you want to join us well be here for a long time yet.....
stay safe..... 
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue..... 

party time....


so are you ready to party..... Just about to grab some breaky and a quick shower then you'll find me on zoom all day...... How cute is this lamb..... 
Some pics from the last few days...... Shearing is all done.... Yippee... I have one poddy lamb to raise that didn't mother up..... 
The moon has been stunning the last few days... 
Winter sure is here..... 
Happy sewing girls..... If you want to join in it's not too late just email me or leave a comment here...... 
Stay safe..... 
Catch you later.... 
Chookyblue... 

Thursday, 4 June 2020

more party prep......

OK so party plans are progressing............I've got to go dig out some sewing........thinking I will just be hand sewing Saturday........I think I will be inside too not in the chookshed unless I move out there for a bit...........I'll see........need to test some things out but the heating is only good during the day not when it's chilly of a morning and night..........
Below are some of the time zones.....

You should have just got an email from me if I have you in the contact list for the zoom link..........let me know if you didn't get it.........
OR if you would like to join in the fun.............
So what are you planning to sew???
Stay safe.........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue......