Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ruche Fabrics Launceston

Image via Tessuti

I'm up far too early.  I woke up thinking about sewing.  Then I was thinking about fabric.  Then I was thinking about our slim pickings here in fair Launceston.  Then I was thinking about how I just need to see it in the flesh to choose. Then I headed to Tessuti to do some virtual fabric fondling.  And then I was stopped in my tracks by this post.  Launceston is getting it's very own fine fabric shop ...Ruche Fabrics ... and it's opening today!! And their fabrics are sourced through Tessuti... and I'm really excited. And (as if I needed another 'and') they are having this cheeky wee giveaway.  Today I will be at 108 George Street, Launceston somewhere between 10am and 5pm. Nice one.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

 Procrastination move aside.  I be ticking off a list.  #1 Post parcel complete with gifts that have been blinking up at me in my sewing room saying 'Please complete me'.  Why!  Happy to oblige, because I be ticking off my list.  A little artistic licence on the blue bee hive and all, but I like it.
This is a flannel wrap/ blanket which I concede does look rather garish in this shot - but I tell you - the contrast orange stitching looked quite jolly in real life.  Now to attack a few little girl's birthday party presents ... I am using them as carrot dangling fodder so that I can get at the real sewing adventure ... A couple of dresses for myself.  That is after I convince two wee lads that they must take turns pushing the pink dolly's pram.  Anyone else support my research that a pink dolly's pram is the toy voted most likely to kick of a blood bath in the play room?  I can see now why parents were comfortable with allowing their children to go on the children's crusade.  They had one pink dolly's pram, and on that one fact alone, felt confident that given an opponent their size, their fighting skills would cut it.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Suzy Patterns

Suzy patterns has just released her gorgeous Antoinette Dress pattern! I just love this version of it ... I am a sucker for blue and red! But the most amazing thing is it is FREE!  You can go here to download it.  Just thought I would give a little bloggy heads up ... since I'm getting right into this sewing for myself caper.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mount Gnomon Farm

On Sunday we went loaded the tribe in the car for a driving adventure. Our travels took us to Penguin and 'Rare Day Out' - an open day at Mount Gnomon Farm.  We have been buying their wonderful products from Harvest Market and were keen as mustard (or bacon) for a look see and to pat a piglet or two (or ten if you are my daughter).  The farm is nestled at the base of Mount Gnomon and Mount Duncan and just a short drive out of Penguin - we never need much of an excuse to head to the coast to suck in some ocean air - but a day on a farm was icing.

Patting piglets
pointing at piggies
enjoying spaces
meeting the rare heritage breed: Wessex Saddleback pigs
exploring the farm
enjoying our tour and seeing the sow with her litter
For our wee family, nothing beats the chance to get out and away for the day.  Having such a wonderful destination, with a chance to learn more about where our food comes from is really special. Sipping a coffee in a paddock with the smalls happily patting piglets, a little bit farm fancy, no? Thankfully the electric fences were off ... as the lads were keen to check for themselves (insert fierce intake of breath from bystanders). Many thanks to Guy and Eliza for a lovely Day Out. Their passion for their beautiful farm and for producing ethically raised meat was really inspiring; their enthusiasm so wonderfully infectious. Follow Mount Gnomon on Facebook here ... then you'll not miss their next open day... or head to Harvest Farmer's Market this Saturday and sample the love yourself.