Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Have just come back from Floriade, Canberra.  Have not seen so many tulips and daffodils in my life, all in the one spot.  The weather was great and the colours amazing.


Banksia bonsai

I love this Banksia bonsai - am currently trying to grown one myself to bonsai - will be quite a while before it is posted on this blog.   I curiously looked what was underplanted - what a  beautiful plant.  Was told it was Viola Betonicifolia (native violet).

Viola Betonicifolia

Searched google - as suspected, very hard to find.  Only one of the searches led me to a local Indigenous Plant Landscaper, who had this plant in his stock.  Unfortunately, they had been damaged by a snail attack, and were looking worse for wear.  I didn't mind - will nurture them back to health - so I bought all 5 tubestocks.  Hopefully they will survive - as further google searches has come up with no-one else stocking this plant.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sewing Room & Nook - Make-over

Yes, the stylists of BHG would be so envious of my mess.  Try sorting this out, guys!  I'm in need of some inspiration to get this lot sorted.

Messy sewing room

Just to set the scene - this is my sewing room which is just around the corner from the laundry (same room).  I am so lucky to have this area as my creative space.  As part of the sewing room, there is the area under the stairs (the nook) to store odd and ends, okay junk, and a sliding door to enter.  Oh - forgot to mention you must be 5' to stand in there, luckily that's meeeee.....This area stayed as a junk area for close to 10 yrs (what was I thinking?)

The light-bulb came on recently (happening less and less these days).   I decided to properly do up this area to house all my odd/ends, material, crafty stuff - oh, you know, the rest of the gadgets and gizmos that you purchase, 'cos it seemed like a good idea at the time', knowing full well you'll never use it.

Approached Mr Fix It....caught him off guard one weekend - "Honey, what about helping me create my ultimate sewing room?"   Okay - let's start.  Wasted no time.  Emptied the area, washed the walls and floor (so glad I insisted on painting and tiling this area).  All done - time to measure.

Mr Fix It measuring the nook (under stairs)

He is such a perfectionist, I know I'll get a good - no, great job, unlike me who starts things, stuffs it up and then get's "Mr Fix It" to do it properly.  That's my MO and I'm sticking to it - what can I say - it works!  Okay - off to Howard's Storage World... opted for Elfa storage, used before and love the product.

Elfa Shelving

This is the result of part of my sewing nook.   Now time to stack and pack.  Stay tuned for further developments.......

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sewing Retreat

Okay - so I'm off to my first Sewing Retreat.   So excited about this, then was told I had to make a gift - "No problem", said I.   Yeh, right.

Went home, in a panic - crikey - had no idea what to make - thought I'd better dig out those crafty/sewing instructions I'd been keeping for a rainy day.   Found this old pattern for an apron - hope no-ones peeping 'cos it's a surprise'...

I decided to use waffle cotton instead of terry toweling (very old fashioned) - don't mind the material being a bit retro - but "terry toweling" no.   I'm using this material (from my BIG STASH) as a tester.  Love the ric-rac and also love bias-binding.  Procrastinated quite a bit before cutting up the material - don't know why?   Now am on my way....

Stay tuned for the results.......


Friday, September 17, 2010

'Oh, you 'Brazen Hussy'

Yes, that's the name of this plant - Ranunculus ficaria - 'Brazen Hussey'.   Leaves are a chocolate-brown and flowers bright buttercup yellow.  I have planted it under my maple, Bloodgood and also amongst the purpled leafed oxalis (yikes...a weed!  No - not this variety).   Brazen Hussey has multiplied very nicely, so much so, that I have given plants away to friends and family.   It is summer dormant - then magically reappears in late winter, just in time for some colour in the garden.   I just love this plant!!    Yes, that's a weed on the RHS - will go now and promptly yank it out!!!

Ranunculus Ficaria 'Brazen Hussey'

Purple-leafed oxalis with 'Brazen Hussey'


WOW!  Can't believe what I've just spotted in my garden - a trillium ready to bloom.  You don't know how long I have waited for this moment - trillium's are most commonly found in England - not your common plant here in Melbourne.   This year must have been just the right conditions for it - will keep you posted on it's colour when in full bloom.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Rose Quilt

This is 'The Rose Quilt' - which I started at Patchwork House, quite a few years back - 'not telling - it's a secret '.  This is the creation of Trish Harper - now at Amitie.  Had the privilege of being in her classes - learned so much and her designs are quite exquisite.  

Rose Quilt


Hand Quilted Border

My First Post

Hi and welcome!  This is the beginning of my first blog.
My name is Evelyne and I live in the beautiful eastern suburbs of  Melbourne. 
My aim in developing this blog is to keep an electronic diary of my do’s and don’ts, successes and failures.  It might not be pretty, but it will be honest -  Am I sounding like a politician right about now?
I stay at home and manage the day to day chores but prefer to spend my time gardening and sewing.  Members of my family are my husband (Mr Fix It) and two adult kids -  Cam (22) and Jess (21) and let's not forget Tiffany (the cat) - she actually thinks she's a princess.

I was first smitten by the quilting bug when I saw ‘The Rose Quilt’.  Seventeen quilts later, and various other projects, am now sewing for myself and Jess.  
Love to garden, sew, knit, cook and generally having great times with family and friends.  Am prone to go galavanting up to the hills, for some inspiration - lovely excuse to visit my two favorite spots -  Cloudehill and Gentiana nurseries.
Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.  Hope I haven’t bored you.   Will try to keep it short and sweet and hope the pictures of my garden and sewing antics will speak for themselves.   Have met some lovely people from my sewing and gardening ventures and am looking forward to meeting more online.

A bientot!