Thursday, June 15, 2017

Scrub Stitchin' 2018

MAGIC HAPPENS



So a couple of days ago I blogged about hosting a retreat here
JUST IN EXCITING NEWS

OUR DATES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED
WE ARE BESIDE OURSELVES WITH EXCITEMENT.
And just like that it's full.... 

If you are keen to learn more or perhaps go on the wait list
please don't hesitate to 
 email Myself  forever_ always@optusnet.com.au or 
Chooky  chookyblue2@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

May 2017

May started in Country NSW on the farm, after a great Market in Coonamble on the Saturday, some play time with Chooky on Sunday in the chookshed (aka sewing shed). I enjoyed being the farmers helper baking treats for the shearers in the shed and delivering them. Whilst Donna was at work, I also got to stitch and read, and just enjoy the bliss of a city mouse on a farm. Brian played farmer, rounding up the sheep and helping out in the shearers shed... think he still looks like city slicker, playing farmer though. 








Back home in the big smoke again and it was custom orders, coffee dates and stunning blooms.


My one and only bloom didn't compare to the garden full in Neutral Bay

Then there was the beginning of the big move, my office/sewing room is moving upstairs. So whilst, hubby got to lining s few walls with pallets... a design feature. I had to sort and sift, and refold, from drawers to baskets. It's certainly not a quick job it will take more than the month. Watch for more updates. I did sneak in a bit of reading daily and finished reading Big Little Lies. And my new Machine moved into her new home... 





Then it was time to get the boys on board with a Whole 30 challenge... no dairy, now gluten, no sugar and that means no alcohol...oops we lasted about 10 days. Chooky and Mr Chooky arriving, it was time to open some wine. Well it was an easy excuse.. but seriously the eating side isn't too bad and the boys are trying. 

Mother's day, Baked treats, lots of cooking, sadly no photos 15 for breakfast family, friends, and then the day just somehow got a little messy, we shouldn't have brought out the drinking Jenga.


These muffins, I will cook again, they were Gluten-free choc Raspberry Muffins from the here. I tweaked, to use my dairy free choc chips, Coconut Yoghurt. So almost clean eating involved in this one.
On May 19 I started with Betty Rocker's 30 day challenge, I knew that some days I wouldn't have wifi but I figured I would just walk those days, so it may be more than 30 days for me but I am rocking it out doing that 15 minutes a day. Working and sweating hard. 


Which has lead to more walks in the Autumn sunshine, enjoying more coffee dates too... all walks seem to lead to a coffee break.

 Lucy, grew more in May, but she also met her competition, Down the Rabbit hole which is a BOM that I am doing with Sarah Fielke.




 Somebody had a birthday, so walks to family lunch at Shelly Beach Boat Shed... can't go past that bucket of prawns... but somebody did note, he was bloated after all that bread... so he is learning how that feels, so he must have had enough Gluten free days for it to make a difference.



 My body, is learning to fight off colds... my supplements help, what would have taken me weeks to get rid of was gone in a few days, I have learnt to rest when my body says rest....

Those walks we are taking, mean we are seeing both sunsets and sunrises.... and they really are just special parts to the day. 

I have learnt this month that sometimes we have to be the rainbow in someone else's cloud.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

APRIL 2017

April, April.... it's such a busy month for us... lets see what we got up too.

Early April and we find ourselves here in the country, after a busy market weekend in Coonamble, I got to enjoy a couple of days downtime on the farm. I am so loving my new fitter me, getting stronger as the days go by. I enjoyed walks out on the land... it amazes me nothing for miles as far as I can see... just me a few cows, some sheep, the odd crow can be heard, and I did see a few wedge tailed eagles too.


 I love how there are just beautiful relics laying around the rusty comparison against the beauty of nature... the roses against the barbed wire and incinerator and rusty tractor, I have such love for this place.



 Even though I was still feeling the ends of a bad bout of gastroenteritis, I was nursing myself back with rest and recuperation in the country.... we still tried to enjoy some bubbles at sunset. My body had other plans, so it was back to the water, rest and just enjoying the farm.


Stitching gets done at the farm, lots of it actually, so lucy is growing. I am still behind the queen of lucy aka Chooky. Who encouraged me to start joining. But I do enjoy being inspired.




 The harsh reality, that not all days are rosy out here though....the hard dry earth makes it very tough on it's land owners. And sadly it was the end of our time here.... this lady makes me smile, our friendship has grown lots over the years. But it seems, this won't be the last time we see each other this month/year...lots of planning and scheming to be done.


 And it was back on the road, just a couple of hours and we find ourselves in Nyngan, another blogger friend that has become my family. Visiting with this little miss and her family, always makes our hearts happy. I enjoyed only a couple of short days, it's never long enough with miss Evie or Amie. But at least this visit we got a little creating in... although I didn't get the excited response I thought we would from our Troll headband. But hey I had fun. 


A bit of gluten Free Baking to spoil the kids with an awesome recipe from Chooky's Mother In Law from an old Magazine cutout - it was delicious and I have saved this over on my recipe blog to cook again.

Before we knew it, we were on the road travelling home again, stopping of course at a few of our favourites. Caldwell Molong Metal Recyclers, Darcy's old wares in Lucknow  for our dose of vintage treasure hunting (yes I managed to get a few more bushells jars sadly no lids. The Agrestic Grocer in Orange is fast becoming a favourite lunch stop. 


Of course never idle hands in the car, so Lucy got some more pieces added on this trip. Then of course there is the obligatory stop in at Anni's Hatched and Patched and my favourite photo of the almost home Lithgow arches. These landmarks are becoming more and more familiar the more we travel this road.


Home, and look Chooky is in my lounge room, and Lucy is out again.

Easter, decorating, cooking and family time. So Ferry rides into the city, to pick up Mum and Dad. Fish for Dinner Friday night.



Working within what I can have, it was time to get creative in the gift giving department - chocolate that's dairy free and trying to stay low sugar - I have been following Wholefood Simply on Facebook and checking out her recipes... and I have found a favourite her Snicker Bliss Balls oh my YUM. I prettied them up just for Easter, and tempered some dark chocolate (dairy free) in my Thermomix, to dip them then added some crushed peanuts and salt Oh we were in heaven. Then packaged them in some great looking Kraft Cardboard boxes from IKEA. Perfect - just check them out on my Easter table.


 Another awesome treat, was the Persian Pavlova - divine... very sweet for me now, but still a great treat.


 Oh at that sketching is still happening. Just a little at a time. Perhaps not every day. We enjoyed leisurely lunch at Mentmore and Morley in Rosebury with Di and her Mum.




 Then it was Anzac Day, and all the traditions we follow, Dawn Service in Dee Why, and what a spectacular dawn it was. Followed by breakfast with friends, then a visit to the cemetery to pay our respects to Brian's parents.


 It also happens to be certain Person's Birthday on the 26th so we celebrated on the 25th with family and cake before doing dinner on the 26th. She certainly got spoilt. Her gift from us was this beautiful quilt I made last year and finished the hand quilting on the 24th just in time to gift it. More photos will come later, still waiting on some on the bed. That Cake was to die for - recipe over on my recipe blog




 April also saw my first copy of the Magnolia Journal arrive... and I got to enjoy it and an amazing cup of Macadamia Milk Coffee in Pablo and Rusty's in the CBD - I almost squeeled with delight when I realised they served macadamia milk It really is the only milk I enjoy in coffee since going Dairy Free.    


What I enjoyed most about that time sitting reading was that I was enjoying some quiet time with both My Son and as he likes to refer to himself my "future potential son in law". What struck me were the words in the magazine - it's no secret that I adore Joanna and Chip Gaines of Fixer Upper - ok so I am be a little obessed, but the words of their Magnolia Manifesto just resonate with me....It's really my thoughts put into beautiful words.

Magnolia Manifesto:
We believe that newer isn't always better and that there is something inherently good in hard work. We believe that friends who feel like family are the best kind of friends and that nothing matters more than family. We believe that today is a gift and that every day miracles are scattered about if only we have the eyes to see them. 
We believe in seeking the balance between hustle and rest and striving to be passionate about both: a leisurely first cup of coffee to start the day mindfully and then at day’s end not clocking out from a job ’til you’re proud. We believe failure needn't be a negative thing; rather, we learn from our mistakes and fail smarter next time. We believe in doing work that we love and, in choosing that, nudging others toward doing what they love. 
We believe in courage, in cartwheeling past our comfort zones and trying something a little bit scary every day. We believe that it's time for the pendulum of trend to swing back to the basics. We believe in subtle beauty, the kind that doesn't deteriorate with age or wear. And of all heroic pursuits large or small, we believe there may be none greater than a life well-loved.


 And as the last few days of the month approach, we found ourselves travelling back to the farm, back to the place that is making me fall in love with this amazing country side. Not just for pleasure either. Brian was heading out to help with some farm work and I happen to be there during the local market - so with Donna as my assistant for the day, we headed into town to enjoy another country market.

PHOTO CREDIT - CHOOKYBLUE
PHOTO CREDIT - CHOOKYBLUE
PHOTO CREDIT - CHOOKYBLUE
PHOTO CREDIT - CHOOKYBLUE
 And as the sunset on another amazing country day, we enjoyed a walk into that sunset. Yes, this city mouse is falling in love with this country.



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