Archive for May, 2008

Relax, create and enjoy with Christmas at Sewjourn

Details of our Christmas in July days are now posted on our website……..come along, help us celebrate and be amongst the first to see Sewjourn and make use of our gorgeous new studio.

Reports from my father-in-law are that much has been happening this week so I promise to post lots of photos next week.  Meanwhile I have a weekend full of gymnastics competitions and work……….might try to squeeze a bit more sewing in there as well – designed another quilt for one of the rooms last night so hope to get that pieced together.  Speaking of fabric, Townmouse is having a giveaway over here to celebrate one year of blogging.

Have a good weekend……..

Still polishing the floor boards……

It’s taken longer than planned and it still isn’t finished yet but I’m sure the boards will look great once they are polished!  Hopefully Mal will get to finish them off this weekend and things at Sewjourn will start moving more quickly again.  Thanks to some help from our dads the painting of the windows is apparently almost finished…….I haven’t been there for two weekends now so am dying to go up sometime this week to see the progress.

Life at home has been busy though with lots of work, children’s activites (the Angels won netball again!) and sewing going on.  Will have a few more things to show you soon.  Have also been busy working out the final details of our ‘Christmas in July’ days which will be posted on the blog in the next couple of days….it all sounds great and we are really excited……..pressure is on though to have everything ready by the start of July!

A lovely mum at school has offered to paint me a canvas of our logo to hang at Sewjourn – what a great idea!  Thanks, Nola.

Christmas in July at Sewjourn

Just finalising a few details of our special ‘Christmas in July’ days to celebrate the opening of Sewjourn.  I can tell you that they will be all day events on the first 3 Saturdays of July – the 5th, 12th and 19th – and will include great crafting time along with yummy morning and afternoon teas and lunch provided as well as a showbag of goodies.  There will be two stitching days and one Christmas card making day and all promise to be lots of fun so think about getting a couple of friends together (or come along by yourself) and join us for a great day out.  More details will follow on the website and blog in the next couple of days.

Another quilt finished

 The Inverloch Quilt is back from the quilters and finished.

This one just needs the binding done…… was made from my stash – mainly left over from my mother-in-law’s quilt.

There’s another (almost) ready to go to the quilters and I have a couple more on the go – need to get moving as we are almost up to the decorating stage at Sewjourn.  Mal was up there this weekend sanding the floor boards…… took longer than he expected so he hasn’t actually put any polish on them yet – either during the week or next weekend – it’s looking good though (from the photos on his mobile phone!)

 I’m also doing the Tate Stars Quilt Class with Meredithe at Somerset Patchwork in June so want to get most other projects finshed before I start that.  It’s a gorgeous quilt which I plan to hang in the studio.

The girls and I stayed in Melbourne this weekend and we spent most of the day on Sunday at gymnastics competitions!  It was the first comp of the season and they both did really well – No. 2 daughter’s team won all apparatus and overall for Level 2 and No.1 girl’s team won medals on all apparatus and came 2nd overall in Level 3!  Well done girls.  It’s our home comp in two weeks time with all 3 of them competing………..which means Mum (AKA ME!!!) lucky enough to spend all day from about 8am to 5pm there because of course they are all in different levels which means they compete at different times……..

My awesome in-laws are heading up to Sewjourn tomorrow for the rest of the week to do some more painting, plant some bulbs and finish off a few more odd jobs…….can’t wait to see all the progress next weekend!

I’m currently planning 3 Christmas-In-July days at Sewjourn so stay tuned for more details!



We’ve been doing a fair bit of shopping on eBay lately – everything from door frames to ceiling fans to washing machine and dishwasher.  Still searching for more things.  One of my favorite purchases so far is a gorgeous sofa which is going into the studio.  It’s upholstered in gold velvet and is so nice I would like to keep it at home………….

Op shop finds

A few op shop finds this week to add to the decorating………….



400th birthday party

Lots of people have asked how we found the time to work it out, and the answer is I have no idea! I think it was in the Christmas holidays when we were sitting around with the girls doing some maths and we added up all the ages of my husband’s family…….starting with the grandparents right down to our youngest cousin who is 2. Anyway, we knew in May that it would all add up to 400! So plans for a celebration started and on Saturday night we had our first party in the studio at Sewjourn………the newly painted studio that is! (Thanks BJ, PJ and Mal!)


First there was a bonfire to get rid of some of the old wood and rubbish that were products of our work over the past couple of months……………

(It’s starting to look much more like it should now instead of a huge pile of rubbish!)

Then there was food and drink……… 

And of course no birthday party is complete without the party games!


It was lots of fun (how many pieces of chocolate can you fit in your mouth at once Kate????)

Anyway, amongst all the festivities there was plenty of work done on the weekend as well. The whole of the main room of the studio has been painted and the plaster has been hung in the bathroom area. It looks great! Don’t really have any photos to do it justice yet but will make sure I take some this weekend.

Here’s a couple from last Thursday when we were hanging the cornice…… can tell from the haze how dusty it was!

There was some nice rain during the week which has been great for the new trees and shrubs that were planted last week. 

And now with my new gardening tools that I was given today………..they are all so color coordinated I might feel like I have to dress up to do the gardening!


Yesterday we spent the day putting up cornice in the studio……..thank goodness the plastering is almost finished! Today my father-in-law and brother-in-law are starting to paint inside the studio. It already looks great but I can’t wait to see it tomorrow with a coat of paint. I have a few more bookings which is exciting – especially since people can’t actually see the finished photos yet……..soon I promise.