What have I been up to lately, well the title of this post is a big hintie Mc-hint 😀 I’m getting all excited about doing loads of things my mind is going wild with ideas but all I do is ooh and aah online and I don’t actually do anything about it…  All a bit sad really.

As a consequence it’s been a fortnight or so since I posted and I have a lot of things to tell you about (despite all the procrastination!).

I did a little bit of photo practise with Lucrezia, but haven’t improved much.  My camera (as I have mentioned before is a bit strange lately) and I have had it for years (My phone now has more resolution on it’s camera than the camera has).  Here is one though that I liked and allows you another opportunity to see how gorgeous she is.  Except of course if your name is LeeAnn (who read my post and promptly started her own doll collecting!) she needs no additional encouragement, tee hee 😀

Practising Taking Dolly Shots - another pic of Lucrezia

Practising Taking Dolly Shots - another pic of Lucrezia

If you didn’t know, these dolls have buttons under their hair that allow you to turn their eyes in different directions and also to blink or wink. Adorable!

Vignette Progress

I did have a rush of inspiration when the gorgeous Issue 4 of Vignette came out and started on Block 4, 5 and 9 of the Quilt. As per my usual avoidance mechanism, I have not yet touched the shoo-fly blocks.  I have been quite curious since starting this quilt in fact about how that block got it’s name and thought I would be clever and share that with you now, but once I google it, it looks quite involved, so will leave you to do it yourself (sorry!) and I will do it myself again later.

Vignette Block 5 and 9 Laid Out Waiting to be Pieced

Vignette Block 5 and 9 Laid Out Busy Being Pieced

If you’re playing along with Vignette, you will be pleased to know that most of your bits have already been cut and put away (from previous blocks cutting instructions) so piecing is quite quick.  And you can get straight to tracing out stitchery pieces soon after.  Unlike me though, please play close attention to the orientation of your tracing unless you want to end up like me with this little gem…

Vignette Block 4 Oopsie

Vignette Block 4 Oopsie

Funnily enough I did a similar error (but stitching related) with block 1 which is kind of a mirror image to this block.  Because I have used pen that disappears on ironing and re-appears when you stick your block in the freezer (Pilot Frixion), I could either wash the block or unpick it.  As it is not done being pieced yet, I will unpick. It’s on the procrastinator’s to do list!

I have however, whilst procrastinating, been working along on the hand stitching on Block 5 and 9 whilst having telly time so am actually progressing with that.

Vignette Block 5 and 9 Progress

Vignette Block 5 and 9 Progress

Port Lincoln

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to be swimming with tuna and sea lions on my weekend away a couple of weeks ago.  I will be writing a blog entry for the live every last minute blog, so won’t go into too much detail here, but I do want to show you some pics.

On Day 1 I went on a tour of Coffin Bay, where we got to sample fresh farmed oysters (so yummy!) and see some pretty cool locals.

NZ Cape Fur Seals sunning themselves on a local island near Coffin Bay

NZ Cape Fur Seals sunning themselves on a local island near Coffin Bay

This is from the same island, I was quite impressed with the rock erosion on this island, it really looks cool.

Birds taking flight as we cruise on passed, Coffin Bay SA

Birds taking flight as we cruise on passed, Coffin Bay SA

I wasn’t very lucky with the sea lion swim but hope I get to do it again some time! I loved the Tuna swim though, (even though I got bitten!).  They are incredibly fast and so very difficult to take photos of unfortunately for me 🙁  I did get a few tails and swooshes…

"It's Not a Tuna!" oh but it is... Blue Fin actually, the fins are only yellow as a juvenile

"It's Not a Tuna!" oh but it is... Blue Fin actually, the fins are only yellow as a juvenile

 

September Block Swap Adventure

My September Block Swap Adventure Partner (Michelle from WA) requested the Road to California Block in scrappy civil war fabrics. I knew right away, I don’t have any of those he he he. I had to talk to my mum and google a bit to find out what fitted into civil war era fabrics and then I borrowed a bit from some of mum’s Moda charm packs, I used two different ranges Civil War Crossing by Barbara Bradford and one of the Collections for a Cause ranges (I don’t remember which one.) by Howard Marcus.

Block Swap Adventure September - A Road to California Block for Melissa in WA - Layout

Block Swap Adventure September - A Road to California Block for Melissa in WA - Layout

I got most of the lights from the Barbara Blackman Range and most of the darks from the Howard Marcus one. Thanks to my mum, for allowing me to plunder her stash and to Melissa for getting me to work outside of my comfort zone!

Block Swap Adventure September - A Road to California Block for Melissa in WA - Layout

Block Swap Adventure September - A Road to California Block for Melissa in WA - Layout

The Rest of the Procrastinating Post

Most of my procrastinating is dolly related. Miniatures (well not too small, the 1:12 traditional ones, won’t be suitable for Lucrezia!), Doll Clothes, Knitting Doll Clothes, doll blah blah…

I have been popping into thrift stores lately inspired in part by Janelle Wind and got some trims recently for 50c each then yesterday I got to add to it, with a whole bag full of lace trim for $5! I was so excited….

I could make so many frilly Lolita style dresses for Lucrezia from this couldn't I?

I could make so many frilly Lolita style dresses for Lucrezia from this couldn't I?

I bought myself some additional tools to fuel this new obsession.  2mm knitting needles (the first pair I bought was plastic and I didn’t realise how wobbly it would be when that thin, I found it annoying to knit with, so bought aluminium ones today and also got my very first pair of circular needles (eek!) a few of the dolly patterns seem to be knitting in the round, which I have never done!, so I took the plunge.  Speaking of plunging, when someone says plunging do you ever think of a router? I never used to but since procrastinating about doll furniture and doll houses (for Lucrezia and future friends of course) I do… a plunge router that is, I know I need an additional attachment for turning my latest purchase into one, but I can also do all sorts of other things with this….

My first power tool! A High Speed Rotary machine for small-ish jobs, yes like a Dremel only not so painful on the budget

My first power tool! A High Speed Rotary machine for small-ish jobs, yes like a Dremel only not so painful on the budget

I got the last one at the second Bunnings store I visited today and am very excited about my purchase, but still… procrastinating about it’s use

ha ha!

Good Night Stitchers wherever you are!