Friday, November 04, 2011

Sewing & Reading some more

I have been sewing for my niece Adelaide.  My one and only brother moved home to Australia in August this year.  He had been living in the USA for 5 1/2 years.  While he was there he met a lovely lady and got married and they now have this little cutie on their hands.  
Adelaide is 18 months old, which is really handy as she is almost 1 year exactly behind my Jess so I can send her any lovely clothes that don't fit Jess anymore.
It also means I can quite easily make her cute outfits to wear in a snap.
Not sure why this photo turned itself around when I loaded it up.
It's just a little A-line pinafore with snapped tabs on the shoulders.
Fabric: It's a Hoot
This one is the Same dress but with Buttons on the shoulder tabs.
Fabric: Amy Butler Soul Blossom.
It may be a tad big right now.

An a 3rd dress.
A cute tie neck halter with ruffle around the bottom.
It has elastic around the chest with a slight frill at the top.
Fabric: Amy Butler Soul Blossom.
I think I accidentally made this in Jessie's size so it will go away for next year.

Then there is all the books that I have been reading.
I have been terribly hooked lately and have been going to bed early with the intention of reading for half an hour and going to sleep.
Well 2 hours later I look up at the clock and realise this is not what has happened and the next day I suffer for it.
I just can't seem to help myself when I start reading I can't stop.
To see how busy I've been check out my reading lists on the page tabs up the top.  I am up to 98 books all up for the year, I may even have forgotten to put a couple of the list too.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Books and more books

So what have I been doing?

Not blogging that's for sure.

Trying to keep up with the fabric orders...Bec Clarke Creations

Trying to keep up with the soap orders...Bec's Soap


A flimsy using Amy Butler Love
Pattern from the Book "Modern Basics"

Not quite a flimsy
using a "Spirit" Layer Cake
also from the book "Modern Basics".

Foundation Paper Piecing
I joined a Yahoo Group run by
the most fabulous Carol Doak
We are doing a Mystery at the moment
and it's so much fun.

OK so I am too lazy to go and fix this pic.
the dress Jess is wearing is just an a-line
shift made from an old mens shirt.
It was very easy and she loves
wearing it around the farm.

There is more sewing but I can't find my photo's


Go and check out my reading challenge pages
E-Book Challenge
100 Book Challenge

I also just bought these 2 cool books:

My Step-mum had this book when we were kids
She made alot of the cakes out of it for us
when we had our birthday's at Dad's place.
I just hope I can do some of them for my kids.

Everyone is talking about Macarons so I saw this
book and thought I would give them a try.
I have a husband with a sweet tooth so they
should go down alright.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Halloween Quilt

I just realised that i had not blogged this quilt.

I whipped it up from a layer cake early this year so I could have a sample for a market stall i was doing.

I then ended up selling it at our Football/Netball Club promise auction in August.

I was a bit sad to see it go as I was quite pleased with my first effort at stack and slash that I made up all on my own (well I got the idea from a book but did it my way)
Before quilting
Finished quilt with binding.
I got some Layer Cake squares, piled up 5 at a time and then made a 3" strip in the centre of each of them then I took the strip and cut a 3" square out of each one. 
I did this with all 42 squares and that way I could swap every single square around and mix up all the centre squares. 
I made the first strip really random so that they are off centre and out of kilter and I think it turned out alright.
One Layer Cake really makes a decent size quilt.

I straight line quilted beside each seam going up and also across.  Then I also straight line quilted down the lenght of the centre of each column to give a longer illusion.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I remember!!!

I will never forget.

Terrorism will NEVER win over the Goodness and Courage of the rest of the world.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Busy living liffe

Once again (if there is anyone left reading this blog this is for you) life has gotten in the way of blogging.

Here is a little pictorial of what we have been up to.
A Quilt for a Queensland Wedding
I am so proud of this quilt, it was tough to finish
in the time that I had available but it's lovely
plus the bride and groom love it.

We live in a lovely valley but this is what happens
when we have a wet Autumn/Winter.
Some days we don't see the sun at all!!!
It's very peaceful and beautiful for a while
but not all day. That's Sam up the track!

I am very happy with how all  my fog photo's turned out!!!

We got a new Kitten. His name is Whiskers.
He is very friendly and follows us all
around the farm - seroiusly he comes out into
the paddocks if we are walking around!!!

We also had some beautiful sunny days in the early winter.
The kids love getting out in the Vege garden.
We didn't put any winter vege's in this garden
so lots of fun was had moving dirt around.

We also got a new puppy.
He is going to be a working dog eventually
But for now he is mad and wild and very funny.
Hopefully I will be back a bit sooner with a few more photo's

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I know I have been a very irregular blogger lately but I always try to have an entry for the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.

Amy's Creative Side

I have made a few quilts this year so far but I am going to blog one that I made late last year for a lovely and very talented quilter in a swap.  I was terrified when I found out my swap partner as she is AMAZING at both piecing and quilting but I settled on an idea, a theme, some fabric and went for it.

I used the basic pattern from Ricky Timms Convergance quilts book and it was so much fun.
My Theme was snow as every year Emma and her famliy take trips to the Snowy Mountains and I love to look at the photo's.  I machine embroidered some snowflakes and did a Free Motion swirly all over quilting.
On the back was a butterfly fabric that I used in honour of her son who loves having his face painted with butterflies.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sam turned 4!!!

I'm a terrible blogger lately and now I'm a terrible mother.

I have been meaning to do this for weeks.

On 6 April 2011 my gorgeous boy turned 4!!!  Then a few days later he started going to pre-school for 1 day a week.  He is so smart and loving going to school and meeting new kids and people.

So here is Sam, not so long ago on a rainy day.

I have wonderful plans to try for a weekly post soon, sort of a farm/crafting/kids diary as that is mostly what my life is about right now.  Netball/Football season has started too so hopefully if I can get my act together will be talking to anyone who is still listening soon.
P.S. go check out the new goodies in my store, just in case you hadn't already.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Jessie turns 2

I am a bit late posting this but life is so flat out at the moment.

The delightful Jessica Grace turned 2 on Thursday - St Patricks Day.

I had to go to Albury to get the car serviced and do a heap of errands so she was at home with Bev my eve wonderful Mother-in-law and Sam.

I have been practicing my digital scrapping and came up with this.
We are going to have a little family get together for both kids in April when Sam turns 4.

She is very strong willed at times and can turn a tantrum and stamp her foot like no-other child I have seen, but for the most part she is funny and very cuddly and I love our little Irish Angel with all my heart.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We apologise for this break in transmission

Isn't that what they used to say when the TV station went out.

Well now days you don't even get a sorry they just carry on like nothing happneded


I sincerely apologise for my very long absence.

I have had the most terrible month with my computer.

I got a nasty virus that duplicated all my file folders then hid my originals so I was having an absolute heart attack thinking I had lost everything.

Luckily I did a few searches and found them.  I also managed to make a copy of my Outlook email files and was able to restore them once I had my computer back up and running.

To fix the problem however, I had to totally wipe my hard drive and re-boot to factory settings then load up all my documents again etc... etc...

So here I am back, finally and I should have some pictures to show you next week as I have done some sewing of quilts and clothes and all sorts of wonderful things.

I will also have some photo's to show you of my very first Market stall selling fabric.

It is this Sunday 27 Feb in Wagga Wagga, at the Muddi Boutique Markets.

I have to say how impressed I am that we have such a high calibre market in our area (although it is a 1.5 hour drive for me).  I have lived in Sydney and Melbourne and I think these markets are worthy of both places. It just goes to show that there is talented people everywhere.  We are lucky in our area to have Sari to organise the Muddi markets in Wagga.

If you live or are visiting  the area they are happening every 3 months this year so look them up.

Catch you on the other side of Sunday I have to go and practice my songs for this Saturday at Tumbafest

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Well I discussed it with Mr and he came up with a number for me.

I had 108 tickets sold and I was so happy to be able to help in that small way along with donating myself of course.

So who is the winner you ask.

It was random number 22 who is Samelia's Mum.  I will be contacting her tonight to tell her the good news.  Go and check out her blog, she does the most amazing raw edge applique and has recently done a tutorial on a very cute mug rug.

A huge thank you to Toni of Make It Perfect who organised all the lists for Auctions and Raffles.  I can't wait to see how much money was raised.

And lastly a huge thank you to everyone who bid and donated and just got involved in this wonderful online event.

They still have a long way to go for recovery up in Queensland but hopefully our efforts helped a bit.

Please also spare a thought for the town in Victoria who are now suffering flooding.

Our wonderful country really is a mystery to us but it just goes to show, you cannot fight Mother Nature, you can prepare for what you think she may throw your way but you just never know what it's going to be.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

***CLOSED*** Thankyou Flood Relief Raffle Quilt


Welcome to my raffle if you are visiting from the Make it Perfect blog if not then click on the button below anytime after Sunday and there will be a master list of places you can visit and support the Flood Appeal.


It is now quilted and bound and has finished up a nice lap or baby size quilt at 37" square, I have taken this photo on our clothes line which is in front of our vege garden.  The second photo is of the back so you can get a clear picture of the quilting.  It's basic straight line quilting, it was "organic" with no lines drawn.

I was going to do an Auction but I want 'Everyone' to have a chance to win it.
I will do a raffle.
For every $2 you donate to the QLD FLOOD RELIEF you will get 1 ticket.
For every $5 you will get 3 tickets.

So if you only have $4 then you get 2 tickets
But if you have $10 then you can have 6 tickets and so on.

I haven't been to do a donation to QLD FLOOD RELIEF yet as I have been busy sewing so I don't know if the system gives you a receipt you can send to me but it will probably have to be on an honesty system.

If you have a receipt you can feel free to e-mail it to me: beccaj74 (at)

If not I will just have to trust that people are going to be honest when they say they have donated to the cause.

It's simple to enter, leave me a comment here telling me how much you have donated and I will work up a spreadsheet in the order the comments are left and then use good old to generate numbers at the end of the Raffle which will be Monday 24 January 9am Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

I will cover the cost of postage anywhere in the World.

I also just found this cute little workshop that is only $5 to join and all money goes to the flood relief.

Kim Archer Smile Workshop


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Queensland Flood Relief Auction

Toni from Make it Perfect is organising a master list of Auctions and Raffles that will be taking place starting Monday 17 January.


I will be taking part and putting something up for people to purchase raffle tickets for.

It will be a quilt made by me, I will have more information on Monday if you want to come and look.

Postage will be included.  All ticket purchases are to be made straight to the relief fund, but I will have links and more information in the next few days.

Please visit Toni's blog on Monday and find something to bid on to help the people in the North.

Spread the word and tell everyone, you will get to bid on some fantastic items as well as donating to a wonderful and worthwhile cause.

Friday, January 07, 2011

2 Challenges for 2011

So last year I overloaded myself with sewing and Quilting challenges and I have made a promise to myself and my family that I would cut back severely on those this year.

Fair enough on everyone, I kind of felt the pressure towards the end of the year.

So the next best thing is READING...

I have just signed up for 2 reading challenges and couldn't be happier.

2 of my Quilting/Blogging friends are also doing the challenge
AJ and Kylie.  Kylie has even started a whole new blog devoted to reading...

So here is what I am doing.

2011 - 100+ Book Challenge

2011 E-book Challenge

I read every day, even if it's just 5 mins in bed before crashing each night.
I have always been a prolific reader, even way back in the day of the MS Readathon days in school.  People used to get a bit of a shock if they sponsored me per book!!!

I have already read 3 books this year and a half way through my 4th.

I have just ordered myself a Kindle from Amazon and cannot wait to get reading on it and be able to carry around stacks of books all in one tiny device.

So I have added a couple of new Pages up the top to keep tabs on my tally.

Watch out!!!