.....yes, I'm still here!! Have had a "tiny" smack on the wrist from my favourite Aunty Edna, for not posting as often - she likes to check up on me!
I guess it has been a while but I do have a couple of legitimate excuses. The school holidays play havoc with my allocated monthly download...that was gone after two days and I still had a fortnight to go before billing time! Prior to that, a power outage caused my poor old computer to bail up and it refused to turn on. This happened just before Westech so it was a while before I could get to Longreach to the repair man.
Anyway......Westech was great as per usual. I thought sales were a little down over the 2 days, however I had a very busy Thursday in the shop with Westech visitors that had stayed over. (Just when I needed a quiet one to enable me to put things away at a snail's pace!)
The main focus fabric range for Westech was Terra Australis by EmmaJeanJansen, a young Aussie girl who has done extremely well. This photo shows the items back in the shop - quilt called King's Cross, an Aussie cushion, koala bear and a couple of covered journals.
Emma is releasing a new range at Quilt Market in Houston very shortly called The Linen Cupboard. She has a love for vintage sheets and that has been the inspiration for this new collection, although I have to say I've never seen sheets this gorgeous. I'm sure if you Google it, there will be some pictures available. Would love to know what you think of it.
The quilt that I made for West 'n' Breast was raffled during Westech and won by Lance Thompson, a very happy recipient. There have been several kits put together and sold and I think a few of them may be commenced in Aramac tomorrow and Wednesday, during their 2 day Sew In.
Since the Westech flurry, things have totally quietened down in the shop. Travellers have left or are on their way home, the weather has warmed up considerably and Christmas looms. I have actually done a bit of sewing, surprise, surprise!! Pictures to come....
Big news on the home front - the Solar Pump is installed and operating!!!
No more pump starting for me and I can check the water level from the house! We have installed a reader which tells me the percentage of water in the tank and if it's filling or lowering....pretty snazzy heh!
As well, I have been busy in the house yard. Mostly cleaning up areas that have been ignored for years, heaps of rubbish and dead wood cut out and carted away. Long time readers may remember that the tank which was hooked up to a sprinkler system, split in two some years back. That has never been replaced but a replacement is on my short list!
On the left and top right are in my "fern garden"...about the only one that's had any attention over the past few years. Middle right is where the tank stood - my hill. It was a veritable jungle that I have been slowly clearing, you certainly couldn't see daylight on the other side before! It's probably the wrong time to be pruning but it's happening anyway. The poly pipes are still there just waiting to be hooked up. Bottom right is the proposed rose garden, all weeded, mulched and ready to go....next year!
So there you have it - a catch up on the last month or so.
Talk soon (or later!)