Sunday, June 9, 2013

This and that.

It's the middle of a long weekend* here and the plague has come to our house. Why is it always on long weekends? We have all succumbed, one by one, except for the baby - although there's always tomorrow.

Before we all caught bugs and started throwing up everywhere, I was having a lot of fun.

We spent another weekend in Noosa where I was lucky enough to visit the Noosa Food and Wine Festival with a friend (while our hubbies took the kids to the beach, what dolls).

Lots of lovely wines to buy, not to mention tasty tidbits:


There was a huge samples tent where you could wander around and try all sorts of delicious Australian fare, from hand-milked trout caviar (yes, I had to ask her how they hand-milked them) to quail legs to oysters on the shell.

I discovered something new: spreadable chorizo. It's like the sausage, but in a tube instead of its casing, so you can spread it on panini or pizza or straight onto your tongue. Mmmm.

Also wonderful - the cheese.


These huge rounds were placed on tables and you could dig out your own sample. Sooo good.


Speaking of wine, I have a nice collection of French wine corks from our last three years. I won't tell you how many I have lest you think less of me, but let's just say there's a few.


I wasn't sure what to do with them until I found a large picture frame with its glass broken - so now I'm going to glue them in and make myself a large cork board. Once I find the glue gun.


I've also done a little stash building. I used my Pink Chalk voucher (won in the Handmade with Love Tutorial Contest) and also took advantage of the Sew, Mama, Sew closing down sale to purchase some pretties:


I have a great range of low volume fabrics now and after much aheming have decided on a design. It involves triangles:


I'll be sure to let you know how it works out!

* It's the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Her Maj is 87 years old - what a machine!


Katy Cameron said...

Ah, we gave her the day off last weekend here :oD Hope you're all feeling much better soon, that food looks fab, and I'm drooling a little over the fabric...

Needle little Balance said...

Hope you are feeling much better already! (I just love your pictures. I think you could take pics of piles of garbage and they´d look fab.)

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

Oh dear you poor little sausages! I do hope you are all better very soon and that the little one doesn't get the bug. I also hope you have tidy sickers if you know what I mean. I do hate to clean it up, make me go too!

Now I think I may have missed the sale of the decade. Where was I when the fabric went on sale?!! I recognise the Lotta Jansdotter ones, as I have some of them or are planning to get some more real soon. I adore her ranges. I can't wait to see your low volume quilt, they are rather lovely.

Love to you all and well wishes to all the sickies,
Sarah xxxxxx

Susan said...

Oh I'm sorry to hear the bug has hit Maison Bonjour! Thankfully it didn't stop you taking those fabulous food photos. Stash building is a wonderful pastime while others are throwing up though! The corks are amazing! And how did you know I was going to make a low volume triangle quilt( before I was distracted by another idea!) Great minds think alike! Get better soon!

Nicola said...

Nice cork collection! We destroy the evidence round here ;) Really love the fabric you chose. Hope the bug has gone away so you can spend your time off sewing.

Marg said...

Sorry to hear you have the plague, hope you are all feeling better soon. At least the weather is crap so you're not missing out on much.
Bummer that I missed the Noosa Food Festival, I was freezing my a#$! off in Melbourne that weekend!
Wow that's amazing stash enhancement, I have a few of those too. Looking forward to seeing your low volume triangles come together.

Annie Cholewa said...

I'm liking your fabric choices ... can't wait to see the quilt!

Feel better all x

Salley said...

Oh, great corks! As usual...divine photos...makes me think I can pick all your goodies out of the screen and play with them! Get better soon. ( possibly Re-Entry Malaise? )

Camilla said...

Yum on the food, wine and fabric fronts! I love that blue Loulouthi buoyancy fabric so much, I'm quite protective and grabby/hoardy about the little bit I've got left. Where did you find it? Clearly you've now cleared enough boxes to open that machine? Or is it just the rotary cutter so far? Would love to read a machine review when you get that far...

Sarah said...

Those nibbles look truly delicious. I'm glad you were able to make the most of them, the cheese and the wine!

Katherine said...

Now I'm hungry and want to go oline fabric shopping. LOL

Love seeing your adventures - your pics always make me feel as if I was actually there too.

Feel better soon!

Sara Louise said...

I'm making one of those cork boards too! It's such a great excuse, "I need that bottle because I don't have that cork yet".

So anyway, how do they milk them??? x

Lauren said...

Your pics have lured me in as usual. I've just added the Noosa Food & Wine Festival to my bucket list and signed up for their emails. What ticket did you buy - a daily admission or something more specific? Also, I've been having a good talk to myself about the ridiculous amount of fabric I buy and have been going OK ... until I saw your stash photos. Love your selection. What is the light aqua scallopy one on top of one of the bundles? I would like to buy some but don't recognise it. Hope everyone is fighting fit again.

blandina said...

Seems to me that you have no reason to regreat French cuisine!
Lovely fabrics, it is aways wise and safe to add to your stash.

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