Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair

Here's Vicki and I ready for the crowds @ Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair. Not looking too bad?
I had a bit of a trip getting there and am feeling a bit seedy at this stage.
Due to Volcanic Ash Cloud over Adelaide on Monday night my flight to Sydney was cancelled....(was due to fly out in the morning).

Within 2 hours of finding out this news, I had a bus trip to Melbourne booked and a flight from Melbourne to Sydney, packed my bag and was on the bus in Adelaide (35min drive)
on a horrible night of rain and wind. Had never travelled overnight before on a bus but it was okay. Not much sleep but I was lucky to have a spare seat next to me, so didn't really have too much to worry about. My 3 life savers, Kym chucked in a blow up cushion at the last minute and Sarah packed me a box of snacks. While Vicki picked me up (in the middle of a busy highway) @ 5.30am just out of Melb., so to catch the flight to Sydney in time.

Straight from airport to set up our booth. Then staggered to the wonderful Holiday Inn, Darling Harbour where we had a brillant stay for the rest of the week. Thanks to Darryl...with 2 Rs. The Red Cherry Pattern Co. was well received and our quilts made the booth look very bright and cheery.

I was very fortunate to attend the Leutenegger 120th. Birthday Cocktail Party on Saturday night at the Sydney Opera House! Absolutely wonderful. The magnificent views of Sydney Harbour, the food and drink and the people made it a night to remember. Congrats Chris and Fiona.

Monday was left for sight-seeing and enjoying the time with good food and coffee. A chance to stretch the legs and absorb the sights and sounds of my fav. city.

Wonderful displays (this one below of macarons) in the new Westfield Sydney Tower.

Fabulous food level and other stores. Vicki made a great discovery in Metallica clothing.

We also saw what all the fuss was about in Zara. Just to be cool! Yes, we saw it all!!

Now I'm back in the shop today and yesterday.

While I love Sydney, looking out my window now, while there's no twinkling lights and sparkling harbour and certainly no people, it's pretty hard to beat!

cheers Jane ***

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Launching The Red Cherry Pattern Co.

Last week we had a lovely couple of days, showing off my new store and introducing The Red Cherry Pattern Co.
Customers were encouraged to browse a room full of samples and patterns and indulge in scones and a cuppa. Lucky draws were often and everyone seemed pleased and the girls were happy to meet potential customers and get out there! The Red Cherry Pattern Co. are my two daughters, Jessica and Sarah....I'll produce some patterns too under this umbrella but mainly the girls are excited and producing quite a few designs spearheading young sewers and new mums.
So keep this Logo in mind!

Here's 3 of their new patterns which are also available as kits.

All available on my website and on facebook.

I'll have the full range @ the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair, Darling Harbor next week as well as in store..of course!

All of you visiting the Sydney Show, be sure to drop on by D09 and say hi. Its always fascinating to here that you actually read my blogs!

cheers Jane ***

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sponge worthy

On MasterChef the other day, they made a sponge. I was impressed with the contestants efforts but knew it wasn't really that difficult to make a sponge cake.

So I thought I would give it a go. Its been quite a number of years since I've made one....trouble was I didn't really have much for the topping. Frozen raspberries and grated chocolate on the top, raspberry jam and cream in the centre, was the go.... I was a bit impressed!

While the oven was on, I popped in a zucchini slice. Much to the delight of my family!!

Perhaps I should do this more often?


Thursday, June 2, 2011

New book/magazine

The much awaited 'Sewn Toy Tales' by Melly and Me has just arrived.
Limited stock. As well as 'Vignette' Issue 3 by Leanne Beasley.

You can order this mag. with us to be sure to receive yours each quarter. We have all issues in stock.

Cheers Jane