Friday, 14 October 2016

Five Things Friday #4

It’s been a while since I posted a 5 Happy Things list. This is what has been making me smile of late.

It’s spring here and plants are coming back to life. There’s an amazing rampant “green” smell in my backyard at this time of year. Breathe deep - it must be healthy!

Picking up a book at the library can be tricky and I’m sure we’ve all had our share of disappointments so it’s always a bonus when you pick up a good one. This is light-hearted and fun, for the most part. It’s kind of Mary Poppins goes modern and adult (ahem) which probably explains the upside down umbrella on the cover.

I ordered some labels from Australian business Labels and Ribbon so all my lousy label days are behind me. The cheap option doesn’t allow you to add your own logo but there are lots of different fonts to choose from and various designs for the little picture in the corner.

More quilt books from the library. I went through the catalogue of what was available, picked out quite a few and saved them into a list. I was tempted to reserve them all at once but, no, I thought it through for a minute and picked out a couple at a time.

And lastly this fabric which can only be described as high visibility green. I found it at a local fabric and manchester franchise, Textile Traders. They were having a sale, one day only, printed ‘craft’ fabric, $7 per metre! This is such a bargain! Unless you’ve ever fabric shopped in Australia you have no idea, but just for comparison my Local Quilt Stores are selling Kona solids for $20 per metre. I hot footed over there at very least out of curiosity and checked it out. They don’t have a big range but what they do have is current and good quality (in store anyway) and I was extremely tempted but I don’t need any more prints… I hate leaving empty handed don’t you? So I bought some Quilters Cotton solids that I need for upcoming projects and this piece found its way in due to a wave of FOMO which struck as I was leaving. What if I wanted it for something and I couldn’t find it again? Tragic! The bonus was that being the type of store it is they are very generous with their cuts. They measure a little more before they start and add a little more to the end. Happy days!

Linking up with Amanda at Gypsy Moon Quilt Co for Five Things Friday.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Popped over from Gypsy Moon. You made me want to go to the library. It's been a while but now that summer is over for us, it is perfect library weather. Have a great weekend!

  2. Your library has great books! Nice labels! Oh my goodness...$20/meter, that IS sticker shock!

  3. Thanks for the book recommendation - just reserved it from my library! It's such a pity because the libraries here aren't well stocked so there is no way they would have these lovely quilt books - I miss the NZ libraries for that. The labels are great - I have been contemplating some because all my quilts go unlabelled!

  4. Irises have always been one of my favorite flowers! Beautiful! Looks like a great book haul. Aren't online library requests the best? I always make the mistake of reserving too many at a time... never works out in my favor. ;) Hope you're having a fantastic week!