Archive for November, 2011

Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Stockwhip

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Is it possible to write about the world’s largest stockwhip without using phrases like “get cracking” and “whip around”? Let’s see.

(Damn, too late already!)

We’re about 60kms south of Darwin at Mick’s Whips homestead, a 20-acre whip-themed property where you can see the most spectacular whip-cracking demonstrations in the country. Professional whip maker Mick Denigan has been teaching ordinary folk how to crack like experts for years. He also exports thousands of hand-made whips to people including Bill Gates, actor Keeanu Reeves and former US president, George Bush. He also provided all the whips in Baz Luhrmann’s 2008 movie, Australia, placing both Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman at serious risk of being upstaged by their props.

And then of course, there’s the Big Stockwhip, which does a mighty fine job of upstaging all the real ones. This is a 7m high, 20m long steel replica of a real stockwhip that curls proudly over the main gates of Mick’s Whips. Cattle get nervous just looking at it. The structure is painted in the Territory’s colours of black, red and ochre and took three months to construct. It was officially unveiled in 2003 by former National Party leader and patron of the Northern Territory Whipcrackers’ Association, Tim Fischer.

As impressive as the Big Stockwhip is, it still doesn’t quite prepare people for Mick’s spectacular demonstrations, especially when he performs them at night with whips that are on fire. He also produces ‘whip art’, with paint-covered whips that are lashed at a canvas, and has written a novel called The Whip Cracker, which could well be the title of his autobiography. As a licensed crocodile harvester, Mick also once made a crocodile guitar strap for Bob Dylan, yet another famous name on his clientele list.

Compared to the other states, the Northern Territory is a bit thin on the ground when it comes to Big Things. Leave it to a performing, croc harvesting, whip-making artist to add to the modest list.

Book Worm – Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

By Karli Galvin

This beautifully illustrated book is a brilliant book of the history in quilting in Connecticut, a state that made unique contributions to the development of America’s textile industry and it is also the result of ten years of documentation and research and shows more than 145 exceptional and diverse quilts from Connecticut.

Beyond the fantastic colours and shapes of the quilts are the captivating stories of their makers, women and men whose lives were interwoven in Connecticut’s rich history. This book is a must for students of quilt history, women’s studies, textile enthusiasts, and devotees of American history.

To buy now, click here.

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Sew-vember – 11 for the 11th!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

11% off 11 products for the 11th.

This week we continue our special Sew-vember offer for you, in addition to the 11% off the Sew-vember items, when you spend over $111 you will receive a FREE remnant bag containing 1.5 metres of fabric.

Here are this week’s 11 Sew-vember items!

Winnie the Pooh “A Sense of Discovery” Panel

Winnie the Pooh “Pooh’s Umbrella” Panel

Winnie the Pooh “Pooh in the Sky” Panel

ABC 3-D Tumbling Blocks and More

Twirl – 22170 5″ Charm Pack

Twirl – 22170 Layer Cake

Cathedral Windows Pillow Kit – Pink

Cathedral Windows Pillow Kit – Green

Cathedral Windows Pillow Kit – Blue

Kaffe Fassett – HDPJ01.Maroon Garden Party

Kaffe Fassett – HDGP01.Red Lake Blossoms

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Blueberries End of Year Luncheon

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Join Monica Poole, Susan Carr and all the Blueberries team for lunch on Friday, 16th December 2011.

After lunch, we will have a show and tell of all the projects you have made or started throughout the year. Monica and Susan will also preview their new projects for 2012.

When: Friday 16th December

Time: 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Cost: $10.00 includes lunch and afternoon tea.

RSVP: Friday 9th December

BYO: Projects you have made throughout the year, whether complete or not.

All atendees will recieve a free bag full of goodies to start off 2012!

RSVP by emailing [email protected]

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Blueberries End of Year Sewathon

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Join us for twelve hours of fun, laughter and lots of sewing.

Dinner, drinks & nibbles will be provided.

Book yourself in now or get a group of friends together for a little ‘you’ time.

When: Saturday, 17 December

Time: 12:00 PM to 12 AM

Where: Northlakes Function Centre, Pacific Highway, Wyong

Cost: $50.00

BYO: Projects to sew, and alcoholic beverages.

RSVP: Friday 9 December

Click here to book your spot

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Big ‘n’ Bizzare

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Crocodile

“Ne-ver smile at a croc-o-dile
Ne-ver dip your hat and stop to talk a-while…”

Actually, you can do all of those things with this crocodile. In fact, some people even climb all over it and have their photos taken dangling from between its gaping jaws, even though there’s a sign strictly forbidding this kind of foolishness.

Maybe it’s the heat. We’re in the eastern Kimberley, in the town of Wyndham, which claims to be the hottest place in Australia. And with an annual average daily maximum of 35 degrees, they’re probably right.

Wyndham is over 3,000kms from Perth and still another 900kms to Darwin, so the town was certainly crying out for something apart from the weather to put it on the map. Perfect conditions, in fact, for a Big Thing.

As the many estuaries surrounding Wyndham are home to saltwater crocodiles, it seemed natural to create a giant replica of one to sit at the town’s entrance and greet all visitors with a wide-mouthed, toothy grin. The Big Crocodile was constructed with steel rods, welding rods, lots of bird mesh and finished with a generous coating of concrete. It commenced duties in 1987 and has been a popular backdrop for visitors’ photographs ever since.

The Big Crocodile has pretty impressive vital statistics, too. At 3m high and a whopping 20m long, it’s another of those instances where size really does seem to matter. This might almost seem like overkill, but the structure’s larger-than-life scale was deliberate. It provides a valuable community service, posing as a very big reminder to visitors and locals alike why they shouldn’t swim in the crocodile-infested waters.

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ALL Patterns Discounted

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

In conjunction with Sew-vember we have reduced the price on all our patterns.

23 Patterns marked down to ONLY $3 – so be quick these won’t last long. Click here to check ’em out.

226 Patterns marked down by 11%. – Click here to view these.

This offer is only available til the end of Sew-vember or while stocks last.

Also, we’ve just received some lovely bed runner and pillow patterns by Cotton Way that is sure to change your whole room with just a switch of the bed runner and pillows instead of making a whole new quilt. These also have 11% off !!!

At these prices grab these beautiful patterns and spruce up the bedroom !

To purchase these patterns click here and here.

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Sew-vember – 11 for the 11th!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

11% off 11 products for the 11th.

This week we continue our special Sew-vember offer for you, in addition to the 11% off the Sew-vember items, when you spend over $111 you will receive a FREE remnant bag containing 1.5 metres of fabric.

Here are this week’s 11 Sew-vember items.

Moon Shine – Kitty Pattern

Moon Shine – Pup Pattern

Tassels

Tumbler Charm Quilt Pattern & Charm

Fat Eights – Pack of 20

Cotton Candy

William Morris Notepad

MODA Candy Bars in Bright Tones

Country Gardens Quilt Pattern

The Pastry Shoppe Pattern Book

Sewn in Time Kit

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Blueberries Kitchen – Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

This is a recipe I have made quite a few times, you can have it  hot or cold which is good for this time of year with summer here it is picnic time. Cold chicken and salad. Yum!

Ingredients:
8 Pieces of chicken(legs, thighs, wings, breasts) you can use any of these.

Marinade:
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Mixed Herbs
1/2 tsp cayenne
2 cups of Buttermilk

Put all the Marinade into bowl and mix together, then add the chicken pieces make sure all the chicken is covered with th marinade,cover with gladwrap and put in fridge for 6 hours.

Seasoned flour for the coating:
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Mix all together in a large baking dish. Drain the chicken pieces and toss in flour make sure chicken is coated all over and put on a plate.

2 Litres of Peanut Oil

Heat the oil in a large heavy based pan, carefully add the chicken, becareful not to burn the chicken keep an eye on how high you have the stove on. Once cooked drain on wire rack 5mins.

Enjoy!

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Big ‘n’ Bizarre

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

A road trip of Australia’s fiberglass monuments

The Big Crocodile

“Ne-ver smile at a croc-o-dile
Ne-ver dip your hat and stop to talk a-while…”

Actually, you can do all of those things with this crocodile. In fact, some people even climb all over it and have their photos taken dangling from between its gaping jaws, even though there’s a sign strictly forbidding this kind of foolishness.

Maybe it’s the heat. We’re in the eastern Kimberley, in the town of Wyndham, which claims to be the hottest place in Australia. And with an annual average daily maximum of 35 degrees, they’re probably right.

Wyndham is over 3,000kms from Perth and still another 900kms to Darwin, so the town was certainly crying out for something apart from the weather to put it on the map. Perfect conditions, in fact, for a Big Thing.

As the many estuaries surrounding Wyndham are home to saltwater crocodiles, it seemed natural to create a giant replica of one to sit at the town’s entrance and greet all visitors with a wide-mouthed, toothy grin. The Big Crocodile was constructed with steel rods, welding rods, lots of bird mesh and finished with a generous coating of concrete. It commenced duties in 1987 and has been a popular backdrop for visitors’ photographs ever since.

The Big Crocodile has pretty impressive vital statistics, too. At 3m high and a whopping 20m long, it’s another of those instances where size really does seem to matter. This might almost seem like overkill, but the structure’s larger-than-life scale was deliberate. It provides a valuable community service, posing as a very big reminder to visitors and locals alike why they shouldn’t swim in the crocodile-infested waters.

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