Friday, 25 November 2016

Good-Bye Year 11

Our youngest daughter, Amelia, finished year 11 today and we are so proud of her.  She has done so well - getting high marks across the board, being awarded several 'Commitment To Learning' Awards over the year, ending the year with a 'Subject' award for  Mathamatics and to top it off, being offered a Leadership position as Captain to a group of sub-captains.  Way to go Amelia....
I will add here that although she could be anything she wants to be - as of late - she plans on becoming a writer of  teenage novels.  I feel this would suit her perfectly because she could read novels before she started grade 1.  She has always had a passion for books and I am pretty sure has read over the years, every novel in our local library.  So becoming a writer of some kind does not surprise me at all.
Amelia has the ability to obtain all this without studying... This, as a mother, drives me insane - I am always asking if she has studied for this or that and if she feels she has prepared enough for exams.  Upon being told by her maths teacher that she had the highest score across year 11 maths, her only reply was - "just think what I could do if I studied".  If only everyone could breeze through school like this.  I know I didn't..
Anyhow, to celebrate the ending on another year, we took Amelia out to the local Mondaze cafĂ© for a special milkshake.  The grandkids were here today so they came too.
Here is Amelia with her - Choc Mint Milkshake - with her nephew, Brayden.
 Here is Hudson - just the look on his face when his drink arrives - priceless...
 Anyhow, enough bragging for one day... I hope all your dreams come true Amelia and I can not wait to read your novels..  We love you heaps...  1 more year to go!!!!!
xxx


Logan Alive Craft Show

This was the first time Logan hosted a craft show and Helen and myself thought it would be a good idea to check it out.  The Tuesday Girls had missed the big craft show held at Southbank this year so we were interested in checking this one out.  Unfortunately it was the first weekend after retreat and only two of us could attend. 
Here we are having morning tea and showing off our freebie magazines.  You might think that Helen's slice looks healthier than mine but you would be mistaken.  My slice is sitting icing side up while the other slice is up-side down...lol 
 We had a great time - both of us dabble a little in the dark arts (scrapbooking), so having the mixture of difference crafts on display suited us to no end.  We had a ball checking out everything, and were ecstatic to find one of our favourite shops had a stall there too - Bella Paperie.  We love this shop but unfortunately it resides on the other side of town and don't get there often.
I managed to find a few treasures. My favourite is the mug but then again the little handles were a great find.  The laced tablecloth - bottom left - was a good find and a bargain at $15 and I have the perfect spot for it. 
I am doing my best to catch up on my blogging - putting my posts up first then I intend to go and stalk a few of my favourite blogs.  I feel I am behind a bit with my reading of them but hopefully after today I will be all caught up..
Thanks Helen for a great day - if every you need someone to go AWOL again - I will be ready in heart beat...  xxx

WARWICK RETREAT

The Tuesday Girls and friends had another fabulous time at our favourite Retreat Destination - Glenrose Patchwork.  There were, of course, heaps to eat...
The top left food photo (cant remember what it was called) was made by the lovely Susan for us to try - it was delicious.  Not as smart move on Susan's behalf because now we will be expecting this kind of treat from her each time we go...  Now if I can remember correctly - it is a whole camembert cheese, sliced in half, then bacon and onion was sandwiched in the middle and then wrapped in puff pastry..  Oh dear - the standards have risen quite a lot - thank you Susan for spoiling us..
Susan's creation - yummmmmmm
 Susan also provided a little challenge for us all - thank you Susan.  We had a ball making these - not sure of the technical name but it is a magnetic holder for your needle..
Here they are all finished - didn't they come up great... 
I cannot find a lot of my photos of what we were sewing on retreat - maybe people are not blogging much and I cannot steal their photos...lol 
Anyhow I do have this one of a quilt that De made during our visit.
I worked on a Christmas quilt - here are some of the blocks finished..


This is what it will look like when I put these blocks together - I haven't chosen a border fabric yet but I'm sure I will find something to suit..
There were a couple of storms while away and as a result we were honoured with a spectacular rainbow.  Unfortunately my photo just doesn't do it justice but you get the idea.. every colour was visible...
On the way home we called into Glengallen Homestead.. What a beautiful old place, even with its cracked walls and stolen architraves, you can still see the beauty that was once there..
Such a grand old house...wish it was mine...
The rear of the building.
Here is what it looked like before people decided it was worth saving.. poor old thing..
                                                       Sitting on the veranda..
 My car buddy for the retreat - we look totally normal - don't be fooled...lol  I think we laughed all the way home...

 This was the little store outside the old building..
 Treasures found inside - beautiful vintage dress, modern toilet, mummified cat - what more could a woman want...
My favourite photo is the one of the hand rail at the base of the wooden stairs.. oh and how modern were they to have a marble bath tub..
De is re-inacting Gone With The Wind...
So many things to look at - I love these door handles.
Well that's it for me.  Hopefully I can track down some more photo's of the girls and what beautiful projects they were working on.  Thanks girls for a fabulous retreat, I am looking forward to our next one.  Thanks Nor for being my cottage buddy and Teresa for being my car buddy. I had a fantastic time...
xxx 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Melbourne Cup

Another Tuesday another Party..lol   This is becoming a ritual for The Tuesday Girls - not that I am complaining at all...
Helen and Norreen surprised Teresa and myself with a Melbourne Cup Themed party..  Those girls were very clever because I never suspected a thing and as it was I was a little late turning up on the day - boy would I have been disappointed if I had missed it.
Gorgeous photo of the girls before I arrived....
 The table was perfect - fresh flowers, fancy china, lace tablecloths, party hats and even a sparkling beverage - oh and some shortbread bikkies...
Helen made these gorgeous hats for us - and very sneakily, laden the tops with silver glitter so when one put her hat on our faces were dusted in sparkles.   I believe it was actually because the sun was out and we were all showing our true selves - we were all after-all looked all diamond...just like vampires...lol 
 Helen made Blueberry Pavlova for the occasion and Nor brought blueberry cheesecake...yum
Helen also made the 'horsey' place cards for the table... 
 Norreen raided her garden for the beautiful flowers that adorned the table perfectly..
 The race is on - I might add, we were laughing so much that we almost missed the race entirely..lol
Nor is taking this very seriously ....lol 
We decided to take a 'selfie' - this in itself was a challenge..  Teresa would set her camera up and by the time she sat down the camera would tip over and take a photo of the bench top...lol  This happened several times...and several practices before actually getting a group photo...
Teresa did finally get a pretty good photo of us all though - well done Teresa....
I am laughing to myself while writing this as I can still see us 'trying' to get this photo..lol

Thanks girls for a fabulous day - I love you girls soooo much... we have so much fun together... and I know why - your just as crazy as I am...lol
Thanks Helen and Norreen for another great day...
xxx

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Happy Halloween. ..

The Tuesday Girl's had a different kind of get together last week.  My partner in crime, Teresa, and I decided to host the other two girls to a Halloween Themed Stitching Day.  We had been planning it for weeks with secret conversations about what or how we wanted the day to be..
 The table was set, and yes I did play with some of the items - they were soooo cool - I had a ball with two eyeballs that changed colour.. Yes I'm a big kid at heart..
We don't usually celebrate Halloween but thought we could milk it for a few laughs... and laugh we did.
 Teresa brought over her hand painted timber boxes and 'witches' shoe to add to our decorating... Oh boy is Teresa talented because these were absolutely gorgeous...
I made everyone a mug rug (I know just how much Helen loves these), and a little goodie bag. 
Teresa made everyone pumpkins(photo down further) and cauldrons full of yummies... 
We all had creepy headbands to wear - arrows, nails, knife and bolts...  lol
I played the fool - of course - and at one stage wore all four headbands... 
Teresa brought along some very yummy peppermint fudge - omg - this stuff was deadly - one piece was not enough... 
Teresa also made some pretty 'band-aide'  bikkies... and if you go back up to the table setting, you will notice the pumpkin that 'spewed' its guts up...lol  All these foods looked gross but wow - they were delicious..
Here is my pumpkin from Teresa.  I thought it warranted a special photo.  I think it is fantastic and will bring it out every year.  Thank Teresa - it's perfect..xx
Maybe two a second photo... 
We had spiders all over the table and they were getting into everything, even the dip...lol 
The table was so messy that I just had to take a photo.. 
My caldron - check out the yummies... 
My little goodie bags - I found these cute cookie cutters at coles and knew I had to get them for each of the girls...
Thanks for being my partner in crime Teresa - we had so much fun....I would do it again with you anytime...
Well that's it for me.  The Tuesday Girls and some friends head out for Retreat soon so I have been getting stuff ready to take so no sewing is getting done at the moment...unless you count the Halloween mug rugs and the goodie bags..  I hope to get heap done at Retreat... 
Anyhow - Happy Halloween everyone and "BOO"  - did I scare you..hehehehe
xx