Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter Everyone

I have a confession to tell....I recently went cold turkey on playing any facebook games and boy have I had some time to do other things...
Today I finished sewing together a Gail Pan project that I have been working slowly on...well to tell the truth I only finished the stitchery part yesterday...and if you know me, you will know that I usually make two of everything, one for me and one for the gift box....
One set is done with red thread and the other in blue...the red matches the fabric but if you could see the print you would notice there is a blue colour on the this fabric as well...
The Red Set...(Block Keeper, Needlecase and pincushion)...
 The Blue Set...
 A close up in the blue....
Now seeing as it is Easter I thought I needed a twelve inch mini quilt for my frame...this is what I came up with...(the rabbits were made last year)..
 I was inspired by a rabbit that Teresa from All Things Vintage had created a little while ago and thought is would be great as a 12in mini...
I added a little fancy quilting to make it look like tall grass and a couple of little flowers...
Then some tassels - the photo in not very good as the tassels are shades of pink not purple..and a cute little bunny button just to finish it off....
Well that's it for tonight, wonder what I should do tomorrow...
cheers..xxxx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Little R and R

I received these beautiful fabrics for my birthday from a lovely group of ladies - The Sunday Stitches...we meet once a month and this month there were three birthdays..
Maci Grey thought they were purrfect too....
 I have been taking it easy this week and had this notion of getting some stitching done while resting...not going to happen...
Maci Grey had other ideas......she kept grabbing my light...do you think she is after some attention...
 I can hear her .....Hey woman - I said play with me - NOW....
 If you don't play with me I will hold onto your stitchery for ransom....
Oh well, there is always another day I can catch up on some stitching...I get the hint....
cya
xx

Friday, 11 April 2014

Should My Heading Be - Easter or Christmas??

Easter is coming and I have probably thought about it once or twice in the past week, but this morning I woke feeling all Eastery...so I felt compelled to make something for this - fairly close - occasion.
I found some cream textured fabric bought when I was on retreat at Glenrose, and some pretty ribbon I have been holding onto for a special project and made these bunnies...
 I love the pink ribbon that I used for this project, it has a rose print on it, wish I had bought lots more of it...
Now you may be asking why is Christmas showing its face on this post, well you see I bought this magazine a little while ago and it had so many lovely pages in it that I just had to start one of the projects in it.   After all Christmas is 8 months away...hehehe sorry couldn't help myself...lol
 The project I chose to do first was a Natalie Bird wall hanging - Deck The Halls...this (if you can see it) is Natalie's version of it....
 And here is my version of it...
I have had this frame hanging around for ages and liked the idea of hand quilting the background...sorry about the glare, I don't usually put the glass back into the frames that hold stitcheries but this time I thought I would, hence the glare on my photo....
I love how it has turned out, now where is that mag, might have to chose another Christmas project...bye all...xx


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Look What Came Today - My Gail Pan Swap

Friends In Stitching is an on-line sewing group in which I belong to and recently they had a swap.  Gail Pan was the designer chosen for this particular swap, and we all had to make one of her projects and send it to someone else in the group...
 How exciting to get gifts in the mail, and two of them to boot...
Both gifts were wrapped in green spotted fabric, I love getting fabric to add to my stash, I am working on some christmas projects at the moment so I am sure they will come in handy.
Here is what was in the first gift...a lovely bag, the fabric Fiona chose for this bag is gorgeous, reds and creams, I love the stitchery on the front too.
 The second gift had these inside - Yummy French General charm pack, a beautiful Peaceful Threads pattern, some beautiful napkins and a lovely little notepad...wow how lucky was I to get all these gifts..Jackpot....
Thank you Fiona for my gifts, I am feeling very spoilt and I love the bag heaps...
 Now I just have to add this photo of Maci Grey, she was watching take photos of my gifts and just decided to pose for me...(she is usually hard to take photos of because she moves too much)..
What a cutey.....she has me wrapped around her little paws....
Catchya all next time...
xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

My Special Day

I had the most fantastic day today...I got to celebrate with The Tuesday Girls and boy did they go all out...I was expecting a normal stitching day with maybe a cake and some lunch but they went all out...
The table was just beautiful, all of the good china was on the table (I did try to break one of Helen's cups once or twice but didn't), lovely plates of yummy food, flowers in vases, and even a "Happy Birthday" balloon..
This was my cup for the day - roses cause they know me so well....I did try to sneak this one home with me but alas was too slow to stash it in my bag...
 Here is a photo of the table...look at all the yummy food....delicious...
MMM, cake, chocolate cake.....thank heavens they didn't put the correct number of candles on the cake, we might have set off the fire alarms...lol
 And of course pressies....look what the girls gave me...envious....The new Anni Downs book - The Home Patch...I am thrilled to bits, soooo can't wait to go through the whole book....something I plan on doing tomorrow, when I can sit back with a coffee and maybe a chocolate and just disappear into the pages....my kinda heaven....
 Teresa gave me this gift  - looks just like a normal sewing machine...tricked ya...its not your
every day run of the mill sewing machine...it has a secret....
 Inside is a set of thread holder coasters....(say that three times...lol)  They are so pretty, the girls think I should use them on our Tuesday get togethers, but I think they are too pretty for that...so hands off - just look with your eyes - not the hands...lol
 Teresa also dragged out her scrap booking stash and made me a special card with a matching bookmark, and can you see the little box with the birdy on it.. how pretty is that...
 Here is a close up of it....I don't know if you can see the lace on the side but it is gorgeous...inside (if you look at the above photo) was a special heart charm to go with my charm bracelet...
I will take a photo of all my charms tomorrow (after I read my new book) and show you all of them....
Teresa and myself are part of a charm club and each month for six months we get a new charm to add to our collection...On the left is my latest charm and the heart one on the right is a special one Teresa bought for me....I love that this one is a heart....It is definitely my favourite one...
 I still have my balloon, a lovely keepsake of a special day spent with special friends...
 Laurel gave me this cup, fabric and chocolates (the very same chocies I plan on eating tomorrow while reading my new book)...I think the saying on the cup says everything....lol
Thank you girls, I am tickled pink that you all went to so much effort, just for me, I really, really appreciate all that you have done....the thing I loved the most though was getting to spend the day with you guys....who needs millions - I already have everything I need, right here with my friends.



Now as a special treat, today was also the first time I got to see my special friend, Chrissa, in person since her bone marrow transplant and her last lot of chemo..isn't she looking good?  We have started to make plans on dying her hair a bright colour when it is about half an inch long...maybe I should join her...I think it would be fun...( I like purple or bright red maybe)..
I am such a lucky person, I have the best friends anyone could want... even better than chocolate or pressies (but only just..lol)...I feel rich beyond anything....thank you again girls....Helen, Norreen, Teresa, Tereasa and Laurel, Tuesdays are my favourite day of the week..love you all heaps....xxx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Please present all bags for checking on departure...

The Tuesday Girls got together at my place today and as a special treat I let them meet my new little baby...Maci Grey (Maci for short)...
Teresa took only a hundred photos today of Maci...she is looking very contented here sitting on her lap....
 Time to check out Teresa's bag....
MMM Still in the bag, might need to check she is not in here when Teresa goes home.
 Well hello Helen, why haven't you pick my up today...everyone else has given me cuddles and pats, it's your turn....don't I look cute and cuddly...come on lady,,,dish up the niceties.....lol
 The girls thought we just had to share this photo with everyone...can you tell what is under Helen's
waterbottle....could it be a fancy mug rug....(or a folded facewasher..lol).   Helen has been telling everyone how much she just loves mug rugs, so I am thinking it is time for her to get maybe a proper one....especially after confessing she does not own any.....so sad....lol
Well that's it for today....need to check to see if Maci is still in the house....
Catchya all later ....
xxx

Monday, 31 March 2014

Look what came today...

This parcel came for me today which is great news, but with all things in life - there is usually a catch and for this surprise it is....it can not be opened until Saturday for my birthday...
This is my pressy from the On-line Friends In Stitching Group in which I am lucky enough to be a
member of...but having to wait til Saturday...come on...how much will power do you think this little black duck has....so unfair....but I will wait... if I must...
Now for some other bits and pieces.....My new baby has settle in well...she loves company and has made herself at home in my sewing room...
A claim to some of my ribbon that was hanging around on the table...
 Then maybe a nibble on some pins....(I don't think so...)
 A play in the basket....
 Baby's new basket cover and pillow with a matching cat bowl mat...lol
 Too tired now after all that playing, looks like a good place to rest...
Little puss still has no name...I have gone off Audrey after hearing my youngest daughter in the background consistantly calling her Andre...lol    Have been testing out other names...Teena, Macy (as in Macy Grey - cause of her grey tail and ears), Milli (but hubby keeps calling her Milli vanilli),
Casey......she is going to grow up feeling sooooo confused from being called lots of different names, but at least she comes when she is called...puss puss....
Anyhow I am sure a name will be chosen soon....the pressure is killing me...lol
Catchya all later...
xx