Friday, 27 February 2015

Natalie Bird

I am on fire!!!!  Well maybe just hot...lol
I have just finished my project from the Natalie Bird workshop.  
I had originally planned to have the blue to show on top and the brown clocks to be
Underneath but I cut the fabric wrong, I know, I don't get it wrong often but it does happen - occasionally.  
Here is a snap of the inside.
I will probably make another one just to get the fabrics in the desired placement.  
Cya
Xxx


Not One But Two...

This project came from the TILDA CLUB, November 2014 kit..
I did my usual thing - made two, one for me and one for the box...
A close look..






And now for number two, completed in fabrics I have been using for just about everything lately.
Gee my photos are crap...


A closer look, I moved the hooky thingymajig and added a bow to the cushion, mainly because I liked the little embellishments and wanted to add them to this project.  There is a little brass key, button and cotton reel..and of course I did change the tape to a 'French themed' one.
I think this is the one I will keep as it will match my other sewing items I have been making lately..




That's all, short and sweet today..
xxx

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Tea Towels and a Needle Case




A quicky....I have finished some decorated tea towel, found on Jenny's blog http://www.elefantz.com/: they are super easy to make and look great.. Thanks Jenny..
Here are some more....


I also had time today to make this needle case using a stitchery pattern that I was given at Christmas time from Jenny of http://jensstitching.blogspot.com.au/    Hey I have just realised that all the sewing I have done today had something to do with "Jenny's", maybe it is Jenny Day and I didn't know...



Here is the inside..  Thanks Jenny for the stitchery, it was perfect for my needle case...


Told you it would be a quicky..that's all for me...cya
xxx





Natalie Bird Workshop




The Sunday Stitcher's were treated to a workshop with the lovely Natalie Bird..
Before we left for our workshop though, The Tuesday Girls were given a special gift, why, well for no reason apparently, except for the fact that Helen loves us...
Helen made each of us a beautiful little bag..mine is just gorgeous...love it, Thank you Miss Helen..
Here we have the lovely Natalie Bird, standing in front of one of her displays for the day...



Some of the Sunday Stitcher's had 'show and tell', of course they were all Natalie Bird projects finished previously..




Our fearless leader, Maree, made an exceptional job at feeding us all for the day..
I loved these cup cakes sooo much that I had two during the course of the day..(if you don't tell my hips then I wont tell them)...they were absolutely delicious, I wonder if she would make them every time we get together...


Just look at the spread Maree put together for us and this is only morning tea...
I had one of those, and one of those and oh, one of these..hehehe

I did manage to get (steal) a photo of Maree in the kitchen.  Check out our lunch....yum


Here are the projects we all worked on for the day...Mine is almost done, so I guess now it can be added to the UFO pile...lol   only joking...I will (cross my fingers) get it finished, some day...



We all had a wonderful day,  Natalie was lovely, our fearless leader was terrific, our bellies were contented (or should I say - extended) and the company of the girls was exceptional...all in all a perfect day.   Boy am I tired....maybe as a suggestion - next time, it might be a good idea to include nana naps on the day for everyone...mmm maybe not...
Cheers all
xxx






Hudson's 3rd Birthday Party

IMy grandson celebrated his 3rd birthday with a Super Hero themed party.  He went as 
"Super Huddy" and wore  a yellow cape, wrist bands and the letter "H" on his shirt.  If you haven't guessed it by now, you will see that yellow is his favourite colour...
He also had a special "super hero" cake made by his Aunty Kate for the Occassion.
Can you see the little red cape in the top of the cake, seemed such a pity to cut into it but alas it must be done. 
We decided to dress up too.  Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No - It's Super Nan and Super Pop.  Hehehe
( is that what my hair looks like from behind?)
Hudson's favourite activity would had to have been the ball pit... He kept diving in and burying
Himself with the balls...
I will confess that I got into the ball pit too ( no photo's though, I destroyed the evidence).
Still in the ball pit...
Playing - Pass-the-Parcel...
My lovely daughter...and just look at me... A super hero should never take their mask off unless they need to put their glasses on..   I know for a fact that one can not wear both...lol
Youngest darling daughter, mmmm might have to borrow her whip later, just might come in handy..( to control the kids of course...).
What a fun day.  Super nan was not afraid of anything.  She climbs through obstacle courses, fires foam balls out of cannons, and slides down the tallest slides... she can do anything ( especially when she knows she can go home for a nap.. Lol).
Ok that's all for me..
Happy Birthday sweetheart ��


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Warwick Retreat - Part 2





I should have put this photo with Part 1 of my retreat post as this was the first thing we did upon arrival at Glenrose, and what a nice way to start a retreat.   Scones and a cuppa, served inside the Patchwork shop, oh and a few giggles too..
Now this next photo is a sample of how one should shop.... 
Step 1 - find a lovely little shop, in this case, Canning Town Patchwork, that you feel inspiration just oozing from the shelves...
Step 2 - find a particularly lovely area that just screams for your undivided attention..
Step 3 - Cop a squat or in simple terms - sit on the floor, but make sure you can reach the 'must touch'
             items in question..
Step 4 - Listen and fondle anything in reach that sings to your heart....
Step 5 - Make sure no one will step on you...lol
Shopping is just so tiring....









As you can see that the above 'squatting' worked fabulously, because here are my purchases..




I seem to be in the habit of buying myself a new mug at each retreat and this time was no exception.
In fact this time I bought two...mine has the roses on it and the Paris one is for my daughter..
The little bunny also came home with me (something to put away for Easter)..

I just fell in love with these fabrics from Glenrose...and felt that I just HAD TO have them...and the Purple Thang, strange name I know, but this will come in handy in my sewing kit as I am sure the more I get use to it the more it will become a 'must have' tool...


I was in love with the above fabrics so much that I used some of them straight away...Here
is 'another' zippy pouch and - what's it called - ummm - you know the case with all the zip pockets in it.  Oh well, I am sure you know what I am talking about...
Norreen gave me this beautiful heart decoration, I think it matches my fabric perfectly...thanks Nor..

Another purchase from  Bryson's, a beautiful creamer and sugar bowl. 



I gave all the girls a mini mason jar upon arrival to Glenrose...inside I put a few miniature items - buttons, thread, heart pins, ribbon, etc .  In the parcel were two packets of Mini Oreo's and a small printed panel.

We that's it for me.  I have my Grandson's Birthday Party today. His birthday is actually next
weekend but that was cutting it a bit close to the estimated arrival date of his new little brother.   
So today, if the rain will play nicely, will be full of the sounds of laughter from a three year old...
Hope everyone has a fabulous day too..
Cheers
xx

Friday, 20 February 2015

Warwick Retreat - Part 1

I have just had the most amazing four days with these beautiful girls...
Our first outing was, of course, to Bryson's for coffee and cake..
Left to right ....Helen, Noela, Susan, Norreen, Teresa, Me, Jenny and De...
 My cake/tart for afternoon tea....yum...
 A very distant view of my room for the next few nights...and my bed buddy was the lovely Norreen...Thanks Nor, I love sharing with you...
 Not all sewing and eating, a little playing too...   Teresa can be seen here playing on a trampoline that we came across while walking around the garden...  I did not think I was ever going to get her off...
 We also, while walking around the garden, came across a very muddy patch of ground...so here we are with our feet in the spa washing off the mud...and yes we had to wash our shoes as well...
 What would a stoll around the garden be without a photo of a rose or two...

 These two young ladies stayed up all night and hit the grog...I think they are looking a bit sorry for themselves this morning...
After a while they resumed their 'lady-like' statue and were rewarded with some lovely hair and a beautiful hat...but I have no photos of them behaving so this will just have to do..
Jenny and Helen are the proud parents of these two...
 Another outing...to a Nursery with an attached coffee shop...mmm this meal was absolutely delicious.   I am putting this one a notch above Bryson's....
De and I shared our meal and this was my half....sooo glad we did because.....
 That left room for this....another shared plate (onion rings)....but wait there is more....
 And this.(Blueberry baked cheesecake) ..NOT a shared meal...hehehehe .
 We scrub up alright, if I do say so myself...and if I may add, we can behave ourselves in a proper lady-like manner when the need arises...
 But not for long....lol
After saying goodbye to Glenrose, we felt that maybe one more coffee shop visit would be in order..
I had the Rice, Fig and Spinach tart...
Now you may be asking yourself, wasn't this a Sewing Retreat, and yes you would be right...but I feel the correct title should have been - Sewing/Eating/ Laughing Retreat...
In today's post I have not even mentioned, yet, the fabulous foods that we were fortunate enough to eat during our stay.   Susan made a delicious Sour Cream Cherry Tart, De made her famous Bailey's Trifle,  Noela had made a very tasty Quiche,  Helen made her famous Zucchini Slice...I spend hours making the potato salad and coleslaw, and I know Jenny,Norreen and Teresa spent just as much time in the kitchen as I did...slaving over a hot stove, preparing our yummy treats....lol  Thanks girls for a great retreat, I don't think it could have gone better,  we had heaps of yummy foods, lots of things to laugh about and you may not believe it but we did get some sewing done..in my next post I will show you all what I was sewing and also some of my purchases...
I did learn something new while on retreat,  I love chocolate Bailey's Liqueur....mmm it is soooo bad but tastes sooooo good...
Well that't all for me this morning,  thanks again girls for the 'bestest' time....I hope everyone has recovered from lack of sleep, I know I am feeling more energetic this morning (I am looking forward to fondling my purchases)....
catch you all later..
xxx