Monday, 4 May 2015

A Little Catch Up

We this is annoying, I have just done a whole post and saved it only find it is gone, so now I am having to type it out again..and the first draft was sooo witty too...this one with just have to be a quicky...
Last month one of The Tuesday Girl's celebrating her 60th birthday. Here is our beautiful Norreen with a cake that looks like its going to set the fire alarms off, and Nor blew out each and every one...
Happy Birthday Nor..xxxx
The following weekend had more celebrating for Nor's Birthday.   We had a mini break at the Gold Coast... Here we are starting the weekend off with a High Tea..The name of the place escapes me at the moment but can you see the lovely teapots in the back ground...I wish I collected teapots, because I think I would have been very happy to come away with even just one.
Helen hiding behind one of the food stands...she is looking a little too excited there, doesn't she???
Family stuff...I have been spending some time with Elle and my new little baby grandson, Brayden.
I had to take this photo because he was having such a lovely conversation with his mummy..
Still chatting with mummy...
Still chatting, I think this kid has the gift of the gab...
I, as you know, had my birthday last month too and here are my pressies I received from the Sunday Stitcher's...Thanks girls, they are beautiful, I can not wait to get into them....I'm such a lucky girl..
I have also, like a lot of others out there in blog land, received my Farm Girl Vintage book from Lori Holt.   I have been so excited to get this and couldn't wait to see what Lori had installed for us with her stitch-a-long...
Here is my first blocks for the stich-a-long...every Friday we will be making more blocks from the book...
I am finding it weird sewing with such bright fabrics, not my usual colours, that's for sure but I love this book and am determined to keep up with the brights...
Lori's book is so easy to use to, makes it more enjoyable when your blocks turn out the way one wishes...
I am not sure if I have showed these before but if not then I have finished my little Natalie Bird purses...well three of them.  I think my favourite is the chocolate one..
Oh and while we have been chatting about birthdays, I forgot to post about another Tuesday Girl's birthday. Don't know how I forgot, so sorry Teresa....
Teresa celebrated her birthday in March (I told you I have been slack with posts lately)..
Happy Birthday special lady.....xxxx
Well that's all for me.  Sarah from Patchworkplus in Tassie and Friends-In-Stitching has been harassing those of us in the group who have been stack at posting regularly.  So I dedicate this post
to you Sarah, thanks for that kick...I will try to post a little more often...xxx

Cheers..
xxx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Tuesday Girls

This week the girls came round to celebrate my birthday and seeing as the birthday girl gets to choose what/where to go, it was up to me to decide.    I chose a "bunny" stitching day with Anni Downs new Bipity and Bruce Bunny pattern...
Now you cannot have a stitching day without food.. 
The girls, being fed up with my hints on me wanting a water bottle cover, decided to each make me one... See a little or a lot of hinting goes along way... Just look at these three covers... They are beautiful, and having Insulbright inside will make them very handy too...  I was so excited, but how do I choose which one to use first?
Ok onto some sewing... Might have to speed things up in this post as my internet just sucks at the moment...
Warning...please  only look at the next few photos if you are over 18... There are a few naked bunnies in them...
Here is my bunny, modestly hanging out on the shelf...
These two bunnies got all excited to see each other..
So excited, that they invited a third bunny to the party and started dancing... 
After so much frolicking, little dresses were finally made for each of them with matching bags to carry their Easter eggs in...
Here is my girl...a bunny reunion has been planned for another day but I am pretty confident with the fact that their bags just might be empty... Lol
Well that's all.. So annoying having to type this on my phone... Damn internet... I apologise now if I don't get back to anyone's comments... It's kinda hit a miss with the connection and Telstra are not planning on coming out until the 21st... It's gonna be a long month...
Mental  note ... Hinting pays off cause just I am over the moon to get - not one - but three bottle covers...
Thanks girls, always a great day when I'm with you all and I love ya heeaapps..
Xxx



Sunday, 5 April 2015

My Birthday, Easter and Some Sewing


As a bonus for being part of the Friends-In-Stitching group, I was given this parcel for my birthday..
Leanne, one of the members put together my lovely gift.   As you can see, there is a gorgeous scissor fob and scissors, a matching pincushion, a beautiful candy charm pack, and very handy thread cutter, and fabulous little 'cutting blade' charm and of course, some chocies...
Thanks Leanne and all the girls from Friends-In-Stitching.
The Tuesday girls gave me this beautiful - two coloured rose bush - Burgundy and White roses on
one bush...and it has done nothing but flower since I got it...and it smells divine...Thanks girls, I love you heaps...


The Sunday Stitcher's ran an Easter Table Runner swap and here is what I received from Maureen.
Isn't it gorgeous...I couldn't wait to set up my easter table to show it off.   Thanks Maureen...xx


Oh and look at the tag she put on the back.. it is soooo pretty.  I love it...


Now as part of Easter/Birthday, all the kids came round for brekky.  I did not take many photos and as you can see by this one, my grandson did not want to sit still for the photo (probably due to the excess sugar hype from that bunny)...but my newest grandson, Brayden behave lovely for the camera...


My youngest son and his girlfriend gave me these beautiful roses from their garden, so many fabulous colours and the aroma is amazing...thanks guys...xx

Now who could this scruffy pair be...mmm ok its me and hubby.   Last week we went to the Day On The Green Concern held at Siromet Winery.   We saw The Choirboys, Cheap Trick, The Angels and Billy Idol..  I was a fantastic day, cant wait for the next one...


Now I have done just a little sewing this week.  I was looking for some - non chocolate - Easter gifts for my grandsons and here is what I came up with...
First of all, I made these two 'tag mini blankets'.  Well I don't actually think they call them blankets but facewasher sized tag toys seems just wrong..lol   oh well...


For my three year old grandson I made a fabric alphabet for him to play with.  He is very interested in his letters at the moment and these ones can be played with anywhere, and as a bonus, they don't make a noise like timber letters do and so he doesn't wake his little brother...and it was a good way to use up some of my scraps...double bonus...


That's it for me.  It's been a busy week and now I am enjoying some peace and quiet.  Hope everyone has had a great Easter, I know I have...cya
xxx








Sunday, 29 March 2015

Snapshots

I have done my first three blocks for the Snapshots Quilt-along in which The Fat Quarter shop is running.   I have decided to make these blocks using only fabric found in my stash, which is very hard because I don't own a lot of brights except for some that I have purchased to be used with the Farm Girl Vintage book when it is released... so we are just going to have to wait and see how it all turns out...
Here is block 1 - Let Them Eat Cake...
Block 2...Sew On & Sew On....
Block 3...Put The Kettle On...
It was been fun making these, and am looking forward to next months block... That's all today...
Xxxx


Friday, 27 March 2015

Covert Operations...

Can you see these lovely sneaky ladies...you see today I was whisked away on an adventure without knowing where we were going.   They felt I needed a little cheering up and so plotted and planned amongst themselves on what they could do to cheer me up and to also give me my birthday pressie (early - it's not until Easter Sunday).  Helen drove and, of course, I was trying to get information out of the other two with regards to our destination... No one would give it up though...Teresa wouldn't look me in the face ( I could tell she knew even though she denied it) and Nor was being really quiet...Helen just kept driving with a smile that looked something like a  Cheshire Cat's.
Anyhow we ended up at the Birchwoods  Nursery, you know the one I get my roses from..
Mind you we almost didn't make it, Helen, while driving, pointed out her "dream" home and at the same time started to leave the road....gave us all a fright... lol
Here is morning tea - Spiced Fig cheesecake... Mmmmm delicious...
After much ooing and arring and of cause sniffing, a rose bush was chosen for me...we should have put a little thought into the size of it before they paid for it, oh well...
Teresa still has some room in the back seat, mmmm maybe she sat on the right side cause...
If you notice Nor is somewhere in there too..   Lol
Here I am with my pressie, you will notice it has two gorgeous colours grafted onto the stem - deep red ( burgundy) and white.  I will take a photo later on when the buds open up... I think it will look like a bouquet, there are so many buds on it just waiting to open..
Thank you girls, I had a glorious time, even when we left the road and I love my new rose bush but I love you guys more... Xxxx. 



Thursday, 19 March 2015

Stop The Press - Important News To Follow....

My beautiful second grandson was born yesterday, so I have lots of "nana brag" photos to show you.
He was born at 12.37pm and weighed 7.1 pounds and is 52 cm long...
Nana's turn for a hold....
Aunty Amelia's turn for a hold...
Michaela's turn for a hold....
Poppy's turn for a hold..
Still Poppy's turn....hey pass him on...
Poking tongues at us...yep he is going to fit right in with our family...
That's all...I am guessing there will be heaps of more photos in the near future....
Cya
Xx




Friday, 13 March 2015

Let's Get Stitched Retreat

Wow, what a full on retreat..I am still recovering from the over eating, over laughing, and over shoppping...but what fun I have had...
Here are all the girls who came to Let's Get Stitched retreat,  hosted by the lovely ladies sitting in the middle of all of us..Fiona, Vickie, Joy, Dawn, and on each side of these girls were the two guest designers for the day, our very own Teresa (aka Cass) and Michelle...

As part of the retreat we all had to make a name badge for someone else (secret squirrel business), I had to make for Vickie Collier and without me knowing, one of the Tuesday Girls had to make one for me...
My very special, talented friend made mine.  Does it look familiar to anyone?   Yep that's my little Maci Grey.   My badge is just adorable and yes Helen, it did help me get through the weekend without the real thing...and the fact that someone who absolutely HATES cats, made me a CAT makes it all that special.   Thank you..

I think my photos are a bit out of order, oh well, tough...
Saturday night was a group outing to Naked Whiskey Bar.   Our wonderful leaders had booked the function room but upon arrival we were directed to this room (not the original sighted room)..mmm
A bit of a shock for everyone (maybe the name of the bar should have been a dead give-away).  Oh dear, what should one do when faced with this situation...why buy some cocktails and have some fun..lol
Yes I can be silly too.   Here I am posing infront of the naughty pics...

I think Teresa looks like she is trying to chat Rell up, she is kinda - leaning - towards her...lol  (reference here is made with the movie - "While you were sleeping" ).

Nor and Helen were misbehaving as well,  I think they were interested in where they could purchase this type of swim wear...

Helen Parson's was having her photo taken when Rell decided to bomb the photo..I think this room is having an effect on all of us...

Ok here we are with a sunday photo - what lovely smiles you two have....hehehe
I got to meet the beautiful Shez, whom I have known on-line for some time now.  Looks like she knows how to shop, my kinda lady..    I am so glad I got to meet you Shez, you were absolutely delightful and can't wait to meet again..

Here I am with the lovely Vicki.  We could just be shopping here if I had to make a guess...Lovely to meet you too Vicki...I had a fab weekend..

Damn Paparazzi, they are everywhere....do they really think they are fooling everyone...lol


A little stroll through SouthBank,  I wanted to get into the water but they wouldn't let me...but I did get my feet wet...can I stay mum, pleeaassseee...

A photo shoot for our next album cover, maybe?   lol   Having fun with the girls...

We were given 'goodie bags' on Sunday and here is what I found in mine - minus the lollies (hubby found them) and the coffee cup (was in the wash already)..
Lots of great stuff...


I bought this beautiful fabric and hand dyed lace from Teresa, being a designer for the day, she was able to set up a little stall, so I was able to get my hands on some of her lovely items...
Not sure if I want to use the lace, it's just too pretty as it is...
We all did a bus trip on the Friday, and I did my best to help the ecomony..
These fabrics I purchased at Brandy Gully Patchwork and the book was a gift from Nikki, the owner.

Here are some beautiful fabrics from Joy's hangout - Bayside Stitchcraft (boy I hope I am getting the names of these shops right)..
I won a raffle held by the shop while we were there.   I won these two great boxes which came in real handy to store my fabrics in on the day...thanks Bayside..

These farbics were bought from The Quilter's Store... I have been collecting fabrics - out of my normal scope of colours - to use when I get the new Lori Holt Book being released next month.  She uses alot of colours and patterns that I never use, so this makes all my purchases today under the heading of 'Necessities'...

I also did a little shopping on Sunday at the Stitching day...more for my much needed stash...

I could have bombarded you all with more photos but I will cease with the retreat ones.  I had so much to report and so many photos that it was hard to decide which ones to choose and which event to write about, but an end must come to all good things.   I have had a totally fabulous time, met heaps of wonderful people - too many to name - and am feeling really exhausted but would do it again, maybe.....Thanks everyone...was so nice to meet you all..
Back to normality and here we have an honorary guest visiting The Tuesday Girls.   Yes Narelle has come along for a day of sewing with us...and might I say, she fitted right in....thanks for being a great 'Roomie' at retreat and for putting up with us on Tuesday, it was fantastic meeting you, you made me laugh so much, it was great..

I hope you have made it to the end of my post.  I know it was a long one, but needed to get it all done before next week (sorry but next week should be posts about my new grandson - due Wednesday).
Again thanks girls for a wonderful weekend...
My roomies, Helen, Norreen, Teresa and Narelle, you were great to bunk with, although I do need more than four hours sleep, but well worth it..I'd share again with you guys in a heart beat..love you all..
cheers
xxxx