Friday, 17 October 2014

A Day Out With The Girls (And It's Not Even Tuesday)..

I had a lovely day out with The Tuesday Girls..Firstly heading to Canugra in the hinterlands of Gold Coast...
This is a new little shoe shop that has open there and we just had to pop in for a looksee...
The name of the shop is The Shoe Vault..
Don't you just love the sign, well I hope so cause my hubby made it..Nora is the owner of the shop and she so happens to be one of my hubby's golfing buddies..
 He also made some smaller ones to match...
 Inside the shop.....lots of pink for cancer week...
 Helen and Norreen checking out some shoes...
 Teresa having a chat with Nora....
After making out purchases, we drove up to Mt Tamborine to check out the Scarecrow Festival which started today...
But first we need to replenish the energy levels and what better way to do that would be to stop in at the Birchgrove Nursery.
On arrival we couldn't help but be distracted by the roses...soooo beautiful and the scents were amazing....mental note: tear up the front yard and plant lots of roses...

 Ok now we can go inside...
I think I will have the Chocolate Mousse cake.....yep that has my name written all over it..
Ok now onto the scarecrows....check this one out..I think I have found a friend....Captain Jack Scarecrow...lol
 Another photo of this handsome stranger...
 I can't leave, he's too cute....
 Check this one out....an enormous dragon...can you see his tail coming out of the hedge..
 And over this side you can see his paw coming out of the hedge as well..
The girls and myself were very close to this lovely dragon, chatting away among ourselves when the dragon roared as us...there was a man hiding inside the dragon, he must have been listening to everything we were saying...I hope we didn't say anything naughty...it was so funny..
 The girls having some fun...Teresa...
 Helen....
 And Norreen...
 The local school's theme was Gulliver's Travels....this piece was huge and was surrounded by lots of little people...
 Who could resist stopping here to pat the Haydoodle dog....it doesn't look it but it was quite large too..
 Some scarecrow kids....
Ok enough of the scarecrows and off we head, down the mountain and out to the bay...
This lovely shop is called Linen & Lace, at Cleveland.   So many pretty things can be found here..
 The girls smell some soaps that were outside the shop..
 The inside was filled with beautiful items, some were handmade and some commercially bought, but all were gorgeous..
 After our long day out we headed home where I just needed to put my feet up for a while...
Later on, I was telling hubby about our adventures of the day and I was showing him photos of the beautiful roses I had seen on the mountain, when my son's girlfriend walked in with these gorgeous roses from her garden - just for me...I couldn't believe it, here I was with photos of roses on my computer and here she was with roses in her hand...talk about a good end to a fantastic day...
 They smell much better than the photo's...
Yes, I can see it now...a total reno for the front yard....and lots of roses of all different colours...
Such a purrfect end to a purrfect day...cheers...xx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Revamp...

I have been revamping an advent calendar this week, as much as I liked how it was, I have always wanted to decorate or for some, vandalise it.   I thought I had a before photo but alas I could not find any so I have taken one of the box.   This is how it originally looked...
Lots of reds and greens.  Up close the paint job was a little amateur and some of the hanging decorations were, well I thought, pretty crappy...
I have removed the elf standing beside Santa as he was really badly done, but I haven't put anything in its place.  I am shopping tomorrow so hopefully I will find what I am after for that spot.   I will swap some of the advent decorations for some "nicer" ones and will take another photo of the finished project when I have it totally finished.   
Here is how it is looking so far:-
I am happy with how this is progressing, can't wait to finish it.   
That's all...cya next time.

Friday, 10 October 2014

A Day At The Craft Show


Yesterday I had a fabulous day with The Tuesday Girl, we went to the craft show at South bank - Brisbane.  Our friend, Jenny came down from Bundeburg by train just to spend the day at the show and to spend time with us...this made our day even better..
I had such a good time that I forgot to take people photos, only object photos... Oh well at least you can see what I just needed to get...
First stop ....mmmm bit early for the show, what is a girl to do?   Eat of course!!  We ate at a lovely little place near the show..I had the Granola and yoghurt parfait.... Yum.  No photo sorry, just realised they are on my phone and seeing as I am still getting use to my iPad - I plan on not messing with the rhythm of what I am doing.  So you will just have to trust me when I tell you just how delicious it was.
Now I did take photos of my purchases with my new toy, so here they are:-
Some fabrics, some are for a bag and some are to start the Lucy Boston Quilt.
A pile of buttons.
A button bracelet.
Some tiny tins, charms and thingy majigs.
Two kits....sorry it's sideways, I don't know how to turn it yet.
Some Christmas papers and lace and this time I have deliberately left the photo sideways (NOT - lol).
A gorgeous vintage needle book..I did take photos of the inside, so bare with me for a minute while I bore you with more photos.




How pretty is that!!!
I think I should make things like this, when my mojo comes back, whenever that might be..anyway I had a ball and was very exhausted afterwards, but well worth it. Cya xxx













Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Another Quicky

I have finished another advent calendar today, this one is a Debbie Mumm print.
I didn't make it with pockets, just left it flat and added buttons and then with the decorations, I
Vliesofixed  them to felt and cut them out.   I have done it this way so my grandson can practice
hanging them up.  








              
A close up...


               
Or two....

                
That's it for me tonight...cheers
     






Sunday, 5 October 2014

An Advent Calendar

I have had this advent Calender panel sitting around for a while and thought I had better do something about completing it before Christmas.  It was so easy to make, I don't know why I didn't finish it earlier.
                            
I have no excuse now to finish the other panel, which is exactly the same.  
This post is a first for me on my new iPad...still getting use to it so I will make this post short.
So I will catch you all later.   Bye

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A Great Find...

Now that I have your attention I can reveal that I have done a little sewing today..well ok the sewing did have a christmas theme, so it didn't matter that I have totally lost my mojo..so this kind of sewing doesn't count..
My eldest daughter wanted some burlap christmas stockings and after checking out that most delectable, delicious, wonderful site - Pinterest, I came away with some ideas of what I could do...
I will confess that I LOVE PINTEREST....I spend waste a lot of time pondering over all the pretty things available to me....
Anyway, back to here and now....Here is my end result....One girly one and two boyish ones...and I have a spare put away to decorate either way depending on what I need for when my second grandchild is born....
 I also had a very big dose of Christmas today, my wonderful Hubby took me to The Christmas Shack.  While there I got to fondle all things christmasy....I touch, played and looked at everything I could...I have made a list of some things I will be going back for, but as for today, I came away with this cookie jar....I have placed a christmas coffee mug (already mine) beside the jar so you can see how big it is...and you know what...it only cost me $27....yep, that's right....not even thirty dollars...
Hubby's only complaint was that it did not come with cookies already inside...he must be getting hungry and seeing as he is being a good sport, I did buy him lunch...
 Hubby must be racking up those brownie points because this week he made me these circular
templates.  I will no longer being hunting for plates/cups with the right diametre to draw my circles.
He has even etched the plastic with the size and centre of each one...these will come in very handy...
Yes hubby, you have done a wonderful job...thank you heaps.....xxx
                                                     
Well that's it for me...I now have to clean all my craft surfaces....those of you who have worked with burlap before will know exactly where I am coming from.....it is going to take me ages to get rid of all the fibres......its everywhere.... OR I could just go and check out Pinterest for a little while instead...
cya
xx

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Letting Some Creative Juices Flow...

Not being very interested in sewing lately has left me with a little spare  time - to do what though.
Well firstly I did a little shopping last week, but not the fabric kind of shopping...
I found this little house/shelf at K Mart for $12 and knew what I wanted to do with it as soon as I laid my eyes on it...
So this......
 Became this....
I will confess I have "O.C.D" - Obsessive Christmas Disorder.....
I dragged out some bits and pieces and turned it into a christmas display...
This cubbyhole has a woodsy feel with a little birdhouse, pine cones and some little birds....The birdhouse was a 'rusty tin' birdhouse in which I covered in paper and added a perch...
 This cubbyhole took me a little longer...I had some little timber blocks that I covered in coloured papers and then stamped the letters onto the fronts...
 This cubbyhole shows off a 'cotton reel' christmas tree that I had made earlier in the year..along with a 'wrapped in fabric' bauble tied with a check piece of fabric...I did have a hanging string on my christmas tree with intentions of hanging it on my christmas tree but had to cut it off for this project..
 This cubbyhole holds two little cushions, also made earlier this year - just because I liked the fabric and they were scraps from a previous project...
In front sits a little bear - he is about the size of a 20 cent piece...
On the top shelf is another couple of ornaments dragged out from my chrissy boxes and a couple of those timber blocks wrapped in ribbon..(gotta have pressies)..
The other cubbyholes hold a couple of ceramic christmas ornaments and a silver present box...
Now I am quite in-love with my glue gun (until I forget I am wearing my good jeans and drip hot glue all over them, so I have hot glued everything in their spots....it would have driven me mad to reposition everything every time I moved it.
I also played with one of those frames that have those gaps between the glass and the back...I had one sitting around for ages and decided to replace this inside with some pretty papers, a wooden christmas ornament, a little metal frame, and some gold bells...mental note - need more bells...
The bells are loose and can move around, but it is a little squishy...
Well that's all for me, I'm going now to see if I can get the rest of that glue out of my jeans....
Cya all..
xx