Saturday, 19 July 2014

Catching Up with Friends..

I have just had a wonderul - 6 hour - catch up with some of my favourite people....
 Chrissa hasn't been able to visit anyone since before Christmas last year, instead she has been busy fighting Leukemia...
I am so proud of her, she has beaten the odds,  she had endured chemo and a bone marrow transplant and is now getting back to the living part of life...and as you can tell by the food on the table....a catch up on all things - yummy...
From left to right - long time friend - Lynne, my darling hubby - Wayne, Chrissa's hubby - Neil, Lynne's hubby - Rob and Chrissa...
 It was so good to have us all together again....I am feeling so blessed at the moment...things could have been so different and it is a huge reminder to love the important people in our lives and to make time for each other..and to laugh out loud..
Yeah Yeah, I know...a bit soppy for me, but I just cant help it and tonight I am just going to go with the flow..
We sat and laughed and ate and laughed for over six hours and it only felt like minutes....oh and I think we just about ate everything you can see on the table and more that was put out later...
So good night to everyone of my friends and I hope all your dreams come true and that you all have a wonderful life filled with love and laughter and just a little bit of chocolate...
Hugs all round....
xxxx



Thursday, 17 July 2014

A little shopping

I spent some time today shopping with my daughter and grandson...
Maybe I should hide the sugar...
I couldn't resist this little jumper, just too cute.
Hudson was such a good boy and let nana find some time to buy this milk and sugar bowl for myself...
That's all - just a quicky post today..
Cheers.  Xx


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Glenrose Retreat June/July

Lots of photos in todays blog, just crammed so much into four days that I feel the need to get it all out in one post...so here goes....
Day 1....
Arrival...and look who is sitting on my bed.....I think she wants to come home with me..
     Gifts from Maree.....The Lovely Maree gave us this gorgous little bag with choccies, pattern, fabric and
      and accessories to make a project, and a beautiful wine glass tag with a sewing machine charm on it...
 So first port of call is to make the challenge supplied by Maree...I do realise it was suppose to be a thread catcher but I thought it would make a good choccie holder....and of course - need I mention how much I love roses....
 We had a birthday girl amongst us on the first day....Cheryl, Happy Birthday Cheryl, hope you had a lovely day....
 Here is our lovely Cheryl with her princess tiara on and holding her cake.....yum...
 Cheryl wanted to celebrate her birthday by make us all dinner....talk about spoilt....thanks Cheryl...
We were then treated to a game of pass-the-parcel....I thinking Maree is in a hurry to see her prize...
 And Helen gave us all a Goody bag - and yep they were full of all the usual goody bag stuff...choccies, whistles, games, puzzles, bubble blowers and a ring....
We were all like little kids - everyone blowing the whistles and eating goodies, fighting over who has who's
toy....
I think maybe kids would have been a little bit more behaved but we definitely would have had more fun than the kids...
Did I mention we went into our favourite gift shop - Bryson's - before getting to the retreat...
I brought home this cute little milk crate with bottles....it is smaller than a normal size bottle, hence the mandrine sitting next to it...
Day 2.....
Another trip to Bryson's....and some more items to come home with me.. a set of hooks for the wall, some lovely scented soaps - Rose, of course and some doilies...
 A bite to eat while visiting our favourite shop..  Lamb and Rosemary Filo Pastry....yum
After our stop at Bryson's, we went for a stoll through town to a wonderful little quilt shop - Canning Town
Patchwork....they have some lovely fabrics here and I chose to buy some christmas themed fabrics and a kit for a "Rose" table runner......did I mention that I have a thing for roses....if not then I do....

I did do a little sewing, a couple more project bags....they are almost finished, just have to sew the binding down...
 A few more fabric purchases from Glenrose Patchwork.....
Day 3....
Helen has finished her christmas jelly roll quilt top....I love this quilt, might have to put my name on it....
 Marilyn and De discussing Helen's beautiful work....
I finished this little bag called the Sew Together Bag....
 It has three zipper pockets inside and one large zipper on the outside....oh the joy - zippers - I just love zippers (a little bit of sarcasm there)....but I am proud of my finished project...
 And look how much it holds....heaps and I still had more room....
 Some of the girls made this bag too....don't they look fantastic....we are such a clever little bunch..
The girls.....Lynda and Maree our wonderful retreat organiser....
 The troublemakers.....Me, Teresa and Helen....
 The birthday girl...Cheryl working on some stitching...
 De and Marilyn.....De wouldn't let me take the photo until she tidied her table (it was a tad messy) and Marilyn has her quilt blocks on the wall behind her.
 Alison is hiding behind her quilt and Lynda is checking out her pattern...
Maree cooked for us on the third night - our chirstmas in July dinner, as we referred to it...
Absolutely delicious....and those potatoes are just devine...Lynda's hubby made sticky date pudding and caramel sauce for dessert but I forgot to get a photo of that....you see it was so nice that eating instincts took over from photo taking instincts....
Day 4....
All our goodbyes have been said and car is now packed, just the final photos to be taken...
Take 1 - behaving ourselves....
 Take 2...not behaving....lol
 Teresa was staying an extra night and we were worried about her staying in the cottage all by herself...so we left her some friends to keep her company...
Six chicko lollies, all tucked in bed, on her pillow......I hope she finds them before she hops into bed tonight....lol
When I got home, the picture (ripped out of the local junkmail) was laying on my pillow....very strange..
Hubby finally got home from work and when he was leaving at 5 am he wanted to leave a chocolate on my pillow for my return but didn't have one so he thought the chocolate picture would be enough...lol
Well that's it, I hope....so many photo's I know for one post but its over now and I can move on with my next adventure - eating the real deal now that hubby is home...so good night all....stay safe, sleep tight and may all your quilting dreams come true....cheers...xxx



Saturday, 28 June 2014

It's Time For Christmas

I know I am a little late get this quilt finished by about 6 months but you could look at it this way, I could be a little early - by about 6 months....depends if you are a kinda - glass half empty or full - type of person...
I am going with the 6 months early....
Wow how early am I getting some of my christmas sewing out of the way already.. and I have heaps of time to do some more projects before christmas gets here....
I did have a little help along the way...
 I was trying to sew the binding on my quilt but someone had other ideas.   Maci got around the back of my sewing machine and climbed through the folded quilt.   She then proceeded to act as if she was there to stay with a little preening....
Now this could be another example of the -glass half empty or full - again...I like to think of it as helping, how I have no idea but it's finished now...
 My quilt finished, didn't take me long at all to complete (ok little white lie here...lol)
 Boy does time fly.  On Monday I am going on retreat with some of the girls and I thought that it would be a good idea to clean my machine as prep-work for the retreat....Just look how much lint I found....you may be thinking that I have never cleaned my machine but I do - honestly - it just seems to build up very quickly or I just do a lot of sewing between cleaning...
 I have packed all the important things first ....machine - check........sewing projects - check......
Well that's it for me....I hope you all have a fabulous week, I will catch up with blogland as soon as I get back....cheers...xx

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Can Anyone See What Is Wrong With This Photo???

Have a real good look at this photo and see if you can guess what is wrong with it.....
You might be thinking...
a.    There is no insulation in the water bottle holder...or..
b.    The wording on the stitching is misspelled.....or....
c.    There is stitching missing somewhere.....or...
d.    Well to tell the truth I have no idea what you are thinking so I will tell you...

The contents in this photo belong to HELEN  - you all know Helen, I am sure, but if you don't then you would not know that Helen HATES mug rugs with a passion...and is always telling us that my little kitty - Maci - would make a great mug rug...   So I am not sure which one she hates most but they are definitely in the same list...
To make matters worse...Helen made this set - including the mug rug - herself for herself....and I am telling you, most of us were speechless (well only for a few seconds - surprising I know, but it does happen) and had no idea how to respond....Just goes to show you that you can PEER PRESSURE someone into doing anything....even liking mug rugs......maybe we can work on her into liking Maci...
I might add that we all offered to take the offensive items off her, but she said no.....(we were only trying to help her be herself)....and I also asked when the aliens were returning the REAL Helen......cause it would be nice to know (maybe after the alien Helen has made some for the rest of us though)...
Anyhow just thought you should all know - if you see Helen around the place she may  not be acting like herself.....
lol
cheers....xxx

Thursday, 19 June 2014

It's Mine - I'm Telling You...All mine...

I am so glad I have made two of these, because I think one of them has been claimed...oh well...
Meow.....mine - all mine...
 Hey - where did the mouse go???
 There you are......kill, kill.....
 I'm a big bad hunter....
 Grrrrrrrr......here me roar.....
I think I have lost it, with the chances of keeping it to myself pretty slim....
The mailman brought me my new book today, all the way from The Patchworkplus shop in Tasmania and a free choccie from the new magazine - Yours - yummy - looks like it's time to put the feet up, have a coffee, a choccie and read a new book...can I purr too....

cheers
xxx

What's Behind Door Number One...

Why it's a new car......Tuesdays gathering started off pretty normal with a little bit of sewing, morning tea and lots of chatter, but things can change very quickly with this bunch...
After some discussion about Helen's new car it was decided that The New Car needed to be unleashed onto the roads......yep - Road Trip....
Here we are admiring Helen's shiny new toy.....looks a little clean here, but we can fix that...
 It's a little worrying when the driver is unsure of all the buttons in the car...We wanted to turn the talking directions thingy magiggy off, after all, there is enough talking going on without the car trying to interrupt us.
I wonder if it is this button??
No, well maybe this one......
 I think The New Car thinks it is already a member of the Tuesday Girls, cause it wont shut up....mmm she might fit in really well....lol
We did eventually get her to be quiet, but by this time the kids in the back were playing up....
 First destination was our local scrapbooking shop, unfortunately this shop is closing down and we won't be able to drop in soon..
You have to worry when The New Car keeps telling you to turn around and go home - do you think it was nervous having us in it....we did finally get her to be quiet - and no we did not shove something in her mouth...
Second stop - The Coffee Club.....well we need to celebrate the arrive of Helen's new baby...I had the Churros with chocolate dipping sauce...(we obviously did not get enough sugar at last Sunday's meeting)..
 Another lovely day with the girls, as usual, lots of laughs, yummy foods, shopping and well maybe a little stitching...
We did return the car back home, maybe a little dusty and with dirty floor mats but with no bruises to speak of.....and with a future booking for Helen to drive us to our next retreat....(this is of course if Helen's hubby will let us play with it again..lol)...
Now I do sew, some might wonder with all the outings and eatings I do, but yes I truly do, and to prove it, I have finally finished my Harvest Festival Quilt...
I am so pleased with it and to have actually finished something big....I am known to only finish the tops and then let them sit in my sewing room until I get around to the quilting part...(I hate the quilting part)...
Now where will I put it???
And last but not least - The Tuesday Girls have been working on Natalie Bird's Mouse Pincushion and I have finished mine.....except for the little felt ball for the tops - they are coming...
I have made two - one for me and one for the gift box.   Another project finished.....yippee....
Well that's all for today....catchya all later...xxx