Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Tuesday Girls Christmas Party



Well it's that time of the year again where we celebrate our Christmas for another year...
I am sitting here, shaking my head, wondering how the year could possibly have gone past so fast...
Anyhow, I am going to start with this photo of us at our local "Café on Cusack", why, well just because I think it is a great photo...  Never a dull moment when you are with these girls and today was no exception..
We started the day at my place, a little morning tea before our lunch..  Last year we had so much fun
filling a Bon Bon for a swap that we decided to do it again this year...
There are always rules for swaps and our Bon Bon swap was no different...
Inside your Bon Bon there had to be 5 things...a fat eighth of Christmas fabric, with a Christmas button to match your fabric, 30 cm ribbon, an ornament and of course a treat...
After last year, we found this year a lot easier...a little knowledge of how to stuff place your goodies inside the Bon Bon goes a long way...
We started with a plain red non-constructed Bon Bon, in which we all had to decorate as well as filling it...   Here are our finished Bon Bons...very impressive, and having them decorated so pretty makes it really hard to want to break into it...but 'pop' it we must...
A photo of what was in the one I received is later down this post...


The girls outdid themselves this year and I think I have scored received big time...all the gifts were beautiful...
Here is what I was given by Norreen....a gorgeous zipper bag (love this fabric) and a beautiful Dusk tea-light penguin,  a pretty coffee cup (already in use), a gorgeous tree ornament, a bag of chocolates (sorry already eaten) and a gingerbread man tea towel...
I love them heaps Nor, Thank you....xxx 


From Teresa I received this beautiful 'rose' plate, three gorgeous sewing themed fabrics, a mason jar fill with a yummy cookie recipe and a pretty Christmas tree ornament...
Thanks Teresa, I can't wait to use my plate but I might save the mason jar cookies for later (it looks to pretty to open)...Love them heaps... xxx



Helen has outdone herself in the gift department too... just look at my gorgeous plate - it feels and looks like a doily and as a bonus has a rose on it...oops I have covered it up, sorry.   Helen also gave me a Dusk Christmas scented candle (I am going to save this for our family Christmas get together) , but that's not all, I also received a beautiful heart doily (this goes well with my candle)...
Thank you Helen, I love my gifts too....xxx

Now you wouldn't know it by our blogs but there is another Tuesday Girl who has been
missing from our group get togethers a lot this year.  Tereasa does have a lame good excuse - something to do with having to work but we forgive her..(just....lol).
Tereasa gave all of us - now your not to laugh - and no we don't stink (most of the time), a bottle of
Poo-Pourre.  Yep you read that right....I have checked the you tube video out on it, and you apparently spray it in the dunny toilet and magically your s#@t wont stink...lol   
I will confess that I have not used it yet, but I will take it on retreat with me next year...you never know - it may just come in handy....lol    Tess also gave me this beautiful ornament and some yummy lindt chocolates (sorry - already eaten).  Thank you Tess, Love your pressies, hope you will have some more spare time next year, we would love to see you more...xxx

I know you are all waiting with baited breath to know what I got inside my Bon Bon...well here it is..
Not a great photo but you can see the pretty Christmas fabric under everything, two candy canes, a chrissy tree button, red ribbon and a stocking ornament, paper hat and joke, oh and the snap...
I am convince that we should get an award or something for the sheer talent that is needed to get all
this stuff inside the Bon Bon...as trying as it was it is definitely fun....


After our morning tea and pressie opening, we all headed down to the café for lunch.  It doesn't happen very often but today we all chose the same meal...(maybe we are spending too much time with each other - nah not possible)...
Chicken, Pear and Cashew salad.   It was delicious...I would order this again without hesitation...

What did we have for dessert?.....well I am glad you asked....why Plum Pudding and Brandied Custard of course...after all it is Christmas....(not that we have ever needed an excuse to eat anything)..









That all for tonight.  I am feeling a bit worn out (had the grandson over for a sleep over last night), and he has gone home now, so I am able to catch up on some blogging...I am get a little behind and I hopefully will catch up in the next day or two...or three...
Thanks girls for your friendship - this is worth more than all the pressies in the world...I love you girls heaps...xx
cheers all
xx

Friday, 12 December 2014

Helen's Birthday

I am going to work backwards with this post...no reason, just because...
On Thursday, The Tuesday Girls took a road trip out to Capalaba to a lovely little place called
"Whisky Business" to celebrate Helen's Birthday.   Helen's birthday was actually on Tuesday but we were unable to get a booking until the Thursday...oh well, having to celebrate twice in one week was such an effort...NOT....lol
The lovely waitress took a photo of the four of us...we look like proper ladies...good - illusion is working well...
 Here is our beautiful birthday girl, Helen...
 And just look at our High Tea...yummo.....
 Norreen just couldn't contain herself and dug right in....lol
 After finishing our meals we were feeling quite full and very contented with the fact that we had
done our meal justice...but finished, no, not by a long shot...  I don'd know how I did it but I managed to devour the deserts too....
Ice-cream and salted caramel on the right and panna cotta and rhubarb on the left...
Now we did do something on the Tuesday for Helen...but it was a bit more low key...
Helen is opening some pressies...
Now you cannot celebrate birthdays without cake or in our case - Red Velvet Trifle...yum
What's that?  Could it be a mug rug....I think it is.   I knew how much Helen loves Mug Rugs so just couldn't help myself, and as a bonus, Norreen gave her a Teddy Mug which looks lovely with it...
Wow, Helen is really enjoying her Trifle....even going so far as to lick the bowl clean...lol
I was laughing so much when she was posing for this shot, that the camera kept shaking and she had to stay in this pose for much longer than necessary..  This only made me laugh more...lol
We had a little show and tell...Norreen with her beautiful Christmas Belles Quilt is finished....she has done a wonderful job...
The girls were giggling so much that they were having trouble holding the quilt up...maybe the sugar has kicked in..
Oops, is Helen still licking that bowl?
Well that's it for this post...I have a couple of other sewing and christmas things to post about but will do that next time...
Cheers all...
xxx






Monday, 8 December 2014

Winterlude and Pressies




I have been wanting to make this table runner for some time and have finally finished the top..quilting may just have to wait until next year.  I should learn to check sizes on patterns before I sew anything as it turned out to be a lot bigger than what I had first thought...
It is freebie pattern called Winterlude and it's 51" x 25 ".  Very hard to get a good photo...
I had a surprise visit from the postie today and he left me this HUMUNGEOUS parcel...

I am in a couple of on-line swaps and have been really patient with not opening any, waiting of course for the 25th.. But now I feel like a kid in a candy store and just want to jump in and rip the wrapping off of everything....
I didn't .... I held off (for now) I can not promise anything when tomorrow comes
Or the next day...
I have put them back in the box... But the little one just wants to be fondled just a little bit more.
That's all for now.   I going now to do 'nothing' absolutely 'nothing'...definitely no fondling here... If I close my eyes does that count as looking???
cya xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

Sunday Stitcher's Christmas Party

Yesterday we had our Sunday Stitcher's Christmas party, and what a great day it was...I have woken this morning still tired from yesterday...might need a nana nap today...
Here are The Tuesday Girls all dressed up and looking for trouble...
 
There was some show and tell...some of the girls have been working on the 'Gossip In My Garden' quilt during the year...here is Teresa's beautifully finished quilt...

And De's - almost finished quilt....looking good De...

During the year there was also a bag challenge....Natalie Bird's.   They were all very different and all very pretty....


A few of the girls are doing the 'stitch a long' that is happening on Instagram, and we were fortunate to get a viewing of there progress....

A closer look...they are just gorgeous...

Now there were three birthdays to celebrate today as well...Happy Birthday - Noela, Helen and Susan...






You can't have a Christmas party with out gifts and wow were we spoilt rotten...
Thanks girls, they are fantastic. Hubby thought they were great too and the first thing he did when I got home was raid the edibles...
I have the ornaments hanging from my tree already....

We also had a secret santa swap and WOW - Maree definitely out did herself...I received a beautiful dilly bag and a tablerunner...they are beautiful, I love them , thanks Maree..oh and hubby found those goodies too...lol




A fantastic day spent with a beautiful group of ladies...thanks girls for making the day memorable..
and Merry Christmas and I can't wait to meet up again next year...
cya    xxx















Friday, 28 November 2014

Some Very Naughty Girls

I had a phone call yesterday, by a very upset Helen, asking if she could pop around because she needed a friend to talk to...
When she got to my place, she walked in, and I swear, I thought she was crying....I was starting to think she had done something awful to her hubby or worse to a swap present...
I then heard some noise outside and realised that I had been 'set up'...These three VERY naughty
girls were up to no good...
They were not happy with the fact that I had given them all an advent calendar to open during December and that I would not have one myself...
You may be asking why I think that they are VERY naughty...well just before I gave them their
gift, I gave a little speech to what they could or could not do...one being that they could NOT
return the favour....
Did they listen....NO, are they Naughty ...YES....but I love them anyway...
I am going to let Santa know to take you all off the 'Nice' List for being so naughty...and don't think I won't cause I know him personally (and can get him to do just about anything)....
This is what inside the box looks like...  The girls were able to get these pressies together in less than
24 hours...and I have been warned to be careful of the 'dodgy' wrapping....
Such a lovely surprise, even if they are Naughty....are you listening girls....can you see 'that' word appearing in this post over and over again.....could it be the word - NAUGHTY....
Mind you, what else could I have expected from them, they quite often let me know that they never
listen to me anyway...and Helen is known for being The Naughty One....
Well that's all from me....I am soooo looking forward to the 1st of December....
Oh and it's good to know that Helen's hubby is in one piece...lol
Thanks girls, you have blown me away....a totally unexpected surprise....love ya all heaps...xxxx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A Guest Appearance....




Yesterday we had a very special visitor to our Tuesday Group, Santa had flown in all the way from the North Pole just to visit with the Tuesday Girls...He must have heard the rumours about our lovely group....all true too...and he was kind enough to hand out some pressies too...
Here is our wonderful Tess....she is looking a little excited here...
Next we have the lovely Teresa.....

Santa doesn't miss a trick and is informing Helen that he has heard about her reputation for being "The Naughty" one....

Last but not least, it was our unforgettable Norreen's turn to visit with Santa...

I love this photo, everyone is looking very please with themselves...


I didn't miss out...I too got a big cuddle from Santa...


Inside the girls pressies are 24 little pressies (Advent style)....just a little fun for girls...

Well that's it for me, a big thank you to Santa (aka hubby) for making The Tuesday Girls feel special and thanks Helen, Teresa, Tess and Nor for making my life full of friendship and laughter, oh ok and a bit of naughtiness too....Life would be so boring without you girls...love you all heaps...xxxx





Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Halloween, Christmas and Family Catchup Post...

I have been a little slack lately putting up my posts as quickly as I should be...but time is just flying by way to fast for me to keep up...
So lets begin with Halloween..
We went to the - Keeping Kids Off The Streets - halloween party at Ormeau last month..
What a great night - lots of lollies for the kids, heaps of fictional characters walking around, fire works and a DJ.   Here is a photo of my grandson and my youngest daughter and her friend...
I thought the girls would be a little bored but they thought it was great and even volunteered to help with handing out the lollies...you cant tell by this photo but those buckets were full of sweets.  The organisers opened the community centre up and at different areas through out the building they had these stations set up so the kids could walk around and 'trick or treat'.  It was such a great idea.  I will confess that I do NOT like Halloween but concede to the fact that it is moving into Australia and will most likely be a big part of my grandson's future...and to tell the truth, he had a ball and I did too...
Look who else I found there...just couldn't resist getting a photo with my two favourite pirates... the shorter one is by far the cutest but on just....
My eldest daughter reached the 22 week stage of her pregnancy on the weekend, all is going well and we are soooo looking forward to meeting our second grandchild next year..
Hudson is holding his news....
Sewing - whats that???  I have being making some cushion covers for christmas and this is what I have come up with so far...mind you they are not finished - just the tops are done...
I seem to be having a 'snowman' thing happening...
 This one is made from felt and buttons...
 Another snowman....Hopefully I will pull my finger out, find my mojo and finish these cushions in time for christmas (this year)...
I have also made some stockings, we have more boys in the family than girls so I did try to make them a little masculine but I guess that was a fail when I added the flowers to the black topped ones..lol  Oh well.
 One of The Tuesday Girls has had the nerve to leave us for 10 days and galivant around New Zealand with her Hubby...   We all missed her so much and are glad she had a wonderful time, but we are more happier now that she is back home with us, where she belongs...(No more trekking around the country side, ok...its just not on...lol)
Helen did bring pressies back for us...A New Zealand bauble for my chrissy tree, a beautiful tag and some gorgeous fabric...so I guess we can forgive her for leaving us behind... bribery goes a long way...Thank you Helen...Your bauble with be the first one on my tree this year...xx
Last month, Teresa got busy and made quite a few of these fobs and tiny zipper pouches...I was spoilt and was given these two matching ones. They were so popular, with them being snapped up before they were even finished, so I am feeling very grateful that she gave me them.   Thank you Teresa, I love them...xx
Well that's about it...just a bit of secret sewing but I can not show you any of that...but I can show you this...
Swap number 1 ready for posting...
 Swap number 2, ready for posting too...
Oh I did do a little shopping recently and found this gorgeous panel at The Dew Drop In, in Hervey Bay...it has the chalk board look to it and even though I haven't decided what I am going to make with it, I am salivating with ideas of how to use it.  
That's it for me...a bit of an eclectic post but October just flew by and by the looks of it, November is chasing after it....cya all....xxxx