Monday, 15 September 2014

Stitchers Dream Day Out

Yesterday, The Tuesday Girls went to the Stitchers Dream Day Out, hosted by the lovely Quilters Angel in Highfields..
Our two designers for the day were the very talented Libby Richardson and Debbie McGee....
I thought I was going to struggle a bit today, my mojo has run away, again...it has been missing for about a month now, so much so, that last time the Tuesday Girls got together, I sat and cut out circles from cardboard just so I didn't have to stitch...don't ask what the circles are for cause I have no idea, just seemed like a better thing to do than stitch...Anyhow.....
Pressies on arrival....
 What was inside out goodie bags....
 We were all sitting together at table number 1....say "hi" Teresa...
I think we were up front because they had heard of out reputation for being the naughty ones....
Here are some of the projects the designers had us playing with today....
A cute teddy cushion....we all did a painting class with Libby, but I will show you my effort later..
 An embroidered teddy cameo on the front of a journal....
 A memory board...I have already stitched two of the stitchery words for this....you never know, I might get round to finishing it.....but then again.....
 A lovely little lap pillow, for when you are sewing while watching TV, the top flap lifts up to reveal a sewing essentials keepsake area....and you can rest on the pillow to bring your stitching up a little higher...think I will add this to my....yeah if I get round to it - List....
 Here is inside the pillow....cute isn't it...
A butterfly needlecase being held by our lovely Norreen......
 Here is my painting of the teddy bear pieces, all ready to be cut out and appliqued onto something, yeah I know....just add it to the list....
 Helen practicing her painting....she didn't want to smile for me, so I had to threaten to come over there and tickle her....
For those of you who follow me on facebook, and don't worry if you don't cause it is totally boring, I don't use facebook very much, I had a little tanty the other day...you see, I have been looking forward to fathers day ending so all the stores would fill their shelves with christmas items....you know that cheap, foreign made, tacky decorations that one just has to have...well, every time I went out, there were none to be found, and I was getting a little impatient...so I had a little rant on facebook about it..
Anyhow, the lovely De, whom came to The Stitchers Dream Day Out, gave me a little pressy....just so I could get a 'fix'....De surprised me with this gorgeous santa garden light, I am tickled pink...how cute is he....I am so going to put him near the front door for everyone to admire...(the girls did give me a little ribbing about the fact that I would have a 'red' light at the front of my home).   Thank you again De, I felt like Queen Christmas with my santa septre.....woo hoo...
Not only did I get a lovely pressy from De, but on the day that I was having my tanty, Teresa , one of the Tuesday Girls, was at work when she had read what I had written....so she sent me this photo of the 'staff' christmas tree, wrapped in plastic, so I could have a 'fix' too...this made my night too...knowing that even though I couldn't see it yet, it was definitely coming....Thank you Teresa, I loved the photo....

I have no photo's to show of our lunch from our day out - it was much to healthy for The Tuesday Girls, and really totally not photo worthy, but on the way home we did make up for our sugarless day....
I had the flourless white chocolate cheesecake with raspberries...mmmm and yes is tasted just as good as it looked...
And of course, a little shopping just had to happen....
My purchases....A kit to make this bag....
 Some tilda fabric and pegs....not sure why on earth I am buying fabric for when I am not sewing at the moment....I bought a set of these lovely pegs and gave one to each of the Tuesday Girls as a reminder of our day out...they are soooo cute...
 Some woolfelt and an array of pretty colours...
 Enough fabric to make the sewing cushion....
And some handy spotty fabrics....maybe for a chrissy project...
Now that's it for me, a fantastic weekend...good friends, a little sewing, some yummy foods and some shopping, what more could a girl want....yes that's right.....and a little bit of christmas....can I purr now.....feeling very contented at the moment...love you girls......you make our outings purrfect...
cheers..
xxx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Out and About

I know we don't usually meet up on a Thursday but Helen was making a trip up to The Quilter's Store and wanted to know who would like to join her.   Only three of The Tuesday Girls went today, Teresa, Helen and myself but as usually there were plenty of laughs to be had.
On arrival to The Quilter's Store, we each experienced our "15 minutes of fame".  The lovely assistant, Megan, (non blogger) from behind the counter, immediately announced that she knew each of us (before we spoke or laughed or anything) from our blogs...Megan then commented on Teresa's foodie photos and about how cute my little Maci is....so we were convinced she was the real deal....apparently Megan's mother is a regular stalker to our blog too....  I wonder if she wanted our autographs....lol    So a big hello to our fans...Megan and her mum....
Left to right - Helen, Me and Megan...
 Shopping always makes us hungry, so the hunt for food began as soon as we left The Quilter's Store.
We chose to eat at The Beach House, this place is new to the area and none of us had been there before...
Today we all chose the same lunch time  meal...Chicken schnitzel..
My photo doesn't do it justice because it was huge and it was an effort to eat it all.
Dessert came and Teresa and Myself had the White Chocolate Brownie, with macadamia nuts and a salted caramel centre, served with cream and ice-cream...Just the sight of this delicious looking dessert set us off...the sillies came fast and strong...
Teresa couldn't stop laughing....
 And laughing....


 Still laughing....even with all this laughter, she wouldn't stick her tongue out to lick the plate even when it
got really close to her mouth...lol
 Here is a close up of our dessert....OMG It was so rich that I didn't eat the ice-cream or cream...but I did eat it all....
Now Teresa was not the only one who 'lost the plot' today,  Helen and myself were laughing so much that I don't even know what we were doing when this photo was taken...what ever it was it must of been funny...
 The Girls looking very satisfied after our lunch..  I am not sure about these booths though, I sat on the outer edge and didn't find it a problem at all but these two made some very funny manoeuvre's getting in and out of there seats...lol
 With lunch out of the way we decided to - gate crash - one of the Tuesday Girls at her work - Sewer's Delight...Tess has not been able to join us much lately so it was great to catch up with her again to have a laugh or two...
I showed some incredible control today, ok maybe not with my lunch choices, but with my purchases...only some threads, buttons and bit and pieces....
Another lovely day shared with some very special friends....I heard something on TV the other day, and because it was on TV it MUST be true......'A woman will lose 3kg for each friend she dumps', well I don't know about you but I think this trade off wouldn't be worth it.....I would much rather keep my friends than to have a little waist....
I have one more thing to mention before I sigh off tonight...
I just wanted to mention that I think our influences are rubbing off on Helen's husband, Gaven.  This is what he told Helen to buy for our last Tuesday Girls get together....wasn't that lovely of him to think of us, I am sure he was hoping for some left overs....lol
Anyhow that's all for me...catchya all later....xxx





Sunday, 17 August 2014

Travelling with Maci and the Howard Quilting Shop

Yesterday, we drove from Hervey Bay to Howard, probably about 20 minutes in total, to visit the quilting shop there.  I had heard from others that it was a must in the area for anyone searching for material.
We found the shop quite easily enough - Howard, I think, has two main streets....the one the pub is on and the one the quilt shop is on...
Here we are parked outside...you may notice there is no signage here, I guess when you have a good reputation you don't need to advertise...
I forgot to take a photo inside the shop, but it was one of those places that had everything...and I am sure if I wanted a kitchen sink there may have even been one of those hiding somewhere...
 While chatting to the owner,  she was telling me of the room across the road, where she has some fabric stored and would I like to see it.   I, of course, said I would love to, so she made a quick phone call and asked somebody to unlock the door for us...
The owner didn't come with us, she was very busy with her customers...so Hubby, myself and daughter take a stroll, across the road, through the vacant allotment (might have been the yard) and towards the red door in which we were told to head to...

 This is what we found inside...hubby took the photo as I (in the back right of the photo) was too busy picking out fabrics...
This was only one side of the shop.  I am not sure where the lady came from to open it for us, she did mention something about being next door..
 This building use to be the original bakery, in its bygone days and they still had the original wood fired ovens on show.   They leave the torches in front so you can see inside - they are massive..
 There were two oven with this one being the eldest...
 Here is a photo from the back of the building...such an amazing place, firstly to find an unadvertised 'shop', if that is the right word for it, and then to find out it has these beautiful ovens still inside.  It would have been so easy for the town or someone to have given up on this building and it's ovens but instead show it to unsuspecting visitors...and as an added bonus, have it full of fabrics.   I will be coming back here, the people were lovely, we chatted with the ladies in the fabric shops, an elderly man in the street (you know the kind - full of stories of places and things he has seen and stories about the town - he did also comment that he thought they would cremate him one day in the ovens...lol).
Now did I buy anything at these places, well funny you should ask, because those who know me already know the answer....yes....
Here are a mixture of florals, and creams to be used as backings for stitcheries...
 And these ones are just because I liked them...
Now I have some kitty photo's to add to todays blog, so for those of you who are not cat people, you have my permission to ignore the rest of this spiel...
We took Maci away with us and were so impressed with how she behaved while travelling in the car.  She was such a good little girl with our journey lasting 4 hours there and 4 back...
Here are a couple of snaps of her...by the way, do you know how hard it is to take a photo in a moving car, alot of them were blurry...lol
She loved looking out the windows, at one stage I was waiting to hear - "woof" as we went passed other cars...
 Nap time for both Amelia and Maci...
 Still sleeping....they slept for about an hour....
 We stopped of for a break and some morning tea and Maci decided that the dash was a great place to sun herself..
 MMM, I am sure she is wondering if could stay here....
 Needing some attention....hey Amelia, I'm gonna pull your hair out....
 Hey did you hear me girl, I said play with me...
So now I only have one more non-cat related photo to show you.   Talk about a sign of the times...Here is a kodak moment - you can see, from left to right, hubby, Amelia, my mother and step-father, and you will notice that everyone of them is on either a phone or a lap top....lol   I was a good girl and was using one of those analogue thingy majigies....you know - a book....lol
Ok that's it for me....hope you all had a great weekend....I know we did....
Catchya all later...
xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

My Ugly Has Come Home

I have been part of an "ugly" swap with The Friends In Stitching group. We had to send our partner an ugly fat quarter and it would be transformed into something beautiful and then sent back.
I don't have a photo handy of my "ugly" and I am not technologically savvy enough to copy one from the blog with
My phone....but I can show you what 
Jen had done with it...
I was a very lucky girl and got two mini's back and a pin cushion...
Firstly, look at the beautiful fabric it was wrapped in....
Now I will show you inside...
Mini number one....
I love this saying and I will put it up in my 
Kitchen for the kids to see. Jen has done a fab job at matching the fabrics, they look great together.  
Mini number two....
I love this one too... I hope I don't have to chose a favourite because I don't think I could pick.
My parcel also contained a violet crumble  
(Sorry only photo of wrapper) , a pin cushion and a notebook...score!!!!!
Thanks Jen, I love my "ugly" and if I find anything else that I regard as ugly fabric then I will know who to send it to. ...xxx