Friday, 25 December 2015

Santa Sack Swap

The lovely Cheryll from http://stitchingcubbyhole.blogspot.com.au/ hosts the Santa Sack Swap each year and this year, I once again, participated in this swap.  Low and behold I had the wonderful Shez from http://shez-enjoyinglife.blogspot.com.au/ as my partner in crime.  This huge box was delivered to my door quite early in the piece and I had to resist opening it, which for me was a humungous effort but I must say I passed with flying colours. 
Inside was this enormous santa sack...  goody goody goody - time to open..
Wow so many gifts..which one first...
Just look at this gorgeous tin. 
And inside the gorgeous tin was this.. I have seen these of Shez's blogs before but never thought I would have one of my very own.   Thanks Shez, I am planning on putting my LaPassacaglia bits and pieces into it..
The next gift was this cute stitchery of a reindeer, isn't he gorgeous..
Anther unwrapping had me finding four patterns.   Looking forward to playing with these next year...
Thanks Shez, are you trying to let me know I'm not stitching enough..lol
Oh now this pressie revealed some luxurious pampering products...  Shez has been stalking me for a while because she is well aware of my liking to everything roses... 
Now for my main gift... beautiful bag made with gorgeous 'rose' fabric in the blues.. how pretty is this, such a great combination - blue - floral - roses - and a bag.  I love all my gifts Shez, you have spoilt me heaps...Thank you my dear friend...
I also have some Christmas balloons for the grandkids to play with but today has been soooo busy that I just plum forgot to give them to them so I will save them for next time.. you are very thoughtful thinking of them, thank you again Shez. 
Here is a photo of my gorgeous gifts all together..
As an extra bonus - Shez without realising it, has supplied a gift for Maci as well, for she has claimed the box. I tried to discourage her from getting on top but she just kept getting up there...lol
Maci says thank you too...
I made for Shez but unfortunately did that silly thing and forgot to take photos..so I will have to 'steal' some from her when she does her post...
Merry Christmas everyone, hope you all have had a fab Christmas...
Thanks again Shez, you have spoilt me rotten...
xxx

Sunday, 20 December 2015

A Christmas Get-Together

Today we celebrated Christmas with Wayne's family.  Getting all our kids/grandkids together in one place is always a noisy affair and to add some more adults to the mix, well, you can imagine the sound level in the room.
I will start with how the dining room looked pre-kids...
 My centre piece for the table..  A country truck decorated with gingerbread men and other knick Knacks..
The Tree with my Anni Downs Christmas quilt behind it..
 We were very fortunate to have a special visitor - Santa made an appearance and gave everyone a little gift to take home... I knew we were on the 'nice' list..
Santa was trying to encourage Hudson to take a gift, and in the end he did take it from him but he was very weary..
 Mike, Hudson, Elle and Brayden with their gifts..
Michaela and Jaxon with their pressies. 
 Wayne's brother-in-law, Ross and his brother, Cameron with theirs...
Santa wanted to visit the neighbour kids, he knew they were on the nice list too and wanted to drop off a little gift to them while he was in the area..
 Jacob getting his pressie..
Trying to get that perfect photo with our kids can be very trying..and lots of photo's, thank heavens for digital cameras. 
There is always one not behaving - this time it was Jaxon, he was pulling a face (back centre) and Hudson had his eyes closed...
 Ok maybe it is not just the kids that play up...
 Maybe this one will be better...maybe not...
 Getting better except one of the kids is half hidden... oh well...
Another rare photo opportunity - Wayne with Meg (his mum), Fran (his sister) and Cameron (his brother). 
 I thought this would be a good time to practice 'my selfies" out..   Not too bad...
MMM I'm getting the hang of these 'selfies' if only I could get the kids to behave...
 Now that's better...
 Another selfie...
While we had everyone together, it seemed like a good idea to do a birthday cake for Amelia, who has a birthday tomorrow...   Happy birthday sweetheart.  Love you heaps..xxx
Well it has been a fantastic day, I love it when all the kids get together even if it does get a little noisy ( maybe heaps noisy), when great memories are made and shared and to hear the laughter in their voices.  It was terrific having Wayne's family come along today too and I don't think it will take too long for their hearing to return to normal.   That's it for today, I am planning on an early night...
Merry Christmas all...xxx

 
 


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Tuesday Girls Christmas Party

We have started today with no stitching, not a needle or thread or anything of the sort in sight.  After coffee and Christmas cookies (note we are using Helen's Royal Albert cups) it was time for pressie opening.  Talk about spoilt...  This could be a long post so I will try and keep things short..
From the beautiful Teresa, I received this gorgeous timber reindeer, he is already on display on my mantle.  Isn't he beautiful but that wasn't all - Teresa also gave me a very special Christmas ribbon.  I already have thoughts on what I want to use this for but will keep it under my hat for now..Thank you Teresa, I love my pressies..
The beautiful Helen gave me a gorgeous tin, which I might add I did eye off the last time we were out shopping together (very sneaky), a cookie and coconut chocolate spoon (mmm might have to hide this from hubby)  and a gorgeous set of books for display .  I will take another photo of the books to show how they should be displayed, I don't think you get the full effect from this photo, but trust me, they are beautiful..  Thank you Helen, I love them...
From Norreen, I received lots of things..   A gorgeous plate stand with cute birdie on top, a floral clock, handy notebook with a hidden pen, a beautiful tin and of course, chocolates...  I think I will store the chocolates in the tin and put them on the plate when I serve them...nah who am I kidding, they are not gonna make it to the tin..lol   Thanks Nor, I love everything..
After our present opening, we all jumped into Helen's car and headed to the Fox and Hound for lunch.  I would love to tell you exactly where it was but I have no idea what the suburb is called, but its kinda in the middle of nowhere, not a house or shop in sight and its at the base of Mount Tamborine, if you are really keen to know then google it...(yep I'm too tired to do it myself)..
What a great place, so much to look at...   Drinkies first... Foxy Ladies - oh and the drinks were called that too...
Check it out - Helen is drinking - we don't get to see that too often...
Oh my, this drink is delicious and it is (was) loaded with alcohol which sent us right off..(mind you, it doesn't take much to set us off).
Just check this place out...I want to stay...  I can see future celebrations happening here...
We were seated in the English room but with all our laughing nearly got bumped to the Irish room..
Maybe I could reserve this little corner for always and drink 'Foxy Ladies' - lots...
While we were "taking photo's", Helen wanted a photo of us "taking photo's", so I took one of her behind me.. kinda a selfie, I guess...
Nor was having some - Technical Issues - but we didn't let Helen spend too much time helping her out, after all, we are here to party, not think... Helen you have a strong grip on that glass, you should have another sip...lol
We chose the Christmas themed food, after all, this is our Christmas party... Turkey with vegetable..yum, I can recommend this to everyone. 
And what should we have for dessert, something totally different, Fried Mars Bar. As soon as the waitress put our plates down and walked away, we had had enough alcohol consumed to start with all the ' innuendo ' chat.  I was laughing so much I had tears streaming down my cheeks..  Helen had consumed the exact amount of alcohol that she started with the 'innuendo's.  I told you she was the Naughty one of the group.  My jaw hurts, too much laughing.
We got to visit with The Queen, lovely lady but she really does need to get out into the sun a bit more and her guard could use one of those ' Foxy Ladies' to loosen up.
A group selfie, what can I say, but boy do I Love these gorgeous girls...
Ok might be getting a bit snozzled here, just as well Helen has stopped drinking, someone has to drive us home and take non-blurry photo's. 

What a great day spent with gorgeous friends, great food, delicious drinkies, and lots and lots of laughing, oh and great pressies.  Thanks girls for everything, life would be so boring without you all.
I am one very lucky girl who can't wipe the smile off my face when I recall todays conversations..
I wish I could though cause truly, my face is hurting.   Love you heaps..
Cheers
xxx

Ps..  This is a photo of Norreen's new colourful Batteries...does anyone else use this brand because I don't think I have seen them before...lol

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Our Girls and Grandsons..

Yesterday we spent some time with our daughters and two grandsons.
Wayne particularly likes this photo - he keeps telling everyone he has a halo...
Left to right...Amelia, Brayden, Wayne, Sandi and Hudson..
Me with my beautiful girls - Amelia and Ellesha..
 Sneaking a kiss...
Very proud mum and dad of our two beautiful girls and two gorgeous grandsons...
Cheers..
xxx