Thursday, December 29, 2011

More Christmas gifts

I had lots of fun making many christmas gifts this year, this cute little owl was for Lillian. It was fun to make and easy.

I also made her this cute little Anni Downs Ornament. Stitchery is my favourite thing to do so this was a pleasure to make.

And this book bag was for Lillian to. I hope it comes in useful for projects or books.

My on line stitching group had a secret santa and this was the main gift I made for Tess. I loved making this project.

This beautiful project was a gift for ME. My lovely friend Roseanne was my secret santa and she made me this block keeper and matching bag. I love it, the fabric is Ruby and its so pretty. Thankyou Razzy.

Now I have finished sewing for others for a little while I have been making things for me. I'm having lots of fun. I'll be back to share soon.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SSCS gifts

Here is my beautiful christmas gifts all the way from Martine in Belgium. The snowman stitchey is beautiful and I look foreward to trying the Belgium biscuits.

This is a wall hanging I made for my partner in the USA. I haven't heard from her yet so I hope she likes it.

Bright colours like these were way out of my comfort zone but it was fun to use something a bit different, My partner likes only bright colours so I really had to put my thinking cap on for this swap.

Thankyou to Chooky blue for organising the swap, I know how much work is involved in putting it altogether and she does a great job. 3 cheers for chooky.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas things

Only 2 sleeps til santa comes, even though my boys are older they still get excited.
Yesterday we made this gingerbread house, its the first time we have done this and it was so much fun, the boys ate more lollies than they put on the house but hey!! its christmas. Thats what they kept telling me.

As soon as it was finished they wanted to start eating it, typical boys. I'm making them wait until christmas day before they can have a nibble. Aren't I mean.

At work we did a Kris Kringle where we had to make something for one person, Marian made for me and this is what I reiceved, its a great couch companion that she designed herself.

Look at the embriodery, its just beautiful.

This is a needlecase and its so cute, she even embriodered my name on the front.

My on line stitching group do a christmas swap each year and this year we had to give 6 gifts, one to open each day from the 20th Dec. My secret santa was Razzy and this is the first gift I reiceved from her. Its so sweet, look at the choccy spoon. I love it.

I'll be back tomorrow to share more photo of my gifts, have a great day everyone and I hope you don't have too much more to do before christmas day.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Vegie garden

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know how much I love my garden. Every Spring and summer we get the vegie garden going. This year we have spinach, radish and snow peas just to name a few.

In one section of the garden we have green and yellow zucchini growing, I told my husband to stop watering in the steriods, Here is a zucchini that we missed so it has been growing for a few weeks and this is what we found.

Its huge and probably not that tasty now but I'll give it a go. Its 20 inches long.

I'll have to find some new zucchini recipes as we are getting a bit sick of zucchini slice and zucchini and walnut cake, any ideas??? Does any know if you can freeze grated zucchini? I should just try it and see if it works.

Have a great day.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Present for mum

Every year I always struggle with what to make my mum for christmas. This year I found a lovely Sally Giblin pattern that I knew mum would like. Its a lovely cushion with stitchery and applique, the writing says "Mothers are like buttons, they hold things together"

I chose mum's favourite colours which are yellow and blue. The cushion matches lovely with my blue hydrangea.

All my christmas presents are finished and in the mail, some have even arrived to their new home which is always good. Today I'm having a "me" sewing day. I want to finish some decorations I started to make. I hope you find some sewing time today .

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Secret santa parcel has arrived.

My secret santa package arrived today all the way from Belgium, its very exciting. We had to send our partners an ornament that could be opened straight away and this is what I recieved from Martine, its so sweet. My other packages are safely under the christmas tree.

These cute little reindeers are on the other side of the ornament. This swap is wonderfully organised by Chookyblue.

Can any one help me with a blogger problem, I am trying to update my OPAM finishes for 2011 but when I open it a box comes up but nothing is in it, It just won't seem to load the content. This has been going on for weeks and I thought it may just fix itself but it hasn't. I can't even remove it from my blog as the box just stays blank . Any suggestions will be wonderful, thankyou.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A nice surprise

When I got home from work yesterday a wonderful surprise was left at my door by the postie, inside was this lot of adorable treasures from my lovely friend Joni, all the way from Canada.

Joni had told me she was sending me a christmas ornament but I never expected a box full.

They are just so sweet and so are you Joni for sending them to me.

Look at these little mittens, so cute.

My patchwork group is having our christmas luncheon today so I'm looking foreward to that.

Tonight I want to work on my last christmas gift then I'm done.

I hope you find some sewing time today.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Some christmas finishes

Most weekends we like to cook a few treats for lunch boxes during the week, Number 3 son wanted to try cooking with me this time so we made a carrot cake. He borrowed the cook book from the school library. Nicky did most of the work while I supervised and kept my hands in my pocket so I didn't take over. He was so proud of his efforts, the cake by the way is delicious, I hope there will be some left for lunch boxes tomorrow.

My on line stitching group had an ornament swap, my partner was Roseanne. She made me the pretty heart ornament pictured above and I made her the ornament below.

I have been busy finishing off a few christmas gifts, I made these book bags for some international friends,

These smaller ones were fun to do, they are on their way to England. Just a few more gifts to finish off and I'm done for another year.

Did you find some sewing time today? I hope so.

I'm wondering if someone can tell me how to change the colour of the words on my header photo.I have looked right through blogger but I must be missing something. I want to change it to make it stand out a bit more, Any help would be great. Thankyou

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Quilt for Sale

SOLD, Thanks Lynne.

I have had a clean out of my cupboard and I pulled out this quilt. I have decided to sell it as I don't have alot of room to store all my quilts. The quilt is an Anni Downs design that I made in 2008. Its called An Angels Story.I used Antique flower collection fabrics by Lecien. The size of the quilt is 68x68 inches. It sits on my queen size bed just nicely.                

The cost is $180 including postage. I can only post within Australia I'm sorry as the postage costs are too high to ship international.

Here is a photo of the backing, its a green print with little leaves on it.

It was quilted by me.

If you are intertested please leave a comment or send me an e-mail. If you want to see more photos or you have any questions please just let me know.

Today I need to finish off a few christmas presents then I'm all done. I hope you find some sewing time today.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A few new goodies

I'm so lucky to work in a quilt shop and see all the beautiful things that come into the shop before anyone else. Sometimes I snap them up so quickly, the customer doesn't even get to see them. This Tilda book is the perfect example, it came in last week and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it. The front cover is beautiful.

I want to make these purses........ so pretty

And these beautiful Tilda dolls. I'm not a great doll maker but I'll give it a go.

I also purchased this lovely christmas stitchery from Rosealie Quinlan designs, I look foreward to stitching this.

On the weekend Lillian went to Melbourne to the Australian quilt market, she gave me this fantastic bag that she got there. I think it will fit quite a few fat quarters.

She also gave me a beautiful roll of Rosalie's fabric and a piece of fabric from Natalie Lymers new range. Thankyou Lillian my gifts are lovely.

So I'm a bit lucky to get wonderful gifts and work in a lovely patchwork store.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A finish for Christmas

I'm so pleased with myself, I made this quilt in under 2 weeks, It turned out so pretty. I decided to use it as my Christmas quilt even though its not made with Christmas fabrics. I found the pattern on Moda fabrics web site. I used my Bliss fabric and the odd bit of Ruby.

All I need to do is sew on the binding,

I'll have it ready to hang on the wall by mid week I reckon. Do you like it?

I had to share my new Jane McGrath rose that has flowered for the first time, its just stunning

And my lovely geranium I grew from a cutting. Summer is always a pretty time in my garden.

I hope you found some sewing time today, I'm off to start sewing my binding.

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