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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Malia's Baptism



It was lovely for almost all the family to come together for Malia's baptism over the weekend ....




Malia was baptised in the church in which Elliott grew up and played in the band and spent a whole lot of time with youth group etc. so it was lovely for he and Andrea to have their beautiful daughter baptised there ....
it was also the first time all the children have been together in church for a long long time .... very special ....




Big brother Jonah was excited about the baptism, and Uncle Sam (on the left) was godfather ....






We had a nice lunch with some of the family before they all headed home .... and we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful cake made by Sharan at Bodalla Bakery ... she took my brief for a baptism cake (not too over the top) and ran away with it .... beautiful fresh flowers and some little pink icing booties .... and not a speck of cream in sight .... white chocolate and sponge cake ........ mmmmmmmm delicious !!

Fiona Hawdon

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

More Retreat Photos



One of the ladies had made this gorgeous version of a Gail Pan quilt which I simply loved ....  just needed to be finished off with borders and bound .... great work ....





And another piece of  beautiful work ....





I worked on the first block of a Rosalie Quinlan quilt .... finished the stitching and now have to put the block together ..... and then the next 8 blocks to complete the quilt ....





As I hadn't caught up with Sylvia for a couple of months, we managed to exchange birthday gifts finally ... and she has made me a gorgeous little "Liberty" hexie drawstring bag which I love ....




And then I decided to work on a kit I have had for a number of years so I made lots of little hexies and sewed them together ....






This will become a useful large pincushion when it's finally put together ....





We had a great week with the Melbourne ladies and look forward to catching up again next year hopefully ... but for now it's back to reality .... and work ....

Monday, September 17, 2018

Retreat Time



I was very fortunate to sneak away from work for a week and head down to country Victoria to spend some time with friends and fellow stitchers last week .... we stayed at a beautiful house in Gisborne which is so well set up for lovely stitching retreats .... Abbe, the owner had thought of absolutely everything we would need for a week of stitching and patchwork .... it was amazing ....





There were beautiful quilts everywhere .... the one above was on the lounge room wall .... great inspiration ....






Just resting on the lounge ....





Each bed had a gorgeous quilt thrown across it when we arrived ....





A trip down south is not complete without a visit to "Millrose Cottage" in Ballan ... and the great cafe next door .... the quilt hanging on the wall is just lovely ...





I headed straight to the Liberty Room to swoon a bit and touch the fabrics .... absolutely beautiful ....
and I might have just bought a few to add to my Liberty collection !!





All so very beautiful and inspiring ....

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Family fun ...



Gorgeous big brother Jed is loving his cuddles with Lyndie ....





These beautiful flowers were purchased in a gorgeous Gerringong Florist .... Elkas Garden .... a gift for my sister ....





My boys ... all excited about Hawthorn vs Sydney Swans at the SCG ... what a great night ... Hawthorn won so they were very happy !!





Lyndie is growing by the day .....  she is 4 weeks old today !!




We had a lovely fathers day breakfast out on Saturday because we were all together .... missed that big photo opportunity .... but the kids loved the slide at the park at Mollymook ....





Getting together a little project for a stitching week away .... very excited to have a week away in Victoria coming up next week with some great stitching pals .... just planning on stitching and chatting and catching up .... I cannot believe I haven't even made it to a Craft Fair or Quilt Show in the past 12 months .... these little grandchildren sure do keep you busy !!!




Chelsea and I at the beach at Mollymook on Saturday .... such a perfect day ....





And today is Wednesday with these two little monkeys .... Wednesday morning craft project .... lots of fun and sticky bits going everywhere but they love it !!!






Sunday, August 19, 2018

Family Weekend




We have had a great weekend with the other half of the family coming down and all getting together to meet Lyndie ....   these two happy grandparents have arms full and overflowing ..... David and I with Clay, Malia (2 months), Jonah, Jed and Lyndie (10 days) .... such love !



Jed is over the moon excited about his little sister Lyndie !




When Jed was born 4 and a half years ago, my Tuesday night Needlework ladies made me a gorgeous "grandmas quilt" .... just to keep at my house for the grandchildren ...... a little while ago I posted a photo with 4 of them and now there are 5 !!!    Lots of fun trying to get them all to look in the same direction !!






And quiet afternoon cuddles with Malia when everyone else was asleep .....






Friday, August 17, 2018

One week old ....





It's hard to believe that this little princess is one week old .... here are her doting brothers keeping a watchful eye ..... photo cred to Tim the photographer .....




Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lyndie .... snug as a bug




Tim took this beautiful photo of Lyndie the other day .... all snuggled up on a chilly day ....