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Love that God blessed me with a creative gift to share! Love creating new embroidery, needlework and patchwork projects of all kinds! Passionate about my family and my faith. Love where we live on the south coast! Wish I had more time to be creative!!

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"She who sews with courtesy reaps friendship and she who sews with kindness finds love"

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Busy weeks, bike riding, birthdays and stitching

This week has just flown by .... Christmas is getting closer and closer .... and I have been doing some secret stitching for hand made gifts ... and some secret stitching for our "Stitching on the Lake Christmas Day" on Saturday 29th November in Canberra .... here is a tiny sneak peek at one of the projects ....


After work one day this week a group of us went for a beautiful bike ride from town out to the beach and boardwalk and back again .... such a beautiful evening for a ride ....



We had some gorgeous finishes shown at Needlework this week .... Pauline has made this stunning little box lid covered in stump work complete with tiny lady beetle ....



Marianne has finished off her Christmas wall hanging ...



Shirley W has been crocheting up a storm with this Japanese crochet pooch ...


A beautiful hardanger table cloth ....


A close up of the centre piece ....


And Nala turned 3 this week .... she is such a special part of our family ....


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More of Mill Rose

I took lots of photos on the weekend to share of our gorgeous weekend away at Mill Rose Cottage in Ballan, Victoria ....  If you want to have a closer look go their website at www.millrosecottage.com.au 


Row upon row upon row of stunning fabrics ....


Sylvia outside the patchwork shop ....


The beautiful Mill Rose Cafe ....


Very cute little baby blankets hanging in the shop ...


There were some lovely pieces on the wall in the cafe, including this quilt ...


And these very intricate works of fibre art ...



The garden had beautiful huge roses ...


More quilts hanging on the wall in the shop ...


I found Annie framed by fabrics and quilts in the shop ...


This group of ladies (friends of Rose and Judys) had travelled up from Melbourne for the day on Sunday and were have a "sit and stitch" at the Mill Rose patchwork shop ... with Rose and Judy in the middle .... all looking at one of Judy's beautiful quilts ...



Gorgeous bowls of thread ....


Another stunning Judy Newman quilt hanging on display ... Judy teaches at Mill Rose Cottage quite regularly ... aren't they lucky to have her close by ?


We also called in to Castlemaine on the way to Ballan on Friday and had a nice visit to Threadbear Patchwork which is beautiful too ....  I probably have more photos to share of that one !! 


Monday, November 10, 2014

Mill Rose Cottage - A Very Special Weekend .....

I have just had the nicest weekend away with a lovely group of ladies at the beautiful Mill Rose Cottage in Ballan, Victoria ... and it was very special ....  these photos will speak for themselves .... most of these ladies were on the Needlework Cruise which I taught on earlier this year .... 




Mill Rose Cottage is beautiful accommodation in Ballan and right next door is Mill Rose Cottage Patchwork shop and right next door to that is Mill Rose Cafe ....   I don't really need to explain any further how lovely it was !



Row upon row of beautiful fabrics ....



Beautiful wools ....



An amazing table for lessons or sit and sew days ....



Stunning class samples and lots more fabric ....



The most spectacular display of Liberty fabrics ....



Gorgeous fresh flowers from the garden everywhere ....



And yes that is me with a shopping bag ...



The Mill Rose Cottage accommodation .... which has five rooms of two and a huge table and lounges for stitching and chatting and eating ....



Judy, Annie, me, Christine, Sylvia and Gail after enjoying a delicious breakfast on Sunday at the Mill Rose cafe ....



Just beautiful .... well worth a visit if you are in the area (about 1 hour north of Melbourne) and what a shame it's back to work tomorrow !!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Finally ... back at Needlework

Well it's been over two weeks since I've felt well enough to blog !!    Back at Needlework today after being struck down with no voice last week followed by a bad throat and cough .... needless to say I'm completely over it !!    Lots of beautiful work to share with all the Needlework ladies last night and today .... so nice to be back amongst these creative souls ....  Helen  finished off her lovely book mark from an earlier class ....



Another Helen .... this time Helen has just returned from a wonderful holiday in the USA and bought these gorgeous little kits in Lancaster - Amish country ... a cute family complete with cat and dog ... all made out of felt ! 



Shirley W has been crocheting up a storm ... Japanese crochet that is .... lots of little animals to keep some grandchildren very happy !!



A couple of lovely versions of "Chelsea Bloom" quilt ... this one is Sheilas for a special granddaughter ....


And this is Shirleys .... great colours in both !


I bought along my little zippered purse to show the ladies !  (a Be Be Bold pattern) 


Betty has a lush lavender bush and bought in some beautiful flowers .... I now have a lovely pot of lavender on my desk at work ....



And Gwen has put together this gorgeous carry all bag using a variety of stitched pieces ... this is the front ....


the back ....



One side ....


And the other side .... I love the covered buttons and all the bright fantastic colours ... beautiful embroidery and it looks great Gwen !!    



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Girls Morning Tea In

Lots of pink to be seen this morning at Needlework as we held our annual Pink Girls Morning Tea In!  Unfortunately due to the bad weather we had to cancel last night but will definitely be getting the pink thing happening next Tuesday night to make up for it !!   Some great lucky dip prizes and a beautiful bunch of pink and white flowers for the last ticket pulled out ... and the winner was Jennifer who had kindly donated a couple of pink items she had made for our lucky dip !! 


Some spectacular "pink" morning tea was to be enjoyed ....


Sooooo much pink food colouring I think !!



Lots of ladies dressed in pink for the occasion ....


Lots of happy faces stitching away the morning ...


And because it was so chilly and the weather was so bad, there was quite a lot of knitting happening too !!


Lots of busy ladies here ....


Shirley, Jennifer with her flowers and Sheila .... a sea of pink !!


Everyone enjoyed the morning but most importantly we raised some funds to go towards Breast Cancer research which is a good thing !!    Tuesday night ladies will not miss out .... we will just defer our Girls Night In until next Tuesday 21st October 2014 .... don't forget to wear pink ladies!!



Stella has been making some gorgeous Christmas bits and pieces for her stall at the South Coast Hand Made market to be held in Batemans Bay on the 7th November 2014 at the Soldiers Club ... I think I would get there early if you want to snap up some of these gorgeous bargains !


It was lovely of Maureen to bring her beautiful jewellery to show us this morning ... she will be donating 10% towards a gift for us to raffle .... a very generous gesture .... thanks Maureen !!


This is her beautiful Miglio jewellery which she was sharing with us this morning !