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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!!

Something to remember ...

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

Canvas Biscornu

Canvas Biscornu

Embroidered Garland

Embroidered Garland

Recently finished ....

Recently finished ....
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Christmas in July" Projects

Sylvia and I are looking forward to our upcoming "Christmas in July" Stitching on the Lake Days in Canberra on Saturday 23 July and Saturday 30 July 2016!   Will you be joining us ?    I know we are in for some very tempting treats from Lynne in the kitchen, the ladies from Hobbysew Belconnen will be joining us and there will be six wonderful Christmas projects for you to stitch for Christmas !   With a little over 5 months until Christmas, that will give you lots of time to have your Christmas stitching completed !




This canvas work decoration uses a few different stitches and a little bit of gold thread to highlight your Christmas Star .... the colour I have used are green (936), red (3777), gold (783) and ecru.



The back of the canvas work is worked in the same colours with one strand of gold metallic thread to highlight.    Fibrefill stuffing and canvas is included.   You will need a tapestry needle for stitching.



It's always fun to create a Christmas Cross Stitch ... this time it has been made into a useful scissor holder for that very special sewing friend .... "Sew Hope Peace Create Believe" will have you wishing for more creative time this Christmas season !   The colours used are green (936), red (3777) and gold (783) .    Aida fabric and fibrefill is provided ... you will need some Christmas fabric to finish, a decorative button, a small piece of lace or trim and a ribbon or thread for hanging !  You will need a small tapestry needle for stitching.




This Christmas Mandala Pouch is worked on homespun again using Christmas colours of green (936), red (3777), gold (783) and ecru.    This would be a wonderful pouch for sewing friend, or for yourself for your little projects, or alternatively could be made into a decoration or a cushion if you wish.   Homespun fabric is provided and you will need a fat quarter of Christmas fabric to finish, with a fat quarter for lining, together with a 10" zipper and some lightweight pellon to give body to your project.  You will need a crewel embroidery needle for stitching.




This little felt house is all hand stitched using felt.  Your kit includes the felt and you will just need the DMC threads red 221, greens 580 and 3012, ecru, brown 3863 and yellows 783 and 782.



This little decoration is made with English paper piecing so bring along your glue pen or tacking thread, some fine thread for sewing the pieces and some scraps of fabric.




Stitch this Christmas stitchery and make it into a cushion or hanging.  Your background fabric and parlay is provided and you will need your threads (DMC threads 221, 2777, 783, 782, 580, 3012 and 936 or your own favourites) and a little scrap of red fabric and fusible web.




No we aren't making beautiful orange teacups .... this is just to remind you to bring along your favourite tea cup or coffee mug ....  it will save lots of washing up time for the ladies in the kitchen .... thank you !    We will also be sharing all our show and tell so don't forget to bring along some of your finished projects to inspire us all! 




We are looking forward to spending some fun filled days with you all .... stitching, eating, chatting and enjoying "Christmas in July" !!   See you there !!!   




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday hugs !!

Such a blessing to have my two most favourite little boys to wrap my arms around this afternoon !! 


It makes a busy day at work all the more bearable !!! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Early Style Hardanger

I'm enjoying a cup of herbal tea and browsing through one of my Craft Show purchases ..... Early Style Hardanger by Yvette Stanton ....


I love anything Hardanger .... Especially these cute Christmas stockings ...


And I'm ready to start stitching on this beautiful Hardanger Biscornu ....


 But I have to write my notes for the upcoming Christmas Stitching on the Lake days in Canberra on Saturday 23 July and 30 July .... are you coming to join us???  We have a few spots left if you would like to email me ! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Family Life

In the absence of stitching I can share .... It's all secret at the moment .... We have had some lovely family times lately .... We celebrated the 90th birthday of a very dear friend .. Bill ....


Chelsea, Kim , the birthday boy Bill, Ash and Jed ....


Chelsea and Kim with Clay and Ash ...


Special sisters with a cute baby ...


We might have had an early champagne or two to celebrate Ashleigh's 30th birthday ....


And the celebrations continued this weekend again with lunch at the winery with some of their friends ....


That was after a quick trip to Perth to catch up with Elliott and Andrea ....


Heading out for a special dinner ..,


Then it was back home for a special beach walk with this cute boy ...


A lovely visit from my mum who got to meet her newest grandson Clay ....


And Clay all rugged up for a walk .... Hopefully I can share my secret stitching soon !! 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sydney Craft Fair

Shirley and I had a lovely but quick visit to Sydney yesterday for the Craft and Quilt Fair .... It was a beautiful clear day as we left Circular Quay and headed around by ferry to Glebe Island ...



Sydney Harbour looked stunning !!


First stop and we did a little bit of shopping at Anni Downs stall ... I caught Shirley in the act !!!


Admiring all of Annis beautiful quilts ! 


Loved the beautiful display by Cecile from France ...




Her work is very beautiful ...


Had a lovely wander around the quilts too .... This display in hoops by the Quilt Guild was gorgeous ... Especially Wendy Williams work on the top left ....


Some fabulous quilts took my eye too .... This one by Wendy Williams won a most deserving prize ! 


Stunning !!


Just a few that took my eye ! 




And then it was back on the ferry to the Quay .... A sail past the Opera House in the late afternoon light ... And into the car and home .... A nice escape from the office for the day !!!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sydney Craft Show

Pssssst ..... Don't tell anyone ...... I'm sneaking away from work for a day to visit the Sydney Craft and Quilt Show .....


I wonder if they will notice I'm not at work !!!!    

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday Stitching

We had a lovely day inside out of the rain yesterday enjoying stitching@bodalla with the 20 ladies who joined us for the day !  


There was lots of lovely show and tell which the ladies bought along to inspire ! 


It was nice to see some finishes from our Stitching in the Hills Retreat last year  too !! 


Some beautiful pieces here ! 


Some cute stitching bags from an earlier stitching day !! 


Hardanger finishes !!


Nice finish from Pauline on the day .... And it matches her black and white needle case too!!   Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of all the ladies or the beautiful food .... Thankyou for catering for me Jenny .... But it was a great day ! 


And today was more rain so we had a little picnic rug on the lounge room floor and Jed and Clay joined us for a fun afternoon tea !!