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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, February 1, 2015

Embroidered Travel Needlecase

I have finally taken some photos of our first Needlework project for the year .... Needlework starts again on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning and I'm keen to get together with the ladies to see what they have been up to over the holidays !!    This Embroidered Travel Needlecase will fit a pack or two of needles and your stitching scissors .....


I have used a lovely paisley Liberty print for my lining and appliqué and used the colours in the fabrics for my embroidery ....


I also stitched a colourful scissor fob/pincushion to match ....  for those ladies who wish to make this project this week, you will need to bring along some homespun and your embroidery cottons and needles to stitch with .... See you on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning ..... there is lots to catch up on !! 



It has been a busy week this week at work, especially as we had Monday off for the Australia Day holiday !  On the weekend my family got together (minus my younger sister) to celebrate my brother's 60th birthday .... we had a lovely lunch by the beach in Sydney .... here we are about to enjoy an amazing dessert to celebrate .... me, Wendy, Mum, Robyn, Susan and my dad and Mark in front ....


We don't all get together very often but this is a great shot of my mum and dad with their only son ...


And mum and the girls .... we ate way too much lunch .... but had a great catch up and beautiful weather to enjoy the outdoors ....


Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Australia Day !!

Hope all those who are in Australia are celebrating and having a wonderful Australia Day !!


If it were a sunny day, we might be enjoying the beach, but it's not .... it's cool and cloudy so we have taken the dogs for a very long walk and swim along the beaches, and followed that with a long long long bike ride .... now relaxing and contemplating some Australia Day stitching!  


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Natures Journey and Flowers

I have now received my "Natures Journey" pattern and am all ready to start the Stitch A Long in February !!   I have great plans to finish lots of projects this year .... you can all hold me accountable for saying this so early in the year !!  


This is such a gorgeous quilt by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched and the pattern is beautiful ...


I'm hoping my fabrics arrive soon so I can make a start .... February is not that far away !!! 


We have had so much rain here lately that everything is growing at such a rapid rate .... I noticed these on the way to the letterbox earlier today ....


And these .... just gorgeous and vibrant and full of beautiful colours .... I feel an embroidered flower coming on !! 


And I have finished off this stitchery today ... and am wondering now how to finish it off ... this is a cute design from Natalie Bird ....  I love a day off in the middle of the week !!


Monday, January 19, 2015

"Embroidery and Craft Cruise" 2016

I'm happy to announce that the brochure has been released online for the 2016 Needlework Tours "Embroidery and Craft Cruise" .... and I'm very fortunate to be tutoring on the Cruise !



You can check out the full brochure online here .... the Cruise departs on 20th March 2016 for 12 nights and there are some lovely classes to attend and some beautiful places to visit ....   The projects I will be teaching are this colourful Creative Canvas Work Biscornu and Scissor Fob .... lots of fun stitches to play with here ....





And this gorgeous Hummingbird Garden Garland .... you can almost smell the flowers ...


And for those wanting to explore Hardanger Embroidery .... this Elegant Hardanger Evening Bag ...



But there are lots of different classes to choose from, so have a look at the brochure and dream about spending 12 nights cruising the South Pacific, and stitching as you sail away .....  there is also a follow up cruise after the "Embroidery and Craft Cruise" which is called the "Patchwork, Quilting and Paper Craft Cruise" .... this Cruise departs on 1 April 2016 for 8 nights and also cruises the South Pacific .....  way too tempting .... I'm wondering whether I'd be allowed a leave pass to tutor on the first one and relax and enjoy the second one !!!   



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wendy Williams Workshop

Sylvia and I had a really enjoyable day today courtesy of Berry Patchwork Shop and we joined in a workshop with Wendy Williams (Flying Fish Kits) who works and tutors at Material Obsession in Sydney (amongst other places).    Lots of lovely ladies, playing with lots of lovely felt and creating all sorts of gorgeous bits and pieces .... here are some photos of our day .... lots of amazing inspiration here ....


We were all working on covering little bags or work bags, or some were making pincushions ....


Lots of pearl thread and different stitches ...


Bright colours and gorgeous quilts of Wendy's for samples to share ....


A cute little covered case out of Wendy's book which was released recently ...


Amazing cushions ....


A rainbow of colours of pearl thread ...


Gathering around Wendy in navy in the centre left of photo whilst she explained some of her techniques ...


Some of Wendy's beautiful quilts ...


An amazing pincushion .... for someone who loves to play with felt ....


And at the end of the day .... some progress from some of the ladies who chose to do birds ....


And some of the other pieces being worked on throughout the day ....


And my little bit of playing with felt for the day ... this will become more involved and eventually cover a little sewing bag ....


We had a great day ... special thanks to Liz from Berry Patchwork Shop for organising and of course to the delightful Wendy Williams for a really enjoyable workshop !! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Blogging Yearbook 2014

I was just talking to Sylvia on the phone and telling her I had ordered my Blog to Print book for 2014 and that it should be arriving any day now .... and the postman delivered a parcel to my door !! 



I chose an orange cover and a photo of David and I (with Jed photo bombing in the background) which was taken recently ....


It is lovely to sit in a quiet house with a nice coffee and browse through the year that has been ....


Beautiful family times with baby Jed .... stitching and creating memories .....


Fun stitching days with friends ... always seeking inspiration and creativity with needle and thread ..


The back cover has a photo of a decoration on the tree ....  I will add this book to my collection of blogging year books.  Since I started my blog in January 2009, I have, through Blog to Print, published my blog each year into a book which is full of lovely memories and which I use as a journal for my stitching and family life .... which amazingly crosses paths on many occasions !


And today on my day off work, I'm enjoying a quiet stitch on a little project for myself, when I really should be stitching together items for the coming Needlework year !!  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas Wishes Decoration

I have finished off the January project for the Stitch A Long .... while we are waiting on the arrival of the "Natures Journey" pattern, we were able to stitch one of Anni Downs free designs .... and here it is .... made up into a little cushion .... my first Christmas decoration for 2015 !!  I used one of the Cottage Garden variegated threads .....



I plan to make a decoration each month this year .... hopefully I will stick to that plan !!