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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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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sewing Bag

I have been stitching .... but lots of it has been secret stitching for gifts !!!  Now that Helen has had her birthday, I can share the gift I made for her with our Friends in Stitching group .... the brief was that it had to be a black and white bag of some description .... with a gift inside .....  So I stitched a Rosalie Quinlan design in black .....


Then added some black and white fabrics, and a fancy button and a zipper, bagged the corners and made a useful stitching bag .....   inside were some chocolates and a little black and white box and a scissor fob !  Happy Birthday Helen !! 


I'm gradually ticking off the Christmas list of things to do .... write Christmas cards (tick) and compose a quick letter (tick) and make a collage of photos of the family to include (tick) .....


Back to stitching now and packing up a box of Australian goodies to send off to Sam and Nadia in New York .... where it is very chilly and has been snowing a little too !!    Happy Christmas preparations to you all !!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A little stitching .... and a celebration!

We have had a rare weekend at home trying to get organised for the coming weeks .... we had a rainy day on Saturday but the sun shone today which was lovely.... 4 loads of washing later .....    I have been doing a little bit of stitching ....  all these little hexies will become something shortly ,,,,, I'll share when its finished !!


In my hoop is another little stitchery ....


We were very excited to get a phone call from our youngest daughter on Friday afternoon to say that she and her gorgeous man had become engaged on Magnetic Island ....  he is home on leave from an overseas posting and goes back this week for another 2 months .... and then he'll finally be home and they will be happily organising a wedding for the end of next year ..... Here is Chelsea and Kye celebrating on Friday night with a lovely dinner on Magnetic Island ....


And here is a gorgeous photo of her which Kye sent yesterday saying he is the luckiest guy in the world ....   


So as they were so far away, we celebrated with lunch out yesterday with Ash, Tim and Jed ....  a bottle of champagne and lots of laughs .....



But someone came and photo bombed this photo of David and I ..... I wonder who that could be ??


I will get back into stitching mode and Christmas mode after the excitement has died down .... will that ever happen??  I hope all your Christmas organisation and planning is running smoothly .....

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Mail and Stitching

Lots of secret stitching going on lately for various things .... I have received some lovely Christmas Decorations in our "Friends in Stitching" Christmas swap from Karol-Ann in the UK .... they are just lovely and will look beautiful on our tree when we find a really fragrant bushy Christmas tree in the next week or two .....


They came all beautifully packaged up with a note to open the small gift (decorations) first and put the larger gift under the tree for Christmas Day (thats the rule) ..... 


Here are my two packages being sent off to someone way across the ocean .... I hope she receives it soon !! 


We snuck away the other night for a mid week overnighter with our friends to the Depot Beach Cottages .... so beautiful .... we rode our bikes around the lake, enjoyed beautiful dinner and breakfast al fresco, and had a gorgeous walk over the hill to a special beach .... very nice .... and then it was back to work !! 


Just to prove I have been stitching .... I have finished off a little design by Rosalie Quinlan ....



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Stitching on the Lake

We had a fabulous day at "Christmas Stitching on the Lake" in Canberra yesterday ....  over 80 ladies enjoyed stitching, chatting, eating and shopping !!!     We worked well into Friday evening setting up the hall and Najelle and Terrie from Hobbysew Belconnen also came and set up their gorgeous stall for which we thank them .... my bag came home a little heavier with some fabric etc. that I just had to have !!     This was Friday evening when set up was finally completed .....  We started to turn off the lights and realised how lovely all the red bags were with their gorgeous "Filled with Love" logo (thanks to Kikki K) ...



Saturday morning dawned bright and early for us and here is the scene before the ladies all arrived ..


And this is shortly after they arrived ....


Lots of chatting and laughter to be heard as they all stitched the day away ... the Hobbysew stall tempted way too many ladies !!


Here is Najelle re-stocking the fat quarter bundles which were walking out the door !


Sylvia and I .... in the quiet before the ladies all arrived ...


So many beautiful fabrics and treats to be tempted with at the stall ....



Lynne, our fabulous caterer, excelled again with some gorgeous delights during the day ... Australian Christmas Bush and Kangaroo Paw flowers and a lovely Christmas greeting on the catering table ..


Lynne and Sammi, her offsider, putting out a beautiful display for morning tea ...  thank you so much .... it was all beautiful ...



A small herd of reindeer were completed on one of the tables during the day !


Our good friend, Rose, came up from Melbourne to stitch the day away with us all ... always great fun to catch up with Rose ....


I saw lots of lovely sewing accessories throughout the day, but forgot to photograph all of them .. this was a cute needle case I saw which was made by one of the ladies ...


Celia and Diane also bought their gorgeous candles and paper art to tempt us ... so many delicious scents .... and all so beautifully presented .... 


So as the year closes on our Stitching Days, we want to thank all the ladies who have joined us throughout the year for our Retreat and Stitching Days ... we have had lots of fun together, shared good times (and some sad times) but mostly have been bought together by our love of needle and thread .... may you all enjoy a blessed and peaceful Christmas ... and may you find many hours of relaxing stitching times in the coming year ....  we will keep you posted about Stitching Days in 2015!!  xx



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Stitching on the Lake Projects

It is now less than a week until our final stitching day for the year .... "Christmas Stitching on the Lake" in Canberra on Saturday 29 November 2014 !!    The kits are all ready, the bags are nearly packed and the projects are looking very "Christmassy" .... here are my three projects ....   we all love cross stitch for its simplicity and here is a cute little Christmas decoration worked in 221 red to hang on the Christmas tree ....  



When I was thinking about a Christmas stocking, I decided to make one for Jed for his first Christmas ... as he was born into a surfing family, he needed to have a Santa with a surfboard ....  if a surfboard isn't your thing, then a Christmas tree can be appliquéd in its place .... the background fabric is provided for this project and the ladies will need to bring their favourite fabrics for appliqué and some fusible webbing ....




I have made another little decoration in canvas work for the Christmas tree .... the colours used are 221 red, 3011 green, 783 gold, 3781 brown and ecru or a light colour for the background.   The canvas will be provided in your kit but you will need a tapestry needle for stitching!




You will need your threads to complete this basket liner or mat - if you like to back your fabric whilst stitching, you will need some light interfacing like G700 (approx. 40cm square) 



This foundation pieced small hanging will look great on your wall for Christmas .... bring your ruler, biro, sewing machine thread and small scraps of fabric to complete ...



This little felt reindeer is made by hand and all felt is included .... you will need to go in search of small twigs for his antlers when you have stitched him together !



Sylvia's  has also blogged about the projects on her blog, so pop on over for a look there!   We are both looking forward to catching up with all the ladies who are coming for our end of year get together and Christmas Stitching Day ....  see you there !! 

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 !!