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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"

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday Fun Day !!

Normally on a Wednesday morning I would be found stitching with all the ladies in my Needlework Group .... but as we are on "school holidays" at the moment, I found myself with a rare day at home!!!   And I was delighted to get a phone call from Ashleigh asking if I would mind looking after Jed for a couple of hours so she could help Tim with some work .... MIND !!!  (Is that a trick question for a new grandmother??)  Not at all .... he is such a delight and went off to sleep without any fuss for me which is great !!    Such a lovely morning playing with him and watching as he discovers new toys, sounds and touch ....



And then his mother came and collected him (shame) and I set about some stitching .... but the postman came and delivered .... a beautiful necklace from the gorgeous Christine Lethlean of Margie and Bert .... we met on the Needlework Cruise earlier this year and Christine is a very talented Textile Artist .... I just love her button necklace !!  


And I have seen a few beautiful versions of Helen Stubbings "Two French Kisses" bag and just knew I needed one for myself .... this pattern also arrived in the mail today ....


And I'm trying to work on some secret stitching this afternoon with some of my favourite Cottage Garden Threads   ....  this beautiful holder made especially for Cottage Garden Threads was a gift and I love it ....


Lots of beautiful variegated Cottage Garden Threads to choose from ....


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Not so lazy Sundays ....

It's a beautiful sunny Sunday here on the South Coast and I have been not so lazy today ....  I have just potted some little herb pots for my back deck and am tackling a little bit of creativity this afternoon .... which involves my favourite Derwent Artists pencils ....



I have sewn together another of these little canvas work decorations for a gift !



This little bundle looked like this half an hour ago and I am now cutting into them and playing with shapes !! 



Sewing tools in this little sewing bag from a Leanne Beasley design ....



And I'm loving my new purchase from yesterday .... a Living Locket .... purchased locally in Mogo ... a few of us recently gave our friend Shirley a gift of one of these for her special birthday and I decided I needed to have one for me ...  mine has a freshwater pearl and a cross hanging from the top and inside is a Tree of Life, faith, hope and love buttons, a tiny orange charm (just because I'm an orange girl), a rose charm  and a tiny little airplane (just because I like to travel) ....  Living Lockets are on Facebook here and they do a great mail order too  .... lots of lovely ideas and I can see some gorgeous Christmas gifts coming up ....



And a bunch of gorgeous Australian Wildflowers I picked up yesterday on my little shop .... wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying your Sunday !! 



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Judy's Dilly Bag

The very creative Angie from Gnome Angel  has organised a "Dilly Bag-A-Long" through her Fussy Cutters Club using the gorgeous Dilly Bag pattern designed by Judy Newman of "A Very Fine House" .... and I'm joining in the fun !!    I was lucky enough to be a fellow tutor on the Needlework Cruise earlier this year with Judy Newman and she is just such a talented designer and a lovely person !  I purchased one of her dilly bags made from gorgeous Liberty fabrics and others on the cruise and I treasure it, so I thought I would make another .....



This is the pattern which you can purchase from Amitie Textiles or online through the Gnome Angel site .... and it goes together like a dream ....



So I have pulled out a few of my favourite French General fabrics and I'm going to do a little fussy cutting and playing today I hope ....   If you want to join in the fun, have a look at the Gnome Angel blog by clicking on the highlighted name at the top of my post ....



I'm loving the scent of this gorgeous bunch of flowers bought to me by dear friends Bill and Kim from Canberra on the weekend ....



They are like an extra set of grandparents to our children and they came down to catch up with Jed (and Ash and Tim) and Elliott and Andrea who were over for a visit from Perth for the weekend  ....



Elliott and Andrea enjoying their time with a happy smiling little Jed ...



A beach walk with Jed wearing Davey's hat .... a little too big for him ....



And the dogs loving the water ..... 



It was a lovely weekend of family and friends .... but we were missing Chelsea and Kye (Townsville and overseas) and Sam and Nadia in New York .... 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chookyblues Christmas Swap

I have joined in Chookyblue's Secret Christmas Swap again and have put my thinking cap on about what to make !  This is always a fun swap .....


And I'm happy to share this great idea from Susan on her Thimblestitch blog .... did you know you can now have a small portable lightbox .... simply download Light Table for iPad (it's free) onto your iPad ..... and it works well because I have just downloaded it onto mine ....



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back home and back at Needlework

It is always lovely to travel and adventure, but equally lovely to return home to family and friends .... we missed little Jed and all our family, but had a great time in New York and the States.   It was great to be back at Needlework this week too .... and the ladies had lots of lovely things to share .... Asta has made this gorgeous little needle case for a friend .... beautiful stitching ...


Margaret is putting the finishing touches onto her stitchers cushion from our Retreat in August ....


Lorraine is knitting very fancy socks .... she tells me the wool is designed that way ... but I think they look great !


Chris has finished off a couple of little canvas work fobs ....


Carol has finished off her version of the little stitched purse we made this past term ...


The South Coast & Country Quilters Exhibition was on in Batemans Bay over the weekend and although I didn't get there, from all reports it sounded fantastic.  There were some little short workshops and some of the ladies participated in those .... here is Tricia and Gwen's little pieces from their workshops ...


Osla continues to amaze us with her gorgeous crochet and she has made another fabulous rug ...
very bright and cheery !!


Margaret has got the crochet bug too and has made this spectacular rug also ...


I found a few gorgeous little zippered bags in the patchwork shop I visited in New York .... so a couple of them had to come with me ....



And I participated in a swap of "ugly" fabrics with my online stitching group and this is what De made with my ugly rust coloured fabric .... little pots in front of a window ... the brief was to make a 12" quilt for your partner and it was great to come home and find this gift from De ...thanks De !!


And a post would not be completed without little Jed ... here he is sitting up and studying a book which we bought for him in New York ....  you would swear he was reading the pages ....


And he loves it !!    Boy did we miss his smiling face on our travels !! 


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stitching finally ....

Last day in paradise today but I managed the tiniest bit of stitching yesterday afternoon ....



Nothing too fancy or difficult but a little something which will become bigger .... And posting to the blog wouldn't have been as easy these holidays without this newly purchased iPad .... Much cheaper in New York than at home .... 



If you look carefully you can see the picture is of David and I on the Brooklyn Bridge! 


And another great purchase was a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses with readers inserted into them so I don't have to wear two pairs of glasses in the sun when I'm reading .... What a great invention !!! I was very excited when I saw these !!


So this is our last day on Maui and the end if a 5 week adventure ... We have loved every minute and look forward to going back to visit Sam and Nadia again in New York soon !!!!  Our dinner last night was pretty special too ....


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Maui

Relaxing relaxing relaxing ...... For just a few days before coming home !!!



And the closest I am getting to stitching is this book .....  About a beach and a quilt .... Two of my favourite things !!!



Oh dear .... Back to reality all too soon .......