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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 ....
Natures Journey

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blogging Yearbook

I love this time of year when my blog book for the previous year of blogging arrives ....



I use Blog to Print and order my previous year of blogging posts to be made up into a book which essentially becomes my journal of all things made, family milestones, gifts given and friends and family times together !   



The front page for my 2016 journal has my Hummingbird Garland which I made for the Needlework Tours Cruise earlier in 2016 .... while the back has our family all together the week before Christmas !!  Of course I chose an orange theme for 2016 !!



I condense the photos and posts a little bit so it's not too thick !!!



And I'm now just enjoying reading through the past year of memories and creativity ...



It looks like I had the busiest of years .... I think I did !!!!   If you are a blogger, this is a great way to keep your journal together !!   Just google "Blog to Print" to find out more !!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Jonah's Baptism

A quick weekend visit to Fremantle for the baptism of our gorgeous new grandson Jonah this past weekend ....



Elliott and Andrea had a beautiful ceremony in Fremantle before they head to live a little closer to us in Sydney .... they will be just a 4 hour drive away rather than a flight across the country ! 



Chelsea and Andrea's sister Eva are Godmothers to this little treasure ....all the family celebrating ....



Jonah wore the beautiful christening gown that Andrea wore 30 years ago ... and fell asleep exhausted after the ceremony ....



A seafood lunch and a read of the Bible story of Jonah and the whale .... 



Father, son and grandson enjoying dinner in Fremantle last night while Chelsea and I flew back to Sydney ....



A little bit of plane stitching time .... and then we landed in Sydney ....



Back at home this morning and the beautiful frangipanis are flowering at my front door ..... and David and Elliott have started their week long road trip from Perth to Sydney ..... a boys own adventure ....

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pincushion

2017 first finish is this lovely pincushion from an old pattern of Sue Hawkins .... I made one for Sylvia last year and decided I needed one for me too !!!


I have done a little bit of stitching this past week as I had to rest up a bit .... lots of bright colours in this one ....


I love how this box pincushion goes together so nicely ....


I stitched a bottom piece in cushion stitch which I like better than putting felt on the base ....


We have had some fun beach times with the family and will miss these days as we head back to work tomorrow ....


Surfing and paddle boarding have filled our days and the weather has been beautiful .... we are blessed !! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year

Happy New Year !!!  A little late in my wishes ..... 


I hope 2017 brings you sunshine and love, treasured times with family and friends and of course many creative moments !!  I hope to be able to show you some new year creativity shortly !! 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 .... what a year !!

To say 2016 has been full to the brim would be an understatement .... our household has been running at full speed as usual ... and this has been the year we have now made the decision to go at a slower pace in 2017 ....  we have had an amazing year with lots of family highlights, a wonderful holiday, and a little bit of stitching in between ....





January was very exciting and called for celebrations when Elliott and Andrea announced their engagement .... they are moving back to Sydney from Perth in January 2017 so it will be wonderful to celebrate their wedding in April with them in New South Wales ....




February saw our first Stitching Day for the year !   Sylvia and I continued with our stitching days throughout this year and we have had a great time with all the ladies who have been joining us for many years ... and some for not so long ... all united in our enjoyment of stitching and creating friendships as we go ....  I have decided to take a break from my Needlework Group and from the Stitching Days also in 2017 .... perhaps I will now get some projects finished for myself and for our ever growing group of grandchildren too !!



March was fun with a "working" holiday on the "Voyager of the Seas" teaching Needlework to a lovely group of ladies, organised through Needlework Tours.    We visited a few islands in the South Pacific, ate far too much, stitched up a storm and enjoyed meeting lots of new ladies !



April arrived and we welcomed Clay Francis Taplin into our family .... another beautiful boy for Ash and Tim and little brother to a very doting Jed .... and the best part is that they live around the corner from us in their newly built house .... a wonderful treat for us all !



May was my birthday month and although busy, I managed to find time to visit Stephs in Moruya and have a bit of a shop to add to my stash of fabrics .... and I added this great surfers quilt pattern to my list of projects to complete !



June and a visit to the Sydney Craft Show as in order ... always inspiring .... I came away with lots of beautiful memories of lovely quilts and also a little bit more shopping to add to my collection !



In July we all celebrated Ashleigh's 30th birthday at Cupits Winery at Milton .... a beautiful sunny day for the middle of winter .... enjoyed with lots of her friends and family ....



August was AMAZING !!!!   We holidayed in a villa in Tuscany for a week with my sister and her husband and their children and then headed off on a catamaran and sailed around the north coast of Croatia .... the water was stunning .... the weather was warm and it was sooooooo relaxing !!!





The holiday crossed over into September so I couldn't help but share the colour of the water in Croatia which was also AMAZING !!!



Sylvia and I held our "Stitching in the Hills" Retreat in October and had a fabulous weekend with 60 ladies enjoying lots of happy stitching times ....




November arrived and so did Jonah Kysely Hawdon .... our beautiful new grandson and first baby for Elliott and Andrea !   Very dark hair like his mum and so different to our other two grandsons but absolutely gorgeous and we can't wait until they move to Sydney in the New Year and are a little bit closer !



November was a big month with Sam and Nadia arriving home from New York after three years away and then celebrating their wedding at Palm Beach in Sydney ... such a beautiful day surrounded by lots of family and friends ....



One of a couple of beautiful photos shared by Alex the photographer just before Christmas !



And for the first time in a couple of years, we all got to celebrate Christmas together with all our children and their partners and grandchildren .... it doesn't get any more special than this !   So for 2017 we are hoping for more wonderful family times, another holiday, not too much stress at work, and some creative times thrown in too !   Hoping you have the same and thank you for all your lovely comments and emails this year !  Happy New Year !! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Canvas finish

I have managed between lots of visitors, lots of food and lots of beach swims .... to finish off this cute little ABC scissor keep ....


It is from another of Sue Hawkins English needlework kirs purchased overseas ....


Just before sewing together ...


Sam and Nadia received a couple of their wedding proofs from Alex Marks just before Christmas .... they are too beautiful not to share....


Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas

We had a lovely Christmas celebrating with breakfast with Ash and Tim and the little boys .....


Such excitement from Jed who is nearly three !!!


And Clay who is 9 months !


We followed breakfast with lunch at Tims parents which was lovely also .... with a day of rest today as we enjoy Boxing Day at the beach .....


I did receive a very cute gift from Katie in the USA for Christmas in Chooky's Christmas gift swap .....


And this was the gorgeous decoration she sent also !!  Thanks Katie ... I love them both !!