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Love my family and my faith .. love being creative ... embroidery, needlework, patchwork, quilting .....love the beach and sand between my toes ... love to read ... love where we live on the South Coast of New South Wales .... love exploring the great outdoors .... travel and tropical islands ..... recently retired and looking forward to finishing all my UFO's .......

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Where We Love is Home quilt

I am happily working away on my "Where We Love is Home" quilt designed by Anni Downs .... I have finished block 2 ....


The fabrics are great and it is coming together nicely ....



I am using the appliqué method rather than needle turning as that is my preference ....


I love the linen which is being used as well in the kits which I have purchased through Hatched and Patched in Bathurst as a Block of the Month ....


And now I am working on blocks 3A and 3B which are fun and fiddly ....


These are the appliqué sections of the blocks which I have prepared ready for stitching ....

Friday, July 19, 2019

Pincushion, Aussie Hero Quilt and Grandchildren

I missed my Tuesday deadline for the Pincushion of the Week because I was away in Sydney babysitting for Elliott and Andrea ..... so here it is .... this is where my needle and thread are planted today ....



Sylvia made me this lovely pear pincushion from wool a few years ago for my birthday ..... I think it is an Anni Downs pattern (?) and it really is very special ....


On my morning walk today the sun was shining on the water and looking so very spectacular .... we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place ....


As I mentioned we were looking after Jonah and Malia while their mum and dad had some precious time away together over the weekend .....


It is always lots of fun and lots of activities are planned to keep these little people busy ....


Malia is here sitting on an Aussie Hero Quilt which was sent to Elliott on his recent deployment .... it is now a great playmat for the kids and they love all the coloured fish and the big turtle in the middle ...  as a mum and a quilter I really do appreciate the effort which has gone into this quilt which kept my boy warm and cozy overseas .... so a very big thank you to the Coffs Harbour Sewing Team who made this quilt and sent it overseas with gratitude for his service .... brings a tear to my eye ....




On the way back I stopped in and visited Chelsea, Kye and baby Leo overnight and Chelsea, Leo and I went out for a special lunch and a big walk .... Leo is growing so fast and becoming so much more alert now !!



And then we had the little boys on Wednesday and we made an ocean picture with some shells, sand, seaweed and bits and pieces from our beach .....


They loved collecting the bits and pieces with Davey and I at the beach ....


And my children surprised me yet again with a beautiful photo book of our weekend away in the Kangaroo Valley to celebrate my never-ending birthday !!  It is really lovely to browse through the photos and enjoy the memories of a wonderful family weekend away !


And yesterday I spent the whole day doing a St Johns Ambulance First Aid course which I'm happy to say I passed with flying colours !!   There is so much to remember and not having a medical background we thought we needed to keep up to date especially as we are always looking after the little grandchildren and in light of our recent scare with my brother in law ..... I'm pretty confident I would know exactly what to do in an emergency now .... hopefully I won't be tested on that !!


And the end of another week is here .... we are at the end of July and the year is just going way too fast !!   I have lots of projects I want to get finished before the year end so I will be definitely spending a little more time in my sewing domain now that things have quietened down a little bit !!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sunrise and Stitchtherapy365

What a stunning sky there was this morning ..... such beautiful colours and amazing skies on a very windy blustery walk this morning with the dogs .... this picture is just off our balcony when we got home ....




I have enjoyed catching up on my stitching for #stitchtherapy365 ..... having been away on holidays for 4 weeks in May, I was way behind when I got back so have been slowly stitching to catch up ....



I do love the variety of designs and simplicity of the process of "stitching the day away" each day ....


Although its not always possible to stitch every day (trust me I try) I do enjoy a bit of quiet stitching time whenever possible ....





And we are now up to Day 191 which I finished yesterday ..... patiently waiting for Day 192 which is today .... and it's a sewing machine ..... but while watching State of Origin last night I stitched the next couple in advance .....


It is lovely to see lots of the ladies on Instagram who have been doing this stitching also .... thanks again to Helen Stubbings for the beautiful design .... I love it !!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tuesday Pincushion and More Birthday Celebrations

Here is another pincushion .... one of my favourites made a very long time ago .... this is where my needle and thread are planted this Tuesday afternoon .... I handpainted the background and then embroidered little garden beds over the top .....


This mornings walk was beautiful .... the sun shining on the water was stunning and it was quite warm out walking ....


We have just spent the weekend away in the Kangaroo Valley which is a couple of hours south of Sydney and is just beautiful .... all the children organised a stunning huge house for 2 nights so we could all be together to celebrate my birthday once Elliott had returned home from overseas .... it was just magical to have everyone together ....


We played lots of soccer and cricket with the little boys and there were some inside board games and puzzles for when it was cloudy or raining .... fortunately the sun came out although it was a bit chilly which is why we are all decked out in jumpers and boots ....


It was so very special to have everyone together ..... there were a few resident wombats around the gardens too which entertained the children for a long time .....



This picture above is the mums and dads and aunties and uncles trying to make the children smile and laugh for the photo below .... fun times ....


And we were jumping for joy with Jed and Clay which they thought was lots of fun !!


The kids did an amazing job of catering too and there was a beautiful birthday cake and a few bubbles too ....


Sam and Nadia and their little bump due in October ....


Chelsea and Kye and cute Leo who was just an angel all weekend ....


Ash and Tim with baby Lyndie all snuggled up in beanies against the cold weather ....


Elliott, Andrea and Malia .....


This little treasure is so ridiculously cute and such a good little boy for his mum and dad .... Leo is now 11 weeks old .... cannot believe where that time has gone !!


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Birthday Parties and Pincushions

This weeks pincushion is one I made a while ago .... an adaptation of a Sue Hawkins design which I found in an old magazine .... I love the colours and as usual I do love doing canvas work embroidery ... so this is where my needle and thread are planted on this sunny Tuesday ....


And speaking of sunny Tuesdays .... this was my view on my morning walk .... it is so lovely to be home after another big weekend away .....


We had a long weekend in Sydney celebrating my niece's 30th birthday, Malia's 1st birthday and another get together with my cousin Margot for her birthday ..... and that was all following a medical emergency on the Friday morning where my brother in law collapsed and was revived by his two children Kate and Drew ..... here they are with "lifesavers" .... he was raced to hospital and had surgery and now all is well again thank goodness ....


We celebrated with lots of family at Kate's 30th birthday lunch on Saturday .....   my sister Wendy and Kate ....


Some of the ladies in our family .... Wendy, Kate, Nadia, my mum, Ash, Andrea, Chelsea, Krystal and me ....



Kate had a lovely time snuggling with baby Leo ....



Our boys, Sam and Elliott, with Kate and Leo ....



More babies .....


David and I loved having all our grandchildren together .... here we are with Leo, Malia, Jonah hiding in the background, Jed, Lyndie and Clay ....


And then we had Nadia and her 25 week bump in the photo as well .... so technically we have 6 and a half grandchildren !!



All the kids disappeared and came back dressed up in double denim which created a few laughs !!



A denim sandwich ....



On Sunday we celebrated Malia's 1st birthday ....


She loved the balloons !!


Elliott did a great job on the birthday cake !!


She loved being the centre of attention ....


And enjoyed her birthday cake and flowers ....


Beautiful flowers ...



Lyndie in the little jumping castle full of plastic balls ....


And then it was on to my cousins 60th birthday with her family .... it was lovely to join them and have yet another glass of champagne to celebrate our birthdays .... my sisters Robyn and Wendy, my mum and my aunty in the background and Margot and myself ....



It was a huge weekend following Friday's drama but it certainly highlights the importance of family ......