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Love my family and my faith .. love being "Biccy" to our grandchildren, 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, October 31, 2009

More of Stephs!

When I was down in Steph's recently, I took lots of photos just to show you what a lovely shop she has! Here are a couple more!

I can always seem to find just the fabric I need here - they are just gorgeous!

And this little nook of Steph's is all red, white and black and looks fantastic!

Narelle, one of my Tuesday night ladies, has spent many months creating this beautiful cross stitch picture. She has now finished finally and had it framed and it looks magnificent! The flash on my camera wouldn't turn off when I took this - but you get the general idea!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

More Girls Morning In!

More "pink" morning tea which we thoroughly enjoyed! I'm pretty sure it's mostly about the food and chatting and not so much about the embroidery and needlework!!

More pink ladies!

And more .............

And some more!! As you can see - we really had a lovely time and raised some funds for medical research in the process which is always a good cause! Thanks everyone!

Girls Morning In!

We had a lovely morning on Wednesday with the Needlework ladies celebrating "Girls Morning In" to raise funds for breast cancer research. Our group had made this beautiful embroidered hexagon quilt and the lucky winner was one of our Wednesday ladies - Eve - the tallest lady on your right. She was well and truly "tickled pink" with her lovely quilt!

The ladies all looked wonderfully pink and we managed to raise $633.00 between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning for Breast Cancer Research! Thanks ladies - well done!

I thought it would be nice to share some photos of my Needlework ladies! I really do enjoy my Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings with all these ladies!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Girls Night In

You can't really have a pink Girls Night In without pink lollies - the marshmallows and musk sticks were delicious!

The supper we enjoyed was spectacularly "pink" and delicious also!

The ladies dressed in pink - here is Paula (from Gum Tree Designers), Renate and Dale stitching their "pink" projects!

And here is Lorraine, Lyn, Chris and Cheryl enjoying the night and doing a bit of stitching too!
The best part is - I get to do it all again this morning with the Wednesday morning ladies!
We hope to raise lots of funds for Breast Cancer Research too!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Getting Ready for Girls Night In!

Here are some of the pink giveaways for Girls Night In/Girls Morning In which we are holding at our Needlework Group. Lots of pink pink pink things!

And here are some of the kits I have made up for the Pink Ribbon Biscornu which we will be doing! Hopefully I'll have some "pink" photos to share with you tomorrow!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pink Ribbon Fundraising Quilt

For our fundraising activities this week for Breast Cancer Research (Pink Ribbon Day) we have made a "pink ribbon" lap quilt. This is the finished quilt and I think I would love to be the lucky winner! We'll find out on Wednesday morning just who that lucky winner is!

Here is a close up of some of the embroidered blocks - they all look so beautiful!

And although this is not "pink ribbon" related, this is Shirley with her lovely quilt she has made for her son. The colours are great and I'm sure he will really appreciate all the hard work! He will be able to wrap himself with love from mum! Well done Shirley!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pink Ribbon Biscornu/Pincushion

It is a rainy Sunday afternoon here and I have been putting together "pink" kits for our Needlework ladies for this week. We are having "Girls Night In" and "Girls Morning In" this week to raise funds for breast cancer research and so it is only fitting that we do a little something with a pink ribbon on it! I have used this lovely fabric (purchased from Steph's) on the back of my pink ribbon biscornu which I have designed. It could be a simple square pincushion also if you wish!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

And the winner is .....

"SUE IN AUSTRALIA" is the winner of my 300th post giveaway - randomly selected after I put all the names into a hat and drew lucky Sue out! Sue, if you would like to email me your postal address, I will post them to you on Monday! My email is stitchfiona@hotmail.com. The prize is the biscornu I made recently with hand dyed thread, some Thread Gatherer silk thread, a pair of Stork scissors attached to a Scissor Clown which I made a while ago using hand dyed silk threads, and a Mill Hill beaded angel decoration (sorry Sue - you have to make that one yourself!). Congratulations and thanks to all the ladies who left such lovely comments on my blog! The sun is shining here and it is a beautiful day!

Friday, October 23, 2009

My Local Patchwork and Needlework Shop!

I am very fortunate to have such a lovely local patchwork and needlework shop called Steph's! When I was in there for the second time this week, I decided to take a couple of photos and share my local shop with you! There are always lots of beautiful quilts hanging to inspire and little projects made up to tempt you!

Wherever you look in Steph's there is a little nook with something that you just have to take home with you!

And all these Crabapple Hill projects are just too tempting for words! All beautifully stitched and some with kits made up ready to go! What is your local patchwork and needlework shop like??

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Creative Ladies!!

Thanks to the very computer literate Bruce (husband of Sylvia) my Picasa is now working again so I can post the photos I took this morning! Thanks Bruce! This beautiful lap quilt has been made by Jenny for her mother in India - it has such gorgeous colours and is beautifully stitched!

Shirley has made this exquisite bluework box lid - this is really her passion - blackwork, redwork, bluework!!! The list goes on!! Just beautiful Shirley !

Over the mid term break, Shirley has been busy with the bluework above and also knitting this handy bag from a book I bought her! Her hands are never idle!

And Inge has been testing her eyesight with this very cute little petit point project which she has framed into this glass frame. What clever ladies you all are and thanks for sharing with us this morning at Needlework!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Christmas Wishes

Here is a simple "Christmas Wishes" decoration I have now completed for our Needlework Group! We should all be getting into the "Christmas Spirit" shortly!! (It's not that far away!!)

300th Post Giveaway!!

To celebrate my 300th post, I am giving away a small gift of this embroidered biscornu, some threads and a lovely little pair of embroidery scissors! If you would like to be in the draw to win this special gift, please leave a comment on this post prior to 6.00pm on Friday 23 October 2009. I will draw at random and announce the winner on Saturday! I am happy to post internationally too! Good luck!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Christmas Wishes

Christmas is coming and I am getting ready! So here is a little glimpse of "Christmas Wishes" which I am working on for our Needlework Group. It was such a lovely sunny afternoon here and this beautiful red bottlebrush is in full bloom so I planted my embroidery in the middle of it and took a photo!! And as I write this I have just noticed this is my 300th post! So.... in the next few days there will be a surprise!

Faces of the Solomons

This little girl was watching our Sunday School items in the Solomons - blissfully unaware that I was watching her copying our dancing moves!

I had some photos of our children and were showing them to a group of the young girls in the Solomons. Here they are holding one of the photos !

These gorgeous little children were students at Tassi O'Brien's school which we visited. So cute as they recited some poetry for us and sang some lovely songs!

And here is Brother Eddie and his young son - captured at one of our church meetings! The faces of these beautiful people will remain etched in my memory forever! Such a special time!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friendship Mittens

Before heading off to the Solomon Islands, I made about 120 kits for these little Friendship Mittens which are bookmarks for your book or bible. I took them with me and spent a lovely morning stitching with the Mothers Union ladies in Honiara. Here are the kits I was making before departure!

And here is the Friendship Mitten holding a page in my bible! The verse that accompanied the Friendship Mitten kit was "Just a little hand of friendship, with a grip so true, when you read your Bible, I'll hold the page for you!" Thankyou to the Bodalla Embroidery ladies for the idea and my adaptation of the verse to incorporate "Bible" instead of "book". Thankyou!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Flowers of the Solomons

Beautiful flowers were everywhere we looked in the Solomons - this beautiful arrangement was at the Guest House when we arrived! Stunning!

I won't even begin to guess what this red flower is but it was striking!

This orchid was on Sandfly Island ( didn't see any sandflies but there was fantastic snorkelling and stunning orchids!)

Hibiscus in every colour were in abundance - this was an interesting variety with a lovely dark centre and it was about half the size of the hibiscus we have in Australia!

Friends in the Solomons

We had such a fabulous time on the Solomons Mission Trip. This is on the last night there and we had a beautiful farewell dinner and celebration at All Saints Church in Honiara. Here are some of the lovely young girls who became our friends during our stay! Rose Mary is holding a photo of our family!

On the Sunday School beach picnic I shared lunch with Ruby and Emily and here they are holding some of the friendship cushions made by my Needlework ladies!

After a morning session I conducted with the Mothers Union ladies, we presented them with some of the friendship cushions made by the Needlework ladies! We had such a great morning together and Kay and I taught them how to make little friendship mittens for their bibles.

A fabulous morning was spent at a little school outside Honiara with the cutest little children. Here are the mothers and teachers of some of the children who sang a beautiful song for us and then Kay and I presented them with some of the friendship cushions!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Colours of the Solomons

We are safely home from our mission trip to the Solomon Islands and here are some of the colours we have enjoyed over the past two weeks! This is a pile of frangipani lei which were presented to us on arrival at the All Saints Church in Honiara on the first night! We took photos the next morning in the daylight - the colours were spectacular and the scent was absolutely magnificent!

The altar cloths which I had made prior to leaving were presented to the Bishop Patterson Church in the Koa Valley. Here are the local church ladies following the presentation of the cloths to the Church with the local children looking on! So cute!

Another spectacular array of colour was shown at every meal we shared! Platters of delicious fresh papaya, watermelon, pineapple, coconut, bananas were in abundance and we absolutely loved every meal! Lots of lovely fresh fish too!

A little trip to the Honiara produce markets every couple of days was a highlight! Here are rows and rows of eggplant - so fresh and so colourful! I have taken about 600 photos I think over the past two weeks - but promise I won't share them all with you!