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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, December 26, 2009

Peace, Joy and Hope

Christmas Day has been and gone, but I would like to wish you all a 2010 full of peace, joy and hope!! I hope your Christmas was fantastic and that you are now able to relax and enjoy a few days of rest with your family and friends!! We have a house full here, all children and partners are home and we are just happy to be spending time together! Enjoy this festive season!! xx

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Gifts from Sylvia

What a lovely surprise I received yesterday when I opened a little package from my stitching friend, Sylvia and found these two beautiful little patterns of hers. I am looking forward to painting or colouring the "Button Hearts" hopefully in time for Christmas!

And the Nativity will look beautiful on my tree if I can get it finished in the next few days!!
Thankyou Sylvia - just beautiful!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Celebrations in Sydney

We had a beautiful day in Sydney on Sunday celebrating early Christmas with all my family! As we live "down the coast" we often get together before Christmas because everyone is normally in different directions on Christmas Day with extended family commitments! So here is one of the tables set for lunch at my brother's house for Christmas! It was a glorious sunny day!

The yachts were sailing past, the pink frangipani was in full bloom, the champagne was cold!!!!

The girls were enjoying swimming in the pool!

And all the ladies in our family gathered for a "girls photo!! Left to right - Kate (niece), Wendy (sister), Sarah (sister in law), Shelley (pregnant niece), Skye (niece), me, Chelsea (my baby), Robyn (sister), Susan (sister), Beth (sister), Mum, Ashleigh (eldest daughter) and Joan (aunty)! Great day - great ladies!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Tree

We drove north this morning early and bought a beautiful Christmas Tree which we have just finished decorating! Here are some of my favourite decorations! This one a beautiful cross stitch ornament given to me by one of my special stitching friends!

I loved creating this canvas work Christmas Tree design with ribbons!

My sister and her husband bought this back for me from Montana a few years ago - it is a family of moose and they are all named with the people in our family! It is really special!

And the decorated tree - not such a good photo because I cut the star off the top!! Hope you all have fun decorating your trees also!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Needlework Christmas Party!

We celebrated our Tuesday night Needlework Christmas last night with a special dinner and our Wednesday Needlework Christmas today with a special lunch! And here is lucky Norma, the winner of the embroidered quilt which was raffled within our group. One of our members, Jenny, did the beautiful quilting, and we each stitched an embroidered square to assemble. The finished result was lovely! Norma was one very happy lady as she left lunch today! Merry Christmas to all my ladies and thank you for my beautiful gift!

Here are some of the ladies enjoying lunch!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Slovenian Bobbin Lace

I had a lovely day out in Canberra yesterday with a group of girlfriends to celebrate a birthday and an early Christmas gathering! I was fortunate to have Karen as my gift person and she travelled overseas a couple of months ago and found this beautiful Slovenian bobbin lace decoration as a part of my gift. It is beautiful and I can really appreciate the time and effort which has gone into this gorgeous decoration as I tried bobbin lace a while ago and it was very time consuming for a very small result - but relaxing and peaceful nonetheless!

Sylvia is a special friend who I have stitched with for about 28 years now and we all went back and had coffee at her house and admired her beautifully decorated Christmas house and Christmas tree. Most of these decorations are handmade and gorgeous! Just beautiful Sylvia!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Humbug

I have received the most beautiful Christmas Humbug from a special friend - Gaby - in Germany! Thanks Gaby - it is absolutely beautiful and your own design too! I will treasure it and it will take pride of place on our Christmas Tree!

These are a few more photos from Ashleigh's Graduate Show on Tuesday evening. This is a beautiful dress which is made from wetsuit fabric and soft fabric, printed with a design by Ash! Clever girl!

And this is her signature poster at her Exhibition! Photos taken by Tim - her boyfriend - he's clever too!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

UTS Graduate Fashion Show

Our eldest daughter, Ashleigh, has finally finished her four year degree at University of Technology in Textile and Fashion Design. We were very proud to attend her Republic of Design Graduate Fashion Show on Tuesday night in Sydney. Here are some photos!

Her final collection "Oceanic Bionic" was a swimwear range made from wetsuit fabric which she designed and printed. Some amazing colours and designs - not what you would see on the beach every day!!

And here she is in aqua blue with one of her models at the grand parade of designers at the end of the show!

And finally after four long years - she has finished! Here she is at her display in the foyer at the University of Technology in Sydney. She also won a big award with the NSW Business Chamber for her business plan which was a huge surprise on the night! Well done Ash - we are so very proud of you!