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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, November 27, 2010

Christmas Decorations

These are a couple of Christmas decorations I have finished off in the last week.  They are my take on a couple of versions from the Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2010 magazine.  I have changed the Faith, Hope and Peace decoration by adding a button to the centre and back and making it a cushion decoration!  I'm happy with the result!

And this is based on one of the Christmas stocking decorations, but with a few changes and I have used my favourite Christmas coloured Needleworx thread.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Boxes and Raffle Quilt

I have had a really busy week and no time to blog unfortunately, so I'll try and catch up with some things to show!    Some of the ladies have finished off some great versions of the little Christmas boxes we made a couple of weeks ago at Needlework.    Here are three of them!

What a great use of your old buttons!  Make a Christmas Tree shape!!   How effective does this look?  And also a little bit of gold metallic thread has been added between the buttons which looks great!
Here is our finished raffle quilt called "Floral Abundance" which is being raffled this weekend at the Craft Fair at Sunshine Bay School.  

And a close up of some of the baskets of flowers which look fantastic.   The colour hasn't come out so well in the quilt - it is actually a teal blue/green colour!   Good luck if you have bought tickets in this quilt!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Faith, Hope and Peace

Someone today asked "What are you stitching?"    Well, amongst many other things at present, I am stitching the first design I have chosen from the 2010 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Issue.  It is a design by Primrose Needleworks called "Windows of Faith, Hope and Peace".   This is, after all, what Christmas means to me - faith, hope and peace!

This magazine has lots of lovely ornaments to stitch - I'm just trying to decide which one to stitch next!  I will hopefully have this one finished and ready to show you the whole design very soon!  In the meantime my other stitching includes finishing off my scattered nine patch quilt, sewing together blocks for my Gardeners Journal quilt, a couple of Christmas decorations, a hardanger piece for Christmas and some special gifts for Christmas!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Day of Colour!!

I decided today was so bright and sunny and cheery that it would be a "day of colour" for me!   I looked inside my Gutterman thread tin searching for a blue cotton I needed to finish off my quilt!   Colours in this tin are fantastic!

On the way down to the beach, these tiny flowers jumped right out of the sand and screamed "take my photo!!"

Sitting on the beach reading the Sunday newspapers was very pleasant - these beach grasses were floating by!  And the water is getting warmer - two swims today!!

And earlier in the morning - like very early!! - we walked along a couple of beaches and had a swim right down the end of one of them - it was a great start to the day!   How was your Sunday?  Colourful??

Friday, November 19, 2010

Embroidery and Vignette

I have been looking for my tiny embroidery scissors everywhere and finally found them the other day!  This is my favourite pair of scissors and had been inside an embroidered article I made a while ago!  I lent it to a friend the other day and there inside were my little scissors!   Now I really must put a scissor fob onto them so I don't lose them again!   And this is a canvas work piece I finished a little while ago using Watercolours silks - lovely thread to work with!

Sylvia and I have stitched together for a very long time!  And I'm beginning to wonder if we don't think each others thoughts as well!    I took some photos on Wednesday to share on my blog and came home from work today and found Sylvia had done exactly the same!  Great minds think alike!!   This is such a beautiful new book by Leanne Beasley  called "Vignette".   This is the bright and breezy notice board which is a project from the book!

And inside there is also a lovely article about Glenharrow Gardens in Victoria where Sylvia and I attended the Stitch In at Glenharrow last year hosted by Leanne Beasley and Rosalie Quinlan!  Aren't the quilts spectacular?

And this is the front of the magazine!  Leanne has such a wonderful eye for detail and her photographs are exceptional!  If you can get your hands on this Issue 1 of  "Vignette" magazine - it's a keeper!!   It has some recipes, some gardening, some stitching and some lovely stories - all the things which inspire Leanne Beasley to create!   Great reading ladies!  Isn't the cover gorgeous?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday Needlework Ladies

On Wednesday morning Sue bought along a couple of her finished projects from the Stitching Day on Saturday!  Here is the lovely embroidered star decoration!

And here is Sue's gorgeous felt bird!   They look fantastic Sue!

Lots of ladies were very busy at work in the hall on Wednesday morning!

Lots of lovely chatting going on and a little bit of stitching too!   That's what it's all about isn't it??

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday Embroidery Finishes!

Here are some of the fabulous finishes from the Wednesday stitching ladies!  Shirley has finished off these little Santas which we did about 10 years ago!    Finally as we were covering our little gift boxes (see my last post)  this week, she decided she would glue them onto the tops of the boxes!  They look great Shirley!

Jennifer is doing yet another "Chelsea Bloom" quilt piece for a special friend!  Love the colours Jen!

And Pauline was busy knitting these gorgeous beaded purses and necklaces!  This lovely purse with a silver clasp is a bit blurry, but the beaded knitting is really effective!

This is a lovely little necklace - just hang around your neck, fill with cotton wool and a dash of perfume on the cotton wool, and it apparently smells beautiful and looks good too!     Pauline was knitting another lovely little creation with the jade green beads which you can see in the background!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Gift Boxes

These are some little Christmas Gift Boxes I have made which we will be making over the next two weeks at Needlework.   The button box is lots of fun and a good way to use up some of your favourite buttons!   The Christmas Tree and Heart boxes are stitched on 18# and 14# aida respectively.

I love the "Christmas" colours of the variegated Needleworx thread I have used on the heart box.  And I added a couple of Christmas colour buttons to finish it off.  These are quick and easy to make and make for a different way of packaging your Christmas gifts this year!   Use your imagination - the possibilities are endless!   

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stitching on the Bay

Here is Jenny's felt bird completed at the end of the day!

Sylvia and I in front of the "Cute as a Button" stand!

We were fortunate to have Rebecca from "Cute as a Button" come down from Canberra and bring all her lovely fabrics and patterns for us to drool over and ultimately purchase!   Thanks Rebecca!  
It is always lovely to see everyone's sewing accessories on these stitching days.   There are always lovely pincushions and sewing bags and scissor fobs to be seen everywhere!   This was Karel's lovely little sewing bag - adorned with three dimensional Australian wildflowers!   Gorgeous work Karel!  As you can see, we had a lovely day and are looking forwarding to doing it all again in mid 2011!

Stitching on the Bay

Some more photos from our "Stitching on the Bay" day yesterday!   This was Sylvia's version of my canvas work christmas stocking!    Lovely colours Sylvia!

Here are Cheryl, Lyn and Renate taking a small break from stitching!

Karel hard at work counting her redwork angel design!

Stitching on the Bay

Sylvia and I thoroughly enjoyed our Stitching on the Bay day yesterday!   It was really warm here - over 33 degrees C!!!   We all had a lovely day though and the ladies all seemed to enjoy their stitching despite the heat!   As always, Maree and Lynne excelled in the kitchen and here are some of us enjoying our delightful lunch under the shade of the trees!   L to R - Lynne (chef), Maree (chef), Jenny, Fiona (me), Shirley, Sylvia (stitching partner) and Margaret - we are all enjoying a fabulous Asian Chicken Salad - I would show you, but I forgot to take a photo of that one!!

Asta, Antonia (German exchange student), Lyn, Cheryl and Vere all enjoying their lunch in the shade!
Afternoon tea was a magnificent Pavlova Roll.   For those of you who are not familiar with the Australian tradition of "pavlova" - it is a treat which you really must try once in your lifetime!  Maree has kindly shared her recipe with me to share with you!
Pavlova Roll
1 Pavlova egg (from the supermarket) (or you can make a pavlova from recipe if you wish)
125 gram flaked almonds
cinnamon sugar
300ml cream
Your choice of filling
Make pavlova as per directions.  Line a lamington tin with baking paper.  Spread the mixture evenly over the tray.  Cover with flaked almonds and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.  Bake at 180 degrees Centigrade until golden.  Allow to cool.   To fill - Place over over the top and flip over carefully.  Remove the baking paper.  Whip cream and spread generously over the pavlova.  Add filling of your choice - berries, strawberries, banana, passionfruit.  Using foil, roll the pavlova on the short side to form a roll.  Top the centre with spare cream and fruit of your choice!    DELICIOUS!!
And we also enjoyed some superb lemon curd patty cakes!  Very tangy and absolutely delicious!   Lynne has shared her recipe also !!
1 cup pure cream
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 and one half cups of self raising flour
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
Lemon Curd
1/2 cup lemon juice
100 grams butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
3 egg yolks

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.  Place 12 patty cake liners in a 12 hole 1/2 cup capacity muffin tin.   Place cream, sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.  Gradually add flour and zest and continue whisking until mixture is thick and smooth.  Divide the mixture between prepared liners and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cakes spring back to touch.  Cool in muffin pan.   For the lemon curd, heat lemon juice and butter in a small saucepan and simmer until the butter has melted.  Add sugar, egg and egg yolks and cook, whisking continuously until the mixture becomes thick and glossy.  Pour into a shallow oven tray to cool. 
To serve, cut a small hole in the top of each cupcake and fill with 1 to 2 teaspoons of lemon curd and 1 to 2 teaspoons of cream.    Absolutely scrumptious!!!    Thanks ladies for sharing these wonderful recipes with us all!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

What a fabulous surprise arrived in the mail today!!   The Just Cross Stitch "Christmas Ornaments" edition for 2010!   This is one of my favourite times of the year!  I love reading through this magazine and seeing all the beautiful decorations designed by some really special designers.   I like picking out the ones I would like to make (and then I hope I can finish all the ones on my list before Christmas!)  If you haven't seen this and you enjoy cross stitching and hardanger and canvas work etc. etc. you must get a copy!   How many days until Christmas .............

....... And so I went through and picked out a couple I might like to stitch up for friends and for gift giving!  I love the colours and the delicate Christmas bauble on this one!

And this was something a little out of the ordinary and I always love decorations stitching on natural linen!
And I thought this blue and gold ornament was very blingy!!!   Seriously though .... I could stitch nearly all of the designs in this particular edition ......... if only I had time!     I'm busy putting together the final touches for this Saturday's "Stitching on the Bay" day,  so there will be no stitching tonight for me!!   What Christmas decorations are you stitching this year?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Inspirational Designs

Sylvia, my stitching friend and partner in our "Stitching on the Lake" and "Stitching on the Bay" days, travelled to Turkey recently and bought me back this beautiful little ceramic bowl.   As I draw inspiration for embroidery from lots of different sources, I think I can see a little canvas work creation coming out of this type of design!    Aren't the colours great?

And while I was in San Gimignano in Italy recently, I purchased this beautiful little ceramic bowl with a lid to keep my earrings in, and I thought this would make a nice little embroidery also!   Stay tuned - all will be revealed soon!

A new arrival to my bookshelf is "It's Quilting Cats and Dogs" by Lynette Anderson, a well known Australian designer of lovely creative things.    This book has some gorgeous little patchwork and stitchery projects all crying out to be stitched!  I'm looking forward to starting something soon!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Canvas Work Floral Scissor Keeper

This is a bit bright isn't it?   This is a brighter version of the Canvas Work Floral Scissor Keeper we are stitching this week at Needlework!  I had this Needleworx variegated thread and thought it would stitch up nicely into a canvas work piece - so here is the end result!   The bright scissors will never get lost in my stitching bag!

The bright version and the blue version - isn't it amazing how different colours create such a different piece of work?  

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Collage of "Stitching on the Bay" Projects

This collage shows all the projects we will be doing at "Stitching on the Bay" this Saturday!  For some reason, Blogger wouldn't let me put them all together in the one posting, so I have had to make a few different ones!   Please bear with me - the technology is simply beyond me!!    Take a look at the posts below for a close up of the variety of projects on offer for the day!  Sylvia and I are looking forward to seeing all our lovely stitching ladies there!

More Stitching on the Bay Projects

This is another fun thing to make at "Stitching on the Bay" this Saturday!   This is a great little embroidered star decoration to hang on your tree or front door!

And a lovely felt bird decoration - lots of beads and lots of lovely colourful tail feathers!

And this is a tiny segment of our Needlework Raffle Quilt which we will be selling raffle tickets for over the next couple of weeks and at "Stitching on the Bay" on Saturday!     We are really looking forward to a lovely day of stitching and enjoying some fabulous food with all the ladies who will be attending!  Don't you wish you could join us too?