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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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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011

We have been without internet for the past four days which has been very frustrating - again!!  Christmas Day was spent in Sydney with my family at my brother's house - on the water at Manly!  A gorgeous day weatherwise as you will see!   My beautiful girls and I enjoying a celebratory champagne!

The girls and David and I enjoying the view!

My younger sister Beth (left), Robyn, Mum, me and Wendy !

And Mum and Dad with almost all their grandchildren!

We drove back home on Christmas afternoon and the next day we picked up this beautiful new addition to our family - Nala (as in the Lion King) - the cutest chocolate labrador puppy!   She is nearly 7 weeks old and is full of mischief already!   Here she is with Chelsea!

I think Ash and Chels would move back home from Sydney now that we have her (if they could)!!   She has been an amazing time waster for us all over the past 3 days - but very enjoyable time wasting it has been!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

O Come All Ye Faithful

My Christmas gift for you .... is to sit and have a cup of tea and listen to this beautiful version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" by the Celtic Women.     We are heading to Sydney to spend a couple of days with almost all our family - we have one son serving overseas and our hearts will be with him this Christmas!   May your Christmas be wonderful!   Enjoy .... and have a most blessed Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Favourite Things Quilt and Christmas

In between wrapping gifts, shopping, Christmas stitching ..... oh ... and work .... I have been stitching a bit of "My Favourite Things" quilt by Anni Downs.   I opted for the blanket stitching option rather than needleturn because I enjoy blanket stitching and like the texture of the applique!   Here are a couple of my first row of blocks!

I enjoyed stitching all of these blocks!   Mmmmm .....  cup of tea as I write this!

No need for the umbrella today here!!

Another stitched decoration on my Christmas tree!

And a cheery Santa near the top of my tree!

I love this handpainted Christmas decoration from my sister - from Big Sky, Montana!   I hope all your days are filled with Christmas peace at the moment!  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Secret Santa Swap

I can happily share my Christmas decoration which I sent off in Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap - I sent to Kornelia in Hungary and she has finally received her gift!    This cute little biscornu decoration was fun to stitch!

I can't show you the rest of the gift because it is meant to sit under her tree until Christmas Day when she gets to open it!!    But here is a side view of the decoration!    Happy Christmas Kornelia - I hope you enjoy your gifts!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Tis the Season" Quilt Finished!!

Finally yesterday afternoon I was able to stitch the binding around my "Tis the Season" quilt  .... another project to tick off the list of things to complete!!    This was a fun project to stitch and now I'm able to continue with the next Stitch A Long project - My Favourite Things quilt by Anni Downs!

Chookyblue will be happy to see I have labelled the back (Merry Christmas Shirley H) and have now completed!  I have gifted this lovely quilt to Shirley because she helps me out with the Needlework Group and I really do appreciate all her help .... so enjoy Shirley ..... you deserve to be spoilt this Christmas!!

We spent yesterday looking for a real Christmas Tree - finally found one in a nursery north of where we live .... so I also spent the afternoon putting the decorations on the tree ..... this is one of my favourites which my sister had made for me in the USA with all our family names on it!

Peace ..... it's what we all wish for!

Cute Christmas Stocking with cinnamon sticks and buttons attached!

Joy .... something else we all wish for at Christmas!

Loved these patchwork blocks in cross stitch!

And this was given to me in my first swap years ago!

A beautiful Anni Downs decoration made by Sylvia last year!

Another simple favourite!    And our house smells simply beautiful with the fresh scent of pine tree!!!   Mmmmm  ..... it's beginning to feel like Christmas!! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Cheer!

I have now received my gift in Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap - all the way from Deb in Ontario Canada!   Thankyou Deb so much - I have only opened the little decoration and here it is - it is just gorgeous and all held together with tiny safety pins!!   The rest of my gifts will go under the tree (when we get one tomorrow) and wait patiently for Christmas Day!  

I received another beautifully made decoration this week from Shirley - onto the tree tomorrow too!!

And Norma has blessed me with this beautifully made little bag - to be used as a pincushion I think!

And Jenny made me some cute little Christmas baubles with beads and sequins - will there be enough room on my tree??

And I was fortunate to win this cute little Christmas Elf in our gift swap at Needlework!  

Another package arrived this week - with the latest issue of "Vignette"!!   This I love!!

I love the centre blocks for the Vignette in Stitches quilt - not that I'm up to the centre blocks yet!!

And I loved this thought - "May your heart be full of love and your home full of happiness" !!    And even though for most of you the next week will be a little bit hectic (if you are anything like me) ... try and take time to smell the roses and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas!!  xx

Monday, December 12, 2011

Beautiful Solomon Islands

This is the first opportunity I have had to sit down and post some photos of our time here.  We have been running around having lots of meetings and chasing people who work on "Solomons time" - no watches and no timetable really!     Hence we are making slow progress with our quest to build a pre school in the Koa Valley .... however we have made some progress which is good!!    We have managed to find time to get down to the markets to purchase fresh fruit and flowers ....

 These are some of the smiling children from the Koa Valley on the steps of the St John the Baptist Church there.

More beautiful and colourful flowers in the markets in Honiara!

Absolutely spectacular colours  -  perhaps they would make a fantastic embroidery!

And David took his Ipad for work while we are here and took some photos of the children and then showed them the video - they thought it was great fun to see themselves on film!   Such gorgeous children!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas has come early at my house!!!

How exciting!!  Santa has visited a little earlier than planned - and I couldn't wait to get it out of the box!!   My Christmas present is a beautiful new Bernina Sewing Machine - I've nicknamed her "Bliss" !!!   Now I can say farewell to the freight train that I have been using ..... this one just hums along so quietly!!!   Thankyou Santa (aka David xxx) and welcome to my sewing room Bliss!!   And by the way, I picked her up from Steph's in Moruya!   I can thoroughly recommend a visit to her beautiful shop! 

I am off to the Solomon Islands for a week of meetings and trying to get the final approval through for the pre school we are trying to build!    Wish us luck and fingers crossed and lots of prayers as we try to work our way through the red tape and get used to working on "island time"!!    I have some stitching with me, but not sure very much will get done!!      I'll leave you though with a couple of photos of the beautiful quilt which is now on my bed!!

How lucky am I to have this beautiful quilt on my bed?  Thanks so much for all the beautiful stitching to my Needlework ladies!   I love it!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Lunch Celebration

Our Needlework Group enjoyed a beautiful Christmas Lunch yesterday at the "Grapevine Cafe" in Batemans Bay!   Situated in the "Bushy's Bloomin Things" Nursery, we enjoyed a beautiful lunch, great friendship, and as you can see from my last post, some wonderful surprises!!    Here is one end of the table of ladies holding up some of the beanies we have made for our Australian soldiers!

And the other end of the table!  These beanies will be posted off next week to our service men and women!   Thanks ladies for all your efforts - it will certainly be appreciated when they reach their destination!

Some lovely gifts were exchanged - Sheila made this beautiful felt decoration! 

Claire and Shirley catching up!

Our venue for lunch!

Stella, Sue, Shirley and Sheila looking at a beautiful decoration!

Lyn, Jennifer and Nola!

Olga and Pat!

Evelyn, Betty and Doris !

Joyce, Val and Jan!

Lois, Yvonne and Margaret!

Margaret, Sue and Julie!

My beautiful dessert - mango panacotta!   Mmmmmmm ....... delicious!!   A great day was had by all!  I am truly blessed to stitch with such a lovely group of ladies each Wednesday.   We are now in recess until the beginning of February to allow us all time to rest and enjoy the peaceful holiday season (and to give me time to start creating for next year!!)    A very happy Christmas to all my Needlework ladies and their families!