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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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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christmas Hexagon Decoration

This week at Needlework we will be stitching this Christmas Hexagon Decoration which Sylvia had designed for our Stitching on the Lake days recently.    The colours are fabulous and if you love hexagons, you will love putting this together!  The front has a cute bird appliqued on it!

And the back has a Christmas Star!    And it is pouring with rain here this Sunday afternoon with a little hail, so I am off to find a nice spot on the lounge and stitch for an hour or two!   Hope you find time for a stitch or two today!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Birthday to my Mum !!

My beautiful mother is turning 81 today so I just wanted to wish her a very happy birthday!   Even though we aren't together today, you are in my thoughts and prayers!   Enjoy your birthday dinner Mum! Here is mum with her five daughters recently celebrating Susan's 60th birthday (bottom left) and Robyn's 58th birthday (bottom right) - they were both born on the same day two years apart!   My younger sister Beth (top left), me, Mum, Wendy (top right)!   We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Ripples at Chowder Bay in Sydney!

The three birthday girls together!

And on the same weekend, we celebrated the 90th birthday of Frank - David's dad!   All the children were there to celebrate with him!  Here is Chelsea, Elliott, Frank, Ashleigh and Sam after the celebrations, relaxing on the balcony of our accommodation for the weekend in Sydney!

And a nice family shot as the sun went down over the ocean - beautiful! 

Show and Tell

Some great finishes have been shared at Needlework over the past few weeks!    This is one version of our french knot or punchneedle Santa decoration from last week!

And Lois has made a number of these beautiful "Noel" quilts for all her grandchildren!   What a great idea!

Jenny has completed a beautiful redwork quilt and then quilted it herself with her new machine!  It looks fantastic!

I love the quilted flowers in red!

And although you can't see the close ups of all the stitcheries in this photo, they are beautiful!  And with clever placing of fabrics, this finished quilt looks fantastic!

Chris has completed some little Christmas bags ready for their gifts and a cute cross stitch card to send overseas!

And Lynne has finished  putting together this bright and colourful felt purse from a kit she had purchased!   Love it!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Colour Pink!!

Heavenly cupcakes were on the menu for supper last night and this morning as our Needlework Group celebrated and raised funds for Breast Cancer Research at our "Girls Night In" and "Girls Morning In"!!    Dressed in pink and "thinking pink" we enjoyed a few laughs and a bit of stitching and fabulous supper and morning tea!!   Thankyou to Brooke for the cupcakes too!!

Diana and Narelle got into the swing of things last night!

Some of the night ladies celebrating "Girls Night In"!!

The morning tea this morning was beautifully pink, complete with pink flowers and musk sticks!!

Lyn missed out last night, so came to visit this morning!   She was joined by Shirley W, Shirley F, Julie and Pat!

Lyn, Shirley W and Jennifer !

Betty, Evelyn, Audrey, Doris and Margaret!

Yvonne x 2 !!

Lois was wearing this nice pink bag!

And Nola too!!

Olga and Carmelle !!

Helen, Marianne and Inge !

Shirley W, Joyce, Mary, Jan, Claire and Shirley H all enjoyed pink morning tea!   I'm happy to report we raised $300.00  for Breast Cancer Research!   Well done ladies!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Think Pink" Pincushion

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our Needlework Group is hosting a Girls Night In tonight and Girls Morning In tomorrow morning to raise funds to support this very worthy cause.  This pincushion or scissor keeper is a "Gift of Stitching" pattern which I have modified and changed a bit to make my pincushion!    Let's all get behind Breast Cancer research and fundraising and "Think Pink" not only this month but every month!   We will be stitching this project tonight and tomorrow!

And in keeping with the "pink" theme, we will be enjoying "Heavenly Cupcakes" beautifully handmade by Brooke!!  Yum .... maybe there will be photos of that tomorrow!!

And further in keeping with the "pink" theme - here is a finished project from a previous stitching day which one of the ladies showed us in Canberra on the weekend!   Beautiful stitching and gorgeous colour!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Stitching on the Lake Week 2

We had another fabulous day in Canberra on Saturday at our second Stitching on the Lake day!  The ladies were very keen to stitch ... and eat ... and chat!!!   Thanks to our fantastic caterers Maree and Lynne for the beautiful food .... it was sooooo good .... but I didn't take any photos of the food this time (obviously in far too much of a hurry to eat it!!)    Here is one of the finished Christmas decorations - beautifully finished!!

And Laurelle managed to finish off her canvas work on the day too - great colours!

Here is part of the Hobbysew display which Terrie bought along so that we could do some retail therapy!

I spotted this beautiful mat on the Hobbysew table - which I now know was stitched by my dear friend Sylvia (and not Najelle - sorry)!!   And she does beautiful tiny stitches too!!!

Table 2 were ready to go with their Christmas Tree and munchies!!

And while this mum stitched .....

The terribly cute Patrick slept the day away peacefully!!

Sylvia and I enjoyed the day immensely and even managed to get our photo taken at one stage!

Jane - quietly stitching !

 And Jenny really enjoyed learning about canvas work!

Here is her work in progress on the day!   It should be finished by now - is it Jenny????

Jan, Donna, Sue and Jo enjoyed the day - here is Sylvia helping Donna master that stitch!!    We did have a fabulous day and look forward to doing it all again next year!   The exciting news is that we have planned a Weekend Retreat for August next year which we are really looking forward to!  Hope you all are too!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Collage of "Stitching on the Lake" Projects!!

For those ladies coming to the second "Stitching on the Lake" day this Saturday in Canberra, here is a collage of photos of the projects which I forgot to include in my post earlier today!    For a closer look you will need to go back a few days to last week to have a look at the larger photos!!  Sylvia and I are looking forward to catching up with you all on Saturday!!  Be prepared for a day of fun and laughter, tempting food and a touch of creativity!!  

More of Stitching on the Lake

I thought I would share a few more "Stitching on the Lake" photos!    This is a nearly completed hexagon decoration!  Aren't the Nancy Halvorsen fabrics gorgeous?

The colour in the gorgeous native flowers on the luncheon table was a favourite of mine!

One of the lovely things about the stitching days we hold is that there is a time to share finished projects from previous stitching days, or something which may have been recently completed!  Apart from being interesting in terms of the different fabrics and threads used, it is inspirational for others to hopefully complete their unfinished items!   This lovely stitching bag, painted and embroidered biscornu and canvas work pincushion were from the last stitching day!

Another lovely pastel shade of the stitching bag!

And lemon tones for yet another stitching bag and biscornu!  Beautiful work ladies!

This lovely collection has a bit of everything (including a gorgeous Leanne Beasley pincushion from a recent issue of "Vignette" magazine!

Although not a stitching day project, these cute stitched Christmas Stockings were on display also!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Stitching on the Lake

It has been over a week since I posted our Stitching on the Lake projects!  I had been told to rest for a week and get better!! So that's what I did!!   I'm pleased to report I was well enough to attend our Stitching on the Lake day in Canberra yesterday!   As always, we had a wonderful day of stitching and friendships - with more than a dash of food!!!    I can't believe I took no photos of the beautiful food created by Maree and Lynne!!  I'll remember to have my camera on hand for next weekend - the food was exquisite!!   Here is the room all set up before the ladies arrived - Christmas trees, red bags full of projects, Christmas hanging decoration and the anticipation of a great day!!

A couple of our projects - hexagon decorations!

Felt decoration, cross stitch decoration and a tiny little Christmas Santa!

Canvas work decoration and a beautiful embroidered cushion!   Is that two partridges in a very ornate pear tree!!

Another view of the room - ready and waiting for the ladies to arrive!

And finally ... here they are hard at work!!

Having fun and all working hard on their projects!

Sylvia having a chat with Margaret and daughter Danielle!

They do look busy don't they??

More happy faces!

Sue and Lee quietly stitching and enjoying their "time out"!!

Pene and Shirley taking a break from stitching for a photo!!

Stella couldn't drag herself away from her stitching ... so smiled as she worked!!

Penny (in the front of photo) travelled all the way from England to join us for Stitching on the Lake!! 
She wins the prize for coming the furthest distance for a stitching day!!

A room full of busy ladies!

Najelle from Hobbysew at Belconnen bought a lovely stall to tempt us!!   And tempted we were!! 

Some "works in progress" !!

And hexagon decorations in progress!!   A great day was had by all!!  We look forward to doing it all again next Saturday at the second Stitching on the Lake day in Canberra!!