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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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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Giveaway Winner!!!

Congratulations to the winner of these  gifts in my giveaway to celebrate 3 years of blogging!   49 people entered and the giveaway closed at 12 midnight last night (Australian time) ....... this morning I have drawn a number out of a basket and that number is .........................

Number 5 !!!!  
Congratulations Jane!! 
Jane please send me an email with your postal address so I can post off these little gifts to you!!  And thankyou to everyone who entered and to everyone who reads my ramblings and makes such lovely comments!     It's lovely to have "met" you all!!   Have a great day!!  Fiona x

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Morning Beach Walk with Nala and "My Favourite Things" Quilt

Whilst I'm on a bit of a roll with "My Favourite Things" quilt, I prepared and ironed on the blocks for March - all ready to pick up and stitch when I feel like it!

Had to stop doing that quilt above because I'm also working on another little project with these beautiful fabrics and large ric rac braid!

7am this morning on a beach somewhere on the south coast of New South Wales .....  a gorgeous man (my husband) and our dog taking a walk ...... just a beautiful morning down here and not a soul on the beach!

She's a water baby and a true labrador .... loves to swim and chase her ball through the water!   However she does look like a drowned rat when she gets out!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Giveaway Gifts!!

I have gathered together 3 special gifts for my 3rd anniversary blogging giveaway!   Natalie Bird's "Tis the Season" is a quilt I have just finished and when putting away the book, I discovered I have two - hence one part of the giveaway!!    I also made a pincushion with matching needlecase and scissor pocket with some Nancy Halvorsen fabrics and design.    And thirdly a Nancy Halvorsen tea towel which I have appliqued with a basket of fruit!     All useful and hopefully well received by the lucky recipient!   Remember ..... the giveaway closes at midnight on 30th January (Australian time) and the winner will be announced on 31st January.    For a chance to win ..... leave a comment here

I loved making this "Tis the Season" Quilt and the book has some gorgeous little projects also!

Blanket stitching on applique is soooooo relaxing ..... another simple way to adorn an ordinary tea towel!

And this little set was fun to make and I loved using the Nancy Halvorsen fabrics!    So ....... hopefully someone will be excited to received these special gifts!  Good luck to all who enter and thank you to everyone who has left such lovely comments and sent gorgeous emails over the past three years!   I  didn't fully appreciate how far and wide this blog goes and have enjoyed receiving lots of lovely messages and comments from near and far!   Hopefully I will continue to inspire and provide some interesting reading for others with likeminded interests!!    Have a great weekend .... wherever you are!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

My Favourite Things Quilt

My new little friend "Bliss" has been humming along nicely today while I stitched together the December, January and February blocks for "My Favourite Things" quilt .....

And because it is such a long piece when stitched together, I took it next door and hung it on the line to photograph!!   Now I'm more than up to date !! 

Belated Christmas Get Together & Blogging Anniversary Giveaway Reminder!!

Just a reminder of my celebration of 3 years of blogging and a special giveaway which closes on 30th January at midnight!!   Remember to leave a comment here to be part of the fun!!   We celebrated a late Christmas get together with Bruce and Sylvia the other night and Sylvia made me the most gorgeous Christmas Pillow ..... beautiful applique with Theodora Cleave buttons on front!   This will sit on my sewing shelf for a while .... I don't want to put it away until next Christmas! 

A close-up of the cute Theodora Cleave buttons!

And my gift was wrapped with a beautiful little Christmas pudding tag!

And more spoiling for me .... a divine Royal Doulton Christmas tree decoration!   

And some lovely little notepads designed by Anni from Hatched and Patched!   Feeling very spoilt!  Thank you Sylvia!

Here we are enjoying our Australia Day beach walk ..... something they can't do in Canberra!!

And my gifts for Sylvia were this fun little Christmas stitchery hanging decoration!   It was lovely to stitch using a variegated red thread and some Lynette Anderson fabric to frame it!   The pattern is from a Kreinik design which had metallic thread stitching, but of course, as usual, I changed it around a bit!

And when I saw this Lynette Anderson pattern for "Sunflower House Slippers" I just knew Sylvia needed a pair!    I thought she would enjoy this pattern!  

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Happy Australia Day to everyone celebrating in Australia!   We have enjoyed a lovely day with friends Bruce and Sylvia from Canberra!    The morning started with a walk along the beach!    Lamingtons for morning tea!!   For those who don't know - lamingtons are a bit of a tradition in our house on Australia Day - beautifully light sponge, covered in chocolate and coconut -  delicious!!  Love the Australian serviettes!!

Prawns (or shrimp for the Americans) for lunch!  Washed down with a nice white wine!

And a walk along the beaches .... again!!

A little bit of stitching and a lot of talking also!!

And Nala trying to hide behind an Australia Day hat!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Canvas Work Sheep Scissor Fob

I finished off this little canvas work scissor fob or hanging last night!   This is the front view!!

And this is the back - note the sheep facing the other way!!   I added some glass coloured beads which I have had for ages and am pretty happy with the end result!!

And when  downloading from the camera, I found this photo I took on Sunday when the girls were heading back to Sydney - Chelsea and Ashleigh - really wanted to sneak Nala into the car with them - and they thought I wouldn't notice!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Needlework Preparation and Nala at 10 weeks!

Although we have had a full house for the weekend I managed to get a little bit of stitching done yesterday afternoon and some organisation in progress for the coming months of our Needlework group!     I nearly finished the front of this little canvas work scissor keeper which we will be stitching in February - with thanks to Sylvia for sharing her design with me for my ladies!!

Canvas and threads ready for stitching on top of my sewing basket!!

I also organised some applique for the next month of "My Favourite Things" quilt!   All ready to blanket stitch and assemble!

I put them into my sewing pocket which I love!

Adorned with beautiful stitchery - this was a gift from Sylvia a few years ago and I like keeping my most current project in it!!

And this little cutie was 10 weeks old yesterday - she has kept everyone amused all weekend with her antics and the girls can't believe how much she has grown in the past two weeks since they went back to Sydney!   They tell me they will be coming down every two weeks now to check on her progress!!!  Let's see if that happens!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Another Anniversary !!

34 years ago today .... this gorgeous man invited me out on blind date for lunch !!! And the rest is history!!    Little did I know on that day that we would spend the rest of our lives together, have four beautiful children and have a truly blessed life of love and laughter, and lots of fun and adventure!  We both looked a lot younger than we do now (obviously) !!!   We are celebrating at our favourite local cafe this evening with a good bottle of red!!  

And the girls are arriving home late this evening for the weekend  ..... pretty sure they aren't coming to see us .... but rather to see our puppy, Nala!!      One of my favourite photos of the children ...... this was their idea of a nice family portrait for me!!   I think they have their father's sense of humour!!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Sewing Room, Blogging Anniversary and a Giveaway!!

This afternoon I have been tidying up my sewing space - as you can see I have a bit more to go - but as I tidied I recalled where and when all the little pieces that adorn my shelves were created or given to me!  

I'm loving using my new sewing machine .... so I had to make room for her on my table!

And there are lots of little bits and pieces I treasure or use on my shelves .... so here is a photo collage ......a favourite canvas pincushion, a teddy to watch over me, a wineglass of threads, a little purse covered in suffolk puffs, some stitchery bags, canvas work scissor keepers, jars of buttons and charms, and needlecases!  If I surround myself with creativity ..... it has to rub off!!

And on the shelf are my printed books of my first two years of blogging as a reminder of what I have been doing!   And this has reminded me that yesterday was my blogging anniversary .... three years ago yesterday I started my blog .... and what a great journey it has been!!   And so today I have ordered my past year of blogging to be printed and decided to have a special giveaway!!     Three years equals three special gifts so if you would like to be a part of my giveaway please leave a comment on this post!!    If you have a blog and would like to mention it on your blog, you will get another entry!!   Good luck, thanks for reading and looking forward to the coming year and whatever it may hold!   The giveaway will be drawn on 30th January 2012!!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Blocks for "My Favourite Things" quilt

I have finished the stitching on my January blocks for "My Favourite Things" quilt!    I'm really enjoying the simplicity of blanket stitching!!

The February blocks are already prepared and ready for stitching .... I'm trying to keep on target in between doing other stitching!! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sewing Case

I have been trying to sew some things together which I had stitched a while ago .... hence all these little finishes within a few days!!    So this is what I stitched together today - with the help of my new Bernina  - "Bliss" (and with some interuptions from a little puppy!!)

 And this is a favourite ..... Anni Downs "Sewing Case" from her "Some Kind of Wonderful" book!   I love the size and the fabrics and the stitcheries and just about everything about this great little sewing case!

The back of the sewing case is just pieced - no stitcheries.

And the zipper opens up and inside will soon be some of my little sewing bits and pieces!   I can hardly wait to use this little gem!    After buying the book and the kit for the fabrics (because I love Anni's choice of fabrics) I stitched the small stitcheries and then haven't had time to put it together - I have no excuse now that I have such a great new sewing machine!   Hope you are enjoying your weekend wherever you may be!    Hope there is some stitching involved!! xx

Friday, January 13, 2012

More Precious Things

I have finally sewn together the needle case which goes with the sewing bag I finished off the other day!  The stitching has been done for a while but it's the putting together that holds me up!!  Now that I have my new Bernina "Bliss" I'm a whiz at putting things together .... she just hums along so quietly! 

The needlecase fits in packets of needles and pencils or pens if you wish!

And the finished set with my current scissor keeper for this project - all matches nicely!!   Now .... off to work and then onto the next unfinished project!! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Precious Things

I have finally put together my "Precious Things" sewing bag from Leanne's House by Leanne Beasley.  I stitched this ages ago after a stitching day at Glenharrow in Melbourne with Leanne and Rosalie Quinlan.   I loved stitching with the Cosmo threads and this is the end result!

The finished bag .... with a few of my favourite sewing things!

Now .... just to finish off the Needle Bag which matches .... if only this pesky little puppy wouldn't keep distracting me .... she is chasing a cotton reel around the sewing room floor at the moment!!  Isn't it great that she loves my sewing room nearly as much as I do?