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Love that God blessed me with a creative gift to share! Love creating new embroidery, needlework and patchwork projects of all kinds! Passionate about my family and my faith. Love where we live on the south coast! Wish I had more time to be creative!!

Something to remember ...

"She who sews with courtesy reaps friendship and she who sews with kindness finds love"

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Embroidered Garland

Recently finished ....

Recently finished ....
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pink Girls Night In

Our Needlework group enjoyed  a "Pink Girls Night In" last night raising funds for breast cancer research ...... most arrived in pink and all enjoyed a "pink" supper .... all for a good cause of course!!


There was some fruit (see the watermelon above and strawberries below!!) ... but also lots of lovely treats too!!


Some special raffle prizes all wrapped in pink!!  And this is the little pink hanging I made using one of Rosalie Quinlan's designs but shrunk to half the original size and stitched with a variegated pink DMC thread!



Carol, Marg, Lesley, Cheryl, Lynn, Beth and Lorraine ....


Renata, Lorraine, Mary, Maree, Dale, Tracey, Helen and Diana (happy birthday Diana too!!)


And Diana, Robyn and Shirley .... all enjoyed a great night of stitching and fun!


A variety of dish angel tea towels have been made ... a mauve version ...


A blue version ....

And a green version .....

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baskets of Flowers and Pink Girls Night/Morning In!!

Just a reminder for those who are stitching at Needlework tonight or tomorrow morning .... we are doing this little pouch entitled "Baskets of Flowers" .....


And we are also fundraising for breast cancer research with a "Pink Girls Night In" tonight and a "Pink Girls Morning Tea In" tomorrow morning .... I have shrunk a design by Rosalie Quinlan and made a little hanging to celebrate "Pink" for this week!!



Hard to get back into reality after such a lovely holiday and I am battling a cough I must have picked up on the plane on the way home ..... but I have lots to organise for our upcoming Stitching on the Lake Days in Canberra on 17th and 24th November and then Ashleigh's wedding the week after that!!   I have a feeling the next month will just fly!!  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Vignette and farewell Bali ....

Chelsea and I have arrived home safely from Bali and have had a busy weekend of unpacking and a house full of visitors ....  our week in Bali was really relaxing and very special ....  do I look like I am right at home on this gorgeous white lounge with a spectacular view???  I could have stayed at this lovely restaurant for a lot longer ....


Same restaurant ... Chelsea's dessert ....


Last night in Bali ... a magnificent sunset and a beautiful dinner in a restaurant on the water ......


And I arrived home to lots of mail and emails so I shall try and reply to them all as soon as I can .... The new Vignette magazine arrived ....


It has some gorgeous projects and as always some beautiful photography by Leanne Beasley !!


And what a lovely surprise to see an article about our Urban Stitches retreat in Melbourne earlier this year ....


And there at the bottom is a photo with two people you might recognise .... me in orange and Sylvia in stripes at the back with all the ladies from our table ....


And a beautifully finished Vignette Mystery Quilt .... I must get stitching to finish mine !!   It's nice to be home and it's back to work for me tomorrow ....

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bali Dreaming .....

Chelsea and I are having a very relaxing time in Bali ... the weather is beautiful ... very hot and sunny!  A little bit of shopping, a lot of swimming and no stitching so far ....   we are staying in Seminyak and this is our gorgeous hotel pool ..... you can see the ocean through the trees .....


Beautiful tropical flowers are abundant and so vibrant ...these hibiscus were at lunch yesterday ....


Lots of palm trees and bougainvillea ....


An amazing collection baskets in a little cafe where we had a coffee yesterday ....


And a sunset drink on Seminyak beach .... very special ....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Needlework ladies

Some great finishes from Needlework last night and this morning ........  Asta and her sisters are having a stall at the "BUNDANOON GARDEN RAMBLE" on the weekend of 27th and 28th October 2012 selling lovely handmade items .... and here are some gorgeous bits and pieces created by Asta .... appropriate for a "garden ramble" is this Garden Journal ....


A couple of Garden Journals with some gorgeous tea towels and hand towels in the background ..


Cute floral bags and a beautifully stitched cushion with a garden theme ....


Mary had made this lovely little soft cuddly toy for her grandchild ... from a Melly & Me free pattern ....

Sue has enlarged and coloured in beautifully her version of our Noah's Ark from a while ago and made it into a cute little cushion with animal print fabric ....


And then for the special person (who only likes cats) she has made a Noah's Ark with cats and backed it with cat fabric ..... good idea Sue !!


Ethel has finished off her autumn tone penny bag from Jennifer's class a while ago ... looks great !


Kay bought along her lovely tapestry cushions with bead embellishment on them ... a great 3D effect!


And Claire has finished off her big bag with lots of lovely applique and embroidery on it !!   Whew ... productivity plus this week ladies !!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Red Home Quilt

In between doing some Secret Santa Stitching and Stitching Day Stitching ..... I have finished off two more blocks for my "Red Home" quilt .....  the flower trio block ....


This block gets sewn onto the bottom of the block I altered to add in my dog ...


And the jug of flowers block ....


So .... a little production happening on this quilt .... I'm enjoying stitching this together ... and only have a couple more applique blocks to complete before I can put the centre together ....


And later this week I'm off to Bali for a week with our youngest daughter for some quality mother daughter time and a week of relaxation ..... and maybe a little bit of stitching ..... can't wait .... but there is a lot to do this week before I leave .....

Friday, October 12, 2012

Red Basket Pouch

I have had fun with Sue Daley's basket template and have made this useful little pouch .....  this is the front ....



And the back .... I have added button flowers .....  now I will probably fill with some sewing bits and pieces ...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Back to Needlework

It is always nice to be back at Needlework after the break for school holidays ... and lovely to catch up with what all the ladies have been stitching in their two weeks away from Needlework .... Chris has made some lovely patchwork Christmas placemats ....



And still on the Christmas theme .... Shirley W. has been playing around with "chicken scratching" and has made a couple of cute Christmas bags ....


Diana has completed this amazing quilt which was put together by her friend Ilma ...


Another of Shirley W's lovely purses .... with chicken scratching and a cute little blackwork zipper pull !


Lots of cushions surfaced this morning .... Shirley F has made three lovely cushions for special men in her lives .... 



This one is for a cricket fanatic !


And Margaret has completed two bright and colourful cushions with roosters ....



And hens and chicks ....


Joyce has finished off her version of my sewing basket ...


A variation on the side ....


And this has been a long time in the making for Lyn ... but she has finished off this beautiful tablecloth which was started by one of our members who passed away a few years ago ...  Diane ....


Such a labor of love Lyn ... and Diane would have been especially thrilled to see this gorgeous piece finished .... and that just about sums up the very essence of our Needlework group ....