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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, August 31, 2013

Friends in Stitching swap

I received some gorgeous gifts from Helen in our friends in stitching swap!  Opening was last night but I was on my way to Sydney for the start of our holidays so I opened late last night!   A gorgeous Anni Downs bag filled with some lovely goodies!

A cute little zippered purse, tissue holder and notebook cover and some chocolates and goodies!   Thanks so much Helen!  I LOVE them all !!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jean's Bag

Here is Jean's lovely version of the bag we made at Stitching in the Hills!  Doesn't it look great?

And the reverse side!   

And I received this lovely gift in the mail today .... can't open till Friday ... Friends in Stitching Swap !!
Thanks so much Helen .... looking forward to seeing what is in it !!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Introducing "Bailey"

Chelsea and Kye have added the gorgeous "Bailey" to their little home in Townsville today !!!  Isn't she cute??

Sunday, August 25, 2013


I had a lovely day in Bodalla yesterday teaching a group of ladies for the day ... and we had a most enjoyable day !!   We worked on the projects from my last post and had lots of lovely quality stitching time ....   here are the ladies - all with heads down - working hard on their projects ....

There was some fabulous show and tell .... 

Gorgeous sewing pouches ... you can never have enough of these ...

Some finished projects from our previous stitching days ...

Gorgeous quilts (Anni Downs pattern) ...

More from previous sewing days ...

Lovely chatelaine ... embroidered with silk ribbon and threads ...

Beautiful biscornu ....

Cut baby hanging ...

Another sewing pocket ...

More of the ladies hard at work ...

A gorgeous Christmas decoration (... I feel the need to source some red linen)!!! 

Oh ... and we ate well too !!

Suzanne's gorgeous work cushion with lots of pockets filled with all her sewing pieces !

And I loved this set which Elizabeth's sister had made for her and sent from South Africa !  Just gorgeous !! 

So ladies ... thank you for having me again for another lovely stitching day of friendship, food and fun! Looking forward to the next one !   

Sunday, August 18, 2013

stitching@bodalla projects

Next Saturday 24th August, I will be spending the day with the lovely Bodalla Embroidery group and sharing some recent projects with them ....... yes another stitching day .... this time "stitching@bodalla"!!     The projects are varied and here is a snapshot for those ladies who will be attending .....     Embroidered Pincushion and Thread Keeper .... your fabric for embroidery is provided and you will need to think about your choice of fabrics to complete this project at home !

Another project is this Embroidered Bag/Sewing Pouch .... you will need to bring your choice of fabrics if you want to finish this on the day, together with a sewing machine to sew it together !  Your embroidery fabric will be provided.

A cute little Canvas Work Scissor Keeper (a companion to the Ribbon & Roses Pincushion made a little while ago) ....  the DMC colours I have used are pinks 223, 224, ecru, greens 3012 & 3013.  (The same pinks and greens were used for the Embroidered Pincushion above).

An Applique and Embroidered Journal Cover .... your background striped fabric and reds for flowers will be provided but you will need to bring some green fabric for the leaves ....

A small Felt Mat with applique houses and embroidered trees and shrubs ... your felt will be provided, together with Vliesofix and you will need to bring your embroidery threads to stitch with ....

A Painted and Applique Jug of Flowers .... this has been framed but you could make it into a lovely cushion or small bag if you wish ....   background fabric and jug fabric (green and white) is provided and the paints will be provided for you to paint on the day.  You will need your embroidery threads to finish this off!

Don't forget to bring your sewing kit which should comprise scissors, a variety of needles, small embroidery hoop, pigma pen or lead pencil for tracing, small ruler, small paper scissors, sewline glue pen if you have one for the hexagons, and whatever else you think you may need .... needless to say my sewing kit comes in a very large bag !!     Bring your camera for some more photos if you wish, but most of all, you can expect to spend a lovely day of peaceful stitching and friendship!  Looking forward to catching up with you all on Saturday !   

Friday, August 16, 2013

Stitching Day Finishes and Flowers in My Garden

Some of the ladies who attended "Stitching in the Hills" a couple of weeks ago have bought along some of their finished projects and they look fantastic!   Here is a gorgeous front and back of one of the stitched needlework bags by Kereen ....

This is the back of the canvas work project !

And not content with one table runner, Sue has started on another .... don't they look great ?

Chris has had a beautiful wood turned bowl made to house her wildflower embroidery which we did in class about 10 years ago!  Can't rush these things ... but isn't it beautiful ?

Heading down to hang out clothes this morning and I spied my orchids have flowered ... it always amazes me that I don't do anything to them (in fact it could be called neglect) and they flower beautifully each year !

And the detail in these grevillea are just incredible ... another flower that gets no attention but continues to amaze when in bloom !   I'm looking forward to a weekend at home and a chance to do a bit of stitching and a bit around the house !   Hope you are planning a lovely weekend too !

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Townsville and "Country Threads" Project

I had a busy week last week after our Stitching in the Hills Retreat and then we managed to fit in four days in Townsville visiting our youngest daughter Chelsea who recently moved up there!   We had a lovely warm time ... the weather was perfect and the water was an amazingly warm swimming temperature .... which I love !!   The view from our accommodation on The Strand looking out to Magnetic Island !

We climbed to the top of Castle Hill on Saturday and enjoyed the lovely views over Townsville and out to Magnetic Island ! 

On Sunday we headed out to Magnetic Island for the day and it was absolutely beautiful !

We hired little mini mokes and drove around to all the lovely beaches ....

Chelsea and Kye thought it was funny to drive around in these tiny little cars with us four adults !  Lots of laughs and fun !   Four days went all too quickly and we had to farewell our youngest and her gorgeous young man again until next time (which I hope will be soon)!! 

And in the post today was a lovely surprise .... Country Threads Vol 14 No 5 .... with one of my projects on the front cover (bottom centre) ....   "Trellis Garden" Embroidery Bag ...

I just wish I could style photos like they do ... they make everything look so good !!     Back with more later !! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

More of "Stitching in the Hills"

Just sharing a few more photos from "Stitching in the Hills" .... a couple of our projects ... the table runner, folder cover and framed picture !

Terri and Najelle from Hobbysew bought along some wonderful pieces to tempt us ... a little bit of shopping was done by quite a few !!

Comfort was the order of the day and Ros' slippers were  a hit!

A finished canvas work scissor fob on a pair of lovely new Apliquick scissors !

It's always nice to see all the ladies using their lovely sewing bits and pieces .... Maria's little collection of needlecase, scissor keeper, fob and thimble pip were just exquisite !

And I just loved Heather's needle case !

Show and Tell was a highlight and here is Heather's gorgeous quilt !

Beth made some lovely bags for her friends ... three of them ... all different and just lovely !

Jenni's gorgeous quilt ... a Wendy Williams design I think !   Love the colours and the felt flowers and embroidery !

Maria's lovely sewing bag ... beautiful stitching !

And some more stunning stitching from Maria ... the inside of her sewing bag !

And the outside !

Little Samantha joined us for the weekend with her mum and grandma ... she was just perfect all weekend and had lots of cuddles with all the ladies !

Sue's table runner being put together !

Wendy's first attempt at canvas work .... and she produced two !!   Lots of fun was had by all and we are looking forward to 2014 and sharing lots of new ideas and fun with you all !!