Wednesday, April 27, 2016


It is always lovely to get back to Needlework after the school holidays and catch up with all the news from my ladies  ..... Some beautiful pieces have been finished too ....

Pauline has finished her Hummingbird Garland but has incorporated a cute stump work butterfly and ladybird into her garden ! 

She has also finished off a very special stump work Banksia for a special gift ! 

Jenny has finished off not one but two garlands .... Stitched on cream damask fabric ... They have been made into cushion covers .... A great idea Jenny!! 

Kereen might just have tweeked  my crochet button with this gorgeous log cabin crochet blanket ....  I might have to have some of this stunning wool in my crochet collection !! 

And here is a brightly coloured little quilt made by Jenny for Clay ... our newest little grandson ... being cuddled here by big brother Jed ... with Tava the pup watching on !!!! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Anzac Day 2016

Remembering all our soldiers .... Their families .... Their sacrifice .... Today and always ....

South coast Anzac Day ....

And Clays first Anzac Day .... 9 days old 

And cuddles with Jed ....

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Scissor Poke

I met some lovely ladies on the Needlework Cruise .... One of them was Jane from Western Australia !!

I received a lovely email from Jane with a picture of another gorgeous canvas work piece she has finished !! 

Front and back !! 

And it was great that Jane finished her canvas work project on the cruise too ....

And just another very cute photo of Jed and his new little brother Clay !!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Welcome Clay

This is such an exciting post to share .... We have another gorgeous grandson .... Clay Francis Taplin .... Born on Saturday afternoon at 3.22pm to Ashleigh and Tim .... And the cutest little brother to Jed .... Blessed is what we are !!!!

This was Jed's first visit to meet his little brother ....

Leaving the hospital .... Less than 24 hours after being born !

Big brother is watching while he sleeps ....

And Davey hasn't lost his touch .... Managed to put him off to sleep !   No stitching happened this weekend!! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Back at Needlework

It was nice to be back at Needlework last night and today !  Great to catch up with what the ladies have been up to!! 

Here is Cheryl's Blackwork hanging stitched in a beautiful teal  blue colour

Lyn had finished off her Blackwork hanging also and her felt pincushion !  Well done !! 

I love the gorgeous purse Shirley bought me back from Vietnam .... made by a group of women in Vietnam .... I will enjoy filling it with stitching goodies !! 

And this was Sally's first attempt at Blackwork also and she has done a great job!! 

And this week we were working on my Hummingbird Garden !!

And I received some beautiful flowers from my husband .... Just because he missed me while I was away !!!   He knows me too well .... They are of course my favourite colour !! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Needlework Cruise

It's so nice to be back home after 12 nights on the Needlework Cruise!  I had a lovely time teaching lots of wonderful ladies as we cruised through the Pacific Islands stopping off in Noumea, New Caledonia and Fiji .... I really was working even if it doesn't look like it !!

Home for 12 nights was the Celebrity Solstice ! 

It was great to catch up snd meet lots of ladies from around Australia and New Zealand and even some from as far away as England ! 

Some of the ladies stitching with the wonderful view !

It was great to see Annette again who had joined my classes 2 years ago on the previous cruise and who came back again !

The Easter Bunny even found us at sea!!

Jane managed to finish off her projects from my first class !! 

Some days were harder to take than others !!

Some of our time off was spent stitching in the sunshine with a fantastic view ! 

Our sale night was fun !!

The food was amazing !   Ps. I am now on a diet !!!!

And then we arrived back in Sydney Harbour !

I had a great time with Gail Pan (thanks for being my room buddy Gail) and Brenda and Leila too!  Lots of laughs and good times ladies !! 

So nice to be back with my husband who I missed a bit too much !!!

And enjoying a weekend of wedding planning with Elliott and Andrea who flew over from Perth for a couple of days ! 

Looking forward to April 2017 to celebrate their wedding !!