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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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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Stitching Days

My car is all packed and ready to head to Canberra tomorrow for our second Christmas in July day on Saturday !!  Sylvia and I are looking forward to seeing all the ladies there !  We had a great day last Saturday and are sure this Saturday will be the same  ....  here are some of my ladies needlework finishes from recently ....

Tricia has finished this fabulous quilt for a special little someone from a Bronwyn Hayes pattern .... Very very cute !! 

Pauline has had lots of fun with crochet lately too ... Love this little dinosaur !

She has also stitched this lovely little needle case !

And the back is great too !

I have been doing some crochet with these cottage colours !

Kereen is using the same colours to make a crochet rug ! 

And Helen finished off her stitched decoration from last weekend !  All inspiring and great work ladies !! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christmas in July

Sylvia and I had a great, but chilly, day in Canberra on Saturday at our first Christmas in July stitching day ... lots of lovely ladies to share the laughter and fun with ... and a little bit of stitching thrown in too !!   Here we are all set up and ready to begin the day ....

We carried the red and green Christmas theme throughout the day ....

Najelle and Terrie from Hobbysew Belconnen bought a beautiful stall of bits and pieces for us all to buy ... and we did !!   Well I did at least !!

Anni Downs books and fabrics are always a hit with everyone !!

There was beautiful show and tell ... so many lovely finishes from the ladies ... all inspiring and all of those who haven't finished some projects should now be keen to go home and finish them off !! 

There was lots of socialising and chatter ... some great catch ups .... and lots of laughter to be heard ...   such a wonderful sound to hear with a room full of happy ladies !!

Special thanks to Lynne and Sammy for the wonderful Christmas catering ... we were all very spoilt ! But we will keep some photos to share next week ... just to keep it all a surprise for the ladies who will be joining us this coming Saturday when we do it all again !!   

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Christmas in July" Projects

Sylvia and I are looking forward to our upcoming "Christmas in July" Stitching on the Lake Days in Canberra on Saturday 23 July and Saturday 30 July 2016!   Will you be joining us ?    I know we are in for some very tempting treats from Lynne in the kitchen, the ladies from Hobbysew Belconnen will be joining us and there will be six wonderful Christmas projects for you to stitch for Christmas !   With a little over 5 months until Christmas, that will give you lots of time to have your Christmas stitching completed !

This canvas work decoration uses a few different stitches and a little bit of gold thread to highlight your Christmas Star .... the colour I have used are green (936), red (3777), gold (783) and ecru.

The back of the canvas work is worked in the same colours with one strand of gold metallic thread to highlight.    Fibrefill stuffing and canvas is included.   You will need a tapestry needle for stitching.

It's always fun to create a Christmas Cross Stitch ... this time it has been made into a useful scissor holder for that very special sewing friend .... "Sew Hope Peace Create Believe" will have you wishing for more creative time this Christmas season !   The colours used are green (936), red (3777) and gold (783) .    Aida fabric and fibrefill is provided ... you will need some Christmas fabric to finish, a decorative button, a small piece of lace or trim and a ribbon or thread for hanging !  You will need a small tapestry needle for stitching.

This Christmas Mandala Pouch is worked on homespun again using Christmas colours of green (936), red (3777), gold (783) and ecru.    This would be a wonderful pouch for sewing friend, or for yourself for your little projects, or alternatively could be made into a decoration or a cushion if you wish.   Homespun fabric is provided and you will need a fat quarter of Christmas fabric to finish, with a fat quarter for lining, together with a 10" zipper and some lightweight pellon to give body to your project.  You will need a crewel embroidery needle for stitching.

This little felt house is all hand stitched using felt.  Your kit includes the felt and you will just need the DMC threads red 221, greens 580 and 3012, ecru, brown 3863 and yellows 783 and 782.

This little decoration is made with English paper piecing so bring along your glue pen or tacking thread, some fine thread for sewing the pieces and some scraps of fabric.

Stitch this Christmas stitchery and make it into a cushion or hanging.  Your background fabric and parlay is provided and you will need your threads (DMC threads 221, 2777, 783, 782, 580, 3012 and 936 or your own favourites) and a little scrap of red fabric and fusible web.

No we aren't making beautiful orange teacups .... this is just to remind you to bring along your favourite tea cup or coffee mug ....  it will save lots of washing up time for the ladies in the kitchen .... thank you !    We will also be sharing all our show and tell so don't forget to bring along some of your finished projects to inspire us all! 

We are looking forward to spending some fun filled days with you all .... stitching, eating, chatting and enjoying "Christmas in July" !!   See you there !!!   

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday hugs !!

Such a blessing to have my two most favourite little boys to wrap my arms around this afternoon !! 

It makes a busy day at work all the more bearable !!! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Early Style Hardanger

I'm enjoying a cup of herbal tea and browsing through one of my Craft Show purchases ..... Early Style Hardanger by Yvette Stanton ....

I love anything Hardanger .... Especially these cute Christmas stockings ...

And I'm ready to start stitching on this beautiful Hardanger Biscornu ....

 But I have to write my notes for the upcoming Christmas Stitching on the Lake days in Canberra on Saturday 23 July and 30 July .... are you coming to join us???  We have a few spots left if you would like to email me ! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Family Life

In the absence of stitching I can share .... It's all secret at the moment .... We have had some lovely family times lately .... We celebrated the 90th birthday of a very dear friend .. Bill ....

Chelsea, Kim , the birthday boy Bill, Ash and Jed ....

Chelsea and Kim with Clay and Ash ...

Special sisters with a cute baby ...

We might have had an early champagne or two to celebrate Ashleigh's 30th birthday ....

And the celebrations continued this weekend again with lunch at the winery with some of their friends ....

That was after a quick trip to Perth to catch up with Elliott and Andrea ....

Heading out for a special dinner ..,

Then it was back home for a special beach walk with this cute boy ...

A lovely visit from my mum who got to meet her newest grandson Clay ....

And Clay all rugged up for a walk .... Hopefully I can share my secret stitching soon !!