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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"

Canvas Biscornu

Canvas Biscornu

Embroidered Garland

Embroidered Garland

Recently finished ....

Recently finished ....
Natures Journey

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 .... what a year !!

To say 2016 has been full to the brim would be an understatement .... our household has been running at full speed as usual ... and this has been the year we have now made the decision to go at a slower pace in 2017 ....  we have had an amazing year with lots of family highlights, a wonderful holiday, and a little bit of stitching in between ....





January was very exciting and called for celebrations when Elliott and Andrea announced their engagement .... they are moving back to Sydney from Perth in January 2017 so it will be wonderful to celebrate their wedding in April with them in New South Wales ....




February saw our first Stitching Day for the year !   Sylvia and I continued with our stitching days throughout this year and we have had a great time with all the ladies who have been joining us for many years ... and some for not so long ... all united in our enjoyment of stitching and creating friendships as we go ....  I have decided to take a break from my Needlework Group and from the Stitching Days also in 2017 .... perhaps I will now get some projects finished for myself and for our ever growing group of grandchildren too !!



March was fun with a "working" holiday on the "Voyager of the Seas" teaching Needlework to a lovely group of ladies, organised through Needlework Tours.    We visited a few islands in the South Pacific, ate far too much, stitched up a storm and enjoyed meeting lots of new ladies !



April arrived and we welcomed Clay Francis Taplin into our family .... another beautiful boy for Ash and Tim and little brother to a very doting Jed .... and the best part is that they live around the corner from us in their newly built house .... a wonderful treat for us all !



May was my birthday month and although busy, I managed to find time to visit Stephs in Moruya and have a bit of a shop to add to my stash of fabrics .... and I added this great surfers quilt pattern to my list of projects to complete !



June and a visit to the Sydney Craft Show as in order ... always inspiring .... I came away with lots of beautiful memories of lovely quilts and also a little bit more shopping to add to my collection !



In July we all celebrated Ashleigh's 30th birthday at Cupits Winery at Milton .... a beautiful sunny day for the middle of winter .... enjoyed with lots of her friends and family ....



August was AMAZING !!!!   We holidayed in a villa in Tuscany for a week with my sister and her husband and their children and then headed off on a catamaran and sailed around the north coast of Croatia .... the water was stunning .... the weather was warm and it was sooooooo relaxing !!!





The holiday crossed over into September so I couldn't help but share the colour of the water in Croatia which was also AMAZING !!!



Sylvia and I held our "Stitching in the Hills" Retreat in October and had a fabulous weekend with 60 ladies enjoying lots of happy stitching times ....




November arrived and so did Jonah Kysely Hawdon .... our beautiful new grandson and first baby for Elliott and Andrea !   Very dark hair like his mum and so different to our other two grandsons but absolutely gorgeous and we can't wait until they move to Sydney in the New Year and are a little bit closer !



November was a big month with Sam and Nadia arriving home from New York after three years away and then celebrating their wedding at Palm Beach in Sydney ... such a beautiful day surrounded by lots of family and friends ....



One of a couple of beautiful photos shared by Alex the photographer just before Christmas !



And for the first time in a couple of years, we all got to celebrate Christmas together with all our children and their partners and grandchildren .... it doesn't get any more special than this !   So for 2017 we are hoping for more wonderful family times, another holiday, not too much stress at work, and some creative times thrown in too !   Hoping you have the same and thank you for all your lovely comments and emails this year !  Happy New Year !! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Canvas finish

I have managed between lots of visitors, lots of food and lots of beach swims .... to finish off this cute little ABC scissor keep ....


It is from another of Sue Hawkins English needlework kirs purchased overseas ....


Just before sewing together ...


Sam and Nadia received a couple of their wedding proofs from Alex Marks just before Christmas .... they are too beautiful not to share....


Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas

We had a lovely Christmas celebrating with breakfast with Ash and Tim and the little boys .....


Such excitement from Jed who is nearly three !!!


And Clay who is 9 months !


We followed breakfast with lunch at Tims parents which was lovely also .... with a day of rest today as we enjoy Boxing Day at the beach .....


I did receive a very cute gift from Katie in the USA for Christmas in Chooky's Christmas gift swap .....


And this was the gorgeous decoration she sent also !!  Thanks Katie ... I love them both !!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sewing

Lots of family time this week with everyone home celebrating an early Christmas last weekend....


We had a lovely weekend with all children and grandchildren all together ....


Three little cousins together ....


Elliott and Andrea with baby Jonah ...


A cute bundle under the Christmas tree 🎄


A beautiful gift received tonight from my stitching friend Sylvia ... always love Shepherds Bush !!


And my stitching tonight consists of sewing some Sergeants stripes onto a uniform !!  Not quite embroidery ... but I have a needle in my hand !! 

Sewing

Lots of family time this week with everyone home celebrating an early Christmas last weekend....


We had a lovely weekend with all children and grandchildren all together ....


Three little cousins together ....


Elliott and Andrea with baby Jonah ...


A cute bundle under the Christmas tree 🎄


A beautiful gift received tonight from my stitching friend Sylvia ... always love Shepherds Bush !!


And my stitching tonight consists of sewing some Sergeants stripes onto a uniform !!  Not quite embroidery ... but I have a needle in my hand !! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas cheer

Lots happening as we lead up to Christmas .... work is interfering as always !!  Jed was so excited when he saw our Christmas tree !!


And more excited about what might go in his stocking ....


I finished stockings for the 2 new babies too ...,



More photos to come .... enjoy these last hectic pre Christmas days !!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Clay

Too good not to share ....


Clay playing with Duplo this morning .... such a gorgeous boy .... can't wait to have my 3 grandsons all together at the end of next week !! 

Christmas Gifts

It is not too long until we celebrate Christmas.... and there is so much to be thankful for this year.... 


This cute little Christmas decoration arrived in the post yesterday from Katie in the USA as part of ChookyblueSSCS Christmas Swap .... the other gift will go under the 🌲 on Christmas Day ....


I have been pretty busy lately so not much sewing happening.... but I am trying to finish off a couple of Christmas stockings for the newest members in our family ....


Elliott with Jonah .... recipient of one new stocking .... for his first Christmas!


And another for Clay ....


Here we are celebrating Nadia's birthday on Saturday ...


Such fun to have the newly married New Yorkers home for good to celebrate this Christmas !!