Sunday, November 22, 2015

FNSI results, 40th birthday......

I managed to get some quilting done on a wall hanging and I also completed another gift too for a  Xmas swap I am in.
This is a photo of the half finished back. and below blanket stitch complete and buttons attached to another little gift. 

All will be revealed when the parcels are opened in December.

I have also completed my swap gifts for Chookyblue's SSCS too. Will post a photo of the wrapped gifts before I pop the parcel in the post this week. Yeah!! Finished on time with a few days to spare........
Yesterday, my family and I headed up to Caloundra to help my niece Angela celebrate her 40th Birthday. We met at the restaurant 'Tides Waterfront Dining' for lunch. We spent a few hours there enjoying a wonderful meal and good company.
My niece Angela and daughter Kym

View from the restaurant. The water looked beautiful.      
Well must go, thanks and big hugs to my friend WENDY for hosting another successful Friday Night Sew In.


Friday, November 20, 2015

FNSI, Renovations

Tonight is Friday Night with Friends so even though our place is a bit like a bomb has gone off outside and I can't get into my sewing room in the shed due to work happening in front of it, I decided to join in and lose myself in some hand stitching.
Thank you to Wendy for again hosting.

The reason for the above is that we are having some much needed improvements done to solve a water problem between the house and the pool.
We have become a construction site according to the sign on our front fence. I am really looking forward to the job being finished and the sign being taken down so I can try to remove the layer of dust that seems to cover every surface in the house even though windows and doors were shut. I think Ruby who is locked behind a temporary fence will be pleased too although she may have to wait till the new grass grows but haven't let her know that yet.
Sorry for the photo overload ,just want to keep a record of the progress for me.

Paving removed by us.

Patio roof off and 6 truck loads of soil & rubbish removed.

Boxing up started. 

Mesh laid, ready for cement on Monday.
If you are still here, see you tonight.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

FNWF, Ruby photos.

Last night I joined a group of lovely ladies and did some sewing. As I have some Xmas swaps on the go, I can't show you much of what I did but can give a sneak peek of a couple of things without giving too much away. Working with a bit of felt, some Ric Rac and adding some Christmas borders to a  stitchery.

I completed a couple of Xmas tree ornaments as well so in all not a bad night's stitching.
Today we attempted to give Ruby a bath, she was clean for a couple of hours then we had a storm with a little hail thrown in for good measure so after romping around in the mud, she is now as dirty as she was before her bath.

She loves the water and her pool which she has almost outgrown. With the hot weather she's been losing her thick undercoat so brushing every day has been a necessity
It's hard to believe she has her 1st BIRTHDAY next week.
Well must go. Will check out some blogs tomorrow and see what all of you got up to. Thanks for hosting Chez. Hope you are having a great holiday...........

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Busy Month : Quick Update........

I am still working on my Natures Journey, very slow progress I'm afraid. I've changed the diamonds around the border for red ric rac. I must admit I tried lots of other things but decided I liked this option the best. Here is a photo (not the best one) of the center, what do you think?

I have put this on the back-burner for a little while as I have to concentrate on the Xmas swaps I am in this year and the postage dates are fast coming around. Everything has been planned and started with a few finishes and a few to do. Can't really show much as it is all secret but will be back soon with a few sneak peeks.
Hugs for now..............

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sunday Stitchers, My Natures Journey Quilt, Chookyblue's Xmas Swap 2015.

My Sunday Stitchers group met on Sunday at a new venue at Coomera. I got lost on the way there so was a bit late arriving but had a lovely time catching up with all the girls once I did. I worked on a Christmas stitchery by Natalie Bird while there. A lot of talking with not much stitching I'm afraid.

I also took along my Natures Journey centre block for show and tell. The satin stitch stems took many hours to do but I'm very happy with the result so well worth the time spent on it.
I started to add the pink border after I got home.

Chris, my hubby, is on long service leave for a few weeks and we've been trying to catch up on some jobs around the house that have needed doing for a while. I'm pleased to say we have been able to cross a few off our list, so today we took a well deserved break and went for a long drive in this :

I've had my old car since 2000 so it was time for an upgrade. This is our new one, a Mazda CX5. I've always driven a manual but we opted for an auto this time. It's so easy to drive and luckily I only went to change the gears twice, oops!! The car has so many new features including a key-less start so will have to get used to pushing a button instead of turning a key to start it. I can see the car manual being used quite a bit in the next couple of weeks.

I've also joined Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap so am looking forward to finishing lots of goodies in the next few weeks to fulfil  my Christmas commitments for 2015.

Well must go and do a bit more on my stitchery. Till next time, happy stitching everyone.....  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Friday Night results.......

My apologies for not getting a post up over the weekend. It has been really busy, my hubby started four weeks of long service on Saturday and as we have lots to do and fix up around the house, we got straight into trimming the trees in the front yard, only one side done with the other marked down for today.

Then on Sunday, I accompanied my son, Scott, on a trip to the north coast, so Jake could spend the school holidays with his Mum whilst,Tom, my other grandson came home with us to spend time with his Dad. We spent most of the day in the car so was glad to get home just before dark.

So back to Friday night. I am still stitching the centre block of Natures Journey. Down to the last couple of satin stitch stems now. I don't think I would have done them in satin stitch if I'd realized just how long I was going to take. I am slow at stitching and if I'm not happy with the result, tend to pull out and start again, though I think I may have got myself out of that habit after this marathon.

I also finished off the last of the flowers and leaves so the end is in sight. I can't wait to add the borders which are all cut out and almost ready to put on. Hope they all fit together nicely. A big THANK YOU to Wendy for again hosting.

Well must go as the tree trimming awaits........

Friday, September 18, 2015

It's that time again.

I've signed up with other like minded quilters to join Wendy at Sugar Lane Quilts for a spot of Friday night sewing tonight. Go here to sign up and join us.............
Look forward to seeing you there........