Monday, December 31, 2012

OPAM finishes, Christmas goodies.

I have left this to the last minute but  here are some final finishes for December.
A Christmas Hand Towel

Mug Rugs for my boys.  Scott has taken his to work.  Not sure how long it will stay clean as he is an Auto Electrician.

Finally a Xmas Banner which didn't quite make it on the wall for Xmas.  

Close-up of two of the labels on the red striped triangles. The pieced triangles have been blanket stitched.

I made the banner to go with this so will have to wait until next Christmas to see them together.
I  love Sweetwater labels and belong to their monthly label club. I am a bit behind with my label projects so will try to catch up over the holidays.
To finish, I will show you a few quilty things I got for Xmas.
Some Theadora Cleeve Buttons.  I have a pattern by Marg Lowe that uses some of these buttons.

Some Hugs and Kisses patterns and a stitching kit which had  some needles, thread, small pattern, pellon , a hoop and a Quizzles DVD pattern.
In closing, I would like to:-


Hope to catch up with you again in 2013. I have enjoyed visiting your blogs and have loved reading your comments.   Less than three hours to go now. Time to join my hubby and see if I can keep him awake till 12 midnight.                 Hugs........

Friday, December 28, 2012

My SSCS gifts to Anne Heidi

Just a quick post today as I haven't yet shown the gifts I sent to Anne-Heidi in Norway who was by SSCS recipient.
Sent this little felt heart with some chocolate. The heart has holly leaf fabric on the back.  Forgot to take a photo of this.

This is the bag from Natalie Bird's book 'Red Home'. It has pockets on either side of the stitchery.

The bag back. 

These are the extras I sent.  A fat quarter of kangaroo fabric , an Australia calendar , a Christmas tea towel and of course chocolate.
I have had an email from Anne-Heidi and I am so glad that she liked the gifts I sent. I noticed on her blog she had made quite a few bags so thought I would add to her collection. A girl can never have too many bags.
I love this swap and appreciate just how much time Chooky spends on it. Can't say thank you enough.
Till next time.        Happy Stitching...... Although in my case it is tidying up my sewing room before New Year.....

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

SSCS Parcel

Yesterday I got to open my SSCS parcel.  Thank you to Odette from far away Chili for some truly beautiful gifts. I love each and everyone of them.  A big thank you also to Chookyblue for running this swap and making sure that we all stayed on track so our parcels would arrive at their designation in time for Christmas Day.
A Christmas Table runner.  The quilting is just wonderful.

A close-up of the stitchery.

A felted scarf.  It was hard to get a picture that does it justice.

Felted earrings and small charms.

Some lovely buttons
They are wonderful gifts Odette, thank you for being my Secret Santa.   Hugs......

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, OPAM finish.

A quick post to say Merry Christmas to everyone.  Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas Day shared with those people you love the most. We got to do that yesterday when we had our family over for an early Xmas Day celebration. This morning Chris and I had our eldest son, Scott, pop in for breakfast and a swim before heading off to visit relatives for lunch leaving us the rest of the day to enjoy each others company and to celebrate that we are one year older. It has been a wonderful day as we have been swimming, had a lunch of leftovers including trifle for dessert and generally not doing much at all.  I looked through my cards and found some birthday scratchies and won $27, then looked at all my beautiful presents again, read some new magazines and watched some car racing with my hubby.
I can't finish this post without showing some pictures of yesterday so here are a few.
This is the Christmas wall hanging I finished this week. I got the label with our surname on it  from Sweetwater.

Scott,  Josh and me in the pool enjoying the water.

Debbie, Kiah and Hayden

Scott, me, Hayden and Kiah who has just returned from 4 months study in the USA. 

Josh, Deb, Todd and Scott.  Had to rescue my SSCS parcel (the yellow one) from Josh before he opened it.

My daughter, Kym, made it from work just in time to have an early dinner with us.

Our Christmas Meal. Vegetarian Noodle Salad, Spinach and Feta Salad, Tossed Salad, Curried Sweet Potato Bake, Roast Potato, Glazed Ham, Roast Turkey, Lamb and Pork.  Thanks to Scott and Todd for roasting the meats and  Kiah for her lovely vegetarian salads.

And a  big thank you to my grandson Joshua who made our cake. Here we are about to blow out the candles on our White Chocolate Tim Tam Cheesecake.    It tasted just beautiful.

A fitting end to a great day.  Will be back soon to share with you the gifts that I have received from Odette from Chili  in my SSCS parcel. They are just beautiful.    Till then Happy Holidays...........

Saturday, December 22, 2012

FNWF win, Xmas with my Grandsons.

Yesterday I had a parcel arrive from Cheryll from Gone Stitchin'.  I had won a beautiful Patchwork and Quilting Journal by joining in Friday Night with Friends earlier this month.  It is a wonderful journal which helps you record everything you do to make a quilt. As well as recording the fabrics used with a page for swatches, you can work out the cost, what pattern or design you have used, and lots more, also a page for the final photo.  Thank you so much Cheryll for this book, I look forward to recording my quilting journey in it from now on. Below the parcel and book.

Today, my eldest son brought my grandsons over, he has had them for the weekend so they could see all their Brizzie relatives and get their Xmas presents.  My turn came after lunch.  I forgot to take a photo of their gifts but they were very happy with them as their main present from their parents was a green scooter so I got them a helmet in bright green to go with it, new pj's and a few DVDs to watch on the holidays.  They also got some new goggles so of course we had to have a swim to try them out.  We had a couple of hours in the pool, then a few nibbles and it was time for them to go back to Scott's so they could try out their scooters.
Tom is the eldest and Jake. It's hard to think they are brothers as they are so different. Tom likes his hair long and Jake short. Tom eats like a bird and Jake loves his food.  I made them a bag with Reindeer noses (8 Maltesers and 1 Jaffa).  Printed the labels from  the net.  They are really fun to do.

The Hulk on the left and Spiderman on the right. The masks have faces on them and the boys put on their scary faces.
 So that was my day, the presents have been wrapped, some have been opened, I got to have kisses and cuddles from my boys, the Xmas food will be bought tomorrow and Christmas Eve we will have our Christmas Day with all the trimmings.  Christmas Day there will be just 4 of us here but that is okay as Chris and I will be able to celebrate our birthdays with a bit of a relaxing day and hopefully eat some leftovers so we don't have to cook.  Hope to post again but may not get time in the next couple of days so I will end with :-


Till next time......   Hugs.......

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SSCS Parcel arrived, Lets Stitch 2012 win

Today I had two parcels arrive in the post.  One was my SSCS parcel and the other was one from Sarah at Quilt Fabric Delights.  In November I joined Lets Stitch 2012. Over the month I received a number of patterns from several designers and also as part of the club, a few competitions were run. I entered some of these and was lucky enough to guess the correct number of paper pieces in a pile and name most of the cut shapes. Not bad for someone who has not done any paper piecing before.  I am looking forward to making up my prize which included a bag pattern by Sue Daley, a mini charm pack of Noteworthy and some hexi papers.
Below is my SSCS parcel sent by Odette from Chile.Thank you so much for my beautiful red work heart.  I have placed the parcel under the tree until Christmas Day and look forward to opening it then.

Here is a close-up of the heart and Christmas Card
Still have a few things to stitch before Xmas Day so best go and do some before I go to bed.
Be back soon..............   Hugs.......

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas at last.....

This week I have put up my decorations and am finally starting to feel a bit 'Christmassy'.  I'm not sure where last week went but I know it was busy. My grandson Jake has gone to stay with his Mum for the school holidays. Before he left, he got a really lovely report from his teacher as well as good marks in many of his subjects, so I am very proud of him. Now I am just trying to finish off a few things before I run out of time and Christmas Day is here.
Here are some photos I took today.
Our tree

Wooden painted Santas

These are some ornaments I painted when I was in my Folk Art phase. My teacher was the lovely Teresa of All Things Vintage.

Since we changed to a small tree last year, my extra baubles go here. 

Above and below some of my Santa collection

A Nancy Halvorsen wall hanging

Santa stitchery wall hanging
My Tis the Season getting another airing this year.

I asked Kerryanne  from Shabby Art Boutique to  paint this for me.  She had a special on a while ago so I jumped at the chance to have a stocking hanger with my four grand children's names on it. The stocking in the middle says 'Our Grandkids'.  I love it.  The triangle trees on either side are ones I painted a few years ago.    
My darling grand-daughter arrived safely home from her 4 months exchange at university in the USA today so I am one happy Grandma and look forward to catching up with her in the next day or two.

To close, here is something I am working on. A banner with seven triangles, I have some printed labels from Sweetwater to add to the red striped ones.  Should look good when I finish. Well must go and do some stitching.  Till next time........  Hugs.........


Monday, December 10, 2012

Brissie Blog Meet, Raffle Win

Yesterday I made my way to The Wishing Well Cafe at Victoria Point to meet with some other Brisbane Bloggers.  We had morning tea, lunch and managed to do a bit of stitching  while we talked and caught up with what we had been doing since our last get together in October.  We also had two visitors brought along by Linda who had been travelling with her on her recent boat cruise up north to see the eclipse of the sun last month. I will show you a photo of these two later on.
The wishing well in the middle of the cafe.

From the left, Susan, Cheryl, Deb, De, Maree, Marilyn, me, Linda & Maria.

Here are our mystery visitors, Peg and Dale enjoying a cappuccino.  They travelled home with Maree and now having a holiday with her. Can you guess which one is Peg?
I enjoyed my lunch of Cajun Chicken Salad and was very good by not having a dessert although when they came out, I wished I had ordered one.

Show & Tell with Marilyn, her wall hanging using hand dyed fabric and below her carry bag which she made in a class with Joy from  JoyPatch (great for quilt blocks)  .

 Below are three SKOW quilts made by Susan, De and Cheryl.  All beautiful.  I brought my Gardeners Journal, an embroidery journal and some of the mug rugs I am working on for my show and tell (no photos of mine as I have blogged about them on a previous post and I think I am getting to photo overload status).

We were also given a tree ornament from Susan and Marilyn.  Thank you so much ladies, they are both gorgeous and will look lovely on my tree if I ever get it up. Susan's is the doll and Marilyn's is the snowflake.

Today, we had our last day for the year at my quilting group.  We had a lovely morning tea and our raffle was drawn.  Lots of lovely goodies hidden behind the cellophane.  I was lucky enough to win one.

Above and below is what I won.  15 fat eighth pieces of fabric.  The fabric puts me very much out of my comfort zone so will have to put my thinking cap on  so I make good use of them. 

Well, if you have made it to the end, thank you.  That is all from me for tonight.  Happy Stitching.......