Monday, February 23, 2009

Seasonal Samplers

I have always loved Samplers! Whenever we visit the old homes my eyes are scouring the walls for an antique sampler. I love that many of them were completed by very young girls. It was part of their education to stitch these little lovelies (cant imagine them being taught in school nowdays!!). The ones completed by older women were a chance to show off their fine stitching skills and of course tended to be more intricate!

So I have designed a set of Seasonal Samplers. First theres Autumn and Winter:

Each pattern comes with 2 complete alphabets. One is for you to add your name and date at the bottom and the other is if you wish to personalise your sampler by changing the description of what each season means to you!! Heres Spring and Summer:

There are 2 designs in each pattern and I have 2 sets up for "giveaway". Just leave a comment on this post and the RNG will draw 2 winners later in the week. Please remember if you are a "no reply" commentor to leave your email address as well so I can contact you! Good luck!

Thanks to everyone for the Anniversary wishes! I have not been able to reply to everyone's comment but they were truely appreciated!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

20 Years!!

On February 11, 1989 at St Johns Church, Launceston we were married. Today Les and I celebrate our 20th anniversary!!! A union which has grown stronger every single day... has been tested with up and downs but strengthened with compassion, respect, commitment, affection, patience and love!!!

We had always planned on renewing our vows at 20 years but as the date grew closer we both felt that the ones we made so many years ago were all we needed, they have served us well!! Now our life includes two amazing children and we work together as a family, everyday! On Saturday the four of us will celebrate!!

Tonight we looked through some of the keepsakes and photos from the wedding! I still have my dress and veil, even the ribbons from the car but I also have something else:

I loved our wedding cake, so simple and elegant and one of my families traditions was to keep the top layer to be used as the christening cake for your firstborn. For us that didnt come as easily or as quickly as we would have liked so the cake was almost 6 years old by Maddis christening!! (so yes she had a fresh cake lol) But I still have that top layer:

Apart from the discolouring (and the strong smell lol) its still pretty much intact!!

Happy Anniversary baby!!! Your my rock, my soulmate, my best friend, my life!!!
I love you, forever!!!

We walk this path together, today, tommorrow and forever.........stronger!!!
Rose xxx

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Around The Garden

During the summer months we spend the majority of our time outdoors, especially mealtimes, so our dining table doesnt get used much. It was time to design a quilt to pretty up the table...

This is "Around the Garden" a simple pieced and appliqued quilt. Ive used In the Pink 2 fabrics which are so pretty and I think it brings a touch of summer into the house.

The applique is only on the corners of the quilt so that your fruit basket or vase of flowers can sit in the middle. The pattern is almost finished, so stayed tuned for a giveaway in the next few days!!
Around our garden, things are a little grim due to the extreme heat we have experienced over the last couple of weeks but our apple tree is loaded with fruit and ready for some serious baking:

Our thoughts go out to all those Aussies who are experiencing the worst bushfires, heatwaves and floods at the moment. The loss of life and property is tragic and hopefully that much needed relief comes quickly!!

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