Thursday, December 9, 2010
Every chance I have (which realistically hasnt been much in the last month or so, due to one thing or another) I have had some "pretty finishes" using my stitcheries for release later next year!! Picking layouts, fabrics and seeing the final result exceeds those "wild" ideas I had in my head, earlier in the year:
Still lots of work to do but Im slowly making progress and with every tick off my list Im finding satisfaction, "my lost mojo", a day to actually work and that pride of another "pretty" finished project.
Speaking of pretty finishes:
Our gorgeous daughter, Maddi finishes High School tomorrow and this is my favorite photo from her Grad night on Tuesday night!!! The whole day was magic and being able to spend that time with her, help her get ready for her special night, was an experience Ill never forget. A true mother/daughter day that makes me smile/cry (sob lol) everytime I think of it!!!
Love u Muff!!!! Goodbye High School, hello College!!!!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
She opened her home and her family to me and I had a real "grown up" holiday, eating in lovely restaurants, shopping in beautiful shops and getting to know her in person, which I loved...... lots of chats and laughs and experiencing her fornightly Craft Group (loved it, these ladies really know how to have fun!! My place next time girls!!!!)
I had my camera with me all weekend but came home with about 6 shots (bad blogger me). Heres one of the views on the Great Ocean Road. The scenery was amazing and I enjoyed it immensely!!!
To all those Mums (and Dads) who sat with the kids and watched Paul Jennings "Round The Twist", this is the lighthouse where the series was filmed!! Huge lighthouse!!! And I also saw the cottage of Helen "Nell" Richards who lived next door!! Beautiful little town!!!
We did visit one new quilt shop and I picked up some Luna Notte fabric but my favorite purchase was this gorgeous scarf, very sweet. Thanks sooooooo much Leigh and Ross, I had an amazing few days in your home, got to recharge those tired batteries and cemented a lifelong friendship!!! You have to come to visit us in Tassie soon!!!
Just finally, in the garden today Les discovered these two little guys!! The nest is soooooo intricate and the chicks are sooooooooo cute. We think they are Wattle birds and if I can, Ill take photos of their growth and progress!!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Poor Maddi has had to wait so long for me to finish her Twilight Cushion (it just fell to the bottom of the pile next to my machine!) She wanted to keep the layout simple which was great for me after all that paper piecing, so this is what we came up with (and the last black border doesnt show up well in this dreadful photo!!!) She loves it so that makes me happy!
These gorgeous fabrics arrived in the post the other day from the lovely Fee. It was perfect timing and so deeply treasured........we had suddenly lost another family member (from Les's side of the family) and it was all I needed to remind me just how generous and caring people really are. Life is short and by doing what we love, we use every precious second!!! Thanks so much Fee!!!
So due to this burst of inspiration, Im madly pattern writing a new design......just a little sneaky peek for now but the whole reveal coming very, very soon!!! 2 patterns in one and I love them both, hope you will as well!
In the meantime, theres plenty of this happening!!! Maddi and I hit the open roads today for the first time and I am now sure I dont have enough hands (one ready to grab the wheel, one ready to grab the park brake, one holding on for dear life, one to cover my eyes lol).......NAH honestly, she is doing soooooooo well and yes at times it is hard...... hard to let go!!!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
So the winners are:
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Garden Party - love this tablecloth!!!
Elida - love this bag too!!
So I have some patterns up for grabs. If you would like to win a copy of both these new patterns just leave a comment on this post and later in the week I will draw 2 names who will recieve a copy of each pattern. If you are a no reply commentor please leave an email address so I can contact you if your a winner! Good luck!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
So Miss Tamika , school holidays are just around the corner. Auntie Rose will come and "steal" you for the day and we can sew to our hearts content........you just have to bring the chocolate ok lol!! And when we are finished all the lovely people who read my blog will want to see some pictures of our day.......fun!!!!
Friday, August 13, 2010
This appliqued tablerunner is called "When Doves Fly" and it is really pretty. Its a good little project to brighten up your table for the Spring/Summer months that are approaching.
This is how it appeared in the Creating Country Threads magazine last month. I know I say this a lot but I do love how they photograph and present each of the projects.
My niece (8) insisted her mum buy this issue and she took it to school for "show and tell", which was really sweet........maybe I can make a quilter out of her, since Maddi has no interest!
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Yeh she has my car (my"Oh no! dont hit, the Cruze" new car.........and for those who love and know me, this is a "biggie" lol). She will have her own car in the next few weeks and this leaves me pondering...........this whole "teaching kids to drive is tough, really tough" but Im a total control freak and neither of my kids will leave home without my "nagging" voice planted in their heads (Les is a fantastic driver and would be a great teacher.....did I mention Im a control freak???).
Im so happy for Maddi.......life is really starting to happen. She has never been one to grow up before she needs to, theres no rebellion, no sassing or resentment, no envy of other kids! Keep your focus baby, look at life on that huge scale and strive for your goals but remember no matter what happens, whatever path you take..............I will be there for you, right by your side, just as I was the day you were born! Love u Muff, 4EVA xxx
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sometimes its hard to name a design and after a couple of brainstorming emails with Anne Ida, her mother suggested the name Elida (Anne Idas grandmother) and it was perfect! It was wonderful to name a design after a special lady whose passion for craft inspired so many!
I choose a fan as the centre stitchery as it reminded me of an embrodiered purse my Nan treasured. I still have the purse and I keep her old brooches in it.
There is also a profile of me and Threadbare Creations in this edition:
I was very excited and honoured to be asked and to see it all in the magazine is a real thrill!!! Danielle and the wonderful team at CCT have done an amazing job and the photos are just gorgeous!!
Thanks so much guys, I love it and its an issue I will always treasure!!
They say it takes a village to raise a child and I think the same thing can be said when caring for an elderly relative. Thank you to those who have emailed, sms'ed or phoned over the last few weeks regarding my MIL's recent illness (septic shock). It was a worrying and tiring time for our family and she is doing great! The love and support she has received from family, good friends (including one who sadly passed away on the weekend) and neighbours is a testament to the special woman she is and the lives she has touched and we are forever grateful!
Monday, April 5, 2010
I stitched this up for the ring cushion for our friends wedding. The wedding is Saturday and its been a rush to organise, we had 10 weeks. There hasnt been a true colour scheme to the whole thing except us bridesmaids are wearing lemon, so this is how it turned out:
Im happy with it, the bride is esctatic (and thats the important thing) and I guess its less traditional than the usual ring cushion (the bride didnt want traditional!!) but its still pretty.
We chose the gold ribbon to tie the rings on, much prettier than the white we had originally chosen. The rings are gold and white gold so it matches nicely!
And for the ringbearer I have added some handholds.......I sectioned it and he can slide his hands in there and will be holding it securely, less chance of him dropping it hopefully. Still heaps more to do but at least the cushion is complete!
Hope everyone had a lovely Easter...........lucky girl me, hubby gave me a copy of this:
Ive been waiting for this book to hit the shelves.......I am a huge fan of Masterchef and this book is truely lovely. Its very well thought out, got some great recipes and I love the section in the back for me to write our own Family Recipes and memories.
Lots of reading and not much cooking as yet, but I will!