Friday, December 19, 2014

More from Sweet Peg

I am taking part in a great Christmas swap organised by Shez and Peg as part of the Friends Having Fun Swap group. I am lucky enough to be receiving my presents from super present giver Peg and I certainly love everything I've opened so far.

Thank you so much sweet Peg, I'm certainly feeling very spoilt and I love it.

Today I'm heading off with my lovely friend Christine to a stitchery day at the delightful Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton. This is a NOTYQ excursion. There is always the most delicious Devonshire Tea waiting for us when we arrive. Henry, my sous chef, and I prepared scones, jam and cream for the family on the weekend and had lots of fun.

Something very pretty today from the very, very pretty Shabby Art Boutique
Just click HERE for a fabulous tutorial to make a Vintage Sewing Box.  Enormous thanks to Kerryanne for all the inspiration and wonderful tutorials and projects on her beautiful blog.
Hope you get to eat some delicious treats today
Love

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Talented Trio.

I recently ordered two wonderful sketches on antique doilies from Michelle Palmer.  Do you know that feeling when something is so beautiful you can scarcely breathe....
... so divine it takes your breath away...well that's how I felt when I opened the parcel.
What amazes me is that they are original works of art and I get to keep them or in this case make them into gifts for dear family members.  Thank you so much dear Michelle for sharing your amazing talent with us all.
On the subject of super talented people we are so lucky that the next instalment of Jenny's Stitchery Club is now available.
I've been looking at the previews of these designs on Jenny's wonderful blog, Elefantz, and getting more and more excited about stitching them.
And now I can.  One of the extra wonderful things about Jenny's gorgeous designs is that she keeps them affordable for everyone.  You can buy them HERE. Thank you so much Jenny.

And more...
Yesterday I shared my gift of a beautiful bear drawing from my dear friend, Michelle Ridgeway.  Michelle's range of charming designs and patterns grows every year and everything is wonderful.  These are the latest two I'm ordering for my pattern stash.
and
Thought I'd show them to you just in case you wanted to give yourself a little gift for Christmas. Again Michelle's patterns are very affordable and brilliant value for money.  Pop over HERE if you would like to order them.
And if that is not enough adorableness in one post, I have more to share.
I have just discovered The Homemakery
No wonder I have no time for housework, I spent absolutely ages reading Kate May's beautiful blog and exploring her on-line shop.  There is so much to fall in love with including some brilliant tutorials like this one HERE which will explain and show how to make your very own Earring Hoopla.
Thank you so much Kate for sharing your darling creativity with us.
I'm off to spend the morning with my sweet NOTYQ friends - lucky me.
Hope you have time for some stitching too,
Love

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How wonderful to be back

I'm back, and it seems like forever that I've been missing from blogworld but first I was a super sickie and then my darling Henry came to stay...a lot can happen in seven days so I've heaps to share.

Of course with Henry staying there is the obligatory Henry picture.
We found this Wiggles car at the local shops and Henry was happy to play for ages...he didn't even want any money put in.  There were no other little kids waiting to have a go and a comfy seat was positioned just next to the red car so I spent a very happy time watching him play.  I think three and a half must be the perfect age...Henry's needs and wants are so simple...his love so honest and true...his laugh so pure and infectious...Oh how I love being a grandma.

The Friends Having Fun presents are now being opened and I can share the first four wonderful parcels from sweet Peg.  I can see I am going to be totally spoilt.




The most amazing Christmas present arrived from lovely Michelle from RagTag Stitchin.

As well as the beautiful little gingerbreadman I was totally spoilt with one of Michelle's amazing original bear drawings.  I am very, very, very lucky.

More about the goodies which have been arriving tomorrow.
I love, you love, we all love Jodie from Ric-Rac...and if you are not familiar with this great Aussie designer you will love her too, once you read her funny blog posts and marvel at her talents.  Jodie has very kindly shared four adorable Christmas decorations with us HERE.
Thank you so much Jodie - you are a star.

Hope you have time for some stitching today
Love

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I'm sick again...

...so a break for a couple of days.  I will be better for next week's Christmas parties, no matter what!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

The last swap hexies for 2014

Last night I made the last two swap hexies for 2014.
They are part of the Inchy Hexie Flower Swap very kindly organised by Janet.  I'm really happy with how they turned out and hope my swap partner likes them.  She plans for her hexie quilt to look like the ocean. I'm also popping in a lovely Theodora Cleave Christmas button.
These little bags are just so beautiful, and the stitchery pattern is very kindly shared HERE at wonderful Luli

Huge thanks to Luli.
Have a wonderful day
Love

Vale Stella Young
I've just heard the very sad news that Melbourne writer, comedian and disability activist passed away  suddenly on Saturday.  I had enormous respect for this fabulous young woman and will miss her voice on the ABC.  Huge condolences to her family on the loss of such a fine and good human being.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Slightly obsessed

OK, I admit it...I've become a bit obsessed with Jenny's little heart stitcheries, so I made another last night.  
This time it has a sweet little Theodora Cleave chicken in the centre.  

Sammy posted this on his facebook page.  He and the boys are in Hamilton visiting family. So glad they are having fun.
Henry having a ball at the Hamilton Christmas parade. This was after he gate crashed the parade! He ran out and joined his Aunty Frances O'Brien in the parade!
I love this sweet Christmas tree cushion.
and it is a fabulous free pattern very generously shared HERE at Fleece Fun.  It was designed by Ren Murphy from The Inspired Wren.  Huge thanks to everyone who helped to bring this pattern to us all.
Hope you have some creative fun today
Love

Saturday, December 6, 2014

FNWF results

Last night I had a lovely evening stitching away with my blogland friends as part of 
organised by our lovely friend Cheryll of Gone Stitchin.


My sewing was another one of Jenny's stitched hearts with a Theodora Cleave button in the centre.  I'm not usually one for stitching multiples of a project but because each is in a different thread combination and each has a different button I feel like each one is brand new.
The Threadworkx site introduced me to lots of wonderful designers, many of whom share fabulous free patterns in their shops and blogs.  The Drawn Thread was new to me and it is wonderful.  There are many free charts including this one, called First Snow, which you will find HERE.
Thank you so much for sharing with us.
Have a happy day
Love

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