Friday, July 31, 2015

More with Lisa and Leanne

The Stitching Soiree was so inspiring that I took lots of photos and I'd like to share some of my favourites with you.
The other great thing about this day was that Karen and her shop Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop were there and I always love seeing Karen, she is fabulous.  

I bought some beautiful wool fabric for my next Friends Having Fun Swap and more beautiful Theodora Cleave buttons.  I like to pop them into the little hexagon flower packages I send overseas as they are handmade and painted here in Australia by fabulous Barb Smith. 

Here's a beautiful free design from wonderful Red Brolly.
You can find it HERE.  Bronwyn is one of the most generous designers around, sharing so much with us all.  Many many thanks for this lovely design and for everything else you share with us.
Have fun today

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Piece yourself together

Hard to believe another month has whizzed by and the time has come for another Linky Party with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches.
Here are the hexies I made at the Christmas in July stitching day
with Max and Louise Pattern Co, organised by Lilly Patches.  They are the smallest hexies I've made so far...3/8"...and will form Santa's stocking in this cute design by Lisa and Lou.
Then I made some individual hexies (2 sets of 12) for my partner in the Inchy Hexie Flowers Swap as this is what she requested.
Then a couple more swap hexies
and a couple more.  All these hexies have been made in the colours chosen by the recipients

Want to play along too...just go HERE.  Huge thanks to Anthea for organising this fun for us each month.
About as cute as cute can be...
...and you can make one too if you follow this LINK to Wild Olive.  Huge thanks to brilliant Mollie for sharing this little delight with us.
Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Teeny Tiny Treasures...The Crafty Squirrel

I was sorting a tub of bits and pieces in my sewing room when I came across a little white paper bag. I had no idea what was inside until I tipped out the contents...
...must have been a trip to Crafty Squirrel, one of my favourite shops, so full of lovely little delights
You can find Morgan's gorgeous teeny, tiny, wonderful shop HERE and at HERE and HERE  and here at 
Cnr Errard & Urquhart Streets
Ballarat Central, Victoria
Australia Ph: 5331 4548

Lucky me, I'll get to visit Morgan at her shop while I'm on the NOTYQ retreat with Christine and Annie.  And I'll certainly buy some of these little cuties.

C Friday - 10am toHere 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm
Wopen on Thursday & Friday -
to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm
Talking about teeny, tiny and super cute, I think this dear little pin cushion qualifies on every count. You can find the pattern and tutorial if you follow this LINK to  Deshilachado.  Huge thanks to super talented Maria for sharing it with us.
I'll be spending this afternoon making hexies which I will share tomorrow
Have a great day

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fabulous Fun with Lisa

I just adore Lisa from Fig'n Berry, she is so sweet and her patterns are adorable. 
She recently held a Stitching Soiree along with lovely Leanne from Petals and Patches.  

So just over a week ago Annie and I took a trip over to Monbulk, via Montrose (yes, we got lost despite having a sat nav device in the car + two phones with sat nav).  It was the most beautiful morning for a drive in the Dandenong Ranges so we just shrugged our shoulders, enjoyed the drive and happily got there before morning tea.
We received a gorgeous goody bag filled to the brim with patterns and other lovely things.

The food was fabulous, as always, and the company delightful.
Here are some of the soiree samples

We had a fabulous time.  I can't wait till this Friday when Annie, Christine and I head off on our NOTYQ Retreat...such good friends...we are bound to have heaps of fun.
I do love a pin cushion, especially a cute and quirky one.  You can find this lovely little tomato one by following this LINK to Vanessa's gorgeous blog, Tried and True.  Enormous thanks to Vanessa for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a fun day

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beautiful things from Michelle

I'm in a wonderful swap group organised by Shez and Peg.  It is called Friends Having Fun Swaps and our recent task was to make a ruler cover.  My parcel came from Michelle and she certainly spoiled me.  

I always know if I see Michelle's name on a parcel it is going to be a real treat. Thank you so much to Michelle.  

Michelle has just released her first book 
which you can buy from her blog and you must check out her wonderful drawings.  She is a true artist.
This is what I sent to my dear friend, Barb, in the same swap.
Back on July 7th I blogged about stitching a name using an alphabet from sweet Jenny of Elefantz

well here it is stitched in one colour with the gaps in the letters stitched in.

I added one of Jenny's delightful birds to the rotary cutter bag. Here's the rest of the parcel

This was a really fun swap and I loved sewing for Barb as she is such a wonderful person and dear friend.

Riley Blake is always a fabulous place to visit for some wonderful free patterns.
I particularly like this one by Lila Tueller Designs which you can find HERE.
Hope you have a fun filled day...I day in the garden for me.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A read and a rest

I'm not feeling too good at the moment so I'm having a day in bed reading, Gould's Book of Fishby Richard Flanagan.  

Although it is a harrowing tale I'm luxuriating in the beauty of the prose while lying in bed, with my dear little dogs for company and an array of beautiful birds gobbling the seed and fruit in the feeder just outside my bedroom window. Not a bad way to spend the day.
This is so nifty

Have a wonderful day

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