Monday, February 8, 2016

A stressful time

My poor dad is very ill at the moment.  He is in his mid eighties and has very complex health issues. He was taken off to hospital in the middle of the night.  Needless to say this is a very stressful time for my mum, and all of my family, so I won't be around in blogworld for the next few days.  I'll keep all of you, my dear bloggy friends, posted.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Sleep In and a love of animals

Sunday mornings are for sleeping in and my chance to share a cute animal image with you.

If you love animals as much as me pop over and read the Facebook page of Duke Bullock.  

Duke also has a new website HERE.  I first learned of his plight when Pauline contacted me.  Here's what she told me recently

Supporters are contacting national media, celebrities and newspapers. Hopefully Duke and his family will get their forever home but they have only a few months left now before the lease runs out on their current premises. However, if we all keep spreading the word then Dukes dream will come true. 

I'm so grateful to and in awe of all the kind animal lovers in this world.  They are the very best people.

Sweet Michelle at Raspberry Rabbits once shared this picture and I believe it is so true.

You can judge

Have a delightful day

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A thought for Saturday

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” 
Anna Quindlen -How Reading Changed My Life

The State Library of Victoria

Have a wonderful day

Friday, February 5, 2016

Craft for a Cause

A new event to share, this time at Panton Hill Living and Learning Centre.  It is organised by my sweet friend Jenny from Gemelli Girls (that's Jenny on the right)

and is called 
Craft for a Cause.

Here's how the Learning Centre describes the event

A fun day (and night) of demonstrations, craft and show-and-tell.  Bring your own project and have some uninterrupted ‘you’ time.  2015 causes include Panton Hill CFA, Challenge, BeyondBlue, Royal Children's Hospital and Knitted Knockers.  If you can't make the day you can assist with our Craft for a Cause by knitting or donating materials.  The CFA Fundraiser is two full days held in March each year and the other Craft for a Cause sessions are 10am-10pm or for as long or little as you like.  The craft stalls allow us to stock up wonderful materials too!

When 27th and 28th of February

You can find out more HERE.  I'll be at a blogging get together on Saturday but hope to be there on the Sunday.  Hope you will be able to attend.

Here's a fun Stitch Along you might enjoy.

Actually the first one is a Crochet Along

Vibrant Vintage Crochet Along with Cyprus Textiles

And another Block of the Month

Dear Daughter by Sherri Noel at Rebecca Mae Designs.
Hi everyone, sorry the link wasn't working.  Please try THIS ONE

Thanks so much to sweet Jenny for sending me these links.

Today I have a LINK to this delightful English Paper Pieced Table Topper

It is shared by super talented Nicole at Lillyella.  She has even included the templates for you to print. Enormous thanks to Nicole for sharing it with us.

Hope you will be stitching along with me and all the other Gone Stitchin' friends tonight.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Scquilters (Carrum Downs) is such a wonderful, creative, friendly group of women and a day with them all is full of fun.  So how lucky am I that I got to spend my birthday with them yesterday.

Have you been sewing one of the designs of our darling friend, Jenny of Elefantz?  If you have, it is now time to link up to the Stitch In Days linky party. I linked in with my beautiful gift from Christine on my February first post.  If you pop over to Jenny's blog at the moment you will see some of the new designs for February's Stitchery club.  

I'll be stitching this one pretty.  You can find out all about the Stitchery Club HERE.

I've got a LINK to a delightful project today.

The sweetest Stationery Kit with a fabulous tutorial shared by super talented Heidi at Fabric Mutt. Many many thanks to Heidi for sharing it with us.

Hope you have a wonderful day

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Another new feature

A new day...a new page.  Located just underneath my header you will find a new tag
Here I will be listing any stitch-a-longs I come across on my travels around blog world.  I'll list those which are free or just have a small cost involved.  There won't just be stitching and quilting but knitting and crochet too.
So here is a start.
Afghan Sampler Crochet Along with Tanya at Hodgepodge Crochet.  Pattern will be available and free for all of 2016

The Crossroads Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.

The Bloom Sew Along with Lori at Bee in My Bonnet

All in a Row. You can start HERE at The Moda Cutting Table.

An Undies (as we call them here in Australia) Sew Along with Monica at Sew News.

It's time to sign up for this week's 
with Cheryll over at Gone Stitchin'.  It is always fun to stitch along with blogging friends and take a peek at everyone's current projects.

I've just discovered somewhere new to eat and it is in a perfect location to add into my North of the City itinerary which is located on my page
For visitors to Melbourne

It is called Lemon Mint cafe and it an absolute delight.  It has a wonderful warm friendly feel and is very child friendly, if you have someone little in your life. The staff are so lovely and the food is out of this world.  Cooked on the premises and by someone with an obvious love of food and the skill to combine the most gorgeous flavours I have fallen in love with everything on the menu.  I will be visiting this place A LOT because it is fabulous.
Pear and Walnut bread, absolutely delicious.
Lemon Mint
138A Bell Street (On Francis Street)
Heidelberg Heights
0456 401 272

Nicole from Lillyella is super generous with what she shares with us.

This is a fabulous Undercover Maker Mat that you can download HERE. Enormous thanks to fabulous Nicole for all she shares with us.

I'm off to a Scquilters Get Together today so I know I'll have fun.
Hope your day is full of fun too.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This weeks stitching

This week I'll be stitching this block from Rosalie Dekker's fabulous Flowerville.  
This is Rosie's completed Flowerville quilt.  I'm making mine with 1930s reproduction fabrics and a Cottage Gardens thread called Tulip.
I'm stitching my fourth block and there are nine stitcheries needed.  And I've only made one dresden plate so far. So I've still got lots to do.
My aim is to finish this quilt, including the quilting, before 2016 ends. 

Today I returned to The Quilt Shop and the Monday afternoon friendship group for the first time in 2016.  It was lovely to be back and see Sharon and Alison again, they are both really lovely...
...and their shop is beautiful.

Another beautiful mini which would make a delightful St Valentine's Day gift.  It is very kindly shared by lovely Laura at Kittens and Threads which is a delightful blog to visit.  Just follow this LINK and many many thanks to Laura for sharing this lovely pattern with us.

Hope you have time for some stitching today.


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