Saturday, 30 July 2011

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Phew, where to start, Thursday. It was my birthday and the best way I know how to celebrate was to go to Melbourne for a few girly days with my buddie Fee, so off we went. First up was the DFO, it was my first time, so much to see but I was only interested in a couple of shops, one of which was Typo, great little stationary shop. From a Perfumery shop I bought some lovely body lotion "Mor Marshmallow", it's devine. Then we drove to various outlets, the GPS unit decided to take us on  scenic routes and we saw alot of Melbourne back streets. Fee did an awesome job following her instructions! I won't tell you what the GPS's name is, it's not very nice.

Now Friday was the ultimate girly day for a couple of stitchers and bloggers, we headed off to the Craft and Quilt Show. We arranged to meet up with bloggers at lunchtime, it was great to put faces to names. One of the things I like most is that the blogging community we're in get's us, we're all on the same page or should I say fabric!
Christine (Mac Donald's Patch), Fee (Designs by Fee), Me, Kez (Willow Grove Quilts) and Kathy (Quilted Notions). Kez had a fabulous day, it was her birthday, we exhanged pressies and I'll show all my pressies on the next blog post as I don't want to overwhelm you all with piccies!
Miriam (Yellow Roses) and Mandy (Seams Sew Together)
Elyte (Tea, Fabric and Other Things) on the right, sorry ladies I didn't catch your names.
Fee, Gail Pan and Vicky (The Pickledish Patch).

I love to meet fellow stitching bloggers, it's like meeting long lost friends. I just wish I could have spent more time chatting with each and everyone.

I was also blessed to have my MIL come along too, bit harder for her to get around these days but with trusty wheelie walker in hand she can get around with rests in between.
I'm very lucky that Sandra and I share the same passion, we always have lots to talk about.
Lovely to see you Sandra and thnk-you for the pressies!

Here's the results of the shopping at the craft show, my poor feet and back ached after lugging this back to the hotel, we never made it to Lucellos so that's on the list for next time. These are all classed as birthday pressies from my Hubby and son, I was allowed to have a splurge. I went a little overboard but most of these things are hard to buy off the shelf in Tasmania.


I got a variety of things, scrapbooking bits and pieces, a new toy for embossing and diecutting, fabrics, soy candle making kit, fabrics and a mini iron.

This morning we flew back home, poor Fee was exhausted and I felt so sorry for her as she had to work tonight. I hope she recovers well tomorrow.

So Goodnight from one, happy, content blogger!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Belated Sunday Show and Tell

On Sunday I got together with some workmates to wish our friend Ange all the best for the birth of her 3rd little bubba, due in a few more weeks yet. It was also an excuse to hold a crafternoon. Sue (no blog) made Ange a gorgeous quilt, Sue does a fabulous job at putting colours together!


 Ange showed us a quilt she is making for someone special
Fabulous colours!

Sue gave me a gorgeous felted bag, Thank-you Sue!!

 and Greitje, who is one talented artist showed us a wool felt creation she has been working on for "Art on Legs - Wearable Art Awards".
There's also a dress to match. If you happen to read The Mercury (Hobart Newspaper) there was an article and photo in last Friday's paper. Good Luck Greitje!!
I also took a photo of Ally who was busily hand quilting but it didn't save to my disk. Ally was working on a lovely quilt, it was very girly and pretty!

On the sewing table the last few days I've completed Vikki's sweet little angel stitchery 
(If you want to join in on this free BOM there's a link on my sidebar)

and Helen's Stitched Sunday project for Stem Stitch 
I like to keep busy at nights stitching while I watch TV, it's so relaxing.

Just a reminder too that Fee and I will be at the Stitches and Craft Show on Friday,
we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Stitching

Are you stitching along with Helen's Stitched Sundays?
I have been doing them, they're just a little something to stitch at night time to keep me happy. Plus I'm keeping an eye out for pointers that will help me improve.
Here's mine so far
I used pellon on the back, gives a slight puffy result.
My thread choices were a bit plain so I brightened up the backstitch one
and I'm halfway through the stem stitch project.

I've just finished my Tis The Season quilt
Lucy had to investigate to make sure I trimmed all those loose threads back. I think she's happy.

My sewing room is a bit chilly at the moment so I don't get much machine work done during these winter months but I've promised myself the next project on the machine is to assemble my Gardner's Journal top and I think it'll be a quilting by hand job unless I send it out to be done professionally!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Xmas in July

Our Friends in Stitching group held a Xmas in July swap and we had to make a stocking for our partner. I received the most gorgeous package from Peg, this beautifully stitched stocking with wee rusty bells...

and inside was full of lovely goodies, 2 pretty fat quarters, notebook, key fob and a bookmark (it's hiding in the photo somewhere) and a tube of chockie balls with a wobbly head santa on the top!
Thank-you so much Peg, I feel very spoilt and lucky to have had you for a partner.

Now the stocking I made went to Lynda, here's what I made but you'll have to visit Lynda's blog soon to see what else was inside!
This was my own design with yo-yo's and little gold bells, such fun to make!
Great swap ladies!!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Lots to see here!

You might have been thinking I haven't been stitching much lately but you'd be wrong, as well as secret squirrelling and making a swap pressie or two I've done a little iphone pouch...
(one day I might actually own a smart phone!)
...and I stitched the borders on my Tis the Season quilt
It's my evening embroidery mojo that has gone on a wee holiday, it'll be back soon but it came back briefly this week to do Helen's Stitched Sunday project (forget to take a photo). Even though I know these stitches, I thought I might join in and see if there's something I don't know.

I also caught a cooking bug yesterday (very unlike me) after reading Kerryanne's post about Sticky Date Pudding, guess what I made for desert last night...
...it was easy and so delicious too!

I took part in Trashy's "Where I Live Swap" and a parcel was at my door last night from Jennyflower and look at the beautiful contents....


a gorgeous bag made by her Mum, using recycled fabrics and embellished beautifully....
...and just look what was inside the bag, all these wonderful goodies, except for the chockies, they were gobbled up by my family before I could go snap!

Jenny's theme was based on England and all things british like old cottage gardens, tea and cakes!
It smelt beautiful when I opened the package!!
Thank-you Jenny I love all the gifts, you've put so much thought into them.

My swap package for Clara must still be flying across the ocean but I'll let you know when it's reached it's destination.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Blogger Meet Up

Are you going to be here on Friday 29th July?
If so, how about a blogger meet up at 12ish in the Foodie area? I'll tie some red balloons to the table so you can find us
Here's who will be there so far
Me
Fee - Designs by Fee
Kerri - Willowgrove Quilts
Lizzie - A House in The Country
Christine - Once Upon a Quilt
Tammy - Tammy Woods Designs
Christine M - MacDonald's Patch
Elyte - Tea, Fabric and Other Things
Kathy - Quilted Notions
Vicki - The Pickledish Patch

Let me know and I'll add you to the list!