Thursday, December 26, 2013

Let's Celebrate Christmas

This month Noela and I have exchanged our final gifts in Karen Martin's Let's Celebrate Swap.  As Noela has her birthday on Christmas Day, I made myself doubly busy making her gifts.  As seems to be quite normal for me, I forgot to take photos of the gifts I sent to Noela, but I'm sure she will post photos of her gifts soon on her blog called Quilty Bits from the Blue Room.

However I have taken photos of the beautiful gifts Noela sent to me
 There are two beautiful bags..the larger one is perfect for me to use this year to take my stitching to my has a lovely friendship verse on it and lovely Anni Downs fabric.  The little bag (which did carry some lovely chocolates) is so sweet.  Again, I recognise Anni Downs here and this is a little bag I'd often thought of making but never quite got around to it.
Then there are two half metres of is linen (or linen look) and the other is a beautiful shade of red..a Lynette Anderson Christmas fabric.
There is also a Lynette Anderson stitchery pattern and the buttons to go with it.

So how spoilt am I!  All the gifts Noela has sent to me this year have been perfect and I have loved them all.  So thankyou Mrs Martin for running this swap...for me, it has been very rewarding and Noela and I are very happy to have had the opportunity to get to know each other a little bit.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Let's Celebrate My Birthday

Despite being rear-ended on my way home from Armidale, my birthday was a really lovely day.  Lots of chatty phone calls, some lovely gifts that I really wanted (okay so I didn't bother hinting, I just said what I wanted and saved everyone the trauma of what to buy) and a delicious lunch with daughter Andrea at Olinda which is one of my favourite destinations.

My Let's Celebrate swap partner Noela, just knows what will make me happy and sent me a few really lovely gifts including chocolate, french-themed notebook, fancy scissors, thread and a beautiful threadkeeper that I will use for taking my bits and bobs to sewing days....and a lovely little pack of Nancy Halvorsen 5" squares.  Thankyou again Noela, and thankyou Karen Martin for running this great swap.  Now I really have my thinking cap on for Noela's birthday later in the year.

Once my birthday is over I know it is only a very short time until Christmas, so now my thoughts are focussed on what I need to make in the way of gifts, what food will be needed to help celebrate the day etc. 

 This year truly has flown by, but so much has happened including the house renovations which have all turned out so well.  This house that I used to detest living in has become a comfortable home that really works as we had envisaged. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Let's Celebrate Spring

My swap partner for Let's Celebrate, Noela, sent me a lovely parcel of goodies for our Spring swap last week.  I particularly love the stitchery she made for me which I am going to use on a new bag I have decided to make to take to my stitching groups.  It is so sweet isn't it?

Noela also sent to me a little collection of threads including the lovely pink variegated one in the stitchery, fabric, some thread cards and ring for holding them, some very pretty lace and two cute little decorations.  I may just see if I can incorporate the lace and decorative bits into the same bag I'll be making.  Thankyou again Noela, as usual your gift is just perfect for me.

Our next gift to each other is to be a pieced block...I've seen some beauties just lately in my travels around the internet, but before that can happen there has to be a major reorganising around the house following the renovation.  I know I have a great deal of sewing stuff...somewhere.  

The need to have everything neat and orderly drives me to distraction at the moment, but I just tell myself that if I attack some of the mess every day, eventually everything will be unearthed again and everything will be in its place.

The builders have done a fabulous job of the renovations and they finally finished all the work inside last week and are just finishing of some details outside.  The painters won't have time to paint inside till next year (more upheaval) so everything won't be pretty until then.  But it is wonderful to have the house fully insulated, to have new wiring so our lights don't do strange things anymore (the electrician said we had some 'very creative' wiring in the ceiling...not to mention an area above the kitchen light which had actually been on fire at some stage..yikes).  We now have two brand new bathrooms which makes things so much more pleasant, and all the damaged plasterwork has now been restored and lovely new doors too.  And cupboards!!!!  Bliss!  There was absolutely no storage here, so we've had huge builtin cupboards put in so that everything has a home.    The outside of the house looks amazing too.   I haven't taken a photo of that yet but will do very soon and then I can show you a 'before and after' shot.

And the very best thing....the possums in the ceiling have gone.  There is no way for them to get in any more.  The quiet is wonderful.  We had to trap the last little fellow as he was very reluctant to leave.  But eventually hunger got the better of him and he came down into the kitchen and went into the trap.  Didn't turn a hair when the trap snapped shut..just continued eating as Joel carried the trap outside and probably didn't leave the cage until every last morsel of food was gone.  It was such a funny ending to our possum problem.  They are such a cute animal, but not when they live in the ceiling.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The renovations continue

This will be a blog without pictures...pretty boring I know.....hopefully piccies will come next time.

The house renovations are continuing in earnest around here....I have days when I pray that the guys won't turn up, but it appears that nobody upstairs is listening.  The new roof was completed ages ago, the total rewiring is a work in progress (they are the worst days as the power is cut off for the day).  All the outside cladding and insulation has been done and now we barely know it is winter.

So now the guys have moved inside to make all their noise and mess.  At the moment they are working on the ensuite and dressing room for my is sanding...yuk.  But I am thrilled at how our truly revolting former home is now becoming very attractive.  Well worth the mess and noise I would say.

Just to add to the mix, daughter Andrea was kicked by a horse a couple of weeks ago which was very nasty.  Her arm was broken and her jaw isn't working properly.  I never realised there is so much pain associated with a broken arm, but most of that is behind Andrea now and she is starting to feel frustrated at being able to do very little.  Thank heaven for the internet and a laptop.

With all of that I have done absolutely no sewing at all for so very long...I really can't remember which projects I had been working on, but I'm sure it will all come back to me when I get a moment to open my boxes to resume my stitching.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Friday Night With Friends

Next month the Cottontales girls will be holding their quilt show which they do every two years.  We all make a few things to put on the sale table, so I thought I would devote Friday Night this time to making some mugmats.  They are so quick and easy and yet they are a lovely bright and practical addition to the coffee table.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Let's Celebrate and Renovations

I received another lovely parcel yesterday from my swap partner, Noela.  Noela and I are very much on the same wavelength when it comes to gifts which is working out really well as far as I'm concerned.  I received a gorgeous mugmat with the initial K embroidered on it, and my recipes were placed into a lovely journal which Noela had made a cover for.  My first ever journal it.  There is also a lovely pattern for some little embroidered pretties for the kitchen, some lovely choccy bikkies and a selection on coffees and teas.  I have enough here to throw a fabulous morning tea sometime.   thankyou Noela so much.

But the morning tea is going to have to wait a while...our house is undergoing some seriously big renovations and our front and back yards look like a war zone.   This is a photo of the house trussed up like a Christmas turkey with the scaffolding needed to do the new roof and outer walls.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A stitchery almost finished for FNwF

Last night as I stitched along with Friday Night with Friends I managed to complete the stitchery component of this little wall hanging.  There are still borders to complete which I will do later this week.  This little stitchery is one of twelve by Kathy for each month of the year. The series is called sweet Stitches.

Earlier this week I also put the binding on my little Christmas is very cute.

And now it is only two weeks from today that I leave for my holiday in San Francisco with my older daughter Rhyll.  We are basing ourselves in San Francisco and have rented a gorgeous apartment there for the whole three weeks.  From there we will take short trips to other places...last night we decided we would spend three days in Monterey so we can visit the wonderful aquarium there, and also spend a day whale watching.   How exciting!