Sunday, January 21, 2018


I have called this post sewing as I have actually done some machining this past week. My fellow blogger, Chookyblue, has been spending at least 10 minutes in her sewing room each day so I tried it. I do go in there often to cut things, iron things and plan but I don't sit and machine often enough. Well worked. I put together the last block of Scandinavian Rose! I know, you have seen the slow progress of this quilt over the many years (it was started in 2014) but to add the last few little squares was very satisfying. It made me think of Rosalie, the designer too, who sadly died from rotten cancer a few weeks ago.
 I also completed the last block of Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. I will miss creating these each month. Still tossing up about doing Anni's new BOM that is starting soon Very tempting!
 I have enjoyed cross stitching this fellow too. I have started the third one! It is easy and relaxing to do.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Some stitching...

I have been having fun doing different things over the last few weeks. It has been nice to work on these cross stitch Santas.

 I need to add a hanger to this little canvas work decoration.
 My last block arrived for Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. It is always fun to work on these blocks.
 I received this gorgeous decoration before Christmas from my friend, Rose. How cute and clever is this?
Mind you, it is time I went into the sewing room to work on some UFOs. I noticed Chooky Blue is doing just 10 minutes per day in the sewing room and is achieving so much. Might need to challenge myself to go into the sewing room and use my lovely machine for just 10 minutes!!!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A new year....

Here we are in 2018. It has been a nice relaxing time after the busyness of Christmas. We had a lovely few days with Ma visiting. The kids came round lots to spend time in the pool. The pool has come into its own this summer as the big boys are almost swimming and just love it. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea here with Janelle and Richard and their family. Sadly we didn't take any photos.

I have been stitching a little. It is fun to just make whatever you want and to just ignore the UFOs in the sewing room. I have enjoyed a little cross stitch, finished my bunting based on a pattern by Anni Downs and stitched this A for little miss Alice. The pattern for this was in the Homespun magazine last year.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas decorations...

Another year is almost over. It has still been been fun to share my journey on this blog. Thanks for visiting. Thought I would share my decorations with you and also some recent stitching. Here are some views of the house decorations. I am not really looking forward to taking them down and putting everything back to normal.

It has been nice to have a little time recently to finish a few things. I managed to get my bunting stitched but made it up after Christmas.

 I also managed to complete these two knitted baubles for the girls.
I made several of these little cushions for gifts before Christmas. They are based on a wonderful panel designed by Anni Downs.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Happy Christmas

It is Boxing day here today so life is a little slower and there is time to blog.....and eat leftovers. We have had a lovely Christmas with the family and especially with the very excited littlies. It was special to have Christmas eve with them though there aren't many photos. Note I have my apron on in this photo.

Christmas day was fun too especially as there were presents! Alice and Mummy came to church too which was lovely. Pa wanted to do some family portraits for his gift and they are just so good.

I hope you have all had a happy Christmas. Thank you so much for continuing to read my blog. I do it for myself but it is lovely to share with you as well.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lovely gifts

We enjoyed a wonderful party last night at Natalie's house for the Wednesday night stitching girls. Thank you so much for hosting and thanks to everyone for the delicious food and lovely company. We were so impressed with Natalie's decorations inside and outside her house. Her husband has done an amazing job of the lights. My little camera didn't do them justice but gives you an idea.

 We also had a Secret Santa swap and the gifts were amazing. We were to either make a gift or it was to be stitching related. We were all spoilt.

I received this wonderful embroidered decoration from Audrey. Your stitching is so beautiful, Audrey.
My Secret Santa gift was one of these little Natalie Bird bags with some fabric and a pair of scissors.
I also received a beautiful decoration in the mail yesterday from Fiona. It is just so beautiful! 
I also popped into the shop to see the afternoon ladies and Lynda has been busy making some more wonderful gifts for her grandchild to be!