Wednesday, 23 November 2011

I won, I won, I won

Guess what came in the mail today....can't guess...well ok I will tell you.  A few weeks back I entered a competition on the blog site - http://apassionforapplique.blogspot.com/ To enter the competition you had to choose out of three book covers which one the owner of the blog site had chosen for her applique piece.
Anyhow I won...silly me.....It never even dawned on me when I recieved the email from Carrie saying how she would put it in the mail for me and how hopefully it wont take long to get down under...I just assumed it was from Northern Queensland, Australia....well as I said...silly me...Carrie is from North Carolina, USA.
After bragging to my friends about winning (I can do that cause I have never won anything in blog land before...so I think that gives me the right)....I showed them the site and after telling them I thought it was coming from up north...well yes...they had a good laugh at my expense...but I think I got the last laugh, dont you, because it arrived today and I can't wait to show them...oh wait  - thats right - to late - they are bloggers too..hehehehe... As you can see from the photo there is a lovely piece of fabric with threads and cotton and a punch needle tape measure holder...I think I may be onto something here...I wonder what other competitions there are out there...Anyhow - thanks Carrie for giving me the chance to win something, I love it..

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tuesdays Treasures


I have been thinking of joining the theme - Tuesdays Treasures - for a while and each time I wonder what I would blog about - my family are my closest treasures but after that one does wonder what would come next if I had a list...What means alot to me?  And you know what, it would have to be two very special friends of mine..Lynne and Chrissy.  We met over 16 years ago, when my son started pre-school and even though families grow or people move we still make time for each other.  We see each other now every three weeks - our shopping trips... most of the time meet up at the same shopping centre, but then there are times when, if one of us wants to go somewhere different, we end up somewhere else.  Usually our get togethers are surrounded by food...we do have a fondness for foods that my doctor would frown at, but we have fun. Trying on clothing is something you have to laugh at...having similar tastes, we quite often emerge from a changeroom with the same outfit on...lol..you should see the look on the shop assistants face when the three of us come out all dressed the same..  My two special friends dont care how old I am, how many kids I have, whether I dress up or go totally casual, they just like me for me, and I like them for them.  They would definitely be next on my list.  Thanks Melody for letting me join in today...

 Here is Lynne with her Husband Rob...I think she is smiling because there is cheesecake on the table..lol
And this is Chrissy (in the pink)..yes we are looking a little worse for wear...Chrissys house went under in the Birsbane floods earlier this year and we were in the middle of cleaning the house of all the mud (mud is probably a nice word to describe it) ...what a day, but we still could laugh...I have to add, that in the middle of the floods that destroyed Brisbane and my friends home, she was in the middle of being treated for Breast Cancer....she is a remarkable person, someone I admire dearly. 

Monday, 21 November 2011

Nice People Nice Things

Well I have been a little slack with keeping up with my stitcheries...I have been busy making chrissy pressents so I think I can be forgiven...  These two bring my tally to 10/54 of the stitcheries done and 2/54 sayings done. After Christmas I will have to knuckle down and get more completed.

23 Weeks and one colourful quilt

Elle has reached the 23 week mark with no problems except backache and an insatiable appetite for slurpies..
I was rummaging through a cupboard the other day and came across this quilt...I had made it a while ago for any future grandkids...yeah I know...but the odds of having grandkids one day was pretty good with 5 of my own kids....One of them was going to make me a grandparent eventually...

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Jellyroll Race



Today, The Beaudesert Quilter's had our very first Jellyroll Race.  What a laugh, we had a ball or should I say a roll..lol  We made sure we had the appropriate nibblies for the event...you know...jelly - beans,  jelly - babies,  Jelly - jubes....And for prizes we had Jellyfruits, and of course,  Jellies - in all different flavours.
They all turned out beautiful, I wonder if they will want to do one again.  The winner of the race was our very own Secretary - Faye...she completed her quilt in 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Second only by minutes, was Joan with 1 hour 37 minutes, and Mary came in third with 1 hour and 40 minutes.  The rest of the group came in not too long after this. . ok well maybe a few of us took a little longer..but they all did such a great job.

In order from left to right...we have.. Annie, Gwen, Joan, Carolyn, Sandi (Me), Mary, Faye and Trish.
Since we were trying to all fit in the photo, we had to fold our quilts in half, but you get the idea.
Here we have Noela and Jo and (Kerry - not in the photo)...They were in the 'Preschool' Group..they were a little slower but they got there in the end. 
Jo  is hiding behind her beautiful quilt, and  Noela with her lovely quilt.  I am glad it was a timed race because I don't think I would be able to pick the prettiest one.


We were very lucky today to also have a visit from Tereasa of Homespun & Beautiful.  She so kindly brought in some of her fabrics so we could choose our borders and peeper fabrics once our quilts were completed.  We certainly timed her visit well, she is having a 30% off all her fabrics sale...so we all got a bargin...or two,or three or in Annies case....two dozen...lol   Thanks Tereasa for coming down and bringing your fabric and for the great prices.
Anyhow, hope you have enjoyed reading this long blog today, there was just so much to say...

Teddy Bear's Picnic

OMG Melody, Thank you...I have had a busy day today and look what was waiting for me in the mailbox.
I have to admit the chocies exist no more....they didnt last long and they went great with my coffee.  I am going to attach the little teddy charm onto my scissors so I everytime I use them it will remind me of the Teddy Bear's Picnic.  Thank you heaps...Melody, I hope you are going to run it in 2012 too.


Saturday, 12 November 2011

Two Young Ladies Off To The School Disco

How fast do our kids grow up?  It only seems like yesterday I was holding her in my arms and now Amelia and her friend are dressing up for a school disco.  The disco had a dressup theme and they found some masks of mine that I had made for previous retreats..Dont they look good......Lots of giggles and laughter were had by both.

Two Little Baby Quilts

I have finished two little quilts for my future grandson..
The first one has a motorbike on it, purely for the dad.  He is into bikes and wants this theme in the nursery for his son.

This little quilt is for a port-a-cot, and I am happy with the finish...I gave stippling a go and I love the outcome but I really do need to practice more...so please don't look tooooo close.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Teddy Bears Picnic

 This Teddy maybe late to the picnic today as our cat, Tiger, has decided he should stay with her. Tiger was found napping on the little cane chair with her tail wrapped around him.  I dont think Teddy is tooo worried though judging by the smile on his face.  Maybe Tiger is after an invite to the picnic too.


I wanted to add today the story that goes with my header teddy, at the top of my page.  This teddy is special to me, not because of the teddy itself, but because of the outfit he is wearing.  I know all teddys are special, but this one is wearing a little denim pair of overalls that each and everyone of my five kids wore at some stage.  When the girls wore them, it was accessorised with frilly shirts, and striped shirts for the boys.
Hopefully next year my future grandson will get to wear it....Come on teddy, get off the chair and come to the party...Thanks Melody for organising the picnic, teddy needs some fresh air.



Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Christmas SewHappy.me Sew-A-Long

Ok I have the last stitchery and I have finished transforming them into little bags...Seven stitcheries and seven kids (two in-laws), worked out just perrrrfect.  Thanks SewHappy.me for the christmas stitcheries, I know you meant for them to be in a banner but I'm sure you wont mind what I have used them for.
It's Begining To Look A Lot Like Christmas.......Darn now I have that song in my head...

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Nice People Nice Things

Another two stitcheries to add to my list of completed ones...I am slowing down a bit on these due to chirstmas commitments...Its just coming toooo damn fast for my liking...someone slow it down please.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Christmas SewHappy.me sew-a-long

Six down and one to go...I will have to start putting on my thinking cap and decide what I wish to do with these cute stitcheries.  This one is sooo cute...wonder what the last one will be?

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

20 Weeks 3 days but I'm not counting...reallllly I'm not

We have finally reached the half way mark and Elle went for a scan the other day and it looks very much like I am going to have a GRANDSON...Yep thats right...I even saw the cricket bat and ball he has in there with him...Mother and future grandson are doing wonderful...hurry up the next half of the pregnancy, nanna is waiting.