Friday, August 30, 2013

A little card

From Australia Post
in my letter box meant
a trip down to the Post Office to see
what they couldn't deliver.

 It was a great big bag full of lovely goodness
Emma is having a closing down sale
and everything is 30% off.

Everything inside was carefully wrapped in paper -
adding to the excitement!


Stash builders.

More stash builders.

Pompoms - large and small.


Issues of Vignette

And a book.
You know how much I 
LOVE books.

So pop on over and see if you can grab yourself a bargain.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

How did I...

end up with a 15 year old son?
Wasn't he just running around in nappies
and smearing stuff with his chubby little hands
the other day?
Apparently maturity does not kick-in at 15 for boys, lol.

In our family the birthday person gets to choose what 
we have for dinner - we ended up at
the Green Olive, a family restaurant here.

There was cake.

I almost got a good photo...

Then the photo-bombing started.

As did the silly face pulling.
I'm sure just to try and razz me up, but it didn't 
as it was all in good fun,
besides I told them the pics were going here!

I love it when I can still one up them!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekend wrap up

This quilt was sandwiched last weekend and quilted this weekend.

I made a mountain of binding and got that done too.
It's finished and will be sent on it way back to 

Then I decided to drag out this old thing and work on it some more.
I haven't touched her for quite some time.

There may or may not have been the odd mishap while quilting.
The quilting might be finished this week.
I think I can safely say that I have not enjoyed
the process of making this quilt.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Oh golly gosh

More mail arrived today 
and I'm not sure what to do.
You see, I still have blocks 1 & 2 sitting in their packets.

So now number 3 has arrived I'm feeling a little twinge of
sadness, shame and regret all at the same time.

I am beginning to think that this one too is destined for the
"retirement" pile.
I just find it so difficult to work full time, manage a family and spend time sewing.
Anyone want to just pay me to stay home and sew?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

On the needles

I have a size 9 circular needle

only I am using brown

to make this.

Not sure how it will turn out as the yarn I'm using
is different to what the pattern says, so I have already had 
to make adjustments to the pattern.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


With the family.
At one stage every member of this family
was pinning this quilt.

This quilt is not mine.
sent it to me to be quilted and I am happy to help out.

They are trying to make quilts for kids with 
congenital heart problems.  
I think it is a very worthy cause.

They need this quilt for September, so I had better get
to it and finish it off and post it back to Julia.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I read a lot.
Mostly it's for work - I spend my days
surrounded by books of various kinds and
information, reports, tests, data, etc.

I do love to relax with a good novel.
This is mostly during holiday time.

I discovered Linda Castillo and her character
Kate Burkholder from Painters Mill.

It was because of my interest in the Amish that I found these books.
On my recent trip to Fiji I took just one novel, not sure how much reading I would actually do.
Bad move - done in 3 nights.

I then had nothing to read.

There are no more novels in this series left for me to read.

I hope Linda writes more.

If you like murder, mystery, romance and Amish life style, then you should read these books.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The postman always knocks twice

When he has squishy mail, lol

All of the BFF packs have arrived.

#3 of Vintage Rouge has arrived
(guess I should finish months 1 + 2)


I love shopping online!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

FNSI rehash

Handmade by Heidi

This is what I was supposed to do on Friday night.

When in reality I was doing a lot of this.

Yes texting, trying to organise accommodation
for 11 people, not easy considering most clever people
have already booked their Christmas vacation...
guess that means I'm not that smart.

I did manage to finish this one.

And managed to get started on this one.

One day I will have my BFF finished.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

More Fiji

These were our rooms for the week and we also
had a kitchen and family room.

We heard and saw plenty of these critters.

Some of these too.

We may have eaten here a couple of times too as it was a hit with he kids.

Saturday, August 10, 2013


This is where I am.

Hard to take, I know.

Leaving the Australian winter behind was tough...
Nah, who am I kidding - best decision ever.

We visited the Nadi Fire Station and had a tour and looked 
at some of the trucks that were once CFA trucks.

Visited the mud pool and spa - got treated well 
by one of the locals...this is the only time 
I have allowed my kids to play in mud.

And of course the obligatory photo with the local
law enforcement.  Turns out there was
a big political conference here at the resort
for 3 days and so there was an awful lot of
security around the place.

We have just found out that our flight home has been
cancelled and are currently waiting to find out
when we can get home.  

Saturday, August 3, 2013

13 + a plane

13 years ago today 
this cute little red head came into the world...

making noise and nothing much has changed.

She still makes noise but a lot more of it!
She has changed my life for the better and I 
love every minute of being her mum.

In about 30 minutes I am going to jump on a plane 
and head here...

So I'm not sure how much Internet access or time
I will have but I will try and post.

Just in case, 
enjoy your week,
I know I will!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Sharon and I have been blog buddies for some time 
and were partnered
up for Mrs Martin's celebration swap.

One of the celebrations we were to acknowledge 
were each other's birthdays and
what better way that to do that,
than on a blog?

 Sharon is getting this bag that I made out of one of
Bonnie & Camille's fabrics 
(Sharon LOVES B&C).

A pocket purse - she can slip all sorts of 
things in there.

A glasses case out of the General,
I know she is a little partial to him.

 Another little pouch that she can put
make-up or whatever into.

And the beast.  Those stupid bees we emailed
over Sharon, were all for you!

Happy Birthday to one of the nicest people 
I know, and someone who I am 
proud to call my friend.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The last from the weekend

This is the last of what I have to share from
my amazing weekend at Friends in Stitches.
It really was the most wonderful thing 
(how can 2 days of stitching and eating not be considered wonderful?)
to do and I am still blown away by how much talent
there is out there.

I caved in and bought this;

I am looking forward to making something with this lot,
just not sure quite what - yet.