Monday, 13 March 2017

Slow but Steady

Now even though I have been very slack in the blogging department I have been working away on a few bits and pieces -

I finished my little straw man block in wools - part of a mystery "Harvest" bom I am doing.

I hadn't shown you my progress to date, so here it is. Still a few to go. About to start on a lovely basket of juicy apples.


And no 2 star block was completed for "The Magic of Christmas"

And we have been taking advantage of these beautiful Autumn days at weekends - a weekend in Warrnambool - 30 degrees by day and lovely nights to sleep. It does get you inspired. And hopefully we can fit a few more weekends away with our camper while the weather is great.  Enjoy your week. Cheryl

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Catching Up

Well I have been away on a little break - just what was needed really and spent by the ocean with my favourite little people -

As my grandies live in different States they had a ball catching up.

I have been very slack on the blogging department since my return - but I have been sewing under the air con most nights -

Have prepped my next wool block in the Harvest bom - this is block 6 I think and is called "The Straw Man".

And have started to add the borders on last year's mystery block of the month "The Night Before Christmas" from FignBerry Creations.

Lots of stitching - didn't always keep up, but it's done.

And this is the first block in a free stitchalong before Chritmas called "The Magic of Christmas" - all different star block in red and cream or beige I've used. Started with the easy block - I'm not the best accurate piecer so we will see how we go.  Cheryl



Tuesday, 10 January 2017

SSCS

Well it's about time I showed you my beautiful gift from Raewyn, from New Zealand, who was my secret Santa in Chooky's SSCS.  I had no clue when I opened up the xmas decoration earlier who my partner was. So Christmas Day was the big reveal.



This is the most amazing block keeper.  So much beautiful work - just stunning. I love it. 


And Raewyn included some other lovely goodies - a lovely N.Z. tea towel, magnetic notepad, xmas tissues and some yummy chocolates.  Very spoilt indeed.  Thankyou Raewyn - LOVED my amazing parcel. Cheryl











Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Spoiling From Santa Shez

Well I not only had Shez as my secret Santa in our Friends Having Fun swap, but she also spoils me with wonderful  Christmas gifts as well.  These are the last few days of the lovely daily surprises I had to open for our FHFS -

Day 8 was this cute little basket full of choccie frogs - well it was full when Shez gave it to me lol.

How cute were these pussy cat socks on Day 9.  You will see there is a theme happening.

Just LOVED this one and I'm sorry I've cut his head off just a bit but this gorgeous cat is made out of lovely wool with the cutest little snowman and saltbox house appliqued on him.  He is three dimensional and has a home on my coffee table.


Day 11 was this great hexagon folder with zippered section and pocket. Great for needles, threads and other bits and pieces.  Will be very handy.


And folds up to this.

And on Christmas Day I had this to open - just beautiful. I love it - very cute teddies in beautiful teacups.

Aren't they just beautiful.

And if that wasn't enough, on Christmas Day I also had another bag of goodies to open -


A pattern for a bag, a very cute heart ornament with red, green and white bells (just me), and lovely piece of red and white xmas tree fabric - can't wait to use this, and a very cute little snowman ornament (just me as well).


She also gave me this wonderful book - full of redwork snowmen to stitch. Can't wait to start these. 

A couple of projects from the book - very cute.


And then there were these two gorgeous tins and another gorgeous snowman decoration and a cute tray of gingerbread men, which is also a decoration.

Loved this beautifully stitched decoration - looks beautiful on my tree with the handmade decorations from friends on it.  And the cute little penguins is an iron-on motif.

Shez also made me this amazing project bag. Isn't it lovely. In my favourite gorgeous greens.  It has a clear zippered bag so you can see what's in there.  Love it - will get lots of use. Great to pick up and go.

Can't thank you enough Shez for all my gorgeous gifts and lots and lots of spoiling.  Cheryl




Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas Spoiling From Barb

I have lots to show you over the next few days of some wonderful gifts from some wonderful friends. Barb and I have done a Christmas gift swap for I think about 4 years or so now.  We both love Christmas and she always knows just the right things to make/buy for me.  Very spoilt with my beautiful gifts again this year, thankyou so much Barb -

Love these little bowl fillers/cushions. And not just for Christmas so I will be able to leave them out all year.

LOVE this gorgeous snowman cushion.

And another gorgeous xmas cushion.

Already in place. I leave my Christmas out for another couple of weeks yet,

Was so excited to receive one of Barb's beautiful crocheted pieces and a lovely candle to go with it,

She also spoilt me with a lovely covered notebook, a framed stitchery, some cottage garden threads and pellon,

A very cute snowman mug with coffee satchels, beautiful soap and body wash,

There was also the most beautiful xmas tin full of toffees which I forgot to photograph, but will show you next time. Probably because I had been gorging those yummy toffees and it was sitting on the coffee table next to me lol.  Many thanks Barb. Loved my wonderful gifts. Cheryl

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Decorating

I thought you might like to see, on this Christmas Eve, some of my Christmas decorating -

Part of my village. I managed to find a 5 tiered stand for it this year. Needs a bit of tizzying up, but getting there.

Just a few of my treasured "Keryn's" creations.

Friends hanging out.

My lovely long mantle holds lots of my Christmas pieces.
 
 
And some more of my mantle.
 
Santa and friends
 
 
A few of my Jim Shore pieces - love them.

A few of my snowmen, and I mean a few lol.

And I had to finish with my favourite tree - full of special decorations made by special friends.  Love this tree.


Had to show all sides.

And last photo I promise.  And this doesn't even include my beautiful Christmas wallhangings, table runners or cushions made for me by special friends.

I do hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Cheryl

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

FHF Swap Gifts and Some New Additions

I have been enjoying opening my Friends Having Fun swap gifts the last few mornings.  Some more of my lovely gifts from Shez -

Day 4 was this lovely Christmas tea towel.

And Day 5 a cute snowy hand towel


And next morning came this cute little felt kit to make

and Day 7 was this little snowman, who has lots of company at my house.  Thankyou so much Shez. Am loving my gifts every morning.

I had a little trip on Sunday to the Christmas shop at Maldon - love this shop and I must say I don't have a lot of willpower when I visit.  So thought you might like to see my new purchases -

Fell in love with this lamp - isn't it adorable.  Cannot resist a snowman.

And of course there had to be some Jim Shore - just loved this gorgeous Santa.


And this beautiful snowman. They both look very much at home at my place.

And don't think I showed you this most adorable gingerbread house decoration made for me by my lovely friend Michelle. Thankyou dear friend - it looks wonderful on my tree of handmade decorations.  I promise to show you photos of it and some of my xmas decorating in the next day or two.  Cheryl