Monday, 16 May 2016

Tin Swap

I recently joined in a fun swap with No Fuss Swappers. The theme was a tin swap - starting with a tin no bigger than 4 inches and you had to fill it.  My lovely tin came from Julie.  I can't believe how many gorgeous things Julie managed to fit in -

My lovely tin looked like an air mail letter and was wrapped in this beautiful fabric - think definitely a Christmas themed project is needed to use this beautiful fabric.

LOVED what Julie had included - rusty bells, three beautiful buttons and gorgeous birdhouse which I think I will clip onto my scissors.

You also had to include a choccie treat (yum) and Julie had also fitted in  some cream sewing cotton, my favourite DMC color, ric rac, applique pins, floss cards and a diamond template.  I can't believe all the wonderful goodies she fitted in there and you know when  I took them out to play with and admire I did struggle to get them back in there.  Thankyou Julie - I so loved all the gorgeous goodies you sent me.

I sent to Anita and this was what I sent to her. I don't think I managed to fit in nearly as much as what Julie did, but it was fun deciding what to include .   Cheryl

Monday, 25 April 2016

A Lovely Weekend

While the beautiful Autumn weather is still with us, we decided on a weekend away to lovely Warrnambool on the coast.  And the weather did not disappoint - not even any wind. Perfect.

The grandies had fun.
I got to put the feet up and do some stitching and enjoy the sunshine. 

Not much to show in the stitching department - mainly because I have flitting from this to that lol.  But I have a couple of things to show  -
A young girl I used to work with has just started stitching - and this is her first piece. She asked me if I would make it into a sewing bag for her, which I did.

This is one of the two cushions from a class I did  few weeks ago. 

It is a Teddlywinks design. Now to make them into their cushions.


Thursday, 7 April 2016

More Special Friends

Well I have been lucky enough to make my birthday last a week - I know, very spoilt.  But mainly because Shez had organised a wonderful day of stitching at her place on Sunday and some more of my lovely friends were there -

Well not much stitching going on here. Did I mention there was lots of talking too.
It was so lovely to catch up with these wonderful girls. We did have fun and Shez had cooked up a storm.  Thankyou my lovely friend for organising this day for me and for all the work you put in.

And she had a lovely goodie bag for each us, with one of her wonderful hand towels and some yummy homemade relish.

And I was spoilt with some beautiful birthday gifts. Karen made me this wonderful zippered sewing pocket - isn't it amazing.  It actually has a clear see-through front, so that is the lining fabric you can see.  It was just beautiful and had inside a very handy red thread and cute little lock and key trinket.
Got very excited when I opened this gorgeous gift from my lovely friend Sue (kiwikids blog).  LOVE vintage kitchen bits and pieces, so a perfect gift Sue, thankyou so much.  Two lovely heart cookie cutters and a herb cutter, all wrapped in a gorgeous piece of fabric with this most beautiful card.  Look wonderful in my kitchen.

And my birthday gifts from Shez included this amazing Christmas light up piece - it is just beautiful - took this piccie at night so you could see the beautiful colors when lit up.  I just love it Shez - thankyou so much. I am very loathe to put it away til xmas. 

And there was lots more - some lovely patterns and this gorgeous apple needlecase in beautiful wool. I had been admiring these on her blog and oohing and aahing.
And this very cute Santa kit and wonderful vintage cake tin - my kitchen is looking wonderful.
And I loved this gorgeous Christmas book from Kerry Swain that Shez also gave me. Full of lovely Christmas sewing and cute little snowmen. Can't wait to start on a project from this.
And look at this gorgeous sewing bag. Just love it -
Lots of zippered pockets and ooh there was some yummy fabric, button, threads and thread holder inside and a yummy block of chocolate hiding in a little secret pocket on the back.  Now that's an idea - grandies won't think to look in there and sustenance on hand while I'm sewing.  Thankyou dear friend for my most amazing pressies and for a lovely day with friends. Cheryl

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Friday Night with Friends and Special Friends

I did join in with Cheryll and lots of others for FNWF but by the time I sat down I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped to. 

However did finish February's flower in the redwork block of the month I'm doing.

I have had lots more birthday spoiling from gorgeous friends.  Just wanted to show you this wonderful parcel I received on Friday from my very gorgeous friend Keryn and I know she doesn't like me making a fuss, but was thrilled to bits and just had to show you -

This was amazing - a lovely tin mug with photo of this gorgeous snowman quilt on one side and instructions on the other and all these lovely flannels inside it to make the little quilt.  Love it,

And I LOVED this gorgeous Christmas panel and pattern to make it up into a lovely wallhanging.
And how gorgeous is this decoration made out of different xmas fabrics.  Think we need a lesson on how to make these.  They look wonderful. And there was some munchies but I seem to have misplaced them.  Thankyou my gorgeous friend. You always spoil me way too much and know just the right things. Cheryl

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Birthday Spoiling

Well the years sure do go quick as we get older, and another birthday came round this week. Can't be 12 months surely lol.  Did get very spoilt by some very special people in my life -

From lovely Barb this beautifully stitched teddy - she is such a cutie Barb. I just love it - thankyou so much.

She has some lovely company on my mantle - my treasured drawing from Michelle.
And my wonderful friend Karen and I have our birthdays close.  She always spoils me with the most gorgeous gifts and this year is no exception.  Think she must have heard me say I was desperate for some new cushions for my couch.  Of course no-one's allowed to sit on it - way too cute.
She's also a beautiful cross stitcher and knows I have a "thing" for pincushions.  It's just beautiful Karen.  And there was some very yummy fabrics and this gorgeous pattern.
Close-up of the pattern. A Lynette Anderson design - I have it traced, ready to start
And there was more - this beautiful handcream and gorgeous handmade soaps (wish you could smell) and some divine buttons.  Thankyou my gorgeous friend - loved my gorgeous gift to bits.

And from my gorgeous friend Michelle, this very sweet pattern, which will be stitched very soon, a beautiful piece of Kim Diehl fabric (love it) and the cutest tissues for my handbag.  Was so beautifully wrapped and all matching.  Thankyou for spoiling me - loved my beautiful gifts.

And thankyou too to all my wonderful friends for all your wonderful messages today. I was so very overwhelmed and made my day the best.  And to my dearest Keryn - your phone call made my day.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Easter Stitching

Well I had a very productive Easter in the stitching department.  And with such lovely, balmy Autumn sunshine, the garden also received some attention.

First (almost) finish was this lovely project from a Gail Pan stitching day last year.  It has been needleturned onto it's background and now needs some embellishing with vintage laces, buttons, etc and popped into a frame.

Next project -
Block No 3 of "Summer Harvest", one of two Gail Pan needleturn projects I have been working on.

And I finally made a start on "The Splendid Sampler" blocks. I had been collecting these each week since it started in February - I certainly won't be keeping up at this rate, but will work on them as time allows.  The heart block was quick to do, but that butterfly block, despite being small, took quite a lot of time.  Not perfect, but hopefully in the overall scheme of things you won't notice a wonky square or two.  .
And another finish from a class last year.  Love this beautiful wool project. It was a class with Debbie from Wooden Spool Designs I did at Warracknabeal.  Debbie's beautiful hand-dyed wool is so lovely to work with.  Think I will find a permanent home for it, rather than just bring it out at Christmas.
And I have been doing some secret sewing. My lovely friend Karen in Brisbane had a birthday recently and I always love sewing and finding some bits to send her (very easy I might add - our tastes are so similar it's scary lol) -

This is a little Rosalie Quinlan design and fits into this cute little frame.

This was a little freebie Gail Pan pattern and I blew it up a few sizes and made into a wallhanging.
And we both enjoy working with wool and wool felt, so had to add a little project for her to stitch.

 And this cute little design came pre-painted, so just needed a bit of outline stitching. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

"Girls Day Out" Stitching Day

Last Saturday some friends and I had a lovely day out stitching.  Our tutors for the day were Libby Richardson, Melissa from "One Day in May" and Liz from "Teddlywinks".  The theme was "Vintage".
This was what greeted us on our arrival. Not one, but two lovely bags of goodies for us (one contained choccies), beautiful fresh roses on each table and lots of munchies to keep us sustained.

These were our projects for the day lots of oohing and aahing here, and hard to know which one to start on.

Our projects from Teddlywinks - all bear themed - right up my ally.

Libby's delightful projects for us.  We learnt the finer points of painting her roses.

A lovely notebook cover from "Embellish" and one of Melissa's projects on the day for which we received the kit.
Melissa's other project - a most beautiful sewing folder.  We also received this cute iron on transfer from Liz and some lovely vintage tags and thread holders.

My lovely sewing companions.

The hall was filled with beautiful inspiration. Hard to not to take one of each pattern home.

And there was more

And even some Christmas inspiration.

Melissa was such a wonderful tutor also. Here she is showing us her technique for three dimensional flowers and leaves.

Such a wonderful day - lots of spoiling, lots of inspiration, lots of friendship. Cheryl