Tuesday 27 March 2018

A Lovely Weekend

Saturday saw me heading off bright and early to a stitching day in Melbourne with Gail Pan. Always love these days, and this one was no exception - relaxing and fun -

Our goodie bags

Loved this little "bee" bag which was one of our projects and was what I chose to work on during the day.

The second project was equally as lovely - a project folder

And I did not just talk and eat and shop all day - I did do a little stitching

And of course I made some purchases - lucky enough to get one of the few copies of Gail's new book - gorgeous - and two of her new patterns in my favourite red colourings.

My friend Carol had knitted me two pair of woolly socks - how great will they be for the Winter.

Sunday we met our gorgeous friend Keryn and hubby in Ballarat for an early birthday lunch. It was THE best day.  We did pop in to Craft Alive which happened to be on -

After my spend up the day before I tried to be good - two fat quarters and couldn't resist this pretty charm pack at $12. The vintage buttons are for a friends birthday.  Cheryl

Friday 9 March 2018

I've Been on Holidays

I had a lovely two weeks away towards the end of February. The 40 degree days tested my patience but the fact that we spent the first week with my daughter and grandies in South Australia made it worthwhile. My grandson was turning four and starting kinder so of course Nan had to be there.  Straight home and down to the Mornington Peninsula for a lovely couple of days with our gorgeous friends Keryn and Ross. It was the best.  Finished the week and my holidays with a lovely three day stitching retreat. Never have I done a 3 day retreat before.  What luxury. Sit and sew and eat and talk ALL day.  Didn't have to lift a finger.  The retreat was run by Lisa from FignBerry Creations and Katie from Cottage Garden Threads, and while we did receive a lovely pattern and kit from each designer, it was as much about taking other things to work on and finish.

A few snaps from the weekend -

Our two projects - gorgeous zippered purse from Lisa and stitcher's first aid kit using an old dvd case from Katie,

Beautiful displays and lots of inspiration and yummy shop to make a purchase or two

The girls were very industrious.

Loved Lisa's new bom "Round the Garden Patch" - a combination of stitchery and hexies with a little applique.  This photo does not do it justice - it is stunning.

And look who I ran into there - what a lovely suprise - Raewyn from  stitching farmgirl blog.  So lovely to meet Raewyn as we had been partners in Chooky's santa swap last year.
And of course a purchase or three. The Patchwork Teahouse had a shop there and as she is closing soon fabric was $8 metre. Way too good to resist.  We did call into Patchwork with Gail B on our way.  I had never been to this shop before - amazing. We were there for well over an hour. Definitely worth a visit. 
Lovely Labour Day long weekend here so off again (I  have been back at work in between) to the coast for a few days. The weather is superb - 30 degrees at the moment - bathers packed, stitching packed, chocolate packed. Enjoy your weekend Cheryl