Saturday, December 31, 2011
My wish for 2012 is to be able to spend more time designing and on my own business than I did last year. At the beginning 2011 I said my wish was to take care of myself, but lots of things happened during the year, and that was far from the case. It ended up being quite a stressful year, with totally unexpected things taking up my time. So, I am also going to try and start the year with the same thought in mind -- "To Take Care of Myself". Whatever the year brings for you and for me I hope that it keeps you all safe and that your dreams come true.
I am adding another photo from the box today too. I have unpacked and taken photos of all the rest of the goodies to add each day. These are some lovely soaps. I do love using nice soap.
Friday, December 30, 2011
No excuse now for not being able to find a new recipe to cook for dinner tonight, I will just have to have a look through these lovely books.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Toby finished uni at the end of October and has managed to get himself a job at Sunraysia Daily as a journalist, which is what he studied.
It is a long time since I have been up there, infact Toby was only about 18 months old on my last visit, and now he goes back as a fine young man with his whole life in front of him. Anyway, it is a lovely spot and I am sure he will love it up there, and I will love going to visit him. I didn't get much of a chance to have a look around as I was busy helping him get some furniture organised and unpacking. He has moved into a lovely brand new home that was up for rent, with another young guy who was looking for accommodation. Everything just fell into place beautifully.
On my way back yesterday (Wednesday) I had a break in St. Arnard and found a lovely little shop called Hen Picked Crafts. Lots and lots of goodies and guess what I found down the back, yes some fabric. Lisa was lovely to have a chat with and I now know exactly where I will be taking a break on my trips up to visit Toby.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I have been very busy in the kitchen today, and have more to go tomorrow. Christmas is generally just myself, my hubby, and the 3 kids. We have all the trimmings though, but boy it is a lot of work when getting everything prepared.
Hope you all have a very happy time and stay tuned for more photos of the goodies in the box.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Every parcel has fabric. Aren't these pieces fun. The thinking cap is on for a design with these. I have a couple of things drifting around in the head.
And this piece is also a fun piece of fabric. Sorry I didn't iron the creases out, I was just going to fold it back up and put it back in the box.
Rachel thought Aprons, and you know what I agree. Could have lots of fun with this one. Watch out Rachel, you could even get an apron back with some of this fabric!!!!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This lovely one is a Christine Book Design. On each of the sides of the hexagon is a pocket for needles, scissors, thimbles etc. Will be put to good use this one. Shame really to stick pins in it.
Oh damn I am having trouble getting the third one downloaded. You might just have to wait until tomorrow for that one. I might try again later.
Just for fun, I also made these reindeer faces. Not many eatern as everyone was full from the main course and sweets, so plenty of left overs of them. Also had a couple of santa hats on the plate and I made some nice Lemon and White Chocolate truffles. Lots of goodies made for anyone who drops in for a cuppa before Christmas.
At the end of the table I had this little fragrance burner going, and once again I have broken with tradition and used something out of Rachel's box of goodies. This lovely little burner was one of the goodies, with lovely little cookie melts to go with it. The one I burnt last night was a ginger cookie.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
There are serviettes, spatula, silicone grip, patty cases, cookie cutters, paper doileys and the rolling pin.
There were two different sizes of cup cake papers in the box, the small ones in the first photo and the larger ones here. I have actually broken with tradition, and used something out of the box before New Year.
When I saw these Santa Hat cupcakes on Bronwyn Hayes blog http://www.redbrolly.com
I just had to get the Christmas cup cake papers out and make them. How cute are they. Thanks Bronwyn for such a fun idea.
Monday, December 19, 2011
This is a lovely table runner made from wool felt. Isn't it just lovely.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
You may remember reading a post back in July, when I went to Geelong to catch up with my
Kindred Spirit Rachel and her family.
Well, this is the box that has arrived this year for me. I very quickly went through it on Wednesday, as it was a busy day, then after everyone had gone to bed and after the fruit cakes were cooked, and the plum puddings were still boiling away, I sat and quietly went through it again. Then I had to head up to NSW for a couple of days, so I am going to go through it again bit by bit, and as I do I will share some of the goodies with you.
The tradition is that my box stays as is until New Year's day, then I completely unpack it and put things where they belong. Rachel unpacks hers right away, but I enjoy sitting and looking at all the goodies over and over again, and I have a few girlfriends who like to come and look too. I have to watch them very closely though to make sure nothing disappears out of the box. They all wait with anticipation too for the box to arrive every year.
Over the next week, I will share my tradition with you by posting photos to so you can see how spoilt I am -- but I do love it.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
We had a lovely couple of hours sitting and enjoying one another's company. Time flies when you are having fun. A couple of girls were unable to attend, but this time of the year it is always hard to find a day that suits everyone.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Orders gladly taken all of these gift cards and tags. E-mail for for prices.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Saturday after the little chicks hatched out, along came Mother Duck with her new family.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here is the happy couple Peter and his new wife Lucy. A gorgeous couple.
This is the view from my sisters front balcony. Hard to take hey!!!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Now to get the dilly bags done for the wedding, the ring cushion is complete. Lucky qantas are back in the air, or I would have had to start walking today.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
All I have left to do is put the back on it, so I will be able to show you a photo of the completed project real soon.
In the meantime I am busy workin on 5 little dilly bags for the flowergirls at my nephews wedding on the 5th November. Hope the airlines are kind to me, as I am flying to Port Macquarie for the wedding and I will be taking both the blanket and dilly bags with me, so hope there is no strike action. Fingers crossed.
Friday, October 14, 2011
It is a lovely little decoration that could be placed on the table as a table decoration, then they would have something to take home and hang on their tree for the next Christmas because................
It actually pops out like this when you move the beads up the ribbon.
And this is what it looks like from the side. Aren't they lovely, and so, so easy to make.
I think I will be making a few of these to take in for the residents at my work, and for table decorations.
If you want to know how to make them, and would like to book a workshop, just give me a call, or I am happy to make them for you.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Going through my stash, I came across this fabric, that I thought was perfect for reeds, and I have appliqued them with fly stitch, which adds to the effect. Then I found a piece of fabric with all of these fish on it, so finally it is all falling into place. I am going to applique some more reeds tonight, then I think I will do all of the fish by hand applique. There are more fish to go on yet. I also have fabric with shells on that will go a the bottom of the reeds.
Finally it is coming along nicely I think.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Happy to take orders for any colours or themes, just sent me an e-mail and the rest will be done.