Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Today is the day, I am going to cut out my daughter's ball dress, and this is the fabric that she has chosen. Don't you think it is gorgeous. I wont tell you the style until the dress is all made and then I will post a photo of it, but I will tell you that I could not find a pattern for what she wanted, so I have had to make up a pattern and I have made the mock dress and it looks lovely.
Today is Thursday the 28th July, and the ball is next Friday night the 5th August, so you know what I am going to be doing this week. I must say, we have had the fabric since April/May, but have been busy looking for a pattern, when really I did not need to worry about one.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Well, it has been a busy baking weekend this weekend. The troops have been home, and they seem to have hollow legs. So, I go to and made cup cakes, raspberry and white chocolate muffins and choc chip cookies. At the moment there are ginger scones in the oven to have with ginger jam and cream. Wicked I know, but nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will pop a photo of them up later.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Well here we all are. Yesterday I took a trip to Geelong to catch up with my Kindred Spirit, Rachel and her family. Rachel is on the left, her daughter Elise is the one in the coat with the pink flowers (made by me - coat and flowers that is) and Kiara is next to Elise, then me. Lucky Elise had pink flowers on her coat, then my pink cardi didn't stand out quite so much. We are sitting outside a yummy cafe called "63 Degrees" in Pakington Street in Geelong in this photo, and Rachel's hubby Adam took the photo. My son Toby also came along and joined us for lunch. Before lunch, I took Rachel to Jiddi's Patch in Geelong. I am not sure who had the most fun, Rachel or her daughter Elise!!!!

Now, the story on how Rachel and I met. Some of you may remember Wendy Brigg whose business was "Country Friends" in Canberra. (Wendy designed lovely sticheries and cloth dolls).
Well some years ago, (infact Rachel was pregnant with Elise and Elise is now 12) Wendy asked, through here newsletter, if people would like to send in a profile of themselves and she would match them up with a Kindred Spirit. Wendy did a great job, she matched Rachel and I up. The idea was to make a Christmas stocking and fill it with goodies and post it off, it was going to be a one year thing. Well, this year will be the 13th "stocking" (lol will explain that later) that Rachel and I have sent to one another.

Rachel and her family decided to come down to Victoria for a holiday a few years after we started exchanging "stockings". There was a mighty spring clean done of the house and garden before they came to visit, and my kids made the comment that you would think that the "Prime Minister" was coming to visit. Then a couple of years after that they went to Tassie for a holiday, and after getting back on the boat early in the morning, they diverted their trip back to Sydney and made a quick trip to the farm at Beeac for lunch. I promised Rachel that I would visit them in Sydney sometime soon.

Now, before I go any further, I will explain the "stocking". Rachel and I have never, right from the very first year, just sent a stocking filled with goodies. It has always been a box of goodies, infact, sometimes two boxes, and not small boxes I might add. We spend all year collecting and making, and sometimes we just get carried away. Great excuse to visit sales and shop for bargains. One year I had to visit the florist to get a long narrow box to send my goodies off in.

Back in 2009 I rang Rachel and said, there were cheap flights going to Sydney, I am coming to visit. Well, it was round the time of posting the "stockings" off to one another, which I forgot to say, would always happen on the 1st December every year, although the last couple of years, we have extended the time a little. So, we decided that we would open our boxes of goodies in person, hence I posted my box of goodies to Rachel (so that I didn't have too much excess luggage), and she was not under any circumstances peek, it was to remain all sealed up until I arrived.

On the Saturday evening we had a lovely time opening our boxes and lots of laughter and fun was had. When we sat down and worked it out, that year had been the 10th "stocking". When I was packing my bags to come home, I fitted what contents of the "stocking" into my suitcase that I could, and then Rachel posted the rest onto me. I must say, that there is always something in the box for each memeber of both families, and Rachel's daughters are now making goodies for me too.

And, her Mum and Dad have also got in on the act. Rachel's Dad does beautiful wood turning, and each year there is something made by him. He is passing his talents on to Kiara now, and she does beautiful wood turning and last year I received a lovely piece made by her.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Here is the second packet of gift tags ready to send off to Patchwork Haven in Mount Hutton. Annette received the first order, and did not even get the chance to display them before they all disappeared. They will be in the post today Annette, so watch out for the postie.

Friday, July 15, 2011


My it is a cold morning down here at Beeac this morning.

I was about to head out to help feed the calves when I heard it was 0 degrees. Lucky the chooks have got a good chook house to keep them warm.

So, as I flew out the back door I made sure that I grabbed my hat and put it on to keep the cold off my ears.

The nice thing about foggy starts to the morning is that it usually is a nice day to follow. At least the fingers have thawed out by now.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


This is the package of patterns ready to be sent off to The Crafty Needle in Manukau in Auckland N.Z. Hope Ngaire enjoys them.

Monday, July 11, 2011


On Saturday morning when I opened my e-mails, I had a delightful e-mail from a lovely lady by the name of Ngaire, who is the owner of The Crafty Needle in Manukau (Auckland) in New Zealand. One of her customers had come into her shop with Creative Country Threads Vol. 11 No. 11 with my Dinner Party Pattern in it.

So, as a result of this, Ngaire is going to be stocking some of my patterns, so if you are in Auckland and you are after any of my patterns, pop in and see Ngaire.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Yes, that quilt that I was hand quilting way back in January or February, can't remember when, had been put aside for a while, but I have it out again, and it is going to be finished before anything else gets started. Oh, that is besides my daughter's ball dress that I have to have made by the 5th August. Help, we have the fabric, and the shoes, but cannot find a pattern that she likes. She knows what she wants, but we cannot find a pattern. I am about to start going through my mountains of dress patterns to see if I can find a couple of patterns to put something together. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I have had a bit of fun this morning making these "Official Tooth Fairy Boxes". Thought they were a bit cute!!!! and yes, you can buy them for just $2.50 each.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Oh la la, I just got these new stamps. Lovely stitching ones, and I had fun making some gift tags for using for gifts for your stitching friends. So much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MORE CARDS..............

I have been busy getting some more cards made. This is my Briar Rose design. They are so fun to do with adding colour after the stamps have been stamped onto the cardstock. I just love using the vanilla card stock.

And these are my elegant lady cards. Could not resist this stamp, it is not a Stampin' Up stamp, but one I just had to have.