Saturday, December 31, 2011


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my blogging friends a very Happy New Year. I hope that 2012 will be kind to you.

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.

OPPS FORGOT A BOOK............

This lovely book missed the photoshoot of the books.

There are some lovely ideas in here that I will be able to put to good use.

Friday, December 30, 2011

BACK TO THE BOX............................

There are always a nice supply of books in the box that comes from Rachel. This year was no different.

I am sure that I will be able to use this fun book for some ideas for my cards.

The Country Women's Association cookbook is a must in every kitchen and I have looked at it a few times and just hadn't got around to buying it for myself. I do have quite a collection of cook books. Find them a bit hard to resist. I must have known Rachel had it stashed away for me.

Yummy cupcakes. They are so much fun to make.

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


On Tuesday, I packed up the car and headed to Mildura. Most of the stuff in the car was not mine, it belong to our son Toby. All that belonged to me was my little red overnight case.
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


A few years ago I started making Croissants for brunch to start our Christmas Day. I don't think my live would be worth living now if I didn't make them to have with our glazed ham.

They are a lot of work, but well worth it.


A quick post to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. Have a lovely day what ever you do.

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

LATEST CARD DESIGN....................

Put this card together last night for a lovely young couple that announced their engagement a few months ago now, but I just haven't got to catch up with them.

Quite happy with this one.


Now, here is the third pincushion. Isn't it just so special. Too nice to use I think.

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

I LOVE PINCUSHIONS...............

Rachel knows that I love pincushions and I now have quite a collection. Sometime I will show you some of the others that she has made for me.

Isn't this one just devine. The cross stitch is so fine. The spool that it is sitting on is vintage. Oh, how special.

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.

GUESTS FOR DINNER..........................

Last night we had some dinner guests. It was a good chance to charge up the BBQ for the year and try out some new salads and good excuse to make desserts that I don't normally make. I made a pav with rasperries on top, and then I made this Creme Caramel which I haven't made for a long time, but it was a hit. Not much left for left overs today.

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.

And just incase you are wondering where I got the felt centre piece. No, it was not in the box this year, but it came in last year's box of goodies.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Here are some more goodies out of the box. This is the goodies for the kitchen and cooking.

There are serviettes, spatula, silicone grip, patty cases, cookie cutters, paper doileys and the rolling pin.

The rolling pin is very heavy and I told my hubby that I would come in handy, but guess where Rachel got the rolling pin from. Her very clever dad made it for me. Oh, how special, I will think of him every time I use it. It is almost too nice to use, but don't worry "Snowy" it will be used, and not only for hitting hubby on the head!

Then there are these two lovely egg cups with their lids to keep the eggs warm whilst the toast is cooking. How nice they are.

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
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


As promised, I said I would share some goodies with you that I received in my box from Rachel.

This is a lovely table runner made from wool felt. Isn't it just lovely.

Another lovely piece made out of wool felt. My word Rachel was busy getting these lovely goodies made. But there are lots of other handmade goodies that I will show you over the next few days.

A couple of days after Rachel's daughter Elise saw my post "Additions to the Chook House" she was out shopping with her mother and spotted this pattern.

She convinced her mum to buy the pattern and she promptly went home and started stitching. Isn't it gorgeous. Elise has just finished primary school, and heading into secondary school next year. I can see that she is going to follow in her mum's footsteps, as is Rachel's eldest daughter Kiara as she does some lovely stitching and woodturning, which she gets from her grandfather.

You will see some goodies that he has made in some later posts and I will show you something special that Kiara made for me last year too.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


This is what came in the mail for me on Wednesday morning. I was so excited, I ripped the paper open, and then realised that I had forgotten to take a photo so I placed it all nicely back together again so I could take this photo. Then I got into it.

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.


Once again I have been having trouble uploading photos onto my blog, but today must be my lucky day because I am able to manage to get them on.

This is the front cover of Creating Country Threads - Vol 12 No 7 and you will find it on your newsagent shelf now.

In it, you will find my quilt that I first made up in a black and red combination and called "Simply Red". I then made this one and hand quilted the entire quilt with a lovely varigated signature thread. I enjoyed the hand quilting process, and am extremely pleased with how it came up. I used a Keryn Emmerson design and I traced it onto some Tear-Away quilting paper that is available through Pauline Rogers of Quilters World. You can get onto their websites and order online.

If you want to have a look at my quilt in the black and red combination, then go into my Quilt Patterns page and you will find it there.

There is also a story in the same magazine about the Wagga Wagga Embroiders Guild, which my mum belonged to for many years, so it was lovely to read all about what they are up too now.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


This is my latest Christmas card design. I made the centre panel for a different design, but when I made them, I had them too wide, so didn't want to waste them, so created this new design.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Steph has been selling lots of gift vouchers this Christmas, so I had to do some more for her. Don't forget, if you are finiding it a bit difficult to decide on something for that someone who has everything, a Gift Voucher from Stephanie's Wonderfood Cafe in Johnstone's Walkway is a great idea.


Cannot give away any more than this at the moment. You will have to wait to see the finished product. Lucky it is a sunny day to get all of that washing dry.


On Saturday morning the Tuesday night stitching girls and the Wednesday morning stitching girls all combined for the end of year Christmas get together. This year we had High Tea at Stephanie's Wonderfood Cafe.

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.