Saturday, December 31, 2011

SSCS Gifties

What an absolutely delighted blogger I was when I opened my simply GAWJUS gifties from Laura at “3 Doodles and a Dog”!!!  Fabulous PINK pins, a sweet gingerbread man drawstring bag, vintage buttons and the most adorable pin-cushion!!December 2011 173 And I wasn’t the only one who loved it all….. Sophie was pretty impressed too, she sees herself here lol. December 2011 079I’m totally chuffed that Laura has taken the time and trouble to applique my furry kids – Sophie and Bundy - onto this fabulous pincushion!!! SO special!!!December 2011 174 Thank you so much Laura ….. I really love it all.

Now that all the SSCS pressies have been opened I can show you what I sent to my swap partner - Kerstin in Germany. November 2011 124 I had such fun making this bag for her … I checked out her blog and saw that she liked owls, so this fabric was perfect for her Doctor Bag as it has little blue owls on it :o).

Thank you so much Chooky, once again you’ve proved yourself to be a super swap Mama :o)!!!!

And thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my dear dear blogging friends who thought of me this Christmas – Fee , Vicki, DawnJenny and Maria………

… I love you all to bits and pieces :o)!!! Oh, and I might add that there were also various delicious tasting and smelling goodies accompanying these handmade gifties too – YUMM :o). Thanks my gawjus friends :o)!!!!

Before I go …. I’d like to wish you all a most wonderful and fabulous 2012. May it bring you happiness and love and good health.

Seeya next year!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

To all of my dear blogging friends ... I hope you have a most wonderful Christmas !!
Here's some of the things we'll be munching on tomorrow ;o)
and probably some of these cute melting snowmen too ...

Not to mention the Turkey and roast pork :o) ... yummmm!!!

Christmas Blessings to you all!!!

And please take extra care if you have to travel.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Take 3 ….

As you can tell by the title of this post – it’s not the first time I’ve tried to write it lol. I keep getting waylaid and distracted, but 3rd time lucky they say – well, it will be if you get to see this he he he.
I’ve been a busy beaver – I won’t bore you with the details as most of it is mundane day to day sort of stuff, but there was a fair bit of stitching involved too :o). Wanna see?????
Some Chrissy stuff ……..
The tree stitchery became this …December 2011 047 Some Maverick stars (and I’ve got quite a lot more of these to do too)… December 2011 026 Some gifties which I can’t show you yet as (hopefully) they are still sitting under various trees around the place ;o). But I can show you the progress on this one, it’s for my gawjus DIL’s Mum Rae for Christmas. Rae doesn’t read my blog so I think I’m safe to show you :o) …December 2011 055 I still have some hand sewing to do as it’s quilt-as-you-go and I’m still stitching down the back sashings, then it’s the binding … then I’m done :o).
I’m chuffed to bits with this quilt, it’s from a book called Pieced Applique’ by Penny Haren.
I’ve got another of her books with a different quilt in it and I think I’ll be doing that one too, perhaps for myself. It’s really fun to make these blocks :o).
Oh, and more show and tell – my SSCS parcel arrived from Laura all the way from US!! I’m utterly delighted with my adorable little owl…December 2011 040 and I’m telling you right now she won’t be packed away with the Christmas deccies, she’s gonna hang around in my cave and keep me company :o). I haven’t opened the other pressie yet … December 2011 042 Bear won’t let me!!! I’m being a good girl :o). Thank you so much Laura – the “wrapping” is a gift in itself and I can’t wait to see what’s inside!!! Love it :o)!!
Speaking of wrapping … I’d better be off and wrap some of those Chrissie pressies hiding under my bed!! Oh, and do some Christmas baking too – YUMMM …

Monday, November 28, 2011

Drumroll please ………………

I’ve just drawn the winner of my Accuquilt “Go! Baby” giveaway.
And the lucky comment is No. 21
LAILA It’s you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BloggerLaila said...

Hi Joy.
I will be more tan happy to welcome this little beauty to Norway and my home :-)
Monday, November 21, 2011

Laila I’ll be in touch with you to get your details and die choices to send off to accuquilt
Thanks so much to everyone who entered :o).

Lovely to catch up with Blogging friends :o)

We had a fabulous time at the Grandview on Sunday!!!November 2011 111 Loads of chatter going on …. lots of laughs too :o)
So good to catch up with friends!!
Looking forward to the next one now ;o)
Oh … and a little reminder ………….
I’ll be drawing the winner of this tonight at 8pm tonight(Brisbane time)November 2011 007 and you’ll also get to choose 3 dies to go with it!!!
If you havent’ already done so -2455511 leave a comment ON THE GIVEAWAY POST to enter :o).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blogger Get Together Reminder

Just so’s you don’t forget……..
If you’re living in the Brissy area we’re having a BLOGGER MEET on Sunday 27th (yes, that’s this Sunday coming)!!
What fun!!!!!!!pub_7041
We’ll meet at the Rotunda at the back of the GRANDVIEW HOTEL, 49 North Street, Cleveland.Grandview Map
Come at 10am for morning tea and stay for lunch too if you like :o) … Maree and I hope to see you there!!!

PS ..... Don't forget to leave a comment on my previous post to be in the running to win a fabulous "Go! Baby"!!!!!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Some exciting news for YOU!!!!!


Well if you’re a regular reader of my little blog I’m sure you’ve seen me waxing lyrical over this little darling …November 2011 007 I love mine cos it can cut my cutting time down by SO much!!
And guess what??!!!
I’ve been given the go ahead by the very generous people from Accuquilt to GIVE ONE AWAY ON MY BLOG!!!!!!!!!
Yep ….. you too could own one of these brilliant little cutters, and all you have to do is leave a comment on my blog.
Can you believe it?????
It’s that easy :o)
One comment = one entry – no double ups, no special requests, just one little comment on this post :o)
(any duplicate comments will be removed).
But that’s not all …. they’ll even give you 3 dies to get you started too!!!!
So go ahead and leave a comment – you’ve got nothing to lose – and you could win your very own GO! BABY - WOOHOO!!!!! :o)
I'll draw the lucky winner's name at 8pm on Monday 28th November - one week from today (that's Brisbane Australia time).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

One Chrissy pressie finished … :o)

November 2011 022Ooooh I’ve been having a lovely time with my “Go Baby”!!!
As promised – here’s how I made the cute little hexy table mat…
I used these dies, the 2 1/2” strips, the hexagons and the triangles for hexagons…
I made 10 hexagons and 18 triangles (oops, I probably could have pressed these before I took a pic!!!), and I sewed them together in sets and then rows, as shown below…November 2011 010The little dog ears are already removed so you just have to line them up evenly - one on top of the other …. love it!!!!!! November 2011 013So then I stitched the rows together (Pressed this time … much nicer lol) …November 2011 018 Popped on a border and sandwiched it … November 2011 021 quilted it up……November 2011 022 (2) and voila … one Chrissy Pressie done and dusted in just a morning :o). November 2011 081 Hmmm, now I’m thinking that there are 3 different sizes on the hexy and triangle dies … might have to make some smaller and bigger ones too :o).
You can sign up for the Accuquilt emails if you like and they'll send you 22 free patterns - click here for the link :o).
So how’s your Chrissy stitching coming along??? As usual I’ve left mine til the last minute lol. Must get back to it though, I’ve got some secret santa pressies to finish :o)!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Good News!!!

I’ve had lots of emails asking me where to find the 12” aluminium tubular frames needed to make my “Doctor Bag”.

Well I’m very happy to let you know that they are now available from…




If I hear of any more places I’ll be sure to let you know :o). For stockists of my patterns please click this link :o)

I’ll be back very soon to show you how I made this cute little mat using my Accuquilt Go BabyNovember 2011 023

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Another visit :o) – and an exciting new toy for me!!!

We’ve just had a wonderful visit from my lovely daughter Tahlia and her partner Luke. They were here for a wedding in Sydney and came up to Brisbane for some time with the families before they headed back to London via Cambodia. It was only a short visit this time and they left late last night *sniff* …… I’m going to miss her so much. We had a terrific time while they were here though … and we even managed a few days up at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast with the whole family … fabulous, even though it was a bit overcast sometimes :o)!!!! November 2011 033 It was also super special timing as I got to celebrate my birthday with ALL of my children – that’s two years in a row :o)!!!
My gawjus kids!!!! Love them to bits :o)!!!
Speaking of birthdays …. thanks to everyone for your lovely birthday wishes – it was a great day made even more special by the thoughtfulness of my dear blogging and facebook friends :o) – I feel truly blessed to have met such lovely people in blogland, and I’m constantly amazed by their generosity too - Thank you SO much Vicki, Maree and Fee too … you made my day :o)!! Look at the lovely gifties they sent …
(oh and yes Vicki and Maree … I’m well aware that there are some licorice allsorts missing from the piccies of your gifties!!! And that’s all I’m sayin’ he he he)
So what’s the exciting new toy you ask???
This …………… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!November 2011 007 My “Accuquilt GO! Baby” is here …. woohoo!!!  I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been making. What fun!!! And SO easy to use too :o). Here’s a little hint of what I’ve been up to with it … November 2011 022 In my next post I’ll show you how easy it is to make a cute little table mat :o).
Well I’d better be off and do some stitching … what with the dreaded lurgy (gone now thank goodness), my birthday, and Tahlia and Luke’s visit I’ve hardly picked up a needle for waaaaay too long.