A very blessed Christmas to each and every one of you, as we celebrate our Savious Jesus' birth. Lots of love & Christmas cheer from my family to yours, and peace, health and happiness to you for 2010. Bloom xxx
Thursday, 24 December 2009
As a child, Silent Night was my favourite Christmas carol. When I was growing up, I would walk around the farm (probably while I was chipping Bathurst burrs for $1/hour!), singing it to myself, trying to hit every note perfectly. It remains one of my all-time favourites, and this version is delightful!
Friday, 18 December 2009
We are just home from a 2400km round trip to a hot and humid Brisbane for a family wedding. And that's a relatively short trip in Australia! Here are some of my favourite images from the wedding, which incidentally was held at a golf course!
The nieces & nephews had a front row seat, but were more interested in each other than the nuptials!
At the end of the night - all that dancing wears a girl out!
The pattern is one of Marg Low's latest releases, the delightful 'Sweet Heart Birdies'. It was a perfect gift for the bride - she wore it tied to her wrist at the reception - special!
Brisbane was hot, and since our accommodation was basic and pool-less, we spent a lot of time at South Bank keeping cool:
Of course, travelling north afforded me the luxury of taking photos of all sorts of exotic blooms that I never usually see.
I can't tell you what these blooms are. They are completely beyond my limited botanical expertise - feel free to educate me!
A long trip, but a truly brilliant one! Now, to get organised for Christmas?!
Monday, 7 December 2009
Yes, I did make the Friday afternoon deadline for our teacher gifts. I just haven't had a moment to post since!And some black & white 'Trio' by Timeless Treasures on the other. I love the little yellow birds on this print. This is one of the beautiful prints that my fellow fabric-holic friend Janelle has sent me this year. It was perfect for this project.
The inspiration for these pencil rolls came originally from this post by Kathy at Pink Chalk Studio.
I used some gorgeous 'Follow Your Imagination' by Prints Charming for the outside of one of the rolls.
Next on the 'to do' list? A little 'something blue' for a wedding next weekend. Back with news on that front soon I hope!
Friday, 4 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
... when I lose my grip on reality & decide that something handmade MUST be produced as gifts for the teachers of my children! Why can't I just buy a box of chocolates like normal, sensible parents?
For the last two years (here and here) I have made pencil rolls for our teachers. They have been received with sufficient enthusiasm that I am sticking with basic idea. I have made a start - stationery purchased and fabrics selected. I bought felt tip pens this year rather than pencils (Staedtler Triplus Fineliners from Officeworks if you're interested). I have 24 hours to come up with two rolls. Could be a late night!
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
In amongst the madness that is December & the last few days of our school year, there is just a little time for some stitching self-indulgence!
One of my 14 year old daughter's favourite sayings at the moment, in response to any family member who is feeling a tad frazzled & impatient, is "Settle petal"! Goes down a treat when the said frazzled & impatient one is me!! So in an attempt to 'settle' myself, I have my own strategy. When my day is manic, I take a couple of minutes & go sit & stare at these little buttons & muted colours, & calm is usually restored! (More of this project to be revealed soon).