Thursday, 9 January 2020

A Cracker of a Swap


I participated in a little swap that Madaboutbags from Instagram ran over christmas.  I chose to do the cracker swap - with this swap you needed a cardboard roll from the kitchen.. and you fill it with anything, then wrap it in a fat quarter and send it off..
After signing up, I experienced my only problem - No paper towel roll in the kitchen or centre from cling wrap etc..  I had to go to the shops and buy a roll, come home and unroll it, while wrapping the paper towel back up missing the internal cardboard roll....  Mental note to self - save one before December...
Anyhow after acquiring my roll, I filled it with bits and pieces and sent it off, and you guessed - no photo..  I will have to wait until my swap partner puts one up..
I saved mine for opening on Christmas Day.. I do have this photo of the one I sent and the one I received...  The one I sent is the top photo...

  My cracker was crammed packed with all these items..  My partner managed to get a zipper pouch, christmas buttons, pattern/kit, binding clips, cake buttons, a magnetic lidded bottle with needles inside and a magnetic needle finder, as well as the gorgeous christmas fabric...
 Here is a close up of the pattern/kit..

This was an easy swap as you didn't need to make anything and you were not allowed to add external extras or change the shape of your original roll...  I will definitely participate in this swap again..
Thanks Lyn..

Christmas With The Tuesday Girls

Seeing as I was reallllly slack last year with blogging, I feel I should do a couple of catch up posts, especially some that involved one of my favourite times of the year - Yep - Christmas...
The Tuesday Girls gifts this year centred around 5 smallish gifts using the letters S A N T A,
and a main present...
We could interpret the S A N T A letters anyway we wished and believe me, I took advantage of these loose guidelines..
Before I show what I did, let me show you what the other girls gave me..
The table was looking very festive.


 Norreen had taken her gift wrapping to another level by placing all her S A N T A gifts into individual bags - love it...

 Here are my S A N T A theme gifts from Nor, can you guess what they are?
S - Snail
A - Angel
N - Noel (on the bauble)
T - Treat
A - Angel
 The main gift from Nor -  I am thinking a long term project - the kind that last for a long time..lol
My gifts from Teresa...   Teresa put a lot more thought into this than we had and I was really impressed with her take on it..  (Mental note to self - lift ones game...)  Each gift was presented exactly how she wrote on the note...

Teresa's main gift to me - I am starting a little collection of cute pots and I can't wait to add some plants to this one (probably a herb like parsley)...

 Helen's gifts to me...
S - Sue's Relish
A - Apricot and Macadamia Paste
N - Napkins
T -
A- Arse Wipes

Helen's main gift to me...  It may not look interesting but sometimes I dabble in card making and I have always wanted one of these - very exciting toy as far as I am concerned...
 Here is my interpretation -
S - spools
A - a pattern with kit
N - Needle book
T - Treat
A - another pattern..


Here are my main gifts..
To Helen...
To Nor... I also made three christmas mini's for a frame she owns but I dont have any photo's of them - if I get a photo later in time, I will amend my post..
For Teresa -  I did up a collection of goodies from Jamworks (an all Australian company situated at Applethorpe..  They specialise in jams, relishes, sauces etc and they are delicious..  I also tracked down some Teddy bear Sunflower seeds (cause I knew she was after them previously) and made a sunflower coaster as well..

Here is a photo of a Teddy bear sunflower...
We have a tradition within our group and that is to head to The Fox and The Hound for lunch, and this year we stuck to tradition..
Some exploring and a bit of fun before our meals arrive...
Nor met a fella...
Playing with a large poster.
 



 Saying hello to the corgis.  They are looking much healthier this year..
 Teresa telling this fellow her deep dark secrets...
 I wonder if she is amused??
 Nor is up for a cuddle...
 Wonder if this one is single??

Drinks, dinner and dessert...  ummm arrrrrh




Well I think I have covered everything - thanks girls for a wonderful christmas celebration and for your fabulous gifts.....love ya heaps..
xxxx


Tuesday, 7 January 2020

This post will be a bit of a mixed bag of sewing..


Playing with cross stitching....
 A tiny mini..
A christmas presents for my grandsons....
 
                                                                                                    
A christmas present for Norreen... 
I have been working slowly on Quatro...

This is a Gail Pan Mini Wall hanging I made for a Christmas Swap at our Sunday Stitches group.
My swap partner was Maria.
Thats all for now... I have heaps to catch up on but will save them for another day...
xxx

Welcome 2020

I have had a fantastic start to the year - I've been on holidays at Rainbow Beach and I have done a little stitching and I have caught up with my kids and grandkids..  Yep all in all, a pretty good start to the year...  I have so many plans for this year, some involving my health, some involving sewing projects, and some even involving tinkering with our home (decorating, renovations etc)..  The only think I haven't done this year is caught up with my friends...I will admit I miss them - the laughter and chats and of course, the coercion into starting new projects, but that will happen soon I hope..

The start of my year began with a holiday to Rainbow Beach with hubby, eldest daughter and her hubby and my grandkids...


Not one to stay up late and watch the year end, we are more of the - wake up early to meet the new year kinda people..   Even though the clouds threatened our seeing the sunrise, we still managed to enjoy the morning..






We spent alot of time on the beach, exploring the coloured sands - I love Mother Nature, she has an awesome way to remind everyone how beautiful the world is...











The night-time found us exploring this little coastal town...







A few toys to play with...






Exploring the old hut, which I might add had some spectacular views...and an interesting toilet (one of THOSE types - lol)..
















Great holiday and I will add some photo's of my sewing attempts in my next post..
cheers
xxx