Monday, 23 April 2018

Sunday Stitchers

Yesterday we had our monthly get together and as usual it is a lovely day... It is always good to catch up with friends and see what everyone has been up to.. some of us have been jet setting off to amazing places, some have been experiencing sadness in their lives, while the rest of us are doing our usual daily activities.  With all the different personalities and stages of life we are experiencing, it has always been lovely to have something in common like 'craft' that brings us together..
At our meeting this week we had lots of 'show n tell'..
Here we have Alison with her Ruths Quilt stitcheries, Teresa with her Diva wall hanging and De with a pretty little 'wool' mini...
 Marilyn had quite a few items to show..
 Tatyana had made a beautiful bracelet, Norreen a gorgeous bag and Maria has been working on a blanket for a new family member..
 Inca had some pretty blocks to show us and Helen had been very busy and held up a wall hanging she had been working on too..
 Susan has also been busy - she showed us a thread holder with matching zippy pouch and a gorgeous quilt - I love the colours in this quilt..
 Marilyn, Norreen and myself were celebrating a birthday this month, so it was our turn to open our pressies..  Thank you girls, love all my goodies..
 Helen had been working on her string quilt during the day and Teresa is working on a bag pattern that she had bought from a show a little while ago..
 Alison had her Ruth's quilt fabric cut out and Cheryl had 'show n tell' via phone
I have been working on my circle quilt lately - this one is going to be a gift for someone, it just needs to be quilted and bound now...

 I have also finished two table toppers..  I decided to hand quilt these two, something I found oddly enjoyable compared to machine quilting..


Some of the girls were working on some string quilts that our group are donating to charity this year.

That was all for my Sunday Stitchers catch up, but during April, I also made myself some cloth napkins to use instead of paper ones (I'm trying to be less wasteful for the environment)..

 I also made two cards - one is for my dad for his birthday and the other is going to be for someone else (no names)....
 Well hasn't April been productive and its not over yet.. I wonder what else I can accomplish this month...  catch you all later..

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Norreen's Birthday Outing

Our gorgeous Nor is having a birthday this week, so as usual, we did not let this even go by unnoticed.  Nor chose to go for a walk around Springfield Lakes for her outing and then a little shopping and lunch at Orion - Springfield.
First of all, we needed to do get the 'cake' business side of things out of the way..  Nor has always had a soft spot for Muffins, so a large muffin was to be her birthday cake centre piece, surrounded by smaller cupcakes..   We  did the pressies before we left too but  unfortunately I didn't get any photo's of them...
Then off we headed for a walk around the Lake - of course the theory of this, was that we would walk off the calories of the cake, so lunch would be guilt free...mmmm  maybe not..
The lake was lovely to walk around and the weather was perfect.. we even got to see some model boats being played with in the water..
 Now we girls can only behave ourselves for a short amount of time before mischief starts to creep in..  Maybe we did have a little too much sugar in us..
 Lots of pretty nature to observe...
I did get a little shopping done at Robins Kitchen - they were having a sale and I couldn't resist these
spatulas and bowls.  I am hopping the bowls are going to making my brekky oats prettier than they look as is..
Lunch was yummy - and of course dessert too..  MMMmmm might need another walk around the lake..
Happy birthday beautiful girl, I hope all your wishes and dreams come true...Love ya heaps..

Monday, 16 April 2018

Jenny Is In Town...

This can only mean one thing - "Road Trip".  The Tuesday Girls, minus Teresa, were able to head out for the long drive from our place to where Jenny was staying on retreat at Samford Valley..  Sounds good, should only take us about an hour to get there, but in reality, with traffic, getting lost, toilet breaks etc, it was more like 2
I think Helen thought she was going to get there faster using one of these contraptions...hehehehe maybe not...
Jenny was staying at the Samford Lakes Resort which had several buildings, cottages etc and of course a gorgeous lake..  Here is a few photos of the sewing room with its huge wooden entrance doors, chook pen outside and views of the lake..
 On the veranda there were sofa's to relax on and chairs to sit and take in the gorgeous surroundings..
 Coming back inside, we checked out the sewing room and of course, a project that Jenny had been working on..
We decided to head into the village before checking out the rest of the property...hunger taking over - after all it was a looong journey for us...

For lunch we ended up at The Flying Nun - delicious food..will come back one day I hope..
Next door to The Flying Nun was a little place I have always wanted to visit... The Store of Requirements.. For those of you who are not sure what that means - it basically means its all Harry Potter stuff...
Jenny and Chanelle (Nor's Grand-daughter) wanted to see if they could get home quicker with these.. 
 But I was more interested in the flying car...
Now it was time for a little wonder around town - The Arts and Craft store..
 The Antique store..
Jenny found this great trolley outside the antique store...pity it wont fit in a car..

 These are some photos from inside the cottage they were staying in - pretty antique baths and sinks, and there is even a pool if anyone is keen..
 The veranda was gorgeous, could see myself sitting here for meals, stitching, chatting etc... very pretty and views of the lake too..
 Inside the cottage on of the ladies had put this quilt on her bed - I wonder if she would notice if I stole it... no I am serious - do you think she would miss it...
Time to say our good-byes - and take one more photo.. or two..

I will finish here with the item I bought from The Harry Potter store... This is Niffler and he is from my daughters favourite movie - Fantastic Beasts (a branch of Harry Potter).. Amy was tickled pink when I gave it to her..she now has two and there are another four to go.. Maybe next time we can get another.. 

Anyhow, its time to go - had a fabulous day - it was great catching up with Jen, as we usually only get to see her during our retreat at the end of the year..  so catching up was fun..
Hope you are all having a great day..

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

And So It Begins - My Birthday with The Tuesday Girls

I am having a birthday this week but today I get to celebrate it with The Tuesday Girls..
Omg - they out did themselves today - I had such a ball..  I chose to "Not" do a road trip today but for us all to work on a project together...  We all had the same panel so choosing an item to sew today was easy....and it was a Christmas themed project - double bonus..
This is how the girls turned up at my place today.. the short one is Norreen's grand-daughter Holly.
 Running out of puff
 For morning tea I had my birthday cake - white mud cake...yum..  I thought I could blow my candles out with my 'blower' but it wouldn't work...
 Maybe I should just blow them out so we can eat cake...
Here are some of our Christmas bunting stockings - Teresa almost has hers finished..
 These ones are mine...

Lunch time was delicious quiche Lorraine...
Pressie time... I was stoked to get these beauties...  I plan on making the Hen House Quilt this year and mentioned (maybe several times) that for my birthday I would be happy with a block from them to add to my quilt.. I had totally forgotten about this, even while I was unwrapping them, I couldn't work out what they were..  I love them..makes me want to start this quilt even faster than I had planned but I will finish Ruth's quilt first..
This handsome little lady is from Nor..
 This pretty lady is from Teresa...
 This little darling is from Helen...
I have always wanted a block from the girls to add to a quilt and now I have three gorgeous ones... I am totally absolutely stoked.....  Thanks girls, you have made my day..
 But wait there's more..
Not only did I receive my beautiful chook blocks, I was also given a Bullet Journal.. There are so many gorgeous pages inside that I cannot wait to do a bit of colouring in..  I love the title and I am one that loves to be organised and now I can be "Gorgeously Organised" - purrrfect.
 I also was given a "Make Your Own Lip Balm Kit" - the girls know how I love to dabble in making things and I am going to have some fun making these... Will post more on them later when I give it a go...
But that's not all - I was also given a Pandora charm for my bracelet - wow - did I mention I was spoilt to no end..   Not the greatest photo - but its an adorable little bunny with pink ears and a rose gold body....toooo cute...   oh and notice the card from the girls - too
She is gorgeous..
What is this - another birthday cake - I must be special because I had two cakes and the girls sang "Happy Birthday" to me twice...or maybe I am getting old and they thought I wouldn't remember the
first  Yummo..
I had a fabulous day, love all my pressies...feeling very spoilt...
Thanks girls, love you guys
I am going to add these flowers that hubby gave me yesterday - too pretty not to be added to this post..

Alright I think that is it for me today, I might just do a little bit of colouring in my new journal before finishing up today..
Thanks again have out done yourselves...