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Thursday, December 31, 2015

A wonderful Christmas Day....



We had a wonderful day..... 
all the family were able to be together for Christmas Lunch.
Ooooops not all.... our naughty little Corinne was in Japan having a blast.
So I will forgive her this time.

I had the table ready,  it looked great and then !!!!!!
a huge storm.... 
well that meant everything had to be moved as the rain was blowing in the patio 



Fortunately it passed just as the family arrived so I had help to put it all back together.
After all that I forgot to take a photo of my pretty table.



First of all we had our pressie giving.... 
we did Secret Santa this year and as usual it was a lot of fun.
Heather's gift was a wine glass wine bottle attached....
one can say  "I only had 1 glass of wine" and no she didn't drink it all.....
It was funny watching her try to drink it without sending it all up her nose.

Heather and Sylvio 


Sylvio's gift was totally covered in plastic ties so it took him a while to get to the pressie.
His children gave him the Rabbit Ears and he did look so pretty in them too.
Sylvio


I love getting photos of family at this time of year...
Liz and Dad (Gav)


Heather and Liz


 Except for one person.

My son Robert hates being in photos with an absolute vengeance.....
So I pleaded ..... 
please please have a photo with Mummy ?


At last I got a good one so I guess that will be it for some years.....
Love you.....Thanks


Rob and Mel
Rob wasn't happy about this one either as you can see....


and my gorgeous grandchildren.....
they are washing, wiping and putting the Christmas lunch dishes away....


how awesome are they ?

from the left..... June, Clayton and Jake.


My secret Santa pressies.....


These are the only photos of have of my decorations this year......



Well that's about it for another year.....
each Christmas I tell myself.....
 "don't make any more Christmas decorations"
do I listen ..... NO...... so I guess there will be more goodies next year.

Toodles....

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Chooky's SSCS swap

This year I decided to join the lovely ladies from all over the world in Chooky's SSCS

I really enjoyed this swap..... making and receiving

Martine from Belgium made for me......
 Look at this beautiful Tree ornie
Gorgeous .... thank you so much


My main gift was also amazing and so much work in it....
a Sewing caddy and sewing holder
Little ornie kits for me to make, maybe next Christmas...
very cute sewing braid....
lovely lace on a very pretty card
and just look at the main gifts.....
so much hand work..... 
ribbon embroidery which I love....
lots of beautiful beading and heaps of hand quilting.




What can I say but a big Thank You Martine .....
you have done so much work on this very special pressie.

I was sending to Wendy in Alabama USA

Here are the gifts I sent...
Tree ornie


Gail Pan's "Cinnamon Delights bag"
Pincushion
"Garden Delight needle book"
with a couple of extras.


I do hope Wendy enjoys what I have made for her.
Thanks so much for a terrific swap Chookyblue.....

I also made a few little gifts for special people.....



Well I think that's it for another post....

Toodles....


Wow..... what can I say.........


I am lost for words.......
and that doesn't happen often I can tell you.....
then again you probably know that already.....

Our "Friends in Stitching" group enjoyed another Christmas swap

My Christmas day gift is amazing......
  Teresa was giving to me and I had no idea that she was my partner.....
 sneaky little devil.
I have been going to buy and make  this Tree skirt for sometime now but just didn't get around to it.....

and here it is......


I couldn't get it under the tree properly but you get the idea I'm sure.
There were chocolates but they didn't make the photo.....
5 gifts inside this lovely stocking


A close up of the main part and as you can see there is a huge amount of work in this.


I love .....love....... love it and love you too.
Thank you sooooo much Teresa

I was giving to Jo.....
Earlier in the year I made Jo a block holder in another swap so this time I made matching goodies.

A Tool Tidy and a Goody Goody Binding Kit



I also added a couple of extras.....


We had to make a stocking and inside put 5 advent gifts.


Fat 1/4 Christmas fabric
Tree ornament
Sewing notion
Treat.... I put in a gingerbread man biscuit
Christmas button


I hope Jo enjoys what have made for her.
I had so much fun making and receiving these gifts

More news to come....
Toodles





Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas


Happy Christmas to everyone in blogland

I hope you all have a wonderful time with Family and Friends

Toodles......

Last Tuesday get together for 2015

Well it was the last Tuesday Girls get together for 2015.....

it was a quiet affair .... except for the laughing of course
Teresa had this beautiful Christmas Quilt for show and tell.

It looks fantastic and she was so pleased with the quilting  from Sarah too.


We did have a little naughty time....
it was very hot so we enjoyed our craft in the Grannie flat that Corinne uses but she is in Japan for Christmas this year so we found her Advent calender in the fridge so I sent her this photo.....

very big mice trying to eat her chocolates...... hehehehehe


That was as naughty as it got this time.....
 I think we are all tired from another great year together...... full of terrific outings.

We are never too big to see Santa....
Norreen....me....Sandi....Teresa


Looking forward to 2016 with these girls.

Friends in Stitching Christmas swap
Day 4  


Day 5


Thanks Teresa for all the lovely gifts..... 
Christmas day to come..... woohooooo


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Day 2 & 3 FIS Christmas swap


Day 2 

What a lovely gift this is......


Day 3

Fat 1/4 


Terrific gifts from Teresa


Monday, December 21, 2015

52 years ago today.....

52nd 
Wedding Anniversary
1963
Wow where did the years go........
A very happy day....



August 1962

Our Engagement....


Gavan sang to me at our engagement party.....

a beautiful song....."Because"

He had such a beautiful voice..... he doesn't sing these days sadly.
He sang professionally......
A couple of TV appearances in the early days, dances etc but weddings were his favourite venue.....


 3 children, 5 grandchildren and we are still here to talk about it all.

Great memories.... 
would I do it all again....... yeah of course I would.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Day 1....FIS Christmas swap

How lucky was I to have the lovely Teresa giving to me.....

I'm such a good girl and always do as I am told........ hehehehe..... NOT
but the card said I could open it first....


Glad I did yum.....
A little bit big for the stocking but I'm not complaining.....


Thank you Teresa..... so far so good hahahahaha.....

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Teapot blocks and pressies


More Teapot blocks.....

 it's been wonderful seeing these blocks arrive from so many lovely ladies.

Thank you Sarah for this terrific block and such a funny card....
I did have the cuppa with you too.....


A lovely block from Jenny with this cute little teapot....
Love it.... thank you.


A great Christmas gift as well.....
 naughty me couldn't wait so I opened it early....
so glad I did too as the fabric will be used straight away for Miss Matty's Parlour Hexies.
Fantastic braids as well.....
Thanks so much Jenny..... 


Our "Friends in Stitching" online group are enjoying the start of our Christmas swap....
We had to make a Christmas stocking no more than 12" tall and inside put 5 advent gifts...

Also a gift for Christmas day ....can't wait to open....
How lucky am I to have Teresa giving to me...... yayyyyy


My Christmas Stocking......
Love it.....


Thanks Teresa .... can't wait to open the advent gifts....

Another lovely surprise gift from Maree.....
inside the box was and notice I did say WAS.....
Fudge... Rocky road..... biscuit stars....
Yep they were very nice I can tell you..... yummmmm


Last decoration to be made for my house this year.....


So now my Loo is ready for Christmas too.
It's actually too nice for the Loo but no more walls left..... lol

The best dressed Loo anywhere I think....


Well must run.....

Toodles....