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Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Day 2016



We had a quiet start to our day this year..... 
our Corinne has moved to Japan so we missed her cheerful face on Christmas morning....
So after breakfast we were off to Heather's place for Christmas lunch...


Gift giving was first up for the day.....
we did fun pressies this year..... some funny some good.....
June with the pixie ears, Alex and hiding behind him is Bianca...



June with Auntie Liz messing around on the pool toy....


Heather and Sylvio with their gifts.....

Heather and Dad have their "thing" that they do...... 
to see who can buy the ugliest gift and Gav out did himself this year with
this parrot which records everything you say and squawks loudly, 
it was sooooo funny..... 


Oh my gosh we don't look very happy do we ?
We were though...... honest.....Liz messing about again.....lol



Gavan and Sylvio



Then on to lunch.....
as usual it does take a long time to get everything on our plates ....

Great lunch Heather..... you did a terrific job....

no piccies of our dessert..... trifle yummoooooo


Thanks for a really great day and hopefully we will have many more together....
Unfortunately Rob and Mel were unable to come to lunch but we did get to see them eventually....
 This is Mel's pressie....
A quilt and matching cushions....


I like this photo as it appears as though I made 2 quilts but alas not so.....
Large mirrored wardrobe doors make all the difference.....


It is quite a large quilt and looked pretty good on my bed before it was gifted......
Mel now has it on her bed......


An surprise gift from the lovely Lynda.....
A terrific embroidered tea towel and a stocking christmas cake....
and it was yummie......
Thank you Lynda.....


Heather and I went to the shops on Christmas Eve so we had to stop for a little morning tea....



I do hope that you all enjoyed your Christmas Day as much as we did.

Toodles for now


Sunday, December 25, 2016

FIS swap pressies

Day 3....treat


Day 4...ornie


Day 5.... pot holder


Christmas day.... main gift

A fantastic Christmas wall hanging....
such a pretty wire hanger as well.



Thanks so much Sue for sending these lovely gifts......

I sent to Lorraine (Loz)

 Day 1.... tea towel
Day 2.... coaster
Day 3... pot holder 
Day 4..... ornie
Day 5.... treat


The main Christmas day gift.....
It is a Gail Pan pattern.... Butterfly Bag.


Thank you Friends in Stitching for another terrific swap.....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day 1 & 2 pressies from Friends in Stitching

Day 1..... Tea towel

lucky me received 2....



Day 2... coaster

Lucky again.... 8 coasters and matching place mats


My swap partner is Sue....

Thanks so much Sue.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday Girls Christmas party


We had another great day together this time for our Christmas party....

Firstly gift giving at Sandi's house..... very festive house.....




We have a Christmas Bonbon challenge....

fill and decorate a Bonbon with 
a Christmas decoration
a treat
fat 1/8 fabric
a Christmas button
lace or ribbon........
 not an easy task I can tell you...

Don't they look great....


This is the one I decorated


and this is the one I received
from Teresa


How ever did she get these gifts inside the Bonbon


Teresa and Sandi gave me these wonderful canisters.....
Love them, thank you girls


Nor gave me these terrific gifts....
thanks heaps Nor. love them


Then it was off to the "Fox and Hounds" pub for Christmas lunch....


Unfortunately Nor wasn't able to join us so it was just these 2 scally wags and me.
Look a bit quiet don't they ?


Looks can be deceiving.....


I was there honestly.......

 Naturally we all enjoyed a "Foxy Lady" drink.....
OMG they are soooo good.


Mmmmm great roast lunch....


followed by Christmas Pudding of course....


I didn't get any photos inside the pub but did get this one of the bus.....

I wonder what they have in mind for it.......
Inside the pub  is decorated so well with heaps of English Antiques and Collectibles


Thanks for such a wonderful day girls....heaps of fun as usual....

It was also our opening day for the "No Fuss Swappers".....

Bah Humbug swap
I received my gifts from Lyn (O'Faigh)
Thank you Lyn....
treats didn't last long, the mug and mug rug have been put to use already. 


I sent to Dzintra
a great fun swap....



I also had a surprise in the mail from the lovely Shez.....
a gorgeous ornie..... thank you so much, just love it.


I have only had one finish that I can show at this stage.... 
the others being secrets of course

I just love this bag....
a Gail Pan design....  


well that is it for me today.....
Toodles.....

Saturday, December 10, 2016

My celebrations.....


My Birthday week began with the Tuesday Girls...... 
a couple of days early but who is complaining....

The day started with a wonderful gift and gorgeous flowers.....


A great kit for a Natalie Bird wallhanging pattern "The Happy Stitcher" 
I've been wanting for a little while now....

Thank you so much girls.... I LOVE it.....


Then we were off to enjoy a day out together....,
 First stop was Laidley west of Brisbane a very old town, great shops to see and of course a wonderful cafe....

"Rustique Rose Tea Room"



Morning tea of course....


I really hate having photos taken like most people but I actually like this one......


We found a few lovely little shops of which I forgot to take a photo..... ooooops
It had a great name ..... "Potato Studio" they sold such unusual goodies.

Our next place of interest was 
"Das Neuman Haus"

A very old Dutch house which is now a museum...

it also has a lovely little cafe there but we had only just finished our morning tea.









Look at these old relics I found in the house.....



 We did squeeze in lunch but no photos there either.....

We were off again to Gatton to another wonderful  shop...
"Grays Furniture"
now I know the name doesn't excite you but it has a Christmas section and heaps of other terrific goodies..... Did I take a photo ? Ummmm no forgot again, must have been the excitement or could it be "old age"....  hell no !!!!!!!

Once again I had a wonderful day with "The Girls" 

Norreen...., Teresa.... Sandi
Thanks soooo much for making my Birthday very special....

I did get an early Birthday gift from Gavan.....
My gorgeous sewing chair....
 Just love it.... thank you Gav


Our wonderful online stitching group "Friends in Stitching" also sent me a great gift...

Sarah made this sewing pouch with goodies on behalf of the group....

Love it girls and thank you Sarah

My favourite colour as well....







On Friday my daughters Heather and Liz both came with lovely gifts .....

I feel very spoilt....

From Liz Jake and Clayton.... 
this sooooo very cute snow dome and isn't it the cutest Bear you have ever seen.
Gosh the photo just doesn't do it justice ..... he is now in my bedroom.


From Heather Sylvio and June....

more Christmas...... hohohoho

Gorgeous....


We all went to our local Chinese Restaurant  for lunch...... they have the best food.

When we arrived home it was Pavlova and coffee..... yummo

Thanks Heather... Liz and Gav, I had the best day.


I also received a Birthday E Gift card from Corinne in Japan and it is for a terrific store 
"Peter's of Kensington" but now I have to decide what to buy..... what a problem.....

Well that wraps up my Birthday for this year.....

I had the best time with lovely phone calls, texts messages and gorgeous gifts from 
family and friends.....

Thanks heaps everyone.....

So it is "Toodles" from me for now......