19 August, 2017

Friday Night Sew-In

 It was cold and wet last night. A perfect night to stay in and stitch along with everyone. I started the stitchery part of my "My Time, My Place caddy". Only managed to get a little bit done but better than nothing. It's our NOTYQ guild day today, so hopefully I'll get some more stitched.
Thank you to Wendy for hosting us last night. 
You can see what everyone got up to last night here.

08 August, 2017

Friday Night With Friends On Retreat

Friday saw Mel and I head off to our annual NOTYQ Retreat at Myrniong. So our Friday Night With Friends was also Saturday and Sunday With Friends! 
 
First stop - morning tea two minutes down the road from Mel's place! We visited a few shops along the way and we both were very good and didn't really buy anything. Just one of those "nothing jumped out" days.
This was the project I started on Friday night. It is "My Time, My Place Caddy" by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched.
 This is my first attempt at needle turn applique. For over twenty years I have always done buttonhole applique. I managed to stitch the first two trees Friday night.
By Sunday afternoon I had finished all the applique. 
Now I've just the stitchery part to go.
It was so lovely spending time with Mel as we hadn't been able to catch up since April! We had a wonderful time. 

Speaking of Mel, did you know she has a new blog? 
It is called Melody Matilda and you can find it here.
You can see what everyone else got up to for FNWF here.

04 August, 2017

Off To Retreat!

 
It's Friday Night With Friends hosted by the lovely 
Cheryll from Gone Stitchin' tonight.
 
This is where I'll be stitching! Melody and I are off on our annual NOTYQ Retreat to Myrniong. 
Hopefully, I'll get lots of stitching done. I've got a new applique project to make a start on, along with some others.

Speaking of Mel, did you know she has a new blog? It is called Melody Matilda and you can find it here.

31 July, 2017

July OPAM Report

I had three finishes for July.
My sweet Sewing Bird.
 Blossoming hoop.
 My Home - My Kitchen stitchery frame.
Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.

22 July, 2017

Frinday Night Sew-In

I had a productive night stitching along with everyone. Two projects were finished! These two stitcheries have been sitting in a box waiting for something to be done with them. 
This is Jenny's "Blossoming" block from the Splendid Sampler. It fitted perfectly into this hoop. 
Next is "My Home - The Kitchen" by Lisa Cantlay of  
Fig 'n' Berry Creations. I decided to frame this one 
instead of making it into a wall quilt. 

So two finishes in one day. Must be a record for me!

Thanks to Wendy for being a lovely hostess. 
You can see what everyone else got up to here.

15 July, 2017

Sewing Bird

I had a little play with my sewing machine the other day 
and put together this pin cushion. It was a kit that 
I picked up at AQC called the "Sewing Bird".

It didn't take very long to make and I'm sure I'll be making more of these. Will have to keep an eye out for the wooden reels and little crocheted flowers.

08 July, 2017

Friday Night With Friends

 I had a lovely night stitching along with everyone. Worked some more on my Gail Pan Christmas Collage stitchery. Didn't quite get it finished as I was also watching a couple more episodes of The Crown.
Thank you to Chez for being such a lovely hostess.

Well, my stitching continues today. 
I'm off to Gail Pan's Winter Gathering!

01 July, 2017

OPAM For June

I had two finishes for June. 
 
My modern quilt for Michelle and Matt's wedding.
And my framed There's No Place Like Home picture.
Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us all inspired.

29 June, 2017

There's No Place Like Home


I've finally finished my "There's No Place Like Home" project. This was one of Bonnie Sullivan's projects from the Stitched in Time day with Gail Pan and Bonnie in April.
 It was one of her new pre-printed background projects. Bonnie is the designer behind All Through The Night
We were very lucky to get these before they
 had even been released in the USA!

28 June, 2017

Mitchell's 21st - "The Party"

 
 Now I've recovered from Mitchell's party (it was on the 17th), I thought I'd share some photos. 
We hired this gorgeous old hall in Plenty.
 I had to take a photo of this poster from the Grand Opening Ball in 1931. As you know, I love old things and the hall was an old fashioned country hall.
All set and ready to go. Just waiting for the guests to arrive.
My nephew's wife, Seana made the cake. It was delicious.
 
 Speech time!
 There was some entertainment organised by some of Mitchell's friends. Here he is waiting. 
I won't make you suffer any of the photos!
 Instead of having Mitchell's friends sign a 21st book, 
he wanted them to sign canvases. 
He is going to put them up on his wall.
 
 The obligatory family shot! 
 Party time!

 
His mate, Dale, organised stubby holders designed especially for Mitchell's 21st. 
 And all too soon it was over!
 Luckily, we were able to go back in the morning to clean up. There wasn't really much to do. Just get the balloons 
down and mop the floors.

It was a wonderful night and I think Mitchell 
and his friends really enjoyed themselves.

14 June, 2017

Mitchell's 21st Surprise From Friends!

 Some of Mitchell's friends wanted to decorate his car for some birthday fun. So we organised it that Mitchell took Noel's car to TAFE as he was picking up my Mum, Dad and my brother after school. We told him it was easier for Pa to get into Noel's car. Little did he know!
 First up they filled the car with balloons, toilet paper and glitter (the bigger type). There were also some girly magazine pictures in the windows!
 Then came the post-it notes.
 Followed by 300 metres of cling wrap! It was also wrapped around over and under the car.
 Renee, James, Dale, Carla and Zoe.
 They had so much fun.
When Mitchell looked up the drive way he thought he had a new car for his present! LOL!
video
After dinner, some of his friends came around for cake. Then it was out to the car to unwrap it! He didn't know it was full inside as you couldn't see in the windows.

Something memorable for his 21st!


13 June, 2017

A Very Special Birthday!

 Today is Mitchell's 21st birthday!
A little cricketer when he was three.

The celebrations started last Sunday with a family lunch. Tonight is a birthday tea of Mitchell's choice.
Then the friends party is on Saturday.
Birthday cake #1
Happy 21st birthday Mitchell.
You have grown into a lovely young man and 
we are very proud of you.
Lots of Love,
Mum, Dad, Austin and Nelson
xxx

There's a big surprise waiting for Mitchell from his friends when he gets home. I'll tell you all about it soon.