Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

If you are missing special people, or life has thrown a few curve balls at you - then I'm sending you a special hug.

Enjoy your Christmas celebrations and stay safe.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cushion Swap

Each year my bestie and I make a cushion for each other for Christmas.

This year I decided to make a button cushion - a heart full of buttons.

Strangely - quite a while after I had decided about that and scoured the Craft Show looking for pink buttons - I seemed to find them everywhere in Pinterest and even last month's Homespun had a tree of buttons ..

There are at least 350 buttons here...and really I could find places for more - probably 100 tiny ones would fit - but you have to draw the line somewhere.

That is the last of my secret sewing for the year...hopefully not the last finished project for the year.

And here is my lovely cushion from Maureen next to the one I made.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

FNSI - December

My last cyber sewing gig for the year.   😞
(Have you notice you can now put symbols into blog posts...?)

I am still "Secret Sewing" - the last project to be finished.

Here's a clue:

I started the night off with a drink using my new mug rug - it was re-purposed for the night!

I am now on 3 weeks leave - so much to do at work - but a long list of To Dos at home too so I will just put work out of my head as much as possible and enjoy my time off.

A big thanks to Wendy for keeping us going throughout the year.

I know its 8 sleeps away - but to you all:

If you are not visiting before the 31st December...

See you in 2017...with a new list of UFOs to finish!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bah Humbug swap

Finally, the day has arrived when I can open my Bah Humbug swap's been sitting here since 1st December tempting me . . . .

and inside was a lovely mug and mug rug - Love the fabric wrapper and who can say no to cashews??
(Sorry - its will have to do for now!)

I was able to hand mine over ... I had intended I would hand it directly to De, but instead it had to go via her very capable "courier".

It looked like this:
and inside was this:

I had fun making it.....after I found a mug I was happy with....seemed they were either cartoony or thick and fairly ugly.

I really enjoy these little swaps.  Thanks Sandi, Helen Teresa & Norreen

Sunday, December 11, 2016

KQ Girls Wrap Up

Another Christmas Party!!

This is a smaller group I go to in the Wynnum area.  We decided this year we would each make a bon-bon and fill it with 5 sewing related things.

Here is the collection:

This is the one I received:

I love it - I use blue & silver in one area of my house 
for Christmas decorations - it is made from organza.

and here is the one I made:

A few of the girls make a small present for everyone:

A lovely handmade card with a quilted fabric tree, and a hexie decoration
A hand towel for the kitchen.
And a bookmark:

For most of the day we wore those as decorations...(not a mad bunch at all!)

I have planned a "veg out and read" day during my Christmas break - so this will be very handy.

We had a lovely time - plenty of chicken, salads and pudding to eat.  We even played games and we each received a surprise present - a handy storage box.
So that is the end of another fun year...

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sunday Stitchers Wrap Up

The year drew to a close for our Sunday Stitchers Group on Sunday 27th November - so this post is a bit late...

We had four birthdays to celebrate first - a collection of lovely goodies for Alison, me, Helen and Noela.

I collected some lovely neutrals, a few bright & colourfuls and a "combined 4 x fat quarters" to go with a panel I bought earlier in the month at Glenrose.

 Cheryl brought along tablecloths and tinsel to decorate the scene and a few of us brought along Christmas quilts etc which we were able to pin to the walls.  It looked very festive.
I forgot to take photos - must have been distracted - but fortunately Maria took some so you can pop over here to have a "look and see"

Teresa had brought in some cute Christmas cup cakes for us, so we ate them for morning tea...Very scrummy.
I disappeared for a moment and came back to a place mat full of Christmas presents

This is a a very kind and generous group.

I gave out my Christmas Angel.

As we are so close to an IGA we decided to let them do the hard work and ordered platters of meat, salad and fruit.  Topped off with some pudding.
(again - seriously short of photos.)

Of course we had some Secret Santa happenings.   We had decided to make a bag and include a decoration for our partner.

I made this bag for Sandi 
and an angel (of course) decoration.

(This is actually an angel I made for another person - but it was the same only green.)

I received this totally gorgeous bag and a cute little hanging Santa from Helen - her workmanship is exquisite - I do love it and will use it next year for my Sunday Stitching.   Strangely enough I had recently bought myself a new blue mug for taking to SS, so it all ties in perfectly.

We had a great day - sadly we won't meet again until January.  
By then we should have a bumper crop of Show & Tell!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

FNWF - December 2016

Thanks again Cheryll for continuing to host our Friday Night With Friends.  Sometimes its the extra motivation I need to get something done - instead of collapsing after a weeks worth of work.

There is still a lot of secret sewing happening here, so I will show a picture of a very cutely dressed chocolate...This was one of the gifts from Sandi at our Sunday Stitchers Christmas Party

It was delicious!!

Pop over here to see the other FNWF'ers.

The countdown to Christmas is here and running at full speed - so I hope you are well prepared...all your sewing done?? - presents organised?? food & guest list sorted for the "big" day???

Nup - me either.