Friday, December 29, 2006

small things

This is a small drawstring pouch I made for a friend with a little present tucked inside and a small vintage button on the front. We had a fun Christmas with Josh and Ash, watching them unwrap their pressies from Santa and sharing Christmas dinner with family. This Christmas has been a special one for us, it has made us realise how important family is and to remember our loved ones. I hope you have also had a lovely Christmas.

Monday, December 25, 2006

happy christmas

Happy Happy Christmas! We have three birthdays in December and one in January for our family so it's always a busy time of the year for us. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones!

Friday, December 15, 2006

postcards in the mail...

(top row: from jenn, buttered parsnips, dani, and lily; bottom row: from beate, beki,alina and michelle.) Thank-you!
I'm off to pick up the kids now......have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Saturday, December 09, 2006


When I read Ali's post yesterday I almost fell off my chair when she tagged me! Thanks Ali, here goes......

4 jobs I've had
sales assistant in a book/stationery store
customer service in a bank
worked in a finance company
and now working in aged care.

4 movies I could watch over and over
pride and prejudice (any version!)
any james bond movie

4 places I have lived (apart from where I am now)
herdecke, germany - born there and stayed till i was 2
mackay, queensland - where we first arrived in australia
sydney - where i have been for years and years!

4 TV shows I love
greys anatomy
amazing race
law and order
(why do I keep getting stuck at 3?!)

4 places I have been for a vacation
Prague - so beautiful, loved it.
Paris - so romantic.
Malaysia - so much to eat.
Korea - where my family is from.

4 websites I visit daily

4 favourite foods
any dessert with apple and/or rhubarb
pasta that my husband cooks (he's the chef in our house, I can't cook)

4 places I would rather be
Tokyo, Japan - to visit a friend and shop!
Somewhere on the coast of Italy - relaxing in a small village near the water
Las Vegas - don't mind trying out my luck!
Thailand - to explore

4 people I am tagging
Joyce (slateblu)
(3 again!)

Monday, December 04, 2006

busy postman

This wonderful apron book arrived at our house recently and I have been flicking through it's pages ever since trying to decide on a favourite. I love aprons but haven't tried to make one is on a long list of things that I would love to try and make but the project just seems too hard.

(isbn: 4579108035)
I also received a lovely swap package from Maitreya....thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

Friday, December 01, 2006


Blooming natives in our backyard.....I think they are a type of eucalyptus tree?

I also received a postcard yesterday as part of the postcard swap....thank-you, I love the tree!

Monday, November 27, 2006

swap fever

I have finally managed to finish off my ornaments for the holiday swap. It feels like it has taken me forever, but I am glad they are done now and on their way to their new homes!

Each of them were packaged in a little bag to keep them safe during their journey!

I also signed up for the postcard swap - I don't think I will sign up for more than one swap at a time in the future, it was hard work trying to come up with an idea for the postcards. I just drew a blank and had no idea what to make! As you can see, I kept up with the tree theme........

They were posted off this morning too! Now for a cup of tea........

Sunday, November 26, 2006

run, run, run

We spent the morning baking gingerbread men.....some were covered in blue and orange sprinkles with hundreds and thousands but they didn't last long enough for me to take a picture!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

what a bird!

It's late, I should be asleep but hubby is away overseas on a business trip and I can't seem to sleep so I thought I would do a quick post to show you what arrived in the mail.

A lovely felt bird from Frances, as part of the holiday ornament swap. It's so cute, beautiful stitching and beads and a wonderful card to go with it. Thank-you so much, it's going straight onto our tree!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

packaged surprise

This wonderful swap surprise arrived from Ali yesterday, full of goodness! Thanks Ali for your thoughtful package, especially the buttoned up gingerbread man, cute fabrics, great magazine, groovy gloves and Christmas goodies!

The lights have already found themselves a home........thank-you!

Monday, November 20, 2006

oh christmas tree

Christmas trees for the ornament swap! They are backed with felt and stuffed a little for shape, the only thing is I forgot to add some ribbon so that they can be hung up on the tree! I managed to find an eyelet thingy that will hopefully solve the problem.....just waiting for hubby to get home so that he can help me work out how it is done.

Hopefully I can package them up and send them off before the fast approaching deadline. Then get a speedy start on the postcard swap!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

a little bribe

I couldn't resist, I had to visit my favourite fabric store yesterday. I have almost finished the quilting on the baby quilt I am working on so am looking for a different project that involves applique as I haven't tried it before. I took Josh and Ash with me, armed with lollipops for bribery and we lasted a whole 15 minutes in the store before they got bored and restless. Just enough time for me to grab a pattern and some fabrics to start me off! I found a nice summery pattern and floral fabrics in the hope that I will have it finished by the time summer rolls around.

This swap package of fabric, buttons and yummy chocolate arrived yesterday from Laura. Thank-you so much! I love red and love chocolate!

See how perfectly they are folded? Can't wait to use these red fabrics!

Friday, November 10, 2006


I started on some Christmas bits and pieces last night while watching tv and came up with some shapes for decorations. Not sure what to do next but at least it's a start!

We also had Josh's orientation day for school yesterday. He is starting next year and I can't believe it. I have been counting down the days for him to start school and now that it is just a few months away, I think I will be one of those mums fighting back the tears on the first day! Now there are new things to worry about.....will he be happy at school or will he make good friends? I have a feeling it is harder on the mums and dads than it is for the kids!

Friday, November 03, 2006

the saga continues....

I think it has been a few months now since I started on my first quilt (baby size of course!). Little did I know then, that I would still be working on it now, with no end in sight. Patchwork class was last night and it took me an hour to sandwich the quilt together. I then started on the actual hand quilting and managed a total of about 10cms. Can you see it?

It was tough, a lot harder than my practice piece. So I decided to pack it up and try again over the weekend.

Some new spring clothes for Ashley.....

A pretty t-shirt from one of my favourite places where I can always find something nice!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

quilt again

Another baby quilt top finished. Classes start again this week so hopefully I will get started on the actual quilting as I need to get them finished soon!

Next on the list is a boy quilt. I think I will try something different to squares, not sure what though.

Friday, October 27, 2006

just around the corner

I have started on some Christmas stockings. It's my favourite holiday season, especially since we had two little ones that look forward to visits from Santa! I used a canvas lining to try and give it more shape as I wasn't too keen on using batting in case it turned into an oven mit kind of stocking.

Surprise flowers also arrived yesterday (thank-you!). The orange ones are called pincushions, how sweet is that?!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

catch up time

We've had a busy week! We had some close friends stay with us and they brought along their new little bub Megan who is only a few months old. Josh and Ash adored having her stay with us and so did we, it's so funny how quickly we forget how small babies are and how nice it is to hold them! We spent a perfect spring day at the Wharf where we caught up and ate a yummy lunch.

Our friends asked whether there was anything we wanted from Japan. Where do I start!!?! They arrived with a pile of craft books (thank-you, thankyou!) which I'd like to share, as they are difficult to get a hold of around here. Anyone interested in a little swap for a japanese craft book? (if you have anything you would like to swap for a craft book, please let me know!) I have a few to swap and some that I will try and sell on-line.
*thanks, I have enough swap partners now - will be packaging them and sending them off soon, looking forward to swapping!
They left this morning after spending the week with us and the house feels so empty now - we miss them already!
After they left, Josh said, "mummy, why don't you eat lots and lots so that your tummy can grow really big and you can have a baby too!!"
Umm, I'll try Josh!

Friday, October 20, 2006

love this magazine

With Christmas fast approaching, there are so many ideas floating around in my head, mostly for gifts or decorations. Here are some ideas from Cotton Time for sweet decorations and table settings.

Imagine having a table set like this on Christmas Eve........

Monday, October 16, 2006

another bag?!

I made this nappy bag over the weekend for a friend who has recently had a little bub. I've always found it difficult to find a nappy bag that isn't too "mumsy" so when I saw this pattern, I thought it would come to good use, and it has!

There is a little pocket on the outside and lots of pockets on the inside for all those extra bits and pieces.
I also found some time to start on another baby patchwork quilt......

Monday, October 09, 2006

where did the weekend go?

Playschool celebrated it's 40th birthday with a concert at the Opera House over the weekend and we took Josh and Ash along to see it. I remember growing up with Playschool (a long long time ago) and it was great to see that they still sing the same nursery rhymes and songs. It was also quite funny to see the concert hall filled with kiddies, mums and dads all singing along to "humpty dumpty" instead of listening to an opera or watching a ballet!?

We also spent some time in the garden. We are so excited about our lime tree that is bearing fruit - lots of green curries, yummy salad dressings and cool summer drinks ahead of us!

I even had a chance to do a bit of sewing and get started on a small surprise......can't reveal too much yet!