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.