Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Well it's the last day of 2008 already. I don't know about you but this year whizzed by in a flash for me.

And so much has happened. I started a lovely new job. I started a creatively satisfying business with a really fabulous friend. I made lots of stuff. My children are happy and healthy. And I just celebrated 12 years of marriage.

Not bad really!

And along the way I have met the most fantastic bunch of people and done some things that I have never done before. So it's been new challenges and lots of fun too.

I'll finish the year with some photos of a few little projects that are in various stages of completion.

My work in progress

This is a sample for a children's class I will be teaching during the holidays.

Here's Chloe's one. She is always my guinea pig for these projects.

Chloe's work in progress

It's fun and we're enjoying working together choosing our shapes and colours.

Next is a quilt ready for quilting.

Ruby's Quilt

This is for my girlfriend's baby Ruby who is now six months old. I was going to make her a cot quilt but thought this would last longer.

Back of Ruby's quilt

The pattern is 'Town and Country' by my lovely colleague Judy Newman who will hopefully soon have a blog up and running. I thought I might have a go at machine quilting this one with a bit of hand quilting around the edge.

Ruby's 'Town and Country' quilt

I just fell in love with the fairy fabric and will be making a similar quilt for Lucinda soon.

Next is another apron pattern. This one is featured exclusively in Issue 2 of Sew Hip magazine which I'm yet to see.

Flirty Florence apron

This particular apron is off to the UK to someone who has been waiting many, many months for it.

Flirty Florence apron

So I wish you all a very happy and safe New Year and look forward to all the goodness 2009 will bring. Thanks for visiting and all your lovely support and encouragement.

I leave you with a photo of my funny girls. The little one has been teaching the big ones silly faces! xxxxx

The Girls!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas!

Finally finished the cake I make for my Mum each year.

Christmas cake for Mum

A last minute letter to Santa.

Santa's letter

Letter to Santa

Christmas day fun with cousins.

Christmas day fun with cousins

My lovely Brother with his son and 'their' new toy crane!!

Father and son

A heavenly post lunch cuppa (with some wine and a few other yummy things).

Post Christmas cuppa

And one of my favourite parts of Christmas - delicious cherries.

Christmas cherries

Hope yours was equally splendid!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The third is three!

My little Daphne turned three last Friday. I can't believe how quickly that has gone.

Daphne's 3rd Birthday

We had a party on Sunday afternoon. Nothing too much, just afternoon tea with our families and a couple of friends.

I did make a special cake though.

Daphne's 3rd Birthday

We all gave three cheers.

Hooray!!

We cut the cake.

Cutting the Cake

And ate it!

My Girls

Happy Birthday my little girlie girl!

We have also done the yearly trip to post letters to Santa.

Sending the Santa letters

So now he knows what to bring!

And on the crafting front I have been mucking around with a few bits and pieces. I made this cushion for one of Chloe's girlfriends for her Birthday.

Cushion for Alice

She was hoping for something made by me.

Cushion for Alice

There's a few other finished things to show you but you'll have to wait for a day or so. And if you are in the UK, go and check out Issue 2 of Sew Hip magazine - I have pattern in there!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's all about the quilts!

It's Doll Quilt Swap reveal time again. Oh how I love these little quilts - they are so much fun and such a great way to practice all sorts of different styles and ideas.

For my DQS5 quilt I was inspired by a lovely customer at Amitie who brought in a much larger version she had made for her family.

DQS5 Day Number 8

I wanted to do a linen and red quilt. Well actually this is a really great cotton version of linen which I absolutely love using for all sorts of things.

DQS5 Day Number 18

Bit by bit I developed each little section of the quilt. Ideas came from magazines, my creative 8 year old Chloe, the quilt I saw at work and from bits and pieces I had floating about.

DQS5 Day Number 2

I am hugely pleased with the result and hope my partner likes it. This one I had trouble parting with!!

DQS5 Christmas Advent Calendar

DQS5 Advent Calendar Quilt

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So luckily I was distracted by the arrival of my quilt and WOW it's absolutely beautiful!

My beautiful received DQS5 quilt

The colours are so very pretty and the design and construction just amazing! Thanks so much Lucinda I LOVE it and it will be going up on the wall in my daughters' bedroom after we repaint after Christmas. Go and have a look here at all her other gorgeous quilts.

My beautiful received DQS5 quilt

We have enjoyed putting up the Christmas Tree this week and added some new ornaments. How cute is this!

New ornament

And look what I picked up last Friday.

New Audrey & Maude pattern

And if you are desperate to get started on another little quilt swap, the Four Season's Quilt Swap has popped up again. It's slightly different this time but I can't resist the challenge. Can you?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A little Christmas cheer!

Goodness, it's been a while!

ALL my special projects are finished and on their way to their final destinations. I still have some stuff to do to my latest effort for the doll quilt swap but I'll hopefully get that out of the way by the end of this week.

So after doing several projects that I couldn't show you I now have one that I will happily show off as I am thrilled with the way it has come out.

This idea came to me Thursday week ago. On Friday I raced into work and grabbed the fabrics and cut, arranged, re-cut, rearranged and finally machine stitched down all the circles.

A Christmas Project

Christmas Tree Quilt detail

I finished on Tuesday night and took it to the quilter on Wednesday who helped me choose the perfect quilting pattern.

Christmas Tree Quilt detail

I got it back on Friday and bound it with my favourite stripey binding.

Christmas Tree Quilt floral border

And here it is!

Christmas Tree Quilt detail

Actually it's only blog finished as I am handquilting the baubles, star and pot to make them pop a bit.

Christmas Tree Quilt detail

So look out for it if you visit Amitie as it will be in the window leading up to Christmas.

And in case you haven't seen all the photos floating about on other Melbourne craft blogs, here is my photo of the very lovely Amy Butler from Thursday night.

Meeting Amy Butler

That of course is Cathy with me. We loved the whole evening - Amy was just so interesting and relaxed and endlessly inspiring. Thanks again to the very fabulous people from Living Creatively - a really great night.

I leave you with a photo of my middle girl Lucinda who this week has overcome her fear of the swimming pool. Yippee and well done my girl!

My Lucinda

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hip hip hooray!!

Look what arrived in my letterbox today!!

Sew Hip Magazine No 1.

I was so excited I had to have some of this while I read it.

Celebrate

Because aside from it being a completely refreshing and lovely crafty magazine filled to the brim with wonderful projects and profiles of fabulous people, it has this...........

Our Pattern Review

How cool is that!!

I have to say that when Manda emailed me to ask if she could review one of our patterns I nearly fell off my chair having been a big fan of hers from way back. Who would not want to be involved in such a great new publication! And she wants more! So look out for some exclusive Audrey and Maude projects coming up in future issues.

And buy the magazine - it really is fantastic.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Project upon project upon project upon.....

I have finally found time to sit down and write a little. I have been madly working to get a special project done that has to be in the UK asap. It took off today and I can breathe a sigh of relief for at least a couple of days. I have several other really important projects on at the moment with fairly tight deadlines and some days it's a struggle to keep up. I'm glad to be able to tick one off the rather long list. And if I owe you an email or something in the mail - I apologise and promise you it's coming!!

Here's a little sneak peak at a small element of the special project but that's all for now!!

Pretty Brooch

Squeezed in between everything else I finally found time to get stuck into Chloe's quilt. Can you believe I have only ever made one quilt for my children which was Daphne's cot quilt! I have the fabric and designs worked out for all three but of course to be fair, I have to start Chloe's first.

And I'm loving it so far.

Chloe's quilt

And so is Chloe!

Chloe's Quilt

So once all the blocks are done I will work out what to put with them. Any ideas??

The other project I took away with me was my Mum's quilt. That has also been languishing in the pile. I had decided to have a hand quilting night each week but it hasn't eventuated.

Mum's quilt

I did about six blocks which isn't a lot but at least I have reacquainted myself with this lovely quilt and can try to do a little each week.

So have you seen this? A very special thank you to Angela and her lovely staff at Living Creatively - their support is endless and wonderful!!

And guess what!! I have had one of my little quilts accepted for a Lark Books book called Pretty Little Mini Quilts. I'm absolutely thrilled! Again the deadline is very soon so if you don't see much of me you'll know what I'm doing!

But this week sees me finishing two presents for two very special people who have been waiting and waiting and waiting. They have been tied up with the whole project for the UK thing but they'll be on their way this week, sweetened with some other goodies I promise!!

Which reminds me of something else I must get started on for Audrey and Maude! Sigh........ but I love it, really I do!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

A little break in transmission!

It has been a busy school holidays with lots of projects on the go.

I have many, many things to show you and won't attempt to do it all in one post.

For now I will leave you with a few photos from our very relaxing holiday last week.

We went to one of my favourite places in the world.

Boroka Lookout - The Grampians

This was our house.

Our house in Halls Gap

Our house in Halls Gap

Our house in Halls Gap

And this was our backyard.

The Backyard at Halls Gap

We had visits from friendly locals.

Halls Gap visitor

And did lots of amazing walks.

The Balconies - The Grampians

Walking with the big girls

Silver Band Falls - The Grampians

Best Buddies

Chloe

We even did a little crafting.

Painting boomerangs

Holiday creations

And the girls favourite thing?

Patting a dingo puppy

Patting a dingo puppy!

So thank you Grampians, we are all feeling refreshed and ready for the rest of the year!