Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Good Morning Christina!

Surprise! Yes I'm back after a little break from blogging. To be perfectly honest with you I just couldn't be bothered writing anything and downloading photos - is that bad?!

I had such a ridiculously busy lead up to Christmas that I think I just fell in a heap after New Years. Do you know I was running so fast to get something done and out the door one day about a week before Christmas that I fell over!!! Right in the middle of my living room. I hit my head really hard on the sofa, grazed my arm and landed on one hip which ended up with about an 8cm circular bruise on it. So I decided that it was time to slow down for a while!

We have been chilling out mostly. Sometimes with friends, sometimes with family, often in our PJ's for much of the day, and often just hiding from the excessively hot weather we have been experiencing.

We enjoyed a much anticipated visit from our Dutch cousins. As there wasn't a lot of English spoken it took the trampoline to break the ice. A couple of bounces and everyone was giggling and having fun.

Dutch Cousins

I've done a little bit of sewing with the girls and their friends. Chloe, Lucinda and their friend Mia went through my fabric scrap box and created a mosaic each. I offered to turn them into something useful.

Here's Mia's.

Mia's purse

And here is Lucinda's - photo also by Lucinda.

Lucinda's purse

The girls also participated in a class at Amitie, check out their creations here

And I have been working on a few projects - some still a secret and some just for the fun of it. I have to get my winter quilt done for the Four Seasons quilt swap for mailing on the 30th but another slightly larger project has been taking up my time. All will be revealed in about a week!!

I have been visiting all my friends in blogland of course, and even won a prize!

My Loot

I actually won the green bag but generous Jodie added all the other lovelies. Thanks heaps Jodie!!

The bag is currently being used to hold this little crochet project - a cushion for Chloe.

Chloe's Cushion

I figure if I can manage this then I might attempt a granny square quilt at some point this year. We are (my husband is) repainting all the girl's furniture the most divine shade of aqua. I also have fabric for curtains. I will probably show you all when it is finished.

And you might be wondering why this title. Well one of my bestest friends has been bemoaning the fact that she logs onto my blog first thing and there's never any new post. So good morning Christina and good morning/evening to the rest of you. Thanks for all your lovely comments regarding my wedding photos - it was rather self indulgent but I rarely look at them and loved showing them off.

I leave you with some shots of some of the ornaments I received in the 2007 Holiday Ornament swap.

My creation


Beth said...

Oh my goodness! The patchwork clutches are adorable, the skeleton clutch is adorable, and the aqua granny square is adorable!

Too much adorable-ness!

iSew said...

I can't wait to see the aqua furniture, that granny square is lovely. I should crochet myself an afghan or something. Time for all of us to slow down.

Thimbleanna said...

Woohoo -- Welcome back! The kids are adorable and so fun that you've got the girls sewing. Wonderful bags!

Jodie said...

Love the girls little bags and that block ornament made me giggle. What a great swap.

luv Abby said...

welcome back... we missed you...
luv Abby

Daphne said...

Mia had a fantastic time making all her beautiful creations! Thanks for everything. Love Daphx

christina said...

Good morning Louise! I was so excited to see you had posted. Even though I talk to you every day, I love to see what you are up to in lollylegs world!

Love the mosaic clutches!

Liz said...

Hiya! What a great post, goodies, crochet and patchwork. I too have been shirking my blog responsibilies of late, so I wouldn't worry! So sorry to hear of your fall - did your children see it? Mine always look embarassed if something like that happens to me (rather than helping...).

dizzyjadey said...

What pretty clutches! Bet the girls felt proud to have contributed to them....and what a cool way to get them into the sewing vibe.

Looking forward to the finished crochet cushion, too. Welcome back!

Melody said...

Nice to see a new post *heehee*

Gee, your eldest daughter looks just like you!! Great you've got the girls sewing...I hope to dig my sewing machine out in the next few days...I feel the need to sew (thank you!)

Katy said...

welcome back! I also fell into a heap after new year, and couldn't be bothered to do anything at all!Those patchwork bags are beautiful, and I love the giveaway you won over at RicRac (I am more than a bit jealous!!!!)
Jope you are having some sunny weather, it has to be better than the flash flooding we are getting in the UK. :(

SweDaisy said...

Nice to see you back. I like the idea of letting the girls select the fabric and then you making the items for them. How fun.

Bronwyn said...

Hi Louise - I would love to come into Amitie to see you and their quilts re binding lesson! It would have to be when school goes back - I would need total concentration to look, feel, enjoy the quilts and fabric all by myself (I'm sure you understand!)Thanks for stopping by my blog - I love others crafty inputs. What is the yarn you are using for the crochet cushion? It looks delicious.

Per said...

So happy that you are back! I had so recently discovered your amazing blog and then you disappeared to my great dismay. I think the patchwork clutches are wonderful - great to see the kids sewing and using such creativity.

Bronwyn said...

Thanks for the invite Louise; Tuesday is a day off for me, so I would love to visit with quilt and tea! Well done in scoring a job which surrounds you in yummy stuff!

Violet & Rose said...

I thought that was one of your girls in the Amitie photos and I was going to e-mail and ask, but I felt a bit stalker-ish. I so (or should that be sew?) wish that Amitie was a bit closer, Miss B would have loved those classes.
Lovely to hear you back, especially after your nasty fall!

Ragged Roses said...

Good morning Louise! Lovely to hear from you again. Love the girls' creations. Good luck with the crocheting, I just can't do it, really wish I could.

a friend to knit with said...

welcome back miss louise!
so happy to see you!
and ouch! you must have been moving really fast to fall like that. a lesson to be learned to all of us. i try everyday to slow down. i really do.
love love love those patchwork bags. how cute are those kids and girls and their sewing projects! ahhh!~

pink-petal-designs said...

Nice to have you back. I love the colours you have chosen for the granny square, looks really nice wool.
Nice bags by the girls too.
Sarah x

jmbmommy said...

YOu just have the BEST fabric sense....great scraps! SO cute!

shabbyjuls said...

Love your things...what kind of yarn is that you are using for the granny squares..I am working on some those colors.

Celandine said...

Hi, Louise! Thanks so much for tagging me! I had fun answering the questions, and I see we have some things in common, not surprisingly. :) I really like your crochet granny square. What yarn/thread did you use?