Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday Night Sew In ... and heaps of baking....

Thank you to Wendy for having us together for FNSI again.....

I was happy to sit and gently do some redwork whilst the cricket was on.... my quilt twinkles in the light and its fun to watch that too...


I have started a preprinted wallhanging by Natalie Bird called Snow Buddies.... it's very cute... At the quilt show in October I got a couple of balls of this Valdani thread.. it's a lovely variegation going from rust to maroon... 


Today I put the decorations on the Christmas cake.... 

I get quite silly stressed with the whole Christmas thing so everyone has to choose something they especially want to eat at Christmas (when it's at our house!)  It just has to be one thing that for them it is not Christmas without it..... my choice is the cake... 


My grandies don't like fruit cake too much... but one of them has said they especially want Carrot Cake... so that got made today and has gone into the freezer and will get some lemon cream cheese icing

It's a lovely moist and easy to make cake and the recipe is HERE


A week ago I made a couple of loaves of Christines almond bread and today these were sliced and dried... they are really yummy so I have to hide these or there will be none left for when the grandies arrive.... Christine has a link to her recipe HERE... also easy peasy to make...


Then for good measure I made a large batch of Choc Chip Cookies... I have this recipe on my blog HERE... just scroll down... again easy peasy and I used a mixture of white and dark choc chips...


Righto, Gotto Go... all this domestic goddessing I have very sore feet now... I think I need to put them up with a cold glass of beer!  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Preparations....

A lovely little swap group I am lucky enough to be part of is opening gifts for the 12 days before Christmas...

Shez is the naughty elf who has sent me gifts and these are my first 6 gifties
cards, a photo album, cheese snacks, a hoop deer decoration, round ornies for my tree and a coffee mug

They are all perfect and it's such fun opening a present up each day
Hubz says he has never known me to wake up so quick and bright in the mornings!!


This week this lovely little Angel came to live with me... It's from Susan and is made from paper clay which was pressed into a mould.... so clever and a lot of detail in it... thanks Susan

I rather like that cheeky Santa on the card too!



Today my Christmas preparations meant I had to be a bit of a domestic goddess.... I have iced our fruit cake..

I like almond icing ... so that went on first...


.. and then a layer of icing.. normally I would make royal icing but this year a bought a packet that you roll out... easy peasy that way....


... now it's gently hardening and then I will add a ribbon and some ornies on top... it is being guarded by a Santa and Reindeer (who came to live with me from Keryn's house... they are so beautifully made...) and a frog with a headache... (I think it found Hubz beer!)


Hand sewing has happened and I have finished this block of my sampler.. there was quite a bit to do in this one... 


This is a recent picture of grandiegirl Maddy... she went to the Christmas Carol service in the village where she lives... just wanted to cuddle the baby Jesus all evening


very sweet

Righto, Gotto Go... I am getting stuck into Hubz beer and my new Cheese straws from Shez.... it's been a hot day

Chookyblue has suggested a Christmas challenge... I'm in... what about you... 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'Tis the Season....

... for parties....

A Friday evening sewing group I attend at The Quilters Angel had their Chistmas party and Kris so kindly hosted us at her gorgeous new home 

... so prettily decorated ....


..... for gifts .....

... where gifts were presented.... home made cordial and a bag of treats.. patterns etc.
(how cute is that little bag)


... and Kris gave us each a lovely handmade boot to hang on the tree... I do love my special decorations...


The FHFS swap group I am in is opening it's 12 days of Christmas presents and these are what I have had from Shez.... some Christmas cards, a photo album, hand stitched deer picture (oh it is dear).. and today a set of 3 handmade ornies... they are on the tree already...


Thanks Shez... gorgeous gifts...

We had a few lovely cooler evenings so I hand stitched down this binding... so we have a new quilt...


"Baby It's Cold Outside" is one of Toni's patterns.... I love the freshness of this one


.... for family....

... well... I am excited for Christmas but my big count down is for my eldest daughter and family to arrive from the UK... including these 3 elves..... this time next week they will be waking up to their first morning in Australia... those lovely jumpers will not be needed....


I CAN'T WAIT..... but I have to... so I better keep busy

Righto, Gotto Go ...  lots to sort out.....


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Today ....

... is my youngest childs birthday


this is the widget's mother... and we will all have lunch together to celebrate

Today .....

....we are allowed to start opening our FHFS presents


mine are from Shez and today I got a pack of very nice cards .... we ALWAYS run out so thanks Shez... perfecto....

Yesterday .....

I opened my box of decorations and our tree is dressed

lots of handmade ornaments .... I love them all
baubles and lights
a little bit of magic


... filling corners with Christmas quilts ....


Last night.....

.... it got quite cool after our hot weather so I didn't mind sitting with a quilt on my lap doing some binding .....


Last week ......

I had some lovely mail with Christmas lovelies... 

This lovely tag came from Marina .... so clever with her colours and a rusty bell on the bottom


Michelle sent me one of her embroidered angels.... those bullion roses - oh my


Thanks to Maria for a fat quarter of beautiful Christmas fabric.... it is pretty and strokable....
(Japanese made... such lovely quality)


a Michelle Palmer original drawing on fabric from one of Santa's elves



Clever ladies, wonderful ideas....  it's beginning to look like Christmas over here....

Righto, Gotto Go.... the thing about decorating is you move things ... and find dirt (well I do... I'm sure others don't!!)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

No sewing......

... whilst the widget has been staying.... but we have had a lot of fun and the postie has been...

Chookyblue hosts SSCS and we are matched up with people from other countries... Grace sent me a parcel all the way from Arizona, USA.... I love the Arizona card with the coyotes and cactuses looking out for Santa..


... very clear instructions about the next part....


... and look at this beautiful ornament ... cross stitch and so beautifully finished off ... I love it.. thanks Grace ... I will be a good girl and hide the rest... so great to meet you too!!


I have also had some lovely ornies thanks to lovely bloggy friends.. and I will show them all another day

I have glued together plates before but my hot gluing wasn't too successful... I saw Jeneta had done some HERE  with really pretty plates... but she did let me know she used a Weldbond glue with good results... so the young widget and I got them out to work on together....


... when he saw me taking pictures he did too on his leap-pad.... (future blogger?????)


we made this 3 tiered one.... I think it will be perfect for the Christmas table this year....


.... these mushrooms had been done before but needed a clean and regluing.... I will put little solar lights under them and they go in the garden....


.. another couple that were fixed.... great for cakes and snacks....


... then it was time for Christmas cake and making wishes....


I also baked some of Christine's almond bread....  put away for slicing and drying next week


The Christmas cake has been glazed with butter and sherry and left now for icing next week too


... on our way into town we pass these fields of sunflowers... they are so much fun to watch....


.. that is the sun going down behind... now a mystery ... I thought sunflowers followed the sun.. these ones are always looking East whatever time of day.... sunny or cloudy ... 


Oh.. and this word verification thing that is messing around our blogs..... this link seems to help...

Thanks to Kathy and Terry for sharing


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