Thursday, September 17, 2015

Gifts and Gardens

Recently I won a prize from Anorina at Samelia's Mum... it was a sheet of the iron on dissolvable paper printed with 1" hexagons.... I'm looking forward to trying these out.  Anorina so kindly added one of her too sweet for words denim and liberty heart needle cases.... It's so pretty and useful!

Thanks Anorina... both will be well used...


My daughter and I have continued walking around some of the gardens that are being prepared for Carnival which starts this weekend...

.. this magnolia just looked utterly splendid against the blue sky...


... and a huge bed full of beautiful tulips... (they flowered a bit early following odd weather here)


mass plantings in all the beds...


... I love these little hedges cut into mother duck and her babies...


this hedge is a big curly caterpillar... can you see how they did the feet.. so funny


 this little kookaburra just sat while I stood quite close... I was about a metre away from it here....


My dear friend Shez had a birthday (quite a while ago and I was late in sending her a giftie)  This is a set designed by Kris (Tag Along Teddies) Shez travels quite a lot so I thought these would be useful and added some ever so sweet border type fabric for her to play with.  Happy Birthday Shez.


Righto, Gotto Go... I am demonstrating quilting on a domestic machine at the Creative Fields Quilt Exhibition hosted by The Quilters Angel this weekend and need to get some samples ready.... it's going to be such fun


26 comments:

Noela said...

Congrats on your prize win Fiona. I have used those dissolvable papers and they are great. Hope it won't be too wet for the Carnival. Hugs.....

Anonymous said...

Good morning Fiona,congrats on your lovely win,what a lovely pic of you and the kookaburra,love the flower pics and your weather looks so beautiful up there. Oh my friend I love my gorgeous gifts from you those bags are being used at the moment as I have taken mum to my sisters and I can't wait to make myself something with those very cute fabric Thankyou so very much,enjoy your day my friend xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Great win Fiona. The gardens look beautiful. I think Kooka was pretending you weren't there lol! Great to encounter wildlife so close. Enjoy your quilting demo....you will be awesome xx

Sisbabestitches said...

Such a sweet and practical win :) Oh those gardens are so lovely and creative ;) Lovely gifts for Shez, I'm sure they will get loads of use :) Hope your demonstrations are the mostest fun for everyone involved :)

Jeanette said...

Lovely win. The gardens are gorgeous. Have fun with the demo. Hugs,xx

Jane Galley said...

it'll be interesting to see how the hexagon paper works, have fun using it. Wish I was closer, I'd love to come and watch your demo

Allie-oops Designs said...

Congrats on your win!! The gardens are really beautiful, love the caterpillar and the kookaburra. I used to sing the kookaburra song when I was a kid. Never knew what they looked like, lol. Your gifts to Shez are gorgeous!

Susan said...

I haven't tried the iron on hexies but have heard they are good. And such a cute little needle case. Oh I wish I had a beautiful show garden......but then I wouldn't have any sewing time. Enjoy!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on your win! I would love to get up to the flower carnival......perhaps one of these days.......

Ruth said...

I'm interested to find out how the hexagons turn out. I love your flower photos . I also liked the shrubbery train in Laurelbank Gardens . Sorry for telling you I didn't have a blog. I forgot I had one from some work inservice. A few years ago.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What A great win ... Very special gift for Shez ....beautiful blooms ������

Karen S said...

Great idea to take advantage of all those wonderful garden - they are looking amazing. And the weather looks perfectly suited to wandering as well.
Good luck with all your demo days!!

gracie said...

What a nice gift...lovely walk around the gardens

Cheryl said...

The gardens are just magnificent Fiona. Lovely gifts you made for Shez

Sheila said...

Congratulations on your win , I will be anxious to hear what you think of the hexies . Beautiful gardens , wow , love those tulips . Lovely gifts for your friend Shez . Hugs Sheila

Chris H said...

Have fun this weekend. That little heart needle case is darling.

Yvonne W said...

Lovely gifts and what beautiful flowers and garden. Lovely time of the year for the garden, isn't it?

Cheryll said...

Looks wonderful Fi... EnJoY xox

marina said...

what a lovely combination of denim and liberty, so pretty.
the gardens look beautiful, enjoy your quilty weekend. Enjoy showcasing your talents!

Lin said...

Nice wins Fiona - I love the needlecase. Great garden pictures, such a lot of colour and those caterpillar feet are brilliant! Have a great weekend. xx

Elyte said...

That dissolvable paper looks like a handy product, let us know what you think of it after you trial it. Looks like a beautiful day to wander the gardens. Good luck with the quilting demonstration.

Sharmayne said...

Hi Fiona, I'm over visiting from FNSI- looks like you have plenty to keep you busy!
Hugs sharm

Cath said...

I love Toowoomba at this time of year..... the flower festival which I never quite managed to get to (proper) because of the super fabulous quilt show as well. I love Magnolias....they grow really well here and I plan to plant some in my new garden....oh I can't wait!

Narelle said...

Beautiful gardens.
Hope you enjoyed another great weekend :)

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Fiona,
congrratulations on the won gifts, how nice to get some goodies ever once in a while.
Lovely pictures of all these beautiful flowers.
Looks like you have overcome winter already.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Janice said...

What a great prize. You will have fun with it. The gardens look lovely. We will just have to time a visit to the area for this time of year at some stage, as they would be wonderful to see.

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