29 December 2009

A Little bit Busy

While the kids were in the pool jumping all over their father I decided to do a little jewellery making.  Here are my efforts.  They are all for sale on my Etsy site. The blue pieces are called Ocean Breeze and the red below is called Firebrand.

28 December 2009

Christmas Aftermath

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Mine was really low key and we had lunch and dinner with my in laws.  

On Christmas Eve I set off early for a massage, but the therapist didn't turn up and I am still waiting for her to return my call so I got back to the house before 9.30 and we made a quick decision (which in a household that everything is measured to the Nth degree..not by me I might add) is very unusual, to go to St Kilda Playground with the kids.  It was a lovely cool day with a fresh breeze after the heat of the day before and the kids were getting a bit stir crazy with being mainly inside the day before the all the excitement of Christmas.  

The decision turned out to be inspired.   The kids burned off some the exited energy and we filled in the day.  It also meant that when they went to bed that night they were asleep before their heads touched the pillow which hasn't happened over the last few years.  

Apparently St Kilda is always hotter than anywhere else so the day was perfect, I don't think I would want to go there when the sun was shining there is no shade and lots of metal.  The kids had a ball tearing here and there.  My husband was equally tired as he has to go on everything with the kids, I just took photo's and tried not to fall over.  I got some really good shots and plenty of plain awful ones as well the joy of digital photography is that you can just delete them lol.
We had hamburgers and chips for lunch at the local kiosk and then headed home.  

I avoided the shop on Christmas Eve which was wonderful and I haven't headed out to the sales as yet.  But I have been working on my Christmas Tree for next year and this morning I have finished the raw edge applique and it is ready to put the backing on and quilt.  

23 December 2009

Merry Christmas

I have just finished doing a quick scan of the blogs and you Northerners are all suffering or not from the cold and snow while down here we are heading for 42C today and it is going to be a real nasty day. Cool change is set to arrive tomorrow sometime where it is going down to 22 so at least we have some relief on the way and maybe even some rain.

I got up early and went for a walk then decided to go and do some last minute food shopping before the heat came in. Seems everyone was doing the same. There was a line up to get into the grocery shop which opened at 7.30. Luckily the bread shop and the fruit and veg was opened earlier so I filled in the time.

My hubby and I had a lovely dinner at The Sauce, in Dulwich with my Boss and his wife last night, the food was excellent.

For all of you out in Blogland Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.

20 December 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

I am waiting for everyone to get ready we are heading out for a Christmas Party with my husbands family combined with my MIL's 80th. I thought that I would show you what I have started. It was traced a couple of weeks ago at Hetties and it took me all Friday afternoon to cut it out, I did this to keep busy while I waited for my key's to be returned (taxi driver kindly dropped them off late in the afternoon which was a big relief). Yesterday I glued the batting and top together and started stitching. I am not aiming having it finished this Christmas next Christmas will do. I have to do some shopping first as I want to stick crystals on it as well. I have made a good start and it won't be long. I'll just leave it on the machine and go and stitch some more when I feel like it.

18 December 2009

Melbourne Trip

I have returned from a flying visit to Melbourne for Christmas Lunch I did get to stay overnight but the having to get up at 5.30 for and 8 o'clock flight wasn't so good. We went to MoMo's and the food was absolutely magnificent. The meal didn't finish until 4pm when we were asked to move to the Spice Market Bar next door as they wanted to set up for the next session. Lets just say some of the people from Melbourne Office got a little messy and it turned out to be an interesting evening. Being the control freak I am I don't get messy and I obviously paced myself well because although tired I am not really suffering from any hangover symptoms. We checked into the Hotel about 10pm with one of the messy ones following along because he obviously didn't have a home to go to. The boss got saddled with him, while I headed to my room for a bath and of to bedfordshire.

The boss managed to surface for breakfast in plenty of time (he had headed out again with our tag along for further drinking) and we made it to the airport in plenty of time. All was well until I started looking for my keys on the plane, I didn't have them. I hoped at least I had left them in the taxi in Adelaide and a call to the company confirmed this. So I am waiting to here from them when I can get them back.

I did wear my necklace that I made and showed you a couple of posts back and of course I made matching earrings. It did get oohs and arrs from the Melbourne girls so I feel a bit better about it now, I was happy with it but I just wondered if it was a bit OUT THERE. They couldn't believe that I had made it, and how clever was I! I'm still deciding what to do but I think I'll make another set of earrings and maybe sell them as a set in my etsy shop..though it did go really well with my outfit yesterday but how much jewellery can one girl have.....

15 December 2009

Chrissy Tea with the Girls

I have been sewing these little sucker's. I am glad I don't know too many that drink wine as I didn't enjoy doing them they were a bit fiddly. As you can probably see they don't have wine but Organic Olive Oil in them. I gave one to Leanne who doesn't drink and she is going to use it for her drink bottle so it is a good size so I might have to make one more just for me.

Last night was Chrissy tea with the sewing girls and as usual we had a lovely time. It just doesn't feel like Christmas until we have met up with the girls one last time and talked about all things we are going to do next year... though we didn't do that so much this year lol but there was lots of laughing and good conversation anyway.

I am off to Melbourne for Chrissy Lunch with work on Thursday (hard life but someone has to do it) I get to stay overnight this time (last year the flew me back the same day which just was cruel I really can't drink and fly). Though they have got me getting back to Adelaide by 9.30 so you can imagine what time I have to get up on Friday...I am trying not to think about it.

Day 2 of the school holidays sees me taking the kids to the movies. We are seeing the Meatball one and then I am taking them to the Hairdresses with me while I have a cut and colour which will be an absolute joy lol! Can you tell I am looking forward to it.....but I think 4 days at nana's this week might be a bit much for all concerned. Hubby is off next week (fingers crossed something urgent has come up but he is doing his best to finish it by Friday) and I am only working 2 days next week then that is me till then end of January. Oh well better get the kids out of their jammies (and me) and get ready for the flicks.

14 December 2009


I have been busy really I have.

I have been working on these they are cookie bags for the kids teachers, sorry about the pictures, I am having all sorts of problems taking photo's at the moment.

I have also been making other pressies for my nail lady, hairdresser and the sewing girls... can't show you these yet that will have to be tomorrow.

I have also been cutting out leaves for this....I asked Kellie how many and she says about 600 which depressed me greatly then I went and cut another 70 leaves after I had already cut 120 to get over it. Only 400 +more to go. Must admit I am not happy with the glueing down the seams after the first 50 I had had enough. I have decided to use the Thimblelady Marking pen (not a marking pen as such but a kind of fabric folder) which made the hole process a lot quicker and I can get a nice sharp point which I was finding impossible. Also as I don't wash my fabrics and the sizing stopped some of the seams from sticking.... My solution might make it harder to get them in the right place on the fabric though only time will tell.

My colour way is pink with a twist, basically if it has some pink in it I am using it which will mean that there will be a few ringins like the orange one here but I think it will add a bit of zing to the quilt.

Next is my Material Obsession BOM and here is block 1 nearly finished (they are posting block 5 this week oops). Block 5 is a wonderful big applique centre which I might do next as it is a good take with you block and I am going to need that for a few days in January.

07 December 2009

Carols by Candlelight

Most women would kill for curls like this...mostly I just want him to brush it so it doesn't look like a bird could fly out of it at any minute. Here he looks quite angelic which is good as he was getting ready to sing in the choir for the local Carols by Candlelight.

My only complaint was the women compare who sang the Carols over the choir and her voice was not all that great.. and we couldn't hear the kids grrr.

Santa arrive by fire truck was mobbed by all the kids and barley escaped with his life. I had two grumpy kids to get off to school this morning too late a night for them. Only 4 more days to go.

05 December 2009

What Do You Think?

I don't seem to be able to take a good photo this morning and this is about my 15th try. Finally got one that kid of shows the detail, I need some new lenses...

I made this last night. I should have been making Cookie Bag's for teachers or starting the pressies for the girls.... as I signed up for Pat Sloan's FUI weekend for Christmas but I just wanted to get this out of my system.

Originally I was going to put a charm on that I got from here (mine is Sugar and Spice) but I don't think the setting was right so I made a charm from my fob watch faces. The saying is "It is never too late to be what you might have been" by George Elliot.

Let me know what you think. It is made with semi precious stones, a few swaroski crystals and the fibre is Sari Yarn.

03 December 2009

7 Little Surprises

My MIL rang me the other day to bring the kids over as she had some visitors in the back yard. The mother duck had nested in the hedge behind the veggie patch and she was now looking to move her brood to the river.

She said that she had been keeping them there all day but will have to let them out soon as the mother was searching for ways to get out of the garden without success. After school we went over to see them. Of course the kids would stay back and they headed for cover as soon as they got too close but I manage to get a couple of pictures with my phone before they disappeared into some more bushes.

My MIL was all for keeping them there as long as possible as the water rats down the river usually pick off babies fairly quickly but that's nature and I told her just to wait until the hoons had put their cars away for the night (there are a couple that use her street for a drag strip) and let them out.

02 December 2009

14 Years Ago Today

Where did that go...I blinked and I almost missed it lol. I had bigger boobs, a smaller waist and only one chin..... my husband had a bit more hair but as you can see he was well on the way to being follicly challenged here so it was not my fault... which he likes to tell everyone.
There are a few members of the family missing now... and of course a couple of extra's.

We both have the day off today so we are off to the city to do some Christmas shopping and then to have a nice lunch.