Monday, June 29, 2015

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Sewing and Girls Retreat

I have actually got a little bit of sewing done. Thankfully when I left Qld and moved here I knew a couple of lovely ladies and got invited to spend a long weekend with them out in the country and got a rather large quilt top sewn using a Missouri Quilt Company tutorial. Jenny calls it the "T-Block". Went together very easily. I now have to just add a border and get it quilted. It was beautiful and green and sitting near a river.

 We all had a creative weekend - my quilt is the one hanging on the chair on the left.

 Sandy and Anita playing silly buggers! My quilt hanging over the chair in the background.


And there was shopping to be done....of course what is a girls week-end away without shopping.

Anita gave us all a Fat Quarter and challenged us to have something made with it next time we got together for a retreat. This past weekend Anita came for a sleepover and sewing get together and I got a table-runner finished using the fat quarter. She have me the large print fabric and I combined it perfectly with the Amy Butler spot. I am very happy with it. Now even though this is simplicity at its best I still had a few moments of unpicking and


So, you will get a few posts from me to update how we are going and where we are now in life.

We arrived in Sydney mid January 2015. We decided before Madeline headed off to ADFA in Canberra, we would see some of of Sydney, so we headed into the big smoke by train. Was rather a good train trip too which surprised me. We dawdled around the streets and shops and Darling Harbour. Soaked up the lovely sunshine. The Sydney Opera House and Bridge in the background.

 Now you can't forget the food. We went to the Lindt Cafe and the sandwiches and iced chocolate were fantastic.

Time Flies By

OMG I cannot believe it has been a whole year since I have blogged. Not that I ever felt obliged to have to blog but so much has happened in that year. I don't even know where to start. I may have to do a few posts for anybody who is still reading my blog...ha, ha.

Firstly my hubby got posted to Richmond, NSW which is about 45 minutes from Sydney, Australia. We moved from Queensland to NSW in early January 2015. Sad leaving "home". The kids are there, my daughter with my grand-daughter and my son my grand-son are still all there. I left a wonderful job, but saying that, this is the life of Defence.

At the same time my youngest daughter Madeline graduated and then got accepted into the Australian Defence Force Academy and is now in Canberra studying and will graduate in 3 years as an Officer. We are extremely proud of our girl. At 17 years old it is such a wonderful opportunity.

Induction Ceremony

After the Induction Ceremony Madeline was shipped off in a bus. Oh yes I was crying like a baby. 
Six weeks of boot camp basically. They take their phones away and they get to have them back for 30 minutes at about 9pm at night. We all cried for the first few nights. Yes big sooks, I know. 
She survived and is enjoying it.
Now the next 3 years!

We then went to her Passing Out Parade. They have different uniforms for different occasions. 

Little girl in the blue's on the right (pants).

Friday, August 8, 2014

Time goes by

Wow time goes by and my poor blog is sorely neglected. Since Facebook became so popular I am finding less time for my blog and also reading other blogs. I am trying to keep the Freebies For Crafters blog alive with free tutorials that wonderful bloggers take the time to share with us.

What I have recently found is that people don't seem to have any morals abut what they think they can claim as their own tutorial. I do think that the majority of bloggers have good morals and treat each other with respect but there are some that just don't seem to respect the time and effort we put into creating a free tutorial and sharing it. They seem to think they can take it and then re-post their own tutorial using your pattern and idea. This is not acceptable and it is very disappointing when it happens. I know I have seen it happen to others in the past and I always make contact with them to let them know and I will always leave a comment on the offenders blog to request they remove it. Most times people have the common sense to to the right thing but others don't seem to have any morals and refuse to do the right what do you do about that? Recently it was brought to my attention somebody was making a tutorial using my pattern and it was very obvious it was my pattern. I made contact with her and she hasn't removed the tutorial and seems to think it is okay. I have advised her it is not and that what bloggers do is show their picture and refer them back to the original tutorial. They don't make a tutorial with somebody elses ideas/pattern. Some may ask if they can share their version which could be slightly different and I have actually done this with one in the past but this persons version is not that different to mine that it warrants that.  I am of the mind that I will name and shame her in a blog post and further on Facebook if she cannot find the morals to do the right thing.

On a good note I got to do a workshop with the lovely Camille Roskelly   She visited Australia and we were so very fortunate to spend the day down the Gold Coast and do a class using her Red Letter Day pattern. I was lucky to win one of her layer cakes and some threads. What more could I ask for. The photos on Camilles blog shows the little pincushion I had made using her gorgeous fabrics and gave it to her to take home with her. I have to say I love all her fabric ranges. Sorry the photo's are a bit blurry. I am certainly no photographer...ha ha

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Star Trivet

My CRAFT group has a "backwards" challenge this year....we make something with a theme but the theme is backwards. January/February is "Christmas" themed. So I have made this star trivet using a free tutorial which can find the link on my Freebies for Crafters blog.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve - Last party for 2013

Can you believe we are only a few hours away from 2014
I am ready for a little party to see the New Year in.

Jelly shots check
Sausage Rolls check
Cheese and salami platter check
Peanuts, nuts, chips, dips check
Gin and Tonic Check
Wine check
Pineapple tarts check and coffee check (just in case)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Twister Table Topper

Gosh I have been a shocking blogger this year....I just haven't had anything exciting to share but I did make a Twister table topper for Christmas which I was happy with. I hope to to be a bit more productive and share more this coming year. It wont be long and we will be in the New Year.

Any new year resolutions for anybody out there still hanging in here with my lonely unloved blog?...LOL

My New Year Resolutions are always the same about eating healthier and exercising more along with being more productive with sewing. I don't like to put pressure on myself though. Is that a good or bad thing though? Sometimes I feel I should put more pressure on myself to achieve more but the older I get the less I feel that we need pressure to do things that we may not want to do because we won't be enjoying it and just doing it because we made that "resolution".

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Year 11 Semi

My youngest daughter had her Semi last-night....she is growing into a beautiful young lady and is such a pleasure to have in my life. She has a gentle soul and beautiful personality. I can only hope as a mother that she has a happy, full life and achieves what she wants to in life.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Today I received my lovely FRIENDS goodies from Anorina. Thank you Anorina...they are all very lovely and I will have no problems getting good use out of them.

F - Friends Wall Quilt
R - Ribbon and Ric Rac
I - Iron cord wrap and iron-applique flowers
E - Egg timer and Enormous buttons
N - Notebook (lovely fabric/embroidered cover)
D - Deliciousness - Choc Tim Tams and Cook Book
S - Sun Mug Rug

My lovely fabric covered "Notebook"

Sunny Mug Rug

Isn't this Friends Wall Quilt just gorgeous - if you want to make one too Anorina has a freebie on her blog to make it.

Life if better with friends @

Monday, September 2, 2013

F-R--I-E-N-D-S SWAP 2013

I have just got my parcel off to Anorina and am feeling excited that it is all done and on its way to her.

Hope everybody else has got their parcels out as this is the last day. Thank you to all the ladies who have kept me updated as it does make it easier if I don't have to chase you. I will mark off my spreadsheet as you inform me of sending and receiving.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Hi to all the 2013 FRIENDS SWAPPERS

Thanks for joining us this year.

I have sent emails to everybody with their partners details.

Please respond to me to let me know that you have received it.

One import thing that keeps this swap a good swap is "communication" between each other. Please respond to mine and your partners emails. If we have a problem contacting you, I will withdraw you from the swap.

Now the fun begins....stalk your partner and check out their blog...get to know each other. Find out what they like and don't like. 

Most of all, ENJOY getting to know your new friend!

 Barbara S, I have had no luck getting a response from you. I am wondering if my emails are going to your spam/junk mail folder. I haven't given you a partner because of this but if I have a late comer and we can fix this issue I will partner you up.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Welcome Friendly Bloggers. I am hosting another round of the popular FRIENDS swap and I do so hope many of you will come and swap with us. So many of the previous swappers have made and kept good friends from this swap. I know I have.

We will be swapping Seven (7) gifts using the letters of the word FRIENDS. This is open to all crafty bloggers with a current up-to-date blog....Quilters, sewers, scrappers, etc.

So one gift for each word will be sent. These 7 gifts will be your choices. Choices you will make once you get your partner and and the questionnaire they complete to help you choose what they would like. These gifts can be handmade or brought.

Examples might be:

F - Fabric, fat quarters, felt, felted needlebook or something else felted, friends mini photo/scrap album
R - Ric Rac, Ribbons, Red fabric, Rose candles or hand cream, Rub-ons for scrappers, Reading items, Recipe Book
I - Ink pads, Inches (maybe a taper measure or quilting ruler), Indigenous theme, Indigo coloured item,
E - Egg Cup, Envelopes (personsalised), Ear-rings, Englebreit fabric, Embroidery,
N - Notions, Needles, Needlecase, Notebook,
D - Dark Chocolate, die cut letters for scrappers, doll, diary, drink/mug rug,
S - Sewing thread, Sewing case, Scrapbooking paper, Something Special, Scissors/fob, Scarf, Soap, Socks

The list is never ending and only up to your imagination and what you think your partner would love.

There are rules like any other swap. Please do not sign up unless you can honour the swap as we do not want to disappoint anybody. There will be plenty of time to do this swap.

Closing date to sign up is the 4
th of August 2013 (Australia).  

The final day to post your swap to your partner will be 2nd of September 2013.

Four weeks is plenty of time to get organised and think of great goodies for your partner. 

PLEASE MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR PARTNER ON A REGULAR BASIS!  If your partner contacts me to let me know they are having no success with contact I will withdraw you from the swap and assign them another partner.

Now to cover Swap Etiquette.This is about setting standards.

What's the difference?

Bad ones are usually late, if they arrive at all. They seem to be put together without any thought for what their partner would like or dislike. Random bits of anything found from around the house or maybe even items meant for the rubbish bin but re-gifted to fulfill their swap commitment.

Good ones are usually on time, if not early, wrapped in tissue, if not wrapping paper, so that it feels like care was taken. Even a tea bag or a chocolate bar becomes special when wrapped.

As soon as you are notified with your swap partner’s information - it is polite to email each other and get to know each other more if you don’t already know each other. Don’t be afraid to talk about the things you like or dislike and discuss things like favorite colors.

If you are a good swap partner then you will go investigate your partners Blog, and look for clues as to what they may enjoy receiving from you.

If you are a bad swap partner you won't take the time and are just going to give what you want and hope it's enough or that they will like it

*If you don't want to give - Don't do the swap.

*If you don't have the time- Don't do the swap.

Swap Unto Others Like You Would Have Them Swap Unto You. Yes, it's as simple as that.

The Golden Rule!

Communicate- if you are going to be late then please email me and your partner and tell us - once the Due Date has come and gone and they are left sad and lonely by their forlorn and empty mailbox it's TOO LATE TO APOLOGIZE!!! Please respond to emails sent to you by myself or your partner. That is just good manners and courteous.

Most people will forgive you and will be relieved to know that you are going to give them something. Now, of course there are variables - you may have a legitimate reason for being late. There is nothing sadder or more disappointing than not getting your swap package.

IF YOU DISHONOUR YOUR OBLIGATIONS I WILL "NAME AND SHAME YOU". Dishonouring your obligation is JUST NOT ON!!! There will be no tolerance for anybody shirking their commitment.

Please Email me and your partner so they know you have received their gift as soon as possible. This is just common courtesy.

If you wish to join the swap, Please Email me answering the following questions:



Email Address:

Blog Address:

Colours you like:

Colours you dislike:

Do you eat sweets, candy, chocolate:

Do you drink tea, coffee, alcohol:

Are you allergic to anything:

What sort of crafting do you do:

Do you collect anything in particular or like something in particular:

What is your "style" eg. country, prim, modern, funky, fresh, crisp, vintage, shabby chic:

Do you want to post overseas:

Have you joined this swap in previous years and if yes, who was/were your partners:

This will help so I don't partner you up again with the same person ;-)

Please feel free to snag the graphic and put it up on your blog. Share the love! This is a fun swap that we have enjoyed.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

CRAFT Friends Houses

I am happy to say I got my CRAFT friends house blocks put together in a table runner and am going to be happy to sit at my table and enjoy a cup of tea with friends. We all made one block each that represents ourselves. There were seventeen of us, so I left my own house block off.  I thought it was appropriate to use the fabric up the middle of the houses with the "speech bubbles" on it as we do a lot of chatting in my CRAFT group. We have a terrific bunch of girls that I consider my close friends and this is just perfect for my table runner. Thank you to all my CRAFT friends for being a part of this lovely swap.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Lastnight I went along to a scrapping get together with my friend Heather and was really happy with what I achieved. I really love this photo of my hubby and daughter Sophie on her special day and really was happy with what Jody gave us to use in class.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mama Said Sew Twister

I finally got this table topper finished....wooohooo...I am really happy with how it looks. I had the twister top done at retreat last year but had to add borders and quilt it. Today I decided it was about time and seeing it was my usual Friday sewing with a friend of mine it was time to just "do it".  I used the Mama Said Sew range of fabric and last week when Sue visited we went to the Quilters Store in Salisbury and that is where I found the matching border and some spot for the binding. I am just adding a couple of links I found so that I remember next time what other things I can do with my ruler. I found these YouTube videos that will be helpful. Missouri Quilt Company always have something worthwhile looking at.


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