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
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.
Monday, September 2, 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!
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 4th 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:
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
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
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.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
We had a lovely day having coffee, lunch and shopping...of course you have to shop. We did a couple of quilt stores and also some other shopping at the shopping centre. I just had to have another
owl and I saw this cute bird sitting on a spool that I couldn't resist either...I then saw these kitchen canisters that I "had" to have. I have been wanting new ones for a while now and these were just perfect. Not too big either and the colour was red...so just "me". Then of course I saw an oil burner I "needed" to have...and don't forget the fragrant soy wax melts to burn in it.
I made this little mug mat for Sue and couldn't resist getting her this cute tea cup and saucer. Then of course I had to add some Lindt chocolate to sweeten it all up some more.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The lovely Lisa from Hilltop House Creative Works has just finished making a tote bag using my free tote tutorial. I really love the fabrics she has chosen. She brought this great New York City fabric while she was visiting NYC and with the use of the spotty fabric on the handles I think she has come up with a winner. It really takes me back to our own wonderful trips to NYC when we visited the States and this fabric is just awesome.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Today was a lovely day getting to meet Marilyn for the first time. She took a leisurely hour and a half drive to Ipswich for a day of stitching, chatting and eating. We have been saying for over a year we would get together and meet and finally had the chance to do so. Not a lot of stitching got done though...but it was fantastic to finally meet in person and not just chat online. Thank you Marilyn for taking the time out to visit. It was terrific.
I also got a lovely surprise with a knock on the door and these lovely roses delivered from my husband. What a pleasant surprise and a truly lovely day all round. xxx
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Just a short post to remember the ANZACS.
Hubby and his buddies went into Brisbane to march to remember the brave men in on ANZAC day.
ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
They did the traditional thing and had a beer and played some 2-UP.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Yes I know it seems odd to be doing an update on the FRIENDS swap from last year but we had an issue with Meg and Shruti. The issue started that both couldn't seem to get emails from each other. We have no idea why they couldn't receive them from each other as they could both receive them from me and respond to me. I had no issues at all getting them from either of them. Meg uses her work email and had the IT department look into it but there was no trouble on their end as far as they could see.
Meg sent her parcel to Shruti who was advised that customs wanted her to pay Rs 3000 (Close to US$56) to get it. Even though it was a gift. Shruti advised she couldn't afford to pay it and that she wasn't picking it up. Shruti said she had sent Megs parcel but it was never received by Meg at all. What bothers me is that Shruti has never offered to put together another parcel which is what I would have done if somebody hadn't received my parcel. I think most of us would have sent another if we knew that we had definitely sent something out and the fact that she knew Meg had sent to her but she wasn't willing to pay to have it picked up from customs. I feel for Shruti but don't know what else to say to her regarding this issue. I feel that Meg did the right thing, so, "what does one do" when the other person won't pick theirs up from customs. Meg has not received the parcel back from the Indian Customs either.
In hind sight I think I would have told both of these ladies to call the swap off and not send anything to either because they couldn't communicate with either without me sending the emails to them. The other thing was that Meg said she left messages on Shruti's blog but she never responded to them either. It leaves me questioning a lot of things. I have had issues with some swappers not communicating with their partners and I have told them to call off the swap. I would rather them not send something out then be stiffed by not getting something in return. For some reason I felt that this swap wasn't going to be like that but I feel that it is more one sided that I realised it would be.
Thankfully.....we had a wonderful Swap Angel do up a parcel for Meg and Meg has just received it. I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to Naomi for offering to take this on and go out of her way to send a parcel of lovely goodies to Meg. I truly appreciated your generosity Naomi. I know we have all been stiffed in the past with swaps but it really is nice to know somebody else has the thoughtfulness to offer their time and resources to make somebody else feel special. Thanks my friend.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Today I received a lovely box of goodies from Pam. We had a swap in my online CRAFT group and I was very spoiled by Pam with everything she sent me. We used letters of our name. Pam sent me way more than the four letters we had to use. She even found the cutest letters she used as tags. But take a look at the handbag, wallet, zipper bag and glasses case that she made....she also made two mug rugs and sent two mugs to go with them. I am truly privileged to have such a great swap partner....a big THANK YOU Pam.