Life is short.... Occasionally bend the rules.... Forgive quickly.... Kiss slowly.... Love truly.... Laugh uncontrollably.... And, never regret anything that made you smile....

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dear Simone...


Dear Simone,
From the moment these beautifully wrapped presents arrived I was so thankful that you were my Secret Santa..
I was able to unwrap my first little parcel and found a gorgeous little stitchery ornament to hang on our tree..


I could hardly wait for Christmas Day to arrive to open all the other goodies that were sitting under my tree.. Lucky that there was so much else to do... I was so busy it helped pass the time!!

But, on Christmas Day, when everyone else was asleep..... I found out what my Secret Santa had hidden in those beautifully wrapped parcels...








You had made me the most beautifully stitched wall hanging with the words... May all your wishes come true this Christmas....... and they have.....

An adorable stitched mug rug which will be perfect to go with another present I received from family...

A gorgeous Vintage Ornament pattern to stitch, accompanied by two lovely Christmas fat quarters... which I can anticipate making into something special...

And a collection of Dutch beads/buttons....

Thank you so very much...You are the perfect Secret Santa.... I appreciate all the love and effort you have put in to my present..

Love Rosie..xxx



I was a Secret Santa to  Annelise. These are some of the treasures I sent overseas to France to her..
Thankfully Annelise has received her parcel safely, and is enjoying what was sent..


Many thanks to  Chookyblue for the many hours she has spent organising this swap for us all.... we so appreciate it...


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thankfulness and Joy.

thankfulness noun being thankful.
   happy,contented, appreciative......

Being thankful for..

  
Grandchildren who make your heart sing  until you forget everything else that is going on in the world...




Families who love and protect you.... Families who you can laugh with, and be silly, and no-one cares...




Friends who are like family who call with an armful of flowers and hearts full of memories...



New friends who I have never met.... but have become an important part of my life...They come with them the same worries for their families... the same interest in their activities.... and the wonder that maybe someday we may meet....


To Simone and Anne Lise, it's been lovely to 'meet' you thanks to Chookyblue's SSCS.. Looking forward to learning more from these new friends...



Lastly, I am so very thankful that my leaving paid employment to come home on the farm is working.. I have left behind the stress and the worry.. If I see a beautiful scene like this, I can race in and grab the camera...
I am no longer worried about rosters and night duty... and I am so grateful that I don't have to worry about the politics of employment outside the home...




JOY  noun    a feeling of happiness

........Because next year, there will be another little person at our Christmas table... to love and cherish.... to spoil with every fibre of our being........

LIFE IS SO GOOD....

HAPPY  CHRISTMAS  EVERYONE... MAY IT BE A HAPPY ONE FOR YOU...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa Arrives in the Valley.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas........ Santa made a stop over the farm yesterday..... and dropped off this wonderful bundle of beautifully wrapped presents....


Look at the gorgeous way these presents are wrapped....
I was part of the SSCS which Chookyblue organised....
These beautiful presents came to me all the way from the Netherlands...

So thank you so much Simone .... I haven't opened anything yet.... I'm enjoying the anticipation of seeing what my little ornament will look like.....


Harvest is on down on the farm..








We are harvesting an oat crop at the moment..
See the lines of chaff which fall out the back of the header (harvester).. The oats on their stalks are fed into the comb on the front of the header, and pass through all the various workings.. (girl talk for I have no idea what goes where, I just drive the tractor)..... to end up as oats in the header bin and chaff out the back..
The lines of chaff remind me of quilting lines.. They should be lovely and straight, unless you have to dodge something like a stump, or a weed... Mine often bend slightly as I day dream, or turn the power steering too hard...
 It's hard to get good drivers......


While I wait for the header to be 'greased' and over-hauled I try and have some quick hand sewing nearby..


This cute little owl is a freebie I found. Designed by Jessica Levit and found on her website www.juicy-bits.typepad.com. He is really easy to make....

Looking forward to opening up my decoration parcel.....
Again, a big big thank you to you Simone....


Friday, November 25, 2011

Cot Quilts.

From this....


To this...





No frilly embroidered and appliqued pretty bear quilt for Maxie...

Instead, a cot quilt found on the Moda Bake Shop Website called Building Blocks Baby Quilt..
It was a very simple and quick quilt to make...
On the back of the quilt I used the left over pieces and so now Maxie has two for the price of one!!




I guess someone in the family will just have to have a girl now..... can't have all that embroidery and applique going to waste!! Besides, Maxie needs a cousin.....!!!


Just thought I'd mention two websites which I think are worth looking at:

The first is a grocery site which has a lot of items at half their normal price.. they list every week, and post the items out to you.. I would presume that this is only for Australia...
http://www.groceryrun.com.au

The second is an American site which has great little Christmas ideas for now, and through the year lots of other relevant projects. You can become a subscriber for a small amount each year which gives you even more access to Block of the Months... But there are lots of free projects always on offer....
http://ajpadilla.com/

And just for the overseas girls an eye test!!    Spot the kangaroo..... Unfortunately, I only had my little camera with me and the zoom wasn't enough to bring this little lady up any closer...

"What are you all looking at? Can't a girl feed in peace....."

She was just sitting there watching us, wondering why we had stopped and were staring I guess...
There were more on our track feeding too, where the grass is a bit greener... must be some new joeys in pouches, and mum needs the green to feed.....

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Moon Shine Bags.

As the days get longer here, then so does our time spent outside. It really is one of the busiest times of the year..
I managed to grab some time in between penning up lambs for shearing to do some sewing this week.


While on holiday last year I splurged on another bag pattern that I really didn't need! Like you do!! However, this one has already been made up four times and I can see more to come. I can recommend this pattern as being easy to make with great  instructions.. Just don't do it if you are really tired and are menopausal!!!!!!  .....Need I say more... younger readers won't quite understand yet.........



Bag number one was a Christmas present last year to my daughter who immediately said that she was going to use it as her nappy bag when the baby was born... and she did..



Bag number two was also a Christmas present last year to my daughter-in-law who happens to be a music teacher.. I am happy to say that she does use her bag, and it is already well travelled..



Bag number three was for me... I liked the materials and decided to put them together.. Ironically, I have not used my bag, but it is there waiting for when I need it..... Just like the other 'fifty' bags I have made!!!!







The fourth bag is another nappy bag made for a friend of my daughters who admired Mel's bag.. Moni loves purple so the choice was obvious..
With the scraps left over I had just enough to make a changing pad.. The pattern I found in a gorgeous book my Sister-in-law lent me called 'Winsome Baby' designed by Nancy Halvorsen..





Hope everyone is getting some time in this busy season to do what they love doing....

P.s... Maxie is six months old.... our cute little bundle of yumminess!!!!
Love you Max Edward..xxxxx

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Gorgeous Boy..


Just how cute is our grandson?....That's him on the left hand side in the navy blue and white striped shirt, holding hands with his little girl friend.....



Maxie on Poppy's knee...

We can't get a photo of him smiling.... he is totally fascinated by the camera...
Hopefully his Mum and Dad will be able to get our boy to smile for the camera..


We are off to baby sit him tomorrow..... Let the cuddles begin.....

Monday, October 10, 2011

Time To Sew.

Happiness is.....


Time to sew...





A fabric postcard for mum..


Bibs for the present box..

Finally finished, a bottle bag UFO...


Fun playing with jelly rolls...


And, Christmas present stitcheries....





It was fun while it lasted....

Now , back to work....














Thursday, September 29, 2011

George Clooney at the Farm.


a little bit of silliness on a rainy day...




Now we only have a small acreage here on our farm...

But our girls are well thought of....

So when it came time to buy a new ram, only the best would to...


(photo sourced from Internet)


We bought them George Clooney... beautiful, well muscled, strong and handsome...


(photo sourced from Internet)

Yesterday we went to another sale to buy the girls Hugh Jackram but unfortunately came home with Justin Beiber-ram....

Now our girls are very discerning...
They were expecting Hugh, as promised, and when Justin jumped out they were less than impressed...

We told them he would grow... there was great potential there... just be patient girls....



We have had very welcome rain here overnight... just perfect for Spring growth...

" And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.
Without the rain, there would be no rainbow."
     Gilbert K. Chesterton.



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Postcards.

Just recently I was involved in a postcard swap organised by the lovely Sheila. I had never made a postcard before but found the whole process fascinating..
Lucky for me my swap partner was Fiona.....
Look what she sent me.....


It's absolutely incredible...
There is a gorgeous little mini quilt which Fiona has foundation pieced and bound, then sewn onto the top of the postcard..
I just love it...love it.... love it....
I could see a series of mini quilts on clothes lines, even little clothes hanging from the tree line...
This will be a treasure for me..... straight to the 'pool room'.....(for those who haven't seen the movie 'THE CASTLE', the pool room holds all the treasures!!


Fiona has received my postcard so I can tell you a little story about that now..



I chose to do some silk ribbon embroidery and beading on an old piece of lace with some satin underneath..

I posted my postcard on the way home from buying a husband for the girls.... a beautiful new ram... and posted the card in a tiny old country store..
It was like walking back in time... the floor boards were old and uncovered, they creaked when you walked on them, and smelt 'old'...
There was a very long counter, with old shelving behind.. the owners had collected biscuit tins from the past and they were on display, along with a sprinkling of 'new' groceries..
There were no lights on, just what light was filtering through the front window...
The man behind the counter didn't feel the weight of the envelope, just said he'd post it... I was so scared that Fiona would be charged extra because someone down the line would feel that it was too heavy!!
So Fiona, if I owe you anything let me know!!!!!

If you get a chance try making a postcard... it's so much fun... the possibilities are endless...
Thank you Sheila for encouraging us to try...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TUESDAY DESIGNING TREASURES.


Today I salute those incredible people, the 'designers', without whom we crafters would  have a huge hole in our lives..
I have a huge collection of craft magazines and one of my favorite past-times is browsing through them and putting book marks in all the  projects which I would love to one day make..
Lately I have had a re-newed interest in making bears and was browsing through my treasured 'Australian Bear Creations', when I came across two bear patterns designed by the wonderful  Melody Daly.




This is 'Emma-Louise'...  a country style bear I made many many years ago from a pattern by Melody... She remains one of my favorites....




This is  'Anna', another  of Mel's creations.. Again, she was made quite a few years ago when bear making was so popular.. She is made of re-cycled fabrics, old lace, stash buttons, and wears a simple antique brooch.





So, on behalf of all the crafters out there, thank you to our wonderful designers... without you all our lives would be less inspirational...

And a huge thank you to the lovely Melody, for her incredible designs, and also for hosting Tuesday Treasures....