Sunday, 28 February 2016

Cancer Crusaders High Tea

I scheduled a blog about this for Fri but it appears to have gone to Cyberspace!

On the way back from the Dressmakers Costume Exhibition, we stopped off at friends' home in Sanctuary Lake. They were holding a High Tea for fifty people as a fundraiser for the Royal Childrens Hospital. Money raised was to fund a research trial into brain cancer in children. They hold this function twice year at their home. The menu included the following yummy food:
Savoury - Chicken Royale Sandwiches, Buckingham Palace Cucumber sandwiches, Bruschetta, Spanakopita.
Sweet - Scones with raspberry jam and cream, Mango mousse, Jelly slice, Lamington butterflies, Vanilla Cannoli, Mini red velvet cup cakes, Mini pavlova and melon skewers.
Cost $35 and a glass of bubbly is $5
I am aiming to get together a table of ten for their Christmas in Jul High Tea on Sunday 24th July at 2pm. Let me know if you are interested.

China donated by people or picked up at Op shops

Jelly slice

Mini red velvet cup cakes

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Dressmakers Costume Exhibition

I am back in the work force two days week so stitching is taking a back seat at present!

Last Sunday I took a road trip with a girlfriend to the Dressmaker Costume Exhibition at Barwon Park Mansion in Winchelsea. What magnificent costumes and a selection of hats from the movie were on show. There were quite a lot of people present so a bit difficult to take photos. The DVD is out tomorrow, a bargain at $15 at Target and a must have. Loved the movie but think it will be more enjoyable now that I have seen the dresses. We stopped at the Winchelsea Tea Rooms and CafĂ© for lunch first - the old bluestone shire hall built in 1908. Can highly recommend the food there.

The Exhibition closes on 20th March but moves to Rippon Lea House and Gardens in Elsternwick from 22nd April for those who miss it.


Sunday, 14 February 2016


Last year I was part of a group of great girls who met once a month at Patchwork with Gail B in Bayswater. Our much loved tutor Rosie Dekker (Quinlan) designed a 'Block of the Month' over nine months to put together into a quilt named Flowerville. Always exciting as we did not know what Rosie was going to turn up with. I chose a totally different colourway and have worked hard to get it to the stage it is at now...... because I have it booked in with Anita at Hillside Quilting for the end of March to have it quilted. Rosie was so helpful in selecting the fabrics for the borders.
The nine blocks are laid out ready for the stitcheries to be sewn onto the Dresden plates.
Most of us have not finished the quilt so we are still meeting once a month and if Rosie is well enough, she will come and stitch with us. Loved seeing her this week.

And you should all be so proud of me as my hubby has just shown me how to upload photos from my phone to the laptop and voila, I did the next step myself so maybe you may see me some more in Blogland!!!!!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

No Photos but Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all fellow bloggers. Can't believe it is six months since I last wrote a post! As I have a new phone and my photos are everywhere, there are none for this post.
This year I plan to try and blog more!!! Wish me luck
My goal for this year is to declutter my craft room and finish some longstanding UFOs
I have already done the stitching for some Christmas decorations for girlfriends and made mittens for the koalas affected by the Wye River bushfires. I will be using some of my stash making items for St Kilda Mums. Check out their website, the amount of support they provide for disadvantaged women and children is nothing short of amazing. I plan to investigate volunteering opportunities with their organisation as well.
My daughter is churning out some amazing cross stitch projects, so wish my eyesight was as good as hers!!
Must say I am so enjoying having a local quilt shop in Eltham, it is a gorgeous shop and so friendly. I am sure I will find some classes to take part in this year.
Look forward to catching up with crafty friends in the next few weeks and I have signed up for FNWF.xx

Monday, 27 July 2015

Christmas in July Gifts

These are the gifts I sent to O'Faigh in the Christmas in July swap, I can post as I know she has received them.

Along with some secret Lindt chocolates, a fat quarter and packet of 2 1/2" squares and  a few other goodies. Thanks to Cheryl for organising

The bag is adapted from a Janelle Wind pattern but I replaced the stitchery in it with some fabrics from a French General jelly roll as I know O'Faigh is not so keen on stitcheries.
The decoration is adapted from a Marg Low pattern, I used my acrylic circle templates to fit the size of the wooden button.
The stocking is an Anni Downs pattern.
They were fun making although I was time poor for a while and worried that I might not get them finished in time to post.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The photo has appeared!

Not sure how I have managed to upload this photo successfully and the others are stuck on my ipad.
The bag was a workshop I did in May at the Stitching Studio. Challenging and exhausting with lots of new techniques. I bought extra fabrics so that I could make a needlecase and maybe a project folder. I think it will suit a pattern I bought today at the Craft and Quilt Fair.
The project folder was a kit from Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches - a stitching day at the Novotel and has been waiting for some time to be finished.
The Christmas Elf is a Gail Pan pattern from another stitching day. Her design was a cushion, I chose to stitch in bright Christmas thread and have put it on a canvas.
Hubby is going to load software on my laptop so I can store my photos there. Soon no stopping me!!! Especially as I have charged up the battery on my phone!
Have a great weekend

Friday, 24 July 2015

Don't fall over- I am writing today

All set to blog today, have been encouraged by Mel and my naughty friend Jo Butterfield. Have been outside and taken some photos but I carny remember how to add them!!! Please help girls! Can't understand my daughter's instructions and the photos I have taken on my iPad
Looking forward to NOTY retreat next weekend, Mel and Chris will be joining me checking out the patchwork shops on the way and meeting new people