Friday, August 28, 2015

Loving Cotton and Steele

Well this one in particular.
I think it makes the cutest little hexie flowers.

I'm linking in to Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches fabulous Linky Party because I can't resist a bit of EPP.

My daughter-in-law has gone back to full time work and so I've been lucky enough to spend more time with my little darling, Henry.  Normally I share the babysitting with Adrienne's parents but they are off on a cruise, so I've got him all to myself.
(Here he is with Adrienne's dad Pete)
Now that he is four he has boundless energy, so I'm a bit tired.  I think a lazy morning sitting in bed, with my sweet doggies by my side, is called for.  I'll be working on Rosie Dekker's fabulous Flowerville
How fabulous is this.
Just follow this LINK to fabulous Fibre Flux then click on any link that takes your fancy.  Enormous thanks to Jennifer for compiling this for us.  Such a brilliant resource and a brilliant place to visit.
Have a fabulous day

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A basket from Barb

Four times a year, twice each, Barb and I fill a basket with goodies for each other.  I received this gorgeous present from Barb at our bloggers get together on Saturday.
Look at the gorgeous goodies inside.  
I adore Barb's exquisite crochet
Barb puts together the most wonderful presents
Thank you so much dear Barb, I adore everything.

So many of my friends adore their kitty cats,
I thought this LINK would be a wonderful one to share.  Many thanks to for sharing it with us.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Part of the reason for our visit to the city was to visit lovely L'uccello.
Take a look at the bottom right picture and you will see a great idea for Christmas decorations using lovely French General fabric.  Of course I had to buy some of the beautiful fabric.
The baubles were stuffed with 'Christmas smelling' potpourri.
I found a couple of lovely recipes in case you want to make some Christmas Potpourri yourself.
This one is from Julie Blanner
There's a lovely sounding one at
and this one from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

Everyone I know adores L'uccello in Melbourne's gorgeous and historic Nicholas Building.  If you are in Melbourne its address is

Room 205, Level 2
37 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Here's little MAP to get you there.

Everything Mollie makes is incredibly cute...

...including this Star Gazing Zip Pouch.  Just follow this LINK to wonderful Wild Olive and you can make one too.  Enormous thanks to super talented Mollie.
Have a wonderful day

Monday, August 24, 2015

Her Majesty

When visiting with the Queen a demure yet friendly manner is appropriate.  And so that's what I was as, befitting my English heritage...
...but oh!!!!! those colonials...touching the Queen...oh no!

We had a marvellous day in the city.  I love my bloggy friends.  Thanks to each and every one of you for a fabulous day (and thanks to Sue and Shez for the pictures).
Cami's blog Tidbits is always a delightful place to visit.  The title of Cami's post 


 caught my eye and the project really is lovely with a fabulous tutorial included.
Please follow this LINK and not only will you be able to make your own version of this delightful quilt but you will be able to see her darling little boy - such a cutie.
Have a fabulous day

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A fun day planned

I've got a fun day planned today. 
Firstly I'm off to wave goodbye to John, Sam and Henry as they depart on a steam train ride to Seymour.  This is their souvenir ticket.
They should have lots of fun.

And then I meet a bunch of my bloggy friends for a day of shopping and eating in the city...first stop divine L'uccello

Such a gorgeous block
which makes into a fabulous quilt
Many many thanks to fabulous Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts for sharing it with us.  Here is the LINK.
Hope you have a wonderful day too.

Friday, August 21, 2015

An Afternoon with Leesa Chandler

I had a fabulous time on Wednesday when I spent an afternoon stitching away with Leesa Chandler at one of her Try It Out days.  It was held in a lovely room at the beautiful Cranbourne Botanic gardens, which feature all Australian native plants. The landscaping in the gardens is brilliant.
There were a variety of projects to try and new skills to learn and it was fabulous to be able to pick up and take a good look at Leesa's beautiful quilts, bags and other projects. 

As I've written before, we are so lucky here in Melbourne that we have so many amazingly talented designers who are happy to share their skills with us. Leesa doesn't charge any tuition for these Try It Out days and the kits for each project are only $3 each and include everything you need, even a needle.

If you get a chance to go along to one of these fun days I would encourage you to do so as it was heaps of fun and a super bargain too.
Lots of people have been making these sweet little owls lately.  They have been popping up all over Facebook... I thought you might like to make some too.
Just follow this LINK to Heather's lovely blog, Seriously Crazy for Craft, and you can join in the owly fun.  Many many thanks to Heather.
Hope you are having a fabulous day

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