Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
These are made using "tic toc" biscuits, marshmallows, "Lifesaver's" cut in half and chocolate buddies and freckles on top to look like a cuppaccino.
and of course a photo of the Birthday girl herself....HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweet Kate
Saturday, December 13, 2008
So here is my Christmas Tree....
and don't you just LOVE this....it is a Christmas Card all the way from Japan....apparently the Japanese are totally into cards and stationery..it is from my friend Sue who recently visited Japan...thanks Sue....I just love it!!!and here are my advent candles....with Angels...I bought this ring last year from a shop in Warburton which sells the most wonderful Danish home decorating items....I originally bought sheep for it and the great thing is that you can mix and match the "ornaments"
Hope you have enjoyed a few of the things which currently decorate my home at Christmas.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This year I have been participating in a swap through one of the internet groups I belong to...It is called an "Angel/Mortal" (secret) swap...whereby we are allocated an angel who sends us stuff, and we in turn (also an angel) send things to our mortal...throughout the year we give hints and sometimes send our mortals on a wild goose chase...but by the end of the year we reveal ourselves to each other and let our respective mortals know our identity. So I have had the most wonderful Angel this year...we just seemed to hit it off right from the start and have been regularly emailing and chattting over the phone since. So, my dear Angel Sue, came to Melbourne this past week and we spent Friday together. I think I picked Sue (wearing her Angel wings) up from the station shortly after 9am and said good-bye to her at about 10.30pm....we did not stop chatting...it was such a lovely lovely day....so thanks Sue for your wonderful new friendship....as a little thanks for her generosity and friendship throughout the year, I made the following for her.... they are probably three of my most favourite patterns and ones which I myself use all the time....so I hope she enjoys them....
Well, that is all for now....stay tuned during the week where I will show you my Christmas Tree and other Christmas decorating around the place.
Have a great week.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I hope you are all enjoying a lovely relaxing weekend...see you soon
Thursday, November 27, 2008
So today I am going to say a big THANKS to those of you in the US whose blogs I read and get so much encouragement from. I wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING....I hope you have a blessed day with your loved ones.
- new friends and contacts made through blogging and other internet groups, particularly my Yarra Valley Scquilters friends
- old and faithful friends who have supported and loved me through thick and thin
- the plentiful supply of food we have available...may it continue to be so
- the promise of continued rain....
- new life happening just outside my loungeroom window by way of a nesting honeyeater
- and so so much more....
"...For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete." Deuteronomy 16:15
Monday, November 17, 2008
This photo is my latest Fabric Dyeing effort from the weekend...my friend Barb came around on Saturday to finish off our Wax Dyeing....we didn't really achieve the results we had hoped for...but it was only our first attempt....the 2 smaller pieces are what I did using the wax.....I must admit, I am REALLY happy with the large piece of fabric....I think I need to come up with a special project to use this piece....What do YOU think???
Friday, November 14, 2008
And then tomorrow my friend Barb is coming around and we are going to do some more fabric dyeing!!! Stay tuned for the results.
So back to fun...I guess one of the things I have done at home is set up one of the spare bedrooms as a "guest" room / toy room...I have toys and childrens books so that when I have little visitors, they can basically go and play in this room without having to be watched...and older children also enjoy it as they can be away from the adults if they want.
One fun thing which I get a lot of joy from is sewing, patchwork and other crafts...so tonight I may just sit down and do some stitching.
Hope you all have a fun and blessed day...see you tonight"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.'
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
Thursday, November 13, 2008
so...I dusted this table and photos...and even changed the tablecloth...I think it brightens up the room...must remember to use it again....
then I dusted AND polished this..I have not really done much polishing in the past...but it has come up really well...my parents elderly neighbours gave me the treadle machine for my 18th Birthday many years ago....It is one of my favourite pieces....and holds lots of memories as I learnt to sew on it...
....also dusted this (and everything on it).... and I have managed to get this post done in plenty of time to have a bit of a relax....
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I also intend to ponder and pray on the Prayer of Consecration which Monica shared....I haven't read anything like it before.
"Create in me a pure (clean) heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me" Psalm 51:10
See you tomorrow....
Here is my 'after' photo which I promised....not that much difference (because I tend to like a bit of clutter) but I know is it MUCH tidier....I have also managed to tidy up a few other areas around the house which I had let get out of contol....so altogether a satisfying day...roll on tomorrow!!!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Carolin from Colorado Springs in the US sent me a wonderful package of such lovely things....three different bags...all so very handy...as most who know me, know how I love handmade bags
This is a close up of one of the bags (designed by Natalie of Cinderberry Stitches)
and this is a photo of everything...3 bags, a very clever "puzzle" ball, a notepad, tin of Gutterman threads and 2 cards of sheep buttons (so so cute!!!)
So thanks again Carolin, and thank you Helen for organising such a fun swap...Now I need to get back to some of the other major projects I have on the go at the moment....ahh...so much fabric so little time!!!
Hoping you are all having a wonderful weekend....hugs and blessings, Lisa
By the way...can anyone tell me how I stop having one letter of a word end up on the next line? I still really have limited skills in the whole layout of this blog thing!!!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Now to decide what I am going to do with all of my lovely new fabric.....ahhhh decisions decisions!!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I am also really looking forward to seeing my quilt whenever it arrives.
Hope you are all having a good week....
Friday, October 24, 2008
I have also been working on the quilt for this swap....I love the vibrancy of the blue and orange together...I will post a photo once the quilt is completed..and no the oranges won't be included...I am hoping to stamp them with paint...I don't really think customs would allow the quilt through if I stuck them on!!!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
STITCH-IN AT GLENHARROW
which is Leanne Beasley's and Rosalie Quinlan's annual "Stitch In" at the beautiful Glenharrow in Belgrave (in the Dandenongs east of Melbourne). Once again we were totally spoilt with wonderful weather, stunning views, scrumptious food, delightful company and beautiful surroundings....I may have to make this a double or even triple post as I took sooooo many photos and just can't decide which ones to include....these are of Leanne and Rosie, a couple of the buildings within Glenharrow and some of the girls projects....
and now to be a total bore...I just had to pop this photo in of my niece which I took today when we went out with her cousin for "bubbaccinos"....it was taken after the Bubblegum gelati, bubbaccino, marshmallow and tiny teddy!!!