Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Well, things are finally settling down a bit at our place now after a very busy Christmas. Miss M had a very exciting time and was very practiced in opening presents by the end of the few days. My favourite present was a series of photos taken of our 3 gorgeous kids (Miss A, Miss M & Mstr R) by a friend of Miss A's. They had them printed on acrylic for us to hang on the walls but they weren't ready in time (they arrived yesterday) so they gave us the set in 5" x 7" prints on Christmas Day. I love, love, love them and my heartfelt thanks go to Sarah (Sarah Ellen Photography) for her wonderful photography.  
Photo by Sarah Ellen Photography

Photo by Sarah Ellen Photography

Our Christmas celebrations were all about family and it was wonderful to catch up with many family members we haven't seen in ages. I hope you all had a lovely, memorable Christmas as well.

Miss M all ready for our Boxing Day family get together
It's hard to believe this year is already almost over, and yet I'm also not really surprised as it has been such a jam-packed, hectic year. I've noticed a few bloggers have chosen a mantra/saying to guide what they do in 2015. I thought it was a great idea and, with 2015 already shaping up to be another BIG and hectic year, I have chosen the following for myself...

Take time to enjoy the moment

What will your mantra be?

So, here are a few final quilting photos I wanted to share with you for 2014. I finally finished my Sunbonnet Sue wall hanging after 13 years. It was started in 2001 for Miss A and finished in 2014 for Miss M. I actually finished a couple of days before Christmas but I didn't get a chance to post pics until now.

When I made the binding I made waaaaay too much so I decided to make a cot quilt for Miss M's dolls with the leftovers. It's not quite finished yet but it's getting there.

Doll cot quilt front

Doll cot quilt front and back

Speaking of extras, leftovers and things that are not quite perfect, do you ever take photos that you love but you are not quite happy with? Val Laird has a fantastic idea on what to do with 'flawed' photos. You can read all about it on her blog.

And finally, Miss M and I experienced the wonders of nature on our walk to the park this morning. What a fantastic way to finish off 2014!

Miss M investigating a fallen birds nest at the park this morning
Wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Cheers, Tracy xx

Friday, 19 December 2014

FNSI Christmas Party

Just an hour or so of stitching tonight while I enjoyed a glass (or 2) of champers. I've been hand sewing down the binding on my Sunbonnet Sue wall hanging that you may have seen in previous posts. It's nearly finished so I decided to hold off on posting photos until it's complete (it's a Christmas gift so pics will go up before Christmas!).

It was so nice just to have some time to do some slow hand stitching the weekend before Christmas. Who ever would have thought it would be possible? Hopefully everyone else at the party had a great night too. You can check out what they all got up to on Wendy's blog, Sugarlane Designs. Thanks Wendy for another great night in :).

In case you don't get time to pop back and check out my pics before Christmas, I hope you all have a safe, fun and relaxing Christmas and New Year.


Thursday, 18 December 2014

7 Sleeps to Go, a Finish and FNSI

Hooray! Christmas is almost here. The lights and decorations are up and Miss M and I have been counting down the days.

There has been so much going on that it has been ages since I last posted. I had a lovely weekend with Mum in Melbourne followed by a week of tending to Miss M who had a 2nd bout of Tonsillitis (poor thing was so miserable).

Thank goodness she was better for her 2nd birthday. Peppa Pig is the 'in' thing at the moment so we had a Peppa themed birthday party. My other creative inclinations came to the fore resulting in mini chocolate crackles, fairy bread and a Peppa Pig cake, complete with chocolate muddy puddle. They were all received with much enthusiasm!

There have also been multiple Christmas parties, gatherings and celebrations as various children's activities finished up for the year (eg Playgroup) and friends and family headed off on holidays.

Amongst all of this I have still managed to do a little stitching, goodness knows how. Happily, I was able to complete my 'Rainbows follow the Storms' stitchery in time to give to my friend before Christmas. Unfortunately I couldn't find quite the right size picture frame so you can't see as much of the border fabrics as you should. But I was very happy with it and am pleased to say she loved it. Now I just need to find time to make another version for me.

I still have a couple of projects to finish off for Christmas so am definitely joining in with Wendy for the Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) Christmas Party this week.
You can join us too if you like. Just click on the image above, or click here, to go to Wendy's page to sign up. 36 of us have already RSVP'd so it's bound to be an excellent party!
I hope your Christmas preparations are on track & look forward to seeing what you all get up to over the weekend.
PS - If you've been keeping up to date with my jelly roll quilt saga, here is the final instalment. I took the quilt back to add a label to it for our young friend. While I had it I washed it another couple of times and a bit more of the marking pencil has come out. I'm hopeful now that over time, with use and washing, it will all eventually come out. Thanks for all your suggestions, comments and support along the way. I really appreciated it. xxx