Saturday, December 31, 2011

My year

This was my 2011. Had lots of fun looking back through the photos and remembering what happened.
Click on the photos to see them larger and make your own photo mosaics here.











Wonder what 2012 will bring...
Wishing you and everyone you love a VERY Happy New Year

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Creative Jump Start

Do you know about this?
Jump start your creativity in January 2012.
Nathalie Kalbach has organised a group of creative women from around the globe in the scrapbooking and mixed media fields to join together for this event. They will share videos, audio or pictures to inspire. Get all the info here
IT'S FREE to sign up - why wouldn't you?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Cheer

So how was your Christmas?
We weren't up until 6.30am this year so that wasn't too bad ;-)
Lots of great presies under the tree
Will share more about these lovely books another day...
Good company
Great food
Fabulous weather
Now we are just having some relaxing days around the pool
Talk to you soon

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy thoughts

New card delivered this week 
- happy thought for a girlfriend moving to London for a while
Grateful for friendships
My feathers made it to their destination and there have been some lovely comments made about them. I so appreciate when you comment :-)
Laughter is very important
Lovely images still appearing daily from Lisa Vollrath
Hope you are finding lots of happiness this week.
Merry Merry...
With thanks to The Graphics Fairy for this lovely image
Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wedding quilt

We've been to Auckland to celebrate our nephew's wedding.
A bit late in the piece, I decided I wanted to make them a wedding quilt. Shared the fabrics with you a few weeks ago - a tight deadline but I made it.
Including a homemade card
with appropriate words inside
I am always amazed to see how the quilt changes through the different processes. This block shows the difference of part just basted down (I used 505 basting spray) and the other part appliqued
Click on images for more detail
Also enjoy the difference from basted top
to finished article
You can see more in the detail shots
Appliqued and basted
Quilting detail
Appliqued and basted
Quilted detail
And a few more quilting close-ups on blocks
I really had fun with the quilting
This is my take on a design by Donna Ward - check it out here if you want to make your own variation.
Wishing the lovely couple every happiness for their future together

Friday, December 16, 2011

Something for the weekend

We are going away for the weekend, so thought I'd share a few things to check out while I'm gone.
Started and highly recommending this book
Enjoying these blog postings :
Alisa Burke is inspiring with ideas for using paper bags for wrapping.
Roben-Marie has created some very lovely mini journals that anyone would love to find under the tree
Still enjoying the sweet daily images of Lisa Vollrath
And really loving I discovered the blog of Stipje
Inspired by this collection of fungi:
Lately we have had warm damp weather - these appeared overnight.
Hope you have a happy weekend....only 9 more sleeps ;-)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Quilts : Part 4

We are heading up to Auckland this weekend for a wedding. Have been madly quilting and will do a full reveal next week.
In the meantime, thought you might like to see a few more of the quilts that I've made for special occasions.
A nephew's 21st
Mother-in-law's 70th
Father-in-law's 70th
A quilt to celebrate my Mum & Dad's 40th wedding anniversary (this is my version of a Piece O' Cake design : Thru Grandmother's Window)
And another wedding quilt
Click on these links if you've missed my quilts parts 1, 2, and 3
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