Saturday, November 22, 2014

Quilty Fun Christmas Sew Along Progress

This little sew along is so much fun. I find myself hanging on every post, waiting and waiting for the next block. Getting so excited when I see Lori has posted another block to our growing Christmas quilt. Since the last post there have been more blocks.......
A little Christmas basket. 
A Christmas gift all tied up with ribbon. 
Then we started to put some blocks together. 
Three little spools of thread for sewing Christmas gifts.....
And a cute little Christmas quilt. Hard to think of snuggling under a quilt today as its soooo hot! 38 degrees and it's so humid. Ah well, I can always dream of a white Christmas.... Enjoying a hot chocolate and marshmallows with a roaring fire, while its snowing outside. Sigh!!!! 
Can't wait for the next block....
Have a great weekend! 
Teresa xx 

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Romantic Vintage Markets

Once a month there is a gorgeous little market on just outside the beautiful shop Linen and Lace at Cleveland. The stalls are beautiful and full of vintage loveliness. 
It was on again last Sunday and I was lucky enough to go with my lovely friend Michelle - and I had the best day. 
We had a delicious morning tea...
Home made lemon slice and coffees in beautiful china surrounded by sweet smelling roses! 
Michelle took this photo of me enjoying our morning tea. 
Bears and Old Lace were there and I've been following this gorgeous business for ages. I loved everything on her table! 
Linen and Lace never disappoints and I just loved her Christmas tree and ornaments on display.
I bought so many gorgeous things. Lovely laces and ribbons from Bears and Old Lace, beautiful hand made rose brooches from Claudette and Hester Handmade and see that sweet little painted sewing sign and stand? 
 Check out what the stand is made from... A vintage fork! Love it! This was made by the lovely Tracey of Rose Petals Past. 
This beautiful bracelet is handmade from Liliah Rose Jewellery and it was the very first thing I saw when I got there.  I couldn't buy the very first thing I saw, so I left it behind, but thought of it over and over. Just before we left I checked if it was still there. It was and of course I felt I had waited long enough. I just couldn't resist. The heart is made from an old vintage piece of china. 
Just had to show you the gorgeous Christmas ornament Michelle has made for me. It's so cute! Beautiful card and bag too. I have been spoilt! 
Before I left for home Michelle and I visited the Chung Tian Temple. It is so beautiful and peaceful. It really was incredible. We will have to go back another day when we have more time and visit the museum and have some tea. 
What an amazing place and a wonderful day. 
Thank you Michelle for sharing such a lovely day with me. 
Teresa xx

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quilty Fun Christmas Sew Along

I have been having a lot of fun sewing along with Lori Holt (Bee in my Bonnet Blog) and her Quilty Fun Christmas Sew Along. The blocks so far....
The block that started it all.... The Freshcut Tree! 
Then came the house (with red Cardinal in the door way!) and the Cute Cup of Cocoa blocks. 
Mr Cookie block....A cute little ginger bread man....
A warm pair of mittens....
And we had completed 5 blocks. 
A peppermint stick was added to the Cute Cup of Cocoa block.  Next a string of  Vintage Christmas lights
 block...
 
A Christmas candle and a Christmas star were next. Some of the patterns are from Lori's book "Quilty Fun" and the rest she is giving us the directions for, on Instagram. 
The latest block is a vintage Christmas ornament! 
I am really enjoying making these blocks. I can't wait for the next one..... It's all a mystery and that's half the fun! 
It's great seeing everyone's blocks as we are sewing along together. Stay tuned for more Christmas Quilty Fun!
Teresa xx 

Tuesday Stitching

It was really lovely to all get together today as it's been a whole two weeks apart! Helen has been holidaying in New Zealand and the rest of us missed our day together last week. So today was even more special. 
We've been very spoilt with gorgeous gifts that Helen brought us back from her trip.  
We all got a gorgeous piece of fabric - each one different with native NZ flowers on it. This is mine! The selvedge says " Pohutukawa Blossoms". It's so beautiful. How cute is my Christmas decoration? I just love it with the little sheep on it. And.... A beautiful gift tag! Very french and very me. Thank you so much Helen for my beautiful gifts! It's nice to have you back and we've missed you! 
I made carrot cake for today but the boys got into it yesterday when it was fresh out of the oven. Not all of it made it to stitching today, but enough of it did. 
Some Christmas stitching was done as well as some "secret" Christmas fun that I will show you later. All I can tell you is that we were very productive and we had a lot of fun!!!! 
Hope you've had a lovely Tuesday too!
Teresa xx

Saturday, November 1, 2014

October

What a great month October was! Not one, but two visits from my mum! Baby girls in the family! A great month of photo challenges. Lots of sewing and completed projects. Craft show and catching up with friends who've travelled great distances. Road trip with the Tuesday girls. Awesome swaps! A high tea with dear friends and a quilt nearing completion. Not to mention lots of Christmas sewing and preparations. You really were a wonderful month! 


Friday, October 31, 2014

Finishes this Month

I've been on a bit of a roll this month. Thank goodness as I have a lot to finish before Christmas.
First there was Dilby the psychedelic duck! 
Then I made some vintage inspired lace and button cards for my Vintage swap with Jenny. 
An 'M' monogram stitchery for my lovely friend Marina who was up visiting from Melbourne. 
A signature block for Jeanette's birthday. 
Jenny's lovely Christmas stitchery and table topper (which will be a Christmas gift this year, that is if I can part with it!)  
I got a little addicted to making teeny tiny zipper pouches. 
9 in total but I can see more in the future.... They are great for little gifts. Just the right size for your keys and some coins. 
Some little Halloween cards .....
 With a surprise inside. 
My miniature quilt from Sarah Fielke's new book. This is for the Little Quilt Swap. 
I also made my partner a teacup mugrug and a key fob. 
The key fobs were a lot of fun to make. 
They started growing too - another addiction! 
Some Santa mugrugs then developed. I needed a few little gifts to go with my Christmas swaps this year. 
Four mug rugs in total!
Then I started playing with my vintage laces, doilies, buttons and ribbons....
First I made one stocking.... They are about 17 " from top to toe and fully lined. 
Then I made another.....
Then I made another two. These ones have some rustic tin stars and hearts attached.. Notice they all have a little Eiffel Tower charm.... and some French vintage postcards that I've transferred to fabric.
These are for gifts this Christmas and I'd like to keep one.... but now I don't know which one to keep!.
I have also finally made my first Lucy Boston quilt block. I have been in love with this quilt for ages and I really hope this block is the first of many!!!
Phew!!!! So glad my sewing mojo has come back!
Christmas is getting closer and closer and hopefully I can keep up the sewing .... I have so much more to do!!
Hope you've had a great month and managed to cross some projects off your "To Do" lists too!!
Teresa xx

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Getting Hot Already ....

I managed a bit of late night stitching last night after work. Still trying to decide a good layout for my Christmas stitcheries by Wendy.
Today I'm playing with some vintage pretties. I've got all these ideas running around in my head.....
Can't believe it's as hot as it is today. It's not summer yet but we're getting awfully close to 40 C already. I'm making good use of those lovely fresh fruits I bought yesterday! 
The fruit is delicious at this time of the year and the only thing I feel like eating when it's hot. 
Such wonderful happy mail I received today from the wonderful clothing range by Little Tienda. I bought these in her crazy sale last week and scored myself a few exceptional bargains. Best part is these cool cotton tops are going to be just the thing to wear in this heat! I just love the gorgeous hand embroidered detail on her clothing. 
Hope you're staying cool and having s great day!!! 
Teresa xx