Monday, October 20, 2014

Catch Up with Blogging Friends

Marina is one of my lovely blogging friends that I only get to see once in awhile when I visit Melbourne. It was wonderful to hear she was coming to Brisbane for a holiday. 
Fiona, Me, Marina and Michelle... thanks for the photo Fiona!
We got to catch up today for lunch (a lovely long 5 hour lunch!!!). Fiona and Michelle came too which made for a fantastic day. Lots of talking, laughing and more talking. We had lunch at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Cafe and it was lovely.
Great view of the city and great food. The weather behaved itself too.
Brisbane is pretty nice this time of the year - not too hot yet and all the jacaranda trees are stunning. 
Thanks for the lovely day today Marina, Fiona and Michelle. Soooooo good to see you in Brisbane Marina!!! 
Teresa xx

Canungra to Cleveland!

I had a wonderful day on Friday with the Tuesday girls!! Seems any day can be a Tuesday girls outing!!!
First we went to check out a friends new store in Canungra. Nora has opened a shoe store there called the "Shoe Vault" (it's in the old Canungra Bank!)
Sandi's hubby made the signs for the shop and they look great. 
I found a pair of the most comfortable shoes ever - made out of coloured elastic. 
Then it was off to Mt Tamborine where the Scarecrow Festival is on.
But first we went to the Birchgrove Nursery/Cafe which was a lovely surprise.
Not only do they have beautiful roses and flowers everywhere but there was this little hidden Cafe full of antiques and shabby chic gorgeousness. 
Morning tea was a real treat. 
Then off to the Scarecrow Festival, taking the trail so we didn't miss anything. 
There were so many scarecrows and I took heaps of photos but I'll just show you some of my favourites .....
Sandi found Captain Sparrow!!! 
This was absolutely fantastic. The biggest dragon from the land of Maug (Lord of the Rings) - completely made of hay - and Froddo. It was really done well and it sure was your typical "scarecrow" as it had a man inside it who scared all of us when we got up close to it. It was pretty funny after I got over the initial fright!!! 
Hmmmm doesn't look like we are ever going to grow up!!!!
Then there was "Gullivers Travels" made by the local school and it was gigantic. 
Oh and a "Hayoodle" complete with giant leash attached to the tree. 
So many scarecrows including this real little cutie. 
Then we were off again. 
We figured we were already out and about so we should drive all the way to Cleveland where we'd heard of a beautiful shop called "Linen and Lace". 
After a quick drop in to see Joy at Bayside Stitchcraft and a few lovely fabric purchases ....
We found the shop. 
Talk about gorgeous.  I was in Vintage Heaven!!! 
Everywhere you looked was something to ooh and ahh  over. 
Sooo beautiful. 
I found the most gorgeous pink lace scarf and cute photo frame.
As well as some lovely hand dyed lace and embroidered pieces. 
Then on to lunch. By this time it was after 2 and the stomachs were rumbling. 
Thank you so much Sandi for doing all that driving yesterday. I had another great day and it was so much fun. (Exhausting but FUN!). 
So glad these girls are always up for a road trip and adventure!!!!
Teresa xx

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Vintage Swap!

It all started with a comment on how lovely Jenny's fabric was that she used in her Christmas table topper......
We decided to make the swap of a piece of fabric into a Vintage Goodies swap... and boy was that a wonderful idea. I have been incredibly spoilt!!!!
Jenny has sent me the most amazing bundle of vintage gorgeousness! All wrapped up in the lovely said fabric. 
How beautiful is this framed embroidery? 
And another beautifully made gift for me is this covered notebook. So beautiful. 
The stitchery and appliqué is simply exquisite. I absolutely love it. 
Oh and look at this ..... Beautiful laces. The back laces are over 100 years old and the lace on the spool is 60 years old. I hope I can use them in something really beautiful and special. 
Inside there were old vintage snaps and buttons and a zip. Some gorgeous vintage prints on fabric (can't wait to play with those!) and a beautiful brooch back. AND a charm pack of lovely "Collection for a Cause" fabrics. 
Thank you so much Jenny! This was a fabulous swap and you have been very generous! 

I have been so spoilt. 

Hope you're having a lovely day!

Teresa xx


Friday, October 10, 2014

Brisbane Craft Show


Yesterday I went to the Craft Show in Brisbane with the Tuesday girls. We had a ball! Before we even got there Sandi had made us all a survival kit... There were 4 teeny tiny little tic tac containers in that little envelope. So cute ... and they did get eaten!
 
First stop was breakfast. We have found the best little cafe near the show and after remembering how good it was last year, we couldn't wait to get breakfast. I had the yoghurt and granola and it was delicious. We went there for lunch too!
Here are my partners in crime and we were so lucky to have Jenny come all the way down from Bundaberg to join us. So good to see her and catch up.
Lots of wonderful things to see and gorgeous booths and shops, including this one... Bella Paperie from Brendale. We are planning a roadtrip to their shop in the near future!!
Natalie Bird's booth is always a favourite. Love her new quilt!
I always go and visit my lovely friend, Lisa, from Megelles... She makes the most gorgeous bears!
I bought so many lovely things and can't wait to start playing with them. These are a few of the gorgeous vintage goodies I found. The little needlecase on the left is absolutely stunning, full of pockets and lace and vintage pieces throughout. Plus a beautiful lavender sachet, vintage ribbons and French fabric and some sweet smelling vanilla and lemongrass soaps. 
Some great fabrics for fussy cutting Lucy Boston blocks,
Great Studio Mio bag kit, handles and linen fabrics, 
Button bracelet,
Christmas fabrics....
Sweet little Natalie Bird kit, laces, doilies, mini tins and lots of gorgeous buttons.
A great day spent with great friends. 
I was totally exhausted after having such a fun day (I fell asleep in the car on the way home ha ha.... lucky Sandi was driving!!)
We saw lots of friends there too and it's always wonderful seeing them enjoying themselves as we were!
Have a great weekend,

Teresa xx



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Enjoying my Day Off

I just love those rare days where I can stay in my pyjamas all day ... sew and stitch to my heart's content and watch great movies.... Yeah they don't happen very often. But when they do... I really make the most of them. 
Today was one of those days...
I worked on my table topper pattern using Jenny's wonderful tutorial.
I worked on my little quilt for Sarah's Little Quilt Swap....
 
And I made a cute little baby girl bib...
I played with Christmas stuff for today's photo challenge (Something starting with H - Holly!)
While watching 2 great movies.....
Loved them both!
 
Then I was sent this lovely photo of my youngest, with his friends baby girl (the recipient of the little pink owl bib!!)
 
And then saw this amazing photo of my eldest who is having the trip of a lifetime!!!
Love days like these....Love my days off work!!!
Hope you're having a wonderful day too,
Teresa xx

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday Fun

Always a good day when it's Tuesday and I get to go stitching with the girls.
When it's at Sandi's house we also get to see gorgeous Macy... She's growing so fast.
Show and tell today meant I got to see Sandi's gorgeous Christmas Bells quilt. I just love it.
 
I worked on Wendy's Christmas Stitch Along and finished this weeks "Joy" stitchery. 
Another great day with the girls.
 
This evening was a work mates last night at work, so in her break I took up this cake for her.. Just a bit of chocolate decorating!!
Hope you're having a lovely day!
Teresa xx