Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Long weekend road trip

My husband and I decided at the last minute to go west on a road trip this past long weekend. 
We threw a few things together and decided to go see friends and family who live in a couple of very small country towns west of Brisbane. 
You know you're in cotton country when the edges of the road are covered in white "fluff". 
The roads are long. The time between towns is long and the road trains are very long. 
It was really lovely to see everyone and catch up though! 
We were really looked after!!!
This was the beautiful view we woke up to in the morning. I love my sister in law's house. 
And it's views. 
Lovely misty morning. 
On the way back we checked out some antique shops and I even got a chance to see Lisa at Precious Time in Toowoomba.
Great shop and lots of wonderful fabrics. 
Antique shops are always fun and Lancaster's in Toowoomba was definitely worth visiting. 
So many beautiful chenille bedspreads but all I was actually after was an old tea strainer.....
 Which I found along with a sweet little sugar spoon and ladle. 
I was in a hurry to get home and see my boy Jack who celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday. Where has the time gone? Love this gorgeous kid so much. 
Teresa xx

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sewing related post (for a change!)

I've simplified Vicki's block in the Splendid Sampler sew along. But I'm happy with it. I've changed some of the satin stitch to appliqué also.  
This was the bonus block for Earth Day. 
Some happy mail this week too. Love my "T" needle keeper from the Cotton Factory. 
Can't wait to make this pattern from Lynette Anderson. It's an embroidery floss organizer with cute little wooden floss keepers. 
Now I'd better get moving. I'm off to a high tea fund raiser today with some girls from work. Great excuse to "frock up". I love the lace stitching on the bottom of my dress. I've just realized nearly every photo in this post is black and cream. Ha ha. I know what I like! 
Have a great weekend!
Teresa xx 

Later......
Nice glass of moscato to start the high tea! 
Absolutely delicious as always. Love the high tea Jodie does at the cafe. 
So nice to enjoy this day with Mandy and Jo, who I've known and worked with for years. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A few photos

Ages ago I saw a photo on Pinterest of a cute little mouse pincushion that I've wanted to make. 
As Marilyn's birthday was coming up I thought it was a good excuse to have a go at making one ... I don't think this will be the last one I make. They were fun and I think she's pretty cute too. 
I've started walking Captain each day. How lucky is this? I live on enough acreage to walk him in a bit of a rainforest area first and then a nice long bushwalk without leaving my "backyard". He loves it but when the kangaroos take off he wants to follow them and the walking turns into running very quickly. No snakes so far!!!!   
I've found this wonderful company "Wicked Scrub" that sell beautiful handmade soaps, skincare, melts and lots of other delicious smelling goodness. 
When the parcel arrived it was like opening up a birthday present. Everything is so beautifully wrapped. 
I wish you could smell these soaps - especially the pineapple one. So good. 
And today this arrived in the mail. Also beautifully wrapped! I can't wait to show you what it is. Soon I hope! 
Have a great day!
Teresa x

New Swap....

The No Fuss Swappers have revealed the next swap.......
We are calling it the Kitchen Kapers swap!!!
Another nice, easy, no-fuss swap!
Are you in? 
Want to play along? 
You can find all the details HERE! 
Photo shoots with the Tuesday girls are never boring!
Teresa xx 

Sibling Catch Up

My brother is up from Melbourne for a few days and staying at the Gold Coast. It was so good to catch up with him yesterday. 
It wasn't the best Coast weather but great for us - a little cooler for a change. 
A bit of lunch at an American diner and then a drive down to Currunbin and Tugun where I used to live and work. I haven't been to these parts on the coast for years. 
A selfie to send to mum ... as you do! 
Nice long walk along the beach which I enjoyed immensely. 
We really do have beautiful beaches here!
A delicious Japanese dinner and some plum wine to end off a wonderful day. 
Sooooo good to see my brother and get to spend the day with him. 
Teresa 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Anzac Day

Lots of emotions again this Anzac Day. 
Very proud of my dad marching in the city today and very grateful for the photo my brother took of him. 
My husband and I then enjoyed a long afternoon drive up to O'Reillys. 
We kept driving and ended up going through Beechmont and saw a gorgeous rainbow after a brief spot of rain. Everything is so green right now. 
We ended up on the Gold Coast and saw a friend who found these old photos for me. That's James (now 25 years) on the rocking horse to give you an idea how long ago these were taken! 
On the drive home the sunset was just beautiful. 
We then stopped in to see a friend who has recently lost her husband. Eric always marched in our local Anzac Day parade so it was lovely to talk about him on this day and remember what a large as life character he was. 
Hubby and I had dinner at a favorite restaurant and finally headed home. 
Hope you all had a lovely day today and got to reminisce and remember loved ones as we did. 
Teresa xx


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Stitching

This was my first Sunday get together with all the girls since January!!!!
There were lots of birthdays to celebrate as its been so long since we've all been together. 
I had lots of birthday fat quarter cup cakes to give out! 
Lots of show and tell too. 
I worked on the latest Splendid Sampler block. 
Lunch was delicious and I got to use my gorgeous placemat and cutlery from Sandi. 
These are the wonderful fat quarters I received for my birthday. I was also very lucky to get a gift from Lynda from her trip to Nundle - a delicious jar of lemon butter made by Kate!!! Yummo!!!! Talk about spoilt! 
Lovely day and great to see everyone again. 
Teresa xx