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


Friday, October 24, 2014

Antique Plates

Last Tuesday on the way to stitching we visited a little antique store. I haven't been to this one before and it was a nice surprise. Although it was only small - I did find some lovely plates. 
This is a gorgeous Clarice Cliff plate. 
And a sweet bowl. There were other plates - but we were all madly pinching each other's plates to put towards Christmas presents. So I've ended up with a few I have to keep secret and a plate I really loved was pinched by Helen. (We do this every Christmas!)
Love my pretty China plates! 
Hope you're having a lovely weekend! 
Teresa xx

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

On the way home from Brisbane, and with 30 minutes to go before closing, I ducked into Woolloongabba Antiques. Which was a great decision as I picked up a couple of lovely bargains. 
A sweet little depression glass bowl, the tiniest glass jelly mould I've ever come across (both to add to my collections!) and some giant freckle chocolates for the boys. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stitchers

Our October Get Together......
Maree with her gorgeous Trip Around the World quilt. (Can't wait to do this next year!) 
The Birthday girls - Jeanette, Maree J and Allison. 
Proof Sandi and I stopped talking long enough today to do some stitching!
Our collection of lollies for Maria to fill lots of Christmas stockings for underprivileged kids this Christmas. 
What I was working on today. Bronwyn Hayes Christmas Sampler. 
Two new dip recipes to try ... French onion and cheese and chives. (Cheese and chives won!!!) 
Another great get together. Christmas party next month! Can't wait!!! 
Teresa xx

Friday, October 17, 2014

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

My parcel to Jenny!