Friday, July 30, 2010

Two More Finishes for July....

I have been working on this little Christmas basket for a while now. It's part of Faeries in my Gardens Gift of the Month for last year. This basket is just one of five different Christmas decorations in the pattern..... and I am hoping to get them all done before THIS Christmas, seeing as I didn't get them done last year.
Lucky for me, my wonderful friend Helen is doing this with me, so I know I will get all the decorations made. She is my inspiration to get things completed, like my Girls Day Out quilt, my Needlewomans Cottage and more... She is a great motivator for me.
All four sides of the basket have something different embroidered on them. Lots of work, but a special piece for Christmas.
I've also made the next accessory in Kellys Sew Along. It's a great little case with decorative triangles sewn on each side. The whole top has velcro on it... so nothing will fall out of this.
That's five pieces in total now! What a great set this is going to be.
A photo to show you our street this morning. The fog had actually cleared quite a bit by the time I took this photo, but when I was driving home at 4.30 this morning, in the dark, it was terrible. It was so bad, I actually drove past our street! It was easily the worst fog I have ever driven in and the Brisbane airport had a lot of problems this morning due to the fog also.
I think it makes great photos!
Thank you to everyone who left lovely messages of support and best wishes for our cat Cookie.... She is home and slowly on the mend.
Hope you all have a wonderful, productive weekend!
Teresa xx

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's Been a Crazy Week!!

It has been such a mad, up and down week this week. Firstly this was our last Tuesday get-together at the shop.
Tereasa is shutting the shop this Friday and she will continue her business, but from home now and on-line. She was happy, but we were devastated. This won't stop us getting together on a Tuesday though. We will just have to change our venue.
There was yummy cake though to lift our spirits.
This week has also seen our beautiful cat struck down by a deadly tick. She has spent the last couple of nights in the Vet hospital and we are still hopeful she will make a complete recovery. She is an indoor cat, but was accidentally let out the other night. Just in a few hours, she managed to get herself 4 ticks, one unfortunately being a deadly female tick. By the time we found it, poor Cookie's back legs were paralysing and she had trouble breathing. We took her straight to the Vet and they have been doing everything they can to get her better.
I am also, slowly, catching up with all my block of the months. The above blocks are from Vicki's Flirting with Flowers.
Above and below are the next 2 blocks in the Jelly Roll sampler quilt.

In my favourite Rouenneries fabric is my Friends in Stitching block for this month.
And.... lastly, I have made the next accessory in Kellys Sew along... a sunglasses case.
We've made 4 things so far, including the bag. I am really enjoying this sew along.
Hopefully I will be back with some good news on Cookie.
Have a great week everyone,
Teresa xx

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesdays Treasures

When I was pregnant with my first child (20 years ago) Nike shoes were becoming very popular. They were huge in America and just breaking into our market here in Australia. You were only able to get adults shoes here at the time, but my sister in law had a friend travelling to America and had her bring me back a pair of baby Nike shoes for our new baby......
Both the boys wore them when they were little. Years later I had them bronzed as a little keepsake.
They may be small, but now they're bronzed they are quite heavy.
Both shoes have a little tag attached to them. On one is engraved the name of James and his birthdate and the other has Jacks name and his birthdate on it.
Cute idea hey? Now they are kept behind glass (with a few other things the boys had as babys), preserved forever.
I love them and can't believe my two, tall, lanky boys ever fit into them!!!
If you want to read more bloggers wonderful Treasures go to Clare's blog to see where it all started.......
Thanks for stopping by,
Teresa xx

Early Bird Christmas Challenge

Just wanted to show you what I've made for Judiths Early Bird Christmas Challenge....
This month the challenge was to make a home decor item using only two main colours (and white, black or cream for a background colour).
I've made my table runner in blues and reds and a background colour of white.
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love anything French... so I appliqued a stylised version of the Eiffel Tower and finished it off with some suffolk puffs in one corner.
This was so much fun...
"Merci" Judith for the challenge!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

What Makes me Happy Week No. 30

I can't believe this is week No. 30!
Okay... I promise, after this post, I will never mention my
Girls Day Out quilt again!
What's making me happy this week is having my two latest quilts in the Mt Gravatt show and getting second place for both of them!

It was a last minute decision to put my Bouquet quilt in and I was thrilled to get a place.
Woo Hoo!!!
I am very, very happy!
Hope you all have a wonderful, productive week!
Teresa xx

Friday, July 23, 2010

Softie Swap

My Friends in Stitching group have just finished our Softie swap. This is what I made for my partner. I had so much fun making him that I didn't just make one bunny .....I made another one for my Early Bird Christmas challenge as well! I hope Peg likes her Tilda bunny! I love that they stand up by themselves. Oh and I love their carrots too!

The poor things aren't finished in this photo. I was trying to decide on buttons for their overalls.
This is the cutey I received from my partner Sue. Her name is "Beaut" and she is a Melly and Me pattern. I just love her. The fabric is gorgeous and Sue added some of the fabric for me to make something out of as well. Thanks so much Sue... I think she is adorable.
She is wearing a little apron! The colour isn't too good in the pics being late at night... but the fabric is just gorgeous. This was a fun swap. Nice to know we're not too old for a cuddly toy!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Two Finishes!

I am so happy to finally say my "Girls Day Out" quilt is FINISHED!!
Woo Hoo!!!!
I am really happy with the way it went together and I just love it. The beautiful buttons just finished it off and I'd have to say this is one of my absolute favourite quilts.
I have also finished my "Bouquet" quilt by Jenny. A much smaller quilt, but also fun to make and put together. The blocks have beads and lace and ribbon embellishment on them.
I've done my corner blocks a bit different to the pattern, but I'm really happy with the way they turned out. I also made my outside border a bit wider.
I just love these fabrics.
Wow, two more finishes for this month and one was a BIG one.
So nice to finally finish these quilts.
Now to catch up with a few projects that got left behind this month.....
Hope you are all having a wonderful, productive week!
Teresa xx

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesdays Treasures

Hi everyone... Continuing with Clares wonderful idea to post about our treasures has bought back more wonderful memories today. My treasures are these two books. I received the book on the left (The Trumpet of the Swan) in 1972. My teacher, at the time, was a Mr. Callaghan and he gave me this book when I was in hospital getting my tonsils taken out. He made a special trip to the hospital to see me and my sister (who was in for the same operation) and as it was close to Christmas, gave me this book.
I loved this book so much and then in 1975 I saw the movie Charlottes Web and bought the book at the same time. Both are by the same author E.B. White - who also wrote 'Stuart Little'.
I only knew my teacher Mr. Callaghan as "Sir" - so this is how he signed the book.
I was in grade 4 at the time and I thought he was the best teacher in the world.
'Charlottes Web' is very well known and most people know the story, but if you ever get the chance to read 'The Trumpet of the Swan', do so, it is such a beautiful story. Author E.B. White wrote the most wonderful books for children and as you can see by the covers, I've read these 2 books many, many times.
Happy Tuesday to you!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

What Makes Me Happy Week No. 29

Today is my wedding anniversary - we've been married for 24 years!
This has got to be the best present ever......
What's making me happy today is my new car!!! My husband has been working on this car for over 6 months and today I got to drive it home. I love it. Over the years I have driven some dodgy cars and it was soooooo nice to drive this.
No-one will recognize me in my new car!I am so lucky and I know it!
Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Girls Day Out Quilt

Just a quick update.... Everything has come to an abrupt halt this week as I am trying (very hard) to get my Girls Day Out Quilt finished. So far all the stitcheries are done, blocks are together and the borders are on. There has been soooo much sewing in the last few days but, unfortunately, no finishes just yet...
Hope you are all having a wonderful, productive week.
Teresa xx

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesdays Treasures

My 'Treasure' this week is my teal satin bridesmaids dress. I wore this when I was 5 years old at my Mum and Dads wedding. My sister had the identical dress - I wonder if she still has hers?
How cute are we? That's me on the left and my sister (she is only 4 years old). We spent hours in the hairdressers that morning getting our hair done. Every curl is held in place with many, many bobby pins.

One of my fondest memories of that day is what we did to the beautiful lace on our dresses. The flowers opened up and my sister and I stuffed as much confetti into those flowers as we could. After the reception and Mum and Dad had left for their honeymoon, my sister and I went back to my Grandmothers to stay. I remember standing there (not at all patiently) while my Gran took out the hundreds of bobby pins from our curls. Then when we undressed and lifted our dresses up over our heads, all the confetti fell out of the lace, all over her floor. I don't think she was particularly happy with either of us.... but we thought it was hilarious!!!
Ahhhh so good to travel down Memory Lane again!
Now I'm off to check out all the other 'treasures' in blogland.....
Have a great week!

Monday, July 12, 2010

What Makes Me Happy Week No. 28

My New Boots!!!
Every winter I tell myself this is the year I am going to get a pair of knee-high boots and every winter I don't.....
I am soooooo lucky..... My wonderful sister-in-law gave these to me!!!
They are chocolate brown suede boots and I just love them.
The last time I owned a pair of boots, they were white, lace-ups and I was 12!!!!
I'm sure they were funky (at the time), but now I think about it, they were ghastly!
Hope you all having a wonderful Monday too!
Teresa xx

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Early Christmas Presents

Yesterday was a very productive day for me. It was raining, overcast and the weather was lovely and cool - perfect sewing weather!!!! With Judiths Early Christmas Gifting inspiring me to be ready for Christmas this year, I decided to cross off some of my family gifts on my Gift List.Firstly I made some cute Gingerbread men decorations. I always need Christmas decorations for presents leading up to Christmas and these I found in Tilda's book "Crafting Christmas Gifts".
They will also come in handy for that little extra bit you need for some gifts.
Secondly, I made this bag for my teenage niece. This is a Janelle Wind pattern called "Frilly Dilly Bag". I've made this bag before for the shop and at the time thought my niece would love this bag. Woo Hoo.... another gift out of the way.
Thirdly, in my favourite Rouenerries fabric, I made some more bags and holders.

This stationery folder has template plastic inside and holds it's shape really well. There's heaps of pockets for all your note paper, pens, envelopes, stamps etc.
The little zippered purse is from here. This is a great tutorial and actually makes 5 bags at once. This time I just made one, using a piece 8.5" x 18" and the quilt-as-you-go method. Nice and easy!!
The holder on the right is the perfect size to hold my 8" x 14"ruler and my rotary cutter (plus more). This is for the next retreat I go to in August.
For my Dad I made this remote control holder. It's from Faeries in my Garden and is one of the patterns I received last year in their Gift of the Month club. You can't see in the photo, but the fabric has a gorgeous texture to it and is really lovely. It holds the TV guide as well and up to 3 remotes. (My holder always has a tube of hand cream in it as well!!!)
So nice to get some presents made and crossed off my Gift List.
Hope you are all having a wonderful week.
Teresa xx