Thursday, December 31, 2015

Some Finishes for 2015

Some small projects made this year. 
And some more colorful finished projects.
Lots of projects still to finish too. Like my Postcards from Paris quilt and my Handstitched Hexagon quilt. Hopefully 2016 will be the year of finishing those UFO's. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This week in photos

Always lots of things to do, places to go, people to see in the lead up to Christmas.
Dinner with Gemma and Morgan before Gemma travels back home to Spain. Going to miss this gorgeous girl. I had some of the best sushi ever that night. Great little Japanese restaurant that I definitely want to visit again! 
Photos from my niece who has just moved to London. What a life they are leading! 
Little Will and Santa, London. 
Lunch with my husband and youngest son on the Gold Coast. I had a craving for Mexican! 
Just love the tiles on the table. Lots of quilt block inspiration here! 
Christmas tree and decorations, Gold Coast style! 
Enjoying my new book so much! 
Another trip to the Coast, this time to see Star Wars (second time for me and I loved it again!). 
My husband insisted I get my photo taken with the storm trooper. I think it's because I told him he never takes any photos! Serves me right! I hate getting my pic taken! 
A quick trip to the beach just before the sun went down and then dinner at the Surf Club with our friend, Huthy. 
Love these spur of the moment trips. The sea breeze and sound of the waves always makes me wish I lived at the beach. 
2015 has been a wonderful year. So many great memories. 
Teresa xx

Monday, December 28, 2015

FIS Christmas Swap

This is the lovely Christmas present I received from partner Jenny.
It's a gorgeous bag and I just love the fabric. 
Inside were more presents!!! Gorgeous French General fabrics that Jenny knows I love and a cute wooden reel of ribbon. I love how the bag opens right up! 
Also in the stocking were more FG fabrics and a lovely Christmas sleigh button. Thank you so much Jenny. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Fail

My poor partner in the Friends in Stitching Christmas swap was my very own partner in crime, Helen. I was so excited at first, when I found out it was Helen, because I knew exactly what I was going to get her. She had been looking at a felt tree skirt and had almost bought it for herself. I decided that was what I was going to get for her. This is where I made a huge mistake. I should have given her the whole kit, as it was..... With the felt, and threads, sequins and beads .... and let her make it herself!!!! But nooooooo! I thought I'd make it for her. I had absolutely no idea how long it was going to take and so I failed. BIG TIME! 
By the time I realized I didn't have any chance of finishing it in time for Christmas, I didn't have enough time to start something else. Poor Helen. I can't believe I gave her an unfinished gift. Huge failure. 
I managed to get the main centerpiece finished but there are more (many more) lollies to be made and attached to the skirt. 
Every piece is embroidered, sequined, beaded and appliquéd. I will never make another one of these again!!! But I will finish this one. I feel so bad Helen!!!! 
These are the other gifts I gave in the swap and I did manage to finish the stocking!!!! 
Never again!!! Just devastated!!!!

Chtistmas Day

My boys!!! Had a lovely Christmas Day starting with the boys coming over for breakfast and some present opening. 
Then it was over to the in-laws for lunch. Jack brought his puppy over and his grandfather (my father-in-law) just loved him. His dog was a little put out that his usual comfortable seat on his owners lap was taken by this newcomer though. 
My mother-in-law makes a killer trifle!!! 
This is my gorgeous niece playing the hilarious game of pie face. If you've never heard of it, you should definitely seek it out. I haven't laughed so much!!!!
There are now many videos of everyone getting smacked in the face by the whipped cream "pies". Just hilarious! 
The games continued for hours. My 3 playing cards,
James teaching the little ones to play "Get Rich Quick". Another great game I'd never heard about and lots of fun. 
Hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas. 
Teresa xx
PS Boxing Day photos....
Brock and Kylie were up from Melbourne. 
 My gorgeous nieces...Maddi ....
And Karlee 
The littlies Christmas table ... Lockie, Haylee and Matilda. 
First time I've met little Matilda. She's a cutie. 
I was very lucky to receive some very thoughtful Christmas presents this year. 
Panda pandora charm from Jack. I love this, it's so cute. Memory of our trip to Adelaide and seeing the pandas at the zoo. I also got a little postcard from Paris charm from Tori. Very special when the charms hold precious memories and meanings. 
Spoilt from James - I just love this book "and the hippos were boiled in their tanks" It's been hard not to start this as I am in the middle of another book, but Christmas Day found me picking it up over and over again! Some very yummy chocolates from the Noosa chocolate factory (including chocolate coated coffee beans!!!) and two delicious smelling bath bombs from Lush. 
There was also a wonderful present from Narelle - full of some gorgeous vintage, lacey loveliness. 
I am very lucky, spoilt and grateful. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year.
Merry Christmas!
Teresa xx

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Lights and Christmas Eve

Once again the Brisbane City Hall Christmas lights were wonderful. 
You can see the city's Christmas tree in the background. 
There was another story told this year in lights and projected onto City Hall. 
Just amazing. 
In the mall the giant Christmas decorations were on display. 
The teddy bear is always my favorite. 
And you can't see the city lights without seeing Myer's Christmas window displays. I've been doing this since I was a kid with my parents. 
My lovely stocking and gifts from Jenny. 
A wonderful surprise in the mail today for the Tuesday girls from Narelle. 
And some Krispy Kremes - Christmas style! 
Hope everyone's ready for tomorrow!!!
Teresa xx

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last Tuesday of 2015

Can you believe it's only 2 sleeps until Christmas!!!!!
Yesterday was our last Tuesday stitching for 2015 and we even managed a bit of stitching amongst the eating, laughing and chatting. 
I have finally finished my Christmas quilt from last year. It's a Lori Holt design. The top was finished last year and I have just had it quilted by the lovely Sarah of Patchworks Plus. Thank you for the photo Helen. 
Sarah did a fabulous job! 
I don't think I'll be changing the date on the label!!!!
This photo was taken last year when I finished the top. 
Merry Christmas from the Tuesday girls!!! 
Teresa xx