Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Bon-bon

Today I made a bon-bon to take to my quilter's group christmas party. Everyone was given instructions on how to make one plus a snap (to make the bang). Inside is a fat quarter of fabric (I also added a chocolate for a sweet surprise). You are supposed to use christmas paper for the wrapper, but I found some nice paper with chocolates on it amongst my wrapping papers. Sarah would be proud.
I then added the ribbons and then thought it needed something else, and thought maybe a button. So I had a look through my collection and found a gingerbread lady. Voila! She is done!
Sandi xx
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Goodies in my mailbox

Look what arrived in the mail recently from Tasmania. Jo sent me a lovely handmade christmas ornament made from wool felt, and the most scrumptious chocolate fudge from Bruny Island. Mmm, it was so yummy. Don't you love the red ribbon and the jellybean wrapping paper?

Love the colours that Jo used.
And here are some little lovelies from Sarah, these being the prize for naming the gorgeous duck she made. There was a lovely handpainted birdhouse button - perfect for a stitchery project, and a wonderful rusty tin star ornament - with christmas coming up, it will look just right in our little cottage.
Thankyou so much, Jo and Sarah, so wonderful to have friends like you two.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi x
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Our Carriage Arrives

On friday, we re-located my long awaited studio (bought way back in June) to our front yard. Here it is being loaded onto the super-tilt truck. Our son, David, is in this photo.

The carriage was located on a bush block on the other side of our town, about 10 or 15 minutes drive. Here it is on it's way over. The weather was a bit doubtful, but we decided to go ahead anyway. Showers were predicted.

The carriage had to be reversed into position. Had to dig out about five rose plants - just where the back wheels are now.

Also had to chop out a section of the hedge. Hopefully it won't take too long to grow back. It was now starting to rain.

Lining up the carriage and the tracks.

Here it is finally in it's new home. Next, we are building the platform and continuing the reno work. The carriage will be painted the original railway red colour. (Don't like the present colour - yuk!). On saturday, DH cleaned the outside of the carriage with his pressure cleaner - it looked much better. On sunday, we prepared the undercarriage, scraping off the rust and gunge, then David spray painted the metal bits with black killrust enamel.
The neighbors came over and had a celebratory champagne with us that afternoon. Just before tea, a big storm hit south-east Queensland. Our area was ok. The carriage was fine, and no leaks!
Sandi xx

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cuppa time

Time for a cuppa. Thought I'd finish off the last chockky from the box - a chocolate bear. DH and I were in the city (Brisbane) last week and he surprised me with a little box of handmade chocolates from a shop in Adelaide Street called 'Chocolate to Die For'. Mmmm ted was delicious!
Sandi xx
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Parcel for me!

My Stitcher's Angel parcel arrived yesterday (on my birthday!) all the way from Iceland (can you believe it - wow!). THANK-YOU so much Gudrun.

Look at all the goodies that came. I have been spoiled! There was a beautiful drawstring bag - very handy to put small project in; a lovely needlecase; a wonderful folder with a mini cutting mat and a cute little quilter's ruler; wait there's more; some christmassy DMC threads, a pack of really pretty ribbons; a pack of great buttons in natural colours; some tissues (great to put a pack in my handbag - I needed some more :) and some nice label stickers.

Here is a photo of the front of my lovely new quilter's folder. (stitchery designed by May Britt)Lovely stitching, Gudrun.

Here is the inside of the needlecase. It even had a needle included. There are pockets on the other side to put in packets of needles.
I love Gudrun's choice of colours used for the sewing accessories, a lovely country check, a green print featuring acorns and leaves, and a matching chocolate striped fabric - brilliant!
It was a lot of fun to participate in this swap and make new friends,
- thanks Helen for organising!
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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