Monday, January 15, 2018


Happy Monday everyone, it's now 72 days till I depart Australia for my long awaited trip to Japan.

Last week I made more gifts to take with me, I found this scrap piece of fabric in my stash which had been given to me in  a bulk lot of fabric when a friends Mother passed away.  It was left overs from a dress made from this fabric so I cut it down into rectangles and came up with the four pieces to make these four zippered pouches.  I looked through my stash of zips to coordinate with the fabric and ended up with the 2 black, 1 white and 1 bright pink which really pops, I was wishing I had more pink zips in my stash. I also attached the lace which I think really sets them off nicely.  I only use this gorgeous lace on special items.  My gift giving box is now quite full, however I am going to make 2 aprons as well. One for an ex Manager's wife, she is in her 80's and I think an apron would be more useful for her rather than a zippered pouch or a Lingerie bag.  The other is for my ex "work colleague" who now lives in Tokyo and will be our tour guide for a few days on our trip.

Thank you Lord for a more pleasant day today, we have a slight breeze and the temp is much lower today.  WOW since Friday and over the weekend it was very hot in our part of Australia, we put our aircon on Friday night and it was on non-stop till 2.30pm yesterday afternoon when the change came through bringing gusty winds and sure cooled things down. Saturday I spent all day in the bedroom stitching my second block of the "Love Is" BOM by Rosalie Quinlan. I was most happy what I had achieve by the days end (this is an early morning photo), it's further along than shown in this photo.

                                                          Have a wonderful week everyone.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018


My Aunty-in-Law and travelling companion to Japan in March/April gave me a Travel Diary/Journal for my Birthday last year.  Yesterday I made a fabric cover for it.  I chose this lovely Japanese fabric I had in my stash.  I also want to make a zippered pouch to put it in to which I can add maps and paperwork.


Sunday, January 7, 2018


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 to all of my bloggy friends, we went out earlier in the day and home by 9pm, then spent a quiet evening at home watching movies went to bed around 1.45am EST. I'm looking forward to 2018 and all the joys it will bring. Wishing you all a healthy and exciting 2018.

My first sewing finishes for 2018 are 3 more shoe bags to take to Japan in March/April, for those of you who don't know much about the Japanese culture they are very big on gift giving.  I have had this lovely old world shoe fabric in my stash for quite a few years and last year I made 6 bags from the fabric and I had a small portion remaining which wasn't enough to make even 1 bag so decided to use it as a portion on the front of 3 bags and used a plain cream fabric for 1/2 of the front and all of the back.

Yesterday I made up these 6 handbag size tissue covers with gorgeous Australian fabric I received from Sue of Kiwikids page in an Australian Day swap organised by the lovely Anthea over at Hibiscus Stitches. It is perfect for this project and to give to non Australians as a gift. Anthea is having the swap again this year, it was so fun last year of course I'm participating again this year. I'm sure the cut off was last Friday 5th January however if you get in quickly Anthea may let you join in too.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Rebecca, our youngest daughter travelled to the US late November for 3 weeks and these are the lovely pressies she bought for me.  

This gorgeous maroon Kate Spade of New York bag, I love it.

A Christmas ornament from "The Big Apple" personalised with "Merry Christmas 2017", Rebecca said you could have anything written on it.

A key ring with "Kaylee" on it, how exciting, when Rebecca saw it she had to buy it for me.

 We looked after Rebecca's fur babies, Kendrick and Nala while she was away.  When Rebecca came to our place last Saturday I put a message around their necks to welcome their Mumma home.        This is Nala.

This is Kendrick

Rebecca with Kendrick and Nala, they were all excited to be reunited.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017


My Dear Bloggy friend Anthea of Hibiscus Stitches is hosting her second Australia Day Swap in 2018.  We had so much fun this year, if you'd like to join for 2018 head over to Anthea's Blog and join up. SIGN UP CLOSES ON FRIDAY 5TH JANUARY 2018


Saturday, December 23, 2017


I'm so excited, I'm 59 and applied for my first ever Passport for my travels next year, the pages are so pretty with the Australian photo watermark pages.

            Kate gave me this really gorgeous Oroton passport cover with my Birthday pressies.

My old Christmas Wreath was over 20 years old so last year I threw it out, this year I made a new                             one, it only took 20 minutes using my glue gun, it's simple, I love it.

Last Thursday I went into Brisbane city to visit my ex work place of over 19 years for a visit and I                            had my photo taken in the Foyer next to the glorious big Christmas tree.

I went to lunch with two of the girls I worked with to Jellyfish Restaurant at Riverside Centre (I worked in the Riverside Centre), it's my favourite restaurant in Brisbane.  We enjoyed the most delicious meal as usual.

My Mum has come to visit for 2 weeks over Christmas/New Year.  While she is here she is going to teach me cake icing.  This is my first attempt, I know it's not a masterpiece and I really don't intend to paint cakes however apparently I need to learn everything "just in case". 

This will be my last post for 2017

Looking forward to a Happy & Healthy 2018 for us all. Also for many new adventures in our van and some travelling overseas.


Friday, December 15, 2017


My craft efforts over the past few weeks have been these 2 laundry bags for our ADF, through Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) for squadron and they need to be done in Black and Yellow.

       I also finished the hems and pockets on these 15 dresses for Dress A Girl Around The World,                                                                               Australia

     I started making some crochet Poppies for the project 5,000 Poppy group. Next year is 100 years                                                since the end of the great war WWI.

Happy Friday everyone



Happy Monday everyone, it's now 72 days till I depart Australia for my long awaited trip to Japan. Last week I made more gifts to t...