Thursday, January 26, 2017


HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY my bloggy friends, I am a very proud white Australian and love Australia Day on 26th January every year.  I hope you're all enjoying the day.  I will be making some Damper soon, that's my tradition on Australia Day......

The lovely Anthea, my long time blog friend over at Hibiscus Stitches organised her very first swap, I was very happy to participate in Anthea's first Australia Day Swap. The criteria of the swap was to send 5 items each starting with a letter from  A U S T R A L I A, we were to include the Australian Flag in one of the items. 

I received my parcel from the lovely Sue over at Kiwikids page, as it turns out Sue is also a bloggy friend of mine...... LOL what are the odds...

Australian flag serviettes... Large table mats... Australian fabric (about 20 pieces in different sizes)
Silly sunglasses, Sue's request also included a ... photo required please, yes I did do this.....
Australian designed fabric bag (a little dilly bag)

Funny photo with silly sunglases

 I sent my parcel to Julie over at Jewells, I sent Julie the following items...

Soap (Australian made).... Tea leaves in a tin from T2... Red buttons (various)... Australian fabric incoporating the Australian flag made into a mug rug.... Lace doily

Thank you Anthea for organising this swap, it was loads of fun, looking forward to the swap again in


Saturday, January 14, 2017


These are the last 8 blocks I have done in the P48Q blocks for 2016.  I enjoyed joining this group in 2016, I learnt so many new blocks and tips along the way....

I really love this completed block, however I must admit I didn't enjoy the process, it's a foundation paper piecing block, I wasted so much fabric and unpicked so many times.......

                                                                     BLOCK 37

I didn't enjoy making this block either, mainly as there weren't any instructions which made the colour combination incorrect meaning you can't see the intended pattern very well. I wasted so much fabric as in the previous block. I'm not a fan of foundation paper piecing.  Maybe I need to look at a few more tutorials. At least I gave it a go.....




This is my first ever English Paper Piecing block AKA EPP....  The pattern had another round of hexies however as I wanted to finish these remainding blocks before the end of 2016 hence the reason I left it this size.





I managed to make 42 out of the 48 Blocks, that's all I'm doing for now.  Maybe when I've got some spare time I may revisit the blocks I haven't done but they really didn't appeal to me at this point. 


Wednesday, January 4, 2017


WOOHOO Happy New Year, I hope this year is a cracker of a year for everyone.

Kate and my SIL gave me this gorgeous Estee Lauder Bag full of Estee Lauder goodies,. which included Eau De Parfum, Nail polish, Eye shadow in that gorgeous little red case and an Estee Lauder BB cream......

Including this gorgeous new Eau De Parfum called "Modern  Muse", it is so lovely.

We were very spolit, Kate also gave us 2 Gold Class movie tickets and $50 to spend on food and drinks whilstg at the movies.  We've never experienced Gold Class so will wait for a great movie to go and see with the tickets. 

I also received this gorgeous coffee mug with a beautiful Wedding photo on it... I have used it quite a few times since Christmas Day, such a wonderful thoughful gift..

My BFF gave me (amongst other things) this wonderful "Kaylee" coffee mug, I was so thrilled and excited to receive this as I've never in my 58 years had anything with my name on it,   my BFF was also very excited to buy it for me...

Our daughter Rebecca gave us a baby Webber Q which I didn't add a photo on the BLOG. We used it Christmas Day to cook the Pork and the Turkey Breast. It cooked the meat beautifully.
These are Rebecca's 2 dogs AKA my Grand fur babies.  They were pooped after such a big eventful day and resting in the cool of the patio....

There we are Christmas over for another 12 months...


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