Sunday, November 28, 2010's good to be home

Dearest Mom

Sydney was busy, a little dirty but interesting.

Here are a few photographs of our three days there. I did spend a lot of it on my own as Button was a tad BUSY!!

NIDA - Button's Holy Grail ....

I wish you and Dad were with me on Friday - I spent the day in Surrey Hills - you would have LOVED it - quaint old houses, lovely little resturants - and not a chain store in sight!!!

I walked to the Sydney Opera house and here are a few images that caught my eye.

Just in case you can't read this - "The colony was short of servants. In this school, originally a light horse barracks, the ladies of Sydney sought to teach their lesser sisters "every branch of household work'."

I must be honest (and maybe a little un-Australian) to say that the Opera House is a strange looking building!! A close up of the tiles that cover the whole building.

I did not manage to include a photograph of that gorgeous waiter - but he come to mind when I came across this statue!!!!!

The last night we caught a bus to Darling Harbour - had a lovely dinner - watched street performers do their thing. And were lucky enough to catch a fireworks display!!!

Poor Button, she was tired at the end of it all.

There no excuse for me looking so terrible, though!!

I bought this t-shirt for a certain friend of mine - it is PERFECT for her!!!
All in all, I think it was a very successfull and contructive weekend for Button. With some very positive results. It was lovely to share the experience with her.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Still in Sydney..................

Dearest Mom
Button and I are still in Sydney. We caught a bus to Circular Quay last night - that's right next to the Opera House -sort of. We decided to have Italian for dinner - eventually got a table at this very busy restuarant. Food was ok but the waiter was gorgeous!!!!!!
I will post some photographs of our trip when I get home - unfortunately there won't be any of the gorgeous waiter!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The week that was.................

Dearest Mom
We had an eventfilled week - a little tense at times......but good. It was a week without Vaughn, though.
Monday - well - you know what that means - I turn into this...............

Tuesday - I found this pattern of a handpieced quilt in an old magazine - hmmmmm.....I think, I think I will start this one soon..........but I will try bolder fabrics with a black and white background.... what do you think?

Wednesday - poor little Gem Squash had a haircut and bath - she absolutley HATES it. You would never had guessed that, would you?

Thursday - This sewing room mine is such a mess - I promised myself - AGAIN - that I will tidy it and the keep it that way. Yeh, right!!!!

Friday - Button had her first EVER audition - EVER!!

Saturday - I did a very foolish thing - I checked for dust wearing my glasses!!! Not good because now I have to do something about it!!
Sunday - family and friends for lunch - met the "in-laws" - lovely people, just like Nat.


Friday, November 19, 2010

A first call back and some of my crazy.......

Dearest Mom
So...................Button got her first call back at her first audition - this is all so exciting!!!!

Bev mentioned to me the other day that I have no posts of my crazy on my blog - I checked and she is right.
The following are photos of some of my work - but they are not complete - as you know I like to work on so many things at once!!!!

I have been using these blogs as a teaching tool in my class - thats the reason for them being not as fussy and encrusted as my other crazy.

These blocks are also a little too pink!!! As you know - I love much richer colours and textures.

Hmm .......after seeing these photos I must really get stuck into them - embellish, encrust and bling !!!!!!!!!!!!

PS It rained last night - lovely heavy rain.

PSS I must also stop complaing about the quality of my photographs and do something about it..........

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Good luck, beautiful Button....................

Dearest Mom,
Things are a little tense in our house today, Button has her first audition today. Lets hope it all goes well. She is a brave girl. We are very proud of her.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Crazy @ Patchwork Angel....

Dearest Mom
Can you believe that this is Sue's first "attempt" at crazy quilting?? Quite incredible, really.

Sue is left handed - so it's a bit of a challenge for me to teach her some of the stitches. The main thing is that she loves her own work - which is so lovely. Well done, Sue!!!!


Missing you Dad........................


Monday, November 15, 2010

A gift and a bit of this and that.....

Dearest Mom

Look what Jane gave me......... the 2011 Victoria and Albert diary - each page has photographs of antique quilts and sewing notions.
Thanks, Jane!!!!

I made this little needle case - hmmm - handy, but I am beginning to wonder if I need to get a life???????

I got the idea from a blog called - Totally Tutorials - but adapted it slightly.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Time to get tacking........

Dearest Mom

I've had this quilt top finished for quite a while - need to get it tacked so I can quilt it.

BUT, what quilt design??? I was thinking Baptist fan - using a Pearl 5 thread?


Actually, the colours of this quilt do not show up as well in this photo. The kaffe colours are so vibrant in real life.........



Friday, November 12, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Patchwork Angel - crazy quilting

Dearest Mom,
Pamela's crazy - lovely lady - beautiful work.
I must admit that I am still battling with my photos - I wonder if the problem is me or the camera - surely, it's not me!!!!!!



Dearest Mom
Just a few photos of Gareth at the Multicultrual Excellence Awards night. He won the award for excellence in sport.
Acceptance speech!!
I think there should have been award for the most beautiful Kiwi - Nat would have won for sure!!!!