Sunday, December 30, 2012

Our Three Christmases

We were lucky enough to celebrate Christmas 3 times in our family this year.      Firstly we celebrated with our extended family - a group of cousins of mine try to get together a couple of times each year at the Grand Hotel at Wentworth Falls and this year was no exception.    We have been meeting at the "Grand" for well over twenty years now.     It is a good meeting place as we come from all over the State - Sydney, Bathurst, Central Coast and south coast.    


Our second celebration was our family Christmas which was held early due to our son and daughter-in-law travelling  to Tamworth over the Christmas period.   As you can see Santa was very generous again  this year.   

We were lucky enough to score one of those boxes holding the most delectable truffles made by our DDIL.

And our third Christmas was on the real Christmas day celebrated at mum and dad's house.    I was lucky enough to be seated next to the prawns - what a pity that it is only mum and I that eat prawns. 

I was given some lovely gifts and amongst them were these quilting books and magazines.  Lots and lots of gorgeous quilts to add to my growing list.    

Next celebration is New Year's Eve.    We have the champers in the fridge chilling along with some yummy cheeses and nibbles to help bring in the new year.   

Happy sewing and see you all next year.  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas in Sydney 2012

Hubby and I took ourselves into the city to see it all "dolled up" for  Christmas and we were not disappointed.    After getting off the bus  at Wynard and walking into the main part of the city we came across the tree in Martin  Place

Further on in the Pitt Street mall we saw lots of trees and bright lights as can be seen below

A walk through the Strand Arcade is always delightful  - to look at  the lovely shops and smell the aromas from all the coffee and chocolate shops.


A must to visit when in Sydney is the Queen Victoria Building.  Santa sitting in his Crystal Cave

If you look  very closely at this photo below you can see "snow" falling around the magnificent tree.  

Wishing you and your families a happy and safe Christmas.   Happy sewing until next time.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bits and pieces

It seems a long time since I have blogged and looking at the date of the last post it certainly is. What have I been doing in the interim? Firstly a tabletopper for Halloween. While Halloween is not celebrated much in Australia I did see this fabric with bats on it and thought that it would make a cute tabletopper.

Secondly a tablerunner for DS and DDIL for their new dining table. I like the fact that no matter which side of the table you sit on you see Christmas trees.  I found the tutorial to make the runner at the Missouri quilt company.   

Next were the tabletoppers below for 3 very good friends. I chose bright cute fabric as they all have grandchildren.

And last but not least is the set below which I made for my BIL and SIL. They both like the “beachy” look so I thought that the shell fabric would be appropriate for them.     I made a tabletopper along with hexagon shaped placemats for dinner plates, entrĂ©e plates and coasters.

I do have another tablerunner and matching placemats as a WIP but more on that later on.
Now that I am on holidays for the next couple of weeks I hope to get some more time to blog and sew.

Until next time happy sewing and I look forward to blog hopping and seeing what everyone has been up to.