Thursday 24 December 2009

Peace on Earth

As a child, Silent Night was my favourite Christmas carol. When I was growing up, I would walk around the farm (probably while I was chipping Bathurst burrs for $1/hour!), singing it to myself, trying to hit every note perfectly. It remains one of my all-time favourites, and this version is delightful!

A very blessed Christmas to each and every one of you, as we celebrate our Savious Jesus' birth. Lots of love & Christmas cheer from my family to yours, and peace, health and happiness to you for 2010. Bloom xxx

Friday 18 December 2009

Travelling north

We are just home from a 2400km round trip to a hot and humid Brisbane for a family wedding. And that's a relatively short trip in Australia! Here are some of my favourite images from the wedding, which incidentally was held at a golf course!
The nieces & nephews had a front row seat, but were more interested in each other than the nuptials!
Cousins, from eldest to youngest - a rare gathering.
Playing with rose petals after the ceremony.
At the end of the night - all that dancing wears a girl out!
I did manage to get a little 'something blue' finished (in the car on the way!) for the bride.
The pattern is one of Marg Low's latest releases, the delightful 'Sweet Heart Birdies'. It was a perfect gift for the bride - she wore it tied to her wrist at the reception - special!
The timber embellishment is one of many gorgeous designs by Barb of Theodora Cleave Designs.
Brisbane was hot, and since our accommodation was basic and pool-less, we spent a lot of time at South Bank keeping cool:
Of course, travelling north afforded me the luxury of taking photos of all sorts of exotic blooms that I never usually see.
I can't tell you what these blooms are. They are completely beyond my limited botanical expertise - feel free to educate me!
A long trip, but a truly brilliant one! Now, to get organised for Christmas?!

Monday 7 December 2009

Teacher gifts? Tick!

Yes, I did make the Friday afternoon deadline for our teacher gifts. I just haven't had a moment to post since!
The inspiration for these pencil rolls came originally from this post by Kathy at Pink Chalk Studio.
I used some gorgeous 'Follow Your Imagination' by Prints Charming for the outside of one of the rolls.
And some black & white 'Trio' by Timeless Treasures on the other. I love the little yellow birds on this print. This is one of the beautiful prints that my fellow fabric-holic friend Janelle has sent me this year. It was perfect for this project.
Next on the 'to do' list? A little 'something blue' for a wedding next weekend. Back with news on that front soon I hope!
Have a great week. Bloom x

Friday 4 December 2009

Fabric rainbows

Have made some progress with my pencil rolls. The tedious (but pretty!) part is done:
Last day of school for us today. It has been another huge year that has simply flown by. Looking forward to having time to chill out with my 'babies'.

Thursday 3 December 2009

It's that time of year again ...

... when I lose my grip on reality & decide that something handmade MUST be produced as gifts for the teachers of my children! Why can't I just buy a box of chocolates like normal, sensible parents?
For the last two years (here and here) I have made pencil rolls for our teachers. They have been received with sufficient enthusiasm that I am sticking with basic idea. I have made a start - stationery purchased and fabrics selected. I bought felt tip pens this year rather than pencils (Staedtler Triplus Fineliners from Officeworks if you're interested). I have 24 hours to come up with two rolls. Could be a late night!

Tuesday 1 December 2009

Settle petal!

In amongst the madness that is December & the last few days of our school year, there is just a little time for some stitching self-indulgence!
One of my 14 year old daughter's favourite sayings at the moment, in response to any family member who is feeling a tad frazzled & impatient, is "Settle petal"! Goes down a treat when the said frazzled & impatient one is me!! So in an attempt to 'settle' myself, I have my own strategy. When my day is manic, I take a couple of minutes & go sit & stare at these little buttons & muted colours, & calm is usually restored! (More of this project to be revealed soon).
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