Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Post for 2010

My last post for 2010 and I wanted to share some photos of my awesome Christmas Eve. For the last few years I have had to work on Christmas Eve, but lucky for me, this year I was free and managed to have one of the best days ever.
My eldest son, who moved out of home this year (and broke my heart!!!), rang and asked if we could spend the day together. I had no idea where he was taking me, so it was a great surprise to go to the Gallery of Modern Art in the city (Brisbane). The exhibition being held there at the moment is 21st Century - Art in the First Decade.
It's brilliant... if you live in Brisbane and get the chance to go, I highly recommend it.
I love that so many of the exhibits are interactive and it's all totally free as well.
This is James in the white leggo room with the tower he built.
This wall was huge and filled with thousands of ribbons called "I wish your wish". It is inspired by a Brazilian tradition and you are able to choose a ribbon with someone's wish on it and tie it around your wrist. The tradition is when the ribbon eventually falls off, the wish is granted.
I chose a wish that meant something to me as well...
It was "I wish I could spend more time with my family"

This is another interactive display where you were invited to choose one of the many wonderful postcards and send one to yourself.
This exhibit was amazing with all it's lights and mirrors.
See this slide? Yep, I went down it (and in a skirt as well!!!) and raced James to the bottom.
There are so many other amazing things to see and do. The room containing the birds (finches) is NOT to be missed... unfortunately you couldn't take any photos in this room.
Afterward we treated ourselves to a couple of the best burgers ever!
James and I had a great day and I enjoyed myself immensely.
Continuing my wonderful day... My youngest son, Jack, booked us into a new local restaurant for dinner. It was fabulous! Not only great company and yummy food... but Santa was there and posed with Jack and his girlfriend for a photo.
There was also live music, some Christmas carols and a great mixture of other songs that got us all singing along (even had Jack and his dad singing a few notes into the microphone!!!!)
It was wonderful and soooo much fun!

I cannot believe this year is drawing to a close and it has been a truly amazing year, although not all happy and upbeat. We've had some sadness with losing very dear, loved ones. We've had changes to the family and stresses as does everyone. But I try always to remember the best times and the happy times and I also try to make the most of every second that I have... especially when it comes to spending time with my family and friends.

I wish all the best to my wonderful blogging friends and their families for the New Year.
I look forward to staying in touch with the wonderful friends I have met and found along the way on this amazing journey of blogging.

I hope 2011 brings you happiness, good health and all the things you wish for!

See you next year!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Swap Presents Sent....

These are the presents I made for my swap partners. I made Fee a linen bag with her initial on it....
and a decorative tag.
Poor Fee has had a terrible fall and hurt herself - I hope you're feeling better soon you poor thing xx
For Kylie in my Friends in Stitching group I made a sewing folder and a stationery folder in the Rouenneries fabric range.
Inside the stationery folder.
Inside the sewing folder.
In Maree's 6 present swap I made my partner, Gai, a bag in Robyn Pandolph fabrics. I've always loved this range.
These are the other gifts in that swap.
In Chookyblue's swap I made my partner, Caroline, a Christmas wall hanging, which is now living all the way over in the Netherlands!
I also wanted to show you the table runner I made for my brother for Christmas. This is in the gorgeous Lumiere de Noel range and the pattern is from the Moda Bake Shop site. It was fun to make and went together beautifully.
I want to make one for myself as well.... but I will have to wait until the New Year and I have finished making my Mum's curtains (they're coming Mum xx)
Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Swap Presents Received...

I just wanted to show you some photos of the gorgeous presents I received in the 4 swaps I was in this Christmas. Above are the gorgeous presents I received from Fee in her Advent swap.
I just love this range of fabric! The bag is gorgeous and inside the lovely little needlecase are the cutest pins! The calendar is just amazing and I love it all so much ... Thanks Fee xx
This Advent swap is where you receive a little gift every day of December up until Christmas Day! It's so much fun opening a present each day. These are some of the other wonderful things I got from Fee.....
Beautiful fabrics, wooden buttons, notepads, buttons, embroidery floss, and (my favourite) a little tin girl ... oh and gorgeous Christmas decorations that went straight on to the tree.
In Chookyblue's swap my partner was Simonas from Croatia. This is the gorgeous table runner she made for me. I think it's beautiful and the colours are just gorgeous.
Thank you so much Simonas xx
Another swap I was in was Maree's 6 present swap. My partner was Gai (no blog, unfortunately)... who really spoiled me. It was almost like Gai knew me perfectly. The box of bon bons were a hit with the kids on Christmas Day and the coasters she made are something I've been meaning to make for myself for some time.
I have always wanted to read a "quilty" novel and this one is perfect.
It also came with a beautiful hand made bookmark.
Gorgeous variegated threads and a pack of Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs (which I just happen to love!) and the most gorgeous bag......
I LOVE it! Thanks so much Gai.
The last swap is one with my Friends in Stitching group and the gorgeous Peg made for me (how lucky was I??) Peg made me these 3 lovely bags, (perfect for my trip to Melbourne next month) for my cosmetics, toothpaste and shampoo. The back is made in lovely soft chenille.
I also received these 2 lovely embroidered bags for my "precious things".

Plus a gorgeous embroidered mug rug. I have wanted to make one of these since they started appearing in blogland, but didn't have the time. Thanks so much Peg... I love them all so much.
The little reindeer WAS full of chocolates, but of course he's been empty now for some time.... ha ha!!!

A big "Thank You" to all the wonderful bloggers out there that organise these swaps for us. There must be so much work in organising these swaps, and with the added bonus of Christmas on top of all this work, I can't imagine how you get the time, let alone feel like doing this for us.
It is greatly appreciated.
I also want to thank again my lovely partners for your generousity and friendship and your beautiful, appreciated gifts.
I will be back soon to show you what I have made and given.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

What Makes Me Happy Week No. 52

This is my last "What Makes me Happy" post for 2010 and it almost didn't happen as we've had no internet all morning... it has to be all the rain we've had!
I've noticed over the year many of my posts had something in common and by doing this post every week, I've found the "thing" that makes me the most happiest is.....

FAMILY
My family (and spending time with my family) is the most important thing to me.
They make me very HAPPY. I love them to pieces and can't wait till we're together.
Just being in their company, listening to them, talking to them spending time with them... I can't get enough.
I have enjoyed doing this post every Monday so much. It has really opened my eyes to what's important to me and what truly makes me happy. There have been weeks, when I really didn't feel like doing the post, and at that particular time things weren't very happy at all. But making the conscious effort to find something that made me happy (and it all honesty.... it wasn't very hard at all!!!) my week turned around and I found there ALWAYS WAS SOMETHING to be happy about it, especially if I stopped feeling sorry for myself!!!!
I so glad I made the effort to keep this up for the year and it is something I will always look back on and enjoy re-reading! This journey was amazing!
HAPPY MONDAY TO YOU!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to you all.....

How cool is this.... While visiting my Mum a few days ago.. this Jolly Old fellow was traveling up and down the streets of Redcliffe, wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas" and handing out lollies to all the kids. Apparently he does this every year and has been doing it for years. Of course my youngest son had to catch up with him, 3 streets away, for a photo and came back with a handful of lollies for all of us.
These are a couple of photos of some Christmas Lights we have found in our neck of the woods. The people above have really used their acreage to full advantage. Isn't this just wonderful? It goes way back and there is just so much to see.
I love this "naughty" one.
Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed my blogging this year. I have met some truly amazing, generous, wonderful friends that I would never have met if I hadn't started this blogging journey. I can't wait to see what the next year brings.....
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas to you and your families
and all the very best to you in the New Year.
Stay safe, happy and healthy!
I hope you enjoy the day with your loved ones.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Party

We had our Christmas party today...
that means yummy food, gorgeous presents and the best of friends laughing and spending time together..... You can't beat that!!

I love the beautiful things I received today. Always these girls give from the heart, with beautiful, thoughtful gifts.

This is the little bear I made Helen.
Thanks for a great day today! As always!!! Can't wait until we get together again!