Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Treasures

Today Melody's Tuesday Treasures is about our pets. Even though I'm not home at the moment, I still wanted to join in and share my little furballs (who I am missing terribly). My cats are home with my hubby who informed me before I left on holidays that he was going to put Squeaky on a diet!! She is a sneaky little thing and always manages to get to the cat food first, before the older one, Cookie! I jokingly weighed her before I left to make sure he he!!
These photos are permanently on my phone!
Have a great week and thanks Melody for hosting Tuesday Treasures again.

Monday, February 27, 2012

What makes me happy 27.2.2012

I love being on holidays and in that lovely relaxed 'holiday mode'. Not having to go to work is also a huge plus!!!
Meeting new people, seeing new things, learning the history of places - everything is like a real adventure to us as we've never been here before.
Hope you're having a very HAPPY MONDAY too!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012


 Jack and I flew to Adelaide today for a few days holiday. It is just beautiful. The view leaving Brisbane and arriving in Adelaide was amazing. We are staying in a gorgeous 1836 built hotel with chandeliers, beautiful artwork on the walls, vintage furniture, ancient manual lifts and wonderful old architecture. It's so lovely and comfortable. There is so much going on with the Fringe Festival in full swing. I am so lucky to be able to share this all with my youngest son. We are having a ball.
Loving Adelaide!

Friday, February 24, 2012

3 Year Anniversary and a Give Away

 Today is my blogging anniversary! I have been blogging for 3 years and I enjoy it so much. Along the way I have met some truly amazing, generous, giving bloggers. I have made many friends and even been lucky enough to meet many in person. I cannot tell you how much blogging has changed my life, in so many wonderful ways. It started off as my journal of crafting finishes, but has become so much more. It is now my diary and journal of my life, my family, my crafting obsession, my friends, my challenge to find happiness every day.
To celebrate I am having a give away and it is open to anyone who leaves a message on this post. I will be away next week, so you will have until next Friday to leave a message and I will randomly pick someone from the comments. Good luck!!!

For the give away you can choose one of the journals and cover from the above three I have just made.
Just choose red, pink or brown....
I also have a whimsical charm pack "It's a Hoot" from Moda, some lovely wooden buttons and a very handy tissue cover...
Thank you so much for being a part of my Blogging Journey!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

February Finishes

 This month I've found my mojo and managed to get a few things finished. This little thread catcher is something I saw on Tillymints blog which led to a great little tutorial for it HERE. I found some lovely little antique buttons to finish it off. 
 I also made 3 more journal covers. I loved the first one so much I decided to keep going and make a few more. This one is in the French Journal Collection and is Belle Rose.
 Two more in Rouenneries fabric by French General with lovely old buttons on the front.
 So I have a total of four lovely journals now, and I think they will make nice gifts for friends this year.
 I love that each journal has a place inside for a pen too.
 I was thinking they might make a nice give away... I have an anniversary coming up.....
 I have also finished my sewing machine cover and mat. I am really happy with the mat. It's the perfect size for my machine and has a great little pocket at the front.
 It's a great holder for your scissors.
 The pocket on the end is also perfect for the electricity chord and is now finished off with it's little satin flowers.

 The front is finished off with it's little satin flowers and seed beeds....
 ....and on the top there is now a handle for easy lifting...
 The last thing I've made is a couple of tissue holders... These were for a bit of fun when I went to the soppy Chick Flick last weekend.... But the fabrics (Patisserie) make them look so lovely.
I am celebrating an anniversary tomorrow and as I haven't had a give away before, I am thinking it's high time I did... 
Hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Treasures

It's Tuesday again, and today I'm joining Melody's Tuesday Treasures again with somewhat of a long story to tell.
I hope one day my kids and even maybe my Grandkids will read some of the stories in my blog book and discover things they didn't know about me and our family. This is one of those stories that they should know....
Be warned, this could be a long story.....
About 11 years ago, unfortunately some of my memory of this event is a little fuzzy... My Mum went into hospital for a fairly minor operation. She went to a small private hospital on the north side of Brisbane, just over an hours drive from where I live. She was adamant that I should come to the hospital and stay with her. My Mum has "feelings" about things and this she was very insistent upon... that I should be there with her, and definitely be there when she came back out of surgery. I told her I would be there. I remember I was doing some hand quilting on a very large quilt at the time, and as my Mum loves butterflies, and I was there with her at the hospital, I quilted some butterflies in the block I was working on. 
The surgery took longer than it should, but eventually she came back out and was recovering back in her bed. She was very sore and in a lot of pain. Now my Mum has a very strong threshold for pain, so I was a little worried, but the doctor assured me she was okay. Eventually I packed up and made the long drive home, although still worried that the pain Mum was experiencing didn't seem to be getting any better. 
Later that night, actually about 1 a.m. in the morning...I got a phone call from the hospital. Mum was still in agony and they were taking her back into surgery to see what was wrong. I asked the doctor if I should drive back to the hospital, and he said "No".. things would be fine. I got off the phone and my husband,  who also gets these "feelings" when something is wrong, told me in no uncertain terms to get myself to the hospital. So I immediately dressed and started the hour long drive back to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning. About half an hour into the trip, right near the city, I got a phone call from the hospital. It was the doctor and he was asking me how soon I could get there.. Things had gone wrong and Mum was in a very bad way... What I didn't know until later, is that in the operation they had perforated the bowel and my Mum had peritonitis, renal failure, and more...They were transporting her to another, larger, hospital that had an Intensive Care Unit. 
When I got to the hospital, I parked right in behind the ambulance that was taking my Mum. The doctor basically told me I could go to my Mum and give her a kiss... It was quite possibly a kiss "goodbye:" 
I didn't even recognise my Mum... she had tubes running out of her everywhere and her whole body had swollen up and she looked so different. It was heartbreaking.
I followed right behind the ambulance, flying through the streets of Brisbane, still very early in the morning. None of this seemed real. When I got to the ICU I was basically there for hours without anyone coming to see me or tell me what was going on. My Mum and Dad had been separated for years, but still remain great friends and it was my Dad who was the next to get to the hospital. He was my rock and over the next week that Mum was in the ICU, he was there every day making sure my sister (who had joined me there) and I were okay and were eating meals throughout the day. You don't know the strength of some people until they are put under severe pressure, but my Dad was a tower of strength and I don't know how I would have coped if he hadn't been there. My husband too was amazing. I just left him with the kids and I don't even know what or how he coped with work and the boys... My boss just said to take as much time as I needed and everything else just fell into place.  I don't remember much of those days, all that I remember is that we were just there with Mum, talking to her, holding her hand, brushing her hair, laughing and telling stories, and crying lots too.Slowly, after about a week, my Mum came back to us... and continued to get stronger everyday. I can't believe how close we came to losing her.
If you're still with me, I am going to get to the crucifix..... This cross was on the walls of the IC unit right next to every bed in there. My uncle (my Mum's younger brother) came to visit one day with his partner. His partner worked at the Salvation Army where they made those crucifix's and supplied them to the hospital.. the exact ones. When I heard this I asked if I could get one for myself and my Mum and I think my sister.may have one also. 
Every time I look at this cross I remember that time in our lives when we came so close to losing my Mum. I remember how precious life is and how we must remember to tell our loved ones how much we love them every day. I also remember to be eternally grateful that this was not her time to go. 
Wow... I remembered more of that than I thought!
So this beautiful cross is on the wall of my bedroom and I see it every day and I am grateful every day that I still have my Mum. It is a real treasure of mine, along with my Mum... she definitely is a treasure as well. 
Thanks for listening and letting me get that story out... I'd forgotten so much of it until now. I guess you try to forget the sad things in life as best you can. But I don't think my boys even remember that time in our lives as they were both so young, and it is something they should know.
Thanks so much Melody for hosting Tuesday Treasures again today..

Monday, February 20, 2012

What Makes Me Happy 20.2.2012

Okay .... it's Sunday afternoon... the husbands are away doing their own thing... there is a wonderful, soppy, bring-your-tissues chick flick on... What do you do???
You MUST grab a girlfriend, a packet of tissues, the largest bag of maltezers you can find, a bottle of water ('cuz you don't want to drink anything fattening!) and you GO to that movie... "The Vow:"
Yep, it was good and it was warm and fuzzy and I did need my tissues...
But I had a lovely time and there is no way my hubby would have gone to see this with me...
So I am very happy to have great friends who will see this sort of sappy stuff with me..
thanks so much Sandi!!!
Have a great week!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday Night Sew-In

 Last night is the first time I joined in the Friday Night Sew-In.
I must admit I was a little ambitious with what I thought I might get made, but I am very happy with the result. 
I bought this pattern and fabric for a sewing machine cover just this week. It is by Cheryl Goss of Willowberry Designs and it's called "Sewing Companions". It also has a mat and pincushion in the pattern.  I have needed a cover for my machine for a while now and I'm so glad I have it almost completed.
 The fabrics are from the gorgeous Patisserie range and I am so happy with the way they all go together. The cover has beading and ruffles, and on the back there are 2 rows with peepers. I still have to sew tiny little flowers along the second bottom row, with little seed beads in the centre of them. There is also a little embroidered cameo monogram that hangs off the front cover which I still have to make, and of course I didn't get around to the machine mat... but there was more work in the machine cover than I thought.
 On the side there is quilted pocket which also needs some little flowers attached to it.. But that won't take me too long to finish.
Thanks so much to Heidi and Bobbi for hosting the FNSI.... it was just the nudge I needed to get this cover made.. Thank you!
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday Treasures

Today I'm joining in Melody's Tuesday Treasures, and being Valentines Day, I wanted to share my locket. 
My husband gave me this gold locket before the boys were born, so over 20 years ago. I have always loved lockets and he surprised me with this. Originally it had a lovely, delicate chain, but when the boys were little they pulled on my necklace quite a bit and the chain was constantly being broken. My husband then bought another chain for it, a much stronger one and each link is soldered. Since then I think I've broken it only once (or twice!).
I always wore it when the boys were little, but not as much these days. As you can see... it has some damage... that's Jack's teeth marks in it!!! When the boys were little and I was carrying them, they would quite often grab the necklace and put it in their mouths. On the back you can quite clearly see the shape of the teeth marks. It needs a bit of panel beating done to it... but I love it just the way it is!
Inside I originally had baby photos of the boys in it, but a few years later I replaced them with older photos. 
I love it and it was really nice to get it out again today and wear it.
I am off to see who else is playing along today. Thanks for hosting Tuesday Treasures again Melody!

Monday, February 13, 2012

What Makes Me Happy 13.2.2012

 There are some very talented, artistic people out there. What's making me happy this week, is the gorgeous art work popping up on everyday things... Like this wonderful kangaroo on an electricity pole!
It turns plain, mundane things into beautiful works of art! And they're everywhere!!!
 Near where I live there are hundreds of electricity poles painted with all sorts of wonderful things, including butterflies!
My favourites, though, are the scenes that depict Australia and Australian animals. Just love this windmill with the sunset in the background,.
 This is a huge concrete tank that would normally be quite an eyesore, especially as it is quite close to the road. I think it's gorgeous, with it's lovely Australian scene, waterfalls, frogs, lizards, kangaroos and birds painted on it.

Even the local bus shelter has had a make over with koalas and pandas!
I'm sure lots of people drive past these gorgeous painted pieces every day and don't think twice about them... But I just love them and the fact that someone has painted such a gorgeous picture on them, really makes me smile...
What's making you happy today?
Have a great day!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Sewing

 I love it on a Sunday when everything is done and I get a chance to do some sewing. 
This is a Faeries in My Garden pattern called Isabella's Journal. and is part of their Gift of the Month club.
 The pattern is a journal cover and bookmark. The fabric is gorgeous, with vintage writing and roses.
Inside the back cover there is a neat little pen holder.
 The open journal and bookmark.
 I also made a little tissue cover from this great tutorial . I liked this one as the corners are sewn to make it a more box shape and the tissues fit in better.
Of course I had a lot of help from my trusty sewing companion, Squeaky!
Who promptly fell asleep!!!
THIS is why everything I make is covered in cat hair!!!
 I also finished off some lavender sachets that I started at Christmas time!
 2 and 3 sachets, tied together with ribbon.
 I hope you've had a lovely Sunday as well.
We are just about to get a storm... lots of thunder and it's become very dark here in the house. 
I'm glad I've finished sewing and the machine is off. 
I hope this means it will start to cool off with some rain as it's been very hot here today.
I'm not complaining though....
This is the weather forecast where James is in Leeds, UK this week.....
Yesterday the screen had snow falling down upon it... So clever!!
Have a great week!