Is there something wrong with me? I'm packing for our next quilt retreat and getting very excited. I have all the necessities - all my sewing stuff, new projects, sewing machine, lots to stitch and sew, bottle of plonk (chocolate port!!) and chocolates and lollies ..... But .... I haven't given anything else a thought yet! Like clothes and toothbrush and real food!!!
The Brisbane Festival is coming to a close this weekend. There have been lots of amazing shows and Southbank looks incredible.
I definitely recommend the Brisbane light show along the banks of the river. There are two shows each night and we made it to the second one tonight.
It was wonderful.
After such a hot day today it was a really lovely night and perfect to be out and about the city watching the show.
Southbank is all lit up and the lights and atmosphere are incredible. I just wanted to soak it all up. You can see the Brisbane Eye in the background of this photo. It was pretty and amazing at the same time.
And of course the bunnies were there!!!
Before the show, James and I went to dinner at The Burrow, West End. I love this place and the food is amazing.
We had entrée of dips, breads and dukkah and it looked so good served up on the wooden paddle. We also had pizza and they have so many to choose from. Another great place to eat in West End!
Such a great night! Thanks again James xx
I hope you get to see some of the Brisbane Festival too (if you live near Brisbane that is!)
I have finally found the time to make a zippy pouch! I have wanted to make one of these for ages - ever since I saw one that Marilyn had made. Then I was lucky enough to receive one this year for my birthday (from the lovely Marilyn herself)
She has a wonderful tutorial on her blog and I thought I would give it a go.
I received this gorgeous fabric from Terri - who I met in Adelaide earlier this year. It's so cute with its Paris theme and sweet cats. This is the perfect project as it showcases the fabric so well.
The tutorial was wonderful and so easy to follow and understand. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
Having clear plastic on the front and securely closing with a zip, makes these the perfect cases for projects. I love it and can't wait to make another one now!
Stitching with the girls today was a lot of fun as I was playing with teeny tiny hexies and I am a bit addicted to these. So relaxing, just chatting, laughing and hexie-ing!
I now have a complete set thanks to this months Stitch A Long project. Anni Downs lovely little needle case was the item this month.
It was another cute Hatched and Patched pattern and I've used their fabrics again to keep everything matching.
Inside the needle case is another of Anni's cute little wonky stitcheries. I love her stitcheries so much. Also some pockets....
Pockets for threads and needle packets and a wool heart for pins and needles.
I always like to have a place for my scissors in my needle cases so I've turned the appliquéd heart on the front into a scissor pocket. It has a clip inside to make sure they don't fall out.
I'm really happy with my stitching set and none of these would have been made without the encouragement and inspiration from Chooky and her Stitch A Long challenge this year. Thank you so much Chookyblue for all the projects and fun (and whip cracking!) along the way.
On Wednesday my friend, Leona, and I did a spot of shopping. We managed to rummage through lots of antique stores and even a couple of fabric and quilting stores - exactly my kind of shopping!!
At Newfarm Antiques I found this gorgeous English butter dish in beautiful condition.
And this silver thimble. It is even the perfect size.
I also came away with some "very nicely priced" fabrics (cannot resist a bargain!!) and these gorgeous wooden thread cards and a couple of other "necessities"!!
We had a great day and its lovely to spend the day with someone who loves the same things you do and who is great company.
That evening I saw the wonderful Cyndi Lauper in concert at QPAC (Brisbane)! She is amazing. This is the third time I've seen her and the first time was at the height of her career, many years ago. She is as entertaining and brilliant as the first time. Her voice is so strong and she is just wonderful to see live. I love it when she starts to tell you a story and she gets sidetracked constantly and the stories just get longer and longer - and they usually have hilarious endings!
We had a great night. Lots of singing and dancing and clapping.
I had a wonderful day today, in and around Brisbane. Have you heard of the Bun Mobile? I hadn't before, but I'm very glad I have now.
It's a mobile gourmet steamed bun kitchen. James checked out where it was today and it was closeby in West End. I've never had a steamed bun before either and it was delicious.
I had the wagyu beef with soy pickled shitaki mushrooms - it was absolutely delicious. The Bun Mobile is somewhere different each day and today it was next door to the Loading Dock which make a great chai tea as well. Definitely a wonderful idea.
After lunch we decided to head to the Palace Cinema at the Padding ton Barracks to see a movie. Another top idea as I got to see my first huge pink bunny. They are for the Brisbane Festival, made by the artist Stormie Mills and are popping up everywhere and in the oddest places.
We saw "Now You See Me" which was fantastic. I love movies like this where you try to work out how they get away with it and then it all comes together - especially when there's a twist at the end. It was a great movie.
To finish off we visited Archives (also in West End) for a drink. This is such a great place. I just adored the old brown velvet lounge and framed tapestries on the wall. Lots of books and pool tables and a wonderful atmosphere. We had a beer and pear cider and the best beer-battered fries and aioli I've ever had.
Such a great day considering we had no concrete plans to start with. I'm so lucky to have days like these with my boys.
Thanks for a lovely day James - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
I've got another huge day planned tomorrow (I like to make the most of my two days off!!!!!) Cyndi Lauper tomorrow night! Woo Hoo!!!!
I had a lovely high tea this week, again at Devon Pixies and only a day after my cruise! The fun just doesn't stop (how lucky!) Once again the food and surroundings were delicious and lovely. And once again with another wonderful group of friends.
This time we were celebrating the gorgeous Pam's birthday.
Pam is one of the most beautiful people I know - inside and out and I have known her for a very long time. In fact she was my boys Kindy teacher and they still fondly remember her as Miss Pam.
The food was delicious as always and our cupcakes were no exception.
Red velvet cupcakes with a centre of cream and strawberries and flake chocolate on top. Yum!
What a wonderful group of friends I have! I am so lucky and I don't ever forget just how lucky I am to have so many treasured friends. Carol, Susan, Amy, me and in front the lovely birthday girl, Pam.
How's this for a lovely surprise.... Pam gave me a belated birthday present and then gave us all a little gift as well! It felt like it was my birthday!
I just love the cupcake book - it is full of cupcake recipes and gorgeous photos. There was also this beautiful heart paperweight. So lovely. We all were given these beautiful wooden quotes too and I thought mine was just perfect - "The Love of a family is life's Greatest blessing".
Thank you girls for a wonderful lunch and get together. Wish we were all able to do it more often but then it does make these times together very special!
Well I have finally come back to reality after our wonderful 4 days away cruising and celebrating my sister-in-laws birthday. What a fantastic and FUN time we had. It really was just one big party.
It started off well with breakfast at Max Brenners before we boarded. After that the fun and food and laughing just didn't stop.
(My SILs Leah and Zoe and I)
I'd forgotten how much I love Piña Coladas and discovered Fruit Tingles and BBCs (Baileys, banana and Colada)!
This was a Comedy Cruise and we managed to see every show (bar one!) and also went to the Comedians Q & A which was a lot of laughs, and had my pic taken with Cal Wilson.
We did everything! And I mean everything. Zoe (the birthday girl) made sure of that. We played bingo, went late-night disco dancing, went on a scavenger hunt, played trivia on Trivia Night,
soaked up the sun on the deck chairs and totally relaxed, learned the cha cha (this was absolutely hilarious!!),
watched the sun set over the ocean (never did see the sun rise though!!)
saw the circus show and performers,
watched the light show,
sang along at the top of our voices with the band and wished Zoe "happy birthday",
ate the most amazing, delicious food, (Creme brûlée was to die for!!)
And celebrated with a birthday cake on the last night for Zoe.
But most of all .... Had the best time and fun and laughed with a wonderful mix of old and new friends. I have so many memories of these few days that I will treasure forever. Thanks for such a great holiday everyone, especially to my sister-in-law, Zoe, for inviting me to celebrate (and laugh non-stop) with her and my sister-in-law, Leah, who has been one of my best friends since primary school. It was a real treat to go on holiday with you both and I enjoyed every second of our time together. What a ball we had!
Just a few photos of land and the lights of Brisbane before all we saw was the ocean for 3 days.