Saturday, September 25, 2010

Having a blast!!

How wonderful it is to be with my darling daughter again :o)!!We’re really enjoying our holiday so far and apart from some rain today we’ve been blessed with some really terrific sunny weather.

Here we are in Paris …. London & France part 2 168inside Notre Dame above and of course the gawjus Eiffel Tower below.London & France part 2 183 We’re having a fabulous time and we’re trying to pack as much as we can into each day …. :o). We went to the Louvre and we even got to see this in the flesh … London & France part 2 111well, not in the ‘flesh’ exactly, it’s kept behind a glass case – but you know what I mean LOL.

We’re back in London today and will be off to Nice tomorrow with Tahlia and Luke (DD2 and her partner) … I can’t wait, I’m really looking forward to a slower pace too ;o).

I’m able to get onto the net every now and then so I’ll try to post again soon … until then …….

Friday, September 17, 2010

Another September Finish :o)

I just thought I’d show you another finish for September!! I made these yesterday cos I was a bit worried that my new little notebook might get scratched while we’re holidaying …September 2010 173There’s a pouch for all the USB Do-hickeys and Do-dads[[ those are very technical terms – sorry to those who aren’t quite so ‘puter savvy ;o)]]September 2010 172 and of course a comfy little zippy topped sleeping bag for my dear little notebook :o)September 2010 174 So now I’m pretty much ready to go!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Attention all stitchers from UK and France ;o)!!!

As you would probably have guessed by now, I’m getting a bit excited about our upcoming visit to see my gawjus girl and her partner in London …18459_256177823178_656333178_4335273_1687739_n That’s my Tahlia in the red coat with her partner Luke on the left. The other couple are my DS Ross and his lovely wife Alicia – they visited UK last Christmas. I cannot wait to give Tahlia and Luke a great big hug – I miss them SO much!! Only 3 more sleeps til we leave :oD!!!!!!

Of course, we’ll also be doing some travelling around and some sight seeing, so I was hoping my friends in the UK might be able to help me out and let me know where the patchwork shops are over there as I’d love to check them out :o). We’ll be hiring a car for part of the holiday and plan to travel around a bit. We’ll also be going to France and spending a week in Nice so if there are any stores around there I’d love to hear about them too ;o).

I haven’t started packing yet … but I have to say, all of our suitcases are looking much smarter now, thanks to Fiona from Bubz Rugz – look what arrived in the mail yesterday…September 2010 162 and when I opened it up …

3 GAWJUS luggage tags for our suitcases!!!!!!!!!! Don’t they look smart now (try to ignore my DHs guitar stuff in the background he he he). Bear (my DD2) also snaffled the pretty pink ribbon to go on hers :o)  ….September 2010 168 We’ll have NO trouble picking out our bags on the carousels now!! THANK YOU SO MUCH Fiona … your thoughtfulness just warms my heart :o)!!! I LOVE them :o)!!!

I’d better be off … I still have HEAPS to do before we go ….

Monday, September 13, 2010

Phew … all finished!!!

First of all … THANK YOU all SO SO much for all the lovely anniversary wishes – Mr JP was also really chuffed – you’re all GAWJUS :o)!!!!!!

Well, I was going to say “what a weekend it’s been” … but I think “what a month it’s been” is more appropriate LOL!! I’ve just had a fabulous weekend at the show … met LOADS of lovely quilters and even some bloggers too …

Hi Aunty Henny!!

Hi Julie!!

Hi Betsylynne!!

And although I didn’t get a lot of time to chat with these gawjus ladies it sure was lovely to meet them!!! Thanks so much for popping in :o)!!!!

The past month getting everything ready has been so hectic but it all came off like a dream …. it was great fun!! I had my stand next to Nikki Tervo and all her gawjus buttons and patterns (yummm) … and she was telling me she’s going to get a blog going too – so look out for that!!!! This pic was taken before we opened on Sunday morning, with the stall holders wandering around and having a chat … if you look really carefully you can *just* see Nikki waaaay up the back there he he. And in the front of the pic, that’s Margaret from Bayside Stitchcraft [[my local PW store and one of my very favourite places to visit ;o)]] she was one of the wonderful ladies who helped to organise this terrific event.September 2010 138 Now that all the show excitement is over, I have another thing to be preparing for … in just a few more days ….. {{well, 5 sleeps to be exact, but who’s counting he he he???!!}} we’ll be packing these….September 2010 150for our big trip away!! Can you guess which one is mine LOL??? I can’t believe that in just 6 sleeps I’ll be hugging my gawjus DD1 again … it’s been tooooo long!!!

London, Paris, Nice … here we come – WOOHOO!!!!!

Don’t worry, I’m taking my trusty laptop so I’ll be able to keep in touch with you all – and keep up with what you’re all doing too ;o).

How many sleeps for you now Cheryl?????

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I’m a bit chuffed!!!

I’ve just finished setting up my very first JoyPatch stand at our local ‘Redlands Quilt Extravaganza’!!!September 2010 064If you’re in the Brisbane area then pop in, I’d love to meet you – the show is at Cleveland Cultural Centre, 2 Middle St, Cleveland, Queensland and it’s on from Friday 10th until Sunday 12th :o)!!!


It’s my Darling Husband’s and my wedding anniversary today!!! 21 years!!!

Look what he sent me ………September 2010 084 as my dear friend Cheryl would say ….. think I’ll keep him :o).

He really is the best …… love ya hon :o)!!!

Hope you’re all having a great day too!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Such Fun!!!

That’s what we’re all having on the Among the Gumtrees blog at the moment!!! We’re having a whole week of giveaways and today it’s my turn, this is what you could win!!!September 2010 021 I’m sure you all realise that this week has been choc filled full of super chances to win, and it’s not over yet!!! Pop over and be sure to leave a comment so that you can be in the draw too. Good luck :o)!!!!!

I hope all the Aussie and NZ Dads had a fabulous Father’s Day yesterday. My DH was chuffed to bits with his pressie!! We had a devil of a job trying to figure out what to get him ……. so what do you get the man who has everything???? Why the kitchen sink of course LOL … September 2010 029Yes, that’s my gawjus hubby peeking over the top of his new camping kitchen he he he!! We had no trouble putting it all together, but packing it up and getting it back in the bag …. well that was another story!September 2010 031Aaaaaah, so THAT’s where it goes lolSeptember 2010 033 Easy Peasy …!!!September 2010 037Now I can’t wait for Summer so that we can go beach camping again :o)!!!

PS …. Only 12 more sleeps Cheryl!!!!! Woohoo :oD!!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

She can’t resist!!!!!

I finished this tablerunner today for a quilt-as-you-go class I’ll be teaching after I get home from our holidays (Btw, 14 sleeps til we go :o)!!!!!).

But ya know,  it doesn’t matter what it is - from a little coaster to a queen sized quilt …September 2010 009my sweet Sophie always has to check it out … from top to bottom he he he!!!Sophie and runner 1Sophie under runner 2 Sophie under the runner 3 Sophie under the runner 4 Sophie under the runner 5 Sophie under the tablerunner 6

I’ve just finished making a delish lasagne for a ‘pot luck’ dinner we’re going to tonight …September 2010 023 I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend … don’t forget to pop in and visit the Among The Gumtrees blog … we’re having some SUPER sensational birthday giveaways over the next few days :o)!!!