Sue's place in the sun

Friday, January 16, 2015

Melbourne Zoo

Violet, Lily and Kate walking ahead of me

sitting on the elephant at the entrance to the exhibits

butterfly house

through the crowd to see the elephants

dinner, baths and reading before bed after a big day

Monday I spent the day at Melbourne Zoo with my girls, Kate has shared photos here. While we went to Mildura they visited Werribee Open Range Zoo, as well. 
We were very glad on Tuesday that we had gone to the zoo on Monday as we all got wet getting back to the car after visiting GJ's Fabrics in Brunswick East, so instead of heading to DFO Essendon we drove into South Wharf for lunch and spot of outlet shopping.
We picked Steve up from work and drove home where we organised a baked dinner with Elizabeth and Jared joining us and saying goodbye to the girls before they headed home on Wednesday

Can you tell I'm tired

Christmas seems to have been happening for the last 3 weeks, first Josh Jaclyn and Charlotte arrived on 18th December before they headed to the Blue Mountains to have Christmas with Jac's family. We had Christmas with Josh Jac and Charlotte, Elizabeth and Jared and exchanged presents on 22nd December.

the tree was ready

Charlotte in one of the dresses I made her

Christmas day Elizabeth and Jared were here for lunch. After lunch Lego was built.

sorting out our Lego collection

New Years Day Chris arrived and visited for a week as the firm he works for closed until 7th January, then last Thursday Kate, Lily and Violet surprised me by driving down from Sydney (Steve knew they were coming). They went home Wednesday morning and yesterday we cleaned up and today I have been organising my sewing area which hasn't been touched in weeks.

dresses sent to Sydney for Lily and Violet

What have we been up to with all those visitors, a trip to Anglesea to feed Jared's beach mission team. On the way home we stopped at Torquay where Steve watched a wind surfer.

While in Sydney Jac's nana died on 31st December, the funeral was last Thursday, we offered her if she flew to Melbourne we would drive her and Charlotte back to Mildura. Josh had decided on the day they were due to go home (30th) that he needed to be back home for Frankie the cat who was being cared for by friends.
Last Friday we picked up Jaclyn and Charlie at the airport and drove straight out to Mildura, spent Saturday doing stuff with them and then headed back to the surprise visitors at our place. I finally finished hand quilting Charlotte's quilt and gave it to her.

Charlie and her quilt

Saturday, December 27, 2014


my gifts from Raewyn

Stitcher's stocking and the goodies that were inside

tree decoration

All the lovely presents that I received from Raewyn.  Raewyn did it from memory and made me two wonderful gifts, the table topper will go on the table when Steve has finished sorting Lego and the stitcher's stocking and the lovely things in it will find a place in my sewing space.

mini quilt sent to Florence

tree decoration

These are the gifts I sent Florence in France, I haven't seen the main present on her blog but do know she received her parcel. I wrapped it in a metre of Annie Downs 12 Days of Christmas fabric.

Thanks chookyblue for organising this fabulous swap again.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Secret Santa Christmas Swap

Parcel sent to Florence in France as part of Chookyblue's SSCS, you can go see the inside on her blog.
Chooky has been a great swap mumma again and all these wonderful parcels are winging there way around the globe. 
Parcel heading to France

Parcel arrived from New Zealand
Parcel arrived from Raewyn in New Zealand
heart decoration sent to France

tree decoration from New Zealand
The rest of the parcel is under the tree to be opened on Christmas Day

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wedding quilt

I finally got photos of the quilt I made Elizabeth and Jared, Elizabeth clearly didn't want to be in the photos

front of quilt

back of quilt

I need to be more........

Today I have been to Millrose Cottage for a Christmas bloggers get together Mill Rose Friends. We had a Christmas themed swap, something to wear, Christmas decoration and something sweet. I forgot to take a photo of what I made, my parcel consisted of an apron, cadbury chocolates and handmade Christmas tree earrings. What I received and what I bought home are two entirely different parcels, I swapped but then Shez decided to up the anti, she made everyone pass their parcel 2 places to the right which is why I have a completely different parcel.

Reversible apron, lolly tree and santa decoration

extra goodies handed out by people

with special guest Chez

Shez played bad santa

Chez with what she received only for Shez to up the anti

The beautiful stitchery by Rosalie Quinlan - "Be a Blessing" is headed to is new owner this week as part of Chookyblues SSCS 2014
I have signed up to another swap, Christmas pouch swap over at Sew Delicious sew this is the next thing to be sewn, then there is NOTYQ mortal angel swap Christmas parcels to be ready for the Christmas party on 20th December. Also need to make some family Christmas presents.

SSCS 2014

decoration for the tree

Friday, October 31, 2014

weekend in Bright

As I wait for Steve to finish what he needs to take with him to Bright (second visit in a couple of months) I thought I would catch up what has been happening around here.

Last week Clare came to visit, she didn't want me to spend my birthday by myself. Steve was in New Zealand (yes I was suppose to be there too but our plans got changed). We sewed making new handbags, went to the Stitches and craft show at Caufield Racecourse where Clare bought her birthday and Christmas - new Go cutter dies

new handbag made on my Singer 201P
I've been secret stitching for NOTYQ mortal angel swap and Chookyblues SSCS as well as Millrosiefriends Christmas swap

I've visited a number of different quilt exhibitions over the last month, including meeting the wonderful Brenda Papadkis at Quilts in the Barn

Brenda talking to people

dear jane
I also went to Bayswater TLC church to visit the Eastern Palliative care Quilt show and Beaconsfield quilt show.