Sunday, 27 December 2009

Christmas-lag


Wow, Christmas day has passed and it was a very successful day, especially after we got the oven temp sorted. DH was almost in a fetal position in front of the oven door after it refused to move past 120 degrees. The turkeys had just been put in so it was looking like we would be having raw turkey and cold ham for the meal. The oven gods intervened and we got back on track.
Now I am suffering severe Christmas lag - similar to jet lag but brought on by Christmas festivities.
No 3 son and I had great fun setting the table for lunch. The tablecloth was bought at a 50% off Christmas fabrics special at spotlight. Bargain or what!
We made an Aussie christmas centrepiece by decorating some gum tree branches with decorations.

Here was the final jewel in our christmas crown- berries and fruit trifle!

Here are some pics of my mum's quilt 'that shall not be named'.
She changed some things on her blocks to suit her style of doing things too and put it together her own way and I think she just did a superb job. It fits on a double bed, mine will be a bit smaller. I like that we can put our own individual touches to patterns to make them a little bit our own.
(all the swirls in the border are done in satin embroidery)
(the girls dresses are made up entirely of french knots-and she calls me obsessive, I replaced this block with something a bit easier)



cheers for now!
Marina



Thursday, 24 December 2009

The postman cometh...


Well I have been stalking the postman for the whole of this week awaiting the treasures that arrived today!
Lorraine's parcel from the UK arrived this morning and what beautiful goodies she made for me!

Some lovely new additions to my home made Chrissy decorations.....

These are two brooches that Lorraine makes...



My second big surprise was Helen Stubbings Life is Beautiful pattern book that I won on her blog arrived today! It is just wonderful and I need to plan it out a little before I just jump in (as I usually do!)

Doesn't it look beautiful..
We are having a friend over for Christmas Eve meal and all is ready, hopefully all will go well tomorrow too as we will be having the family lunch at our home.
Menu will be Turkey, Ham, roast potatoes, stuffed tomatoes, red cabbage, sweet and sour vegies, peas in red sauce and a big bowl of home grown raddicchio (I wish I didn't have to share this). It will all be topped off with trifle (minus the roly poly cake). Yummmm
Enjoy your Christmas day!
cheers
Marina

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Loving the holidays!

Well I am definitely in holiday mode. I can always tell when I am in the zone as I never know what day it is. lol . Absolute bliss.
I have been busy finishing a project- My unmentionable quilt.
I started this enthusiastically when the first design came out, I couldn't resist a Leanne Beasley design, and after a few months I stopped for reasons I won't go into, I was going to leave it and put it in the back of the cupboard as a defeat and never mention it again. Just the thought of it would make me cringe.
My mum kept up with the patterns and after a few months she talked me into keeping up with it. Well we reached the end of the patterns and it still left a bitter taste for me. I couldn't be bothered putting it together and I was going to just divide and conquer the blocks into smaller projects. Mum started her own version and by the start of this week had pieced most of the top. Her finishing inspired me to pull my own blocks out to finish and after a few days of hard slog, I finished my top today! I am so glad that I did. I am very happy with it and all the bitterness has left and I can enjoy it again. I just need to do the outer borders. I have changed some things in the blocks as I always do and now I need to also collect the bits and pieces to embellish certain blocks.
I have to take some snaps of mums quilt too so you can compare!
here are some of my favourite blocks.

This block and the promise of Bronwyn Hayes designs enticed me to want to do this project also the fabric collection was just what I wanted to use.


(the car needs some wheels)

And the finished quilt.......
Hope everyone has a lovely and safe Christmas!
Thanks for dropping by and being a 'blog friend'
And in the immortal words of the Clampetts
Y'all come back now!

Christmas cheers
Marina

Friday, 18 December 2009

day one.....

day one of holidays all I can say is YAHOO!
I got all enthusiastic last night and got block 12 of tisket tasket and the latest summer nostalgia block ready to go. I got so into the basket block that I actually finished it off this morning. I finally got to make a 'blue' christmas item.

Now I can start on block 4 of Dorothy's summer nostalgia bom.
tomorrow is my craft group break up lunch. Here is what I made for my kris kindle.

I also made a pot holder and am throwing in a few tea towels. I also made a second one to give her but I love it so much I don't think I can part with it-thus the need for the tea towels.
Each apron is made from two fat quarters. As the fabric seemed a bit soft I lined the apron with some homespun. I couldn't find a pattern so just winged it. they should pass the test. I just wish they were a little more slimming! (I think it shows how much chocolate I have been eating this last week)
Does my butt look big in this?
Have a lovely weekend
Marina

Thursday, 17 December 2009

today's the day!

Well I have made it to the end of the year. Today is my last day for four weeks! I can't wait to come home tonight and crash and know I don't have to go to work tomorrow.
I have had a pretty nice lead up.
On Monday one of my favourite year 12's came in to school to visit me and she brought me a gift of a lovely pair of earrings. I was a bit gobsmacked. She is such a lovely girl and little did she know she had already given me a great gift some months ago. I was having a pretty crappy time at work and I was shopping on my day off. She walked past me and waved a big hello but then she doubled back to come into the shop to say hello and gave me a big hug. That small act of kindness meant so much to me, made me feel appreciated. I will definitely miss her.
Next great thing for the week is that I won the patterns for Helen Stubbing's Life is Beautiful bom. I had been hoping that I would win as I so want to make this quilt. I haven't been entering many competitions on blogs for a while as I don't seem to have much luck, but I had to enter Helen's.
I was so excited I nearly screamed. I don't think they would have understood at work! They think I am crazy enough as it is.
They say things come in threes so I am just hanging out for the third.
On of the girls at work gave me a new roll of sticky tape that fits my dispenser but I don't think I would like to count that as My third special gift (lol)
Hopefully the third thing will be my Christmas swap gift.
Saturday is Craft group break up and I have been busy sewing aprons for my Kris Kringle gift.
I am so happy with them I want to keep one for myself. I may just add something small and keep one! Will post pics when they are finished.
Roll on the end of the day!
cheers
Marina

(this is a pic a friend sent out for Christmas one year of her cat, looking less than impressed about Christmas. I think it reflects a little of my Scrooge look. That will change as it gets closer to the day. I just love her expression.)

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Christmas conversion complete!


Well that is that! The tree is up after much nagging and pointing out what a bad mother I was and how much of a scrooge I was. Put it up yourselves I say but then the baubles aren't distributed evenly.........why are there two gold ones next to each other........, there should be a red or green in between. Put the coloured lights on, not the white lights.....on and on.
I have put my home made decorations on the tree too and I love them! I will definitely make some more next year. so without further ado......
ta da.......

Here is my christmas quilt that I made last year....I like to put it up on the wall.

So that is that...
Now to prepare for Christmas day. DH went out tonight to buy the turkey for lunch he was quite obsessed about whether we would miss out if we left it closer to the day. We are stocked up with cranberry sauce....red currant jelly (we are going to attempt baked ham) and even berries for mum's favourite trifle.


Must share a photo of Coffee the wonder dog. We went to our club fun day yesterday and both dogs had an absolute ball. Here he is diving off the pool edge to fetch a ball. He nearly jumped all the way to the other side of the pool and then he would do a 'swimmers turn' off the side and swim out to return the ball. What a crack up!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

I love youse....


Today I remembered why I love my boys so much.
No 1 son was home today and prepared everything for dinner and made an absolutely superb pavlova for desert and if you look at the pic, not a bad effort for a first try. I was so glad I didn't have to get tea ready I could just sit back and wait for the dishes to have to be done. He is so thoughtful.

No 2 son gave me a hug while I was finishing dinner, just out of the blue and then No3 son while drying the dishes said to me 'You know how much I love you mum? I love you more than anything and more '
These are the little gifts that make being a mum worthwhile. I don't care about Mother's day when there are days like this.
They made me proud yesterday at the funeral too.
In the words of the immortal Jeff Fenech
I Love youse all.......

goodbye

Yesterday was a sad day for us as it was my mother in laws funeral. She passed away suddenly last week. She was always very kind to me and spoke to me affectionately. She was a good woman who like women of her generation had suffered hardship and given up much to make a new life for her family in a new country. The family grew and flourished under her guidance. The family tree branches spread from 7 children to 23 grand children to 27 great children and the number is still growing. She adored all her grand and great grand children. She had a half nelson technique that would be envied by any champion wrestler and the kids always wore the red lipstick kiss mark with pride.
A loving woman.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Christmas swap arrived

Have had an email from Lorraine to say she has received my swap goodies so now I can post a pic. Lorraine is another blue and white fan so I also sent her some of my Blue willow fabric stash as an extra gift. I wasn't quite game enough to totally make a blue Christmas gift and took the traditional redwork option.




Have a safe weekend and don't want miss the chance to hug someone you love.

Marina

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Does my blog look Christmassy like this......

(you need to say this in the same tones as you would ask 'does my butt look big in this?')



Here is the unloved Santa that is so detested in my household. I just love him and think he has a kind warm face. He has a lovely gold gift sack on his back and I hope he brings lumps of coal to all the detractors in this house that criticise him!
As soon as I found him in the cupboard there were unanimous groans and moans.
Well Get over it and suck it up Princesses- I said. I like him and he is staying out.
As he gets put away unceremoniously at the end of the Christmas season, moths or some insects have gotten to one of his eyebrows. I must remember to pack him away with some mothballs this year.
I have redecorated my blog background to a festive theme and put my babushka santas in my header. The pointsettia plate in the background is one of mum's works of art. I just adore it and it only comes out for special occasions. I am always scared I will drop it or chip it.

While waiting for the next two bom instalments- basket and summer nostalgia, I have resolved that I must finish hand quilting my pin wheel throw. I am doing a stipple pattern in the cream parts of the pinwheel and it is taking me forever. I don't think I will try that again. In different parts the stippling is quite close and when I was a bit tired of it it is quite open. That is just the way it will have to stay! If I do a few triangles everynight I should have it finished in about a week or so.
That isn't so bad.......
cheers
Marina