ANNOUNCEMENT.............My esteemed other half has a new baby in his life, Bert (Bertie to his friends) Beetle. Found in the 'Home for Lost Volkswagens' and now adopted into a loving, caring home (his words not mine). DOB -1973, complexion -pale (white), date of delivery - Thursday. Father doing well, Mother still in shock!!!!! (no ipod connectivity!!!)
Total spur of the moment thing, was on the way to Bunnings Warehouse (for non-aussies, large hardware retailer), passed the European Car Salesyard on the way and didn't get any further!! With all due credit, he has been looking for a Vee Dub for quite a while and I guess that we always knew that he would buy one if he found a good one! Just not 4 weeks before Christmas!! So I gain a quilting frame (please insert VERY big grin here).
In the meantime I've been making inroads into my Christmas sewing. This bag above is from the Janelle Wind 'Millies Market Bag' pattern that I won in the 'Gum Tree Designers' giveaway. I made this one in mainly 'Authentic' fabric and will be for my daughter-in-law to be, all I have to do is stitch some buttons on this one. I still have two more bags to make for daughters yet.
The pear pin cushions are a dream to make and are from the Fig Tree Quilts book 'Vintage Sewing', I've put tiny red beads down the seams on the red one and left the green pear without. The stems and leaves are wired and I love the scraps of raffia tied around the stems. I think one of these might be a Kris Kringle. I have this gorgeous silver bowl and I want to fill it with these pears and some apple pin keepers for the centre of the coffee table, with perhaps some red and gold Christmas baubles in there too??
I found the instructions for this Christmas Wreath on a blog somewhere, I can't remember where it was but I will find it and let you know. I ran out of baubles and will have to buy another box when I go out but isn't it going to be gorgeous? It's a wire coathanger reshaped into a circle and the balls are threaded on (after a dab of hot glue to keep the little caps in place) until it's full. Twist the wire back together and tie a big bow at the top, hang and admire!! I bought the baubles at a $2 shop and I think I bought 48 different sized ones, I need about another 12 I think. All up it won't be over $20, how good is that? I like that I can hang it in the window and it looks good from both sides!
So it's been a busy Christmasy week, yesterday I gave Caitlin her birthday quilt and she was overjoyed, tracing the stitches with her fingers, yelling at her brother if he approached too close (contamination alert!) and telling her Dad that it wasn't just 'pretty good (when he admired it) but it was 'awesome Dad, nothing pretty good about it' ! Bless her, she does love her Nana :o)
Is anyone going to the 'Daylesford Makers Market' on Saturday? Julie had a great idea, she suggested that any bloggers that are happy to be approached by fellow bloggers wear a pink yo-yo/suffolk puff on their top. Check out Julie's post to read her post, I'll be there with a yo-yo pin on.