Term 3 & 4 Classes

Lucky your all so understanding – Term 3 & 4 Class List is finally up!

While I would very much like somebody to blame it’s tardiness on, there’s no-one…nothing…a-hem…just, you know, life’s busy!

Anyhow, here are a couple of Highlights:

Hugs’n’Kisses workshop with Helen Stubbings

We are so excited to be able to offer you an opportunity to attend one of Helen’s workshops. Although based in Tasmania, Helens is a designer of international standing, so it is an amazing coup to have her teaching for us on the Yorke Peninsula in November. She will be teaching her colourque technique, and will be sharing many tips. You can check out some of her work here. Register your interest in this class so that we can keep you up to date!

Quizzles with Tracey Browning

Even luckier, we have Tracey in our own backyard, but she is a precious resource, so we are thrilled to be able to offer her Quizzles presentation in September. You will learn how this unique product can be used to it’s full potential, and given some tips on colour selections – an area we have all struggled with at some point. Not any more! 

So let us know if you see something you like, and if there’s something you’d like to see that we haven’t covered , let us know that too. And if  you have a group of 4 – 6 people and would like us to put on a class for you, we will do our best to accommodate.

Brrrrrrrrr

This was our lawn yesterday morning when Jack Frost came to visit. Obviously, there was the obligatory iced-up windscreen, as you come to expect on a freezing morning in July. But check out the rubber seals on my doors:

Ice!! It is very, very VERY cold here at the moment!

WYD 08

Just in case anyone has been living under a rock, the Pope dropped in last week…so Chelsea, Fran and I thought we’d pop over to Sydney to say Hi.

And what an amazing week-end it was…lot’s of people, and lot’s of walking, (especially for little legs!) but so worth it. To have been a part of such an event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We were surrounded by an atmosphere of such warmth and welcome, it is hard to find the right words to describe it.

We started the week-end with Phantom of the Opera, and were lucky enough to have Anthony Warlow in the lead -oh boy, he really does it for me!! And Chelsea was enthralled, as I’d hoped she would be. It was so special for me to introduce her to her first grown-up theatre production, particularly one that I love so much myself. I’d been a bit worried she was still a bit too young to appreciate it, but now she has left me wondering where my baby has gone?

Of course, we did also manage to squeeze in some retail-worship too – this pretty much sums it up for me!

The highlight of the week-end for all of us was the Saturday night Vigil. It was awesome to be in a crowd of 180,000 people, and yet be surrounded by silence as everybody prayed together. And although he is softly spoken, and not given to theatrics, Pope Benedetto certainly held the crowd in the palm of his hand,and his quiet spirituality drew all present together. It was a moment of History I am so glad I was able to share with  my daughter. Fran was a braver pilgrim than us, and she slept out (this involved hauling her 12kg swag there and back – a whole other story!) The week-end was filled with small kindnesses from strangers, too many to mention here, but one I will share: As I said, it was hard going for little legs, particularly on the way home from the Vigil. It was 11pm, an uphill walk, and Chelsea asked for a taxi(!). I didn’t like our chances so I told her she’d better say her prayers! Not surprisingly, we were a bit lost, and when we stopped to ask a group of people for directions, we were told to head back the way we came…aargh…I could feel my princess wilting at my side…but then one of the couples offered us a lift back to our Hotel. So in the middle of Sydney, two caring strangers gave us a ride – it really was that sort of week-end! As it happened they had been billeting some Pilgrims from Ecuador, so we certainly bumped into the right people. Prayers get answered in the most unlikely ways.

And as we prepared to head home, I have to say how glad I am we made the effort to be a part of such an occassion, and will hold the memories for a lifetime.

(PS Maria, if you are reading this, I PROMISE there was much spiritual growth through this journey, and will continue to be! We had a private Mass on Sunday morning, but only due to the 400,000 people blocking our way and a teary 8 year old. Sadly, the Pope was unable to join us in person, but I am sure he was with us in spirit!) 

Hey, that’s us!!

Check us out, we’re in the latest Patchwork and Stitching! Ok, Ok, I know it’s just a magazine Ad. No big deal, but it’s taken a bit of work to get here, and we’re sorta excited (we don’t get out much!). So if you’re reading this after seeing our ad, all you need to know about Nice People Nice Things is here. And if you just want to check our ad out, it’s on Page 20!

Nice People Nice Things BOM Group 2

Phew, what a mouthful!

Just a quick note to let everybody know the start date for the next round will be August 20th. This group will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7pm to stitch together. If you would like to join us, call us on 8821 2700 to register and select your colourway. More info here.

All I need is a matching bag…

I have to admit, I mourn the days of hats – I love them, and have many stashed away, although they are rarely worn. But I especially love this one – it has been lovingly (or at least I like to think so!) knitted for me by Claudia, and I feel like a 1920’s chick in it. It’s called a cloche, and something about that flower just makes it for me. And that it was knitted by Claudia. Thanks x

And here is the finished bracelet from her class the other day – it ended up being a bit of a collaboration between Kahlia and Chelsea – what a team.

Happy Birthday Sue!

All birthdays are special, no matter what our age (and we shall not disclose this one!), and even nicer when surprises arrive. Sam baked this yummy cake and invited Claudia and I to surprise Sue with an afternoon treat today. So nice and thoughtful. And yummy!