Six Baptism Candles?

Why, of course! I can whip them up, no problem. After all, as Godmother, there is a contribution to be made for theis very special day. In fact, we saw some at the Trade Fair in Sydney. And we paid attention, because we knew this baby would be here soon. And we knew Baptism Candles would be required. WE EVEN ORDERED THE APPROPRIATE RUB-ONS. And then I smugly sat back til my skills (??) were requested. 

So, ever tried to put a rub-on on a candle? Or to find a pen to write on a candle? Hmmmm, not as easy as first thought. So, I trawled the internet. I googled. I asked suppliers. We ARE A CRAFT SHOP. WE SHOULD KNOW THESE THINGS. Sleepless nights, frenzied days, and agonized conversaton followed. Late, LATE at night, an epiphany occurred: Clear Contact. Yes, that horrible stuff we used to cover our school books with.

So I cut out the correct size for each candle, and stuck it to my mat with tape. Used my selected rub-ons and printed matter. And then I very carefully wrapped that baby around my candle. It worked a treat.Voila!

To finish it off I wired up some beads, then stitched them on to the ribbon; then glued the ribbon  on using the trusty old Power Pritt (slightly addicted to this glue – but in a good way!).

And the Man of the Hour? Well, what is all the fuss about? He enjoyed all of the attention (especially the extra special cuddle he had with me at the end of the day!), and took it all in stride. That’s our boy!


Blocks with a twist

The best part about watching our BOM’s grow is how different they all look, and as always, Karin has added a delicious twist to hers. The range she is using is called “A Day in the Country”, and reminds of Spring – so fresh and vital. To give it some extra kick, she has embellished with beads, and quilted randomly around her borders:

Oh, and before I forget, go see Helen for a bonus Block this month! We also have this newly-released pattern in-store now.

Looking forward to stitching with all of my Nice ladies Tues or Wed night.

My baby is 9!

How can that be?? I am way to young…aren’t I? Well perhaps not. Anyhow, in our house they only get a party every 2nd year. So this year, we took our family off for a “Birthday Brunch” at Black Rock (a wee bit left of Tickera, which is a wee bit North of Kadina). And I ask, what more could you want: the yummiest breakfast, sitting on the beach, with one of the most divine views. Not much else I think, which is why we spent a good part of our Sunday there, celebrating our “baby’s” Birthday.

A feast for the Birthday Girl:

Who needs Birthday Cake??



Betty is one of our senior “nice” stitchers….and I am sooooo jealous. Dontcha wish your stitching looked like this?? I was very inspired to try some stem stitching after looking at her work. Well, no I will not be sharing mine. Ever. But I will share hers:

Oh, and pop over here for a bonus block from Helen. May your stitching be sublime.

Dashing Roses

New fabric makes me so happy. This new range is called Dashing Roses, and was waiting for me when I got to work this morning. I love my job.

Rainbow Quilters

We were lucky enough to spend our week-end (well, actually, Sue was, but Claudia and I dropped in for a while) hanging out with the Pt Broughton quilters at their annual exhibition.

This one caught everybody’s eye – it was by far the most striking (in a room with a lot of competition):

The detail in the quilting was amazing:

Georgia is 13!!

Here is another of hers:

Again, amazing detail:

Another stand out was Joy Spackman’s machine embroidered and quilted work:

This one is from Jo-Anne Rogers, one of our “Nice” stitchers:

This is one I’ve actually watched “grow” from Cynthia Milligan. She has 2 more to go in this series:

So many lovely quilts, I wish I could share them all. Thanks for inviting us to share your week-end Ladies. We look forward to seeing you again next year.


  If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!!     When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears
     With their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When
they were growing up; what with walking Twenty-five miles to school
every morning
     … Uphill… barefoot.

     BOTH ways

     Yadda, yadda, yadda

     And I remember promising myself that when I grew up,
     There was no way in hell I was going to lay

     A bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it

     And how easy they’ve got it!

     But now that… I’m over the ripe old age of  Thirty, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of   today.

     You’ve got it so easy! I mean, compared to my  Childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

     And I hate to say it but you kids today you  Don’t know how good you’ve got it!

     I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have The Internet. If we  wanted to know something, We had to go to the damn library and
     Look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

     There was no email!! We had to actually write
     Somebody a letter, with a pen!

     …Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put
it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

     There were no MP3’s or Napsters! You wanted to
     Steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and
shoplift it yourself!

     Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and
the DJ’d usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

     We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you
     Were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy
signal, that’s it!

     And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either!
     When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be
your school,
     Your mom, your boss, your Bookie, your drug dealer, a
collections agent, you
     Just didn’t know!!! You had to pick it up and take your
chances, mister!

     We didn’t have any fancy Sony Playstation video
     Games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600!
With games
     Like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘asteroids’. Your guy was a little
square! You
     Actually had to use your Imagination!! And there were no
multiple levels or
     Screens, it was just one screen

     And you could never win. The game just kept getting
     Harder and harder and
     Faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

     You had to use a Little book called a TV Guide to find out what
     On! You were screwed when it Came to channel surfing! You had
to get off
     Your ass and walk over to the TV to change the Channel and
there was no
     Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons
     On Saturday Morning. Do you Hear what I’m saying!?! We had to
     For cartoons, you spoiled
     Little rat-bastards!

     And we didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat
     Something up we had to use the stove .. Imagine that!

     That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids
     Today have got it too easy.
     You’re spoiled. You guys wouldn’t have lasted
     Five minutes back in 1980!

     The over 30 Crowd