Monday, December 15, 2014

In Loving Memory......

I thought I had already written this post, but as I struggled with what to call it, I knew that was what happened...... You see, last week was massive, while we gave thanks on Wednesday, on Thursday we received the news that my Stepmum, Heather passed  into Gods arms.  She was very much at peace as she had such a wonderful faith in God!  I'm thankful for the times we shared, and for so much more.  The angels will certainly be rejoicing as they receive this beautiful soul! Please keep my sister and Dad in your prayers as a different chapter of life emerges.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Giving Thanks

Giving thanks to God!   Giving thanks to Family and to Friends who have supported us, Prayed  for us and for our son, helped us to remember to laugh in the midst of tears and distress.  This particular crisis which began in  January,  finally reached an outcome yesterday after a very long and trying couple of days.  While not completely perfect, and a somewhat bitter pill to swallow, it is by far and wide a wonderful outcome to what it could have been. Our DS and our family will now be able to move on with our lives.  We are humbled by those who have stepped in when we needed them most........ Thankyou from the bottom of my heart

Sharm
xo

Sunday, December 7, 2014

FNWF in December

Can you believe this Friday just gone by was our last FNWF for 2014?  A big thankyou to Cheryll for hosting this all year, and she is looking to carry it on again next year! 

It's a real encouragement to get out the sewing, crochet or handiwork....... this Friday I got to work finishing off the hand stitching on this which will become a little Christmas present for somebody.......

Friday was also the day a package I've been waiting on finally arrived here from USA...
... I had ordered one of Astri's lovely clocks with her crocheted flowers ......


these colours are just the shades I have planed for our bedroom, and with limited space in our bedroom a wall clock will work really well.  It's sooooo pretty and I really love it!!  Thanks Astri for popping in the lovely ball of yarn as well :)
 
We've had storms, heavy rain, hail, humidity between them and coldness during them..... perfect for having to spend more time inside doing more stitching........ so I went on a bit of a search in the cabin and found this project I bought last year.........
So I decided it was time to make a start on it......... and sew I've been having fun with it all weekend ....  still a bit more to go .......

Hope everyone else has had a restful weekend......... 
 
Hugs Sharm

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Welcoming December

Can you believe today is the start of December?  How quickly this year has flown, even with all the life obstacles our family has and still is tackling this year!  Unfortunately "life" has been keeping me so busy and in such a state of constant upheaval there has been much less time than I would have liked to be creating -

Even so, I have managed to make my first knitted  pullovers  (one for myself and  one for Pete), made various crocheted and sewn items for our home and for gifts , and thanks to OPAM, I've even got a lovely record/reminder of just how many things I have managed to complete..  a total so far this year of 44 items - 27 crocheted, 6 knitted, and 11 sewn  ....... Mind you,  I also seem to have a number of unfinished items too lol    We managed a lovely downpour of rain here earlier, so thought I'd share some of the rain with you... 

If you've visited my blog before, then you'll also know that lots of gardening, preserving, soap making, and various other activities go on around our little homestead throughout the year, just like most other homes  (smile) ... But,


Today however, being the 1st of December, it's time to put up the Christmas Tree ...... its a family tradition I began when Pete and I first became a couple .... hopefully when Pete is back next weekend (he's currently working away during the week), he will get the outside Christmas lights up :)



I'm way behind on Christmas cards this year, so perhaps not so many will get sent out in time.......

I have a few more items yet to complete the decorating, including the lovely items from Christmas in July - so I'll pop those on next post.....
What I have done though is to look towards next year, and with the current specials on Craftsy Classes,

I've enrolled in 3 of the online classes - this is the first time I've enrolled in any craft online courses, so I sure hope they will be good........


they certainly sound great and I'm looking forward to getting into them over Christmas/ New Year when I have a bit of time off work.

I'm off now to work on a bit of stitching .....Before I go, I'll show you the little dishcloth and towel toppers (crocheting the  tops of face washers  work really well as little kitchen towels)  DD ordered a couple for her new little place .....     What are you doing today
 
the brown and orange one is going into another gift.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

FNSI

Last night was meant to be Friday night sew in.......it turned into Furniture night sit in... After we packed a heap of gear into the trailer straight after work......Can you see my glass of wine sitting there.......we packed DD stuff into the furniture moving trailer we hired to help her and her partner move to Melbourne.....about 300 Kms (3-4 hrs drive) from here.  We had a 2nd lot of furniture and boxes to pick up in Wangaratta at her partners parents place and then off we headed........ 

A pretty good trip down........during which time I finally managed to get some stitches done.......car rides equal crochet work for me as it's easy to quickly pick up or put down.  I managed to get one towel topper completed except for the flower, and start on a second one!

While I didn't get my Saturday walk in, I did cover 19 flights of steps with taking boxes and items up stairs to the new unit :)
They are in a lovely area, and very close to the beach and to shopping and trains......  But we didn't get much time to sit down as we had to get back on the road in order to return the trailer to Rutherglen before the 24 hr period was up.  Mission accomplished!
I'm looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow lol

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tomorrow is Friday!!

Tomorrow is the 3rd Friday of the month and its time for FNSI .... click on the link to find out more about it!  It's going to be a busy time for me...... after work, I'll be picking up a furniture trailer as we have to help DD and her boyfriend/partner move to Melbourne on Saturday - approx. a 3 - 4 hr drive from here, so I expect DH and I will be rather tired and exhausted by Saturday night!  I'm hoping to get a little stitching time in to keep some sanity....... perhaps even take the crochet hook with me during the drive!  It will likely be Sunday before I get to post about it, but I'm sure there will be lots happening with all the link ups down so far!  I'll catch you all Sunday xo

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A bit of Stitching at last

Finally I'm back doing a bit of stitching ........ I made a start on one of the Sally Giblin designs I purchased on the weekend..... "Miss Bossy Boots" using some of the fabrics already here in my stash.....
 
 
I've also managed to get a little Christmas decoration stitched up ready for a swap I'm organising for one of the online groups I run....... I'm pleased with the way it's turned out.......
 
Last year I purchased a number of face washer with the intention of making them into little kitchen and laundry hand towels...... I managed to get a couple done by sewing some fabric tops to them, but I decided this time to try a crochet top, especially after seeing what Astri did with some kitchen tea towels.......... so here is my version which I'm pretty happy with and plan to make a few more of them for stocking fillers.......
Monday I took a drive 170 kms along the Murray Valley Hwy to Echuca to meet up with a friend who was down from Brisbane.  We've been doing this for a few years now each time she comes down to Vic to visit her Mum who lives further up the Murray around Swan Hill.......... here's a little pic of the Murray River at Echuca for you to see ....... it's famous for its paddle steamers.....