christmas is coming and so is the end of 2014 and so we think of events for the new year 2015, keep these dates free if you are able to visit, so as you're filling in your diaries mark down friday, march 27th and saturday, march 28th, 2015
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it is so nice to have little bits of christmas around the house, here are some of my corners
two lots of christmas sticks, this one in my kitchen/livingroom with the cookie jars !
i also love advent calendars, these are previous years which i still bring out, quite a little village developing, this years is the bakery, lots of little visions of people having 'nice cups of tea' ! quite appropiate for my house !
not a pear tree, but the fruits dropping off it look like pears to me !
christmas gift making for a kris kingle ... the front
and the back, featuring a 'margagon' ! you will see plenty of these shapes used in different ways at the exhibition in march 2015 !
i put out the mince pies and out came the hungry reindeer made by one of my sewing friends this year, here's another view in front of this years advent
and a new pear for my stick tree from my pear friend and these also under the cloche at the moment
someone is getting some lovely embroidered pillowcases for christmas
there were also some other lovely finishes at out last tuesday class for the year
jan's lovely birds, must be love birds i think !
and her appliqued and embroidered panel, centre for a table cloth we are thinking !
things are getting busy out there, i guess christmas time makes everything have a limit of time to it ! everything must happen before christmas !
slow down a bit i think and just enjoy the simple things, i do and i am, well let's face it, i can't rush round any more, so maybe i'm noticing the rush that is on just that bit more !
i have hung my christmas tags on the beautiful winter magnolia branches that soften a corner of my living room. the young flower buds have stayed put on the branches and are like small velvety spots of interest, love them !
meanwhile, before the christmas decorations went up i have been sewing these blocks and really enjoying the play with fabric
and they will all become part of this when all put together
all my sewing friends have been busy
our teacher and inspirer 'mrs sew & so', gail has been doing some more of her poppies on a quilt
jan has been doing some lovely work in very soft silken colours
her daughter has said she would love the throw when it is finished, so jan is very happy about that.........
marion is working on some birds, we all had a lovely day sewing at kyneton on show day, the town was very busy, we checked out the shops, bought our lunch and settled in for the day
thanks noelle and john for having us again this year ! noelle was playing with some redwork panels and patchwork borders
john was out in the garden preparing the veggie beds. the garden is only just 2 years old and the growth is just amazing, more photos to come
beverley is using her delightful little bag for her sewing and it is just beautiful ! the linen used here started life out as a teatowel, but is now in a much happier place embroidered with the miniature version of the 'mrs sew & so" poppies !
red and white spots and stripes featured here with the mugs and tin, always a great fresh combination
the scarecrow had frightened the gardener to have a good rest on the back deck ! the gardener was also a very patient man with the household of stitchers for the day !
two new cushions done by jan again, they are lovely and looked well on the white couches !
i also loved noelle's whimisical pea cushion !
and up the garden path at the side of the house the roses were abundant, everything was just smiling on this lovely day
and i loved the mint and daisies coming up through the back steps !
popping in a pineapple on a medallion quilt i'm doing !
love my paper pears on the shelf !
love cards, and i think i bought this one in hobart last year....... it's got everything ! a crown wearing goose. a pear, a pineapple and sharyn, a lady bird !!!
and earlier this year we lost a very dear friend, to celebrate what would have been her birthday, i invited her god mother and very close friend to visit. we had only met briefly at her funeral .......... she was very interested in synchronicity ......... we were most surprised when her god mother and another friend arrived both wearing the same pretty shirts, first time they had met each other !!! i would like to think that this is a sign that our much loved friend is in a happy place somewhere and sending the colourful waves to two of her friends that miss her so much !
and been loving the sweet peas that a stitching and crafting friend has been bringing me, just enjoy them so much on the windowsill !
and so that rudolph with his nose so bright knows that this house is reindeer friendly, i have one of his mates on the windowsill now for christmas
i'll be back in the next few days with some more wonderful work the sewing girls have been doing, it's now into the next day for me, after midnight and i better go to bed !
this dove was having a lovely bath in the garden the other morning, a reminder to put some water out for the birds during what may be a long hot summer !
always remember to slow down in life;
live, breathe and learn;
take a look around you
whenever you have time
and never forget
everything and every person
that has a place within
twelve things to remember
the value of time
the success of perserverance
the pleasure of working
the dignity of simplicity
the worth of character
the power of kindness
the influence of example
the obligation of duty
the wisdom of economy
the virtue of patience
the joy of originality
the beauty of cheeriness
from the country woman in n.s.w. australia
henry van dyke
use the talents you possess,
for the woods would be a very silent place
if no birds sang except the best.
we can do no great things,
only small things with great love.