Monday, July 30, 2007

12 in the group and the middle one said !!!!!!!!!!

Another very successful retreat and a big thanks to Donna - Chookyblue , for her help with a few things on my blog.

Friday afternoon saw most of my ladies for the weekend arrive to choose their designs and fabrics, ChookyBlue and her friends invited me to dine with them which was very enjoyable.

Just on dark this awful storm rolled in - Gillian had requested snow for the weekend, no snow but a good hail storm.

This is a photo of the storm rolling around the hills to the south of the shop.

This photo is of one half of the group - Jennifer (Empire Bay), Tanya (Jerrys Plains) Jeanie (Warrnambool), Diana (Empire Bay), Doreen (Kincumber), Judy (Barrington) & Kate (Petersham)
The weekend was filled with lots of chatting, laughter and heaps of sewing, all 12 ladies acheived heaps in the two days, even Donna and Gillian, who only had one row made for the photos, but believe me they had all their blocks completed.
This photo is of Janet(Dubbo) Donna - Chookyblue, Gillian, (Coonamble) Bronywn (Dubbo) and Pam also from Coonamble.

All 12 quilts were looking great, I will be looking forward to seeing them all next year for show & tell.Full group shot - you can tell they all had a good time, look at those smiles on their faces.

Thanks for dropping by, hope you enjoy looking at all the wonderful creations created on the Hill.


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Pay it forward

I've joined the Pay it Forward challenge. I think it will be fun. I joined over at Donna's blog. She does beautiful work and I can't wait to receive something that she has made.............I love doing things for people and making gifts for my friends. The first three people to join me will receive a handmade gift from me. I have 365 days to make it and send. Hopefully it won't take me that long though.Then each of you three must also put this on your blog and get three people each to sign up. Then you make your three people a handmade gift. I think it sounds great. Hopefully three bloggers out there will want a handmade gift from me.All you have to do is put this fun challenge up on your blog and lets keep it I have three bloggers out there that would like a prezzie from me.............leave a comment but you had better be quick................

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gosh another week has gone by without a post
I really can't believe just how fast every day, every week, every month is flying by at the moment. Life around here is incredibly busy, last week we celebrated Sebastian 18th Birthday, we had a lovely dinner out with family and friends. I can still remember him as this cute little blonde hair boy. Talking of time flying the years have flown pass so quickly.
Then over the weekend (my only free weekend for weeks) I decided to paint all of my kitchen cupboards, which turned out to be a massive job, I will share a photo of them when i get the kitchen all back into order.
The shop has also been very busy with lots of lovely ladies popping in to purchase fabrics etc, I have just completed another 2 day retreat with a great bunch of ladies from the Hunter Valley and Sydney. Four of them were up for a challange and decided to try their hands at the Double Wedding Ring quilt, while Di & Susan put together all the blocks for "A Family Gathering" by Annie Downs and Jan made this gorgeous old world rose quilt. It was great to have you all join me for the 2 days, looking forward to seeing you all in Nundle again.
I was looking after a neigbours son for a couple of hours as well, Milo just had to join the ladies for the photo, once again smiles all around.Tomorrow I have another group of ladies arriving to spend the weekend with me, Donna - from Chookyblue -will be among this weekends group. So I am spending this evening cooking some yummy cakes and slices for there morning and afternoon teas, and also roasting a pumpkin to make Roasted Pumpkin soup for lunch on Saturday. Gillian has put out a request fro snow, but I don't really think it will, this last week has been considerably warmer.
After 5 weeks holidays Nicole returned to Bathurst to start her final semester of Uni down there, it's always great to have her home and sad to see her leave again. she was very happy last week when she received notice of her exams results, well done she passed everything last semester.

Oh well back to the kitchen for me, hope everyone has had a great week, thanks for dropping by.


Friday, July 20, 2007

And the winners are...................
Sorry for keeping you all waiting, I haven't had time to blog this week, seems like a week away leaves me with 3 weeks work to do.
Anyway the 3 winners of my give away are from comments left on post dated 26th June
comment No 1 anonymous Gai
comment no 8 Leigh
comment no 18 Jewells

If these three ladies could please contact me with there postal details then I will pop their kits in the mail for them. Congratulations to you all, do hope you enjoy making up the projects that we worked on in the Chrissy in July retreat.
Here are the three projects that were made over the retreat, "Nundle Angel" by Rosalie Quinlan, this has been released as a pattern this week, it is also available as a kit.
She is so very cute - every house needs an Angel looking over it at Christmas time.

Here is "Just Hanging with Santa" by Natalie Ross, at the moment this is only available as a kit but the patterns are on there way. Natalie always comes up with a quirky project, isn't he adorable.

And Janelle Winds "Christmas Cheers Bag" this is also available as a kit and the patterns are on there way. Janelle pudding stitchery is just gorgeous and the bag is made to fit a bottle of wine or why not fill it with yummy chocolates.

I must get back to work, lots of kits to cut and orders to post out. Have a great weekend and thanks for dropping by.

For all those in the 365 challange I will be having another give away next week so keep and eye out.


Monday, July 16, 2007

I am back - with so much news to share.
Quick run down on the last two weeks,
Sebastian and the rest of his NSWCHS Rugby League team had a very successful tour of Queensland with a win against QLD in a test match played in Mackay during the first week 18 - 12, then going onto win the Australian Championships in Townsville last Saturday, also against QLD 20 - 18. Well done boys.
Geoffrey, Nicole and I enjoyed some wonderful relaxing time in Queensland, it was great to leave this very cold weather for a short time. We spent 3 brilliant sunny days on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef for all those over seas visitors. Swam, snorkled, ate, sunbaked and just relaxed. That was of course in between footy matches.
But the big news over the last few days was my very successful Christmas in July 2 day retreat.
What a blast, I had 3 guess tutors, Janelle Wind, Rosalie Quinlan and Natalie Ross, they were all brilliant and so much fun, thanks girls for a huge effort, both with the wonderful projects and your very talented teaching skills. There were 24 wonderful students who all had a fantastic time, it was great to meet up with old friends and make new ones. I know every one was so happy with their finished projects, well done to you all.
The room was filled with so much fun and laughter it was a joy to be part of it all.

I will just post one quick group photo tonight and will show so more later.

Thanks for dropping by
PS I have drawn the winners of my give away and will post them tomorrow - stayed tuned if you left a message about what you were up to for Black Friday