Merry Christmas and December catch up…

Hello

For December in our house it is not just about Christmas but birthdays too!

I realised recently I hadn’t shared any of the birthday or Christmas makes.  Some of which left the house before I could take a snap! The ones I have snapped please excuse the poor photography! I am not going to go into long details about the process as this post is long enough!  If you would like to know more leave me a message in the comments and I will reply.  All products are listed in below.

On the 2nd Ms S turned 19

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On the 3rd Ms A was 14 –  Little Miss had a party with about 25 like minded teenagers.  I inlisted all my kiddos and their partners for extra supervision.  Of course hubby was out that night!

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On 7th it was Ms E’s  and she was 23! For those who are doing the math in 2 years time it is going to be big – the girls will be 25, 21 and 16 within 5 days of each other.

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and to round out the December birthdays Mr M’s girlfriend was 21 on 15th.  We celebrated with 21 desserts!

Not sure about the deer being a horse but Mr M was happy.

Her gift which she was very surprised I had kept a secret.  I worked on this from around cup day (early November) right up until the night before her party.  It even had to go to the last book club gathering otherwise it would not have been finished.

A disappearing nine patch. Measurements are around 215 cm x 165 cm (I forgot to measure before I wrapped it!).

Now for a few Christmas makes

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These are silver foil cardstock which no matter how I photographed they looked black.

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and some sewing

a dinosaur for a work colleage of hubby’s

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and some little pinafore dresses

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To round out December Ms S went to NASA and silicon valley in Houston and San Fransico for 2 weeks. She had an amazing trip all made possible by her end of year grades in Year 12 last year. Her score made her eligible for a particular programme which after the interview process got her onto the team to go to NASA.  Out of the 20 people her team of 4 won the best team and Ms S won the individual award.

This is a promotional pic taken at Scienceworks in Victoria before they left.

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last night whilst Ms E and Ms A were at carols rehersals and Ms S and her boyfriend were looking at Christmas lights, Mr M and his girlfriend helped with decorating 4 Gingerbread houses.

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Now I must get on as I have 22 people for lunch tomorrow.  I hope you have all made the “nice” list and get some goodies tomorrow.

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Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year.

Thank you for your visits during 2018 I appreciate your effort.

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

 

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Happy New Year…

Hello

Happy 2016

I hope you have had a wonderful festive season and a great start to the new year.

All the Christmas prep was completed just in time.

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I applogise these photos were taken really late on Christmas Eve.  The gingerbread house was being held until the icing set with some cooking twine – which was removed just before serving on Christmas day. I had a small disaster with the first batch of gingerbread I made was to soft and I had a rather large wall cave in. I couldn’t save it (which my kiddos were very happy about!) so after some googling I found a new recipe here and made a new one Christmas Eve. Miss 11 and I decorated 2 cakes, one for Christmas day and one for later. The little santas you see were inspired by Judy May here. A few weeks before Christmas a couple of friends came over and we made about 100 of these. 50 of these went with my friend just before Christmas to an orphanage in Cambodia she established a charity for.  The children really loved them from the pics she has sent me.

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I did finish the engagement card I needed for my hubby’s nephew. Images are from Flourishes wedded bliss stamped in tip top taupe and finished with ribbon and lace from my stash.

So what have I been doing since the fat man arrived?

After the post Christmas sales – yes more shopping, Mr almost 18 needed a birthday present for 15th January and the girls had birthday money & vouchers which “needed” to be spent i.e. were burning a hole in their pockets!

I have started the quilt I mentioned in the last post. Top all done ready for backing, basting and machine quilting. Should have time to complete before the birthday next week. Will share when finished.

In the last week we have spent some time away in Yarrawonga with a couple of hubby’s brothers and some of their children.

I couldn’t go past the quilt shop without stopping and making a small purchase. I’m hoping I have some fabrics in my stash that will go with this.

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A great opportunity while away to read a book (the Nightingale – Kristin Hannah)  and start another one (Written in my own hearts blood – Diana Gabaldon).  I also got a little knitting done, nothing finished though.

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Step Hem Jumper from Patons Women’s Merino Collection here or  here is a link to my ravelry page using Bendigo Woollen Mills Milk Way yarn. I have put this on hold to start a summer t-shirt.

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Mint tee Knit T-Shirt by Purl Soho pattern here or on my ravelry page here using Bendigo Woollen Mills 100% Bamboo in 4ply. 
I haven’t made a resolution as such, but I do intend to make a dent in my fabric, paper and wool stashes over the next few months. I have pinned so many projects and have a large stash of goodies I simply must knit, sew, stamp and colour! So once all the post Christmas end of school year tidy up is done I hope to make a good start.
Until next time
Thanks for stopping
Cheers
Vicki

Book labels with Jane’s Doodles…

Hello

Hope you had a great weekend.

I had the Melbourne Zoo Birthday Party with my girls and Ms 14’s boyfriend. Mr 16 had his girl friend’s Debutante Ball.

Anyway I also had a little time to play.

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I had wanted to make some more book labels for my book club friends. These will be gifts. I know from now till the end of the year is pretty busy in our house with lots of birthdays, dance concert, school stuff and other bits and pieces that happen that I wanted to get something under way now.

I have used a few different sets to make these up.

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The one set which is consistent is Jane’s Doodles Read all about it – for the words – “This book belongs to: “. I have also used Janes’s Doodles Doodle Flowers II and Raindrops along with PTI Happy Hexagons, Uniko Background Builders Vines and Kaszazz Stitched Borders.  I have used both water based and alcohol based markers and inks from SU and PTI along with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. All labels are stamped onto SU Whisper white cs 5 cm x 9 cm. To adhere to the inside covers I have attached pieces of double sided tape to the back which can be removed when adding to books.  I was trying to link stamps to books we have read for example we recently read The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

This wouldn’t be complete with out a new book mark

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I used Jane’s Doodles Flying High along with Read all about it and the book mark top is made using SU scallop tag punch and finished with ribbons.

I also made this at the weekend

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I used CWA lemon butter recipe. It made 2 jars this size. Mr M (16) just asked when I was going to make more – yep it’s all gone!

We made dozen lemon tarts with pastry cases and lemon butter filling the rest we ate on ice cream, in yogurt and on toast/muffins.

Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Vicki

Inspired by Stamping Guest…

Hello Everyone

I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter Break.

Today I am a Guest at Inspired by Stamping

Inspired by Stamping

http://www.inspiredbystamping.com/blogs/news/13834613-beautiful-inspirations-to-start-the-week

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I started with a card blank from Kaisercraft. I randomly stamped the IBS Springtime Beauty II images in PTI Lavender Moon and SU So Saffron onto SU Whisper White CS.

I coloured the leaf image with SU Gumball Green marker and stamped randomly. I added this to SU So Saffron cardstock with a strip across the bottom edge along with WRMK twine. All popped up with some foam tabs. The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Onyx black. I finished by adding White Opal liquid pearls and mauve pearls.

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The current challenge at IBS

http://www.inspiredbystamping.com/blogs/news/13618805-inspired-by-stamping-april-blog-challenge

I am linking this to

http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/2014/04/himcr-146-flowers.html

Flowers

If you have a couple of minutes to spare – I have a few pics to share.

A few things we got up to over the Easter Break.

A gift for the hairdresser who cut Miss S’s hair for her Cancer donation (the hairdresser donated her services for the hair cut)

Envelope punch board box Easter treats

made using the envelope punch board

Miss S before and after (we cut 13″ of hair for the donation)

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after

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the donation

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Miss A has been a little busy with loom band creations – this is just a sample we have all sorts of bracelets and animals too

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and some card making

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I made a scarf for Ms E to match the fingerless gloves

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I followed a recipe from Julie Goodwin – The heart of the home

I also made a variation where I omitted the spices and sultanas and added cocoa and chocolate chips – Yum!

Thank you so much for visiting and getting to the end of this pic heavy post.

Cheers

Vicki

Merry Christmas…

Just sharing what I have been upto this week!

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With last minute shopping, work, end of school for Miss 8, book club and cleaning I made a few of these. One for us on Christmas Day and a couple for hubby to give as gifts to his work colleges. Each one is filled with chocolate. I must say I always have offers to help from the children – especially when the chocolates and lollies are about! There is a bit of quality control/sampling as we go.

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Miss 13 and Miss 8 helped to make these for the table on Christmas day. I was going to try one of the lovely designs I’ve seen lately – but a bit time poor – so the mass produced pillow box was the answer with some quick punching and stamping. A bit of double sided tape, foam dots and we were done. Again we were careful not to miss the all important step of taste testing!

Thanks for visiting at this busy time of the year.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas – however you spend it.

Cheers

Vicki