Monday, December 21, 2009

Me & Simon

Last week-end was somewhat unpleasant. It started out all right. We went out for hot chocolate with friends, then on to the playground where Liam and I shared a swing until I got a little motion sick...however that was not to be the end of it as my stomach started to behave like a witches cauldron. Well after a few hours my GIT tract had finally decided it had cleared everything out and was nice and fresh from top to bottom...only I felt like I had been beaten up and it has taken a couple of days to recover.
So my Christmas preparations are delayed...losing 3 days now is not good timing. No the tree isn't up yet. Presents have not been wrapped. Three stitcheries are yet to be completed, but on the bright side I got my hair done today. Perfect timing really as it required little energy from me and allowed me the satisfaction of ticking something off my to do list :)
I guess I've been tuned up and polished inside and out LOL
Kris was also unwell, but fortunately Simon came over Sunday afternoon as he was clearing out his stuff and fed the dogs, cooked Liam's dinner...played with Liam and what touched me most...cleaned up the kitchen (without me even asking). Now wasn't that so sweet. I must have done something right when he was little.

Stay well,

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Giveaway Winner

Bet you guys thought I had forgotten.
Well I decided as nobody guessed the correct double that I would do a draw. I put all the numbers ( 1-5 comments) on bits of paper, which I then screwed up and put on a lid. I decided to get Liam to pick the winner. Don't worry, none of the pieces of paper was red :).
I was a little concerned he might grab the lot as he has been mounting a collection of folded and screwed up bits of paper, cardboard and fridge magnets behind a chair in the lounge. This I discovered when leaving the house as they are all clearly visible through the window (also behind the chair).
I did think it may end up being a reverse last bit of paper standing, but as it turned out he was somewhat disinterested. It was only when I waggled it in his face that a got a "shoving it out of the way "response. Can't say I blame him. What's this weird woman doing LOL. As he knocked one of them onto the floor, I wondered if this could be considered a pick...then I thought why not! So I picked it up, unscrewed it and there it was No#1 Simone de Klerk
So Simone if you could email me your address I will post Christmas Buckets by Bronwyn Hayes off to you...I hope you enjoy making them for someone for next Christmas :)

BTW I did have photos, but I am having technical he is at work and the memory card won't go in...I may be doing it all wrong...being a technical nuff nuff


Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I would love Eden, the fat quarter bundle for Christmas. These colours are different from what I usually choose, so it would be fun to do something completely different.

BTW I think it is lovely that the people at The Fat Quarter Shop are helping you out :)


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Little Dilemma and Endings.

The many faces of Liam (Mt. Evelyn SDS)

Liam had his last day at Mt. Evelyn SDS last Friday. He had a lovely time there and we will all miss the place and staff there. I felt quite sad. One poignant gift from there was a disc with photos of Liam at the SDS set to the song "The Rainbow Connection"

Tomorrow is his last day at Kinder (MECEC). This too has been a wonderful place. I cannot recommend the people there Or at Mt.Evelyn more highly. Both places have been good for me too. In a way I had kind of closed off to the "normal" (how I hate that word) world...afraid of rejection. I couldn't have been more wrong. A few Mums at the Kinder have told me how much they felt their children had benefitted from Liam's presence and how much they had seen him grow. His teacher said he had been a pleasure to have, especially as she had no prior experience of autism and her introduction to Liam was a report that was written to get funding for an aide (and these jump to worse worse case scenario)

Liam and me (he's watching whats going on through the window) . Kris loves this photo.

I have to share a message in a Christmas card we received from a Kinder Mum & her son...
It says :

What a wonderful little man!!
M (her son) just adored Liam this year and I have to say the "moments" I had with him were just gorgeous! he is a darling little boy and I wish

nothing but all the health and happiness in the world for your family.
Keep Smiling - S (her name)

I have to say that Liam's pre-school years, from starting early intervention at 2 to now have been filled with some wonderful people, who have helped Liam, Kris and myself enormously. I have gone from virtually knowing nothing about autism to (the more I've learnt) so much more, yet understanding how little I know. There have been tears, shared laughter, hugs and dismay...yet bonds have been formed that I cherish. The psychologist at Irabina (autism early intervention) once said to me "the best thing we can give you is another parent"...she is soooo right, but at the same time she and others have given so much too, even if at times it has felt like the blind leading the blind ;)

Now for my dilemma
I have 4 people who responded to my last blog. None of them guessed the correct duplicate, though one picked it as her second choice. I'm not sure what I should do with the giveaway under those circumstances. Any ideas? I mean I could send it to the one who picked it second, draw a name out of the hat or....

In the meantime, the camera has been recovered though its battery may be failing.

Give those you love a hug :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Every Cloud and a giveaway

This week has been difficult, but as they say every cloud has a silver lining. Here's mine :)

I won a giveaway from the delightful people at Modern Retro Textiles. Yeah. I need fireworks here. LOL
As the camera is still missing "sigh" I have had to pinch these images from Modern Retro Textiles blog here. Still enough of that, sighing I mean...I'm sure (hopeful) it will turn up, but in the meantime I have these goodies Woo Hoo

Giveaway: As I have got one of these designs I thought I would share the pleasure with someone else. So I will giveaway the duplicate pattern, but you have to guess which one I've got already :)

Not only that but the lovely Sue Niven of I Purr-Furr to Craft has given me a blog award "big smiles"

Now I believe I have to tell you 10 things about myself.

  1. I have 3 sons, 27, 24 & 5 that I adore
  2. Kris is my one and only love
  3. I love being a mother...sorry boys you are stuck with me :)
  4. I have agoraphobia, but get stir-crazy staying at home
  5. Honesty is very important to me. I hate people who play games
  6. I am a shocking chocoholic, I have been known to pull apart freezers, & dive in cupboard in the search for that elusive chocolate I've attempted to put out of my reach.
  7. I procrastinate, put off, forget & lose things all the time
  8. I am a loyal, if sometimes negligent friend (though I love them dearly)
  9. I'm in the mailbag section of this months issue of Homespun ( a few seconds of fame LOL)
  10. My youngest son has and is making me a better person

and then nominate 10 fellow honest bloggers. JUST 10! NOT FAIR
Well here goes (in no particular order)
  10. http// (actually I am cheating a little here as this is a collective site for more than one designer, but I love the fact that they've got together in friendship and mutual support and thats always a good thing, but it did mean that I had to leave my lovely friend Vikki off the list as she is a gum tree designer :( "sigh")
But my best silver lining was a christmas card for Liam from a kinder friend and his Mum...

Best Wishes to all,


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Missing ????

Has anyone seen my camera. It seems to have disappeared. I've even (taken the unusual step) of tidying up my craft room. Maybe its run away with my sunglasses. LOL Still at least I found my missing Believe pattern, Kris's and Katie's xmas it wasn't all bad ;)

So although I have been doing some stuff...despite either running aound like a headless chook getting nowhere fast or perfecting procrastination to a new art form LOL. So as a last resort I thought I would show you a couple of pics of Christmas past. Hope you like them.

The Santa are wood cut-outs I got and painted from Wood 'n' Pots...I do not know who the designer is.

The bears are designs by Holly Hanley in her book "Sunshine Kisses and Warm Winter Wishes 2" (yes Debbie I still have it tee hee hee). The angel snowflake is a painted Bronwyn Hayes design from "The Wish Quilt (though I had to alter the wings a little). I'm still wondering if I should do the bears again as I've done them for the last 3 years :)


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Great Excitement

Hi Folks, I've just read the most wonderful news on Sarah Leak's blog Quilt Fabric Delights here

Bronwyn Hayes
of Red Brolly has finally got a blog.

Woo hoo ( jig around the house) Oops can find her here

Bronwyn is one of my faves. She has some lovely designs coming out, not to mention the ones I haven't got.

Big smiley hugs to all,


Now where is that oven?

Edit: The sky is black, the thunder claps , but My new oven is will be good when its been installed. Its been almost 2 years since I had an oven :)

Learning by example!

Look, isn't he gorgeous , snuggling into a rare soft toy he actually likes (he probably thinks its a cushion)

I was out to dinner last night, when the following occurred. Kris couldn't wait to tell me (insert big grin here)

Toilet training is a bit of a bugbear in our house, so when Kris felt a presence behind him (at the toilet), he was thinking Oh good, maybe Liam will learn by example and get the idea what a toilet is really for.

The little prince saw Dahdee standing over a white bowl of water into which he was pouring a golden stream. How interesting he thought, Dahdee playing with the water too. Its sooo handy having such conveniences in a home so that I can drop things and splash about whenever I wish, though Shannie & Dahdee have a nasty habit of making a fuss about these playthings and locking me out. Surely I can play too. He thought yes, I can do that, its not hard.

As Kris was delightedly thinking that Liam was watching and learning by example, to his amazement, he saw a couple of objects appear from between his legs and splash into the water.

Having been successful, the little prince decided it was time to leave...his Dahdee may make a satisfied he left.

"Liam, you bastard" he yelled as he heard his son klomping down the hallway. "We're screwed", he thought as he gazed at the 2 fun-size Mars bars below.

So did anyone learn anything from this? Did anything change?

Kris left the bathroom door open this morning. I got to Liam before he got wet, but not before our toothbrushes were thrown in.
As for Liam, He is quite sanguine about all of this, as he knows that sooner or later he will slip in again and enjoy dropping stuff in that lovely clear water. Then there is always the silver water containers on the stove or the bowls where the dogs are. Isn't water the most sensational stuff. Why don't we have more of it on Mars?


BTW for more toilet humour, visit Jodie at Ric Rac here.
She has a great sense of humour, while you are there check out her gorgeous softies and read her "bot stories: Bus Stop" They start here and go on until here. S'ok no toilets involved LOL

Monday, November 16, 2009

The IT department is at it again. I have been banned from the computer since Friday night. He has reluctantly allowed me on inbetween whatever he is doing. All I know was the computer was fine, but then he wanted to ghost a drive, which I disturbed as he forgot to tell me (not happy Kris)...we may have lost important info like now he is putting up a sign "Do not Use" so I know. He still has to check anything , but allowed me this brief interlude.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my last blog. I'm glad you liked my quilt top.

BTW does anyone know how I can better reply to comments? I know when I leave a comment on a blog , I usually get an email from that person with my comment and their response. Its really lovely and I would like to do that too. I do leave comments on others blogs referring to that bog and thanking them for the comments they have left, but some people do not blog as frequently as others and I would prefer to respond in a better, quicker more personal way.

And as I am starting (finally) my xmas stitching projects for this year, I thought I would show you what I stitched last year for my sons' partners families. Although the layout is mine, I have used two of the stitcheries by Bronwyn Hayes (slightly altered as I did the santa one in redwork) from her Believe Wallhanging (I may be wrong with the name as I cannot find it. I can be a messy person as the photos of my craft room below will attest.)
I hope I can find the pattern though. I had saved the pattern from an old issue of "Australian Country Threads, Vol.3 No.6"...all I can find is the cover and a couple of other designs....Where have I put the pattern sheet? Hopefully its somewhere in the've gotta laugh.

I think it may have got worse as I tried to find my missing pattern LOL.
OH well, at least I can still get into the room.
wry smile

Anyway better go and organise that christmas stitching.

Hugs to all,

BTW Check out my talented friend's Vikki's cute robin kisses freebie here and here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Of Keyboards, families and sewing. A quilt top completed...Yay

Well finally the IT department has fixed the keyboard. It did take some cleaning, time and conductive paint, but one thing you can say about my husband, he doesn't like to be beaten :).
Here he is asleep with our precious. Aren't they cute.

In the meantime I've got some stitching done, attempted to wreck the printer, been to the market at Healesville and met my uncle again (after 26 years). Kris also showed me how to load my photos onto the computer. Hopefully I've got all the steps now as its a pain having to keep asking him (if you know what I mean). Afterall everything is simple when you know how. 'Course I've spent a lot of time preparing , ie cropping and rotating images so I can actually put them on my blog.

My uncle was in Australia for a month. He arrived as we got home from our Sydney trip. Debbie organised a family get-to-gether at her place. It was a lot a fun. I annoyed people with the camera and even got a photo of Nikki's boyfriend (he hates photos so was not amused...hey I didn't know) . Doubt it would have stopped me though as my family is somewhat camera shy.

This is Uncle Colin with his camera, so I was not the only one :)

I maybe in trouble here. My sister, Deb has threatened photographic blog wars, but I couldn't resist. To be fair she did spy me taking a pic of Mum & Simon (who also noticed) and leapt in.

Liam's uncles joined him at the water feature. He, somewhat amusingly pushed them inside so he could enjoy the water play on his own.

Most of the gang watching a computer game.

The following weekend, Mum, Deb, Uncle Colin & I went to Healesville Market

Deb, Mum & Uncle Colin at Healesville Market.

Its hard to believe now that such a short while ago you could be comfortable wearing a jacket. What happened? Its been soooo hot this week. I wonder if Uncle Colin would prefer England's cold or the heat we've had this week?

Funky Fungi at Healesville Market

Oh and I believe I mentioned sewing.

Actually, I'm rather proud of myself for finished the top of this quilt as I had had problems with the filler strips and had to undo them and sort it out. Then I couldn't find the red fabric I wanted for the first border. IT was out of print in the US and although they were going to print some more, I was looking at a wait of 4-6 months.

At this pint I have to say a big thank you to Sarah Fielke and Sewn. Sewn has this wonderful feature called "Find Fabric". I had my red fabric a week later. It was wonderful. There is more to Sewn than this, such as competitions, free patterns, guest spots, a link to Sarah's blog "the Last Piece" etc, so check it out here.

Below is my version of Bronwyn Hayes "The Wish Quilt"
It was featured in Australian Homespun Nos 62-4 (vols9.7 -9.9) with corrections in No 67 (vol9.12).
I have personalised it by using a variegated red by Anchor, adding a red first border and changing the houses as shown more clearly in the blog I wrote here. All the reindeers are different colours too (to reflect the variegated thread used). I hope you like it.

Anyway enough of me.

Hugs to all and to all a good night,


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

IT nuff nuff

There is a British sitcom called "The IT Crowd" . In it Roy (from IT) first response to the distressed calls from the computer nuff nuffs is something along the lines of " turn the computer off and then turn it on again"...usually its working by then.
Why do I tell you this...well when I complained to DH about those numbers not working, he asked (a day later I might add in my defense) if the other numbers were working. You know the ones...they are on the far right of the keyboard... (red face). Oops I'm a computer nuff nuff.
Oh the shame of it to be a woman and guilty of dare I say it domestic blindness LOL.
Well, on the bright side this meant I could download my prize from Yahoo. Not only did Esther include the pattern instructions, but she also included a detailed stencilling tutorial. Yeah!!
So all is well as long a I don't need any of the symbols used on those 3 numbers...must get the IT department (aka DH) on to that, because I do need them...back to Roy ;)

Oops its a day late...I forgot to publish (well my porridge was burning). I guess I stuffed up multi tasking as well...what kind of woman am I? LOL


Edit: This was the giveaway I won from Esther, all neatly placed into a file, ready for me to play with after christmas.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A win...well maybe LOL

Esther Aliu had this lovely giveaway on her blog. Its called Tulip Delight. Isn't it gorgeous, so I just had to enter.

OK my record at winning giveaways is shall we say non-existent (but I still have a go). So imagine my delighted surprise when I saw my name at the bottom of her winners list. Yes I did check...I was the only Sharon who had left a comment LOL. besides I had an invitation to join her Yahoo group so I could download the instructions.

Well I went to the invitation site and asked to join. No problems I had my invitation. Now all I had to do was enter in the code and that would be that. Ahhh, now why won't my keyboard enter the number three (note I had to type it). OK, so I pretended I didn't get it right and a new code appeared, but six doesn't work either. The third time it had both these numbers. So I checked all the numbers and three, four and six don't work. Arrgh!!!!!!
So having stuffed this up too many times for Yahoos liking they asked me to sign in. Why OH WHy didn't I get Yahoo to save my password. I cannot type that in either.......

So this morning I mentioned my difficulty to DH aka Computer Gremlin. I say this because he had spilt his drink on the keyboard. Imagine If I had done that. His response to my missing numbers was "Does it matter?".
To which I replied: "I can't type in my password"
"Oh...I thought I had fixed it...I'll look at it tonight" said he

Good thing I have a couple of weeks to get to my prize. MEN...can't live without them though and I have a few I'm rather fond of, but.....really they do sometimes try one's patience. Not that I'm ever so trying (they may disagree perhaps) hee hee hee.

Hugs to all, especially my niece Sarah who has her first exam on Friday,


Thursday, October 22, 2009


These are 2 lovely giveaways:


A lovely fat quarter bundle by Red Rooster fabrics is being given away by Brenda at Pumpkin Patch Primitives. Information on how to enter can be found here.
She is an amazing lady who runs a business, does crafting, home-schools and more... I don't know how she does it.
BTW it would be nice if you mention me when you go and check it out :)


Secondly, Kellie from Don't Look Now (who is one of my favourite designers) is celebrating the release of 2 new patterns.
Lilly Pilly (far left)
and Willow.
I will have to get at least one of these. they are soooo gorgeous

Edit: I've ordered Willow...told you I couldn't resist and I haven't done the other pattern I've bought. Naughty me LOL

This is Wish You Were Here (which you can only get by winning it or by attending one of her workshops)
Guess what: This is also something else on my to do list). I'm hoping that once Liam is settled in school I can indulge in this kind of thing. Wouldn't that be yummy :)

You can find out how to enter her giveaway here.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Once upon a time...

Playing games and feasting with The Thomas Family.

Once upon a time a little prince went on a long trip. He was very excited and made lots of gleeful sounds as the cars rushed by. Is there little more exciting than the anticipation of a journey with Shannie & Dahdee, chips for lunch and a cuddle from his older brother and his princess. At least thats what he thought until Dahdee took a strange turn. This is not quite right thought the little prince. The direction is all wrong. What are my parents thinking. He was most concerned.

We drew up to a little castle in Canberra, when long-time family friends lived. This isn't too bad thought the prince. "There's Pingu and the Incredibles and chickens in the garden...and I get to stay up late".
The following day was even more exciting as both of the prince's older brothers & their princesses appeared. There was a feast to be had (though he didn't eat and indeed wished to escape from the table), games to play coke and he even joined Dahdee on guitar hero with his wiggles guitar.
The little prince went to bed early after a long day. His brothers went their separate pair to the north by road, the other pair to the south by air. All seemed content. It was a grand day.

But all was not well..the little prince awoke shivering with cold, then became extremely hot. He wouldn't drink, or allow anyone to further poison him (his view regarding oral medications). Finally he cooled down an slept snuggled into Shannie. He was a little brighter next day so despite the suggestion we return south, northward we went. 5 days of fever and asthma, an excursion to the hospital, with little food or drink and our Prince wanted to go home, even though he adores his older brother. Sometimes there's no place like home. Going further north was out of the was just a matter of when we should go home.

Then there was a call from home. Ronin had left Khya yowling for him in the back yard. She was afraid and alone and he was in the pound.

So as the little prince was now well enough to travel, we took the long journey home and rescued the dog the next day. Both Liam and Ronin were very relieved to be home. Liam slept most of the way home, whereas Ronin steamed up the car, and vibrated it at each set of traffic lights.

Khya gave Her errant friend a thorough sniffing when she saw him (wanting to know exactly what he had been up to and where no doubt). Khya (a husky) was ver happy to have him back home again.
Apparently Shepherds love their rhythms and routines and get quite distressed with changes. Oh no! our dog has autistic tendancies ...and I thought they all had ADHD (LOL).
(There are books called "All dogs have ADHD and all cats have aspergers)

The little Prince started to smile again and gradually recovered from his ordeal. He was over the moon when (by Tuesday) he was in the pool and giving the Kinder assistant and his aide lots of smiles and cuddles at kinder. It was good to see the little prince so happy again, though Shannie & Dahdee were not quite themselves.

The journey was not a complete loss as I did aquire 2 new bras, a pair of runners for myself and Liam and Moroccan spice (from paddy's market) :). We alsohad some lovely chats with Adam & Naomi. Its always good to see them
I also came home to my hugs swap package and my order from Orange Daisy.

It also took me a couple of days to catch up with what everyone had been up to in blogland. My you are a busy lot....can't leave you alone for a second. LOL.

Interestingly enough, one can survive on whats in the frige, freezer and cupboards for a while...though some shortages became critical :)

My booty from orange daisy complete with the free button for the first stitchery (which is featured in Homespun).

Anyway I'm off to go preciousing (that is getting Liam from Kinder.) Its Kris's term. It developed from the days when Adam was a school and Simon at kinder. Simon would constantly want to know when we were going Adaming. We thought it was very cute.

Hope you are all well.

Lots of hugs,

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hugs Swap

My Hugs swap package from Paula arrived while I was away. I wish to apologise for the lateness of this posting due to circumstances I won't go into now. I have at least let her know I have them. It was a lovely package to come home too.
I had let her know that I would not receive them until I got back from my holidays on the 10th.
This is a close up of the angel on the mat. Paula has used some lovely variegated yarns...personally I love variegated yarns so this was very appropriate for me :). I also particularly loved the ribbon so had to show a proper view of this too.
Isn't it gorgeous and it goes so well with the stitchery. Thank you very much Paula. I enjoyed having you as my first ever swap partner. Thanks also to Jenny & Vicki for organising the swap. It was definitely fun and everyone need a hug :)

Just in case you are wondering, this is what I sent Paula (though it looks much nicer on her mug, which you can see on her blog here). I checked out her blog and conveniently (for me) she was organising a fall swap as she loves autumn colours. Ah ha...I think I'll do it in autumn tones :). Mind you I read the instructions for the mat and then forgot all about the seam allowance so the mat was a little smaller than intended. So its read twice, measure twice ....make sure you have added the seam allowance...check...then cut :)
Oh well we live and learn (LOL)

Anyway I think I might have a hot lemon tea in my hugged mug :)

Hugs to all,

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Moving On

The final assessment is over. Finally! Shaking off the mud commencing now woo hoo.
So from now on things should start being more what Liam can do rather than what he cannot. It was a bit like being caught in the middle of a mud fight. You know its going to be dirty and its unavoidable, but you are not prepared for the weight of the mud clinging to you. The best thing though is that my little treasure is mud-proof and came through the whole process as clean as when it started. Good thing he has autism, otherwise he might have been embarrassed to be seen out with his muddy mother LOL

I have also done a couple of workshops. A day of beginners quilting with Veronique Diligent at Sandlyn House. We were all quite proud of ourselves by the end of the class and Veronique is a lovely person and patient teacher. The other ladies in the class were also lovely and I found someone who can out chatterbox me!!!! (Vikki, Deb & Nora its TRUE, you will believe me if you ever meet the delightfully chatty Janet Rowe).

Unfortunately I took theses photos at home, in class photos would have been much more interesting. But Look I actually quilted...Ta maybe its not totally beyond me.

The next class I signed up for was Missy Moo's bag of the month club using these gorgeous fabrics. As there is a fair bit of appliquing to do s not much else to show, but its really great doing this as I have only made the one bag (a few years ago) before and lack confidence with 3D work.

I also spent a bit of time chatting to Vikki who was visiting (buying buttons methinks having read her blog :))
Well classes are not just about the sewing are they...socialising , chatting and getting to know people are also very important.

And just to let you know I haven' been entirely idle during my fortnightly Tuesday craft classes (also at Missy Moo with the wonderful Nora and a group of lovely ladies). I've sewn all these pinwheels and almost sorted out my filler strips.

Also there has been chatting, laughing and chasing Nora around with a camera, the others were stuck around the table so couldn't escape so easily tee hee hee (Kerry's fault really LOL). Unfortunately blogger is refusing to play anymore so cannot show you any of this (signs of relief all round LOL)

Love and hugs to all,

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Fine Group of "Nutters"

You may have read about this new blog on any one of the nine established or emerging designers which comprise it (one of whom I am fortunate enough to know personally :).
They initially teased us with hints of a secret to be revealed on the 15th Sept, but then we (me and other blog readers) noticed the same tease on a number of sites. Too much of a coincidence...apparently not LOL

They are offering their own designs for us to download and each designer will be announcing a giveaway on the 16th. Anyway enough from me :)

So in a nutshell go to this blog Among the Gumtrees and check it out. You will read the profiles of the designers and find links to their individual blogs.

Hugs to all,