Thursday, December 26, 2013

SSCS 2013

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas day, 
my family and I had an excellent day, 
lots of laughs, good company and great food
and no dishes to do!

got up early and went for my morning walk, 
so glad I did...

presents were opened and this is my beautiful present from Ana Maria
a beautiful dresden plate cushion cover is glorious colours that suit my lounge to a T!
(just need to get a bigger cushion insert than I have)
and a lovely wall hanging for next Christmas...

thank you so much Ana Maria
your presents are very much appreciated, I love them. 
Julz

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

.....

Merry Christmas!

May each and every one of you have a wonderful Christmas.

take care..
Julz

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

well...

tis Christmas Eve once again, 
where has the year flown to? 

This time tomorrow the big guy in the red suit would of been, 
time to spend with family and friends, 
laughter and fun times...

Julz

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas decorating

well with Christmas almost upon us, 
here is my decorating for this year, 
a bit understated as I haven't had the time to bring everything out...
 Santa group by the front door
 Snowmen and trees on the other side of the front door
 more Santa's in the lounge
 the hutch with snowmen and HollyAnna and some fairy lights for night
 putting the coonara to good use for cards and some small trees
and two of my favourite stitcheries
 the tree in silver and purple, 
with the lights flashing blue and red
and with the lights flashing green and orange

wishing you all a very 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I hope that Santa brings just what you have wished for this year, 
stay safe if traveling over the break

Julz

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

look!

yesterday when I got home there was a parcel waiting on the table...
it's here!
my beautiful handmade mobius pendant
 that I won from Coolabah Charms in their November giveaway...

It is just lovely!
the inner circle has my girls names 
and the outer one has 
Dare To Dream.

A very special piece and one that I will treasure, 
thank you to Trudi at Coolabah Charms, 
Julz

Saturday, December 14, 2013

starting these...

cleaning up my sewing room today, 
I came across a number of things I would like to do...
Farmers Wife, 
Prairie Flowers BOM (about 3 years old)
Double Wedding Ring quilt, 
Giant Dahlia quilt, 
Love Entwined  (by Ester Alieu), 
and 
finish off my 
Hexagon Flowers quilt (Leanne's House)

am I mad or what?

anyway I've started on the Farmers Wife, 
here are block 1 Attic Window
and 
block 2 Autumn Tints

I'll add another tab at the top to keep the photos in there to show my progress
Julz

Monday, December 9, 2013

problem fixed

thanks to ChookyBlue for alerting me to a problem with bounced comments...
all fixed now!

it's here!

 my SSCS present all the way from Portugal!
yes I've good and only opened the ornament...
isn't it beautiful? 
now to find a special place to hang it.
thank you so much to my partner

Julz

Sunday, December 8, 2013

yesterday....


yes...Bon Jovi!

(Vicki stop drooling on the keyboard please!)
a great night had by all. 
Julz

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

hmmm

beautiful monring for my walk...
seems there were a few others who had the same idea

Monday, December 2, 2013

at an end

my short holiday!

tomorrow it's back to reality...
that 4 letter word that pays the bills...
WORK!
is calling my name.

What can I say? 
not much...

my mojo seems to have left me today...
so many things I could be doing, that I'm not...

there is plenty of stitching that needs doing,
but I have done none of it today...

maybe the weather is to blame...
34 degrees here in Melbourne, 
not used to it yet, 
thank goodness for AC!

anyway if you find my mojo, can you send it back to me?
I really need it!

instead I have been playing with my Christmas present to myself...
my new laptop...
loving it!
Julz

Friday, November 29, 2013

farewell

today we heard that Viv Robinson passed away last night.


A very special and talented lady, 
who will be greatly missed in the quilting world, 
my sincere condolences to Viv's family and friends. 
RIP Viv, 
teach the Angels how to stitch!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

retail therapy

today I went and did most of my Christmas shopping...
usually it's a week before and I'm running around like an idiot, 
spending too much money 
and not happy with what I have purchased
(although everyone seems to like their gifts on the day)
AND
I came home and wrapped them all up too!
Haven't got the Christmas tree up yet, so they are in my wardrobe....

anyway I needed to go to Spotlight for 2 DMC threads I am using on a special project...
Do you see the 2 DMCs on the right, well that's what I went to get, 
the rest just followed me home, 
what could I do?
Julz

wow!

Santa's sleigh sure flew fast this year!
My secret partner 
(who has worked out already who I am!),
 has received her gifties already...

how speedy is that? 
Posted on November 19th here, 
arrived in the USA and delivered November 28th!

so glad that it's there all safe and sound!
Oh and I think I can pop the ornie up so everyone can see as I know it has been welcomed into it's new home!
Julz
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

for me...

stitching this one just for me!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

website update

well as you know, my website is experiencing some difficulties at the moment....
VERY BIG DIFFICULTIES...
that is: 
it ain't working at all!
(very annoying)
AND 
now it's apparently time to decide what to do with it, 

upgrade the current site (which may or may not be beneficial)
get a new new website = cost (don't have a whole lot of cash to spare for this type of thing)
dump the current website= no sales / no where for customers to purchase

so this brings me to this point:
Do I start up my old selling blog Prim and Pretty?
Do I add a Photo Album of stock to my FB page?
Do I get a new website? 
(with the same name etc, just different hosting and format)
or 
Do I start a new page for selling ready mades here on the blog?
(I already have some patterns featured under the Patterns tab at the top of the page)

Any thoughts or comments are welcomed as I am in a bit of a pickle thinking about what to do!
Julz

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SSCS 2013

all wrapped and ready to fly off....
to somewhere where they don't get snow!
Julz

Monday, November 18, 2013

grrrr

so pleased with myself...
just finished wrapping my SSCS presents, 
got the post box, 
found out how much postage would be, 
sealed the box, 
wait a minute?
 
what can't you send????
 oh no...international ????
onto the internet, looking looking looking...

OUT came the ornie I had made, 
onto plan B....

lucky I had been making some ornies (sorry can't show you yet) for Wyreena, 
but I can show you this
see the offending material????

better be safe than sorry,
problem fixed, but not what I had first intended....

almost finished!

my SSCS pressies, 
the last of the quilting is done...
the binding is almost completed, 
well you didn't think I was going to show you ALL of it?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

new arrival

yesterday I took my kidlets to see this cutie!
She belongs to a friend from work, 
only a week old, 
and Alice is her name...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

website update

well the website is back up and running...
it doesn't quite look like it should,
but the problems are being fixed

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

thoughts and prayers

for a wonderful lady...
you can read more here

this lady is the reason I love prim stitcheries so much...
the reason why I started doing my own designs...
I would never put myself on her level,
she is a star!

Julz


Monday, November 11, 2013

website

sorry for any inconvenience, but it seems that my website has 
CRASHED!!!

I'm trying to get it fixed asap. 
If anyone needs anything please just shoot me an email from my profile page here. 

thanks Julz

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Christmas Craft Fair

started today at Wyreena Community House and Gallery 
lots of lovely Christmas gifts and decorations by some very talented ladies...
I also have some lovely table runners, Santas, gingers, a few Christmas themed dolls
a JOY banner and a wooden framed stitched star called Believe

The Wyreena Christmas Craft Fair is on until December the 18th
at 
13-23 Hull Rd Croydon, Vic., 
check them out on the web too at 

Julz

Sunday, November 3, 2013

today....

my gorgeous ED turns 

21

Happy Birthday!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

making a start...

with some of my favourite fabrics and colours!

oh and this pirate wench came for a visit the other day
13 years of schooling done and dusted for this one...
still finalizing her course for next year...
Julz

Monday, October 14, 2013

coming soon!

these came in the mail today!
EXCITED!!!!
just a bit...
starts November the 9th at Wyreena


I'm guilty too!

 ok there's a linky party over at Lily Pad Quilting asking are you a quilter?
well...I think I'm also a bit guilty of that fact...
above is my corner of the lounge, complete with basket of stuff, armchair caddy, quilt and cushions!
 DH's corner...
 the couch corner
 as you enter the front door...
dolly swap corner and embroidered pictures
 the other side of the front door...
another dolly corner and a cross stitch from many years ago
 oops forgot this corner of the lounge, more dolls I have either made or received
 the girls lounge, quilts and cushions for all
 under the TVs even!
and of course the table...

couldn't show you the other bedrooms as they were not fit to be photographed!
but they do have quilts in the beds also...
these can be seen down my side bar if you're curious
so what do you think?
am I guilty as charged?

little weekend sewing


did the quilting on this one and another one different pattern, 
now to decide where to put the buttons??/ on the coloured strips (top) or on the white bit beside the quilting?
think I'm leaning towards the coloured strips....will sew the binding on first then decide.
back to the sewing machine (after cleaning the house!)

Monday, October 7, 2013

October 6th

October 6th is a special day in our family...
our wedding anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my dear husband, 
yes you drive me mad at times, 
make me laugh, 
hug when I cry, 
always there by my side, 
thank you....
Julz

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

another date for the diary

going to try very hard to get to this one
Julz

Monday, September 16, 2013

put these dates in your diary!

Friday September 27th
Saturday September 28th and 
Sunday September 29th

 Quilts InThe Barn 2013

 I'm going on the Friday...
as Saturday is the AFL Grand Final!
might see you there!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

new tabs

I've put a couple of new tabs at the top of the page...
FRIENDS SWAPS and
SSCS...
just so it's easier for people to find things I have sent and received over the years
enjoy!
Julz

Friday, September 13, 2013

swap dolly corner

my new Prairie doll in the swap dolly corner...
don't they look great sitting there together?

Monday, September 9, 2013

a little sewing today

some table runners for the Wyreena Christmas event in November/December
lots more still to be made 
and lots more still to decide on

Sunday, September 8, 2013

it's time again!

yayyy!!!
find out soon who I need to be stalking....

Friday, September 6, 2013

friends swap 2013 part 2

and this is what I sent to Kirrily, 
F= fabric and fudge (forgot to photo that bit)
R= ricrac and runner
I=inspiration (pattern)
E= embroidery threads and earrings
N= necklace (handmade in Healesville)
D= doiley
S= scented candle (handmade in Healesville also) and smelly soap

Julz

and a big big thank you to Khris for her wonderful hosting yet again!
 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

friends swap 2013

after an extremely CRAP day at work I came home to find this.....
 my beautifully wrapped Friends Swap parcel!
and inside....wow
F=fabric
R=relax (mug rug with flavoured teas and my fav cherry ripe)
I=insipre (2 gorgeous patterns, one I have wanted for ages!)
E=embroidered (hexie mug mat and cross stitched pincushion)
N=notions (embroidery thread in delish colours and sewing machine threadholder)
D=dolly (a gorgeous praire doll LOVE HER!)
S=sewing (embroidery hoop made into a sewing set complete with pen, thread cutter tape, needles and ripper)

thank you Kirrily for all of my goreous presents!

great minds think alike...

Julz

I'll post tomorrow what I sent to Kirrily