A good week

is one where we receive lots of pics of our 3 grandchildren. With them living so far away we like nothing better than seeing weekly pics of them. A much better week is if we get the opportunity to see them on the web cam. lol.
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Not a lot of Craftin'

going on here at the moment, I have lots planned but it's just not happening yet, may get to start on a few things tomorrow. Last week I did get around to making a needle case and pincushion for a niece who is doing a little bit of crafting. She is sewing together some cute little felt hearts for some of her friends for Christmas gifts and she is such a sweetie she gave me one of her samples as a gift.
So I had been wondering what I could do for her in return and realised that if she was going to be a serious crafter she would need some tools of the trade. I think she will like these as they are pink and purple with sparkles and butterflies, what more could a 11 yr old girl want for her Sewing Box.

ps. a tutorial for the needle case is a freebie available here from a friends blog, thanks heaps Khris.


It's always nice to..........

spend time with Friends, and this past week we have shared lots of fun and laughter with our friends Deanna and Doug from Townsville who were neighbours of ours in Ayr before we moved home. We haven't seen each other since my daughter's wedding 2 yrs ago so it was great to have time to relax and catch up.
We went for some nice walks and went out for lunch at the local Tavern and we also enjoyed a few liqueurs and a lot of laughs playing the card game 500. This was a favourite pastime with 4 other friends when we all lived in the same street for years so bought back lots of great memories for us all.


Pics from Mt Isa

After showing off Harrison's swimming skills, I thought I would also pop up some new pics of our Granddaughters Shayna and Monique from Mt Isa that arrived in my inbox this afternoon. Click on their names to view.

Harrison's first swimming lesson.......

Couldn't resist sharing this UTube of our Grandson Harrison having his first swimming lesson with his Dad. Click on his name to view.

Here we go.......

A couple of pics of the friendship gifts and swap goodies I received from the girls at the retreat, I was very spoilt and love them all.
From Khris I received some special goodies... Covered address book, card holder and notebook and a little emergency kit bag made from the cutest band-aid fabric already stocked with Panadol, hand cleanser etc.
Naomi was a sweetie and gave me as a gift, a sweet little bag that I had put an order in for her to make me for my MP3 player, a perfect fit. Look at my parliment of Owls from Khris and Naomi, how cute are they?
Sharon gave me a couple of her very special doll faces and some pencils for me to use so I can practice my doll face drawing and from Anita I received a gorgeous pack of Moda squares and some patterns, one that I had been eyeing off since I first saw it advertised, a raggedy pattern that is just so cute.
Maree made us all a sticky note holder and Marg gave us each a bag of little tricks with cute sayings inside. My secret sister swap partner Cath, gave me a raggedy doll she had made from one of her patterns, fabric, pattern n thread.
Also had lots of laughter and fun in a pattern swap game that Khris had us playing and was able to add a few new patterns to my pattern collection, a girl can never have too many patterns, lol.

So now you can all see why I think I was so very spoilt, how lucky am I to have such generous friends.

Thank you girls.


It's way time..........

that I caught you up on how the CRAFT retreat went.........

Well the first afternoon most of us were too tired from travelling to do too much except relax and enjoy a cuppa and chat. Some of the girls had met before but a few of us had only spoken on the phone or on-line.
For me, it was just like we had all known each other before instead of meeting for the first time.
Some were brave enough to have a swim in the pool, even though it was hot and muggy the water was a bit nippy, but a glass of Bannrock and some nibbles soon warmed us up while we waited for dinner, all that gasbagging makes you hungry, lol.
The girls who had bought their machines were already sewing up a storm and I am hoping they have some pics of their new creations as I didn't get any on the last day before they packed up.
The next day started off well with a few of the girls driving into Ipswich to a local market to check out the goodies...... Anita scored a couple of nice things and so did Helena.

Naomi and I stayed behind and looked through some crochet patterns on my laptop. BUT we did get to enjoy the yummy Jam n Cream scones served for morning tea.
Then Naomi was kind enough to try to teach me how to do a crocheted flower while a few others had their machines whizzing away in the sewing room.
By the time the girls came back from the markets it was lunch time and the wind had come up, blowing a gale and it was starting to get a bit dusty and smoky as well.

Because the weather was so terrible for the rest of the day most of us just stayed stayed inside our Cabins as we were starting to get sore throats (yes maybe a little from talking too much, but the dust in the air sure didn't help) watery eyes and dry lips and mouths, it was awful outside so Naomi got stuck into showing the girls how to start off the crochet rug they wanted to learn. Khris and Naomi also got some hexagons cut out ready to make some coasters for their market stall.
Sharon and Naomi braved the cool water in the pool again later on for a dip to soak poor Sharon's sore swollen ankles, the heat from the day before had really made her a bit ill (poor girl was suffering from the heat as she had flown in from NZ where the temps were heaps lower) so she just relaxed with her feet up on the lounge for awhile before tea time and we fitted in a couple of party games (thanks Khris) that were a bit of a giggle, and some lucky ones won some goodies.

Then we grabbed a bottle of our favorite red and took it down to enjoy with our night meal, well some of us did, not all, as some don't partake but they didn't mind the rest of us enjoying a glass.
That night we sat around and chatted some more while stitching and crocheting and the next morning after a terrible sleepless night from the howling wind and no water in our cabin for showers till the kind man came and sorted it for us we just relaxed some more with a cuppa as the wind was still blowing a gale and it was too horrible to sit outside.

Some of the girls went down to the main Lodge for morning tea but Khris and I ate Marg's slice instead and Sharon kept Khris company while I jumped in for a late shower before lunch.
The food and accommodation were all just fabulous, our lovely hostess Wendy and her family looked after us all so well, we all said we would go back again.
Before we knew it it was time to pack up and think about getting on our way home, it was such a great time getting to know all the girls and the time went so quick, we didn't get to go for a walk as the weather was shocking after the first afternoon, but it didn't faze us, we were very happy just chilling out and talking and crafting so it didn't upset us too much except for a few sneezes and sore throats, from the dust I mean, lol.

Helena had the right idea as you can see by the pic, lol.
It was such fun swapping gifts, sharing some great laughs and chatting about our different crafts we like to do. I am so glad that I was able to go and meet the girls, it was wonderful to have the chance to cement our on-line friendships that we have made by chatting on the CRAFT group and I really hope we can do it all again sometime real soon.
ps. Don't forget to jump over to my Picasa Album to see the pics from the retreat.