Saturday, December 20, 2014


It was sew nice to join Wendy and my other blogging friends for the last FNSI for the year…

firstly I cut and organised these " Hash tag Blocks" 


which I will be sending to Molli Sparlkes for the Sydney Heros. You can read about it HERE….

When I take Lacy for walkies on the beach she blends in with the sand and seaweed. Sew my DD made her a Hi Vis Jacket from her Hubby’s overalls.. The clip wouldn't undo when it had sand in it sew last night I replaced it with some Velcro.


That's better Lacy !!!!!

I have always wanted to have some Christmas Place Mats sew last night I put six together and managed to do the binding on two.


will join my Northern Hemisphere folk tonight and finish the other four…

Thank you Wendy for my fun FNSIs. Hope you organise us again next year…Will check out what other have done over the weekend HERE..

Hugz  Maria Smile

Thursday, December 18, 2014

YEH!!! ( lots of photos )

It’s December 18th sew we can open our “Santa Sack “ gifts….I am up early and opening it before I even have brekky..Smile

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Keryn was my partner and sent me this gorgeous box filled with gifts….

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I couldn’t wait to see what was inside all the beautifully wrapped parcels….


The first one held a lovely “Christmas Angel”



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and next was this amazing Christmas Tote..



“Santa” on one side and “ A Snowman” on the other. Just look at the fabulous buttons and embellishment.


the dotty one held a great “Christmas Panel”..


will be fun to make that up…

this wee box and had everything inside to make three projects…


Pattern and Fabrics


as well as thread, buttons, bells and beautiful brooches.
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and the next big parcel held this amazing


Look at the work Keryn has put into making it.. Will get a better photo when I can hang it up outside..
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But wait there is one more….


Love this little Christmas Message on this plaque. I can hang at my back door…


now the box is empty except the beautiful card from Keryn


Thank you Keryn  for being my partner and  all the work you put into my wonderful gifts…

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Many thanks to our fantastic swap MUM Cheryll who has organised us for another fabulous “Santa Sack Swap”

Now I must have brekky, get dressed, drive into town to take my 4yr old GGD to see “Paddington”

Hugz  Maria Smile

P.S. Do hope “Santa” brings me a new camera. Then I can take better photos…

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Charming Stars and a Postcard…

I have managed to sew three more blocks of my "Charming Stars" QAL with Terry.

Charming Stars

Am happy with the lay out, sew now to find something suitable for sashing. The idea for this quilt is to make it from my stash….

I love the gorgeous Christmas Postcard that arrived from Annette in Canada this week.

From Annette Canada

Thanks to Annette for making my postcard and Sheila for organising these fabulous swaps…..

Hugz  Maria Smile

Saturday, December 6, 2014

FnwFs and Special Gift

I was sew looking forward to joining Cheryll and the other ladies for FnwFs … Even had my project organised………….


but instead I spent the evening with Hubby at the medical centre. Poor guy had severe back pain and was also vomiting..  After four hours of injections and nothing had changed so he was taken to Geraldton, 64kms away, to hospital…

I returned home too tired and concerned to sew.. Made a cuppa and remembered a parcel Anthea from Hibiscus Stitches had sent. We did a little swap between ourselves. Sew I opened it and it did cheer me up….

A beautiful  Christmas card,  Upside down Santa Candle and the cutest Reindeer tissues…


Also a gorgeous "Santa" Wall Hanging on a lovely hanger…

my Swap from Anthea 2014

Thank sew much Anthea your gift did make me happy.

P.S.  I picked Hubby up this morning feeling a lot better after he passed  Kidney Stones… No wonder he had sew much pain.. Having a nice sleep now…..

Thank you Cheryll for organising us through the year for FnwFs and I look forward to joining in the fun again in 2015.

Will pop over and visit others over the weekend to see what you got up to.

Hugz  Maria Smile

Sunday, November 30, 2014

OPAM for November just before Midnight

Can you believe it is December tomorrow, well it will be in Aussie……
Even though I have had MANY finishes this month they cant be posted for OPAM till the end of December as they are all flying over to their new owners.

I did finished these little guys and I do love them…


Two Rug Mugs


and Mia’s Cushion cover you can see HERE….

Thank you to KRIS and PEG who keep us on track to make and finish projects every month for OPAM..

Hugz  Maria Smile

Saturday, November 29, 2014

SSCS and Santa Sack Arrived…

Each year Elf Chooky organises the SSCS. My parcel arrived on Friday along with my Santa Sack Swap organised by Elf Cheryll.


For the SSCS we send our partner an ornament, which they can open now, and a main gift for Christmas Day.

My Partner was Lou from over the ditch, NZ, and she spoilt me with lots of gifts



and this was the one I could open. Lou has made me this gorgeous “ Button Ornie “ Must have taken ages to make.   Thank you sew much Lou for all my gifts.
 Looking forward to opening day.…


The other parcel was from my Santa Sack partner Keryn and look at the fabulous way she packed my gifts into this adorable box. Thank you Keryn…How I am suppose to wait till to open these lovely gifts..



It will be very difficult sew after giving them a squeeze and feel I have put them back neatly in the box like they arrived and put them into the linen cupboard along with Lou’s gifts.


What is it they say “Out of sight ,out of mind” I hope….. Till Christmas….

A huge thank you to both Elves Chooky and Cheryll who take the time each year to organise these swaps and make our Christmas brighter….

Hugz  Maria Smile

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Busy Few Days

Driving home after a busy few days in the city for hubby’s appointments it was thundering and lighting with lots of strong winds most of the way. Then, not too far from home, we noticed fires in the distance. It is always scary in the hot dry weather. We were lucky to get through on the Hway as it was closed soon after. Thankfully those fires have now been contained. Those volunteers are great people.

On our arrival home at 6.30pm we had NO power. That means NO water as we supply our own with pumps from our tanks. We do have a generator to keep the fridge going, some light and a tele. It didn’t go back on till 12.30pm yesterday . After a lovely long shower I went into town did some shopping and picked up a parcel and look what was inside…….


isn’t he just the cutest !! He was made by clever KERYN

Hugz  Maria Smile