Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last OPAM for 2014 and A Happy New Year!!

A big thank you to Kris and Peg for running OPAM for 2014. They do keep me on track. I managed to have 51 finishes, way down on previous years but I am happy with what I achieved with life getting in the way at times..
I can now reveal some of my secret sewing….

Reindeer wall hanging for Diane my SSCS partner


 Reindeer for Anthea


One Wonky Christmas Tree for Ellyn..

Ellyn's 2014

and another for Sunny

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Christmas Postcard for Annette

Anette's Postcard 2014

and you can see the others HERE.

I am delighted to read that Kris and Peg will be running OPAM again next year…YEH!!!!

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                  Wishing everyone a Very Happy and Healthy New Year for 2015….

Hugz  Maria Smile

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Gifts

from dear blogging friends…

Ellyn sent me a beautiful friendship wall hanging…


that will hang in the cave sew I can enjoy it when I am busy in there working on my sewing…

Sunny’s gift was this fabulous longggggggggggggggggg snowman that looks great hanging on my dining room wall.  Love his Woolen Scarf and special pin.


Christmas serviettes and spiced mug mat


Di and Miss Gracie sent me this cute stocking…



lovely table mat, handy little calendar and the cutest thong notebook.…

Thank you sew much my fabulous blogging friends. You have made my Christmas sew special. XXX

I would like to show you the gifts I sent Keryn in our Santa Sack Swap….

The Sack…


                             Elves Wall Hanging…


Gift box Table Runner….

SAnt Sack swap 2014

Egg Basket…..




Plum Pudding tea towel….


                                     Wooden tape measure, ornament and FQ…


I hope your Christmas was as happy as ours… After opening gifts and having Breakfast it was off to the beach… See the little brown dot ?  It’s Lacy….. 
she enjoys a swim as much as us...


and then in the afternoon some customary cricket….


Hugz  Maria Smile

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fabulous Gifts for the SSCS

I was sew happy to have joined Chooky’s SSCS
again this year and couldn't wait for Christmas morning to be able to open the gifts from my SSCS partner Loulee from NZ.

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Loulee spoilt me by sending not two gifts , but six…..

A cute Pincushion…………… yummy choccies


lovely bag made with different Kiwi fabrics



2015 pocket diary …………..


and this beautiful wall hanging with hanger.........


I will hang it in my cave sew I can enjoy it everyday…. A perfect saying for me…..

and my ornament we were allowed to open earlier.

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A HUGE thank you to Chooky for running the swap again this year and to my lovely partner Loulee for my wonderful gifts.

Will show more wonderful gifts in my next post….

Hugz  Maria Smile

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Merry Christmas to All

I would like to wish you all

                                            A  Happy and Safe Christmas

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and the Postie has left me some more lovely mail….
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A lovely christmas card, a cute scissors fob and variegated thread from Christine


A sweet Stocking Ornie from Sisbabe
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and a parcel from my blogging friend Sunny which I have popped under the tree.



thank you to the lovely ladies for their thoughtfulness.

Hugz  Maria  Smile

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…