Friday, December 31, 2010

The Champagne Is Chilling

Hello Everyone!! Moving house and lack of internet has kept me away from the blogisphere for what feels like ages!! I look forward to lots of catching up on my blog reading over the next few days and seeing what you've all been up to.

GBF and I were chatting, as we often do, and we both agreed that one of the most confusing things we found about buying a house has been-

At what stage in the process do you pop the champagne ?

Is it after looking for months at several houses deciding that this is The One?
Maybe it's when the offer is accecpted?
Or could it be when you sign the contract?
To celebrate that the bank approves your finance?
Is it when the cooling off period finishes?
Perhaps when the sold sign goes up?
Could it be when you sign the loan documents?
Is it on the settlement date?
Or when you get the keys?

Of course it's when you move in!!
But can you believe we've been so busy unpacking that we haven't had any yet.

It's been a bit busy settling in here at the new house but hey it's New Years Eve so there's twice as many reasons to raise our glasses. This evening will find us out on our deck with oysters and smoked salmon watching the sun set on 2010.

Here's to a truly wonderful, friendly, fun, creative, crafty, healthy, wealthy and wise 2011 to everyone!!! and a happy Happily Ever After in our lovely new home to us!!!


Ps. As for the right time to drink champagne , I think Lily Bollinger sums it up perfectly when she said-

Lily Bollinger:

"I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad.
Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone.
When I have company I consider it obligatory.
I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and I drink it when I am.
Otherwise I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty."

Cheers again!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa's Reindeer

Just in case you play a trivia game over the holidays and you're asked to name Santa's reindeer:


Dancer, Prancer

Vixen, Comet


Donna, Blitzen

and Rudolf !
Wishing all of you and your loved ones a very special Merry Christmas full of laughter and delicious treats!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Life is a Bowl of Cherries

I had such a surprise last week when I was reading through my favourite blogs and got to Sunshine?Paradise? and found that I'd been tagged by Marg for the Cherry on Top Award!! I'm honoured to know someone thinks I have a beautiful blog with that little bit extra. Thanks Marg!!

As part of the award I have to list 3 things I like. I was about to write, GBF ( gorgeous boy friend), Quilting and My Life in the Blue Mountains ...

...but I guess that's obvious seeing they're all I ever blog about so I thought I'd pick 3 other random things.

First up - I love pretty, fun greeting cards. They're like mini art works that capture an emotion whether it be funny, happy, nostalgic, comforting etc. I collect them so I have them ready to give people but I have to admit that I like to keep them for a while before I give them away.

Number 2 is another thing I collect -Vases, well , I am a florist after all. I've collected them from markets, thrift stores, garage sales. I've got vases in all shapes, colours and sizes. My favourites are these vases from West Germany with their bright chunky glazes. When I first starting collecting these I'd get teased for buying such ugly vases but now they're fashionable and it's harder to find a bargain

My third thing I see as more a necessity. I find I often get deficient in Vitamin CH and need to eat things containing this important suppliment. CHerries, CHocolate, CHips, CHicken, CHeese, naCHos, CHorizo etc . I still love my broccoli and pumpkin though.

Okay now to tag 3 other worthy bloggers for the Cherry on Top Award. This is hard because there are so many deserving bloggers out there, but these three never fail to brighten my day.

Chris's blog is always full of beautiful, amazing, fun quilts. She travels the country teaching and inspiring and posts the progress of her students as well as her own work. It's always so interesting to see how different people interpret her patterns with different fabrics, and always exciting to see what stunning projects she's working on. She also shares internet finds and links to interesting things.

Melissa P of A Hundred Billion Stars. Her tagline is "Appreciating the Endless Possibilites of the Creative". I love that! And Melissa really does keep coming up with new possibilites of different crafty ideas that I would never think of. I can just imagine a beautiful craft book of her creations, even a TV show, Anything's possible!!

Sujata from the Root Connection. Her blog is so inspiring! I just love her quilts. Nifty Quilts summed it up perfectly in a comment to Sujata "Everything you make looks like the sun is shining on it.". She's so encouraging to other quilters and has even started a second blog called Basket Full of Scraps open to anyone who creates using their scrap baskets.

Happy Cherry on Top Award to you all, you don't have to play along but it's a bit of fun!

Phew! What a long post, I think I need some vitamin CH after writing all this...


Sunday, December 19, 2010

4 Parcels On My Doorstep

You know it's a great day when you come home and find 4 parcels the doorstep.

The first parcel contained this selection of Tula Pink's Parisville purchased from Quilthome. They always handwrite a little note on the invoice that adds a personal touch. The fabrics are beautiful to touch, such clever patterns and great colours. The only thing I'm disappointed about is that I only got half yard cuts of the feature print, Cameo. It's limited my options for fussy cutting, eg on the blue colourway all the "Lady with the Ship Hair" has been cut in half. Oh well, I'll just have to work with it.
The next parcel was from Samelia's Mum, a prize I'd won in a giveaway on her blog. A pattern for a bag and 3 fat quarters. That bag would look great in Parisville! She sent a lovely Christmas Card too. Thank you Anorina, for this wonderful gift.

Parcel 3 was from Sew Mama Sew's Handmade Christmas Giveaway. Handmade Living by Lotta Jansdotter. I have to admit I'd never heard of Lotta but OMG I LOVE this book!!! Out of all the books SMS were giving away this one is perfect for me!! It's so full of inspiration!! And that's only from a quick look, I then wrapped it and put it under the Christmas tree for me.

Last but definitely not least , a present that I don't have to put under the tree because it's a belated birthday present. This one is from my brother Adam who is a jazz muscician and was recently performing in a festival in Prague. He said he'd found a present and gave me this clue -
It's the perfect synthesis of old and new Europe- And he was right!! - a set of Matryoshka Dolls of ABBA!!! Too funny!!! This is an absolute treasure!! I love it!!! He even wrote the teeniest, tiniest birthday message to go in the smallest doll. Thank You Adam!!!

I had another surprise this week. I was given an award for my blog! Such an honour, But it deserves a post of it own so I'll save it till next time...


Saturday, December 18, 2010

We Have A Winner!!!

It's Winners are Grinners time!! I'm about to announce the lucky recipient of the Giveaway Day Scrappyluscious blocks but first I have to say a huge

Thank You!!!

To all the new followers, a big hearty Welcome Aboard the Blue Mountain Daisy Express, unlimited stops to colourful destinations, so grab a comfy seat and enjoy the view.

I've been overwhelmed by everyone's lovely, enthusiastic, friendly, funny, sweet, wonderful comments!! I'm so sorry I haven't been able to reply to everyone due to a very busy week!! (Can you believe it's only a week till Christmas- eek!!).

After reading all your comments I wished I'd made a zillion blocks so I could send you all some, but alas there can only be one winner. Luckily we have Random.Org to help us choose!

Okay , without further ado
The winner of the 2010 December Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day is

Drum Roll...

She has a lovely shop on Etsy called Ananemone which sells beautiful fabric coasters and clothes that she makes herself.

Hi Sara , I've sent you an email but if you're reading this send me your details so I can get your Scrappyluscious blocks sent off to you.


I'd better start planning what to make for the May Giveaway Day.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Give Away Day

It's Giveaway day!!
Organised by Sew Mama Sew,
This is huge!! Hundereds of bloggers and shops all giving away something either handmade or that you can use to make something crafty.

My giveaway is a combination of both- something handmade that You can have the fun of making something with.

I'm offering this set of 16 fun, colourful, scrappyluscious blocks.

They're 12 inches square so big enough to be versatile.

You might like to sew them together like this quilt or maybe put sashing in between the blocks, natural linen would look great or some crazy stripes. Put them on point and feature a bold print or a solid in between.

You could use them for cushions, a skirt or even a big colourful bag.
Or how some little peekaboo curtains.
I've had fun doing my bit - the next exciting step is up to you.
So what do you think ? Would you like to play with these colourful crazy blocks?
If so all you have to do is..

Leave me a comment saying what you would do with them.
If you're a lovely follower or become a follower you may leave another comment.
If you tweet, blog, bleep or tell a stranger in the street about this giveaway you can leave yet another comment

If you have broccoli or pumpkin with dinner you can leave another comment

If you like the blocks but don't want to win them because you have so many projects on the go already and you really don't need another one, you can still leave a friendly comment but say you're happy for them to go to someone else, or something like that.

Entries close on Friday 17th Dec and I'll post them out on the 20th Dec.
And yessiree I'll ship internationally!

okay I think that's it.. so leave a comment or two. If you're a new visitor to my blog, thanks for visiting and feel free to have a wander around and read a few posts!!

Then head over to Sew Mama Sew for more fun Giveaway locations.

Good Luck and Happy Giveaway Day!!

Comments are now closed for this giveaway. The biggest THANK YOU to all the amazing, enthusiastic, lovely, sweet, funny comments everyone left. I'm sorry I couldn't reply to most of them due to a very busy week, but I hope to get around to visiting blogs over the next few weeks. Thanks again!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

If I could pick just one exhibition... see next year, it would be this one

For six days in March, the American Folk Art Museum will dramatically transform the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of more than 650 red and white American quilts, all of which are on loan from one private New York City collection. It will be the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event is free. A cafĂ© and a book and gift shop will be open during show hours.

650 Red and White quilts! Hanging artistically from the rafters! Doesn't that sound amazing! A true once in a lifetime experience. I salute the person who came up with the idea! And 3 cheers for the American Folk Art Museum for organising it all!

Now I just have to find a Bobble Horn Fantasy Fox to grant me a wish so I can go.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Whisk and Pin

GBF came home recently and announced that he'd eaten the world's best cookie. Now, I don't need to tell you that's a pretty big statement! And one we had to investigate further, which prompted a trip up the mountains for a breafast date... Whisk and Pin Cafe in Meadlow Bath. And such a beautiful misty mountain morning it was.

The almost whimsical building stands alone opposite the station. The outside tables would be lovely on a warmer day but today was definitely an indoor affair. We walked inside and it was like a lolly shop of gifty goodness, a big comfortable room, great coffee smell and friendly smiles.

After resisting most things on the shelves of temptation (we each picked a thing for under the Christmas Tree) we settled in for some breakfast. I chose Field Mushrooms with Sage and Local Goats Cheese. GBF had the House Baked Beans with Smoked Speck. Both meals were absolutely delicious!!! If only I'd had room for more so I could've tried the Orange and Cranberry Scones in the Devonshire Tea. To make up for it we bought a Orange and Cranberry Pancake Mix to have another day.

And of course we got some of the super cookies. Chocolate Mud Gluten Free Cookies.

So right now, live on the blog I'll do a cookie tasting...

They have a lovely handmade look, all slightly different sizes. One bite and I'm in chocolate heaven. They're moist inside and the crumb texture is fine and melts in the mouth. The chocolate they've used is so rich but not too sweet, the way really good chocolate should be.
I think GBF is right, this could be the World's Best Cookie!

These cookies and other yummy things are available online from the Whisk and Pin website and if you're in their neighbourhood, 1 Railway Pde, Medlow Bath, you wont regret popping into to their cafe.

I know it seems like not much sewing has been going on around here lately. I promise my next post will be more fabric oriented. I figure this cookie research is important for keeping fueled up on busy sewing days.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Not Just a Paper Serviette

I have to tell you straight up - this isn't fabric. It's a paper serviette, but it's not just any paper serviette...

I look at this and am transported to an enchanted world of magical curly trees, leaves rustling in the fresh, scented breeze, bringing the softest tinkling sound, reminiscent of laughter. The forest home of the big blue hooty owl.
There he sits on branches laden with goodies. Shiny, perky flowers hang like Christmas baubles almost pretending to be fruit. The misty shades of blue, hints of minty ice, brought alive with touches of fiery red. A perfect balance in this perfect place.
Light padding footsteps are heard, and through the trees we see the Bobble Horn Fantasy Fox who stops and stares back. Resplendent is the word for this lovely creature! Very rare and very special with its floral patterned fur, it's haughty couture. To be graced by the BH Fantasy Fox's presence is a lucky thing indeed for a single special wish will be granted with a nod of his bobble horn head.

He nods. Lucky me!
" Dearest lovely Bobble Horn Fantasy Fox, I wish..."

Suddenly the Big Blue Hooty Owl hoots "HOOOOOTTT"

And in an instant I'm sitting on a train racing through the suburbs on the way to work.
" But I was just about to make my wish... to be playing in my sewing room instead of going to work!" Sigh...

If you want to know what delicious treat came with this serviette have a look here. mmm... yummmm. Don't tell anyone I wiped my hands on my jeans, this serviette was far too pretty to use! Lots of applique inspiration!

What would you wish for if the Bobble Head Fantasy Fox nodded at you?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

House Hunting

I've been reading lots of Thanksgiving posts this week. We don't celebrate the holiday here in Australia but it's been a nice reminder to be thankful for all wonderful things in my life. One thing I started this year and am so thankful I did is my blog. I've met so many lovely and inspiring people who are so generous with encouragement and suggestions and friendly words. Thank You bloggy buddies!!

Beth at Love Laugh Quilt has expessed the similar sentiments in a poetic post using a neighbourhood as a metaphor. It's really worth popping over for a read. Beth has also come up with a fun idea of organising some blogland quilts. To be part of the fun you just have to make a 12" (unfinished size) block of a house and include your blog name on it, or if you don't have a blog your name will do. She'll collect the blocks and organise them into lots of 9 or 12 ( depending how many she gets) and pick some random winners for the blocks to go to. The recipients then get to make them into quilts.
You only have to do one block to join in... I got a little carried away and made a few extra, I was having too much fun!!
I haven't written my name on the blocks yet. I forgot to do so before I took photos. Silly me, I'll do it as soon as I've finished writing this.

This is my first ever house block, ever!

I had fun fussy cutting! Note the blue Daisy fabric.

I loosened up a bit with this block.

Couldn't resist a scrappy house.

This next one isn't your usual house block but it's got lots of little houses on it.
Including one little house that says "cake"!

I found some friendly saying fabric in my cupboard.
This next one is a Blue Mountain Daisy block. Lots of Blue Mountains and a little blue daisy on the house.
My blocks seemed to get more and more abstract. I think this is my favourite block. That Ring a Rosie fabric by Michael Miller is just so sweet! I've had it for ages but this is the first opportunity to cut into it.
This little saying makes me laugh. I just hope a vegetarian dosen't receive this block.

The other big thing I'm thankful GBF and I did this year was take the plunge and move to the Blue Mountains for a tree change. We've been here for a year now and love it so much that we've just bought a house!!! Yippee!!! We're here to stay!!! How Exciting!!!

Here's our castle. GBF has put a 70's tint on the photo in keeping with the era.

Here's the back yard!!
I'm sure fairies live in this garden!!!

We won't get to meet them until we move in the New Year but that's okay, more time to get things sorted and packed. Maybe a few more house blocks...



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