The Champagne Is Chilling

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 h

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Santa's Reindeer

Santa's Reindeer

Just in case you play a trivia game over the holidays and you're asked to name Santa's reindeer: Dasher Dancer, Prancer Vixen, Comet Cupid Donna, Blitzen and Rudolf ! Wishing all of you and your loved ones a very special Merry Christmas full of laughter and delicious treats! cheerio

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Life is a Bowl of Cherries

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

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4 Parcels On My Doorstep

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 ad

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We Have A Winner!!!

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... Sara She has a lovely shop on Etsy called Ananemone which sells beautiful fabric coasters and cl

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Give Away Day

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 yo

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If I could pick just one exhibition...

If I could pick just one exhibition...

..to 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 café 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. Cheerio

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Whisk and Pin

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... ...to 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 Oran

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Not Just a Paper Serviette

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

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House Hunting

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 recipient

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