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October 26, 2009

Washing dishes...and Willow 2.

Ok.... I am all for kids helping do the dishes and they love it when they are little but how do you keep them intersted when they are teenagers... he he...
Here are my 2 DD doing their thing...Lol... How sweet are they?

Must scrub that tea cup clean...

now to smile at mummy throught the window... cheese!

Yesterday we did the dishes... the Tea Set ones of course... but beside half of the reservoir on the kitchen floor the girls had so much fun... they carefully washed and rinsed and dryed and then washed again and rinsed and dryed until the tea set was sparkling clean.
We then had a lovely tea party with some fresh Pumkin scones that Nana had sent around for us for morning tea....yummy...

Afternoon was time for mummy to do some more of Willow..after cutting out my flowers and birds
I then cut out about 98 leaves..

then I cut out the branches... and I happened to buy some of the same stripe that Kellie used....

then I assembled the front of the cushion to look like this....

I am very pleased with the look... now to do the raw edge applique and all the free motion quilting.
have you been to Kellie's blog to have a look at her new designs... Do so some yummy eye candy.

Now for a new free design from another Gum Tree Designer
I love this new design and will be filling mine with cinnamon and cloves to smell like Christmas...
be sure to thank Vicki on her blog...

Hugs and Sweet Blessings
Dawn x x


October 20, 2009

Amazing 'Dont Look Now' Workshop

So sorry it has taken me a few days to post about the amazing weekend I had at Hetties Patch... with Kellie from 'Dont Look Now'.
Thanks Kellie for teaching us some very valuable lessons and tips to make our sewing life easier...machine quilting was a thorn for me - not now that I understand how to get out of those tricky spots and when to stop and think, and restart....
From the moment I arrived I was excited.... not to say I wasn't before I went but once I was there it was just fantastic....
Big Thanks
to everyone who organised the event - Lorraine @ Hetties Patch had everything set up beautifully with lots of little touches that made the experience so like being at home... totally relaxing....there was some wonderful ladies who just helped us have a wonderful time...

Leannne - who made the wonderful name badges ( tutorial on her blog)

and the beautiful bags we received when we first arrived....( must say filled with goodies...)

Karen - who was there to help us feel so at home and bring some yummy cuppa's for us, make our time enjoyable ( and it was) and was such a help...
There were many other delightful ladies, serving lunch and in the shop cutting us fabric
THANKS!
One of the best things for me was I came home with something accomplished


A beautiful cushion (DS's girlfriends 17th birthday - which is today)
Only a half hour once I came home to put the back on the
beautiful practice cushion did you hear that.... it was only the practice.....LOL
Wow I am happy with my practicing...
I will definately be tackling some more of Kellies beautiful designs.
I bought a couple of her patterns home with me....to practice on ... he he

Have you been to the Among The Gum Trees blog this week....
You can download Cheryl's delightful wall hanging

It is just lovely... reminds me of Christmas....
Oh that is not long away.... I had better get ready
Have a lovely week.
Hugs and Blessings
Dawn x x

October 15, 2009

No Sound, Willow and a Peak!

Today I have been very quiet....I have lost my voice... do you have it?... I sound like Bonnie Tyler... like another one of the gum nuts..Lol.....But I have had some time to do some sewing....I have almost finished my Christmas project for the 'Among The Gum Trees' blog... have you been visiting the blog to get your free designs each Monday and to catch up on the latest news.

Here is a sneak peak for a project I am working on... a little project... but very cute....any guesses?

This weekend I am going to be going to a workshop with Kellie from
' Don't Look Now'.

This is Willow...it is just beautiful!
It is one of Kellie's latest designs and I will be attempting to do the project assigned,
I wonder if I can do it justice..LOL
Do you love to go to a quilting workshop?
I do... they are such fun... sometimes I finish the project as soon as I get home sometimes not... this one I have been wanting to go to for ages... I love the designs and the prospect of learning some new techniques.. oh fun fun fun...and in a beautiful quilt shop too...
With all that yummy fabric...oh just pure delight.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend
Hugs and Sweet blessings
Dawn x x

October 12, 2009

Freebie No2!

Its that time again, have you been over to
Among The Gum Trees
for your Freebie No 2

It is adorable and so so cute....well done Joy!
I love it and must make one too....
Don't forget to upload the photo's of your finished
project for us all to see
click here to add your picture.
Happy Stitching
Hugs and Many Blessings
Dawn x x

October 09, 2009

Molasses and Mail!

Today we did some well needed gardening.
Or at least a small effort towards a pretty garden.
We used this... Molasses.....
We added some to a bucket with hot water....
Filled it with cold water, to the brim and fed it to the roses... at the roots...

to get rid of these... pesky things...
..... Aphids....
They attach themselves to my roses and I don't like them


Now to wait for the roses to drink the molasses
Then the Aphids fly away... they don't like the sweetness of the leaves and rose buds.
After a couple of days...they dissappear.

While we are in the garden this came in the mail..
from 'Mothers Cupboard'
pure delight... some fat 1/4's, a new set of quilting pins,
Clover needles, Mouline threads, some 'Spring Garden' ohh yum yum yummy.
Oh I wonder what I can stitch with it....I know something like a spring garden maybe?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs and Blessings
Dawn x x x

October 05, 2009

1st Freebie!

Just a quick reminder that the first free design is available today from our blog
'Among the Gum Trees'
So have a visit and download your first freebie....and start stitching...


It is so beautiful and a great little project for gifts..
Judith has done a fabulous design.
Why not make a few... one for you and one for a friend... he he
Happy Stitching
Hugs and Blessings Dawn x x

October 01, 2009

A WINNER!

GUM TREE DESIGNERS GIVEAWAY!
Today is the day many of you wonderful commenters have been waiting for... me too...
I had over 600 comments for the giveaway and it was a delight to visit all of your blogs...
Yes I did over the last 2 weeks do a bit of blog surfing...
Some beautiful quilts, bags and wallhangings you have all made,
It was a delight to see and read a little bit about your life..
THANKYOU
to all who entered.....

CONGRATULATIONS to

Lizzie @ http://nanalizzie.blogspot.com/

Lizzie could you please email me with your snail mail details so I can get your lovely gift to you.

Now do not forget only 5 days till our

'FREE CHRISTMAS DESIGNS'

are released for you all to make.

Hugs and Blessings

Dawn x x