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November 28, 2009

I have been busy again... with birthdays

anniversary's, more birthdays and cooking cakes and more cakes...yum yum

stitching some little things for a party... I will show you in another post the finished result.

Avairy and Legacy
A little dreaming of some new sewing projects...
this is some of my fabric that came from 'Hancocks' when they had a free postage sale
a great way to get a bargain... it just took a few weeks to arrive.

some yummy Kaffe Fasset
I have been sewing my Chrissy swap items ( can't show atm... after christmas)
also some pressies too.. can't show them either.... sorry or else I will spoil the surprises...
Christmas is coming and real fast... must be age related as my DD are so excited and keep asking when is 'Mr Christmas' coming...it is too long for them to wait but for me too fast.... I am not finished my years goals and I need to make next years soon.....Lol

My girls know that we celebrate 'Christ's birth' and the fact is He came to earth to die for us (Easter)...
But all the commercialism is really annoying when there are people on earth that are struggling to even have a decent meal or clean water or even basic needs met.....

photo borrowed from Cathy's Blog

This is a picture of dear friends of mine Cathy, James and Christine( Baseco missionary) in the area of slums they are working in......James and Cathy took there family to Baseco, Manila to give/love/help/encourage/uplift/listen/pray for a nation/people/community that most of us would not even hear about... maybe only on the news.....and that brings me to an IDEA.... a design... that I will show you a peak of in a couple of weeks... I have drawn it and ordered some fabric.....it will be my contribution to the people who this Christmas will probably be without, I am only a stitcher/designer/mum who wants to make a difference to some people who have touched my heart... you can read about my friends who are making a difference bit by bit here and here
Keep a look out for 'A design for Baseco' my contribtion to a need... you can help too.
Hugs and Blessings...
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends
Have a wonderful weekend.
Dawn x x x

November 18, 2009

Bannoffi Pie and 'No More Aphids'!

This is one of my favorite desserts...... Bannoffi pie....

and is so easy to make ....
if you like Banana Caramel Pie....
you will love this.
My Recipe:
Fill a shortcrust pie crust base with homemade custard
and then chill for 3 hours....
top with 2 banana's cut in rings.......
pour 'Top and Fill Caramel' over banana's
and the top with fresh wipped cream....
chill for another 2 hours
then sprinkle grated chocolate over this....
then EAT... yummy yummy.....
I think it's much nicer than banana caramel....have a try!

Aphids all gone..... did you try my Molasses trick.....
I took this photo about 5 days after I had given my Roses
a drink of molasses and the aphids flew away
and have not returned.....
my blooms have now all gone and are now trimmed
ready for the the next bloom...
Christmas time....
oh that is not to far away are you ready!
Pop over to Vikki's blog to check out some
gorgeous new patterns and a giveaway!
Have a lovely week.
Hugs and Blessings Dawn x x

November 16, 2009

Medallion Quilt and EGGnormous!

I thought you might like to see the medallion quilt
that I received back this last week....
I had made the centre square and then it travelled
around Australia for 10 ladies to each add a border....


In order of the border they added a big THANKS to
Judy, Roseanne,Trish, Natalie, Tina, Elly,
Carol, Trish,Deb, and Sam....
Thankyou ladies for the beautiful borders you made
and your collective effort has given me a gorgeous quilt........
Now to add a finishing touch to the plain border... (a stitchery)....
then I will be quilting it...so look out fior the finished result!

Well I have never seen eggs this large..... When my neighbour came over to give me 1/2 dozen fresh farm eggs, I was astounded to see the size of them...
they would not fit in the carton....
we weighed them and they weighed in at 98gms each approx...
thats almost twice the size of a normal egg.....
amazing... poor chook... he he....
and yes they all were double yokers... and very yummy.....

Don't forget it's Monday and Vikki of Sew Useful designs
has created a yummy Christmas freebie
for you to download from the Among the Gum Trees blog today...
so check it out!
and don't forget to thank Vikki for it on her blog.
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs and Blessings
Dawn x x

November 09, 2009

Freebie Monday on Among The Gum Trees!

Have you been to visit 'Among the Gum Trees' yet....
pop in for a visit to get the freebie for this week....
this is the front...... and the back....

It is my turn and I hope you like it...

I have made it in two colors....
one for Christmas and one in Pink for a gift ...he he... my favorite color
You can make two as well, one for Christmas and one for a gift...
They are simply and can be made in a day...
I would love to see to your version of my cushion...
Please up load your finished photos to our Flicker Group soI can see them!
Happy Stitching.
Hugs Dawn x x

November 08, 2009

Sneak Peek!


Just a sneak peek at the freebie design tomorrow.... be sure to check ' Among the Gum Trees' for the free download and also if you have missed out check back as there are 5 beautiful designs to do in time for Christmas plus a couple of extra's on Joy's Blog
Hugs Dawn x x

Bussssy bussssy week... Warning LOOOONNNNG Post!

This week has been busssy busssy for me....
Monday- first thing was ballet with the girls, sewing at a friends house ( to use her you beaut sewing machine) then home for a visit from my DS's Grandparents. Then I had mum's group Dinner at a local restuarant....that was nice to get out and chat without the little 'words' asking for this or that...

Tuesday- Craft morning @ my place with Melbourne Cup lunch to share for everyone... that was so much fun... I won the sweep we had, with 'Shocking' coming in first. Then off to the post office to send something to a friend, then home again and out for another catch up with a friend.

Wednesday - DD no 1 started Pre -entry Kindy for the first time.... yes we had tears, that was a shock as she is quite independent..I stayed for a little while... while trying to let DD no 2 get to comfortable as we were not staying all the time...she cried as well cos we had to leave her sister there. The first thing they did was to have school photos taken and there she was in the front of them all looking a bit perplexed as to what on earth was going on...Lol...can't wait to see the picture of her look!
Couldn't have planned that if I tried... a professional school photo of your first day @ kindy...he he.
Here is the photo I took just before leaving home...
'Me and My Big Sister'


Thursday - I had looked forward to this day for a while.... my mum babysat while I went with a few friends to the 'Adelaide Craft fair'......lots of beautiful quilts to look at and such yummy fabrics to see and buy... lots of stalls to browse... it took us all day from 10.30am to 5pm ( we were asked to leave... he he) I was totally exhausted when I arrived home and so brain dead.... I did buy some yummy stuff though....
below is a photo of us enjoying lunch and a catch up with a forum buddie !

From left: Judy, Heather, Joy, Khristina, Roseanne.

Friday - Off to playgroup with the girls, I love going, it is a wonderful group of mums and kiddies and we have so much fun, this week we made masquerade masks, oh how much fun they have had with them since....here they are with them on.....
Then off to lunch @ at a 'Rest a rant' as the girls called it with a dear friend for her birthday, then a "problem' struck.... my car broke down in 35 degrees heat, oh too hot, and we waited for an hour for the repairman to fix what we thought was the battery... we found out later that it wasn't the battery... after we purchased a new one....then I got organised for tea time....and DH of to Archery....

Saturday - was a little bit more relaxing, even though I needed to catch up on washing and all the normal stuff that needed doing to make the house more like a home not a dumping ground... he he......The afternoon was another scorcher 36 degrees again and once more we all went into the car to go shopping. But this time we did not get far, the car would not start no matter what my hubby did we did not go ... so two very dissappointed girls in tow, back into the cooler house... and me I went shopping alone. I did enjoy it but had two very upset littlies cos they couldn't get an icecream... our ritual when we go to the shops on a Saturday.
Today, have relaxed some and have caught up on all my self inflicated deadlines.he he
Hope you've had a brilliant day.
Look out tommorrow for my turn at 'Among the Gum Trees' freebie.
Hugs Dawn x x