January 18, 2017


Through Children's eyes - the World is new and every day's a fresh surprise.

Written for the International Year of the Child, the Song "Through Children's Eyes" has always stayed with me - especially as I watched my own children grow and encouraged them to see the world around them and the beauty of God's creation.

Today I received a photograph -
this time, it was her time to show me.

First snowflakes on the rail outside the window- captured with a macro lens.

January 16, 2017

... silly me

The housework is done,
No one wants me
I will do some sewing

... apparently not!

We are Cat sitting our DD's beautiful (yet somewhat adventurous) Artemis Belle
who has found the purfect 'sweet spot' combination of air-conditioning and a View.

looks like she hasn't taken long to feel at home!

Unfortunately, if I am going to get this hanging sleeve made - 
someone is going to have to move

(now where is my spare cutting mat?)

January 13, 2017

Taking the kids out for coffee . . .

"Mum" may be dining on Croissants in Paris at the moment
But I've been for a manicure and 
now am having Coffee with Uncle Spike at Northland
and everyone is adoring me!

January 11, 2017

For when you need a "Mum Hug"....

What DO you do when one of your children rings to tell you, that they have just been offered their dream job - BUT it is in another country?

You do a lot of research,

ask a lot of questions

Give them all the support they need
and then

You make an  Aussie themed quilt*
(and new Bucket Bag)

 ... Of course!

It has been quite the roller-coaster ride here.
In the last 3 months we have gone from "Now what? I don't know what is next."
to "I've got my Visa - is this REALLY happening?".

Tonight we waved Good-bye
Au Revoir
Auf Weidersehen
- see you in 12 months.

Well... maybe

*My utmost thanks and appreciation goes to Carol from 'Sewn 'n Quilted' for squeezing me in to her Christmas Quilting list at the last minute so that DD's Quilt would be finished in time - She is going to need it!

January 10, 2017

Into the unknown . . .

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
Give me a light that I might tread safely into the unknown.
And he replied – 
Go out into the darkness 
and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to thee – 
better than a light and safer than a known way.
                                                      M. Louise Haskins

Corny Point Lighthouse Yorke Peninsula South Australia 2/12/2008
This photo was taken on the last grand adventure/family holiday we had before they started having adventures on their own.

January 1, 2017

A New Year just begun ....

Photo of the day -
Wollert Vic
Taken with my Canon 760D

December 31, 2016

2016 - The Year that was.

The Year got off to a melting start with 44⁰ C temperatures
and a good reason not to be outside!

Was the time to start on those UFOs
One down and One into the THB (Too hard basket)

Another UFO finished,
taming the pile of scraps in the sewing room and the weeds at DD's home

I took you on a tour of the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton

Volunteering for way to many projects at once
An Anniversary, Book launch, Mothers Day and Starting a new quilt
What was I thinking?

A good month for adding to my knitting wool stash, 
Baking, working on WIPs and finishing PhDs

To celebrate our 'Coral' (35th) Wedding Anniversary
A trip to the Great Barrier Reef
and meeting up with Quilter friends as well!

Cake decorating and Stencilling with the Scan 'n Cut

Welcome to Spring!

Finally getting to the "Making of the Australian Quilt" exhibition
 to see the Rajah Quilt 

The hand stitching is done, borders are on.
"My Istanbul" is finished and back from being Custom Quilted.

I have been sharing "Who I am and What I do" with you for 6 years now 
and I have also shared the important things that happen around me.
In those same 6 years Our Beautiful DD has been working on her PhD (Chemistry)
She finally graduated - It was a Happy Day!

As I have prepared this "Year in Review" I have thought back and remembered all the things that happened that I haven't written about.  
It has been a VERY busy year, and next year?
... I will keep you posted.

Bye for now and may you have a Safe and Happy New Year.