Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A wee early Christmas present for me!

I am actually blaming Georgia for my recent obsession with all things American Jane... A little while ago Georgia sent me the sweetest parcel, which contained a charm pack of Recess, Wee Play and Snippets. I wasn't quilting when all 3 were released and although a good number of my Flickr favourites contained the prints, I hadn't found any online. I could not believe my luck when I opened my parcel - thank you so much Georgia for sharing these with me!

So to cut a long, obsessive story short... I ended up sneaking in 2 jelly rolls (as well as an extra Wee Play charm pack because the lovely lady happened to mention that they still had 1 charm pack in stock - seemed a little rude not to buy it!) a couple of months ago - 1 Wee Play and 1 Look and Learn with the intention of making these into a hexagon quilt for Gus. I was a little worried that 2 jelly rolls might not be enough for a twin sized quilt, so with the wedding finally complete, I began a little online search for Wee Play fabric. I could not believe my luck when I stumbled across a FQ bundle still at the RRP online. I decided that if it was still there in the morning I would order it. So I did.

I've just finished making a disappearing nine patch quilt with the two charm packs for my cousins wee little guy Theo. I have to confess that parting with that quilt will be rather difficult. It is gorgeous. Even if I do say so myself. It's with the LAQ at the moment, so as soon as it's back I'll share a pic! I've got one quilt to finish before the end of the week for a friend before I can begin playing with these prints again. I can not wait.

Happy sewing!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A few more photos...

Little Gus


Oliver - too busy to stay still for photos!

My boys and I

My favourite photo

Attempts at family photo...

Oliver - "I'm off!"

And my little Gus again!

Thank you very much for all the sweet comments on my last little photo update! As requested I've included more photos of the boys this time! We didn't get many of Ollie - he just wouldn't stay still! Gus, however, well - he definitely worked the camera!!

 I actually managed some sewing this week! AMAZING! But we still don't have a camera - so no photos to share just yet. I almost have enough Flybuys to get a new camera! Hopefully before Christmas! Whipping up a few little Christmas presents! Hopefully I can get them to the LAQ today and hopefully she'll be able to quilt them for me in time for Christmas.

It's been a stunning week here in Wellington. The weather has been amazing. And warm. Who knows - we might actually get a summer this year!

 And sadness this week -]\. NZ has been rocked by the Pike River Mine disaster. 29 men lost. We're a small nation. Just over 4 million people. So everyone knows someone who knows someone... we used to think we were separated by two degrees of separation - I actually think it's more like one degree of separation these days with social networking - so this tradegy is definitely affecting everyone. I can't even begin to imagine the pain each family is feeling. One thing that always amazes me at times this like though, is how people band together to do good. There are so many good people!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's been nearly 4 months since my last post!

Wow! How time flies! I can't believe it's less than 6 weeks until Christmas and I only began thinking about it yesterday. I've been somewhat preoccupied planning our wedding. There's only so much planning you can do though - and planning the weather is one thing I just couldn't manage... but that was ok. Everything else went well. Not 100% to plan but fortunately that's the story of our lives so we just went with it!

We had a wonderful day. Made especially wonderful by the people we got to share it. The kids were also brilliant! And my little Gus finally started walking a fortnight before the wedding! Thankfully!

 Here's a few snippets taken by our wonderful photographer Meredith from Amor Photography

It's been such a long time since I managed any sewing... My poor machine has been resting in our wardrobe for some time... but with Christmas fast approaching, and no more wedding plans to finalise, organise, confirm and complete, I feel as though I will be able to squeeze out a few wee Christmas gifts. Maybe a few table runners, and a wee quilt for my cousins little guy Theo. He is just the cutest. And some bee blocks. I've started some... but need to catch up quick!

So there you have it... I am now Mrs Simpson.