Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SSCS, FNSI, Christmas cake 'n' more...

...well this post has been in the making for a day or two, so I apologise now for all the randomness, and the photo overload, it is that time of year and so much is happening, and like most of you, I have been rather hectic, trying to get Christmas organised alongside of daily life in the country and the quilt shop
my childhood friend visited with her Mum recently and stayed overnight, it was absolutely fabulous to catch up with them after so long, Beverley and I grew up across the road from each other, went to primary school together, but different high schools. We met up again when we both ended up doing our nursing training together in the same cohort, and keep in touch, even though Beverley now lives in Qatar.
..and Rosemary (from the UK), visited my shop too, when she was holidaying here with her husband - they were having a fab holiday in NZ, and I am so pleased that she called in. We are both doing the Sue Spargo 2011 BOM Imperial Blooms, along with many others worldwide,
When we went to Dunedin to see the Elton John concert recently, we stayed with our good friends Mike and Sarah, while the blokes were out rowing, Sarah and I headed to The Broad Bay China shop, this is a delightful little boutique junk shop, with  the most amazing treasures galore - vintage linens and laces, and the most impressive collection of china - a true treasure trove!
and a bit of time in the garden, we have so much rain for what we usually have at this time of year, and everything is sooo green, of course that means that while the flowers and grass are flourishing, so are the weeds
YIPPEE - my SSCS present arrived from Lorraine - how exciting seeing who my swap partner was - THANK YOU ever so much Lorraine, see the lovely handmade ornament that Lorraine sent, and 2 more BIG presents for under the tree, I was so tempted to rip into them, my present to Kate has arrived as well, this has been such a fun swap, THANKS Chookyblue!!
BUT as the ribbon says ~ no peeking!
I played with these tags...
to create this which I saw here,
and finally got my December Daily album together ~ with some pages completed but lots more to do yet!
I have to show you my new funky chair, isn't it delightful, and great for sitting stitching, quilting or sewing on  bindings,
some more treasures from Omarama, Ellie and I had to make a trip there Monday for her vaccinations, and I simply could not drive past this shop ~ not that I need any more of these, however I do have a few ideas....
Whilst I was poking about seeking out these goodies, I heard a car alarm go off, not once but 3 times. On investigation, I discovered it was my car, Ellie was buckled into the back seat but had some room for movement and set off the alarm ~ which I now know that we have!
finished the quilting on this Christmas quilt, can you see the Christmas trees?
and the fireflys on the back of this quilt, these are both Christmas presents..... and my effort for last Friday nights stitch-in, there is another one this Friday night as well to help us all get that Christmas stitching completed, head on over to Heidi's blog and sign up..
 the binding now on this one
and some social time at the local pizza bar, just one of many end of year do's... I am so over wine and food right about now,
and this delightful little towrag, has been munching pine cones and made such a mess in our lounge,
oh and I finally made the Christmas cake...s 

17 comments:

Susan said...

It is such a busy, but happy time of year. Lots of lovely pics in your post. SSCS is so exciting, yours looks great, and that ribbon is so cute. Your chair really is awesome, and such a great colour. Ellie is adorable, I can't believe she would get up to any mischief at all!!

By Hoki Quilts said...

Ellie just made me laugh out loud, she looks like that pine cone was just pure heaven on her emerging teeth (and I suspect the carpet didn't even enter her little thoughts).
Mmmm, that shop looks awesome and you r new buys, well - it is Xmas after all, have a fabulous one my friend xx
hugs, all of us at By Hoki Quilts xx

Allie said...

You have been busy, girl! How lovely to catch up with friends, enjoying the season - I'm surprised you've had any time to create! But such lovely creations!

Lorraine said...

So pleased the parcel arrived....I was starting to stress! Ellie is just adorable.....she OS loving that pine cone!

Lorraine said...

So pleased the parcel arrived....I was starting to stress! Ellie is just adorable.....she OS loving that pine cone!

Helen said...

Awesomely cool chair, Shiree. Where did you get it?

Deb said...

Hi sweet, its such a busy time of the year for you for sure. You have been making some wonderful things. Ellie looks like she has well and truly settled in to home and is now completely part of the family. I love, love, love your funky chair and I can see how comfortable it would be to sit and stitch in, fabulous.

Farm Girl said...

So much in this post Shiree! It is a crazy time of year everywhere.....
There are at least two things at your place you can send down south any time you like........ your sweet Ellie ........ and that gorgeous red chair.... just saying! LOL

Chookyblue...... said...

a lovely ornament from Loz.........definitely "NO PEEKING".........your post has lots of bits like my last post wrapping a few things into one post.........I see your GJ in the background too........would love to see Elton John

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely colorful post! It looks like beautiful weather, in your part of the world (o:
Absolute favorite picture: the last one. My heart is melting! I guess she already found her cake (o:

Margaret said...

The chair is amazing, so different so unique rest of the posts were good reading too

loulee said...

Love the quilting. Love the puppy. You showed the pizza bar just to tease me, you know I've eaten there.

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You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really one thing that I think I might never understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely wide for me.

beverleyb said...

hello, thought i would use some time to read thru some of the blogs I follow :).
nice to see myself mentioned, we had a wonderful time catching up with you also,
so glad to see just a glimpse of that window frame finished, it looks great.might be tempted to try to adapt it somehow here this year.
i love looking at your pics, you are way to creative & productive hehehehe,

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It is absolutely fabulous to see an old friend after so long.