Sunday, February 7, 2016

....and the winner is...

Should have drawn the winner yesterday, but I got distracted!

Since Rose was also distracted and too busy sleeping to help with drawing a number I went for today's date...the 7th...which is Kath!

If you send me your address Kath the book will be on it's way.

I have spent all day in the sewing room - not stitching, but having a major tidy up...and it did take all day!

Back to work tomorrow so no chance to get in there to enjoy the space and tidiness!

Maybe on the weekend.

'Til next time....Lorraine

Sunday, January 31, 2016

distractions.....and a Gail Pan giveaway

It's been a day of distractions....sometimes I feel I have the attention span of a gnat and today has been one of those times.  Case in point.....took the broom out to sweep the leaves off the front porch.....two hours later I came back inside after sweeping not only the front porch but the entire front of the house (slight exaggeration!) I then progressed to some weeds in the driveway and since we have had some rain in the past couple of days thought I would take the opportunity to pull those out.....spoke to the next door neighbour for a while....then it was on to the garden and a few weeds that I swear had sprung up overnight after the rain and there were a couple of plants that haven't quite made the grade in my "survival of the fittest" style of gardening so they were pulled out along with the weeds.....so there went a bit of the morning.....

Last weekend the kids all came home on Saturday afternoon and stayed overnight and for lunch on Sunday - to say it was fabulous to have them here would be an understatement.....Sunday breakfast was presented by the two boys - Mark does a great poached egg and Wade was in charge of the locally produced bacon.....Terri gave moral support .....


A couple of weeks ago when they were home we made some progress on the jigsaw which the kids gifted me for Christmas.....I have been working away on it when I get a minute so last weekend it was back into the last bit, possibly the most challenging bit...the sky....


Look at the precision there.....sorting pieces into like shapes....


It was certainly a team effort......


and they did leave a few pieces for me to fill in....which happened yesterday.....all done!  I love this and not sure I want to break it up and put it away!


This past week was a busy one at work.....Tuesday was a public holiday for Australia Day and I have been busy organising Council's Australia Day breakfast...whilst I have been doing this for a number of years it doesn't stop me being a little nervous - thinking that I may have overlooked a vital part of the morning.....but no, the caterers were there, the band turned up and most importantly, so did a few people!  ....just under a thousand of them ...after the hot weather during the past few weeks it was lovely to have a cooler day in the high 20's...perfect!  


My tea purchases have expanded to include this one....Green tea with Goji berries (and other "stuff") which is proving to be a favourite......




Some time ago Mark and Terri gave me a digital picture frame and I enjoy re-living some fun times through the slide show......this morning it was the trip to the UK last April (almost a year ago!).....and the B&B we stayed in at Lake Windermere......sigh.....


so that brings me up to date I think....and now for the "giveaway" bit of the post....... 

I intend to remedy my lack of stitching this past week  when I start on a project from Gail Pan's latest Christmas book, Simply Christmas Number 4.  All traced and ready to stitch.  If you would like to win a copy of this book which Gail has so generously provided leave a comment on this post.  I will draw a winner next Saturday...(yikes....which will be February already!) 


I love everything about this book  and it's never too early to start some Christmas stitching!

'til next time................Lorraine

Sunday, January 17, 2016

They are back!

Last week the kids all arrived back from Europe....they staggered their arrival (one couple on Thursday night and the other on Friday night) sooo good to have them home again.  2016 is going to be quite the year with a baby due in late March and a wedding in October - and I am sure all the other stuff that makes up life will be interesting as well.  Just going to enjoy every minute....life is for living!

I had the camera out but only took a couple of photos over the weekend....too much going - too busy smiling and hugging! This is the only pic I took on Friday night when they were all together...not sure where Terri was at the time....first beer back in Adelaide - from -alotC to 38C made the beer all that more appreciated I think!


I ordered some flowers for the house to welcome them home.....Jess is a young florist who does beautiful work....you can find her on IG @poppyandvine_ 



 A friend in the Barossa looked after Rhiannon and Wade's dog while they were away and they came up on Sunday to pick her up....there were tears all round I think...Kaya really made an impression on her foster family and Rhiannon and Wade were very happy to be reunited with her.....

I always do a jigsaw over the Christmas/New Year break and this year Susan saw my finished jigsaw on IG and messaged me and we have now swapped.  This is the one I did - The Mariners Chest by Ravensburger......


 It is now with Susan and I have another Ravensburger puzzle - The Bizarre Bookshop......but before I start on that one.......I have another one to finish!  This puzzle arrived from London a few days after Christmas and it's a bit special!  Rhiannon and Wade had it made for me using a photo of Rhi and I taken at the Tower Bridge on the day before I flew home after my holiday with them in April....I had only started it a few days before they arrived home so while they were here on Sunday we got busy on getting the frame done.....


 Someone didn't have his contact lenses in....


.....and Rose was hoping to help out!  I lost a couple of puzzle pieces to her one year, so am now very careful to make sure no pieces end up on the floor for her to demolish!  (they don't quite fit the same once they have been chewed!)


Since last weekend I have made quite a bit of progress....just the sky to do now...and there is a fair bit of that!  It's strange doing a puzzle with faces you know in it!  I think this one will have to be framed!  I love it!


So apart from Jigsaw-ing and working (Australia Day is coming up fast!) I have managed a little bit of stitching in the evenings......I need good light for the jigsaw as there are only very subtle differences in the sky pieces!  

I am a big fan of Gail Pan's designs and I have had this one prepped and ready to stitch for a while now.....loving the way it is coming along!  Can't go past some Liberty pears!  Oh and Gail's new Christmas book is out now......it has some really cute designs to stitch and I may have a copy to give away in a couple of weeks....watch this space!


.....and this was an unplanned bit of cutting/placement......pear peek-a-boo! 


Over Christmas (or if I am completely honest a little while before Christmas as well..) a few kilos managed to creep on.....you know how it is....won't hurt to have a treat....and one treat turns into a few more, and before you know it the scales are groaning "get off" when you get on! ....or worse, you know the news isn't good so you avoid getting ON the scales!  After losing  20kgs over the past couple of years I didn't want to put too many back on, so have been getting back to more sensible eating over the past couple of weeks....starting 2016 how I mean to go on....and there is that Mother of the Groom outfit to get into in October!  A couple of kgs have left now and good riddance to them I say!  

A new shop selling tea/coffee has opened up across the road from work, and someone suggested I try Green Tea....I have never liked Green Tea so I wasn't convinced it was for me, but the new shop sells this.....


..........so I bought some...dug out my infuser from the cupboard and gritted my teeth and tried it.....wonder of wonders I LOVE it!  I haven't tried it cold, but I think it would be just as nice so might make up a jug for the hot weather predicted for the coming week.....and while I was there......I may have brought these to try......Grannies Garden is appropriate I think and contains yummy things like: apple, elderberry, beetroot, hibiscus, blueberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, blueberry leave, strawberry and red currants (none of which are found in this Grannies garden I might add!  (Tried this last night and it was delicious! just the aroma is like a meal in itself!) ...well, you know what I mean!


It's back to walking every morning after a lazy start to the year....and I am hoping my revised eating plan and the exercise will see off the extra kilos!  At least the weather is conducive to lighter eating - I think I am getting used to the heat....today was predicted to be 36C and I was like "hmm...36C...that sounds fine" .....but I am still looking forward to Autumn/Winter!

'Til next time......Lorraine

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Catching up.....again!

So much for sitting down to write a blog post in the last month!  Didn't happen.....and Christmas has come and gone and the New Year is just around the corner! Wow...I know I have said this before, but this year has just flown by!

The lead up to Christmas was hectic as usual so it was nice to finish work on Christmas Eve and have a week off to look forward to.  But I digress.....before Christmas was of course the Festival of Loz - another birthday celebrated and even without the kids (who are all overseas enjoying a northern hemisphere Christmas) I had a lovely time with friends who gathered to celebrate with me.  IG is a constant source of fun things and I found a "recipe" for what looked like good summer drink.....so I mixed it up for the Festival....and again for Christmas....it goes something like this.....a bottle of pink Moscato, a bottle of lemonade and a good half cup of Raspberry (or strawberry) Vodka...throw in some frozen strawberry slices and some lemon slices and you are good to go! ...and if you fill the jug too full you may have to resort to a straw for the first taste........


Birthday flowers brightened up the office.....


and this gift from Alison brightened my day......so cute!!!


Then Christmas took over and I dragged the boxes out of the garage and started decorating......the office......



...and home.......I did put up the big tree and pretty much any flat surface was "Christmassed" but my new addition this year was a garland that never quite got put up properly so it became a "long skinny tree" for some of my ornaments collected while travelling......





.....and a pretty set of lights from a friend in the UK.....


this guy was an addition this year.....Rose wasn't that taken with him......but I thought he was fun....I was supposed to be cleaning the house and was looking for any distraction that day, so a few pieces of felt, some blu-tak and a piece of red fabric and instant snowman....
I think it was about 40C that day - and no self respecting snowman would be out in that!




I received gifts from De in our online stitching group.....a stocking....and five advent gifts.....


the brief was for a decoration, a treat, Christmas button(s), a sewing notion and a FQ of Christmas fabric.....the fudge didn't like the heat much but soon brightened up after a little time in the fridge......


the main gift was opened on Christmas morning......and De totally nailed it with this cute bag...who knew....pears!!  


I also received a parcel from Alison...love, love love this!! 


...and a really bad pic of it open......nice and roomy .....


I was surprised by a parcel from Lynda.....little pear lights and a couple of pear tea towels ...very very cute!  


Christmas morning saw me finishing off a gift for a friend I was having lunch with .......no time like the last minute to be stitching.....I have made a number of these pears as gifts this year from a pattern from Heather Bailey that I bought some years ago.   


Christmas morning was busy...off to friends for breakfast....I had been gifted a huge "loaf" of Panettone for my birthday so I took it and we made french toast with what was left after I had been snacking on it during the week! Served with blended (and some whole) berries and Greek yoghurt.........very delicious!



.....and so to lunch!  This year I went with friends to the Novotel Barossa ....not a bad view from the restaurant ....


Don't let the clouds fool you, it was about 38C so the pool was being well used by guests....



So that was Christmas...oh and the Festival!  I think I am almost caught up now! Nothing left to do for the next few days......but the annual jigsaw......



......which you can tell thrills Rose no end!!  


Last but by no means least I am missing these guys ....a lot....but am pleased they are having such a great time together over Christmas/New Year.  Mark and Terri flew out two weeks ago to spend the holidays with Rhiannon and Wade who have been overseas for a year now.......they spent Christmas in Copenhagen......and I was just one lottery win away from joining them....I was  tempted to go, but they will all be home in a couple of weeks so will wait 'til then.....but it was REALLY tempting!....Love them!!!


So.....happy new year!  Rejoice in every day!
Lozx