I do really enjoy New Year……it always feels like it’s a fresh start. This year has been a fantastic year, even if I have ended up feeling a bit jaded by the end of it.
There’s been the blessing of lots of fun family holidays……
And the excitement of a couple of trips to the US………
A School Fair that was worth all the hours of effort……..
And the fun of seeing groups of women go to Sewjourn and enjoy it as much as me!
AND I’ve been lucky enough to get to know so many of the amazing, talented girls who head for Sewjourn……..(and I’m working on a little idea to get us all together before the summer is out but more on that later…)
One of these is the gorgeous Suse who once again dropped a lovely package on my doorstep last week. Thanks Suse, it’s great! And if you would like one too you can find them here.
But there hasn’t been much crafting going on this year……well there was quite a bit for the School Fair, and there was some purchasing of supplies in America but my trusty Bernina will be rusting up if I don’t get the chance to use it soon! So, that’s the plan for next year. Along with the new adventure of No. 1 daughter starting High School and the excitement and challenges that brings with it, I’m hoping for some quality family time spent at home (or Sewjourn!) and lots more sewing time!!! The plan is to complete one UFO a month next year…..but then I’ve made that declaration before……..
So whatever your dreams for 2011, I hope it’s really special. Happy New Year!!
And it’s SO good to be home!
Our 3 month camping trip to the north of Australia was truly magic……..fantastic family time spent in an incredibly beautiful part of this amazing country.
Then my 3 weeks back here were a blur…..no time to post or even to catch up on other blogs. It involved settling back into school and routines, lots of work, dealing with a broken washing machine, back into organising our School Fair and even a quick trip to Sewjourn with the UFO girls which involved as much gardening for me as sewing!
And what little time for crafting I could fit into that was for the school fair…..but we have some amazing goods for sale so more about that to come.
There was the excitement of lots of packages waiting for me on my return……..thanks girls and I’ll post more about that in the next couple of days as well.
Before I really even had time to unpack my bags it was off to Houston and a busy time at Quilt Market…….yet again Kellie’s amazing work was admired by all and my favorite American gal kept me entertained. And yes, there will be more of that to come too with photos of market and a sneak peek at the fabrics I bought (because I really need more fabric!!) at Sample Spree.
And last but certainly not least it was off to Sewjourn (less than 24 hours after my plane had landed) to celebrate someone special’s 10th birthday. (Why do they call them ‘Sleepovers’ when not much sleeping actually occurs???) Happy Birthday gorgeous Lucy – we are so proud of you!
So it IS great to be home today. And this is where I intend to stay for a while!
…………from the Mindil Market
…………for the Crotcheted Room at Sewjourn
This quilt hangs in the foyer of the Peterborough Town Hall and was done by the local patchwork group to commemorate 100 years since federation. It depicts the local area and is accompanied by a great audio commentary. It took 1700 hours to complete all 3 panels.
This is what the new walking shoes look like today. But we are off for 11 weeks camping around the Northern Territory and the Kimberleys so not sure they will look this clean for long. Mal has long service leave and the girls are taking the term off school…….Ella is in grade 6 so it seemed like a perfect time to have an extended family holiday. It’s been a bit crazy around here lately getting everything packed and ready to go so apologies if you are waiting on a reply to an email or booking request……hopefully I will get onto it in the next couple of days. I have wireless internet access (thanks Kellie!!) so will be contactable as long as there is coverage! Not sure how good the access will be in most places so I may be reading your blogs but not commenting.
Whilst we are away there will be occasional posts on this blog…….some crafty discoveries or some guest posts from crafty peeps who stay at Sewjourn over the next 3 months. Meanwhile if anyone wants to follow our travels I will be posting over here.
Meanwhile, this is what we’ll be living in….