18 November, 2011

Bits of This & That and a Blogaversary Giveaway!

Last Saturday night Austin had his 13th birthday party with his friends. There were about 20 of them and they were all well behaved (just what I like). Here they all are waiting for the fire to die down ready to start toasting marshmallows. The only hiccup was that one of the boys went through the mat of the trampoline! He wasn't hurt thank goodness. I'll have to see if we can have it patched or whether we need to buy a new one. We've had the trampoline about 4 years and the boys are on it nearly everyday so it's had a lot of wear and tear.
 
Mitchell made a gingerbread house at school and he brought it home this week. I think he's done a wonderful job for his first attempt. Of course none of the extra lollies I sent him to school with came home! Not that I really expected them to.
A couple of books arrived in the mail last week. The first book was from Christine of Once Upon A Quilt that I won in her recent giveaway. It is called Where Love Resides and is inspired by the film How To Make An American Quilt. Thank you Christine.
 
The second on is the latest Jennifer Chiaverini book, The Wedding Quilt. It's the next Elm Creek Quilts novel. I love these books and have the whole collection. I've started re-reading them and it's amazing how much I had forgotten. I'm enjoying them as much the second time as the first. Of course, I stopped reading the one I was reading to start The Wedding Quilt!
I got some new chickens last month so we are finally getting our nice home grown eggs again. One of the chickens lays eggs with very soft shells. Sometimes they're so soft they break in the nesting box. Last week she laid this giant egg. It weighed 98 grams! They usually average around 60 grams. That's a 60 gram egg next to it.

Still nothing to show you on the sewing front. All my secret sewing for the Santa Sack Swap is finished and Maria has received all her gifts. You'll just have to wait until Christmas to see what I've been making.I've signed up for tonight's Friday Night Sew In so hopefully I'll have something
to show you tomorrow.
Finally, I realised that it was two years ago on Wednesday that I wrote my first post! Boy, how the time has flown! So I've decided to hold my very first giveaway. I'm giving away three fat quarters of Robyn Pandolph's Hanna Bella Range. I'll also throw in a little surprise as well! Just leave a comment. You don't have to become a follower but you are more than welcome to! I'll draw the winner next Friday night. Good luck!

19 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary! My your children have grown - very handsome young men. I would love to win these gorgeous fabrics. Enjoy your new books.

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Happy Anniversary Christine!

I hope you get to sew plenty tonight.

The fat quarters are very pretty, it is very generous of you to part with fabric that looks "so you".

Marcia W. said...

What a wonderful birthday party that must have been! Congratulations on your blogaversary - I'm a non-blogger and am in awe of those who learn how to blog and find the time to do so. I appreciate the posts, and the giveaway. I've lurked on your blog for a while - MarciaFlorida

Kathy said...

Wow - kids grow up quickly, don't they! A very impressive gingerbread house - will it last til Christmas do you think?

I have just discovered Robyn Pandolph and (surprisingly) really like her fabric! On Friday next week, I am doing a workshop with her in Melbourne, so with luck will have some lovely goodies to show :)

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Christine. Happy Blogiversary to you and Happy Birthday to Austin! Time sure flies by for both occasions. I'm new to your blog and am now a new follower. I've been blogging a little over two years too. I hope you'll stop by http://cottonpickincute.blogspot and visit me too.

I'd love a chance to win your beautiful fat quarters, that is if it's opened to the U.S. readers. Either way, I'm glad to be a new follower.

Hugs...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute
cottonpickincute(at)hotmail(com)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

How good are 13th birthdays....happy blogiversay...gingerbread house looks so good...

Marilyn said...

That is a very cool gingerbread house. Well done to Mitchell.
Happh 2 year blogiversary. Time sure goes quickly doesnt it.

Marilyn said...

That should say "happy".I must slow down and proofread what I write. I am making so many typos these days.
Forgot to say happy birthday to your son also. Hope he really enjoyed his party.

barb's creations said...

Congraulations on your two year blogversary,time certainly flies when you're having fun.I hope to read many more posts in the future :) Barb.

shez said...

happy blogaversary Christine and gee your boys are growing up quick.
How good is that ginger bread house,yummy

Michelle May said...

Happy anniversary! Wishing you many more years of blogging fun!
Looks like a wonderful party and well done on the gingerbread house!My gracious that is a big egg! I do love fresh eggs. Nothing better.
xx

Cheryll said...

Congrats on your anniversary... and I'm always up for a WiN...lol!
Thanks for a chance! :)

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I love to read the Elm Creek quilt books too. And I don't mind reading them twice. I don't own them, but I check them out over and over from the library. I am a bit disappointed in the Civil War one. I just read it for the first time. It is not her normal standard, I feel.

Bev C said...

Hello Christine,

Happy Birthday to Austin, it is so lovely to have a hassle free party. Mitchell's gingerbread is great. Happy blogging and Happy days.

Lynn S said...

I've just discovered your blog and have added it to my favorites! Just received The Wedding Quilt from the Library--I've read the whole series and Jennifer C is one of my favorite authors. Love the fabric samples...they would be a great center medallion for a Jane Austen quilt.

Deanna said...

Nice fabric, and congratulations on your blog success.

supermom said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Your son did great making his first gingerbread house.

Thanks for the giveaway of those great fabrics and the chance to win them.
(supermomnocape at yahoo dot com)

Maddy said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary. Ginger bread house looks fantastic. Library is getting the Elm creek quilt book in soon l hope, am 1st in line. Good luck with the giveaway.

Renee G said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary. You have a lovely family and I love the candy house.
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