20 May, 2017

Friday Night Sew-In

I settled down on the couch last night, watching Doc Martin and did some more work on my Christmas stitchery.
Thank you for being such a lovely hostess, Wendy. 
You can see what everyone else got up to here.
I'm now off to prepare the label for a special quilt!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!

18 May, 2017

A New Bed!

Why am I showing you this bed? 
No, it's not a new quilt. 
The bed was made by Austin! 
It was his personal project for VCAL last year and
I realised I hadn't shown his handy work.
I think he's done a great job.
 I needed a little something for a gift and made up 
four lavendar sachets. They are filled with my 
homegrown dried lavendar.
Tied up into a little bundle of lavendar goodness!

11 May, 2017

Nelson's Been Having Fun!

 Saturday saw us head to Sandown Raceway for 
Nelson to have 3 laps in a V8 race car.
 When Austin did his ride last year, his video didn't work properly. We could see Austin and the driver but the camera looking where they were going had slipped, 
so nothing could be seen.
 
Austin was offered another 3 laps to get a proper video. 
He decided that his reaction wouldn't be the same as the first time so asked if Nelson could have a go. The people said yes, that was fine. So lucky Nelson.
 Getting ready to get into the car.
 One very big grin!
It was even bigger when he got back.
On Monday, 89.9 Light FM were broadcasting from PVCC.
Nelson was interviewed and spoke about the vegetable garden the VCAL students are working on where 
they are growing vegetables and providing homeless shelters with the produce. 

Nelson spoke so well.
I don't think he said even one "um"!

06 May, 2017

Friday Night With Friends

 I managed to get a little stitching done in between doing other things last night. Decided a little Christmas stitching would be a nice project to work on.
Thanks for being such a lovely hostess, Chez.
You can see who else was stitching along here.
Today is our 22nd wedding anniversary. 
Our little flower girl in the corner will be 
getting married herself in four weeks!

Happy anniversary Noel.
xxx

01 May, 2017

OPAM for April

My Vintage Modern II quilt is my only finish for April.
Thanks to Peg and Kris for running OPAM.

Sorry I haven't been visiting blogs lately. Although I've managed a quick peek now and then, I haven't left many comments. Being the start of footy season, I've been very busy with my club secretary duties. Hopefully, now the season has started, things will slow down a bit and I can catch up with what everyone's been up to.

29 April, 2017

A Finish and An Award

 I finally had a chance to finish the binding on my 
Vintage Modern quilt II.
Here's Vintage Modern quil I.
 The two go well with the colour of the lounges. 
I think Molly likes them!
Last night Mitchell went to the Diamond Creek Cricket Club Presentation Night. He won the Batting Average for the 3rd XI 2016/2017. Mitchell made 173 runs with an average of 57.67.  Another trophy to add to the collection!
Congratulations Mitchell.

16 April, 2017

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.

Love Christine
xxx

That's us in our camper.
Although our camper isn't as cute as this one!

09 April, 2017

2017 Football Season Starts!

Today is the official start of the 2017 NFL junior football season. Unfortunately for Nelson, we weren't able to get an Under 17's team at Yarrambat. Nelson made the decision to finish his final year in junior footy at Eltham JFC.
 
Still can't get use to seeing him in red and black!
So Nelson is now an Eltham Panther. 
Noel and I are still at Yarrambat, me as Secretary and 
Noel on Committee and a life member!

Have a great final season Nelson!
xxx

Two posts in one day! I think that's a first for me!

YJFC Sportsmans Lunch and FNWF

Friday saw Mitchell and I up at Yarrambat Junior Football Club for their 2017 Sportsmans lunch. 
I was an invited guest as Secretary of the Club and 
Mitchell was helping out in the bar.
 One of the guest speakers was former AFL player, Brendan Fevola. Mitchell was pretty excited to meet him.
Brendan was a very entertaining speaker. 
I didn't get home until after 8pm as I ended up working 
in the bar. After a long day up at the Club, I really 
wasn't up to doing any stitching. So I joined the girls in the 
Northern Hemisphere for FNWF on Saturday.
 
 I managed to get some more binding stitched down on my large Vintage Modern quilt. It was put aside as I had a special project to get made so I could get it to my quilter 
as it is for a wedding gift in early June.
Thank you for being such a lovely hostess Chez. 
You see can what everyone got up to here.

03 April, 2017

Stitching Day With Gail Pan and Bonnie Sullivan

Saturday morning saw Mel and I head off 
to Narre Warren for a fun day of stitching 
 Bonnie is from Oregon and her website is All Through The Night. Bonnie's projects had wool applique, something 
I have only done once before.

We were given four beautiful projects.
 Gail's "See My Sewing" project bag.
 "Bountiful Bees" table runner.
 
 A close up of Gail's bountiful bees stitchery.
Bonnie's "There's No Place Like Home" . This is one of her new patterns with preprinted backgrounds.
"Cherry Ripe", Bonnie's second project.
 
 Just to show you that I actually managed 
to get some stitching done, along with all the 
chatting, eating and shopping!
Thank you Gail and Bonnie for a fabulous day. And thanks to my lovely friend Mel for the great company.
It's always a fun day when Mel and I go out.

01 April, 2017

March OPAM

My little dolphin for Baby C.
My small Vintage Modern quilt. Haven't finished 
the binding on the large one yet.

So two finishes for March. 
Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.

19 March, 2017

Friday Night Sew-In

 I finished stitching the binding down on my 
Vintage Modern quilt for the smaller couch.
I think Molly approves.
Here's the back. I decided to use the off cuts from the backing to make the binding. I really like how it turned out.
 A close-up of the quilting.
Then did a little more calculating for a special project I have. I must admit I am very out of my comfort zone with these fabrics. It is going to be a modern quilt!
Thank you for being such a lovely hostess Wendy.

18 March, 2017

Nelson's Last Athletics Carnival

 Yesterday we had perfect weather for Nelson's last Athletics Carnival at Plenty Valley Christian College. 
He finished off with a bang!
 Nelson came first in the 100m. He was relieved as the boys had made a bet that whoever came last had to shave their arm! Nelson definitely made sure it wasn't him.
He came second in high jump. Not bad considering he hasn't done it since the Carnival last year!
 This was a personal best for him - 1.7m.
Meers House came first in house/teacher relay. 
He also came third in the 4 x 100m relay.

So the end of an era for Nelson and for me.
After 16 years of attending Athletics Carnivals, that's it for me! In fact, it's the last time I officially help out at school.