Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A friend is a precious thing indeed!

I have this friend. Her name is Evi Nemeth and she did me a HUGE favour earlier this year. I racked my brains to try and think of something I could give her to say thank you and finally I came up with this.
It's a Quilted Table Topper. :^D
The centre piece was created by me. I dyed the fabric and painted the bird. There are some other strips of the yellow that I cut and added to the design. The strips of fabric that look like Batik crackle are exactly that. I made those too. 
The quilting was fun too and I learned a lot while I was stitching away.. lots of unpicking was done in the process. My Mum says she never feels that the job has been done correctly when she hasn't done any unpicking during it.. ha ha 
The backing fabric was hand dyed by me too and I also designed and actually printed the label out on my regular printer! I ironed it well before I sewed it onto the quilt. It's washable, believe it or not. 
It was fun and I'm happy the way it turned out. It's been a while since I did any creative sewing and Evi was really pleased with her gift..whew :^D 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Father and Mother Christmas in Fiji.

Father and Mother Christmas in Fiji.

This is breaking news... Father Christmas and Mother Christmas are on holiday in Fiji.

We spotted them one day as we drove past their houseboat. Even while on holiday Father Christmas is at work. At this time he was making some really great looking fishing lures that, he says, "are guaranteed to catch you a great meal". Well, who can fault that! 
A Lure...He makes all different colours, but we liked this one.
Mother Christmas is a lovely lady, she's just as I imagined her, kind , cheerful and generous. 
Of course they do have names other than what the world calls them, but they asked me to keep those a secret. They said that they'd like to be able to avoid junk mail as much as possible. They get a huge amount of mail every year and they didn't want to add to that. "Thank heavens," they told me, "that we have such a great team of Elves helping out back home otherwise we'd never be able to sneak off like this and enjoy a bit of sun."
I asked them when the Elves go on holiday. I was informed that that too was a secret or the Elves would get no peace from all the children in the world. 

To prove that this isn't a hoax, They agreed to a photograph, so here they are in their casual relaxed mode. 

I think they look very happy together. don't you?

PS: If you'd like one of those lures, send an email to Sylvie at and I'll arrange for him to contact you.