Saturday, December 26, 2009


These are the lovely parcels I received from Brigitte in chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap 2009. I have been a good girl and have waited patiently to open them. They have been sitting under my pretty Christmas Tree all this time.

But all waiting eventually comes to an end. Here is the cutest wall hanging. I simply adore it. When I am done with this post I am going to go and touch it again and look at all the lovely little details.

A little closer look for you...
This very charming and very tiny coffee pot from Poland. A lovely memory of Brigitte's time there while her husband was stationed there. Brigitte has just informed us that she is moving back to Bavaria in Germany. The lid of the coffee pot lifts up... just too cute...
A little pair of Stork scissors - I have never had a pair and have always wanted one - thank you so much Brigitte!
Delicious marzipan covered in bitter dark chocolate - so yummy! I can attest that they travelled just fine... and oh the joy of finding another layer underneath! Six very special chocolate hearts... which I will really enjoy with a cup of tea while looking at...
this amazing German patchwork magazine! What a great thing to send! And I am not going to let a little language difference slow me down one bit!
Just look at what is in here. I've just put the kettle on... won't be long now! A little break between family chaos...
Thank you again, Brigitte, for these very lovely gifts. I so appreciate the time and thought you have put in to this Christmas swap.
Well, that's Christmas for another year! A little sad and a little relieved! Now on to the hot, dry summer...
Once again we are off to Albany for a little break. I'll be out of the blogging world until the middle of January.
I sincerely hope your Christmases were bright and the New Year celebrations grand...

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Thank you so much, Jane, for my yummy Christmas treats. I've been ever so carefully rationing them this year.

I don't always get a lot of my decorations up each year - but these are essential. A nativity to always remind us that Jesus is the focus of Christmas.
An advent tree to which a little ornament is added each day. The ornaments are kept in little drawers with a number on them. The gorgeous little angel was made by my number 2 daughter in primary school. So not long now. Menus are being set and produce is being procured. Guest lists and presents and who's bringing someone new... hope your week goes well and all your plans go smoothly.

Happy Christmas to all!

Hugs - Shari

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sigornament Swap

These are the blocks I received recently in a small Signature Ornament (sigornament) Swap. Thank you so much ladies! Not sure when I will get this put together...

Thanks Robin for organising the swap!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I made this...

I made this over-sized pot-holder/trivet for the little present swap we did yesterday. I used two layers of cotton wadding. The applique pattern is from the Annie Downs book I got recently. Dear girlfriend Teena (no blog) received it. Hope you like it Teena!

Merry Christmas!

PS - Did I show you this? It's the ornament I made and sent to Theresa as part of the SSCS 2009. It does not open - it's for show only... that's why they call it an ornament... lol Can't show you what else I made her because it's a secret! Have to wait till Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Girlfriends Christmas Party 2009

We Girlfriends had a wonderful Christmas party today at darling Gwen's (no blog). Lovely company, lovely food, pressies, a little bubbly... just fantastic. Thanks so much to Gwen! Big Hugs for being such a marvelous hostess!

I did take photos, but the ones I took that actually had people in them turned out terrible (really) and the girlfriends would thank me for not posting them. Lovely Lurline had her camera so you will have to check out her photos - hopefully much better than mine! I did get a few shots of Gwen's house to share with you - a real feast for the eyes!

Hope you are enjoying your Christmas gatherings with family and friends!!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mugz on Monday

Do you ever wonder what else I use my mugs for?
Life's little essentials, of course.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Friday, December 11, 2009

SSCS Received

My SSCS 2009 parcel arrived from Brigitte yesterday all the way from Germany. This is the beautiful hand made card...

These are the wonderful parcels - check out that tin full of yummy somethings!!
This is the ornament - all folded safely for the long trip. The little note had directions to make it work...
Ta - da!!! A yummy origami Christmas star... this is way cool... Look at this delicious varigated thread - and I'm sure this says have a wonderful Christmas!!
Thank you so much Brigitte! I'm looking forward to opening my parcels on Christmas Day!
Merry Christmas!
Hugs - Shari
PS - Thanks to chookyblue for organising the swap!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Angel: 2009

This is the little Angel I chose for the tree this year. May you be surrounded by angels this holiday season -
and I don't mean in heaven! LOL

Monday, December 7, 2009

River Cruise 2009

I went on a river cruise last evening for my husband's work Christmas party. It was a beautiful evening with calm water and a warm-ish breeze. I did try to take photos... they're good for a laugh... or a cringe...
This was not the boat we were on. This is the boat that thought it was hilarious to circle us to toss us about in the wake...
Heading up-river approaching Perth... I am not drunk - but night photos from a moving boat - this is the best it gets...
The Narrows Bridge - lit like this every night...

Giant Christmas Tree - this is huge...
Inside the boat - Hawaiian theme... the usual crowd as found in any office party... there's a small deck at the front where you can sit (and cuddle in the dark with your husband)...
It was a really nice evening. A great start to the silly season...
Hope your office party is good!
I blogged about last year's cruise here. You can see why I pulled photos off the net for that post!
Hugs - Shari

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Retail Therapy

One of my LQS is relocating early in the new year so they are selling everything at 20% off as well as some fabrics at half price or buy two get one free... with my stash what it is I couldn't really justify buying fabric, although a couple of Christmas ones seemed to find their way in to my bag... but I did stock up on a few 'essentials' and a couple of items I've been wanting to get...

I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to the Annie Downs book - just in time for a few Christmas gifts...


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Little Angel Quilts

When my youngest daughter played netball I assisted with the team, the club, the association etc. For three years I made little quilts for the girls on her team as they were called the "Helena Valley Angels" - and generally they were little angels... while the pattern was the same I changed the dress fabric and the hair so each girl received a unique angel... these are my daughter's - I don't have photos of the rest...

I practised the lettering on my machine on this one - and learned how to put on double-fold binding...
This is my favourite -
The little angel friends...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Tree

So I got the tree up yesterday...
and I didn't even have to resort to this...
Now I just need to finish decorating it...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mugz on Monday

I bought this as my 2009 Christmas mug... not expensive but I like it...

And of course I had to have the salt and pepper shakers to match...

Tomorrow is Christmas Tree Day!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

What's in the Tin?

While North America is recovering
from Turkey Day and Black Friday -
I'll play What's in the Tin...

Ric rac and interesting Christmas-y odd-bits...
'tis the Season now!!
Tuesday is Christmas Tree Day!
I may have found a suitable angel...
wait and see...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Zlatka's Angels

Zlatka (blogless me) sent me a photo of some angels she's made. How cute are they? And love the tree too... This is her Christmas card. Thanks for sharing Zlatka!

Hugs - Shari
PS Zlatka made this for her friend... so charming and elegant...

Thursday, November 12, 2009


It is officially six weeks to Christmas and I have started my search for this year's angel ornament. So far nothing too impressive out there... although this little morsel is impressive. My church had a ladies' coffee night and the guest speaker spoke about the angels and the shepherds and how it wasn't about the angels - it was about the message! And each lady received this yummy gingerbread angel. So far I've resisted biting her head off - lol.

I have quite a few angel ornaments. I blogged about them here.

And then of course there is the most charming angel that Terri sent me. I blogged about her here. She didn't get packed away - she watches over me everyday... my very own sewing angel.

If I can't find the 'right' angel, I won't add one this year, but that would be sad... so of course the only thing to do is - go shopping...

Hugs - Shari

I won a Giveaway

Robin had the most lovely giveaway in October and I won this really neat bag. Isn't it just too cute! Perfect as we head in to our Aussie summer! Thank you so much Robin! I love it...

Hugs - Shari

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