Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rory Reindeer ~ Christmas in July

My second project for the Quilt Fabric Delights Christmas in July was the Rory Reindeer Goodies Basket.

I love to make baskets like this to store my bits and pieces.  Rory is a keeper and I'll be placing all the cards, small gifts, tags and ties ready to go in him.

Christmas in July is still open to join for $45 and Sarah's blog shows the projects available to download.  It really is great value, especially if you would like to start your Christmas sewing now.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm 40!

I don't know what I was expecting to be doing at 40 and I can't believe that it is here already!  Totally spoilt today x

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Monkeys Visit the Tropics ~ FNQ

It's been about 12 years since Matt and I had been away for for than 3 nights in a row or holidayed out of Victoria - since before we had Callum.  It was about that time that Matt started working for himself full time, and then life got a bit crazy with three more kids..

So I'm turning 40,  and I have made it to 16 years service with my full time job and have plenty of long service leave available to me.  I asked for a family holiday,  a couple of weeks of leave from work,  and the big ask of Matt to take time off at one of the busiest times at the Nursery.

We did it and flew up to Cairns last week.  The kids are pictured here at the Lagoon at the Esplanade at Cairns.  Fantastic and those clothes got pretty wet.  We also went shopping at Rusty's Market to try and stock up on tropical fruit. 

We stayed at Trinity Beach,  around 30 minutes from Cairns with our accommodation on the beach front.  Matt and the kids went walking and paddling at the beach each morning and swimming in the Resorts pool each evening. 

Maya is pictured at the Wildlife Habitat at Port Douglas.  Fruit Bats are one of Maya's favourite animals so this was on our list.  We also wanted to see some of the unique FNQ wildlife such as Cassowary's, wallaby species and Tree Kangaroo's

Port Douglas is beautiful and I think we may stay there next time.  We were too late to take the walk through Mossman Gorge but that's on our list for next time too.

We drove further up north to see the Daintree River, and let the kids pose in the crocodile.  We had seen wild crocodiles on our way to Port Douglas which was pretty exciting,  and made us all pay attention to the crocodile warning signs we saw regularly.

We took a  day tour out to the outer Great Barrier Reef.  The kids are here practicing their snorkeling before going out onto the reef.  I didn't make it.  The two hour boat trip out was so rough that at one point we were thrown out of our seats.  Boats and I don't mix well :(

The reef was amazing.  I looked from underwater viewing spots but Matt and Callum went out with an underwater camera and the kids all snorkeled.

Kane is our insect boy so it was off to the rainforest township of Kuranda to see the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.  Amazing!  It's one of those places that everyone said that they would want to see again.  Tropical butterflies are stunning and it was good to see behind the scenes and the breeding areas too.

Then off for a boardwalk to Barron Gorge.  Maybe my favourite bit to get out and walk through the rainforest in the National Park and look out into the Gorge.  One of those places that I had read about and finally seen.

We did an late afternoon walk through the Cattana wetlands,  which was so eerie.  We kept our eyes out for crocodiles!

Our last photo's at Trinity Beach.  We went to so many places and saw so much.  The kids will have so much to talk about at school today. Fingers crossed we will be back soon! 

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Jolly Elves ~ Christmas Gift Bags

My pattern for the Jolly Elves was released today at the Quilt Fabric Delights Christmas in July retreat.  I'm looking forward to seeing some of these stitched up! There is another design of mine to come too.

Drawing and stitching Elves has kept me busy for the past couple of weeks,  even after studying drawing and painting at Uni in takes me awhile to get a design together and I don't often release stitchery patterns. 

It's not too late to join the online retreat.  I would love to see you there.


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