Saturday, December 30, 2017

A bit of Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope it was a good one for you, spent the way that you had hoped.   

This year we did it a bit different.  Our daughter stayed in Brisbane and spent the day with friends as work at this time of year for a Uni student is too good to pass up.  We travelled by car four hours south to Townsville to spend the day with our son who had to work Christmas Eve and Boxing Day (we travelled those days) and his girlfriend was spending the day with her Mum in England. We took along our dog and my Mum for the journey.  Our dog enjoy the security of someone touching him throughout the trip, not the best traveller.

Santa found us. :-) I quickly sewed up a stocking for my Mum - second from left - and with fabric paint added here name,  Mum, Nan and Great Nan to the front…..she like that.  Mine is the white stocking and that has seen at the least 40 Christmas's and still going strong.

Presents were unwrapped and through the wonders of technology our sons girlfriend was part of the whole event.  So much so that she asked that her presents be unwrapped….that is her stash beside our dog.

We had a feast of ham, turkey and salads followed by this yum pavlova.  First time for us but I plan on it being a tradition for the family….and next year plan on making my own pavlova base instead of the shop bought one.

I received some crafting goodies from my Secret Santa.  This has become something we do each year with the members of Craftmad who I swap cards with each month. Can't wait to use all these items.

We made it home and our dog is so much more relaxed at home.  He did not really settle the whole time we were away, so now catching up on some zzzz's.

October, I took over my daughters bedroom and converted it into my craft room.  It has been a slow process but I think I finally have everything in the right spot.  This is all my fabric that I have collected and pulled it out to sort through.  My plan for 2018 is to sew it all up into different items to be used for various charities.  I found a wonderful Facebook group - Sewing for Charities Australia.  It fit the bill perfectly.  A wonderful lady in Brisbane organises an item for a particular charity to be sewn each month collects them and sends them out.  I've jumped right in and have been sewing kangaroo and koala joey pouches which I will send off next week.  It is so nice to have the flannelette and fleecy fabric offcuts put to good use.

Well that is me, for 2017.  It has been a good one and can't wait until the new one rolls in.  Wishing you all a fantastic New Years Eve and wonderful adventures in 2018.

My plans for 2018….. more crafting, sewing all that fabric up and posting on my blog more often….possibly just checking out what photos I have taken each week and sharing at least one. 


  1. Glad to hear you had a good Christmas, and hope to see you around more in the new year, all the very best to you and yours Merry...I'll watch on TV all the fireworks going off on Sydney bridge, love to see the world greet the new year in...xxxx

  2. Fantastic photos Merry. looks like you had a great christmas. Have a very happy New Year..Loz

  3. Sounds like you had a lovely and relaxing Christmas! Thank you for visiting my blog & for your lovely comments as I haven't had much time for cardmaking this year due to caring for our loved one which takes up alot of time running to & from appointments at the hospital. I don't often get a chance to relax & even if I do get a break, I feel a bit mentally tired so find it hard to create so usually end up knitting instead. Hoping this coming year will be a bit easier as I have so many projects I'm keen to get stuck into :-) Happy New Year Merry - thank you for your loyal support of my blog.

    Jocelyn xo

  4. Wishing you a Healthy and Crafty New Year. Hugs Mrs A.
    p.s. Sorry had to dispense with doing any swaps due to the huge postage costs that they incur.

  5. Great photos - love your dog and that yummy pavlova!

  6. Great photos Wendy that's one laid back puppy dog.


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