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Up, up and away....

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This was the view from my kitchen window this morning....

... I love the idea of hot air balloons and one day I would love to go for a ride in one over the gorgeous Yarra Valley but for today, I am glad that I am flying to Byron Bay in a plane instead.
However, seeing the balloons made me think of a few songs, do you remember these?

 Up, up and away by the 5th Dimension


... and 99 luftballoons by Nena


but, of course, I am leaving on a jet plane, so here is the incomparable John Denver ....

Have a great day everyone, 
hugs,

Long Easter Weekend FNSI.... and Smalls SAL post...

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Our dear hostess for FNSI, Wendy B from Sugarlane Designs, decreed in her wisdom that Friday Night Sew In be postponed by a week and would last all of the Easter long weekend.  And as she decreed, it was so.

So, Friday night I finished my Stitching for Syria piece and posted it off. This is run by Concern, an aid organisation, who have asked stitchers around the world to stitch this little design to be made into a wall hanging to show the women of Syria that stitchers around the world are thinking of them and are aware of their plight.  It is also to give them inspiration for their own craft.  I found out about this via the lovely Jo, who also stitched a block.



Stitched on 28 ct Mocah Linen Floss: Cottage Garden Threads 1004 Blue Ixia
I was very pleased with how the colourway turned out on this piece and it has been sent to the women of Syria with all of my love.
Then on Saturday and Sunday, I picked up 'Twas the night by Sue Hillis Designs, this is my Start #9 for DUCJFC2016

Before p…

Beating off the post-work blues: Velvet....

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.... as I have probably told you all before, I have been so busy since finishing work as my dear friends have been arranging lots of outings to keep me occupied - so much so that I do not know how I fitted full-time work in! lol!

So, I thought that I should fill you in on some of the wonderful things I have been doing over the past few weeks.  These posts will be under the "Beating off the post-work blues" title.

This post, I want to tell you about this wonderful 1970s burlesque show that we went to see last Friday evening at The Malthouse Theatre.  It was called Velvet.

Here are some gorgeous pics (from their website, as you were not allowed to take photos) to give you a better idea of what it was like than I can with words.













The incomparable Marcia Hines was the star of the show.




The singing was amazing and the acrobatics - wow! wow! wow!
Here is a recent review of the show and I managed to find a trailer so you can see a bit of its magic.


We had a great time, so if you get …

Easter Treasure Blog Hop 2016

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... andWELCOME TO THE EASTER TREASURE BLOG HOP 2016!


MY LETTER IS 
... AND THE NEXT BLOG TO HOP ALONG TO FOR YOUR NEXT LETTERISSEWING AFTER SEVENHAVE FUN! THANK YOU TO THE LOVELY JO FOR HOSTING THIS BLOG HOP
.. AND HERE IS MY EASTER DISPLAY FOR 2016.....





MAY EASTER BLESSING BE UPON YOU AND YOURS, 
HUGS, 




Lizzie is crowned and ...

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Measure of a Year is back from the framers - Happy Dances all around.

First up, here is Measure of a Year all framed - it is actually lying on the bed in this pic as I have not yet decided where to hang it.


... and here is Lizzie in all her glory!
 Happy Dance all over the house!

     Isn't she gorgeous?  I am so thrilled with her.






The Queen's Sampler Plum Street Samplers 28 ct Flax linen Suggested DMC floss
She has been taken straight to the framers, so there will be one last update pic in a couple of weeks.
Hmm!  What Tudor design to concentrate on next for my Tudor Tuesday SAL is my big question now.
Off to bookclub shortly - where Emma Viskic , the author of this month's novel, Resurrection Bay, is coming along to talk to us - how cool is that?

Have a good evening, everyone, 
hugs, 
By the way, I really enjoyed the novel, so I am really looking forward to meeting the author.



IHSW March report and Friday Frolics .....

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Hi lovely bloggers,

Time for my March IHSW report and last Friday's frolicking ...

Now, if  you want to know more about what the above means?

IHSW is International Hermit & Stitch Weekend and is hosted by the lovely Joyce - you can read all about it here and link up here.  This is a weekend where stitchers from all around the world try to stitch like mad, all together so to speak.  Joyce had been on hiatus for a few months, but the intrepid Jo and I tracked her down and we are all systems go again!

Friday Frolicking refers to one of my other blogs called Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics, this is a free and easy Friday SAL blog (which often hooks up with a couple of other Friday night acronyms - FNSI and FNwF - lol!) where each Friday you pick up a UFO or WIP at random and stitch on that for the evening.

So this past Friday, I picked up a mini rotation of three smalls I am doing for various SALs, Blog hops, etc.

Before pic on Friday night:


After pic on Saturday morning:



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My farewell week.....

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Hello lovely bloggers,

You might remember from this post that I was recently made redundant from my beloved publishing job.  You can read more about how I felt about that on this post.

.... well, the dreaded day has come and gone and I am now, maybe only temporarily, a lady of leisure - lol!  I am laughing because I have been so busy with outings that my lovely friends have organised that I have not had time to post or keep up with my blog reading at all!!!!!

However, I have been stitching and taking lots of photos of my shenanigans, so keep an eye out for catch up posts over the next few days, I hope - although this week is looking busy, as well (as I am starting the week with visiting a sick friend in hospital and then we have overseas visitors coming to stay on Saturday, then Easter and then mid-next week, it is off to Byron Bay for a few days for a wedding!) - but I will do my very best to keep up-to-date!

Anyway, I wanted to tell you all about my farewell week at Pearson - it was…