Friday, December 26, 2014


 I love doors and was given this jigsaw for Christmas.
 Boxing Day in our house is myself doing a jigsaw with the cricket on TV and eating left overs..
Also received this one for Christmas, not easy for a small one.
Took me 3 hours to do.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Wishes

To each and everyone of you and your families,
a very Merry Christmas.
I hope you spend your day today with someone you love and it is a happy one.
Cheers Jenni

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Santa and the CFA

We have been in our home 36 years and every year the CFA drive around our streets with Santa.
As the local children have grown up there aren't as many to come out and wave.
But I haven't missed a year that I haven't run out the front door to greet Santa.
Just another Christmas Eve tradition that I wouldn't miss.

Block 1

Needs a trim.
I usually hand piece blocks, have decided to do it on the machine for a change. 
Using up scraps in my stash.
One down and many more to go.

Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve starts at 6am with a visit to Conways Seafood in Footscray.
Dinner tonight is always seafood and Champagne, 
followed by me watching Carols by Candlelight at the Myer Music Bowl.
"Oh Come All Ye Faithful" is my favourite Carol, especially the part "Sing Choir of Angels....".
John and Emma retreat to the family room to watch Star Trek.

 Sunrise over Footscray this morning.

Always as a little girl, my Mother would put out the Santa Mix on the Christmas breakfast table.
The only time of the year we were allowed to have lollies with breakfast.
As the years have gone by, I have had to hide the mix, usually before Christmas a 2nd or 3rd bag has needed to be bought!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Photo Book

The 2nd of my Japan photo books has arrived.
Only took 4 days, hope Number 1 arrives by Christmas Day.
I love going through my books and remember what a great time I had.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Neverending Diamonds

 I have a feeling that this will be a hand sewing project for many years to come.
I haven't even made a dint in the fabric box.
At the moment making new stars and safety pinning them into position ready to attach.

Went to Guild on Saturday and a fellow quilter showed her Bedford Quilt.
Remembered that I have mine hiding in the drawer, must get it out and make it up.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Has Come to Melbourne

 Spent some time in the city yesterday.
A lovely sunny day.

 Melbourne Town Hall
 Looking towards St. Paul's Cathedral

 The city square has been made into a parkland, looking towards the Town Hall.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Couple of Surprises

I came home from the tour to my 2 hanging baskets of Impatiens.
My faith has been restored in John, as they were just a few seedlings when I left.
His theory is, "if you can't eat it, don't plant it".

 I received a lovely surprise box from my cousin Vicki in Queensland this week, 
who is also a quilter.
(We must have got the "craft" gene from our Grandmother)
Inside were these amazing scraps of Japanese indigo fabrics.
She said she received them years ago from a lady who regularly lived in Japan.
Vicki started a quilt but never got anywhere with it, 
so thought I could add them to the fabrics I bought while away.
I am very lucky.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Some Treasures from Japan

I have been asked what I bought on the tour.
I bought little compared to others, some had a second case filled with goodies, checked in at 20kg!! 
I get a bit overwhelmed at buying things and it is when it is too late that I think, 
why didn't I buy 2 of them.
The funniest purchase was for Emma, my daughter.
She was born in the Year of the Dog (1982)
I bought the little symbol sitting on a red rug, every time I looked at it, was reminded of a cat, it had whiskers, (not her favourite animal). 
I asked the others on the tour and they all said CAT. 
Apparently it is a Japanese version of a dog, so it now sits on her shelf with all the little "TACKY" treasures she has picked up travelling. 
I wonder how many people have a tacky shelf?? 
 Small paper covered red box.
Traditional 3 tired lacquered box with cherry blossom.
Cindy our guide made us all an origami crane.
The calendar from Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.
A fabric painted coy carp.
Fabric beads.
 I bought my little fish tea pot from Shanghai.
 We fell for the Kit Kats, every where we went, had to find another flavour.
Wasabi, Oranges and Lemons, Apple and the Green Tea and Chilli have already been consumed.
 From our workshops.
Handmade paper postcards, Shibori Indigo dyed handkerchief and Yuson dyed handkerchief.
It wasn't till I had done the flowers that I was told there was a cherry blossom stencil.
 Program of the winning quilts from the Yokohama Quilt Ferstival.
A few packets of Sashiko pieces with the needles and thimble.
The little blue packet at the bottom had toothpicks in it, but I will use it for a needle case.
Sashiko threads.
 A collection of fabrics in Taupe colours for a piece I have an idea for.
The fat quarters were $2 AUD. Why didn't I buy more???
 Handles for a bag I have a pattern for.
A paper Christmas decoration, always buy a decoration wherever I go in the world.
2m of taupe fabric =$7.60 AUD. They only had the one colour.
 Love the paper bags the goodies come in. Japan recycles everything, 
But they put it in the paper bag and then into a plastic bag. 
One night, sorting out for packing I threw out 29 plastic bags!!
 Rice paper.
I am doing a class at the Fibre Arts Winter School in July,
want to use these papers for my pieces on "Seasons"
 A couple of pieces of Indigo dyed fabric. One of them is a small table runner.
Next to the Quilt Festival was an antique market.
Found this tissue paper booklet, will use it at Winter School.
 A few postcards handed to us on the tour.
I bought the 2 Mt Fuji, thought they were different to the traditional ones.
Last of all are the entrance tickets. I always save these as a reminder.
There will be another tour next year, the Yokohama Quilt Festival and beyond.
If you go to Lisa's Dyed and Gone to Heaven blog, the blogs I follow on my list, the dates etc are there for 2015.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thank you

Domo arigato
(Many thanks)
Thank you to all who followed my blog, I hope you enjoyed my trip to Japan and Shanghai.

French Concession Area of Shanghai

If it wasn't for the people milling around, who would have thought we were in China!!!
Beautiful architecture.