Thursday, January 30, 2014

Our Summer Holiday.

Back to work tomorrow, that holiday just zoomed by. We fitted a lot in, first stop was back to Perth. One highlight was meeting our beautiful niece/cousin, only 5 weeks old. We were all smitten with her.

Then after Christmas and New Year, Daz and I left the girls with their grandparents and went over to Tasmania for a friends wedding. Haven't been to Tassie before, so we did some touristy things like visit the Cascade Brewery. It was cold though, 17 degrees on average, I had to buy a beanie!! But the cold was a novelty for us as we are so used to the heat, I loved wearing a scarf again.

We hired a car and went to the historic Port Arthur. It was a great break away, haven't traveled without the girls for that long a time, it was different! And the wedding was beautiful, it was the marriage of two teachers we work with, so it was very special to travel 4,000kms to attend.

Then it was back to Perth for two days and to pick up the girls and head to Singapore! Bit different to our usual relaxing by the pool Bali style as there is so much to see and do.

We meet some locals. Milly was stopped three times and asked if she would mind being in a photo!

We also found vending shoe machines, handy!

We spent a day at the zoo, I loved the signage there. I guess an animal face is universal in any language!

I got to feed a giraffe!

Milly quite happy to pose with the food here because it was a plastic display out the front of a restaurant. Her taste buds aren't that adventurous. I have another photo of her eating sushi and her expression is priceless, like she was eating a poisonous poo or something equally as horrible.

This lovely lady sold us a new memory card for our camera half way through the trip. We just had to take a photo to see if it worked ok!

Milly all smiles before getting on the Singapore flyer, a big enclosed Ferris wheel, sort of like the London Eye.

And we got to go to Universal Studios! Here is Daz and the girls posing in front of the Universal globe the day before we actually went.

The moment we walked through the gate!

Amongst all the rides we got to say hi to King Julian...

And also Pinocchio....

And also Shrek and Princess Fiona! It was a great day at Universal Studios, we were there for 9 hours! We got our tickets upgraded to Express, so we went straight to the front of every que, that was nice!

This one was taken on our last night there, we were about to board the water taxi (the boat just in the left of the shot) to take us over to Marina Sands, the three big building in the background with a curved boat on top! So an action packed summer holiday, all ready to hit the school year now.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Christmas Runners.

While going through the holiday photos I found these shots that I took in the madness that was the last week of term last year. These were two small table runners I gifted for Christmas. One for my Mum and one for my sister.

This one was my favorite, I nearly kept it for myself. Just love the swirly quilting.

Thank you for the suggestions of a pattern from my last quilt, I think I may be on track now, just have to sew a test block. Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Year, New Fabric!

Happy New Year neglected blog! I hope you have had a nice break, we are back from our whirlwind of a holiday. I took 600 photos in 4 weeks, not to bad. What would we do without the world of digital photography? Imagine taking that many shots on film?? Anyway, did just a spot of fabric shopping while away. Everyone kept having sales, its not my fault!

I did acquire this fabric too. I "borrowed" it from my Mums stash. My sister gave it to her a few years ago and it was still sitting there in it's original packaging..... So I sneakily popped it in my suitcase and brought it home with the plan to make the quilt and then post it back to Mum for her birthday in October and say it is from my sister and I, that is the plan anyway. The only problem I have is the pattern, it is so boring! I don't want to do it so I am now looking around for a nice quick and easy, modern but not to modern for Mum's taste lap sized quilt pattern. Any ideas?