Monday, December 21, 2015

A little of Australia in my home :)

Saturday I received a long awaited for parcel.. from my bestie in Australia ... Wendy !!!

Oops ... I got so excited I didn't get a shot of the parcel... only the contents! lol
I wish I had gotten a shot of it thought when it was packed as Wendy did an excellent job of compacting all this great stuff... let me show you around this lovely stuff a bit..
Above are a couple packages for Kaydence... for after the fire .. I will be forwarding those on to Keashia and Kaydence today :)

Also above is a Historical Calendar of the town Wendy lives in ... in Australia... very cool to see things she gets to see in some form or fashion today in her town !  Love this calendar... plus now I can keep track of those Australian holidays and time changes... maybe! lol

Also above is a can of Milo... a drink mix they use in Australia that tastes similar to a malted hot chocolate if mixed in warm milk.. that is how I love it anyway :)  As well as a tube of Vegemite... I plan to try that on some toast with butter today.. Wendy says that is the best way to enjoy it :)
Wendy included 2 magazines from down under as well.. one is all about stitchery stuff for my Journey of a Quilter/Friendship Journey quilt I will be starting soon... and the other magazine came with these hexi templates... they are nice acrylic for making hexi's!  I didn't have any of these either :)  Perfect!!!!

Wendy also included some Weaveline.. a stabilizer we don't have here in the USA.. I will use that to stabilize any embroidery I do on that same quilt with it :)  Yipeee !!!

Wendy also send this cool bookmark...
It is made of a very thin wood and is quite substantial as thin as it is... I love using it with the book she also sent called "The Dressmaker"... this recently came out at the movie theaters... so I will hope to catch it there or later on Netflix when I finish reading the book on it :)

Then to give me some fun Aussie whimsy to share with my grands she sent these two books...
I have a few books my bestie Connie sent me leftover from her grands earlier years.. now I can start a little library... I have signed inside of these though so I don't forget when I got them and how precious these books are as an addition to my new library for little ones :)

She included something she had made years ago that had not found a home yet... for my honey to enjoy ... he loves old trains... and this focus fabric and how this works is just so cool!
We are planning to eventually change over the calendar to a Train Schedule!  I think that will be cool but the specifics are not planned out yet! lol  Right now we are just enjoying it in our kitchen which also houses my honey's vintage train collection for decor purposes.

She made me a bunting from vintage doilies....
 And I wanted it where I could enjoy it lots... so I had my honey center it over my design board... it looks so awesome up there... here is a close up of the center doily...
 The craftsmanship on the Australian doilies is amazing.. and they are vintage .. so they really fit our theme!

Next she also included an ornament for our Christmas tree...
 A fabric christmas tree with a big fun blingy vintage looking button for a star on the top!!!

I love this ornament.. and placed it near the top of the tree where no one is sure to miss it :)

She also included a really fun gold glitter Christmas Card ....
We don't get a lot of Christmas cards by snail mail.. so we display those on our Christmas tree as well...  Isn't it lovely!!!

Wow!!! See what a lot of stuff she sent me ??!!!!  I am sooo blessed!!!!

Later on Saturday we picked up my daughters best friend since preschool.. Tanisha... She will be staying with us over the holiday :)

So far I only caught a shot of them in Brandi's room.. isn't her Christmas tree she fashioned on the wall with push pins and strings of lights cool!  I will try to catch a dark shot of it too.. with the lights on.. very cool for sure!
So with Tanisha here... I am considering 2 for Christmas... I made a questionnaire for each of them to fill out... and from that I am making them each a stocking with a few of their faves in... here is the plan for Tanisha's stocking...
 Here is Tanisha's list... her fave colour is purple so I am copying her handwriting to a larger size and spacing for hand embroidery in this shot....
 And here is Tanisha's name getting embroidered on the stocking top before the quilting officially begins on this project :)
I still have lots of decision to make before this stocking is completed.. and I also am thinking about HOW to construct Brandi's front of her stocking... here is my plan...
See her "panel" is vertical instead of Horizontal in orientation.. Tanisha's was the Christmas tree panel I added....

So that is what I am up to just a few days until Christmas Eve Party 2015 is to happen too.. much planning still to do!!!!

Until my next post ... I hope you are finding something positive to focus on this Christmas and please....

2 comments:

  1. sounds like you are about ready for the holiday and celebrating already - how nice - what a neat round up of items in the package you got from Wendy - how sweet. have fun with all your goodies.

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  2. Was a pleasure to send as it is a pleasure to speak and share with you daily. 😊😘

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