Baby Quilt: signed, sealed and almost delivered…



I sewed leaves on the back with important details. The leaf with her name I have not shown

I have finished the baby quilt and I am quite pleased with it. I have sent it by registered mail and it should arrive tomorrow! I’m excited to see what they think and I’m wanting to see her wrapped in the quilt. I bought a Gumnut Baby hat through Etsy and it matches perfectly. I have also purchased a Gumnut Baby Book to go with it too. I’m so excited…


The photo doesn’t do justice to the colours in the quilt.

My nephew’s dad is my brother. Both his parents have passed away and I feel like it is part of my family duty to make up for the loss of these grandparents for the baby. I hope they would have been pleased with my efforts.


The close up picture is a little better… but it is brighter than this

My nephew has a twin sister, so I have plenty of material left over for her first born too. Being twins I think it is fitting to have a matching quilt. I will put green material with hers so there will be a point of difference, but also that connection.


This is the cute little Gumnut Babies hat. I have left the plastic on so it remains pristine for bub…

So now I’m itching to make another one. I just might get the “twin” quilt made. you never know when you might receive happy news…


Christmas, Weddings, Parties, Anything….

Christmas was a quiet affair for me this year. We had our family Christmas lunch which rolled into dinner with the left overs. It was just us, the two boys and Tara this year. I still miss my father in law, Brian. He was always in good spirits at Christmas time. Boxing Day is traditionally the day we get together with all of my husbands family. Our kids are the eldest and with all 4 siblings having 2 children each it was always full of noise, fun and food. Christmas Day usually sees me running around getting the house ready for Boxing Day, but this year my fabulous sister in law decided to have it at theirs. I spent time drifting around feeling like I had forgotten to do something. We were having a late Boxing Day dinner as some of the kids have jobs on Boxing Day now. We have only had shops open on Boxing Day for about 3 years now and I don’t like it. Boxing Day was always a family day and now there is mass flocking to shops for sales. Do we really need more shopping?? Anyway I liked it more when it was “old fashioned” and the shops were closed. We had all but one child there, as she was overseas. We all had a lovely time catching up and the kids had fun razzing each other. I call them kids but they are mostly young adults now…. still be called kids in another 10yrs I think :). While at my sister in laws I felt the urge to keep trying to help, but really it was mostly done and I felt so relaxed! A lovely day surrounded by our family. Time soon raced on to New Years Eve. It is probably the quietest one we have had. Just my husband and I, sitting on the couch watching tv. We made it to midnight, a proud fact, and soon departed to bed. It seems the theme for this year is “Quiet and steady as we go.”

We flew to Melbourne to attend my nephew’s wedding. It was great to catch up with some more of my family. We stayed with one of my nieces and her husband. I have a lot in common with her and it is always fun when we catch up. I caught up with some more nieces, my nephew and my brother at the wedding. It was a lovely affair, made all the more poignant by the fact that my brother, the father of the groom, had passed away last year. His mum has also passed, so it was lovely to see him happy next to his new bride. I felt them in the room with us and know they would have been bursting with pride. I also got to stay with an elderly uncle of mine. He is a true gent and we always enjoy catching up with him.

I’m back at work now and it seems like a distant memory already….

Now must get down to planning our next trip 🙂

Mother’s Day

I was feeling a little sad about this Mother’s Day. I was thinking about my Mum and my Mum in Law. They were very different people but I loved them both, my mother because she was my mother and my mother in law because she was a gift to me. My mum and I didn’t see eye to eye very often but I have many fond memories of her. She could be good fun my mum and we had some good laughs together. I didn’t always understand where she was coming from but I realised that she did love me in her own way. I admire her toughness and forturtude that got her through many hard scrapes in life. She taught me resilience and to make the best beef and vege soup 🙂  But really, in hindsight, she taught me a lot. I just wasn’t listening at the time. Now I look back and can smile and think ah that’s what you meant.

Phyllis was my husbands step mother, but she was not the typical type you think of. She was warm and loving and we were best friends. She was truly a gift to me. She taught me softness, something that took a while! She taught me kindness and loving no matter what. Her arms stretched out and embraced us all in her loving hug.

I lost them both too soon and miss them dearly. They are in my heart, always and so I still do have them with me. I often chat to them when I potter in the garden or if I’m finding something tricky when I’m sewing. Millions of memories, sometimes overwhelming me, but mostly they warm me through with love and appreciation.

I’m living away from my sons now and was feeling a little sad about that too. Then my youngest rang me and we had a lovely chat. He had sent some money to his dad to take me out to tea, and so I was feeling spoilt and loved. Then I opened my facebook page and found a message from my eldest boy, wishing me Happy Mother’s Day and saying he will call later. He had also send me something in my emails, I was told to have a look. Ah a mystery gift, how exciting…

Well what I found was a remarkable gift, from the heart of my darling boy. A letter about his mum, hey that’s me. I cried bucket loads! Such beautiful words.

My heart is full to overflowing ❤

My Mother




Valentines Day

My husband and I usually do something to celebrate this romantic day. Nothing too sensational, just something we will both enjoy. This year my husband brought home a beautiful bunch of roses. I love flowers and these were sensational. He had been out of town for work. Before he left I hinted that flowers might be lovely. Not my usual style, he has always managed to surprise me with something nice, but I just felt like some flowers and they are not available where we live.
I guess I was feeling a bit sad and thought the flowers would be a nice way to brighten up my day. A year ago we got a phone call from my son to say my husband’s dad, Brian, had passed away. We were devastated. He was such a part of our lives. We miss him, plain and simple.
We like to think that he wanted to see his beloved Phyllis in time for Valentines Day.
We can’t believe how fast the year has gone.
So life goes on and we carry those lost in our hearts and they bubble to the surface in our thoughts.
At 8.30pm my phone laughed at me (that’s my text notification) and I went to see if Bruce was texting me goodnight, but there was nothing on my phone. No text, no download, no facebook message…
So it seems that Brian has us in his thoughts too.