26 December 2010

Christmas Day all wrapped up!

Clear blue skies at Moonta Bay, South Australia.
All ready for some family holiday fun!

All the presents have been wrapped and unwrapped!
Now that it is Sunday, 26th December the day after Christmas.
I have managed to complete all of my shopping without venturing
into a major shopping centre. I shopped locally and through
Etsy.com for all my special gifts that were sent to me.
Remember the Gecko that I picked up at the Adelaide Markets?
He made a perfect gift wrapping surprise.
www.zuluzen.com.au available at the online shop also.

I love Peacocks and this beautiful print from kiintage at Etsy was just perfect.
All ready for Decorating our new main bedroom.
The prints are done on a page from a Vintage dictionary.
117 year old antique page!

Print number 2, I am spoilt!
Both prints are from kiintage at Etsy.

A lot of Artwork from Krista Smith.
Ready to gift wrap for all the family.
Her store on Etsy is full of great gift ideas.
I love all of Krista's Artwork, I have a collection to enjoy;)

I have a love of the idea of a white Christmas with lots of Snowmen!
While we enjoy a 30 something Celsius degree day;)
Sharing the day with our family in Adelaide was great.
I love having them close by so we get together often.

Peace, Happiness and Joy to all of you and your families.
Best Wishes, Sue xOxOx

Travel Australia, look and you will find....

Blink and you will miss a surprise in store for you!

All Welcome!

If you are lucky you can travel Australia and find some places that

are special surprises because of the people you meet and the times you share.

Curramulka or just plain Curry to locals can be a hot, dusty place this time of

the year. We are lucky that we have family who live and work there.

The signs welcoming you and greet you here at Curramulka with

fancy dressed emu done beautifully by a local artist.

Curramulka means Emu Waterhole in local aboriginal language.

Each time we visit here for a BBQ and family gathering we know that

we are going to enjoy good country hospitality that you don't find everyday.

This time our visit over the last week has been to visit and farewell a very

special Curramulka local who was the greatest pleasure to know and love.

Some people spend a lot of time looking for the meaning of life and search

high and low without a clue. While others quietly make the difference by

actions and sharing with others.

Time to say goodbye to our dear Brother-in-law Ray.

Cheers to you and thanks for the friendship you have shared with us

and many others through the years.

Many thanks to all the people who joined us in celebrating his 63 years

and who helped to make this day special.

Here's to friendships shared.

Love Sue and familyxxxxx

14 December 2010

Hit the Road

Beautiful Graphics from the Graphics Fairy.
After all the Christmas preparations are done and we all start to think about
enjoying some Summer Holidays here in Australia this bit of wisdom reminds
me of what it is all about. Hope you find it interesting too.
Lie in bed or explore a creek bed.
Go to the Movies or make your own.
Take a nap or a risk.
Keep Dry of get Wet.
Stare at the Horizon or find a new one.
Get take-away or take yourself away.
Behave or be Brave.
Live life or love life.
Count the candles or blow them out.
You've got mail or get a life.
Go to work or go play.
Mow the lawn or catch the Dawn.
Get points or get satisfaction.
Worry or Wonder.
Climb the wall or a Mountain.
Read the Menu or a Map.
Deplore the world or explore the World.
Take the freeway or find your own way.
Hit the remote or Hit the Outback.
Not bad advise for a Land-Rover Advertisement!
Whatever you do today don't loose sight of the big picture.
Have the best day,
Sue xOxOx

13 December 2010

Decorate the House Festive Style

I hope you all had a lovely week-end. Ours was busy but fun.
This week-end was time to start decorating the home for the Festive Season.
I would rather not put things up early, I get a bit sick of picking up bits of tinsel for weeks!
But what is a home without some glitter and spangle this time of the year it is a must have?

This year because I am home sweet home I have made it my mission to make a
Christmas Banner. With a sad lack of Mantel places to hang it I found my
craft cubby/bookshelf does the job OK.
First I decided that red and white check would be the pattern and colours.
The Spotlight came to the rescue and gave me some ready made graphics to play with.
Now I have found my long lost Pinking Shears to make a zig zag edge I was on a roll!
A bit of green ribbon to add to the festivities.
Rev up the sewing machine and away I go creating the Banner.
All went well but because my pictures were on the larger side I had to expand the
size of the V's and now they look less dainty and more like elf hats!!!!!
Added some pretty coloured bells, thank you again Spotlight Store
who now know my name.
Now please look closely at the fabric because it holds a childish surprise for those of you
who are young at heart like myself.
Tiny tiny caterpillars having a bit of a Picnic on a Sunny Summers Day!
Well it is Australia and we have already had some Beach weather so
what could be more perfect?

More tinsel, wonder how long this will stay on the fence?
School Holidays have already started so it may not stay on for long.
I took a photo of our Candy Cane hanger on the door but it didn't turn out!
Anyway it is red and silver and I love it a lot. That I would like to leave up longer
but it would look strange;)

I love to collect flowers while I walk the dog, yes, they were hanging over the fence.
The colours are my favourite and I am a lavender girl so I have all the shades
covered and some blue as well.
The ones at the back have just started flowering and they look like thistles?
When the bush is not flowering it has the best silver leaves, very pretty.
I will be doing some investigating so that one day we can have this pretty plant also.
The purple Hibiscus is from our front garden.
This tree has been flowering all spring and was loaded with flowers.
Now it is time to be trimmed back and has started to flower again but much
smaller flowers that I adore even more! One storm this poor tree fell over.
It is trying to get away from a very large (and Ugly!) tree next door.
Hope you all get to enjoy a nice week.
I am sending all my best wishes for dear ones who are not well and in Hospital at the
moment. I see those nurses have a special touch with decorating and caring for you also.
Hope you will be feeling much better and enjoying yourselves at home again soon.
Lots of Love, Sue xOxOxO

07 December 2010

Baby Elephant Steps

Seasons Greeting to everyone.
This is a great Vintage Postcard from The Graphics Fairy.
I think it has a good message to remind us all to keep in touch with those we love.

Yesterday I did some screen printing for a special order of my Mother and Baby Elephants
Design. I am going to call them Baby Elephant Steps because of some good advice
given to me last year. I love that each one turns out with it's own personality.

I have collected a variety of tea towels to print on.

All washed and Ironed and ready to add to my etsy store tomorrow.
Have a great week,
Sue xOxOxO