Tuesday, September 09, 2008


I love creating gifts for special people...... it is so exciting to plan the ideal present and see the recipient's reaction to it.
My most recent project is a pair of placemats for a very dear friend who turns 60 tomorrow
(I hope she doesn't check my blog!) Three of us are each contributing two placemats that we created from some of Bronwyn Haye's cute stitcheries. We have made them so they can be reversible if she wishes.......

Now, I have to admit to being human - I also LOVE receiving gifts, and have been spoilt by both my SCQuilter's Angel and my Stitcher's Angel. They are both such thoughful and caring ladies.

I had a lovely surprise when I arrived home from a frantic day at work - this lovely package had arrived from my Stitcher's Angel.......

I am going to love using my armchair caddy - thank you dear angel!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Signs of Spring...

I know spring is on its way when two of my favourite plants start flowering. My Michelia Doltsopa begins in August, and produces these stunning creamy white flowers that have a luscious, almost tropical scent. It flowers for about a month, so I make the most of that time

My other very special plant is this Magnolia. My sister gave it to me for my birthday nearly 16 years ago, when we were creating our garden. It flowers faithfully every year, and reminds me of what a special person Cyn is. She always puts a great deal of thought into making sure her gifts are ideal and something special!

Many of our plants have suffered in the extended dry conditions that are now the norm. Every year, I wonder if they will survive for another magnificent performance, and so far, they are managing to survive and bring a great deal of beauty and enjoyment into our lives.