Sunday, October 31, 2010


Treasure and I spent a glorious week in Fiji 2 weeks ago.

That's the reason I have been very slack in updating my blog, commenting on others and sending emails.

We had the most wonderful time there. It is a beautiful country and the people are very friendly.

We stayed at the Shereton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island. This is a photo of one of it's pools which was right on the beachfront and surrounded by 2 restaurants.

When we got there we were upgraded from a Garden View room to an Ocean View room with one small catch. There were 2 double beds in the room instead of 1 king bed but with a view like the above 2 photos who cared. It was amazing waking up to that view each morning and seeing the gorgeous sunset each night.

Of course Treasure had to try Kava, their traditional drink. It is made from a root and looks and tastes like dirty water. I didn't want to try it but as it is disrespectful to your host not to drink it when offered it I had to drink it on 2 occasions.

This is the Kava root for sale at the Nadi market.

We also went to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. It is a large Orchid Garden built bt the American actor, Raymond Burr when he lived in Fiji. It is now one of the main tourist attractions in Fiji. The orchids were simply stunning.

Will let you know some more about Fiji next week, including some very important news!!!

Happy Birthday to Tim

I am very naughty for not having written this post last Thursday, but I do have an excuse, I was recovering from a head cold.
Last Thursday was my son Tim's 25th birthday. We went out to dinner with a group of his friends and then they all played Laser Skirmish and I went home. We all had a great night.
It is amazing to believe that my little boy is now 25.

This photo was taken last year when we both went to Thailand to my neice's wedding. We hired a scooter in Koh Samui for a day. He even let me drive the scooter which was a bit scary and put up with me wanting to see every temple on the island. The Thai's simply adore their temples.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Bag for Sera

When my Mum was visiting in August she asked me to make a bag for her neighbour Sera. Sera and her husband do a lot for my Mum, taking her to Church, helping with any heavy housework etc so I thought it would be nice to make her a bag.
I decided to cover a Coles recyclable bag because it was ging to be quick and easy.

Sera loves bright colours and I had these 3 fat quarters in my stash so thought they were the ideal fabrics for her bag.

As I hadn't made one of these bags before and had no pattern I went to my local shop in Beenleigh and got June to teach me how to make it. It was really easy and only took me 4 hrs to make.

I gave the bag to Mum last weekend at my neice's wedding in Nundle (yes, I did drop in to see Kerry at Cottage on the Hill).
I just hope Sera likes the bag when Mum gives it to her.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Treasure's Tuesday's Treasures

I thought I would show you some of Treasure's family treasures this week.

His mother has collected brass over the years and now Treasure has some of her brass.
He really loves the pieces of brass that his mother has given him.

He has given me this adorable ship's bell to put at my front door. I love it but am very glad that very few people use my front door as it is very noisy.

These are 2 oil burners which are great to use outside in summer with citronella oil burning to ward away the mossies (mosquitoes) that plague Qld. There is also a spitoon which I intend to put some artifical flowers in.

This ship's candle holder is great in my Spa room as it lets off just enough light when I'm in my spa in the evening.

These scales are also hanging in my Spa room and look great. I just need to find something old and calming to put in them.

The brass goes well in my Spa room as they just add to the calming ambience of the room. I love lying in my spa with the dim light of the candle and burners and great smells from them.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chenille Face Washers

A few months back I bought some Bubbachenille face washers from Handmade Heaven in Ipswich, Qld. I really love using them, they are so soft and lovely.

I decided that I needed to buy some Chenille to make some myself. It is really hard to find Chenille in Qld but I finally found some at The Handmade Expo in Ipswich. The Handmade Expo is a market which is held once a month. All stalls must consist of handmade or home grown goods only.

I bought 6 chenille fat quarters. I decided the other day that I needed to get the facewashers made up before I stored the fabric in my cupboard as if the fabric got to the cupboard they would sit there for months.

So on the weekend I cut and sewed all the chenille and now I have 12 lovely face washers to keep and give away. I was so impressed with myself.