Saturday, 29 August 2015

9th year...........

With a sprinkle of rain last weekend the daisies have all burst into flower......
yellow everywhere..........
With thanks to 2 elves who are willing to assist for the 9th year I am running the SSCS
2007-2014
849 Secret Santa Christmas Swaps
2015  ???
It isn't Christmas without the Secret Santa Christmas Swap......
basically it will only be open for the weekend...............
If you miss the sign up SORRY.............
EDITED ADDED I also need more overseas girls to Aussies to make the swap work properly so if I have too many Aussies the last couple to sign up may miss out........I will do the best I can though.....

This swap is only for active bloggers......that is posting monthly at least......
(don't bother if you only do the darkside)
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If you want to see what happened in previous years go to my labels (right sidebar) and choose Secret Santa Christmas Swap or SSCS08 etc
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If you are a regular to the swap and many girls are you know the drill but if your not sure of the details you can read the rules below before you sign up........ 
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If you want to join email (chookybluesscs at gmail dot com)(not my usual address)

 I will then email you a link for a form to complete. 

You can leave a comment on this post but to get the form you need to email the above address.............


PLEASE DON'T BLOG ABOUT THE S W A P  UNTIL IT IS CLOSED....

If you have only come here to join the swap and never visited before this isn’t the swap for you......this is for my regular visitors......

Let the fun begin...........
Chookyblue 



The rules are simple

NO 1 Make a beautiful gift (love, time and effort required) – you can make whatever you want eg, bag, wall hanging, stitchery, table runner, Christmas theme (optional) ...send something you would love to receive... 
(not something you whip up in a couple of hours)

NO 2 Make a small decoration that can be hung on a Christmas tree (simple or fiddly up to you)

### Don't tell anyone who your SSCS partner is please. Don't share pics online of your parcel either intil it is opened. This is a secret until they receive their parcel or Christmas Day shhhhhhhhh!!!!!! A different person will be sending to you....

### international postage essential  - TRY AN KEEP WEIGH UNDER 500 grams to keep cost down

### You need to have an active blog .....posting once or twice a month.... so your partner can sneak a peek and get ideas of what to make for you and they know you are active.....therefore existing

###  Postage is ONLY  between 23rd and 26th November to ensure your partner gets their present before Christmas (reason for swap)

### Make sure you "thank" your Santa - very important and post about your present when you receive it..........

### If you are difficult to contact you may be dropped from the SSCS.....several times between now and the deadline I email out and you MUST reply...so if you are going away for a week or 2 just let me know

### If everyone can follow the above it will make for another very successful SSCS..... less headaches for me.........

### Any problems make sure you contact me sooner rather than later

Please don't sign up
  • if you are not prepared to send (non-senders are named)
  • if you’re too busy
  • you can't be bothered to blog
  • if you’re not committed to making and sending quality handmade gifts
THANKS

Friday, 28 August 2015

Bits and pieces.....

Deb @ Frog Cottage Designs gave me this lovely layer cake when I saw her last..........just perfect as I don't have much variety in shirtings..........my head is already thinking of ideas..........maybe is will be included in my mystery EPP quilt........
Recently I called in at Kates @ Show and Tell.............now this girl was in the middle of putting her washing machine/dryer stack together........seriously I walked in at the wrong time......I had to help her lift the dryer onto the stack........I have never heard Kate swear but OMG she was a little frustrated when I got there...........lol.......
this is how she thanks me..........tips my eggs upside down on my toast the next morning.........
dreaming of new EPP bits and pieces..............
it's only sitting on the pink so the white stands out from the table..........

dreaming of fussy cutting...........

Khrissy @ BaiSiNoLil asked me the other day how many EPP projects I have on the go........
I told her 2 major ones and not sure how many others........
well it's 4 major ones and 2 mini quilts and more........
Oh well you only live once so you may as well enjoy it.....
I could die when I am 500 and still have projects on the go..........
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can't wait to catch up with all these girls and heaps more in a few weeks at our Bathurst Blog Meet..........once again it's a sleepover weekend and it's going to be HUGE...........
the excitement is building........
Catch you later............
Chookyblue.........

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Fat 1/4 birthday club.........

Hey blogland.......how is everyone today................
thanks for all your suggestions on crap day fixes..........amazing how good life is after a good night sleep.........but my naughty treats were good too.........
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thanks also for my birthday wishes............I know i am a little late with this post but hey life happens..........
OMG my birthday cake...........wished I had taken a side profile...........
double story carmel mud cake with caramelised nuts and popcorn on top..........
it looked AMAZING...........and was so yummy............
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this year I have been part of a fat 1/4 birthday club.........
lots of beautiful fat 1/4s' and a main present from one of the girls............
I had numerous choices as to style so mine are very varied..........
Sharon @ Lillabelle Lane
lovely civil wars........... 
Yvonne @ Yvonne W Designs
thinking of fussy cutting from this print..........
this fat 1/4 matches perfectly with one from Peg below...........
Illene @ Ret Dairy Queen
Some Bonnie and Camille....the little heart smells so devine..........
lots of bits from Peg..........that girl can't help herself.........but all very much appreciated...........
except the chocolate got demolished in the PJ day I had yesterday.........
Claire @ Claire-Bear Quilts
some more Bonnie and Camille......they go well together.........
Simone knows I love EPP........a lovely bright fabric and maybe that chocolate is on the hit list today.........maybe it would help if I didn't eat the whole bar in one day like yesterday.........
When I was in Brisbane last month Michelle actually gave me my parcel then..........
and told me "don't get to excited about the parcel it's not much"
well she is a big liar............OMG
Above are the extra bits she added in............
below are the goodies she made for me..........
about a 5 inch hexie this stitching pouch is beautiful...........Michelle designed and stitched the stitchery just for me..........it is so me...........I love it.........
and inside she has a few pockets and some thread...........
As if this wasn't enough there was more...........
This is a 3in hexie.....included a needle pad and some needles and scizzors with a little hexie scizzor fob on them.........and of course blue scizzors........
I sorted out some projects yesterday as everything was so mixed up I could not work...........so now they are off in various projects...........
thanks to all the girls in the Fat 1/4 Birthday Club...........
just one more parcel to arrive..........hope it isn't lost..........
and thanks to Dory for organising us........
Jenny @ Bird on the Border gave me this little parcel of cuteness............already used the notepad and need to think of something special for the christmas fabric.............
Finally my Mum gave me some money so I got Jenny Kingwell's new book..........
I have been eyeing it off............
OK must go...........
Catch you later.........
Chookyblue.......

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

crap day...........

this pic pretty much sums up my day.............probably my working week.....
Image result for crap day
so the solution for dinner is sit in front of the fire with the following..........
really loud music on my ipod dock.......currently Madonna.....
boiled eggs (anything eggs is fantastic).......
left over salt and vinegar chips.............
glass/es of wine.......
chocolate.....to come.........

so whats your fix for a crap day?????

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

Heavy traffic.....

Chookyblue.....