Friday, December 26, 2008

Oh, What a Wonderful Christmas!

At last ... I was a Good Girl for so long! Yesterday morning I had wonderful surprises when I opened my SSCS from Stephanie of Loft Creations. In the little note Stephanie enclosed, she told me she has been following my blog all along since she knew I was her partner - well, she got it right, didn't she?

I was so sad I had missed Nanette's (Freda's Hive fame!) Christmas Cottage Block Swap - well now I have my very own wallhanging thanks to Stephanie! Also, check out this bag, see my favourite pinwheel blocks in one of my favourite ranges of fabrics, Charisma by Moda. Beautiful bag and beautifully made, too, thanks Stephanie - I shall use it with pride! Also, choccies, a handy notepad and a lovely thimble, a treasure from Dresden, Ohio!

Many thanks and big hugs Stephanie also to you chookybluefor organizing a great swap - I certainly look forward to partiticipating in 2009 and would encourage all you girls in Blogland to join in on some of the great swaps that are about!


Now for my Funny Foto of 2008 - well, perhaps not so funny Tyler captured in this pose, but the whole display was so funny, I just laughed until tears ran down my face! Here is this beautiful 17 nearly 18 year old grandson of mine doing antics on the little one's trampoline - he was gorillas, swans, birds, ballerinas the whole bit. This was our Christmas Day breakfast entertainment! Look at that beautiful blue sky - what glorious weather we had here in Perth, blue skies, sunshine and cool breezes - summer doesn't get any better than this! What a lovely breakfast we had at Danielle's and Adrian's home!

The afternoon was spent at my other daughter, Angela's place - Ben cooked a fabulous lunch and Charlie a single friend of his brought a feast of prawns and I made dessert, an Aussie Pavlova and a new recipe cheesecake - really nice as it has fresh ricotta and Greek yoghurt as well as the usual cream cheese, not as rich and overdone as the usual cheescake! Lots of lovely fresh fruit about at the moment.
Well, it's all over for another year - I'm off to Bunnings now to buy a new garden fork for myself with Christmas gift money - I can feel a succulent garden coming on! Hopefully sewing will start again tomorrow!
♥ ... Hugs ... ♥

15 Lovely People said ...:

Mildred said...

What a lovely sounding day Lurline. Gardening & sewing await now! Have lots of fun.

Julie said...

sounds like you had a fab day lurline. i've been following your great blog for while now, and have been meaning to comment and let you know that i used to live very close to you in perth. i'm back in qld now though. pity i didn't see your blog back then, as it would have been great to get together for a nice cuppa.
have a great new year!
julie

maree said...

What a Lovely SSCS Gift you got Lurline...love it All...
Your Desserts looked Yummy and I Hope you got Your New Fork...Happy Gardening...
just popped on over to see your New Background...
cheers

May Britt said...

What a great gifts from your secret santa. The bag is so wonderful. Merry Christmas.

Stina said...

Oh ...I love what you received from Stephanie... lovely lovely... :o)
Want to wish you a HAppy New Year....!!!

mmama said...

Gratuliren .... nyammmm nyammmm coke.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh my gosh that food looks wonderful. I'm so excited Stephanie was your secret Santa. I LOVE what she gave you. I was so tickled to see her send you those things. They are darling. Of course I love the cottages and yes, now you can feel a part of our exchange. The bag is darling too. I love the pinwheels and the colors. I am glad you had a nice Christmas.

Chookyblue...... said...

just perfect SSCS presents for you..........I knew you would love them........now you have your own cottages........lol..........I tried out a new cheesecake recipe for Christmas too and it was beautiful........maybe we should swap recipes........

Julia said...

Hi Lurline,Stephanie sure did get it right!
Love the bag and the little cottages quilt,
Your desserts looked yummy...you know how much I love your desserts!
That was Christmas, now for the new year, have fun getting back to gardening and sewing..
Hugs Julia ♥

Shari said...

So glad you had a lovely day!!!
Hugs

Robyn said...

Oh what a wonderful day!! Sounds awesome and your pav looks...'slurp!' :o)
Glad you had such a lovely christmas.
Thanks for the comment on my hand.
I really am being a good girl...really :o)
I don't want to do this again by choice, so a little stitching for me only here and there....and yep slowly slowly.
Thanks for caring and checking up on me :o)
hugs
Robyn xx

Nanci said...

I didn't realize this was an Aussie blog, had to go back and read your profile. When my son lived in Australia, having moved in October and didn't know anyone, for Christmas they were invited by complete strangers to share their day. It was so different from Canadian Christmas of turkey etc and he cherishes it to this day. Yes, the kiwi was almost a giveaway.
Your quilts are lovely. I am inspired!

Mel said...

Fun package of gifties! The cottages make into a nice wall hanging! Good idea!

Glad to hear your Christmas was fun!
Best wishes for the New Year!

Stephanie said...

So glad you like your gifts. It was fun getting to know you through your blog. I tried to comment days ago but have been having internet troubles. Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful goodies you make in 2009!

Christine said...

Lovely gifts .... I enjoyed the SSCS too.
Happy New Year.
Christine