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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Friday night sewing (and more)

Last night (Friday) the MOML helped our neighbours to pick up their hay - and although that meant I needed to milk the cows for him, it also meant I had the evening all to myself - a rare event! After a quick tea - toast and leftover chicken - I was set to sew :-)
A bit of cutting
And a bit of piecing
The MOML had a late night, he proved he can keep up with and outlast the younger generation throwing bales (on and off a truck) and then had a good hearty and well deserved meal at the neighbour's. By the time he got home I'd made these wee blocks and was ready for bed myself....
I first saw these *here*  but wanted them smaller so re-sized the pattern. These have finished up as 2 1/2" blocks.

I've become addicted to these mini stars lately — here are some I made earlier on.... these ones I finished up to be tree hangings.

Thank you to Wendy for hosting us Friday Night Sew In gals - as I was 'home alone' it was nice to have the company of you all :-) Please visit Wendy *here* to see what everyone else got up to. [Wendy also made up a list of the yummiest sounding Christmas treats - worth looking at I think :-)].

We've been quite busy on the farm lately so I've got a little behind with my blogging; this looks like it will turn into a catch-up post.....
I joined up with Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap again this year - how exciting to have the sleigh landing  - a big thank you to Sonia of foreveralwaysonline...........she put her blog name on the tag so I could track her down (I wasn't so kind and didn't do that to my recipient!)
Thank you so much Sonia, I'm looking forward to Christmas Day when we are allowed to open the main gift! Isn't this a nice way to make new friends?!
Isn't it lovely? The needle sewn on is a great touch!
And sweet Di from quiltingisblissful popped a pressie onto the sleigh as well - what a surprise to receive these delightful goodies from her - (the message said I could open them straight away!) -
Hehe a snowflake with a Santa hat - too cute!
And this delightful needle case - after stitching letters for others
over the past few years, it was special to receive my own!
Bigs hugs and thanks to you Di ♥

It's not all been about Christmas lately - a dear friend had a birthday the other day so I sewed her up this little chicken hanging.
(I thought I'd better tell you that they were chickens... the MOML couldn't work out what they were!)
I forgot to measure the size of the chooks but the hanger was about 5" wide so guess they're just a bit under that. Can you tell I ♥ my mini sewing?

We've had our last Friday night before Christmas so the countdown really is on. I aim to spend the weekend prepping bedrooms for our visitors next week PLUS make a last minute Christmas Cake (it won't have long to mature but the fruit has been soaking in Brandy for about 3 days now so that should give it a head start!)
Best wishes to you all in your pre-Christmas busy-ness, hope you find a little 'me' time, 


  1. good morning Raewyn,lots happening at your place oh i love the blocks you made and nearly died when you said the size of them,lol,and i love the decorations you made with them.
    Lucky you for receiving lots of lovely goodies,enjoy my friend and i hope you have a lovely weekend xx

  2. My goodness you've been busy. Those wee ornaments are so cute. And your chooks are adorable. Of course I knew right away what they were. You've received received some nice gifts, too. Such a fun time of year.

  3. Lots of lovely sewing those chooks!

  4. Lovely Christmas decorations Raewyn and those chookies are very cute picked they were chooks first off.
    Maybe hub had his man eyes on?

  5. Oh, what cute little stars!! I love your mini sewing, too!
    You have received some really sweet gifts. Such fun!
    Sounds like you have a busy time ahead. Hope you have a few moments to catch your breath and relax.

  6. Oh those ornaments are so pretty. And really I think I need some wee little chooks too.

  7. The ornaments are so cute! But I love those chooks! :0)

  8. I was just thinking of you yesterday and your milking and calf duties. You made great use of your evening. Love your tree hangers. Santa's sleigh has dropped off some cuties for you. Love your chookies too!

  9. Your minis are amazing!! I LOVE the chooks and of course a bit partial to the stars, too!!!

    Alas, my dear friend, Christmas is just about upon us and I have not posted your goodies, so will wait until after the Christmas postal rush.

    Wishing you and all your sweet family a Blessed Christmas Season!!



  10. Great new makes there Raewyn & lovely swap gifts too. I love those star tree ornies you have made & your chookie hanger. Yes its not long now - hope the leadup to christmas goes well for your Raewyn & you find some creative time. Your christmas cake sounds like it will be delicious too :-)

  11. Love those Cristmas tree decorations.
    Soooo sweet.
    Merry Christmas Sandra

  12. your minis are lovely, I find them far too fiddly to do but certainly admire those who make them. Have a lovely Christmas, looks like we are having a mild one this year it has been very warm for winter

  13. The blocks for the decorations are lovely. I am so surprised you get time for any sewing with all the work on your farm!

  14. Such cute stars! And I just love the ornaments you made up from them :) I don't even want to think how one sews almost microscopic pieces! So glad you are enjoying playing with them :) And a wonderful way to spend a night "virtually" with yourself ;) What a delightful ornament by Sonia :) And yay on Hubby beating the young blood, I hope he's doing some well earned strutting ;)

  15. I love your mini blocks, they make very cute decorations. I'm still waiting on the SSCS sleigh, but it is the best swap, great for making new international friends. Wishing you a very happy and relaxed Christmas week. X

  16. what cute ornaments! Merry Christmas

  17. Wonderful little ornaments! Cutye chickens too! I'm glad you enjoyed your "home alone" time.

  18. Such cute little stars and they make up into the prettiest decorations. It is nice to have some quiet me time occasionally.

  19. Ah, summer and making hay. That's only a memory for me right now. Glad you milking duties went well and you had an evening to yourself. Blessings, Gretchen

  20. Ah hubby has staying power...maybe the younger ones don't ?? Lol!!! Nice you had the sewing time...those bloks are beautiful Raewyn and so tiny!!!! I would be sewing my fingers trying to do that!!! They look fantastic as decorations. Love your chook mini..I picked they were chooks problems. Have a great Christmas!!

  21. what lovely sewing.. those tiny blocks though.. what patience you have...


  22. They look like chickens to me! 2.5"? Wow, that's tiny! I don't ever want to go that small, even though your tree decorations are adorable. I think I'd probably explode if I had to make something that tiny! It's obvious you do it well, though! I haven't gotten my post up yet.

  23. Such tiny stars and so perfect...yep I can see chickens...maybe a female eye is better at this sort of thing...

  24. Such small! I knew they were chickens right away....too cute.

  25. What a sweet little start block. It makes a perfect Christmas ornament.

  26. lovely ornament from Sonia.......
    cute chickens.......


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