Monday, December 28, 2009

Scenes from a Simmons' Christmas

What does a Simmons' Christmas look like?
Handmade ornaments adorning Wilma's wire tree...
Generations coming together to celebrate...

Japanese visitors enjoying a first Aussie Christmas...

 Anticipation ...
 
Lots of food...

Santa Stockings ...

Family Fun - opening presents ...

Sharing new toys with parents...

Sharing new toys with cousins...

Satisfaction after completing a new Lego kit...

Playing until exhausted...
 
Sleeping after a big day...

 Hope you enjoyed a happy Christmas Day, too!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas - Family and Friends


A time of year
To think of love and sharing
A time of peace
For the whole world to cherish
A time to be with all your friends and family
And wish them all
A Merry Christmas
This verse by Phillippe Brisebois sums up the festive season for me. The last week has been a frantic rush to finish handmade gifts and then enjoy the wonderful times at Christmas parties with friends and family.


2009 was the fifteenth Hello Dollies Christmas party and everyone still enjoys the time to share our favourite creations of the year, and to enjoy the company of both the Sydney and Newcastle Dollies.


It was really hard to believe that it was the 25th Simmons Family Christmas get-together in its current format. There are now four generations of Simmons and their families attending this " not to be missed" annual party. Our grand daughter Amy is the latest addition , and  was introduced to her wider family on Sunday. Our other grandchildren as younger members of the family certainly have no problems getting into the spirit of the "laid back" style of an Aussie Christmas.


Merry Christmas to all...
Thank you for following this blog during 2009.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Gumnutters Dolls Cup Challenge


How lucky am I ? This is the beautiful doll I received in the Gumnutters Doll Group Cup Challenge. It was made by Marg from a small collection of fabrics, lace and an embroidered piece I provided. The Cup Challenge is fun - a "doll challenge" which began at the Gumnutters Christmas in July meeting and finished on Saturday at the December meeting. Each participant provided some fabric and it is rolled inside a cup/coffe mug and the parcels are swapped. The cup is a gift, but each person then makes a doll or something else (if requested) using the fabrics provided. Most unlike me, I chose "pink" and gathered together pink/maroon coordinating fabrics from my stash. Thanks Marg, your interpretation of the bits and pieces I gave you is absolutely beautiful.



There were of course many other fantastic dolls unveiled, including a very richly dressed Santa,  cheeky Christmas elves, and starry angels, and brightly costumed elegant girls. Congratulations to all who participated. Everyone was delighted with their dolls and amazed at how the fabrics were used so creatively.  No doubt, all Gumnutters are thinking about the next challenge?







I didn't have so much work, as my swap partner, Gamarna requested a "bag". Here is my interpretation of her fabrics. The fan design prompted me to choose an Asian theme, so hence the decorative chopsticks as the handles of this bag.  I designed this bag as  a knitting bag and included some knitting needles and wool inside, but it could be used as a shopping bag,too. Hope you like the bag, Gamarna.


Merry Christmas to all Gumnutters - see you in January for an "informal" meeting at my place on  the second Saturday as usual - 9 January 2010. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Family Weekend


We had a rather eventful weekend last weekend. Our grand daughter, Amy Rose was born a couple of weeks earlier than expected and in a big hurry. Our daughter made it to the car park of the hospital. She and her husband left their home at 3.50pm and Amy was born at 4.10pm on Sunday afternoon, but all are well and happy, including big brother, almost 4 years old.

It was quite a weeeknd for him. On Friday night and Saturday afternoon, he performed in his first ever dance concert. Friday night was a little traumatic, with tears on stage, but with encouragement from his "big" cousin on Saturday, he performed like a seasoned star.



The concert was followed by his birthday party, held a week early to accommodate the predicted arrival of the new baby.

Little sister of course had other plans and made it a weekend to remember for the whole family. Welcome to our fourth beautiful grandchild, Amy Rose.