Thursday, 16 December 2010

What's Keeping Me Busy

Photo heavy post ... you may like to make a warm or cool drink depending on the season.

December 1 was swap day with my good friend Kerry. Each year we think of a gift idea and swap for Christmas ... this year was a Christmas Decoration ... I made this Christmas Bauble with yo-yo's.

Kerry makes the most beautiful dolls and Santa now lives at my house ...

... along with his mates. Santa on the left rocks side to side and plays 'Jingle Bells'. The 2 cups I picked up at a Thrift Shop last year.

The last couple of weeks at work is always hectic and always sad to farewell those who are moving on to new adventures next year.
Last Friday we travelled to attend DD's Graduation Ceremony. Four years at Uni are now behind her and she begins a new chapter next year.

Our trip home Sunday brought with it the problem of too much water ... we eventually got home after making a much longer than usual trip. These are the creeks just around our home, luckily passable enough. The road to town was cut for 2 days when the river went over the bridge.

Tuesday we raced into town for more supplies and to finish Christmas Shopping incase we get flooded in again with the threat of more storms and waters yet to come down the river.
I had to bide my time knowing there was a parcel sitting at the post office waiting my collection ... finally safe and sound beneath my Christmas Tree ... my 5 parcels in the '6 Items Xams Swap' from lovely Pat. I was very impressed just with the wrapping and are you asking where is number 6?

I thought it OK to open the parcel tagged 'Christmas Item' and was thrilled to find this lovely table runner which I placed immediately on my dining table as I didn't have a Christmas Runner.

Pat also included some Christmas Ornaments which now hang on my little fibre-optic tree especially for swap ornaments. Thankyou Pat, I can soon open your other goodies. My parcel was posted to Carol but I forgot take a photo first. Hope you enjoy them Carol.

Last but not least, DD enjoys growing succulents and this little beauty was on show yesterday.

Grant the Sunrise Weather Guru is predicting more storms today so I hope you all stay safe.
Two more gifts to make so the sewing machine will be busy today.


  1. The Christmas bauble is gorgeous. Must keep that in mind for next year. :) Your Santa is lovely as is the tablerunner.

  2. what gorgeous pics of all your goodies sent and received!
    Hope you don't get rained in again.
    We have had reasonable weather for now.
    I have made it to the end!! Wooo Hooo!
    So happy and tired.

  3. What a great group of gifts, just love the Santa. Congrats to DD and good luck with moving forward.

    Stay safe in the floods, best wishes for the New Year Narelle.

  4. Love the Christmas Bauble Narelle!!! Are, what look like beads, actually pins by chance keeping the yo-yos in place? Or is it somehow stitched together? Love it! 8-)

    Adorable Santa Kerry made for you...

    Congrats on your DD's graduation!!! Hoe exciting!!!

    What is with all this over land flooding all over the globe!? Is it time to build another Arc? Scary stuff going on!

    Adorable table runner Narelle! Lucky you! Good luck trying to restrain yourself for the other gifties! lol! 8-)

  5. Darling ideas and daughter! Congrats to her and to you for this lovely achievement! Such fun to add your blog to my list! I can see you're always up to something and that makes blogs and blogging so much more fun!

  6. lovely gifts exchanged.........
    congrats to your daughter......