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Santa's Almost Here...

And I have been busy doing all sorts of wonderful things! I have been to Sydney cruising the Harbour on a yacht at sunset! It was so beautiful and I got to see The Opera House, one of my favourite architectural pieces of all time, from the water:

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Of course that meant seeing the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well:

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And some of the most beautiful places to live on the water:

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Back home to reality, and my favourite place to be, in my Greenhouse! I came home to discover the carrots bursting out of the soil:

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And strawberries kissed by the sun:

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Of course while I was away I was stitching too:

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I also finished a wonderful project, a Prep quilt. It never ceases to amaze me just how talented Prep kids are. I did this project along with their amazing Art Teacher, Helen. It was fun working together to get this completed for the kids. A big THANKYOU to Melinda from 'Around The Block Quilting' who quilted it just perfectly:

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You have to love the spaceship:

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Back very soon,

Leanne Beasley xxx


I Have Been...

Quilting my quilt....(and writing the patterns!)(the pink thread is basting)...

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Playing with my nephew in the park...

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 Watching the strawberries grow in my greenhouse...

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And discovering new little flowers in my garden...

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And working on an exciting new concept that I cannot wait to share with you (I am sure this photo will throw you, but you will see this beautiful china again)...

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And getting the Christmas decorations out...

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I love December...

Leanne Beasley xxx 

What have you been doing in December?


December Arrives...

I love December! The anticipation of many celebrations in the next few weeks, all leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This will be a particularly special Christmas Season in my home because both hubby and I have spent much of the year travelling, and so time together with our girls will be even more precious than usual. There could be no better gift.

I am enjoying hand quilting 'Down In The Garden' and it's just as well because I had a little accident while cleaning out gutters in a storm last week and damaged my knee quite badly! (Thanks to Mum and Rosie who have been driving me around!). The silver lining is sitting and quilting:

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I have had lots of emails about what threads I have used in 'Down In The Garden'. So in answer, here they are. I used DMC stranded cottons: 844, 996, 321, 602, 604, 701, 703, 472, and 744. I also used Cottage Garden Threads 602 Larkspur:

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Gail introduced me to Cottage Garden Threads varigated hand dyed yummy deliciousness just as I was starting to complete the stitchery on 'Down In The Garden'. The Larkspur was the perfect blend of colours to finish off my palette:

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You can see it here in one of the blocks. Some of the daisy petals and the circles are done using Larkspur thread:

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Of course my latest addiction is Cosmo stranded cottons. I know many of you out there are just as addicted as me. I would have liked to stitch 'Down In The Garden' using these equivalents: 895, 2412, 346, 504, 501, 274, 272, 270, 143 and still used the Cottage Garden Threads 602. There just wasn't the stock in Australia at the time:

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I hope this answers some of your questions!

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. If you are after purchasing Cottage Garden Threads online (or would just like a peek at the entire yummy range head over to The Thread Studio). If you are a retailer looking to stock Cottage Garden Threads you can contact Pam on pam@cottagegardenthreads.com.au or (03) 5668 1513.