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Seasons Greetings...

Wishing you a very very Merry Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year:

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The shopping is done and the presents are wrapped here. Time to sit back and enjoy my family and friends, my loved ones. (Might be a little time left to spend in the garden too if I'm lucky!)

Thankyou to all of you have read this blog this year, met me teaching somewhere in the world, taken time to write or email or facebook me. I value each of you and am so happy to be sharing my life's journey with you. I know that God has blessed me this year with all your well wishes through one of the toughest years in my life so far. There's a Christmas prayer for each of you. Thankyou.

May your Christmas celebrations be a wonderful time,

Leanne Beasley xxx

 


I Love The Christmas Season...

There's a special 'buzz' I feel during the Christmas season. I think for me it starts the minute Australian Quilt Market finishes; and I know that all my travelling is over until next year, meaning I get to do all the lovely things in my garden and my home, and with family and friends, that I never seem to have enough time to do all year! Just like getting to my Sewing Group! I had missed every get together this year so it was nice to still be invited to the Christmas Breakup:

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We had such a great time (and yes, my biscotti went down a treat!) including swapping our Kris Kringle presents. Rosie was the lucky recipient of Jenny's (centre front) handmade apron:

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We did also get some sewing done! I was hexagon addicted (you will find out all about this in Vignette, Issue 2!) as was my friend, Bev:

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Silly me forgot to take a photo of my Kris Kringle present that I stitched up, I showed you a peek of the fabrics that I used in the last blog entry. I made a table runner and serviettes, which Jenny received. I will show you a photo from Vignette, Issue One, and you will have to imagine it in the fabrics I showed you last entry!:

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And:

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Of course the thing that I love most about the Christmas Season is the HUGE cleanup/cleanout that I get to do in my studio and office. You will see my poor studio is in GREAT need of this:

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There WILL be 'after' shots. I'm sure you can tell this is the 'before' shot!!! LOL

Back soon,

Leanne Beasley

P.S. Thanks to all of you who gave me hints on how to get the toffee off!! Hot water and a little elbow grease worked best!! Won't be attempting nougat again any time soon, I know when I'm beat! 

 


Disaster In The Kitchen!!!!

It started off pleasantly enough (although my friends had warned me yesterday at lunch it would end in disaster for a girl like me). There was a nice 'easy to follow' recipe; and the toasting of the pistachios went very well, as the kitchen was filled with the fragrance of their baking:

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As you can see, I was even taking photos. Things were going smoothly with my first attempt at making Nougat! I am no baker (hence the warning from my friends). I can cook up a dinner party like a wiz but will always ask someone else to do dessert or baking of any kind as mine always ends in tears. The sugary mix was boiling on the stove ever so perfectly:

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And then DISASTER! As you will note there are no photos of the disaster. This would be because my sugary mix had somehow ignored the candy thermometer and was turing dark sticky brown like toffee and boiling everywhere. Some hours later (after I had filled the 'swear jar'; and now have enough money for a short holiday in there) I had cleaned the kitchen and soothed my blistered finger from the burning 'toffee' and was so distracted I forgot to take even one photo!

So, with my Sewing Group breakup only hours away I had to whip up something else: biscotti:

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Thank goodness that was a success, well, actually, I haven't tasted any yet so I will have to get back to you on that one:

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So here I am (for some reason doing a blog entry) while I still have to cook dinner, finish cleaning the kitchen (any hints for how to get 'toffee' off laminex???), get out of my pyjamas and have a shower, and wrap my Kris Kringle for our Sewing Group breakup. At least that worked. Maybe I can't bake - but I can sew! Can't show you my complete gift (us girls love a surprise) but I will show you a hint (just incase the girls are reading):

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Until next time,

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. Dear Sewing Group: Can I please bring a cheese platter next time???


Vignette Update...

Hi Everyone! Thankyou so much to all of you out there who have purchased your copy of the first issue of Vignette, and especially for your lovely cards, emails, comments, and all the encouragement and feedback that you've given me, I really appreciate it:

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For any of you still looking to buy Vignette Issue One please try your local patchwork store first. I am still receiving a lot of emails asking where it can be purchased. If you are still stuck please email me of course and I can help you out with where to purchase:

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I am thrilled that so many of you are enjoying Block One of 'Vignette in Stitches'. I do understand that the quilt has been more popular than anticipated (thankyou!!) and this has caused some difficulty in getting the supplies to make the quilt. If you are waiting on a kit from the store you ordered it from PLEASE be patient. I know many stores are working very hard to get the fabric (and threads in particular) from the supplier so please bear with them, new stock should arrive very soon:

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I did mention that I would put up a list of stockists of Vignette on this blog but the list has ended up being so huge I'm not quite sure how to manage it - but I am working on it! In the meantime please contact your local quilt store or email me:

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In particular to the ladies in the USA who wish to purchase in the USA please try:

Calico Creations in Mount Vernon - Washington, Happiness is...Quilting in McKinney Texas, In Between Stitches in Livermore California, Quilting Adventures in  Richmond Virginia, Quiltique in Henderson Nevada, and The Quilt Barn in Kimberly Idaho. I have only listed a few USA stores here but I know they will be happy to help you.

Meanwhile I am busy working on Issue Two for you which I hope you will love as much as Issue One!:

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Until next time,

Leanne Beasley