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Delicious Mauritius...

Look what came in the mail! To all of you out there who will be joining Rosie, Melly, Annette and I stitching in delicious Mauritius in August (and have paid your deposit) you will have received a nice little parcel from Annette in the mail too, including this divine brochure:

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Pages and pages to drool over and picture yourself right here in five and half star resort luxury!
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Yes, right here:

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We have been busy planning adventures for you and have finalised our full day tour which is going to be fantastic ! Mauritius has breath taking scenery and Annette (travel agent of the miraculous kind) has incorporated a great scenic route for our full day tour. Lunch this day will be at a typical creole restaurant and the menu is mouth watering. We will be visiting craft markets in a few places, including the Grand Baie Bazaar which is a great opportunity to purchase some embroidery as a souvenir.

Some of you who saw 'Getaway' recently asked Annette about the possibility of doing the 'Walking with the Lions' tour. Well great news, Annette has managed to secure this as an option for each of us (it books out up to three months ahead as numbers are very limited). You can read all the details and see some great photos on the flyer that Annette has included in your pack, and also read about it in the brochure:

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There's something for everyone in Mauritius, especially the nature lover, the souvenir hunter, the crafter, the water sports enthusiast, the beach fanatic, the history buff, the foodie, the cocktail hour girl, the sun-lounge goddess, and of course - the stitcher!!! :

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We have lots of really fun projects for each of you and that's what we're working on at the moment. And yes, there will be a 'plane pack' full of sewing delights (maybe a magazine and lollies too!) for your trip over on the plane!

Also, many of you who came to Vietnam asked if I could do a photography class - this trip we will have a proper class (in small personalised groups) focusing (no pun intended) on travel photography. I am working on take home notes for you at the moment so you won't have to remember a thing, it'll all be in print! It doesn't matter if you have an expensive camera or just the camera on your phone - this class will suit you!

Ready to pack my bags now!!!

Leanne Beasley xxx


Urban Stitches Melbourne 2012...

It seems that those of you who joined Melly, Rosie, and myself , as well as Under The Mulberry Tree, at Urban Stitches last year had a great time. The bookings for this year are filling up very fast and we are so thrilled that you will be joining us in July again (and some of you for the first time)! We even have a few beginner stitchers joining us this year and they are in for a treat:

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Of course we have another wonderful menu planned:

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There will be lovely 'Stitcher's Giftbags':

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And in your 'Stitcher's Giftbag' you will receive three brand new designs including a full kit for each project, one from each of us (this was my 'Sew Laugh Love' kit from last year):

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Which ended up like this:

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There's even a facebook page for you to join in if you like (called: Urban Stitches). Feel free to post photos from last years Urban Stitches (maybe a finished or work-in-progress project photo!) on the page. Add comments about last years event or leave a note about this year. Follow Rosie, Melly and I as we plan and prepare for Urban Stitches 2012 at The Novotel Glen Waverley in our usual excited fashion:

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Lots of the ladies already booked in have some great 'weekend plans'. Why not really indulge yourself as well and spend a day with us at Urban Stitches, a night with the girls at The Novotel, and then shop or go to the movies the following day? I'm just saying.....

Leanne Beasley xxx

Click on the button on the right hand side of this blog for all the details, including the registration form.

P.S. Some you know that we have been planning a 'Vietnam Reunion Dinner' on the Saturday night. Will have full details very shortly, hoping to finalise the venue and pricing (short walking distance from the Novotel) by tomorrow!

Something Really Great...

Sometimes in life I am overwhelmed by the kindness of others. Tomorrow myself, Rosie, Melly and Annette are going to the Hotel Windsor in Melbourne for 'The Weekday Indulgence Afternoon Tea':

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It is a 'thank you', a little too generous, but so appreciated, from Fiona. Written in the card with the beautifully presented vouchers "go and be pampered at the Windsor". I can tell you, we are all really looking forward to it and I will be taking photos to share right here with you all so you can enjoy it a little too.

Thank you so much Fiona,

Leanne Beasley xxx

The Stitchery Club...

First day of February and that's exciting for me because I am the 'Stitchery of the Month Club' girl this month! For those of you that are part of the club I really hope you enjoy this little project, and the kit you receive, for the month of February:

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As in previous months you will get a lovely kit in the mail in the next few days (they were shipped out today). You will receive the pattern, the hanky linen, the iron on transfers and six delicious Cosmo threads from Under the Mulberry Tree:

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There are four panels in my kit and, as you will see from the cover photo, you can wrap them around four small canvases or delight in using the panels in your own invented project. I think they would make lovely pin cushions, lavender sachets, corners in a table runner, etc etc... be inventive if you like or do what I did. An exclusive pattern for Under The Mulberry Tree, I hope those of you in the club have fun stitching the project!

Leanne Beasley xxx

2nd Feb: Hi Girls! If you would like to contact Under The Mulberry Tree for a kit you can talk to Erica there on 0437 918 186 at the store, or . You can also follow Under The Mulberry Tree, and ask any questions via their facebook page!