Friday, December 20, 2013

CUDDLY BEAR

 
This is my very last craft project for 2013, a cute and soft cuddly bear which is a gift for a work colleague's new little baby girl. This is a such a great easy pattern and I have now made 10 of these bears.....
 
 

Cheers
Kaylee

Thursday, December 19, 2013

CHRISTMAS IN THE MALL

I had a stroll up town at lunch time to see all the wonderful Christmas things that are adorning our Mall this year, at the entrance to the Mall is this lovely Angel.
 
 

This gorgeous big Teddy Bear.

                                        

Love Candy Cane girl.




Cute little candy striped boy.



Then I proceeded along the Mall and came to the wonderful Myer window display, the photos aren't as good as I'd have liked but it's a bit difficult with the reflections and the sun, the theme this year is Gingerbread friends.  I enjoy so much each year looking at the Myer Christmas display, it's always so wonderful and magical.





Cheers
Kaylee

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT ARIA

I have wanted to go to Aria Restaurant, Eagle Street pier, Brisbane CBD since it opened.  It is now ticked off my list, I was fortunate enough to be invited by our travel agents for a Christmas lunch at Aria Tuesday of this week.  It sure did live up to my expectations, I can highly recommend it if you have the opportunity.  This is our menu.
 
                                               
 
There were 22 of us, this is a snap shot of a few of us, oh and yes we were in the private dining room and looked after very well by the staff.

 
This is my Entrée, double cooked pork belly, this is without a doubt the best pork belly I have ever eaten..... Mind you it's the only pork belly I've ever eaten but if I have it again I will always be comparing it to the pork belly I had at Aria.

 
 
My main meal is Barramundi, oh yes the best Barra I have eaten as well with garlic mash potato and lettuce.

 
Dessert was just called Hazelnut.... The description was Hazelnut, caramel and popcorn ganache, with Hazelnut ice cream, sooooo delicious........


Plus of course a few glasses of Sav Blanc and Shiraz... a great lunch indeed.

Cheers
Kaylee

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch with friends at George's Paragon in Brisbane CBD on Tuesday, this was my entrée, prawns and avocado. I forgot all about taking a photo of my main, I guess I was hungry and didn't think about the photo, I had barbequed bugs, they were delicious.
 

I took photos of all our sweets though, I had this sticky date pudding, oh yummo........


Crème brulee ......

Tirramisu


Strawberries Romanoff......


Yesterday I received a lovely Christmas gift from the Stamford Plaza, 6 red velvet cupcakes baked fresh on site and two small bottles of bubbly.... very nice. Ummm maybe the wrong time to year to be dieting.....

 
 
Cheers Kaylee

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS 2013

I have only taken 3 photos of my tree and house decorations this year, so here they are. The last 12 months have flown by so quickly I feel as if I could have left everything up from 2013 Christmas.  As I was taking them all out of the cupboard and unpacking them it felt as though I had only just packed them away.......
 





Cheers
Kaylee

Monday, December 9, 2013

CATCH UP AFTER 26 YEARS

So what happens when you haven't seen someone for 26 years - talk for 9-1/2 hours of course, LOL.

We haven't seen these particular friends since their Wedding 26 years ago.  After their Wedding in Rockhampton 26 years ago they moved to New Zealand (for work) for a few years and then to Melbourne for 20 years and now living in Redland Bay the past few years.  This all come about as I am helping in finding people for a 40 year school reunion, it's amazing who you can find on social network places these days.
Val and I enjoying a lovely glass of red......
 
 

My hubby (on the left), Mark and I went to school together - well sort of, the guys were at an "all boys" and girls at an "all girls" private schools and when we were in Grade 9 & 10 we had a couple of co-ed classes together, OMG we hadn't seen the guys since they left our primary school at the end of Grade 4.  Up until that point the louvered windows in our class rooms had to be at a certain angle and the boys the same so we couldn't see each other, OMG this was in the 1970's but it sounds so ridiculous, we were taught by Nuns and Brothers and it was just "another world" compared to today's schooling. 


We had the most wonderful day yesterday, so much to talk about and we've promised the next meeting will be much sooner than the last one LOL......

Happy Monday everyone

Cheers
Kaylee





Monday, December 2, 2013

QUILT BLOCKS

Three blocks going towards a mystery quilt for an Aussie Hero, they had to be pink and girly, I think these will fit into the criteria.
 





HAPPY MONDAY everyone.

Cheers
Kaylee

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

LATEST QUILT AND LAUNDRY BAG FINISHES

I have been busy recently making a quilt and laundry bag for 2 deployed Aussie Hero's.  I really enjoyed making this disappearing 9 patch quilt, it is a little fiddly cutting all the squares and sewing them together but I just love the end result and it looks more time consuming than it actually is. I added the Aussie touches in the corners with the Aussie flag fabric and also the embroidered Kangaroos.
 
 
This is one side of the laundry bag with the Australian flag and also some Aussie themed fabric around it.


This is the other side of the laundry bag, I have incorporated a Byron Bay souvenir linen tea towel and some Aussie themed fabric around it.


This partially wonky block will be incorporated with other wonky blocks (made by other ladies in the Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags group) being made into a mystery quilt for a Hero. I think I need some lessons in making wonky blocks LOL.... oh well, at least I used the correct colours with the red and white and the black and white fabrics.

 
 
Cheers
Kaylee

Monday, November 11, 2013

LEST WE FORGET

 







No need for words, the above photos say it all.

Kaylee

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

LAUNDRY BAG FOR A HERO

I had this spare laundry bag made up sitting in the cupboard. Jan-Maree of Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags put a list up last week with the latest requests for quilts and laundry bags so I put his initials on the laundry bag Sunday morning and am sending it off to a deployed hero this week.
 
 
 
I made this block a couple of weeks back which will be incorporated into a mystery quilt for someone.
 
 
 
Cheers
Kaylee

Friday, November 1, 2013

LISA and FABIAN'S WEDDING

We travelled to Airlie Beach to attend our only niece's Wedding on Saturday 5th October 2013.  Everything was perfect, I am so proud of my niece, she did a spectacular job of all the arrangements for the Wedding.  The setting was so perfect at Coral Cove Resort, Airlie Beach, right on the Pacific Ocean. 
My beautiful Kate was one of the 6 bridesmaids, I started crying as soon as I saw her all dressed and looking absolutely stunning, I can't imagine what I'll be like when it's her turn to wear a gorgeous white dress....  I will have to try and get some great waterproof makeup....
 

Lisa my niece looking so gorgeous and Tommy her Dad.


The happy couple after the ceremony "Kissing The Bride"


Lisa and Fabian.


The six bridesmaids and the flower girl, pretty little maids all in a row......


The Best Man and five Groomsmen, four of these guys are Beano's brothers and two good friends. Beano is one of eleven children, Beano being the third eldest.  There are eight boys and three girls.  I was talking to his Mum after the ceremony and she said - only two left to get married. 


Grandad with his three Grand children.


Lisa with her favourite Aunty and Uncle.


Stephen and Moi...


Our youngest - Rebecca and her boy friend, Drew.


Nicky is Lisa's (the Bride) Mum, with her Dad and two brothers.  I can't believe the three guys all have blue shirts on and it wasn't planned.  
 

Kate and her partner, Josh.


Awwww Kate and her Daddy...


Awwww Kate and her Mummy.....


Our two gorgeous girls....... I love this photo.


Kate and Courtney.


The table settings were just amazing.


This was the sweets table, we all had little boxes and packets to fill....  The theme was Pink and White if you haven't already guessed....  All the sweets were pink and white..... Except there were also maltese's, I don't know how they snuck in ummmmm......


The Bridal party, WOW it's the biggest Bridal party I have ever seen, fourteen and no room for
the parents....


The happy couple


The Bridal dance....


The favourite Aunty and uncle enjoying all of the festivities.


And lastly the spectacular view which was the back drop for the ceremony. The weather was absolutely glorious, you couldn't have asked for a nicer afternoon/evening.


The food was so good, the menu was an alternate drop for all three courses, I had a read through and picked what I wanted and said to Stephen - this is what I want so we're swapping if I get the other....
BUT we didn't have to swap - the universe was smiling on me - I was given everything I wanted....
ahhhhh it was the most wonderful afternoon/evening, we all had the best time and everything went off without any problems occurring.  Although I found out later in the night the Groom nearly didn't have a Wedding ring.  Earlier in the day some of the groomsmen decided to take a photo of Fabian's Wedding ring and put it on the railing of the balcony outside their room which overlooked the pool not far from where the ceremony was to be held.  Some how the ring fell off the railing and ended up in the pool so the guys ran down stairs and jumped into the pool clothes and all to retrieve the ring, lucky they did, phew.....

Have a great weekend everyone.
Kaylee