Happy Twenty-Ten!

Happy 2010 to all my friends in blogland!  We arrived home safely yesterday afternoon after our 5000+ km travels.  The weather was pretty abominable with four days of 45 degrees heat on the way up to Queensland, rain for two weeks (all but 2 days) and then temperatures up to 48 degrees on the way back home!!!  But --- we survived the heat, were thankful that some of the drought areas received the much-needed rain, managed to avoid the floods, and our little old campervan faithfully brought us home safely.

The absolutely BEST part of our holiday, of course, was being together with all our little "Chickens"!  There were 20 of us for Christmas and we loved watching all the cousins relate to each other and the adults just enjoying hanging out together.

I managed to get a little stitching done and I'm excited about the new free BOM I have for you this year.  I hope to have it up and running in February.  Meanwhile I am just finalising some instructions to complete the "What is Love" pattern, so watch this space!

I thought I'd show you some of the Christmas presents I made - lots of travel laundry bags.








The male members of the family also received laundry bags, but I forgot to take photos of them before I wrapped their presents!  Oh well, the masculine bags weren't half as photogenic as the ones above!

I'm still catching up on all the mail that was waiting for us when we arrived home, but I had a sneak peak at the latest Patchwork & Stitching magazine to see what my "How does your garden grow?" bag looked like in the photo.  I will put it on the blog when I get my head above water again - there's plenty of washing and ironing to do and the campervan needs a good clean and there's still plenty of bits and pieces to unpack.  So, I'd better get off the computer and get started ....

Regards
Val

5 comments:

Karens Hopes said...

Happy New Year to you,you are sweltering in the heat and we are freezing our socks off..... lol
great laundry bags xxx
Karen

Rian said...

Nice bags did you make. And it is just as Karens wrote: it is here very, very cold.... we can iceskate already. Here in Holland we hope that there will be a Elfstedentocht, in english, an eleven-town-tour, skating a 200 KM (i Think). The last time that that was possible was 1996? or so.... Here in Holland people are having a sort of iceskating-fever.....

And then it is very strange to read how hot it is on the other site of the world.... strange things happen.

Allie said...

Welcome back! Your holiday sounds great. I love your bags, how nice to make something so useful look so pretty!

Lolita said...

Hello,I have good news,I maked about 5 months of the BOM love is, i am so happy a go to send a picture to you.Thank you for your patterns.
Your laundry bags are so beutiful,i think you are so special with only see your projects.
Sorry for your ice in your country,here in costa rica are so pretty sun , we are in summer, but we have many rain.
saludos desde Costa Rica.
Lolita

Terri said...

So glad you are home safe and sound. Love those laundry bags.....very pretty. Get some rest!!