Where does time fly? (photo heavy)

Here we are – Christmas is past and the New Year is almost upon us … blimey, how did that happen?!!!

I spent a wonderful few days with Brenda and Nigel over in the northwest suburbs of Sydney for Christmas.ย  As usual Nigel did an exceptional job of Christmas dinner and we dined on turkey breast, baked ham, new potatoes, fresh beans and peas, followed by Nigel’s famous pavlova (the best I’ve ever eaten, and that’s saying something as I’ve tried many; it was always my fave dessert growing up).ย  Nigel doesn’t drink, so Brenda and I made up for his allowance, and we definitely imbibed a fair bit over those few days … including a bottle of Iron Gate Sweet Shiraz that I brought back from the Hunter Valley, and now Brenda is in love with it too ๐Ÿ™‚

Santa was very very generous to me this year – my flatmate Lisa spoilt me rotten with some yummy chocolate dessert sauces, whisk and tea-towel set, a little tub of Mango Daiquiri mix (ie just add booze and chill), a Frangipani calendar and a beautiful bottle of Chocolate Port from Flaschengeist in a Christmas tree shape … boy she has a good memory, and Brenda and I had to sample it on Christmas Day to complete our Christmas dinner festivities.ย  My other friend (who is about to become my new flatmate – see more below) bought me a beautiful blue and gold necklace and earring set, but I forgot to take a photo of it as I’m wearing it today!

Mum bought me a stunning greenstone (NZ Jade)ย  necklace (I chose it when I was in NZ), with a fish hook shape with a whale’s tale at the end … very pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

Greenstone pendant from Mum

I also spend my Christmas money on an exquisite piece of glass sculpture – we hunted for the entire day for one with ‘just the right colourings’, and just as we’d given up we found one in downtown Auckland.ย  This is a “Koru”, or Silver Fern frond, and I just adore it to death.ย  Unfortunately the photo was taken without a light shining through it, so you can’t see the beautiful colours … I really must try to get a good photo of it.ย  Brenda really loved this one too.ย  Eventually I want to have a glass display cabinet which will house my stitching smalls, and this will sit on the top shelp with a spotlight on it to highlight the colourings ๐Ÿ™‚

Koru in art glass

Brenda and Nigel gave me something that I will truly treasure always – Brenda does ceramic classes, and she’s done some incredible pieces … and this year she made me a Christmas keepsake that will bring years and years of happiness while it’s proudly on display.ย  Handmade gifts are the best, and I feel truly honoured to have one of her pieces to call my own!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Christmas gift from Brenda

Talking of exquisite hand-made gifts, I also finally remembered to take a photo of the stunning ornie that Katrina gave me for Christmas, and it’s proudly hanging on my hand-made ornie tree.ย  Thanks again Katrina, I really really love it!

Christmas ornie from Katrina

Today I went shopping after dropping my mobile phone off to be sent off for repair, and unexpectedly picked up a new Christmas tree with 75% off at Myer, which means this year is the final time I will have a teeny tiny wee tree … next year I will have a big 2m tall tree overpowering the lounge space … and I can’t wait!! haha.ย  Next year that should mean I can combine my bauble ornies with my hand-stitched ornies ๐Ÿ˜€

I did take a couple of photos of the various Christmas displays in my wee lounge to show Mum, including my set of 3 tables that the removalists tried to demolish (they broke 3 entire legs off of the largest one) – Nigel managed to glue them back together for me over Christmas, bless him, so I’m thrilled to have my tables back on display again yippee ๐Ÿ™‚

Set of tables

Mum, this is the centrepiece display I was telling you about on the phone … I really love it!

Christmas coffee table

Christmas corner

Christmas lounge

Christmas trunk

And I finally “finished” another piece and put the ribbon around my flat-fold that I made quite some time ago (probably 2 years ago now!) – I love the bright red of the ribbon.

Snowman pinkeep

While I was shopping today I also scored a couple of cans of English Heinz Tomato Soup … ah, I’m in heaven!ย  The Aussie version of Heinz soup isn’t quite the same, so I had a wee splurge. Not in the photo is also a bag of lemon sherbet bon-bons and box of Black Knight licorice ๐Ÿ˜‰

Heinz soup

I also picked up a couple of other treats … including a “fish on a stick” … this is also a photo for Mum’s benefit! I made a decision after visiting a shop with a marine/ocean/beach theme months ago that I really want to have that sort of theme for my lounge, and have been buying a couple of pieces every now and then (I think Susan set the seed with all of her dream home decor photos months and months ago, and it must have been sitting at the back of my brain all this time!) … first of all I bought some starfish for my coffee table when I had my girlie weekend away with Brenda and friends, and I’m now thinking of stitching some small shells along the edge of my sheer curtains … but now I have my own blue fish on a stick too! I also bought a wee tub of coral and shells to place in a plain glass bowl, but didn’t take a photo.

fish on a stick

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On a different note, last night I had a right royal treat – Tannia and her OH came to visit and stay the night. Even though it was a whirlwind visit, it was so lovely to see them both again – I miss them here in Sydney! I actually felt a bit flat after they left, and ended up taking the day off work to make up for a day I worked while in Auckland during my annual leave. Hence the reason I spent the day shopping, I think! I did feel really bad, though, ‘cos Tannia was her ever-thoughtful self and brought me some luscious gifts, and I had nothing to give in return … I’m such a bad friend! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Friendship gift from Tannia

Thanks so much again Tannia, I love everything, and I miss you loads! {hugs}

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The final news that I intimated about earlier, is that my flatmate Lisa is heading back to Melbourne at the end of January.ย  Her secondment is up then and she’s not interested in renewing it for different reasons … some job-related and some personal reasons.ย  I’m going to miss having her around the place, as we’d become quite close over the last couple of months especially.ย  All is not lost, however, as Katie is going to be moving in instead – her own living situation isn’t great (her flatmate is a druggie and, although quite good fun, is quite strange!).ย  At least I won’t have to find someone else that I don’t know, and don’t have to struggle to make the rent on my own, which is great!ย  Fingers crossed it’ll all work out, and we find living together OK.

Rightio, I think that’s just about all the news for now … I’m a bit scatter-brained at the moment, so I’ve probably forgotten something! I thought I’d better hurry up and make a post, though, as New Year will be here in 2 nights, and it’s unlikely I’ll be back online until we’re already into 2009!

On that note, I’d like to wish you all a prosperous and wonderful 2009!! ๐Ÿ˜€

14 thoughts on “Where does time fly? (photo heavy)

  1. Hi Anne, thank you for the Christmas card, it was a lovely surprise! By the way, you have such nice writing, I am really impressed.

  2. Thanks for the Xmas card, it was a really nice surprise to find it in the mailbox ๐Ÿ˜€ ANd I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Crafty New Year !

  3. I love the fish on a stick!

    The first thing I thought when I saw your living room was “wow – blue really is Anne’s favorite color!” – great pictures!

    It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas!

    Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks for the eye candy with all these great pictures! Especially love the jewelry your mom gave you.

    Glad you’re set on a flatmate – that’s so difficult, isn’t it? I don’t miss those days of trying to find a flat, the right people to share it with, etc. Constant juggling.. But it sounds like all will be well. Hooray! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. What a great Christmas you had, Anne! Good news about your flatmate situation. My ds’s flatmate just got engaged to be married and so will have to be moving this summer, but he tells me that he has something already worked out. Hope the transition is a good one for you!

  6. Anne, I loved seeing where you live and how Christmas met you this year! So many fun things to see. Gosh, I didn’t know tomato soup could be different tasting in different countries! It’s my mom’s fav. and she won’t travel without bringing her own supply….my sister and brothers and I used to think she was a bit daft…but now you have me wondering…. :]
    I received your beautiful Christmas card with such joy, Anne. Thank you for thinking of me. What a cheerful thing it was to hear from you. I hope your 2009 is the best ever. Sending much love and hugs, Deb

  7. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas and you received and purchased some beautiful goodies! Love your flatfold finish..it’s beautiful! Good job!
    I wish for you a fabulous 2009!!

  8. HI Anne! Thanks for the Christmas card; it was a nice surprise ๐Ÿ™‚ Gosh, I love all of your pics… that fish on a stick is a hoot, your new necklace is GORGEOUS, your apartment is decorated so nicely, your finish looks great, and I’ve never even heard of Heinz soup!

    I hope you have an absolutely fabulous New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

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