Tuesday, February 4, 2014

This and that

I don't know where January went - oh yes I do, I was having fun hanging out with my girl Rosy, who was visiting from China. She's lived there for nearly 8 years, teaching English to little Chinese children at various kindergartens in Shekou, which is in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. She loves it.

We all loved being together, having meals out or cooking at home, watching telly, chatting, you know, just normal everyday family stuff, which was very special because we don't get to do it very often.

It was great to have her here during her Chinese New Year break, which is our summer, because apart from the hideously hot first week it was good to be out and about in the sunshine. Other times she has been back in winter  and we have all stayed inside and moaned about the cold (winters in Ballarat are long and chilly).

I was really keen to take Rosy to see the film Saving Mr Banks because she loved the Mary Poppins books when she was young and worked as a nanny for several years (minus Mary P's parrot-headed umbrella and carpetbag, of course). We enjoyed it. She made a gorgeous button bracelet from some very smart black and silver buttons purchased from Spotlight, which is always one of her must-visit places. I think that Millrose Cottage at Ballan has been added to that list following a breakfast catch-up with my friends Jodie and Annie and Maria and a forage around the gorgeous patchwork shop. Some nifty last-minute sewing by her wonderful mother LOL added three cushion covers to her luggage.

She and her dad talked about cricket and footy (I was very happy to dip out of those conversations, being generally uninterested in sport) and she spent lots of time with our dogs.

We were all sorry when she flew back to the country she now calls home;  it was such a happy, relaxing time for all of us.

I handed over my Initial Heart Swap goodies to Shez this morning when we met for coffee at the Upholstery Gallery in Ballarat, one of my favourite places for coffee and browsing, so now I can show what we made for each other.

Shez made me this gorgeous cushion.
And after spending quite a while wondering what to make and changing my mind umpteen times, I decided on these smaller  items. I really enjoyed making them and enjoyed being able to hand them over in person. Many thanks to Shez for the appreciative response, and for the lovely gift she made for me, and to
Cheryll for organising such a fun swap.


Susan said...

How lovely to have your daughter home for a long visit, and the chance to do so much together. Sound like you have been having a lovely time. Great work on the swap gifts.

creations.1 said...

Beautiful swap gifts. And what a lovely time you and your husband had with your daughter - you must be missing her now!! How nice she is crafty like you - something to spend time doing together!

Maria said...

How wonderful to spend time with your DD..
Lots of lovely swap gifts Jan.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jan thankyou for being a fantastic swap partner and yes we were very lucky to be able to swap in person and i love my gifts so much,you are a very talented lady and also thankyou for a lovely morning,have a lovely day my friend.xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a lovely time you have had with your Daughter. Lovely stitching for Shez and I am glad you liked your cushion too x

Leanne said...

Sounds like a perfect January.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Nothing better than having the kids around...love the send and received...