Cup of Tea

I think I may have missed a block this week??? So I am just having a cup of tea and browsing some blogs when I should be working here….


Cup of tea stitchery block of the week
Cup of tea stitchery block of the week

And look what I found here and here – how wonderful. These gals have started their own NPNT group and blog to keep each other going and it sounds like they are all so excited. It gives me great joy and satisfaction to watch others get pleasure out of a project or design. Listening to them chat about fabric choice, personalised blocks, alphabets, nice people and nice things is such fun. Why not pop over and say hi to them, I am sure they’d love to see your progress or what colours you chose. Thanks Colleen for sharing and being such a nice person 🙂

Reading through their young blog just wanted to remind you of a few things. There is an alphabet link on the side of this blog under blogroll where you can go and print out a copy of the alphabet I used. Then you can make up your own blocks or verses with matching fonts to the rest of your quilt blocks.
The nine appliqued plain heart blocks can be used for your own personalised blocks or the bonus blocks if you wish. Or some people dont like some of my choices 0r they dont apply to them so just swap them out for another if this is the case.
If you happen to get a box of cards with double designs or some missing PLEASE email me and let me know – there was a slight glitch with last batch from the printer and some cards have been mixed in the packs. I will replace them straight away for you.
Some of you will be coming along nicely with your quilt now. Why not send us a photo so we can share your progress and your achievements.. we’d love to see them.
my tea has gone cold – not hard when its only 2degrees here today so time to go and post a little giveaway here before working – pop over quickly to get in early.
There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.  ~Bernard-Paul Heroux
Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment.  ~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

Find some more lovely tea poems and sayings

Published in: on July 25, 2008 at 11:42 am  Comments (2)  
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Brilliant Weblog

I have been given this

from Janie 


gee thanks… Now I have to come with 7 other blogs – I read hundreds, How can I do that?

Okay I choose

Sarah – new to blogging

Jo in TAS

Kellie – just Loooooove her style

Kerrie and her favourite things

Marica -love her photos

Lucy Kate – the cutest stuff

The quilted Crow – cos they’re my friends


Now I think I have to visit them all and leave a comment following these rules.

These are the rules are as follows:

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you have nominated.
hugs, Helen
Published in: on July 14, 2008 at 1:52 pm  Comments (4)  

Peace OR Quiet

Yesterday we decided to use some fuel and head upto the mountains to see some snow (a rare occurence here). We went close by to Myrtle Forest in the South of Tasmania. Unfortunately we were too late and the snow had all disappeared but we did have a lovely walk through the forest to the Myrtle Falls. As the snow was melting the falls were running beautifully and an easy 8 minute walk through the ferns and trees along a muddy track with many stone steps took us to the viewing platform. Miss Tilly felt she could go no further but with a little urging and some fun squelching in the mud in her rubber boots she made it to the top. Tessie Bessie was intent on getting to that clean fresh water and for the first time drank pure rain water from a stream with great excitement. We had to search along the creek access points where she could get to to drink without falling into the icy cold water. I didnt know whether to feel ‘alive’ and thankful for this clean abundance of water or guilty because she was getting so much from the experience – what have we been doing if it took almost 11 years for her to experience this?

Anyway, on the way back down the track to the car we had a discussion. I said, ‘Isnt it so peaceful here’ and Tess’ reply was ‘and quiet’.  Reflective thinking here- what is the difference between ‘Peace’ and ‘Quiet’. In her mind there was an obvious difference, an inbuilt not learned difference… although it is sometimes nice to have ‘quiet’ in our space it is ‘Peace’ we all want and work for in our lives and in the world.

Okay so we are getting a bit deep here, for my dad and for a bit of fun look closely at the pics below. I am not sure if this would live up to Tasmanian National parks OHS or public Liability standards…. 

We walked under it very quickly 🙂

hugs, and peace




Published in: on July 14, 2008 at 12:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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MY girls so desperately want a puppy. We have never had a dog as a pet. We have had a cat, a rabbit and chickens who have all now sadly passed and have been pet free now for 3 years. I grew up on the farm with dogs where were never inside, never went to a vet, never got special attention, they were just workers. ( although I think secretly they meant a lot more to my dad than we realised). My head chef and partner has now developed an allergy to animals including many dogs and has said a big NO to having a pet. However we think we can wear him down. The girls have  developed a powerpoint presentation on the benefits of owning a dog. The costs involved, low allergy breeds and the work involved and who will do this work. They have begun a puppy fund to save money for its purchase. We do not have a big yard – our whole back yard is a swimming pool, and will not have an inside dog so the choices are limited to small, child friendly, low allergy, low cost but cute and cuddly breeds….. any advice or recommendations most appreciated.

A funny story……yesterday Tessie Bessie had the opportunity to try abseiling with Girl Guides (a side note; she hated it and will NEVER do it again -takes after her mum here with heights). A friend with a small dog on a gorgeous pink lead was there and Tilly decided to take her for a walk down the hill. Now Tilly is only 3 but the dog is also very small – about the size of a loaf of bread – The dog took her for the walk, gravity had something to do with it but she could not stop. The dogs mum yelled out ‘grab onto the post’ and there was Tilly arms wrapped around a sign post still holding onto the lead trying not to be pulled any further downwards, hard to describe but a very funny sight…..

I know many of you will have puppies who are just as special as your children. So I hope you enjoy stitching them into your quilt. Perhaps you could add their paw print to the back of the block or on one of your spare blocks.

hugs, Helen

Published in: on July 7, 2008 at 10:15 am  Comments (4)  
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and the winner is…..

Sorry, not Friday but here tis…. The winner of **** is Jayne. Please send me your snail mail addy so I can get your goodies in the mail.

hugs, Helen

Published in: on July 7, 2008 at 10:03 am  Leave a Comment  

new store listings

For everyone who has been emailing and searching to where to buy NPNT overseas I have updated the stores page with all shops who recently purchased from me in May at Quilt market. If they dont have stock they know where to get it so phone or visit and beg now 🙂 so that you may join us as soon as possible. If you still cannot find it you can purchase just the patterns here.

hugs, Helen

Published in: on July 3, 2008 at 1:00 pm  Leave a Comment