Happy Anniversary

I have been absent lately with so much non-stitching activities.

The main event our 5th Wedding Anniversary.  Ok not long compared to some, but we’re still loved up & having fun.

When I met My MOTH, it was almost Love @ 1st sight.  Engaged 3 months later & married after 18 months from our 1st date.  As you get older time is precious & just wanted to live life together.   Being my 1st marriage & in my 40’s life changed quickly for the better.

Instantly I became wife, stepmum, Nana, daughter in law all in one moment.  Since then its been a roller coaster ride.  Together we have shared 4 overseas trips, 4 trips to Qld including a 5 week road trip all the way from Geelong to Bowen on the Whitsunday.  Both undertaken 2 years of assorted studies.  My Moth survived 3 serious illnesses.  I injured my knee twice & suffered sciatica for several month’s after the road trip (Claire I hope you repair as quickly as I did).   We were parents of the Groom twice & greeted 4 additional grandies bringing the brood to 7.

On top of this there have been many trips to the movies & live theatre.  So to celebrate we headed to the big smoke Melbourne.  Starting with lunch at Hopeton Tearooms.  A spot of shopping at The Block Arcade, strolled hand in hand through the Carlton Gardens, visited Imax Theater to see special extended 3D Avatar version.  Stayed the night, then off to Chinatown for a stroll, lunch at The Hofbrauhaus, then to the stage show Kinky Boots.  A full few days.

Valentines day was lovely with the MOTH giving me e Puppy.  Well a toy one, as I have hinted at a puppy for a while, but really don’t have time to care of one with my hectic schedule.  I barely have time ot care for the MOTH of late – poor dear, and our herbs are surviving so that is in our favour.

Adding to my blog absence has been an extension in my work hours from 6-7 day fortnight to 9 day fortnight, which will be ongoing until mid April.  Participating in several out of hours Kikki K Workshops (my Christmas pressie from the MOTH).  Club officer training & additional speech preparations for Toastmasters. Naturally we do get the occasional moment of time together and the MOTH and I headed out for coffee & nibbles to an eclectic  The Door Cafe

Well I have a lot of blog reading & posting to catch up on.  See you soon.

❤ Debbierose xxxx


O’ Christmas Tree #2

I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful SAL.  A wonderful inspiring group of ladies from around the globe, all posting progress on one stitchery every 3 weeks.  Time has been precious of late and just a few small stitches have been added to my project.  One more row completed.   I adroe the variegated thread, makes the otherwise broing backstitch a little more exciting.   The linen has a few flecks of grey intertwined.  The photo does not do it justice, its actually a earthy grey tone.






Do pop over the the other ladies in the SAL and see what brilliant work they are up to.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnJessSueConstanze, kate,
Catherine, Wendy

Unitl next time Happy Stitching ❤  Debbierose xx

Oh Christmas Tree #1

As you know I adore Christmas.  So I  have commenced a Christmas Stitchery.  This iron on transfer from Gemelligirls picked up a show last year along with some gorgeous linen was a lovely find.  Picked by my MOTH who sometimes accompanies me to the craft shows.


So after adding some pellon, ironing on the transfer.  I picked up my Cottage Garden  Pearl thread #1009 Cranberry & a Jenna Kimbal embroidery/redwork needle #8.  Using tiny backstitch here is my progress so far.


Until next time

Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose

SAL #1 – O’ Christmas Tree #

I have so many stitching WIPs I had a hard time deciding which one to tackle next.  Especially as it is a commitment to complete it once started.  Not deviation, but a steady 3 week pace. So I thought do I bite the preverbial bullet and tackle the biggest stitchery project.  Or something manageable & fun at this busy time of year.  The later easier stitchery won hands down.


A lovely iron on stencil I picked up at the craft fair in April & gorgeous linen from my stash.  Using my Jenna I Kimba #8 and the beautiful Cottage Garden Perle thread Cranberry.  My tiny back stitches are growing into words.



Amazing what 3 weeks of commitment can achieve while we do other things incuding work.

I will see you in 3 weeks, but in the meanwhile pop over and check out the brilliantly clever and talented women who inspire me and keep crafting alive.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSue, Constanze, Christina, Susan, Kathy MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine & Wendy

Happy Stitching  ❤  Debbierose xoxo

The year that was… 2016 Happy Dances

2016 was more productive than I realised.  Happy dances only.  Including 4 whole quilts amazing 😁







Wow I feel so empowered, when you look back a the entire year.  Yes I had a lot of starts (as we all do) many stitchery finishes that need to be sewn into something – but 17 total Happy Dances – that is a phenomenal achievement – I am totally stoked.  Thanks to all the kind support of my crafty friends and blog family.

Until next time Happy Stitching  ❤ Debbierose xoxo




The MOTH & I are not green thumbs.  However love fresh herbs.  So we have started with a beautiful Basil.  If Basil behaves he may get a little Sister Corri(ander).


We were given a brilliant recipe which called for fresh Basil, instead of grabbing a cut bunch decided on the actual plant. For my Gluten free blog friends this if perfect.  Using Zoodles or courgettes for my French friends.

Zucchini & Lemon Pasta (Zoodles)


3 – 4 zucchini spiraled into zoodles     or      400g linguine or spagetti

Plus 2 grated zucchini if using pasta  (optional)

3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

zest 1 unwaxed lemon & juice

large pinch crushed chillies (optional)

Parmesan as desired

handful basil leaves, torn


1.       Steam/cook zoodles until nearly done.  If using pasta cook per instructions, then drain quickly so some cooking water is still clinging to the strands (keep a bit of extra pasta water in a cup – maybe ½ cup).

2.       Tip back into the cooking pan with the grated zucchini, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest & juice, chillies and most of the basil. Season generously, then use tongs to toss everything together, add enough pasta water so it’s not dry. Scatter with remaining basil leaves and add an extra drizzle of oil, if you like.

3.  You can add extra parmesan & mix through.  Or add seafood or chicken too, marinara mix is great through it.

Yum yum

Until next time Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose xoxo



Scrap Happy January

Happy New Year Scrap Happy Pals.  Another month has come around, so it is time for our scrap busting group to show its creativity and flare.  I’m still in Christmas mode, what else would you expect when my better half has his own Red Suit 🎅


I started simple, wanting a mix of scrap bits.  Fabric, batting off cuts, ribbon & raiding my mums old button box which is now my button box.   I adore buttons. I  love Christmas. I love Hearts.   So some Heart shaped Button Christmas Heart Ornaments fit nicely.


Do go and check the progress of the taleted ladies in this Scrap Happy Group – they are so talented and creative – they inspire me constantly.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at):

Usually has a scrappy post:   Kate   Gun  Tittis  Helene

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva  Sue  Nanette  Lyn  Norma Lynda  Birthe  Turid

Cathy   Tracy  Jill  Claire  Susan   Jan   Karen    Deb   

See you again, same time next month!

Until the 15th of February

Happy Stitching ❤  Debbierose x0x0

Come sit with me

I adore a good cup of tea, and believe it or sitting under a shady cool tree.  Many of my friends may nit believe it as I don’t “do” nature.  However a nice relax under a shady tree is just my thing.  A few years a go I stitched this  and in the past few months added the backing and binding.  However I forget to tell you – silly me


Until next time Happy Stitching  ❤ Debbierose xoxo


SAL Update – Box of Delights #4 Happy Dance

Not just a dance to show the stitching finished.  A couple of hours frogging in this last batch.  Then a trim up & some thread pulling.


Then I decided to turn it into a cushion cover, epic fail, as it didn’t suit the stitchery.  Some more frogging & then attached to a red linen for lacing to frame.   It goes nicely with our bedroom wall & although the picture doesn’t do justice.  The red &  yellow compliment each other.  It requires a better hanger,  which will occur next week.  While I decide what to do next.  When I obtain a picture that does the colour justice I will let you know.  It really looks nothing like this  – the colour is much brighter


In the meantime pop over to the other talented ladies in the Stitch-a-long to view their wonderful projects.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSue, Constanze, Christina,

Susan, Kathy MargaretCindyHelenSteph, and welcome to  LindaCatherine, and welcome back Wendy

Until next time Happy Stitching  ❤ Debbierose xoxo