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Spring is here !!

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Spring is one of those seasons that just make you smile !!  And today it was just beautiful to see the Sun come through the clouds and feel its warmth.  As we drive around the suburbs now, the flowers are blooming and colours are returning.  it has been a COLD and chilly Winter here in Melbourne this year so it is nice to be finally defrosting !
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To celebrate the start of Spring, I am joining the Blog-tember Challenge by the Brave Love Blog.  I have made this decision for two reasons:

  1. To stop myself making those gorgeous Farmers Wife 1930s Blocks for the Quilt Along, I have taken the pledge not to start before the 28th September………..
  2. To get myself into a routine of blogging more regularly – wish me luck !!

The prompt for September 1st (aka TODAY) is – Introduce yourself however you like !

So on this beautiful first day of Spring here, I’m taking the plunge.  I can’t guarantee I’ll post each day – but I will give it a go, and try and give each post a “Little Quilting Tweeking”.

sewnbyleanne_behindthescenes_leannephotoThis is me – aka – Leanne behind Sewn by Leanne.

I love to:    create, spend time with our family and friends,  listen and sing to favourite music (to the embarrassment of our children) and am completely passionate about Quilting.  I have recently rekindled my love for Paper Piecing !!

I enjoy:  being happy and living life to the maximum.  I am conservative by nature, so there is nothing rebellious or adventurous in my endeavours, but I do love to give most things a go – on one condition there is NO danger involved !

I am obsessed by:  Quilting, Sewing and most things crafty; being punctual; being kind to everyone – my Mum had a saying – “if someone hurts you – return them with overwhelming kindness, and the hurt will go ” .  This has generally stood me in good stead so far…..

I am passionate about:  our 4 gorgeous children – guiding them and steering them through life with a strong sense of self, faith and love for humanity.  I wish them to be independent, and happy individuals that love life, and a drive to be the best that they can be !!  (I’m a very proud Mum, aren’t I??)

 

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When thinking of a Collage to put together my passions- this is the result – what is important to us.

  • our 4 children
  • our marriage (no photos of Mr B – he doesn’t enjoy social media)
  • our extended family and friends
  • Sewn by Leanne

Sewn by Leanne was created from my love of craft.  Having four children, life gets busy and Creating allows me to have an outlet, and yet still be the full-time Mum I enjoy being for them !!

If one asks me what my style is –  I always find it hard to answer !!  It depends on the project I have at hand – but with a broad generalisation – I would say – traditional with a modern twist.  Sounds like I’m naming a cocktail  😉 .

I often use traditional quilting blocks and give them a modern twist with vibrant modern fabrics !!

The road Sewn by Leanne has travelled so far, has been so exciting and stimulating – I tend to become completely absorbed by it !!  Blogging is a relatively new process, but one I’m SLOWLY getting the hang of…..  One of my sons said the other day “Mum you should be good at blogging – you just write what you talk about – and YOU talk ALOT”  Bless Him !!!

I hope you enjoy finding out more about Sewn by Leanne on this Blog-tember Challenge this Spring !!  Join me in my challenge……… and let me know if there are aspects to Sewn by Leanne that you would love to know about!

Until the 2nd !!

Leanne 🙂 xx

 

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Happy Memories

Happy Memories are something to treasure.

This post is more personal than most I have written or will write, and gives you an insight to our family and why Sewn by Leanne has been a little quiet for the past two weeks, as I concentrate on our family.

I am so glad our kids got to know and love their Beautiful Grand-dad.  I have been waiting to write this post for the past week, but it is all too emotional, but as I sit and think about how the funeral is going to be on Friday – I treasure the happy memories, my husband and I and our kids have with him.

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Grand-dad was fantastic at entertaining the kids.  Bryan would tell them stories – and see how silly he could make them before one of them said “Grand-dad, I don’t think this is a true story or I don’t think that’s possible !”.  He loved leading them up the garden path.

Crib, was his game of choice.  Grand-dad taught our eldest when he was 5, and by the time he was 6, Grand-dad did not like to be beaten !!  I would watch  Grand-dad, my husband and our eldest playing cards – and they were peas in a pod.  Saying very similar things, in a similar way……  the genetics is very strong (shhh!  don’t tell hubby that!)

We live 8 hours away from his house, but he would drive down for birthdays when he was well.  And when Grand-dad arrived no-one knew exactly how long he would stay……  he would stay until the noise and consistency of four children got to him!  But that was ok…… He was a pleasure to have around!

I often said, Grand-dad is easy to please, as long as there is a cup of tea nearby !!  Melbourne is well known for it’s coffee and cafes, but being a tea drinker – he was not impressed.  We would go to cafes and the tea was just not up to scratch – hot water not hot enough, the wrong brand of black tea etc……….  He gave up on tea eventually at cafes and ordered coffee !!

My parents have already passed on to heaven, so I have always been grateful for the love, attention and pride Grand-dad had for our children.  My Grandparents were a huge part of my upbringing, which I loved.  When we told our children that Grand-dad had gone to heaven our two oldest boys were sad as our youngest will probably not remember the fun times and cuddles from Grand-dad – however he will as we will always keep his memories alive by telling him the funny stories we had !

We love you Grand-dad, Rest now, and know that you are loved by your family, and will be with us always in our hearts <3.  The tears on Friday will be because we miss your quirky sayings, laughter and smile xxx

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