Beautiful table with everyone dressed up nicely. Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful !
wow, it looks very impressive and inviting....you must have had a great time together
Thanks Gerry yes we had a lovely day lots of chatter! Love ❤️ Chris
Chris, It is so wonderful that you share your days with all of us. It does make us all feel a bit closer to being there with you. I am amazed at how much you have been able to accomplish with the pain you have been in, which to me, makes those gifts 100x more remarkable and special. Gifts truly from the heart for those with a special place in your generous heart. Hydrotherapy has been having very good results with a family member of ours, and wishing you the same relief. Hoping the holidays go smoothly and that your mind will be inspired, once again, for 2017 festivities. Hugs, Pam
Thanks Pam for your kind words and concern. I'm loving doing the hydrotherapy and it's definitely helping my situation. All of our grandchildren finish school tomorrow Friday 16th and then we are on Christmas holidays till the jchildren return the last day of January 2017. I already have a couple of ideas floating around for next year's luncheon. I will be reducing my sewing time due to doctor's orders and Trev and I gojng on a new exercise routine. Love o Chris
What a fun day. You table setting is stunning. Breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much Terri, it did look impressive. I usually like a bigger centre-piece, but then it's hard to see the other ladies faces. Love Chris
Just gorgeous! The table is so festive and you got so many lovely
ladies in Red including yourself. And I wouldn't like to imagine how
many hours you might have spent to do all this wonderful decoration
work. Thanks for sharing your Advent-joy.
Thanks so much Maria, yes, it was great that we all had Christmas colours on. I always ask the ladies to wear, red, green, gold or white. We only had one lady in green this year. It's not my colour, I do like bright colours. I love the season of Advent too Maria. Love Chris
Everything looks great. Ladies are having a good time. Beautiful table setting. dee
Thanks so much we had a great day and they all loved their gifts. Love Chris
Wow, Chris, every year I think there is no way you could out-do yourself next year, and then you go a top it, yet again! What a very lucky group of ladies! Everything looks absolutely perfect!
Thanks so much Debbie, it takes a bit of time for me to get it set up, but that's half the fun. Thanks for your comment. Love Chris
I always look forward to your Christmas post with friends! Man, I wish I were on your list!! :-) Beautiful, as always.
Thanks Gerry, you are always welcome whenever you come on down to Australia. Love Chris
Chris, I have been looking at your post for a couple days, but only on my IPhone. I didn't want to comment, until I could enjoy seeing it all, on my computer. You know its bigger now-lol
Anyway, every time I click on the next photo, I see something I didn't see before! You put so much work and love into all your special pieces. I know the ladies really enjoy receiving all the wonderful things you've made and I know the pleasure you had in making the items for them. Everything and everyone looks so bright and cheery!
Now take a breather, before you have to start with your family, and REST THAT BACK! You deserve it.
Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a healthier (with your back) pain free New Year! Love-Toogie
Thanks so much Toogie, we were so fortunate in that the weather only reached about 26C. On Tuesday and Wednesday it got to 38C a couple of really hot unbearable days and so early into our summer!!! Never mind the air con and a swim in the hydrotherapy pool did wonders. I've been seeing an Exercise Physiologist and she is helping immensely along with the hydrotherapy. I can't believe the difference in only 3 weeks. I've finished all the sewing for now except my navy blue and white quilt. My Brother machine is merrily stitching away at only 350spm at the moment as I write and as it's all white thread - no changes!!! Yeah! so I don't even have to watch this one.
We've got most of the family coming Christmas Day but Amy and Steve and the girls (Ophelie and Delphi) are having us over to their place for Christmas Eve dinner. That will be nice - I don't have to do anything! Wishing a very merry Christmas too with you all your loved ones. You also need to rest up, I think there are quite a few of us on here who need to listen to our bodies! Love Chris
Loved all the photos! Wish i could have been there! Kay
Thanks Kay, it was hectic trying to talk to everyone, but we managed. Love Chris
Great work Chris. Fantastic. Each year you do such a great job, I just love seeing your settings. Merry Christmas, love Marg.
Thanks Marg, just used the colours I've got, love Chris
What a beautiful table layout. You've out done yourself. Bet everyone thrilled. So nice that you can have a ladies luncheon/get together. I can see how busy you've been and then your on to that quilt also---WOW! speaking of an energized bunny----you are the bunny.
Thanks so much Patti. It was a lovely day and so tiring too! It's been so hot here and it's draining. The Navy quilt is a WIP (Work In Progress!!!!!) Love Chris
OK a day late and a dollar short. I would have been there in spirit, but my winter cold knocked me out yesterday. It looks FANTASTIC.
Thanks so much, I think a lot of Cuties were there in Spirit! Thanks for commenting, love Chris
So beautiful!! Makes you want to just stand there and look at all the beautiful things. Glad you had a great time also. Now rest... I pray for your back, family and mum.. She looks great also! You always do a wonderful table!
Thanks Suzanne, I did just that!!! Stood and admired the settings. Mum still looks great, the picture is a bit fuzzy, but she's pretty sure good for nearly 83! Cal the lady next to her is 89! And had the funniest sense of humour! Love ❤️ Chris
Wow it all looks amazing, You are very blessed to have enough strength and energy to do all of this, I am sure all the ladies appreciate it.
Thanks Pam, they do. Kaye the lady in green gave me a huge hug and told me "You have no idea how much we appreciate all the time and effort you put into this yearly event" - I said "Yes, I do!" Love ❤️ Chris
Wow Chris , speechless. What a STUNNING Table setting. So glad you had another wonderful day with friends, Sending my Love to you and Trevor at this time. Hugs Pauline in sunny HOT QLD ( and loving it) :)
Thanks Pauline it was beautiful wasn't it? I've still got it set up now for Christma but you know me I love Black and White too. It would be so dramatic! Love ❤️ Chris
Hope you are enjoying life way up there! Love to you all.
Your table looks beautiful. So pleased your day was a success. Hugs
Thanks Di much Shirley the Christmas theme always looks so festive love ❤️ Chris
your table and favors are beautiful. I think you should be featured in a magazine.
Ha ha ha thanks so much love ❤️ Chris
To quote Sue "Awesome". The only thing wrong with it is we couldn't ALL be there. Seriously Chris it could not be any more beautiful than it is. Congratulations on a job well done.
Thanks Miss Lillian, all of my regular Cuties were with me in spirit. I know you'd love to be with me. Thinking of you always. Much love to you and Ron and families. Love ❤️ Chris
Oh I love the pictures - everything and everyone is so festive! I don't know how you did it all Chris, with not feel well - you are amazing!! Hugs and love, Laura*
Hi Laura, I took my time doing them so it was no stress on me mostly till the middle of September and then I just stood at the machines. Love ❤️ Chris
sew Awesome to have sewing buddies i wish i had at least one lol
love all your pictures and ALL those happy Faces hugs and Merry Christmas!!!hugs Carolyn
Ha the only sewing buddy is Meg, Carolyn! The others are old folk art painting buddies, mum and her friend and my ex boss' wife Chris and then Sue my best friend from Melbourne days. They are such a happy group. Love ❤️ Chris
You really are a star to do this every year, especially with your sore back. Beautiful pictures and your table looks amazing. Thank you for posting.
I realize that there is no mention of your menu. Would love to know what you cooked for your ladies.
Hi Sarah, thanks fir commenting check Jerrilyn's post for what we had to eat. Love ❤️ Chris
You outdid yourself. This is such a wonderful decked out table. I am contemplating on moving. When do you start with all the projects for that event. AWESOME.
Thanks Angie, I start planning in January what I'm going to make. It's going to be a stinker of a summer. Yesterday was 36c and today the same and it's only just the beginning of summer! Love ❤️ Chris
Beautiful table, Chris.Happy to see that the ladies enjoyed a wonderful luncheon again. What colour are you lending towards for next year, Green perhaps, (your favourite colour), lol. Just kidding. What ever you pick will be outstanding setting. You can rest now until Christmas.Take care of yourself. Prayers for you every day. Hugs and Love Lynn
Thanks Lynn, ha ha no I don't like green at all!!! That is Amy's favourite colour though! I usually rotate my colours so I'll check what I've got in my Christmas cupboard for next year. Love ❤️ Chris
i am with Amy, green is my favourite also. Hugs and Love Lynn
What a wonderfully fun gathering. You are so very generous.I'll bet there's a line outside your door just waiting to get in. Merry Christmas!
Thanks Jerrilyn, no thank goodness - these are friends of over 30 years! Love ❤️ Chris
What a gorgeous table you have set, Chris...So lovely that you can all get together to celebrate your friendships and the holidays. As I have said in the past..Jealous! All of your gifts are stunningly beautiful. To be treasured to be sure...now...on to the food! What did "we" eat?
Thanks Kim, thanks for your beautiful coaster design it was very well received. We had roast turkey, triple smoked ham BBQ chicken. For the salads a tossed garden salad, a fried rice a coleslaw and a platter of roast vegetables. We had little multi grain bread rolls and for dessert individual Newcastle Pudding lady's plum puddings with either brandy custard, plain custard, cream or ice cream. For coffee it was a vanilla roasted Arabica plunger coffee that I buy from a specialty store. We also had a beautiful summer punch and a bottle of my favourite champagne Piper Heidsick. A great feast all round!!! Love ❤️ Chris
Y-U-M-M-Y....all sounds so delicious. I have never had Newcastle Pudding but you had me with the brandy custard! Glad you also had your bubbly at hand...can' really have a celebration without it....
Stunning and a good time was had by all. Kudos to you for this beautiful table setting and the gorgeous gifts to all made with love by you. I know it was not an easy year for you so these pictures are sweeter than ever. Now please rest for a few days.
Thanks Karen, you know too well what it's been like. I wish I could have rested, but I had a call from Amy asking for help with pick up and taking girls to school. Then to collect them from school and babysit tonight (it's now 11.00) just had a text they are waiting on a cab, won't be long. I've been to hydrotherapy today and will go again tomorrow and that is so relaxing. Love ❤️ Chris
What fun! And the table is beautiful. Move over, Martha Stewart, miss Chris is a strong competittor!
It's easy when you are a Christmas fanatic. There is a whole cupboard at the end if our back room full of Christmas ornaments!!!! Love ❤️ Chris
What a fantastic day we had at Chris' luncheon. The ladies are all so lovely I feel honoured to be included in such company and each year I get to know them all a little more, it is wonderful.
Our dear Chris really outdid herself (again) making us all a fabulous array of gifts for which I cannot thank her enough. They are truly such lovely gifts and each one, on its own, would be sufficient, as a group they are amazing.
It was a truly lovely day and I especially enjoyed our quiet time together catching up afterwards.
Thank you Chris, for including me in this very special gathering, for all the effort you go to making it so special, for all the beautiful gifts, but mostly for the gift of your friendship.
Huge hugs and much love, your other BFF. :-)
Thanks Meg for such lovely words. I loved sewing all the things you got. Of course you saw them all on here before, but they always look better in real life. Looking forward to next year! Love Chris
Everyone and everything looks wonderful, what a great Christmas party!
Thanks it was a lovely day love ❤️ Chris
Ta very muchly Sue! Love Chris
just so beautiful Chris, as always you out did yourself. Lovely,
hugs my friend
Thanks Michelle, funny you should say that as that's what they all said! Love Chris
Beautiful Pictures. Thank you Chris for sharing your special day with the ladies. Looks like everyone is enjoying your lovely table setting.
Thanks Jerri, it was great, fantastic food and my gifts all went down very well. It was great that Sue could make it as she now lives a 2 hour drive from me, so a turn around trip of 4 hours. She only moved into her new home on the 1st December, so I was thrilled that she could come. We've known each other for nearly 35 years. And yes, everyone had a fabulous day. Meg didn't leave till 6.20pm. Love Chris
Forgot this one with Meg waving her hand!! I took the piccie, but Mum had gone to the bathroom. Love Chris
Glad to hear you all had a wonderful time, everyone looks so happy. Your table looks terrific as usual you did a great layout. Well done, nice to see all your happy faces. I hope Chris , that you and your family, have a safe peaceful and joyous Christmas time. Best wishes always. Sandra.
Thanks Sandra, yes, it is always a happy occasion when we all get together. Pity about the weather being so hot, but we got through it o.k. Love Chris
As ever Chris the table looks great and your guests very happy. Glad it went well for all of you
Thanks so much Caroline. Trev set all the tables up for me yesterday and in the afternoon I got them all 'dressed'! Took me some time to get everything put away this afternoon once everyone had gone home. Love Chris
Hi Chris, Your Table Setting looks Wonderful, Very Festive.
The Ladies look like they have had a Fantastic Day.
Thankyou for sharing your day with us all.
Wishing you and your Family a Very Merry Christmas.
Sending you our Love.
Lorraine and Keith xxxx
Thanks Lorraine, it went really well and the Christmas colours were gorgeous. I hope you have a Merry Christmas too. Love Chris
The table looks fantastic, love the design on your napkins. the sweet pea cutlery holds look good, didn't have time to make mine this year.
Oops I meant tea towels not napkins..
Thanks Marian, everyone was very impressed! Love Chris