Saturday, 21 January 2017

January 2017 Newsletter 1.



Hi All,

I decided that as we are now almost through January I had better get my act together and send out our newsletter.
I do hope  you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family and friends – for most of us I think the weather was not our usual ‘hot summer sun’ days – however being with family and special friends it really doesn’t matter what the weather is like. To those of you who found 2016 a bit of a challenge with life and health I do hope that 2017 will bring you improved health, no stress, and lots of fun times.

Some of you know that we have one of our grandsons living with us as his mum lives overseas and he attends Uni here. Keith and I thought it would be a nice ‘gift’ to both him and his mum if we sent him over to spend Christmas with her. So for several weeks prior to Christmas each time I spoke with her on skype  etc I tried to get information as to when she had holidays and if she was working over Christmas or going away etc without letting her know that he was coming. So – we ‘invented’ a young lady and called her ‘Jan’ telling our daughter that ‘Jan’ was coming to Dubai and would she be able to stay with her for a day or two. Our daughter was delighted to put up a New Zealander for a few days and agreed to meet her at the airport (at 5.30am!!).
What a surprise she got when she was standing there with a card that read “Jan” and Lucas walked up and said “Hi Mum, Merry Christmas”!!! she was SOOOOOOOOO  surprised and we were all so happy that we had managed to keep the secret for so long. They had a wonderful 3 weeks together.
Keith and I went out to our granddaughters place for Christmas day and they put on a wonderful bbq for us and we sat outside and watch the little ones play and just relaxed and enjoyed everyone’s’ company. It was sooo nice (and I did not have to do a thing!!!).
It was also a special time for me over Christmas as I had the privilege of having Flo here for about 10 days. She spent Christmas day and New Year Day with her family and then came back and spent just over a week here with us. 
Then, one of our exchange students, who stayed with us 6 years ago, came back to New Zealand and stayed a few days with us as she travelled around to see some of the places that she did not get to see when she was here as a student. It is so nice to have students at 16 and 17 years old as they attend our schools and then see them again 6 years later all grown up!!!

Right – on the crafting front – I have been busy almost ‘living’ in the craft room and creating all sorts of lovely items (great as Flo was here).

I thought that I would give you all a little break though January and let you get over Christmas and get schooling all sorted before we began again. I know it is a very busy time for a lot of you. SO, now is the time to start creating again and our classes will begin in February on the following dates:

Tuesday 7th February       10.30am

Wednesday 8th February                        6.45pm

Thursday 9th February     1.30pm  and again at 6.45pm

Saturday 11th February   10.30am  and again at 1.30pm

As a number of us now own (or are interested in owning) Cricuts, please let me know if you are interested in doing a “Cricut Time” on a Saturday or Sunday on a regular basis. This would be where you could bring along your Cricut and laptop, work on your own projects and/or learn & share with others here. Of course there are purchased SVG files that cannot be ‘shared’ , however when you see something that someone has done you may like to purchase it – sometimes it is seeing something finished that encourages you to want to make it yourself.  For those new to Cricut we can share information like how to purchase files, how to up-load them, how to size them etc and of course making sure we all know how to save them so we don’t loose them!!  For those who are more advanced it will be great to share more advanced info.
ANYWAY – do let me know if you are interested.

And as always – please let me know which class you will be coming to so I have enough packs ready. Don’t forget, you can always bring a friend.

This year I have decided to keep the cost of the classes to $5.00 per pack for Tuesday,  Wednesday and Saturday classes and $10 for Thursday classes.
I am still happy to purchase any dies / stamps / cardstock / craft items / cut images etc,  you may like.  (Items ordered this year will need to be paid for at the time of ordering)


This is run as a Rotary Club of Takaro Project – guaranteed to be a great day!!

Read on……….
Tickets can be purchased from: PN I-Site, Caltex Energy Centre (Tremain Ave), Capers CafĂ©, and Bernina Sewing Centre (pays to take cash – those some have ‘cash-out’ facilities.

The tickets are $30 and INCLUDES lunch!!  How is that for great value!

SO – get your tickets - grab a map, fill a car with your besties and head out for the day to see what the Girls of Palmy and surrounding areas are doing in their special spaces.

The ‘Girls Sheds” will be open from 9am – 4.30pm.


Well I am going back to doing some crafting for the day as it has just started pouring down with rain again!! Good time for crafting.

I look forward to seeing those of you who come to classes and to hearing from those of you who are a little distance away. 

Well the rain is certainly pelting down now so am off for a cup of tea before crafting for the afternoon.

Happy Crafting to you all,

Madge’s Creations.

(If any of you who are a distance away and would like info on doing a ‘Girls Sheds” in your area do give me a call/email, and I can pass on details to you.)

flower basket in box (file from Tina Fitch) - BBQ card (The Treasure Box)

 some of my efforts over the past few days.