I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 63, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 25. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. I've recently started collecting Miniature Sewing Machines, three Essex , one Singer 20. one Singer 40 and a Vulcan Countess. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Monday, 22 December 2014


Our wedding day - 22nd December, 1984

30 years !  how did that happen?   Many of you have seen this photo before (like last years wedding anniversary post) but here it is again!

We had a wonderful wedding day, our ceremony was held on what was Customs Wharf here in Brisbane.  The wharf is all gone but I believe the sandstone wall remains.  Following the ceremony we took our guests on a four hour cruise on the Brisbane river.  On board we had a pianist who played the best music.  My sister and sister-in-law did the wedding cake - the best cake you ever tasted!!  My mum made the outfits for my nieces and nephew and my outfit was store bought about two weeks before the wedding!

Fred and I moved to Papua New Guinea about two weeks after the wedding.  We lived there 1985 - 1988 and then moved to American Samoa.  We came back to live in Brisbane in 1992 and in 1994 we had our baby boy Matthew.

I am collecting our Christmas Ham from the local butcher today, so our Anniversary dinner will be cold ham and salad..... and loving it!

Our beautiful wedding cake

with Mum and Dad
Tennis group welcome in American Samoa
Tea Boys - at work in Papua New Guinea
Street market in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea


  1. Happy Anniversary to you both. May you have many more happy years together...
    thanks for sharing the great photos..

  2. Happy anniversary Helen,loved your post today.xx

  3. Happy Anniversary!!! Wow! 30 years is wonderful... So many cherished moments!! Congrats!!

  4. Congratulations on this milestone... Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  5. Happy Anniversary Helen! Don't the years fly by! Here's to many more happy ones together!

  6. Happy 30th Anniversary to a very handsome couple. May the next 30 be as happy and perhaps healthier for you both. Happy sewing.