Sunday, August 17, 2014

Small Promises of Springtime

What wonderful friends I have - who know me so well.
This beautiful hellebore was given to me as a late birthday gift from a special friend

Everywhere I look in the garden there are bulbs shooting through the soil, and the jonquils are in full flight - heralding the turning of the season.
Johnny Jump Ups are one of my FAVOURITE annuals, and I always have them popping up everywhere in the garden, as they love to self seed - I encourage this type of plant.
And as for my cushion story, well, I finished the cushions, and was flushed with success.  Always being taught to "go the extra mile", I went rummaging around in the shed and found some old paint from our last house.

. . . and it went from this, above - to this, below!

 What a cosy bed that looks like. 
No wonder my pussy cat loves to tuck up with me!
 I found JUST the thing for my little crotched basket - when I saw these at Masters yesterday, I couldn't resist.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Crafty Fun

 I'm working on a couple of pillows for my bed.  I've never been a "lots of pillows" sort of gal, but I'm having a bedroom makeover. 
 This is my new handbag finally finished.
 I put a shorter handle than I normally do - for a change, and used a buckle loop that I haven't used before.  I also tried one of the twist and turn closures.
 I'm very happy with the result, and have been strutting my stuff at work this week.

My cousin sent me a box full of Camelias which was a lovely treat.
I did happen to catch the cat having a sip from the water they were floating in!

 These lovely jonquils are from my garden.  They are popping up everywhere and show such signs of promise for Spring Time.
 I did finish this little crotched basket a few weeks ago - a bit of fun.
 Now I had a request from my last post to talk more about this quilt and how I made it.  When I went to take a photo, look who I found sitting comfortably upon it!!
 Here's a close up of one of my quilted pillows.
 To be quite honest, I've had this quilt "on the go" for such a long time, that I have really forgotten how exactly I put it together.  I know that there was no pattern involved.  I just had all my favourite Amy scraps, and wanted to make a big, snuggly quilt, one school holidays last year.
 I remember putting the quilt top together quite quickly.  I had to keep adding bits to the edges to keep making it just a little bit bigger.  Then I decided to hand quilt it.  I did some quilting early on, and then it got folded and tucked away.  When I got it out a few weeks ago, I realised I'd done quite a lot, and that I should just get on and finish it, so that's what I did.  Now I'm thrilled with the finish, and that's why I'm going all out with the extra pillows.  I'll take another photo when they're all done.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Frosty Mornings

 Winter's arrived late this year, with snow last week, and frosty mornings this week.
 Even on some roses, that I've not had the chance to prune yet.
 Time for a new handbag . . .
 . . . in between finishing hand quilting my Amy Butler quilt
30 seconds after I put it on the floor, look who tucked up in it . . .  
totally convinced I'd made it just for her! 
 She was LOVING it!!

Back to my handbag making . . .  

Still need to add my handle.  First attempt was a disaster, so I think I'll leave it until I'm fresh.
So much to do . . . so little time!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Snow on Black Hill

 We talked about the possibility of snow today
 But when it happened . . . right on Play Time . . .
 We all couldn't believe it!
 It's been a L O N G time since we've seen snow settle on the ground in Ballarat

We were all SNOW excited!
What a great day.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Technology

 I may have just worked out how to upload photos from my phone . . .
Therefore, there is a bit of an update on things I've been doing.
At the start of the holidays, I had a wonderful day helping my clever friend
Ric Rac on her award winning stall at the Craft Show in Melbourne.
 She is a very clever girl who makes exquisite toys
I took a fancy to this bag.  It's a bit small to see the writing but it says:
"DANGER - Creative Genius At Work"
 My winter couch time has been taken up mostly with my mini hexi's and I'm getting close to putting the purse together.
 I always fit time in for crotcheting!
 Posted these to a friend in Tassie, as she took a fancy to the one's I'd made and thought she'd like a pair in orange.
 And then a thrill today to see my friend Nichole in Ballarat.
She was teaching one of her purse classes at our "local" - so a few of us went to catch up after class.

 Yes, she was really here -
Lovely to see you Nic.
"Love ya work"