Thursday, 31 July 2014

OPAM and a trip to the op-shop

“We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort."

William James

One finish this month for the tally ...and half a dozen projects started. I wonder if one ever catches up?

I have a big birthday project on the go which has to be finished very soon so I can feel comfortable blaming this for not completing the others and won't consider that time wandering around the op shops may contribute to less time at the sewing machine! 

Of course without op shop wanderings I might not have a supply of fabrics and laces and such, so it is a vital part of crafting... and home making...and gardening and ...well anything. (even our wonderful  locally grown wild honey comes from the op-shop)

 This week was sale time and all those glorious doilies were squished into a bag for $6 then reduced by 75% so the sum total was $1.50! They are meant for craft as most are stained or have small holes, which I love as I can't bring myself to cut into something perfect. Expecting half a dozen, I was stunned to count 19!
Add vintage braids, including my favourite cotton ric rac on cards and a bag of leather pieces for an attempt to make a leather thimble. There might be a few attempts possible in that collection - if I can get into the bag after being reminded it is not to be opened! 

Some very inspiring magazines full of projects by creative people. I love browsing magazines and it's also possible that if I spent less time drooling over crafts I might get more done, only just possible though.  Plus a book for my friend who requesting some help with the local idioms met a response of blank faces. I'm sure the Queen says 'G'day mate' on less formal occasions so what would be different?

Once again, thank you Kris and Sweet Peg for the inspiration to get even one project finished each month!

That raking still hasn't happened but my little lone snowflake is now part of a crowd.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Homely days

"Cats are connoisseurs of comfort."
James Herriot 

It's a lovely quilting day today, gentle rain, no commitments ...and cats who think that when I  have the sewing machine humming with fabric pieces everywhere I am doing it for their muddy pawed pleasure!

All other projects are put aside as I work on a special birthday quilt for a special birthday for a special person and as anything worth doing will be a challenge I know that this must be especially worth doing! 

It's to be a surprise and I can't show it in progress but here is a little sneaky peek at the fabrics. 

So pretty!

A finish for the month was a needlecase for a friend.

(using fabulous felt from fantastic Fiona!)

And the garden? 

I had a happy wander around this morning, taking photos and checking progress. After our windy week there is an hour of raking to do, but not today. 

Today is for indoors.


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Winter work and play

The poetry of the earth is never dead.
John Keats

I'm feeling rather like a schoolgirl sneaking back after wagging.

A couple of weeks ago I had signed up for FNWF and I did get my sewing out only to be interrupted by the dreaded work phone call wanting my presence for the night, so I apologise to anyone who called by hoping to see wonderful things... or anything!  However in company of friends I have had a chance to continue the delightful Christmas swag from Brandy Gully and begin the wonderful Birdhouse Mouse Pincushion that I have been drooling over on other blogs.

Mostly though I have been spending my time in the bracing air of the Winter garden. I'm not sure it looks any less bleak for all this loving attention but it's such a wonderful time to see what to get rid of and what to include for future seasons and meet the seasonal flowers, such as this sweet little snowflake, also braving the cold.

A break from gardening came when my very very very ('very' to the power of 100) happy husband took delivery of his new red car and whisked me to the coast for a night. 

No romantic beach photos but along the way we found a lovely spot for a break.

 and further on I was awed by these endless forests of trees. So straight and tall. Will they be someone's home one day or maybe the furnishings to make it comfortable?
We had to rush back when he was called urgently for work 

so to return to the garden, 

here are the last of the roses...

their perfumes mingling with scented violets

and jonquils

Now to put my feet up, drink tea from my newest Op shop treasure, watch a favourite DVD
...and hope that pesky phone doesn't ring yet again.


Tuesday, 1 July 2014


What freezings I have felt... 

I don't know about everywhere else but here in the Sunshine State it has been decidedly chilly! Long hot baths with a book and cup of milo have been in order, snuggling by the heater in flanny jammies and chenille dressing gown with a cat on your lap after, ending the day with a leap into icy bed! As a result one of my projects this month was to turn two flat flannelette sheets into a doona cover. Aaah ....finally cosy and both cats agree! 

For the count I have hemmed and hung 3 sets of sheer lace curtains, finished a hardangar Christmas angel and made another return to a previous passion of pulled thread work and counted cross stitch to make a small sampler before my fingers froze.

6 projects completed!

I hope you all had a wonderfully creative month and thank you to Kris and Peg for providing the inspiration to keep on.