Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The flowers that bloom in the Spring, tra la

'Earth laughs in flowers'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lots of projects on the go but alas none to show at this festive time, so please, have a wander around my garden where the roses are scented and the wisteria is confused and making a return visit.








Even the letter box is abundant!


Christine
xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Framed!


“Simple life and peaceful mind are very close friends!”
 Mehmet Murat ildan


Happy dance time as my boys were up on the weekend and the younger one got my computer working again! I'd downloaded a virus, disguised as an update.  Plus having also downloaded the most recent ipad update which, while not a virus, has been making me sign in, then sign in again, then just to be sure, sign in again, no wonder I was tearing my hair out! Thank you to those who continued to comment even though it must have seemed you were being ignored and I have to apologise because most of the comments I wanted to leave on your blogs disappeared during the multiple sign in attempts.

To combat these and other stresses, I've been trying to simplify my life which included attacking the UFO collection. With a few op shop frames empty and waiting most of the projects (including a few secret gifts) have been happily attended to. Of course, that has created a new problem because with this less cluttered style of living as I have nowhere to hang the keepers!



This lovely earring holder from a half price sale converted with a piece of dowel and some wire to make a perfect mini quilt hanger!



Now to get back to it and empty that box! 


Christine
xx





Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A Message from Lloyd George

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?" 
Eve Merriam

As anyone who reads my blog would know, I love vintage china. 
This plate, nearly 100 years old is my favourite, not because it has a beautiful design,  but for its poignancy reminding me of the women who also 'did their bit'. 


 SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM
THE RT HON LLOYD GEORGE
PRIME MINISTER

"I HAVE NO HESITATION IN SAYING
THAT ECONOMY IN THE CONSUMPTION
7 USE OF FOOD IN THIS COUNTRY
IS A MATTER OF THE GREATEST POSSIBLE
IMPORTANCE TO THE EMPIRE
AT THE PRESENT TIME"

The front is a message from the Prime Minister to a nation already tightening their belts. While plain in design, it is encircled by a laurel wreath for Victory. 
This message appeared on all varieties of dinnerware and included an eggcup

 'Dedicated to the Patriotic Fowl'.

However it is the back which touches me.

 MADE BY 
THE GIRLS OF STAFFORDSHIRE
DURING THE WINTER OF 1917
WHEN THE BOYS WERE IN THE 
TRENCHES FIGHTING FOR
LIBERTY AND 
CIVILIZATION


 We will remember them all.

Christine 
xx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Home Sweet Home

“No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”

Lin Yutang

Lots of catching up to do! 

Hubby and I have been a roving to NSW and while I unexpectedly had to return early, he was able to continue on to Melbourne where he helped our son move house - maybe I got the better deal there!

We called by some beautiful and nostalgic spots along the way. 

Through Moree, past the street sign to the old farm 'Kanimbla'  where my husband grew up, Mudgee where we stayed by the river (Mudgee is such a pretty town, I'd love to spend some more time there), the Blue Mountains at the glorious Katoomba  hotel 'The Carrington' (a nice break from our camper) and enjoyed the breath taking vistas from various lookouts.  


a day spent exploring historic Parramatta and revisiting my footsteps from my young and single years 

and a pleasant cruise up the Parramatta River to Sydney


It was lovely to come home to the garden where the foxgloves were coming out and the roses still in their Spring splendour.


With a few things on my mind it was bizarrely satisfying to do a house declutter - several car loads to the op shops and numerous emails to friends with a photograph;  'Do you want... ?'

(although I'm not sure anyone would look at my cottage and consider it clutter free)

 and with mind and space clearer it was a joy to continue a series of embroideries designed a few years ago and being reworked in fresher colours to be released as a pattern next year.


Christine 
xx