Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
You wouldn't believe that the only car park was right near a second hand book store and a thrift shop so of course I had to investigate both.
I fell in love with this lovely BRAND NEW hat which will be perfect for me to wear in the garden. When I put it on I look like some of the charachters from Anni Down's Gardener's Journal. I also scored this gorgeous Metal Butterfly belt. It has a few stones missing but I will pull it to pieces and use it in some crafty form or another. It was only $1.00 so was a bargain.
I was also fortunate enough to find some embroidery magazines for just 40c each.
At the second hand bookstore I found this lovely gardening book which has the most beautiful pictures of plants and flowers.
We then stopped off at a hardware and nursery store on the way home and I purchased these rather healthy looking Geraniums which I intend to put into vintage containers when I find some and some spinach.
I think that I have made some major life decisions over the last few days and I do feel a lot better about things. I spent the majority of yesterday reading through other people's blogs and it has helped so much to help make things clearer to me. Sadly our busy working lives and tunnel vision make us lose track of what's important sometimes.
I am now off to make hubby a cuppa and to sit down in my bean bag and have a flick through my new book and magazines. Later on I will plant my new plants and wander through the garden to see how everybody is feeling after the rain. Then I will collect my gorgeous girls from the school bus.
Once again thanks for listening - It really helps...........
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Here are mys two storage cupboards which is where I "hide" things. Sometimes I never find them again but sometimes I get a nice suprise when looking for something else.
This one has tubs which have unfinished large projects - One has my Angel Story Quilt and another has an applique quilt I began about 5 years ago. Naughty I know ........
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I have been blogging now since New Years Day and thought that I should start to take some photo's of my digs so that you can get to know your way around. Our property is called "Goldwen Lodge" - I have tried to find out some history on the property and the reasoning behind the name but so far no luck. So here is our sign which is out front. We have a 3 acre property which is just big enough for us and keeps us pretty busy.
I have photographed our breeze through before but here is a view of one of the ends. Both ends are the same and have the area at the top that lets through the breeze but small enough not to let my pet cats out.
You can slightly see in the top right corner a little bit of our garage which holds 5 cars apparently. This is where my one day dream will happen ....... you know one day when I open up my own little craft and quilting shop in the back yard.....
Here is part of our native garden at the side of our house. Our bedroom window looks out onto this garden and one of my favourite things is to wake up and look out at the birds in the trees. We have 2 "Little Wattle birds" which visit on a regular basis and sing to me from these trees.
This is the view of the native garden from our bedroom. The birds sit on these low branches.
And now for an inside shot here is our dining room. Our home does not have any plaster walls or ceilings. It is very "Cottage/Country" style. We bought it around 4 years ago and I instantly feel in love with it's ambience.
We also keep worms to add to our garden. Here is their home.
And here they are posing for the photo shoot ...............................
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here are some pictures of the play mat quilt that I recently made for my darling grandson Thomas (TJ). I neeed to make another now for a friends baby and just wish that I had written down everything as I made it because I didn not use a pattern. Lesson learnt next time I make something out of my head I will do up a pattern first. I used colouring in books to trace the pattern pieces and typed the letters up on the computer and blew up for the applique.
Thomas loves to sit on it and traces around the letters with his fingers feeling the applique. He has a goldfish called "Reno" so that is his favourite animal on the quilt. The outside border and backing is made from Hey Diddle Diddle fabric.
This is TJ (Thomas Junior) who is my first grandchild. My daughter Sammy is expecting a sister for him in April. I can finally get to make some pink things. He is helping to collect the eggs from our recently acquired hens which are pictured below. He loves getting "up the back" when he visits grandama and goes straight to the hens to say hello.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
And here is an updated shot of our herb garden. Do you remember a few weeks back when we planted them all. Haven't they grown? We have been cutting lettuce from here as well as coriander, parsley and chives. We also have Basil, Marjoram, Spearmint and Mint.