Craft Time Fun

It is such a beautiful sun shiny day here today, we spent the morning out on our patio making some sweet little jars of seaside.

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We spread out our supplies, scissors, jars, cardboard, pencil, sand, and shells.  We set about cutting out our shapes, we decided on fishes and starfish.   Then we poured some sand into our jars, placed a couple of shells in each, a fish, and a starfish each.

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And here we have our own little Seaside in a Jar………………… so simple yet so wonderful.    We absolutley love the seaside and having these little jars in our home, well it makes me smile every time I look at them.   My boys had a great time making them and they are taking pride of place on the toy table at this very moment.

Now this is only a small but sweet blog today, as the sun is shining beautifully and I am heading back out to our patio with a cup of tea and a good read, to make the most of this gorgeous weather.

Take care xx

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Snapshots and Memories

This week has been rather wet and windy, and most of our time has been spent indoors.  We have been filling our time with crafting, reading, a movie or two, general playing of toys for the children and I have spent a little time going through photos.  Reminiscing through all our old and new photos, some I had actually forgotten about.  I would like to share some on my blog today.

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This first one was an early morning out and about, perfect weather and managed to capture this lovely silhouette.   I have not made any adjustments to the photo, this is how it was taken with the camera and I really like it.

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This lone wooden yacht really caught my attention.  It was a dreary, wet and drizzly kind of day and I could not resist taking some photos as a keepsake.  I love how you can look a one photo and so many memories come flooding back.

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Another rainy day photo, in the outback this time.   Red dirt, green shrubbery, and grey skies.  Although the red dirt was very wet and flooded this day.

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All this wet weather and I came across these rain laden little yellow wattles, so I really have to include them.  One of the most well known Australian Native plants, I really do love native bush flowers and plants, very pretty, very hardy, and very diverse.

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This pretty treasure would have to be my favourite native wild flower, the Mulla Mulla.   We Came across an abundance of these when we were living in outback Western Australia.  Such pretty shades of purple and pink, and I am reminded of cotton candy with their fluffy layers.

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And another favourite Australian native of mine,  is the Gum tree.  This tree was laden with all these wonderful gum nuts, hundreds and hundreds of them, we had a great time picking up a few that had naturally fallen to the ground, my children played with them for a very long time, their treasures they were calling them.

I really enjoyed going through these photos, the memories brought back, and new memories being made every day.  Now the plan for today after doing some light housework is to sit and rest, maybe some knitting might be involved and a Sunday afternoon movie I think.  Off now to make a cup of tea, and think of what lovely local ‘treasures’ there might be to venture out and take some photos of……. well when the weather improves a little…..

Take Care xx

A Knit-along

Yarn

Finally my yarn arrived for the knit-along my Sister in-law suggested we take part in.   My yarn was put onto back order, and it took a lot longer than advised to arrive, actually it took a month!!  Yes one whole month from order date to delivery, but I must say it is lovely yarn, and I probably wasn’t meant to start it earlier with a lot going on already.

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I actually contemplated not joining in with the knit along seeing that I only have 3 weeks left to get it done, and I have never knitted a cardigan before so was unsure how long it would take me to complete.   But I kept going back to the pattern again and again, and decided to go for it.  So late one evening once the house was quiet, I cast on and began.

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It did not take long for the pattern to start to take shape, and I really have been enjoying this knitting.

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I have been making good progress, trying to get some knitting done every evening.

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It was a bit daunting taking the stitches off the needle to leave the sleeves til later, however after doing this it really does look like a top now, very exciting.

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Now I am busy knitting the body, I am making mine longer than the pattern shows and really hoping it turns out nicely.   Looks like I might finish my second ball of yarn soon, I love how these soft fluffy balls of yarn change pattern for the last half of the ball, I know I am making progress when this pattern appears.

I have taken all these photos with my phone, I keep forgetting to take some nice photos with my camera.  I have just got my camera out now to remind me to take photos tonight.

For now I am off to get some Tea ready, then hoping to settle in for an early night.  It is really windy and quite cold here today, so snuggling up with my knitting sounds like a good idea.

Take care xx

Sunday Sunny Sunday

A nice easy Sunday at home is the plan for today, with nothing to do but hopefully have a rest and relax, perhaps with some knitting to calm the mind.

We sometimes like to go for a Sunday drive and have a look out and about, we did this last Sunday and I would like to share some photos of our day with you.

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I took my little stripey beach hut knitting with me, whilst hubby drove and pointed out places of interest as we cruised along.

We passed through many places that we would like to come back to when we have more time to explore.   We did stop to wander through a road side market which we spotted, so many wonderful handmade projects, and sweet stalls with cupcakes, jams, and spreads, little wooden toys for children, it was hard to resist taking a couple things home with us.

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Our little ones made a great choice with these cute little wooden robots, keeping them entertained between stops for the remainder of the car trip.

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Did I mention there was sweet stalls with the most enticing cupcakes, we could not resist these teensy tiny mini cupcakes, they were the perfect size cupcakes for little ones (and Mummy).  And decorated beautifully indeed.

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Then we ventured along further up into the Hills, and we came upon our first stop where the views where nothing short of spectacular.  We could see the City, those tall building peaks way off into the distance.  We were surrounded by beautiful hills, rolling green, waterfalls, pretty little streams, and fresh country air.

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This is the view to the side of the Water Falls, there was a viewing platform above the Falls with grating forming part of the walkway so you could see the water flowing underneath your feet, the kids thought this was fantastic, and so did we.  It was rather windy from the platforms and very refreshing.   The nature walk to and from the Falls was really nice, we stopped and admired all the native plants, and I must say I did get left dawdling behind a couple of times trying to get photos, and at one stage I ran to catch up and our little one thought we were having a race and took off….. Daddy had to run to catch up and slow him down, we all really enjoyed our day out and about.

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We then drove a little bit further along and came upon this Weir, also in the Perth hills.  We stopped and had a picnic lunch under the large shady trees, and must say it was a very popular tourist spot, many visitors were wandering along, chatting and taking photos.

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We joined them wondering along this long walkway above the water.

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Taking in the wonderful views, and enjoying the light winter sunshine, it truly was a lovely day, blue skies and white clouds.  Our children had fun making shapes out of the clouds, there were many dinosaurs in the sky this day.

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Then it was time to turn around and head home, and my knitting began to take shape.   I love love love seeing a different coloured yarn on each needle, I really do.  When dusk started to fall we decided that it would be a lovely end to the day to have our Tea on the Beach.

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And this was the perfect ending to a lovely family day out………watching the sunset over the Ocean with my loved ones.

Today, this Sunday will be a quiet day at home, my little ones are happily playing with their toys and enjoying the lovely fresh breeze coming through the open windows, and now I am off to join them, might even settle in with my knitting and make some slow easy progress on my cardigan.

Take care xx

 

Knitting

I may have been a bit quiet and absent lately, but I have been keeping busy.  Looking after my little ones, and when I have some down time I have been sitting and knitting.  I would like to share some of my projects with you.

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I came across the pattern on Ravelry for this sweet beanie, and made the most of quiet evenings to get it made, the cabling and eyelets are so pretty together.

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Mittens have been on my to do list for some time now, and I really love this pattern that I found on Ravelry.  Introduced new stitches into my knitting and really am happy with how they turned out.  Nice and warm in this wet and blustery weather we have been having here lately.

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My next project was to help me start on larger projects of the clothing kind.  I decided to simply give it a go, and to start small, I found a pattern that was on my to do list and it came in a baby size, I cast on and armed with some print outs I took to it, and it really didn’t take long to come together, and whilst the stitching isn’t perfect, I now know which areas I need to work on.  It was definitely a learning curve and I am glad I took the challenge.   It may not have turned out perfect, however I do feel it looks perfectly sweet on this Teddy that I made a few years back now.   This little vest is a very popular pattern, called the Milo Vest, also on Ravelry.

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One of the areas I found that I needed to work on before tackling the vest in a larger size, was the garter stitch section.  I felt that I need to make my stitches more uniform and consistent, so I found this pattern for the perfect project to practice my garter stitch.  It is a little knitted beach hut door stop from The Wool Sanctuary.  I found lots of lovely patterns available, and can see myself visiting this website again when I have finished this cute stripey beach hut.  I can see that my stitches are improving with each piece that I complete, so this is a winner as not only is my knitting improving but I will also have a lovely new door stop for my home.

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And my next cast on involves this delightful yarn which has finally arrived for me to start a lovely knit along cardigan, but more on this one later.  If you would like a sneak peek, I am on instagram under seashellsandoutbacktales, and have posted some snapshots of my project so far, it is coming along nicely.

This is what I have been up to other the last month or so, keeping my mind busy with projects, because when I have quiet time to myself, my mind wonders a bit too much lately.  Knitting is a nice way to fill these quiet moments, and having handmade items is so very heartwarming for me.  Now I am off to get settled for the evening and perhaps make some more progress with my cardigan.

Take care xx