Beautiful Beaches

First week of School, first week of back into routines, so of course here I am sat at my computer flicking through our holiday photos whilst I should really be tending to my neglected chores………

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But honestly I would much rather be here reminiscing the fun, relaxing times we had with family and friends, taking in this beautiful scenery…………………….

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Sunshine, bright blue skies, mountains, and endless clear beaches……………………………

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Grateful to be able to get out and about and enjoy exploring this spectacular Island home we have missed………………………

We have been doing a bit of exploring lately, some camping, some day trips out and about to get off the beaten track, I will think about these trips today, and the smiles on my little ones faces as they explored the World around them, they are back at School today, learning and exploring again, and hopefully they are still having an amazing time, and have huge smiles like they did yesterday on their first day back into it.

For me I am off to do those chores, take care xx

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New Year 2015

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Wow!! I cannot believe it has been a full year since I blogged….. so much has happened and I am not sure where to start!   I have settled down at my computer with a hot cup of tea, and have been reading my own blog posts from this time last year, where it seems I was busy knitting Christmas gifts and living in Western Australia.   The biggest change in my life in the past 12 months would be the reason for my blog absence, we made the move from Western Australia all the way back to our small Island home of Tasmania, it was a huge decision, an unexpected decision, and we have been very busy ever since.

I have been missing my blog, which I had to break from due to no internet whilst in transit, then we lived in a caravan for quite some time once arriving here in Tassie, and my internet access was extremely limited.  I have been keeping up with my instagram feed however, and love to go back through my feed every now and again to look back over our journey.

With a New Year beginning, I have decided to make time to get back into my blog and am rather excited as I sit here and type, looking out over my very own vegetable garden, which has just this week started to flourish with peas and beans ready to harvest, tomatoes on the vine growing nicely, zucchini, pumpkin and capsicum in flower, and carrots all in rows.  Something I have dreamed about for years, providing for our family in our own back yard.

This past year has seen lots of change, and some of the same things……..

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Knitting as always……..

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Actually rather a lot of knitting especially during our first Winter back here in Tasmania.

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Lots of baking………

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A bit of exploring, and sight seeing.  Getting reacquainted with this pretty and very scenic Island we now once again call home.

We have just returned back from an impromptu camping trip, which we truly enjoyed with great friends and family.  I love the holidays, wonderful time of the year, we enjoyed an abundance of sunshine, fresh sea air and relaxing by the seaside with our little ones paddling in the water.

Now we are home sweet home, refreshed and relaxed, however it might just take a little adjusting to get back into the routine of home life…..

Thank you for reading my blog, Take care xx

Crochet, Baking and a Bicycle Ride

Busy days here this week, lots of running about to get things sorted out.  But it is all done for now and I have been able to sit and craft in between errands.  I had been meaning to make a liner for the bottom of my bicycle basket for weeks now…… and finally managed to find a sweet little pattern to adapt to suit my basket.   So I grabbed my crochet tub, sat out on the patio with the fresh sea breeze blowing gently and hooked up a little rectangle of pure crochet goodness……

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I hooked up six circles, in colours to suit my bicycle, love the splashes of vibrant colour.  Then I added the border, I had never done this join as you go method before, once I got the hang of it, it was rather enjoyable.

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It was really good once I got a couple circles joined together, and could see in my mind the finished product.  And with this, I decided to change a couple of the circles and make them all include pink…… such pretty pops of colour.

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Tah-dah……………….. here it is all finished and ready to pop into my bicycle basket.  I am really happy with how it turned out and it suits my bicycle nicely.

Pattern can be found here if you are interested, it is called flowers in the snow…… perfect name.

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There may have been an interval…… to bake some delicious fresh banana bread…… hmmm was rather yummy indeed…… more to be made this week I feel……

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Here is my splash of colour basket liner, all in place, and ready to ride…….. makes me smile taking some hooky crochet goodness with me on my bicycle rides.

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I was much later than usual last night, heading off for some exercise.  But now that I am in the habit, I refused to let my day pass without making the effort…… and for my effort I got to see the last nights beautiful sunset over the ocean…… bliss……

Take care xx

Handmade Gifts

Giving handmade gifts was on my list for this Christmas, and I managed to get all the items on my list completed, posted, and received, in the week before Christmas, and  I must say that I am rather happy with myself for sticking to it.

I did manage to post a few sneak peak photos on previous blogs, and on instagram, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, now I would like to share more details and the finished items.

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I love casting on new projects, the anticipation and excitement.  Also I have not worked with pinks, purples, pretty girl colours for some time as I am the only female in my house, so colours tend to be mostly blues, and greens, browns, and the like, all extremely lovely, and I would never complain as I love it all, I truly do, and I especially love colours of the sea.  However I am slowly introducing pinks back into my creations, and gift making time was perfect timing for this!

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I came across some great patterns on Ravelry, for pretty cloths with ‘pictures’ knitted into them….. perfect!

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Love this teal colour, yes reminds me of the ocean…..

I had no idea, that you could create images within knitting, I am very much a novice indeed, and there may even be a name for this type of knitting but I have no idea, I just love it!  Would you like to see how they turned out…………

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How sweet do these little images look, I gave these ones to my mum, and she loved them!   so happy with how they turned out.   A cute little gardening lad and lass……… and a crochet cloth to round it out.  I made one of the crochet cloths for myself and use it for washing the dishes, it does an amazing job and is wearing very well indeed, still like new.  Although I cannot bring myself to scrub anything grotty with it, I rinse those ones first 🙂

I do apologise, and regret not laying my cloths out better to photograph, the edges look a bit wonky in the pictures, but I promise they were nice and neat and straight, thats what I get for last minute rush to get them out the door and into the postal system 😦

Pattern for little garden girl dish cloth can be found here and little boy dish cloth here, both on Ravelry.

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These ones I made for my mother in-law, who loves gardening and I thought would love some garden inspired/flowery cloths.  I must say I really enjoyed making all these cloths, but especially the lace work ones, they seem to be much faster to knit up, and I love seeing the pattern take shape.  A lot of time goes into those ones with the images on them, but very worth the effort.

All three patterns are again available on Ravelry.

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I think I may have blogged about this one before, but I truly loved making this lace leaf cloth, might be one of my favourites.  My boys were happily playing with their cars and tractors whilst I knitted…… another one of my favourites…….. bliss

Pattern for this one can be found here.

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And of course there was plenty of crochet happening as well.

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This one is made from a wash cloth pattern, but as I was making it, I was thinking it would make a nice doily and my niece has told me she uses it for exactly that, which is lovely, and makes me smile.

If anyone is interested in making one, you can find the pattern here.  It is a really sweet pattern, and crochets up rather quickly.

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Some of my little collection, prior to gifting.  I am thinking I might continue making handmade gifts during the year, and have a little basket for my makings, so that when the occasion arises,  I already have the perfect gift for that special someone.   Well that is the plan anyway…….

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my handmade ramblings……….

Take care xx

My Handmade Santa

I gave a sneak peek earlier this week of my first attempt at crochet amigurumi, today I would like to share more details.

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I was a little daunted at getting started, but once I picked up my crochet hook and yarn I got so caught up in the pattern that I forgot to stop and take more progress photos!  It was really enjoyable to make, and for my first attempt I think that it went quite smoothly.

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This was the photo that I shared in a previous blog, as a sneak peek.  Having finished the main body, I then filled it will toy stuffing, however I saved the next stage until after everyone had settled for the night (hence the dark photo, sorry) then I could fully concentrate on the finer details.  The details that really make this jolly fellow come to life………………….

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Ta-dah………….. a cute jolly Santa Claus to join my collection of Christmas handmade decorations.  I do like this Santa very much, and so do my boys, who often picked him up and admired him throughout Christmas.  He is now safely packed away, patiently waiting til next year when he can come back out and shine again.

The pattern is by Cara Medus and is featured in Simply Crochet Magazine the Christmas Edition.  I would love to make more, and wouldn’t hesitate, it is such a lovely pattern to crochet and works up nicely.

I am sitting here writing this whilst I have our banana bread baking in the oven, and it is making our home smell absolutely delicious.  Cannot wait to try a piece warm from the oven, and my two little ones will be lining up as soon as they hear the timer bell ring……. they love fresh baking.

My plan for today is to do some knitting, starting a new little project which I am hoping to share with you soon.

Enjoy the weekend xx

Making Christmas Decorations

For the last few years we have decorated our Christmas tree with decorations that we have made with our little ones, this always make me happy, and our children love to see their works of art hanging proudly on the branches.

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These are our very first handmade decorations we made when our little ones were barely toddlers, they are doing a great job still perfectly intact.

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This year we decided to make our own Christmas Baubles.  We stocked up on our supplies, plastic baubles, mini sparkly pom poms, colourful bells, and colourful stars and sequins.  Then we were ready to sit down and get creative.

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I really do love the colour combinations my little ones went with.  They loved picking and choosing each and every item to be included.

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Little hands were very busy creating.

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Bells and pom poms scattered about, looking very festive indeed.  

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When we were happy, we simply joined them together, popped some hanging string through the holes, and tah-dah gorgeous handmade Christmas baubles to hang proudly on our tree.

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We also decorated our Christmas cards this year, my little ones happily done some paintings inside some of the cards, and we decorated all the envelopes with this gorgeous snowman stamp.  And we may have added a few stickers before we popped them in the post.

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I also made some Christmas decorations myself this year, here is a little sneak peek at my first attempt at crochet amigurumi, and I am really pleased with how it turned out, and will blog in detail about this gorgeous little fellow very soon.

Enjoy xx

Beginning a New Year

Oh my how busy has the last couple of months been, I have not had much time to sit and blog, I still have some Christmas posts to do, we had a wonderful Christmas here and I am hoping to blog about my Christmas makings soon.  I get to share all my creations now, as they have been gifted and there is no need to worry about giving the surprises away.

Today however I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, a fresh year beginning today, how exciting!

I must admit we were sound asleep before midnight, we did however pop along to the family fireworks being held on our local foreshore.  They were amazing, as my sweet boys declared “the best fireworks show ever”.

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We are having a quiet day here today, just cruising about the house doing what makes us happy.

Wishing you all a wonderful, creative, happy New Year…….

Enjoy xx