Busy Days

These past few weeks have been rather busy, lots of projects have been started, and need to be finished!!  I had a break in the middle as I was trying not to catch a Spring flu, all better now and enjoying this first day of Summer here in Australia.  We have put our Christmas tree up this morning, and I have been enjoying the trip down memory lane sorting through all our handmade decorations with my little ones…… bliss.

I will have to put up a blog about our handmade decorations, I have some new ones on the go at the moment, these ones involves knitting and crochet…. yay!

In fact lots of knitting and crochet has been happening lately, as I am hoping to make the majority of Christmas presents to give this year, and that has been keeping me occupied of an evening.

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Once I had decided to go with handmade for presents, I ordered some cotton and was very happy when these gorgeous bundles arrived in the post.

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I settled myself in that very evening to begin a lovely washcloth, and have got a nice little collection now for gifting.  I use Ravelry for patterns and there is a huge number of wonderful patterns to select from.

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I am loving these washcloths and really think I need to make some for myself as well.  I have made several different patterns now, some for wash cloths and some for dish cloths.

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Really love this teal colour cotton, and this dish cloth knitted up more rectangular than square, as it has a nice picture pattern – garden scene on it, I will have to blog this one later as I do not want to give away the surprise before it is unwrapped on Christmas day in case the recipient checks my blog.

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This one is a gorgeous lace leaf pattern, another learning project for me and I must say it was beautiful to knit and turned out just as it should so I am thankful for that.  Can you see all the little cars, and the tractor, yes my boys were happily playing together whilst Mummy did some knitting, it was lovely, really enjoyable to sit and knit and watch them play.

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Many cups of teas have been delightful whilst I sit and knit, and the occasional sweet treat has been enjoyed as well.

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During the week I noticed these beautiful flowers coming up in my backyard and had to grab a picture, the colour is very refreshing amongst all the green.  I really am no green thumb and had to post a photo and ask the question as to what kind of flower it is and I have been informed that it is indeed an Hibiscus flower.  Very pretty and I must remember to pick one or two and pop in a vase, to bring the outside in.

This morning we have been decorating for Christmas, one lovely tinselled tree is now proudly standing tall in our living room and the little ones are most excited (and this mummy is rather excited herself).  Along with the tinsel it is covered in our handmade decorations from years past.  I have also been managing to sneak in some knitted and crocheted Christmas decorations, some finished, some nearly finished, and some not so much…… hoping tonight might be good to make some progress, and then I can share them here on my blog.  I have shared some pictures, and works in progress on my instagram account if anyone wishes to take a peek.

For now I am off to finish sewing a sweet little touch fairy pouch, as my eldest has lost his first tooth…… oh they grow too fast, I really wasn’t ready for this, neither was my little man, but we have had a long chat and we have processed and are now very excited about the tooth fairy coming to visit and hopefully leaving a nice little donation for the very first tooth.

Take care xx

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Wildflowers

I would like to share some more wildflower photos from our Spring vacation.  It is nice to look back and remember exploring through the bush looking for treasures, and of course keeping a watchful eye out for snakes, but thankfully being the beginning of Spring it was still a little cool for them to be out.   Anyway enough about slithery things and back to pretty wildflowers……

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I am not familiar with flowers, I just love to photograph them and appreciate the beauty in nature.  I have however done a search and I believe these are known as Purple Tassel.  They were a very pretty shade of purple with a nice pop of yellow.

 

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Love these yellow pom pom flowers, very summery and happy.

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This is one of the pom pom flowers up close, they are made from tiny individual flowers.

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This pretty one is a fringe lily.  Such vibrant colouring, and when the sun falls upon its petal they sparkle and shine.  Very pretty.

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I was very surprised by how tiny most of these wildflowers were, such detail and vibrancy in such a tiny parcel.  As you can see sometimes the reverse side of the flower petals were very interesting also.

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Pink enamel orchids, these ones had a lovely shiny sheen on their petals hence their name.

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The reverse side of the pink enamel orchid surprised me and I had to capture it for memory.

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Not sure what these ones are called, but again delightful colours and patterns.

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This one is the donkey orchid.  I have already shared a photo of this one in an earlier post, but there were so many of them on the day that I had to include them in this post.

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And lastly these little flowers, which we were calling angel flowers because they look like sweet little angels.  They were so tiny, about the size of my fingernail,  very tricky to photography especially with the light breeze we had, which was lovely for us but not for taking photographs.

I still have many more wildflower photographs to share another day, today I am thinking about doing some more crochet.   Although lately whenever I say that I do not get to pick up my yarn and hook til rather late in the evening, but I really need to get some more Christmas presents crafted.  I really like handmade gifting, and will endeavour to find more hours in the day to get more made.

It is a lovely sunny Spring day here, and I have my windows open letting the fresh sea breeze flow through.  The patio is looking very enticing for our lunch, perhaps I can extend lunch into crochet time.

Enjoy xx

Baking Day

This last week has seen us finally get a new oven installed, the old one gave out weeks ago and it was a bit of a process to get a new one.  But it is all sorted now and since I took time out to clean and tidy the pantry yesterday I decided to do some baking with my supplies today.

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First up was this delicious ginger crunch slice, my boys both enjoyed some and happily informed me that it tastes really yummy just like gingerbread men.

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There was a lot of crumbs left in the tray from cutting the ginger crunch, so I poured it all into a little jar and am thinking it might be nice sprinkled over vanilla ice-cream later in the week.

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And next was my very first attempt at Chocolate Brownies, made with dark, milk and white chocolate.  It smelt divine whilst cooking and I must say has turned out fantastic.  Very yummy indeed.  I think next baking day I might need to add some savoury as well, although we don’t cook a lot of very sweet treats like these brownies so I think this is fine.

I have also been busy with my crochet hook, whipping up some wash cloths and have managed to make a small start on a dish cloth today.  I am hoping to be able to gift some for Christmas presents, and I am adding myself to the list as well, I mean I really should make some for myself to know that they are nice to receive as a gift…… right….. thats my idea anyway.   Now I might make a cup of tea, and settle down for a short time to do some more dishcloth making.

Take care xx

 

By The Seaside

I enjoy looking back through our vacations photos, brings it all back nice and fresh in my memory.   Especially when I am finding it hard to get back into the swing of things, so I am happy to share some lovely seaside photos here today.

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One of my favourite things to do is simply fossick along the shoreline for pretty shells, I remember doing this as a child, and now I am doing the same thing with my children, and it is wonderful.

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Look at all these gorgeous teeny tiny little shells.  Can you imagine a beach made entirely from billions of these tiny shells……… we visited one such beach and appropriately it is called Shell Beach.  It is apparently one of only two beaches like this in the World.  Amazing……

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Bright blue sky, crisp white shells, and the clear sea water………. was spectacular indeed.

From here we headed further along the coast and found some pretty impressive beaches and very nice weather, after leaving grey stormy days it was a bit of a surprise to the senses to be in such warm weather.  There was lots of slip, slop, slap, sunsmart practice happening this week.

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We spent some lovely days here on this beach, and seen some very friendly sealife doing their own thing as they desired.  This is Monkey Mia, located within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area in Western Australia.

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This is Mr Pelican, who was paddling along the waters edge.  We stopped and said hi and then went on our way.  The water is absolutely beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise blues, very enticing.

dolphins

Oh the joy I felt when this dolphin swam past as we were wading along, we were so lucky this day as the dolphins were doing their natural thing, had spotted some yummy looking fish and were hunting them along the shoreline, so they came close to us, we simply had to stand still and let them do their thing and take lots of photos of course.   Some lucky swimmers had them swimming around them, you could see the delight on the young swimmers face, reflected in my own as they swam past me I am sure.   Most of the day you see them here and there off in the distance, but to see them come in this close was wonderful indeed.  Oh I absolutely adore dolphins, they are simply beautiful.

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This is the nearby town of Denham, we would stroll along the beachfront every day to enjoy the sights, and I must say I took a lot of dinghy photos, but I do like them, looking very relaxed resting on the beaches.  We would spend our evenings relaxing on the beaches ourselves, with our picnic tea, how easily I could go back there right now, it was very enjoyable.  We seen so many lovely sights, and most of all I enjoyed spending time with my loved ones, hopefully making many happy memories for our little ones.  They do talk about our vacation, the many exciting sights we seen, the activities we filled our spare time with, and I like to think that even though they are young, they will remember this for years to come.

And now I am off to make a cup of tea, before I have a few chores to do then hopefully I might be able to do a few rows of knitting whilst dreaming more about our vacation days.

Enjoy xx

Spring Vacation

Sorry I have not blogged for a few weeks, we decided at the last minute to go away for a Spring Vacation,  we packed up our little camper and away we went for a couple of weeks of sunshine and sightseeing.   We spent time exploring the countryside we passed through until we eventually reached our destination which I am happy to say was by the seaside.   I do love the seaside, and I think living in the great outback of Australia for biggest part of the last 6 years has made me appreciate it even more.  I would like to share some of our Spring Vacation, starting with the countryside.

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Rolling green as far as we could see, blue sky, white fluffy clouds and wonderful fresh country air.  We  ventured a little from our main route to visit family who we do not get to see very often, and was delighted when they offered us some space to unfold our camper and spend the night camping with them, it was wonderful to catch up, and made for a lovely start to our vacation.

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The following morning we got to go wandering and fossicking for wildflowers.  These ones are known as Donkey Orchids, they are very pretty and so very tiny.  We found quite a few different wildflowers, and I enjoyed myself and it kind of reminded me of childhood wandering and exploring, finding treasures.

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We came across this fungi growing from a fallen tree.

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Then it was time to move on, although I did manage to sneak another wildflower photo in when my Husband stopped to check the camper was travelling okay.

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We spent the next night camping near this watering hole, people were swimming, kayaking and enjoying the great outdoors.

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We settled for a lovely serene walk around the waters edge, more exploring was done.

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Where we came across my favourite wildflower, the mulla mulla.   This one was lovely shades of green and yellow,  the pink mulla mulla flowers remind me of fairy floss, so sweet and fluffy to look at, my favourite of the mulla mulla.

The following morning as the rain clouds rolled in, we packed up our camper and headed towards the coast to blue sky and sunshine.  I will post more photos this week as our next destination involves sand, sea, shells, and the most wonderful and friendly sealife.  I hope you can pop back to have a look.

Take care xx

Spring is Blossoming

I am enjoying the beginning of Spring.  With its lovely blue sky, white fluffy clouds, soft cool breezes and in between these the not so sunny days, the grey sky, the dark clouds and the blustery winds which are not as enjoyable.

Yesterday we had the lovely blue sky and sunshine type of Spring day and we ventured outside for some gardening and I took the opportunity to take some photos of the lovely flowers that are beginning to blossom in our garden.

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This beautiful Iris standing proud.  With more green buds which will be out in bloom soon to show us their beauty.

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Pretty Daisies all in a row.

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Little splashes of orange to enhance all the lovely green foliage.

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Red Bottlebrushes looking vibrant against the clear blue sky.

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Green palm fronds, fluffy white clouds against a clear blue sky make for a lovely Spring day.

Thank you for joining me for a walk around my garden.  I am enjoying watching Spring blossom and hoping for many more clear sun shiny days when we can get outdoors and explore some more.

Take care xx

My Cardigan

I am sorry that I have once again had an absence from my blog, unfortunately I have been unwell.  I am feeling much better but not completely back to myself, hopefully soon I will be.  I have been rather busy trying to catch up on all my regular tasks that I have gotten behind on, which seem to pile up rather quickly don’t they.   I have also been trying to keep up to date on my knit along which I fell behind on, however I am happy to say that I have finished yay!!  well I do still need to sew on my buttons which I am going to get done today…. I most certainly will.

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Working sleeves in the round, I made my sleeves full length where the pattern was for three quarters sleeves.  They turned our nicely.

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I wanted my Miette Cardigan to be full length, so not only did I add length to make the sleeves long, I also added length to the body of the cardigan, and I like that it was knitted in the round as I could easily try it on and make sure that I had completed enough rows to sitting nicely at full length.  I added extra rows to the ribbing edge also, to match the length of the ribbing on the sleeves.

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My little one picked this sweet little daisy from our garden to give to me whilst I was resting and knitting, such a sweet gesture and exactly what I needed.

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There has also been some magazine reading and tea drinking over these last few weeks.

Would you like to see a complete photo of my cardigan…………..

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Ta-dah…….. my first ever cardigan knitted by me.   This was all set up ready to block, it is all dry now and looking at the forecast I might get the opportunity to wear it this week, I just need to get these buttons sewn on.  I am happy with how it has turned out, and really look forward to being able to wear it.   It fits nicely which is great.

I have already started my next project, a cute little vest for my little one.  I am about to start on the second ball of yarn, and my little one checks on my progress and has a feel of the yarn which is very cute.  The yarn is lovely and he picked it out himself, and he has made an excellent choice.  I look forward to sharing this project with you very soon.

Thank you for visiting my blog, hope you might return again soon.

Take care xx