Sunday, November 28, 2010

Festive Feline

No, please, not the nose.
not everyone loves christmas.....

Sandi x

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Cheer

From an early age she suspected men were a bunch of lazy freeloaders.

Sandi x

Friday, November 26, 2010

Quilt Rescue

I came across this little quilt at the local op-shop on wednesday. It was in with the pet blankets???!!!
I wondered why it had been put there.

Oh dear, there were some black marks (paint or tar?) and some purple paint on another section.
Nevertheless, I bought it anyway.
Once home, I thought 'what are my chances at getting those marks out?'

I was advised to use methylated spirits or mineral turpentine for removal of paint.
I tried methylated spirits on a cotton bud, just dabbing away,
the marks were coming out.
It went a little smudgy, but it was mostly out.
Next, I rubbed on my favourite stain remover - 'Sard Wonder Soap'.
Guess what?
The paint marks vanished!

All of the appliqued bears have been hand done. Just look at those adorable tiny buttons. A lot of work (and love) has gone into the making of this little quilt.

You can see in the picture above that there is no sign of the black paint on the yellow gingham square.

(My winter heater has now become a summer quilt stand.)
I will keep it now for when little ones (grandchildren?) come along. I expect that will happen in the next five years or so. No rush :)

Sandi x

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Meeting the 'Minx'

This morning, I went to a 'meet the author' event at our local bookstore, Rosetta Books.
Kelly Doust (author of 'Crafty Minx' and more) was launching her new book 'A Life in Frocks'.

'In A Life in Frocks, Kelly takes us through her wardrobe of memories exploring the many facets of the fickle world of fashion'.
Kelly gave a delightful presentation and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Kelly (on left), and myself
She even signed my book for me.

.......and the morning tea was scrumptious, especially the passionfruit slice.

Sandi x
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Pottering around.....

Let's go over to the pond..........

My fragrant waterlillies are starting to bloom.
 This lovely lilac one has a little visitor, can you see it?
 It is a hover fly. 

A sedge frog keeping watch.
There are a few frogs in the pond today. This little chap seemed to like having his photo taken.
They chirp when the rain is on its way.

A Cape York lily - a spectacular member of the ginger family. It is related to tumeric (the spice).
The pink flower spike emerges first, followed by the big leaves.

Part of my 'white' garden. The agapanthus are out at the moment. I have the blue ones as well in other parts of the garden.
It is a busy time of year in the garden.
Cutting back, weeding, mulching....
 We've got thirty bales of sugar cane mulch coming this week. We get it delivered straight from the farmer.
Cheerio for now,
Back to the garden.......

Sandi x

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On its way

Wrapped and ready to go.
Posted friday.
Secret Santa Swap presents
Are winging their way around the world.

A swap organised by the lovely Chookyblue

I wonder who my secret santa is?.......

Sandi x
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hi everyone, thanks for all the lovely comments I received for my birthday, they were much appreciated!
I made this little fabric basket recently, for my sister's birthday. I thought she might like the fabric - she has two border collie dogs.
For the batting, I used up some purple felt (goodness knows why I had bought it in the first place). I will have to make some more of these useful baskets. Today I am getting my parcel ready to send to my secret partner in Chookyblue's Secret Santa Swap. I can't wait to show you what I have made, I can show you after christmas.
Cheerio for now,
Sandi x
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Sign

A sign that christmas is nearly here.
 The arrival of christmas beetles. This is the first one of the season.
He looks like he is about to wave. ^ ^

These beetles eat mainly eucalypt leaves.

We get a few different species of 'chrismas beetles' here in Australia. We most often see the green beetle (pictured above) and there is also a gold one. You usually find them buzzing around the outside lights at night time. I will have to show you a gold christmas beetle (for my overseas visitors), when they arrive.

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pink Post

I made these little cupcakes over the weekend, as we often have friends drop by, and I like to have some sweet treats to have with coffee.
Son, David, took the remainder with him to work on monday. Can you imagine four blokes sitting down to eat these (pretty) cakes with heart sprinkles on top?  :)

A hot pink ruellia flower.
(Ruellia macrantha, from Brazil)
Once picked, they will happily sit in a bowl for a few days - without water!
I put them in the soap dish in the bathroom - they look quite tropical.

Pink Galahs!
Chatting around the birdbath.......
A common visitor to our garden.

A honeybee sipping nectar from a pink(ish) salvia.
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