Monday, December 3, 2012

Blackberry Picking Time

Oooh lookie, 
a whole hillside of lovely blackberries there for the picking - 
so a-picking we did go.
Luscious and juicy, I must admit that some got eaten along the way.....
Now snap frozen, awaiting to be included in a sweet recipe or two....

Sandi x

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Favourite Time of Year - The Florin Street Band (New Christmas Song)

And now......time for a little something to get you in the Christmas mood.
The setting and costumes are wonderful by the way - filmed at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge,  in England.

Sandi x

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Finish

Good afternoon everyone,
Here's the project I started in October - a paper pieced ball.
All finished !
(you can scroll down to November's posts to see it being made).
  I am quite pleased with the way it turned out.

I'm sure the little one (and her sisters) will enjoy playing with it at christmas time.

Sandi x

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

King of the Parrots

Look who dropped in for a feed.

A regular visitor to our bird feeders are King Parrots.
This one is a male, his partner was too shy to come down. Her colouring is mostly green.
Always lovely to see them.

Sandi x
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Are You Organised

Hi Lovelies,

With christmas just around the corner, here is a great way to get organised.

I have found a wonderful website to get you started,
 go and take a look around, you'll find lots of fab ideas there.

you can find my 'famous' recipe for White Christmas Slice featured too ......
Here is the link:    The Organised Housewife

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cheeky Monkeys

Just finished is this cheeky fellow.......
a sock monkey.

A little buddy for this guy.

'Don't forget to show 'em your tail'.

Sandi x
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Getting Crafty

My dear mother-in-law has recently moved to a lovely local retirement village. The residents are a friendly bunch and all know each other by their first names. Being a new resident MIL Dot needs a little name plaque to hang beside her door.
I decided to make her one.
I purchased a teensy canvas, painted the edges a nice blue (to match one of the colours on the chosen fabric background), then Mod Podged (a type of sealer/glue) the rose print fabric on top. Next, I painted the wooden letters. I had a little red silk rose, and thought it might look better if it was pink. (I didn't know how it would go if I painted it - it works!)
Out came the hot glue gun to stick on the flower, leaves and letters.
When I was shopping for the canvas (at the two dollar store), I spied this 'lace' over near the scrapbooking supplies. It feels like it is made of a sort of plastic. The lace was supposed to be self-adhesive (but didn't adhere very well at all), so I stuck it on with the Mod Podge.

I hope she likes her new little name plaque.

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Having a Ball

Hi there lovelies, just a quick update on what I am working on at the moment.
Can you guess what I am making?
It's a patchwork ball ......paper pieced and hand-stitched.
and it's already halfway finished!

This patchwork ball will be a christmas present for our niece's baby, Summer.
The pattern is from a book I borrowed from our local library, called I Love Patchwork
by Rashida Coleman-Hale.

I will show you a picture of the ball when it's finished.

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Our Local Quilt show

Thought I'd show you a few quilts from our  local quilt show held recently.
I loved this one with all those colourful cats....... 

This one reminds me of pies or pizzas  :)

The travelling quilt. (big quilt on stage) travelled around Australia, and was added to by different quilt groups.


Very nice!

Quiltopia had a stall there.

Great modern design!

Country stars.
I had a great afternoon looking at all those lovely quilts and browsing the stalls.
I even had a win - I won a lovely table runner made by one of the ladies in the quilt group.
Sandi x
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Lovely Ladybirds

Look what I have found over in the veggie garden.....
Loads of lovely yellow ladybird beetles.
Busily scurrying amongst the frothy white flowers of the queen Anne's lace. 

Do you have ladybirds in your garden?

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Walking Irises

A couple of pretty irises from my garden for you today. 
These ones are called 'walking irises' because of the way they propagate themselves.  A plantlet is formed at the tip of the flower stalk, it bends to the ground and takes root. This new plant then repeats the process. Thus, giving the illusion of walking or moving about as it spreads.
They fill up a garden bed quickly.
A nice addition for any cottage garden.
Cheerio for now, I'm off to do some stitching....

Sandi x

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fruits of the Forest

Yum! Native raspberries.
We spotted a patch of these tasty berries growing while taking the dog for a walk,
not far from home.

They can be found growing beside creeks and tracks in sunlit rainforest areas.

And what did I make with them?.........

I baked an apple and native raspberry tart.
It was delish served with a scoop of vanilla icecream.
Am I making you hungry?  :-)

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Garden Day

Today you will find me out and about pottering around the garden.
Lots to do. Cutting back, mulching and weeding.....
Later this afternoon, I will do some baking, a yummy fruit tart and perhaps some lemon butter. The lemon tree is loaded with luscious fruit and our chooks are laying more regularly.
How is your garden going?

Cheerio for now,
Sandi x 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rain at Last

Lovely showers of rain arrived yesterday afternoon.
After nearly two months of waiting, it finally came.....

Today the weather was very changeable
undecided whether to rain or shine......
Foggy early in the day, then a beautiful sunshower in the afternoon.
Wonderful for the garden.

What's the weather doing in your part of the world?

Sandi x
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Love a Dove

A recent visitor to our garden is this little guy - an 'Emerald Dove'. Gorgeous!
The green plumage (which is quite shiny) helps it to be camouflaged in the rainforest.

It has been so dry in these parts - no rain for over a month now.
The birds love to visit here - there is always water in the birdbaths and seed in the feeders.

Sandi x
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Beach Drive

Last weekend, we packed up a picnic lunch and went with friends for a drive up to Double Island Point along the beach. The weather was superb! 

The long stretch of beach is very popular with fisherman.

There were several goannas lurking in the picnic area. We do not feed them, as it encourages them to depend on people for food. 

I got to fly my kite for a while after lunch. (sorry no photo) The men went for a walk up the hill to look at the view. Sometimes you can see whales going past.

A clump of bright yellow (native) 'paper daisies' growing on the sand dunes.

A pied oyster catcher or 'pippie bird' as we know them.

It is compulsory to stop for an icecream at Mr Yummy's van.  :)

Catching the car ferry back across the river to Tewantin.
A lovely day out. It is nice to visit the ocean for a recharge and relax.

Sandi x  
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