Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wool, Wood and Swaps.....

First of all many of you will know that my Dad moved from Queensland and has been staying with us the past 5 wks while waiting to move into his unit .... well the day finally arrived for him and look at the lovely gift box of goodies the real estate gave him when they handed over the keys!
At the same time I got an early surprise when my parcel arrived from my swap partner for the No Fuss Swappers - fill a tin swap ....... What a lovely tin and filled with such lovely bits and pieces - hubby enjoyed the cherry ripes - he's getting to know that swaps usually include lollies or chocolates of some kind lol 

Stonehaven is finally finished!  It's taken a year (with many projects made during it's time on the needles) ....... and I have to say that knitting a large sized man's jumper in dark blue is not something I want to do again straight away lol! 

I was pretty excited when it was finished and cast on my 3rd Woolly Wormhead hat for this year. 
I'm following along with the group on Ravelry to try making 12 of her hats in the year.  The pattern is Spring Cap and it was a fun knit which I finished over the weekend.  I'm not usually a hat person since I find it tricky to get a winter hat that suits me - hence another reason for taking part in the dozen hat challenge (one of them has to be able to suit me!) 
Its not easy trying to take selfies with an ipad!
DH was given permission by a farmer who lives on the river to get a pile of beautiful red gum firewood - so we took advantage and headed over on Sunday morning for a good work out
Scruffy of course was busy supervising .....

A very nice load for the trailer and back of the ute ....... of course there is also the unloading and stacking of it all once we got home again .... my stomach muscles had a work out and sure did make the 10,000 steps that day!!  
 I couldn't leave without having a bit of fun .......

Enjoy your day! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pretend OPAM

Well, it's pretend because I somehow totally missed the OPAM start (there has been lots going on!)......  and I figured, oh well, that's fine ....... but after having done OPAM for a couple of years and missing it once before, I'm really missing it now ..... and I've found I'm still putting down what projects I complete anyhow!  So with Pegs permission to use the OPAM photo since I'll be linking back to her and Kris , I'm showing you a quick display of projects I managed to finish during March! 
And the continuation of the hexie project ........

Monday, April 4, 2016

FNWF and Stage 2 Kitchen Garden

FNWF (Friday Night With Friends) hosted by Cheryll  was on and as usual I seem to take the entire weekend with snippets of craft work happening throughout.  We actually had our daughter and her partner stop in for a quick visit.  I had pancakes cooking for dinner (Friday nights here are often very simple meals), which they were happy to enjoy while they caught up with "Grandpa" and us. ........ not to mention daughter was actually up for a kitchen tea and had asked for an assortment of my handmades.    She bought a fruit basket and we filled it with the stuff I had made ....... the dishcloths and handtowels from the last post (minus 2 dishcloths she kept for their kitchen), a bottle of the laundry liquid, some soaps, candlemelts, jam and relish.  I was surprised how well it ended up looking lol 
Mostly though, my weekend was spent trying to catch time to keep going with the knitting of Dh's Stonehaven Jumper ....... its getting mighty close as you can see.  Not tooooo much more of the sleeve to go and then I'll have the collar.  I'm really hoping I can get it finished before the MKAL starts.  

The organisers of the Outlander Mkal had to change the name to Dragonfly Mkal due to some trouble with copyright.  

   I'm looking forward to making this shawl.  My yarns arrived from Bendigo Mills for collection at the post office on Saturday morning!  After a bit of a debate and asking hubbie for input ....... I'll be using the Mink and Shadow colours.  We have a clue of "plaid" and I think these will work well together and give a bit of a hint of "Thompson" Clan, being my maiden name (or at the least, the name I was born with).
After taking that photo from the previous post with the tartan project bag, I've been thinking about how those windows on that end of "The Beehive" (aka the cabin), needed to be painted .  DH originally started painting them to match the guttering of the house since it sits right next to it ...... but this end is not visible to the road  since it ends at the washing line and has a high fence beside it.  As the wood pile from here gets used, my plan has been to turn this area into a little cottage garden which will be nice for the Beehive setting as well.  I pulled out some old paints we had here .... and also did a couple of touches elsewhere.  DH presented me with a planter box he made up for the area!  I also claimed the very old wheelbarrow (which I intend to paint also).  It's a work in progress - I'm ok with doing it bit by bit ...... it has all of Autumn and Winter to get ready!
A full view from the clothes line looking down.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Relaxation equals projects

The horse wagon did numerous rounds past the house over Easter 
Easter really was overall quite a nice restful time ........   I spent quite a bit of time sitting on the verandah or in the bee hive working on knitting or other projects, watching all the people walking by, and the horse wagon going past several times (rides were being done from the Pub to help raise money for the royal childrens hospital appeal).  Bundalong had a nice community  fundraiser afternoon going which we attended before heading over to Boorhaman for the annual RCHA auction which we have attended every Good Friday since 2003, except for the one year when we were living in Townsville.

I did get a tartan/ reversible project sack made up for the knitting project starting on 9th April that I mentioned in my previous Easter post .......  It's very simple, but it will be good to pop the knitting project into to keep it nice and clean.   I may end up making some more of these simple sacks for Christmas .

And I also managed to get a good bit of weeding done in the garden ..... even started work on what will be a major makeover for the pond area.  Stage 1 involves the weeding of all the "memory herb" (remember it's invasive!!!) and all the other weeds, covering the lower section (which overflows when we fill the pond right up ) with plastic sheeting which will then be covered with rocks and stones and perhaps some sand as well to give it a kind of "beachy" feel .  The chair will then sit on the edge of this to make it easier when mowing.  I'll also be digging up all the bulbs and smaller plants - way too difficult to keep the grass and weeds under control in this area.

Pete managed to get an armload of apples from a roadside tree, which were promptly turned into a large apple pie for desert and a few
smaller ones that he could take with him this week while he is working away again.  Last week he got to take blackberry puffs with him as I'd "found" the container of stewed berries I had put in the freezer a few months back.   I had planned to make some more batches of plum jam from the 3kg of plums I bought at the farmers market on Sunday, but after they sat on the kitchen bench we discovered they were full of fruit fly - I was and still am rather unhappy about that!!!  Not only is it the fact of $, but this would have topped up my current supply to give us a good full year supply with enough to give to family and friends.   Anyhow, it happens - luckily this year I have a decent supply of our own tomatoes that I have chopped and frozen ready for the next batch of tomato relish!    And now unfortunately, it's back to work I go! 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter.  I certainly hope everyone is having an enjoyable time with family and friends .... and perhaps even a little bit of "me" time.   I've certainly been keeping busy in the Beehive - hubbie poked his head in at some stage today and asked if perhaps a nuclear bomb had gone off!!  I was very careful to explain that Beehives are very busy places and he should be careful of getting stung lol
There has been crochet, knitting, and sewing all going on ...... sew linking in with FNSI which this time is an Easter long virtual sew along ........

Dishcloths and hand towels
Some more work on the hexies as I begin to work out which colours and hexies to put with the signature blocks that are starting to roll in from everywhere to help me make up my blogging tablecloth for the Beehive.

  I've decided to work on each of the signature block flowers in order that they arrive here ..... first off is Lin's ..... I've decided to go with the bright pink for 3 petals and the blue flowers for the other 3 to make the flower ...(and yes, those are marshmellows that I was eating while contemplating ......)

I also decided that I should go through my fabric stash and pull out some of the fabrics that I might like to use in the table cloth ...... some to use as the petals for the signature flowers, and some for hexies that will fill in other places.  I know I have quite a few picked out, and they may not all end up getting used, but it's a start ......... Any thoughts?? 

Knitting has also been on the agenda as I continue to work on Stonehaven (it WILL be completed for Winter for DH!!),   and a bit of my Sirocco that I started whilst on holidays.   Then, by accident, I stumbled upon an "Outlander" mkal that is to begin on 9th April (which is more like our 10th April with the time difference).  It's going to be a shawl or scarf or something like that (it is a mystery knit along after all), and there is a hint of "plaid" that they speak about.  Well, you have realised I'm an outlander fan when I shared the photo of the Dianna Gabaldon book I found whilst on holidays!   So, naturally that led me to searching out some yarns in the colours I want to use.  They suggest colours based on Jaimies kilt from season 1 .......... since I don't have many plain colours in 4ply, I decided I would order some from Bendigo Woollen Mills ......... amazingly a couple extra balls of yarn jumped into my online shopping cart!  If you think you might want to join in, you can find out more about it on Ravelry or by clicking here.    There was talk in the chat about the upcoming Mkal, that some have found tartan project bags to keep this particular project in ......... hmmmmm, I knew I had some tartan fabrics in my stash, yep!  Sew I've begun working on a little project bag ......... I'll let you know if it works out!
In the midst of all the merriment, don't forget Jesus is the reason for Easter and perhaps take a moment to give thanks.
Hugs Sharm          

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hexies and a Name!

Finally I've found a name that sits just right for my little crafting cabin!  It's taken quite a long
while ........... So, welcome to ............." The Beehive"!  What do you think??  When I was thinking of  various names, it occurred to me I like to do numerous types of craft in that little space .....  At times it is overflowing with creativity  ............  I'm also very, very keen for my little cabin (aka: Beehive or "The Hive"), to look cute and have flowers  which will also attract the small birds, and the bees for pollinating the "kitchen" garden that will be growing around it!   That's when it occurred to me that I'm usually busy as a bee ....... Therefore, having a beehive to Bee Busy crafting in, creating Sweetness galore ...... it just  makes perfect sense to me!!!
   Sew...... Meantime  I've been busy getting some of the large hexies made up for the table cloth I'm making that will go onto the table in " the Bee Hive"!  And finally, I've got a Hexie post in time to link up with Anthea who host the EPP.   I'm so happy that some of you have decided to answer my call for some signature blocks which will become the centres of some of the flowers. 

 I'm also thrilled that even those who were a bit u sure of making the finished Hexie, still made an embroidered centre and sent that with enough fabric surrounding that I'll be able to make them into Hexies!  I've been working on a few different colours to surround the signature blocks that have already arrived...... From France, Spain, USA, and a couple from other areas of Australia.  the centre of the cloth has my blog name, and the plan is to surround it with flowers - each with a centre that is a signature Hexie from friends who read my blog.  If you'd like to make a signature Hexie for me, please send me an email or leave a comment  or read this post about it here.  For more info about the signature hexies go here.    
FNSI was postponed last week, and instead a virtual sew in is being hosted by Wendy over the Easter weekend ......... Can't wait to check out all the blogs to see what everyone is doing..... I'll be busy with all sorts of things going on in and around the Hive!

Time for some homemade pumpkin scones and a cuppa!

Take care xo

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Weekend Wonders

Dad and Scruffy on the new seat
A while back Pete and I found a couple more old style wheels, and after some discussion it was decided they would become a new garden seat.  I'm so thankful that Pete is handy like this.  While the seat was finished a couple of weeks ago, being on wheels it wasn't safe to sit on until he was able to stabilize it .... which also meant we wheeled it around the yard a bit finding "just the right spot".  The right spot seems to be in front of the water tank with its grapevine.  Dad and Scruffy were keen to try it out.  I can see myself grabbing a cushion and laying along it while reading a book in the Autumn sunshine!
I also wanted to show you this......  Sheryl from Sewing after Seven sent me this gorgeous
embroidered hexie together with a craft magazine from Spain!  No, I don't speak the language, but I'm loving looking through it at the pics, and it has lots of projects that you can work out what to do from the photos.  I'm sure if I get stuck I can just take a photo and ask Sheryl for a translation lol   later this week you will get to see how the hexies are working up.

It seems to have taken ages to catch up on the 

Mail Box at the Finley John Deere Shop
mowing.  The grass grew so much during the time we were away I was beginning to wonder if we might end up making hay!  Of course it might not have gotten quite so long if the battery didn't always need jump starting, which is quite a process on your own with a ride on.  Finally on Saturday while we were out we lashed out on a new battery for the ride on ... Hooray!  I had to stop and take a photo of their mail box at the front of the shop! 

The 3 chicks all have feathered feet
The yard always looks so nice after a hair cut doesn't it?  The chooks seem to love it too, and they
were let out while I got around to doing some inside renovations on their pen.  Its only a small shed, which was already here when we bought the house (minus a proper roof, or shades, or door ).

  I decided to use a couple of pellets to lift the nesting boxes off the ground, and also added a couple of "new" nesting boxes since lately nobody seems to be wanting to lay eggs in their house!  Well, here it is Monday morning already and I'm off to work shortly - have a great day everyone!