Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Tiny Addition

We are in the process of converting our single carport into a little cosy retreat which will also be used by friends and family when they come to visit. When we don't have friends staying over, it will be my little sanctuary, and I'm loving the way its shaping up.  If you want to peek at a few more pics of it, then head over to my other blog and get a really good look.  It's come quite a way along since this photo was taken....... although its something that can only be worked on from time to time when Pete is not working and materials are at hand.
 
I was madly working on some crochet during Feb, but unfortunately the little market bag I was working on didn't quite get finished in time for end of month.  I have it almost complete now with just handles to be sewn into place and I want to pop on a nice crocheted flower to finish it off.  Then it will be going into the chest I've decided to use for storing handmade gifts in, instead of spare sheets and old blankets.......... just not quite sure where they are going just yet, but if dear daughter moves out in the near future, then storing them won't be quite the same issue LOL.
I've definitely caught the yarn bug, because I'm also working on hitchhiker scarf which will be for me, and thanks to Ravelry I've seen a very colourful afghan that is looking like it will make a great crochet project for over Autumn and Winter.  It's called  Mixed Stitch Stipey Blanket crochet-a-long  and here is a pic of the one done by the designer.  Hope mine comes out looking as good! 



Monday, February 10, 2014

Fire Watch

Let's pray these conditions ease today!!

Fires abound around Victoria and New South Wales with the high temps we've been having combined with the dry situation!  We had smoke over our way late yesterday, and it seems we have woken to fire watch with the closest one around 50 Kms away.  We both will head off to work, with precautions made here as best we can.  I will be keeping a watch on the fire app today while I'm at work.  Take care everyone, I know there are others all over with challenges today as well......my prayers are for you as well!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Recap from Last Week

Last week seemed to go by in a flash as I had both  my daughter and my husband with various medical issues, so I need to recap as a couple of swaps turned up here !
A big thankyou goes out to Cheryll from Gone Stitching.  for hosting the Initial Heart Swap!  I've received mine in the mail from Kaye  ....... such lovely work ....... if you follow the green letters in the cross stitch, it actually spells out my full name  "Sharmayne"!  Thankyou Kaye!



As it turns out, Kaye was the lady I was making for............ after visiting her blog it seemed she was into cats and cooking,   and on receiving a thankyou email, turns out she loves purple as well!!
I decided to make Kaye one of my own aprons, and I'm pleased to say that she seems to like it!  I really liked the colour combinations on this one  and the cats inside the hearts on the fabric I used for the pocket!

 
I also sent out my dishcloths  to ?????  and received a set from JulieThanks Julie they will be well used!

And  on browsing some blogs over the past couple of weeks, I stumbled upon a few that took me to Ravelry- a site for anyone who has a love for yarn and working with it!!  After initially getting a little lost over there, I've found so many people willing to help out newbies to the site!  Its a place where you can put your yarn projects, patterns, have your books and magazines on a library shelf of your own, keep a record of your stash and see and find lots of ideas and patterns!!  And now that the winter Olympics have started, there is a bit of a challenge to work on some projects and UFOs to get them completed during this time!!  Sounded like a fine idea to me.... I can get some things finished that need doing, so I'm currently working on a market bag - yes, it is summer here and we do have a heat wave, but I'm thankful to say we also have air conditioning which means its too hot for outside work, and perfect temp for crochet work!!



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Rainbow Scraps

Yesterday morning I stumbled upon So Scrappy  and found something that really caught my eye....... Using your scraps in a rainbow challenge. 
 Angela picks a colour for the month and we get to use fabrics in that colour from our stash to make anything we like ......... I've decided to cut 2inch hexies  and make up flowers each month which I will put together for a lovely rainbow quilt at the end of the year .  

 FEBRUARY IS ......  PINK - still a work in progress this week, but at least the little hexies are all done and ready to go together
      
Since I only found this post and challenge yesterday, but  was just in the mood and with the time to sit and stitch, I decided to get to work on the  January  Flower which was -  BLUE

Perhaps this will also work to count towards my Wednesday Flowers??
I would also like to make up a butterfly block or something  using my fabric scraps/stash, but I've been searching over the internet and just don't seem to be able to find something that would be relatively easy, would make an actual block, and that looks really nice!  I sure found plenty of ugly and weird ones!!  If anybody has a pattern or a suggestion I would love to hear from you please. Maybe as I visit some of you I may just stumble on something and perhaps you will be kind enough to share..........

Something else caught my attention while visiting new blogs over the past week........   TUSAL.... (totally Useless Stich Along) - if that doesn't make you ask then what about ORT...... Well, perhaps you already know all about Orts and Tusals, but for me it seems like a rather fun sort of way of keeping all those threads in place rather than dropping all over the place.  Once my old fashioned glass milk bottle (my hubbie collects some old bottles here and there), is full,  I intend to pop it into a little wire cage to hang out in the trees for the birds to use.  My woollen threads will also be going into here as well...... nice woollen insulation for those little bird nests.

I'm also busy trying to work on a couple of my yarn UFOs from last year.  I started them last winter......... Summer is probably not the time to be knitting ........ Which is probably why I started on the Hexies this afternoon LOL 

Something else caught my attention while visiting new blogs over the past week........   TUSAL.... (totally Useless Stich Along) - if that doesn't make you ask then what about ORT...... Well, perhaps you already know all about Orts and Tusals, but for me it seems like a rather fun sort of way of keeping all those threads in place rather than dropping all over the place.  Once my old fashioned glass milk bottle (my hubbie collects some old bottles here and there), is full,  I intend to pop it into a little wire cage to hang out in the trees for the birds to use.  My woollen threads will also be going into here as well...... nice woollen insulation for those little bird nests.
Hugs Sharm

Monday, January 27, 2014

Australia Day Weekend

What a great long weekend it's been.  Bundalong has been a popular spot for all the boating - fishing and water skiing all celebrating Australia Day here on the Murray River!  It was so very busy, that hubbie and I decided we would take the fishing boat and kayak to Lake Moodemere, not far up the road and a much quieter spot.  Pete went fishing and Scruffy and I went for a paddle in the kayak, which Hubbie bought me for Christmas this year.  Scruffy was very good, and settled down in front of me!  Unfortunately I couldn't get any photos as I left the camera in the car!!

Sewing has been on the agenda this weekend..... attending to some swaps that are coming up and using the FNSI......  I'm attempting to model the apron I'm almost finished...... just have to do the initial bit, unfortunately the pic didn't come out very clear 


starting on some Christmas sewing (yes, one xmas item a month) - check out the sidebar
a little pot holder, plus I managed to pull out some kits I've had packed away.......

Secret sewing for my swap partner for the Initial Heart Swap being run over at Gone Stitching
a little clearer, but now you have to stand on your head!!

Crochet for the dishcloth swap over at The 7 Pillars Home

And along with a lot of other bloggers from all over the world, we have been blog hopping with the Grow Your Blog Party hosted by Vicki at 2 bags full!  What a fun time its been!!
Hugs Sharm

Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog

Hi everyone! If you have come here via the Grow Your Blog link up, grab a comfy chair and a



cuppa......... I'm Sharmayne, but my friends call me Sharm, and I started Country Fragrance  back in 2010. 
With my daughter, Stacey
 We had  moved from country Vic up to Townsville for a life style change, but work was not guaranteed for hubbie, and the climate was more than we could bare, as was the cost of living up there, so we decided to move back to the NE Victorian countryside.  
We live in a little township of just 300 people ( although less most of the time as it is more of a holiday type spot).  
Bundalong is right on the junction of the Murray River, and Ovens River,  ( popular for fishing, & water skiing) .... Yarrawonga is our closest town that offers shopping, banking, etc......           

So this blog charted that progress of the move back........ Leaving one son, DIL & grandchildren in Townsville, but with our other son, daughter & her partner all moving back with us.

Doing all the necessary things to the little cottage here, which is set on around 1/4 - 1/3 acre block ..... Which was all completely  covered in a thick layer of prickles and nothing else, on our arrival!  .......initially getting water tank for drinking water ( town water has since come), getting a veggie garden, fruit trees in, etc , etc.     

I am in my very early 50s, and love to be at home doing various crafts and homesteading type activities, when I'm not busy with part time work as a nurse and care coordinator.  So my blog here also shares my love of various crafts........ Crochet, sewing, soap making, cooking,  and various other things.   Last year my blog posts dwindled as life became super hectic, and I  realised how much I missed blog land......... It seems to have a nicer feel and pace than other social media like Facebook .
 
 

Sometimes I host a swap,  and sometimes I take part in other swaps........  And sometimes, I just enjoy having you stop by for a cuppa  while we just sit and chat about nothing in particular!
Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope to see you pop in again,
 Hugs, Sharm

Monday, January 20, 2014

Aussie Swap Arrived!

The postman arrived today with a lovely parcel.....

the Aussie Swap, sent to me by Debbie from Sweet Little cottage! 
 And such lovely little parcels with some wonderful things inside.  I had so much fun opening each of them up....a  tea towel, thread tidy, lace, stitching, ribbon, hanging/decorations......


I already have the tea towel hanging in the kitchen and also the little cinnamon and clove sachet hanging from the little cupboard above the stove rangehood.  The beads say "inspiration", and will be just perfect to hang at the top of an inspiration board I recently did up! I will enjoy using all these wonderful goodies! Thankyou so very much Debbie for all the work you put into this little swap for me.   Big Hugs, Sharm
I'm afraid I still cant show you what I sent until my partner receives it........ hope it gets there soon!