Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Retro Crochet


I haven't picked up a crochet hook for a while and it was fun hooking away again.



A recent op shop find was several packets of this retro rug yarn in loud 70's colours.
I knew exactly what I wanted to make from this.





A large sturdy shopper.




Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Winter Garden



On a cold and frosty morning I rug up in my dressing gown and slippers 
to venture outside for some winter garden magic.

A jewel sits on a nasturtium leaf.




A new bud appears on the climbing rose.



Rays of morning sunlight appear through the naked fig tree.


Lettuce seedlings are slow to grow.


Feathered fennel fronds sparkle. 


 When the sun is higher it warms the pineapple sage.



The first of the bird of paradise shows off it's glorious bloom.

There is beauty in a winter garden.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Knitting


Finally some finished projects.

Today is perfect weather for a spot of knitting.
It hasn't stopped raining all day.
The fire has been going since mid morning and we are snuggled up inside.

Have a lovely weekend.




These are now available in my Made It store.



Sunday, July 14, 2013

Renewed







As the school holidays were ending and before Andy starts his new job on Monday, we decided to splurge a bit and go away for a couple of days for a much needed break at Queenscliff.

Now this is supposed to be the middle of winter but the sun was shining every day and it was almost warm enough for a swim. Not really but certainly a splash.




The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse viewed from Ocean Grove.



The girls had so much fun making a nest from seaweed.






One day we saddled up some bikes and took to the rail trail.
We rode the section from Queenscliff to Drysdale which had a slight incline the whole way.

The girls were so good with hardly any complaints along the 14 klm each way trip.
We kept telling them there'll be treats when we get there and it's all down hill on the way home.
Bribery, it works every time.




Me with a lightsaber in basket.
Why? 

It was an op shop buy of course while wandering around Drysdale 
and for $0.30 cents it was a bargain, it even lights up.




Sure kids you can play on the tracks, the train only runs on weekends.



Wrong!

I heard the whistle and thought nah that can't be a train.
How wrong I was.



Ahh! Just what I needed, a nice cuppa
while resting our tired legs and sore bottoms.







Our last day before the routine of school and work begins and we take a lovely walk along the river near our home in Melbourne to the Fairfield Boathouse for afternoon tea.





I'd like to thank all the lovely people who sent me caring and thoughtful comments.
It really meant a lot to me and made me smile.

Life is returning to some sort of normalcy.
Andy's parents are improving everyday and things are progressing with my mother. 

We now feel refreshed and renewed.
I've also started knitting again. Yay!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

At My Window


I haven't felt like blogging much lately, in fact I haven't felt creative at all.

I guess it's been due to the stress we've been under lately.

The first was when my man lost his job, but thank goodness after almost three months unemployed it looks like he'll be starting in a new job in a weeks time. We've managed to get a few jobs done on the house but we've had to be so careful on what we were spending our money on.

The second was both my man's parents were rushed to different hospitals with life threatening problems (they live in Sydney). The one good thing actually was him not having a job which made it easier for him to go and care for them. They are both on the mend now and we are looking forward to spending time with them in September.

Then the third is my dear old mother who has been able to stay at home until recently when she had a fall and has since been looked after by family. It's now become apparent that she can no longer look after herself and will need to go into permanent care.

Life is certainly full of challenges and we feel that we've had more than our fair share recently.
We've cried, been angry and sad, but we've also laughed and hugged.

What I've taken from this is to embrace the day.