Sunday, June 18, 2017

The happiest people don't have the best of everything,
they just make the best of everything.

Good morning my friends! At the moment I am trying to get through all my orders from the last market day and slowly but surely I am getting there. I will not go into detail about 2 little cardigans giving me grief but I will say they are a challenge. Here is the first one....this will be finished today...thank goodness!! lol
 Heather the feather and I had a lovely afternoon tea with each other yesterday. Instead of being naughty as she can be, Heather gifted me this beautiful old crochet book. I think I am able to tackle some of the projects in there now. Thanks're a little treasure. (even though you are usually cheeky...oops!)
I spent some lovely time out in the garden yesterday as the sun was so warm breaking apart this cold weather we've been having. The brightly coloured hibiscus bush in its first bloom. I am so happy.
 What else makes me happy is that our neighbours of 21years who have shifted out many years ago left me a tiny little plant from their front yard. I am proud to say after many times of almost losing it....the plant has grown to this size. I love it.
 A new addition to my front yard is this Salt bush. It has interesting foilage and should be easy to grow. I am crossing my fingers in the hope that it does.
 It is with joy that this precious little jacket finally has the ends stitched in and the button sewn on. Something you all know is such a hardship for me to achieve!!!! lol

 So I'm wondering where the table manners are Milo? He will always enjoy being hand fed the spoilt brat.
 Here is another crocheted beanie ready for the markets. I actually sold many beanies this week from home as everyone is starting to feel the cold.
 I must also show off Heather's latest baby blanket, she is very clever with her knitting. It is made in blocks and then stitched together. Do you love the leaf pattern happening here? I have seen it on cushions but I do love it on blankets. Well done Heather.
Well my darlings, I hope my post has found you all in good health and happiness. I am pretty happy this morning...even though Neville sent me a text message at 5am. You are naughty Neville, but I'm sure Chris told you off. lol. Love you guys!!!
A beautiful day to you all. Ciao!!!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A good laugh!!!!

True friendship is when two people can walk in opposite directions

yet walk side by side.

Hello dear friends! My post greets you with warmth and the hope your week has been good to you. Mine has been a little crushed this week, and though it shouldn’t be, I feel quite lost. Lol….I really shouldn’t be, there has been no death, no injury to anyone. My gym companion of almost four years has let me know he’s cancelled his gym membership. I am sad, I am crushed and I am silly. Lol  He is going on a new path full of wonderful things and I should and do feel happy for him. Thanks for being a great gym partner, companion in mischief and an encouragement to me Ian. We can still do walks together and we’re only a few houses apart.
Talking about mischief, this is a peek at our latest "assignment" together as gym buddies. We have such a fun group and tease the heck out of each other. After seeing one of the guys using a Minnie mouse towel for his gym workout, we couldn't help but tease young Cameron. Figuring that he liked pink, I decided that perhaps I could sew a great big beautiful pink bow with pink material streamers and attach it to the back of his vehicle. Here is a good photo of what we stuck on Cameron's car......

I had to wait for weeks before young Cameron came back to gym (he was missing in action due to seeding on the farm). So I waited and waited. Finally our chance came on Monday morning. Ian and I teamed up and decorated Cameron’s vehicle. We’re so naughty. lol

And here is my accomplice....keeping a look out....or hiding in the bushes. Whatever you wish to call it. lol 
Arrivederci Cameron....why are we all laughing as you're driving off? Cameron always backs his vehicle into the car park so when he leaves the gym he only sees the front of his car.

An order for two Mickey Mouse crocheted dolls was the project to be done. It took me a little over a week of solid crocheting, to get these beauties made. I was very happy with the results and I have to say that looking around for a pattern that didn't cost the earth was a bit tricky. I eventually found a pattern that was a good price.

When the order came in for Mickey mouse I was in the middle of making more beaded dolls, and that has come to a sudden halt for now.  ....
and so has my scarf..... 

and this little baby jacket.

Let this week be a glorious one for you all and may lots of good things be happening for you all. Thanks for dropping by and checking up on my blog.
Ciao, Anita.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Booties and cupcakes xx

As we grow older we don't lose friends...
we learn who the real ones are.
Good morning girls! As our season here is becoming colder and colder, I'm finding that snuggling near the fire doing my crocheting, sipping on wonderfully hot cups of coffee is like a warm injection to the soul. My little loungeroom looks like Suzie's laundry shop, with clothes hanging from coat hangers, on clothes airer's and from the mantle. lol. I really object to the price of electricity and the fact that the price of electricity is about the rise again. I will leave my dryer for when I absolutely need it, not that I use it too much any way.

This week my constant companion has been the crochet hook and creations coming off it. I have concentrated mainly on baby booties and beanie sets, due to the fact that our stock has almost dried up in the girl colours. In my area there have been many girl babies born, so perhaps there has been something in the water? lol
How you you like these little beauties?....💟

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 I couldn't forget the boys though. I also made this cute little boy beanie to fit a 1 year old. This yarn was made using a tweed 8 ply.

With the onset of winter I'm finding myself getting stuck into the baking again. I decided to make some yummy cupcakes for the family. I must confess....I did have one.

 I am on a food plan right now as I was finding it difficult to lose a few kilograms that wouldn't leave me. I am not on a diet but the foods I am eating are slightly adjusted ie instead of icecream I have a plain yoghurt with a dash of honey or fruit. The timing of when I eat has been adjusted and I think that has been the main part of the success to losing those kilos. 
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A sneak peak at the next order I am making....who's legs could these be? Try guessing, you will find out next weekend. 

 Last year I purchased two bougainvillea plants from Anne and Harry. My plan was to have them growing on one single stem until it got tall enough and then let the flowers spray out at a certain height. I had seen this throughout Italy and especially in Positano and it looked amazing. I'm getting pretty excited at how much it has grown. Both of the plants are growing well.
 Of course, I cannot go anywhere in the yard without my companion Milo. What is he thinking right now I wonder? Perhaps he is trying to be the next Lion of Venice?
Well my friends, enjoy the rest of this day. I hope your visit here has been lovely for you as it is always wonderful for me to hear from you. I appreciate your comments and I love receiving your emails.
Ciao, Anita.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

When I count my blessings, 
I count you twice.

Hello dear friends! I hope your weekend was lovely…I had a beautiful weekend. On Sunday I joined my youngest son and his lovely girlfriend to Circ du soleil and it is a show I will cherish. At times I could not look as I was worried there would be a fall, but I did not need to worry. I give credit to the performers, they must train for hours and hours.

Over the last week I have had a crochet hook in my hand working like a crazy girl. I have made cute little baby booties and beanies in pink. We had run low on the pink tones for babies, so I tried to restock.

A regular habit I have is thinking about the dear friends I have surrounded myself with and how important they are in my life. During the week I received a lovely surprise from my friend Jane.
Jane knows how I breath, read, love and feel “Italian”, and made me these beautiful gifts. A delicate blue flower embroidered on fine material and a tea towel with a piece of Italian fabric appliqued onto the tea towel. Embroidered on the tea towel are beautiful words. Jane has a new machine that she is enjoying and she shares her enjoyment by making things for people. A big thank you Jane!!!!
I have been commissioned to make Yoda beanies and here they are….. I have made one to fit an adult or older child and a small one for little heads. There are loads of free patterns on the net…if you are interested.
 A sleeping sack for baby…..this was made using 8 ply yarn and I’m very happy with how this has turned out.
 Young Heather the feather has unloaded some material on me. She forced me to take it!!!! She has been naughty lately. lol
The only photo I have of my Mother(older child), Zia Pina (little girl with dark hair), my Grandfather and his wife (my Mum’s step mother). I cherish this photo and often wonder what my life would’ve been like had I been born in Italy and with them. On the back of the photo is written Pieve di Livinallongo 1937. I have my happy life and I love it but thoughts do come across to me from time to time.

Now…what will I get up to this week? My plans are to keep crocheting a baby blanket for a little boy and before tonight comes, I will have a pattern selected for my next project. There is always bedlam if I haven’t found a pattern before night time… husband hides or sits quietly in a corner and shakes. Lol. I start stalking the house like a Tasmanian devil!!!....until I find a pattern anyway. Lol

I wish you all a fabulous week ahead, enjoy your beautiful life and stay happy. 
A lovely day to you  

Ciao, Anita.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

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Good morning and Happy Mother's Day to you all! Everyday we are grateful for Mother's but today we are celebrating all the good that Mother's to all my friends everywhere.....I wish you a good day. I plan to be as naughty as I want and no one can stop me. lol. I do want to share my craft week with you, so I hope you have a hot cup of tea or coffee and come with me.....

I would like to introduce to you Mr. Golliwog. I know, I know...they are called 'Gollies' now. He stands about 40cm tall and I had fun knitting him. I used 8ply yarn, and buttons to decorate him. It was interesting to make his hair, but I have to say, out of all the attachments and pieces in making him....I did not enjoy making the hair as much as I thought I would. Mr Golliwog is an order for a lady in town. I'm sure she's going to love him.

 From one man to another....a Mr. Spider man beanie has been ordered and here he is. There were many patterns on the net to make him but I don't know that I really liked any of them, so I made my own idea up for the pattern.

 Oh yes, I had to purchase more yarn. No....really....I did have to! lol The blue is for another order for a baby cocoon and the pink is needed because our stock of girl booties has dwindled down to almost zero. So there girls, did you sense 'justification' in that breath? lol
 The next two photos are great purchases on our local buy and swap site on the net. I picked these two beautiful garden ornaments up for a total of $15 for both. I have hung these two beautiful pieces in my 'Italian garden'.

 A sneak photo of two of my beautiful men sitting at the kitchen table enjoying a feast of crab. Brandon celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday. How proud I am of his life journey so far. He's always been a good and beautiful soul. I am blessed. xx

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....and the brat of the family. lol Milo just loves his extra long rope. His favourite toy.
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Finally!!!! A single flower has bloomed on my violets!!! I will whisper soft and encouraging words to help the others bloom.

One never gets enough of a glorious sunset.

Well my friends, have a lovely day, I am going to spend it with care and enjoyment. Good wishes to Heather the feather on this day.
Arrivederci, Anita.


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