Friday, November 26, 2010

Ride 'em Silver!

Timely blossom,
timely fruit.
-English proverb.

Hello to everyone on this lovely
Colourful Friday.

I have joined in with Bev and the gang on Colourful Fridays and
this week the colour is Silver.  I was a bit pushed for time, however I
did find Silver things.

First of all my special server and plate, that I've had for
years and years.
And a lovely tin that was given to me and now holds
lovely ribbons.

I have a couple of patchwork blocks that are yet to be made up.
The block on the right, even though the photo doesn't show it well,
had silver through it.
Loved most of all is my small collection of Silver jewel wear. When I was 11 years
old my brother bought me this watch for my birthday. Belive it or not, it may have
a knob missing, and a broken link, but I still have it. (Almost 49 years young).
The brooch with the three pearls was given to me from an old Russian lady
that had lived in the street for many years until her passing. My husbands cross and a
sweet little butterfly brooch.

I'm going to check out the other girls to see what silver things they have found.
The weather looks interesting outside, I'm not sure what sort of weekend we are
going to have weatherwise, but being with my three darlings, it could snow for
all I care. Life is great.

Have a terrific weekend to all.
Kind regards, Anita.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hey! It's Ned Kelly.

Such is
-Ned Kelly.

I have been eyeing Ned Kelly off for a long time now,
and this weekend I had the time to make him.
I spotted Ned in an edition of Homespun No.16 (Vol 4.2) and now
that I have a library to tend to, I am going to have a
Ned Kelly display. The Head piece and armour is
made from toilet rolls and painted with folk art
paint. The original pattern has fasteners attached to it
but as the children will pick these off, I decided to
miss those out.
I dig the groovy eyebrows.

I can't wait to get to work tomorrow and get this display up.
A couple of weeks ago Bev sent me an email, she had
seen some really cute gnomes that I would love to make.
Some have already made their way to the library, so
these are the ones still at home....oh only until tomorrow.
Go here if you want to knit them. I have had to stop
myself and get on with other things.

I had some time this weekend to get stuck into some
sewing as Pixie and Cory went off gokarting. It was just me
and Brandon.
 I needed some bags to put the chess pieces (at the library)
in. So I found some scrap material and churned out a few.
I went digging through the bag of material Ruth gave me and
remembered the little animal blocks, so I stitched those
together as well.
I had to stitch one block up, the rest were already
made for me. The little wall hanging has turned out
fairly long, and I found a good use for a hanger that
had been 'hanging' around for ages.

                                           I love how bright these blocks are!
I love this one.

Oh I did manage some housework in amongst all this
free activity time. I am woman...multi talented! Now that
my weekend went really well, in many ways, I had
better think about some afternoon tea. All the best for the week ahead.

Kind regards, Anita.
oops!...another one.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Colourful Friday

Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know.
-William Shakespeare, Twelfth-Night.

I've decided to join in on the Colourful Friday crew. It has been fun
seeing the different items people have displayed in certain colours. I spotted this over
at Bev's blog. The colour this week is brown.
It was funny hacking around the house looking for brown  things,
but it was not hard to find them.
These are a few of my favourite brown things.
The bottlle on the right is an old Polish bottle I found in an antique shop
and having Polish blood running through my veins, I had to have it.
My knitted gnome and some lovely brown wool are a couple of my treasures.

Of course every little country cottage has to have a tea pot.
My glorious tea trolley is also a shade of brown and much loved by me.
In the kitchen hangs my husbands barometre. We found this beautiful item at one of the
markets in our capital city. It has been really useful. The way the photo has been taken makes the
barometre look as if its suspended in air! How did I do that?
My most favourite skirt in the world is brown and has cute beads all over it.
And I thought I would leave my brown shoes until last. I didn't realize how many of my shoes
are brown, but here are some of them.

I wonder what next week's colour will be?
Kind regards, Anita.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Toothfairy dolls

All creatures....are the same life,
the same essence, the same power; the
same one. and nothing less.
-Henry Suso.

Hi everyone. I had a few moments of time the other day, so I went for bit of
a surf around some craft blogs. Glad I did, I first went to Em's blog and found
the beginnings of some real cute dolls. Then I clicked here and found the
tutorial. They are so gorgeous and a pretty way to use up small
pieces of material.
Of course I couldn't just make one, I had to make a few of them. I made the girls
in one day. On the front of the doll is a little sleeve to put the tooth in so the toothfairy
can find it, and the sleeve also serves as the all important money drop off as well.
My little girls have gone to live in the library. I thought to myself that if you made these
in Christmas colours the sleeve could hold small gifts in them. Hope you have a go at them.
I had to make some with country materials as well, couldn't help myself.

On the knitting front, I have finished a knitted bag and need to go down town and
buy a small buckle to finish it off.
I had some of this colour left over and thought it would be a good colour to use for
a bag. It is knitted in 2 strands of wool at the same time, and fun to knit. If you would like
to have a go at this, the pattern is here.

I also found a sweet blog, that doesn't seem to be active anymore, however I found a sweet little
angel pattern to knit. It might be worthwhile just having a look at the blog anyway. Click here for
the angel pattern and a look at the site.
These sweethearts are just so cute. I didn't make the hallo as in the pattern and I changed
the hairstyle to look like me. lol. I'm still toying with the idea to put little faces on or not.
These girls will also live at the library, so sure as eggs, there will be kids that
are concerned about there being no faces on them. It is the funniest thing.

I'm off now to visit a garage sale, apparently there are some nice antiques and
old craft books to be had. I'm so there. Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Kind regards, Anita.

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Life

All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make, the better.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Look what we have!
The chick is so cute and fluffy. We don't have many bantam chooks, so this is a pleasant addition to the crew. Since this photo another chick has hatched from another chook. So we have two and are waiting for the others to arrive. I hope they are all girl chicks!!

I was given a magazine from darling Heather the other day and spotted a wonderful robot pattern that I simply had to make.

I really love the eyes, they get me. And how about the buttons and control board on his
stomach!! The coloured dots are made from felt, and the panel itself is a piece of black

If you check out the coloured material on the arms and legs, you may be able to
see that the print is actually robots. And even funnier still, this material is from the
bag of goodies that Ruth gave me just recently. Isn't that the funniest thing.
I got the pattern from the magazine above (Vol 11. No. 4).

And on the knitting front, I have been very busy as well. I have just gone banana's with knitting
and can't stop. I have some pics of my creations.
A couple of unstitched tea cosies that will be stitched up this weekend.
The colour of the pink cosy hasn't come out as nice as it really is. To make these tea cosies, you have to
make 2 of each and then sew them together. When I have finished them I will show it on
my next posting.

To use up some leftover wool, I made a child's beanie in stocking stitch and single rib. Even more
of the same wool was left over, so I have started knitting a small shoulder bag.
Today I went for a trip to the local library and what do you know, waiting for me is a book
I had ordered in....knitted bags! I also ordered in another knitting book and have tucked
them both under my armpits and run home with them.

This weekend will be busy for us, but at some stage I will be getting into the garden and checking
on my chicks. They don't have names yet, but I imagine they soon will have. Have a terrific
weekend doing whatever makes you happy.
Kind regards, Anita.


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