Friday, September 28, 2012

Holiday time

Life is like an onion:
you peel it off one layer
at a time,
and sometimes you weep.
-Carl Sandburg.
Hi there! I've just started my holidays and
I've already made a start on some
projects. I went to see my neighbour to
ask about how to make some basic
doll house furniture and I came away
with a few good ideas. This is my attempt
at wood work and by no means am
I an expert but I will sure have fun
trying. I will show you these pieces when
they are finished and painted up.
Not a professional wood worker at all!!
I went for a net surf and came across a
fun idea using felt and pop sticks. I will keep
you in suspense until I have finished making
the secret project.

I wonder what this will be??
Over the holidays I will be madly working
away in the sewing shed. I now know why
my husband and millions of husbands
around the world don't want to come out of
their sheds.....sheds are fun!!!! If they are
sewing sheds that is. I just don't want to
come inside the house until I've done
'just one more row'. I have made a start
on another tablecloth using those little
bits of material and slowly but surely
I am emptying out one bag of material
after another.
Just love patch working
The weather is fantastic today, as opposed to
yesterday all windy and blowy. There are the
few clouds wanting to come over and spoil
things but it's all good, the fire is still going
inside. Enjoy this glorious day and all the
best to you.
Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Children are our pathway
to understanding,
the season for patience
and our inspiration for
future hope.
-Lynne Kooij

         Hello again, we are having such unusual weather
         here this weekend. We have the wind blowing, it's
         hot and cold and the weather is all over the place.
         It has not stopped me from doing my favourite
         things outside though. I have started on another
         I-spy tablecloth, I know I seem to be making alot
         of tablecloths but I need many of them to cover
         lots of desks at school for displays. Also it has
         reduced the scrap bags I have hidden in my
         sewing shed.
       A friend kindly gave me a big bag full of nylon ribbon
       to knit with. So I quickly went to the local craft shop
       and purchased a little doll to make a toilet roll cover
       using the nylon. I was a bit let down because
       apparently the doll is too small. I bet I could work the
       pattern out to make the dress fit the doll. I'll let you
       know how I go.
On Friday night I was invited to a thank you BBQ at
the Agricultural Society for all volunteers who helped
at the show. That bunch of people, mostly farmers,
are a great bunch of fun loving larrikins I have come
across. They are a bunch of the nicest
way, and when you tease them they don't get
offended, as some people do. One of the farmer's
wives reminded me to help myself to the leftover
straw that was used in the sheep section. I did just
that and have started spreading it over our garden.
In the meantime while doing show duties, gardening
etc, I have managed to slip in a knitted pair of bootees
and a pair of knitted pants.
                                                 Lovely bootees
For someone special
 I have a jacket on the go for night time leisure but
 I'm not far enough along to show any of it off.

I have been told about an old craft coming back
into vogue and though I've been told its name I
cannot locate any information about it. Anyone
out there heard of the craft called trichot? It uses
a knitting needle with a crochet hook on the end
of it. I am interested in having a go at this craft.
Hope you can help me.

I'm off to enjoy the rest of the weekend in my
sewing shed. I plan to do some more sewing before
the week starts. I have three and a half working days
to go before I go on holidays again and I'm so
Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Annual Agricultural Show

My own mind

Is my church

Thomas Paine
It was showtime this weekend and even
though I only managed
to enter 7 items, I came home with 3 first prize, 1
second prize and 3 third prize wins. My pink baby
gown/dress came first, one of the chemo caps came
2nd, my two bananas in PJ's came first. The two
items I had made in the recycled section both
had third place wins and I'm pretty happy with that.
My dressed doll also came in first place.
Next year I aim to enter more items and start earlier.
 In the same section I had a couple of entries there was
this magnificent wooden horse. Of course it came
1st in its section and won the best exhibit
award, rightly so. I thought it would be
nice to share it with you.
This cute little teddy is actually knitted. I managed
to catch up with the lady who knitted it and
she is happy to share the pattern with me.
Here are some little teddies I have knitted and
the pattern is from a Guardian Angel book from
several years ago.These two guys are knitted in 8 ply
yarn, just scraps as usual, and they have gone
to live in my library.
Now that the show is over for another year I can start on
my baby clothes as there will be two visits from the stork to
drop off a couple of special babies soon. Our weather is
warming up and today I feel like sitting outside in
the sunshine.
All the best and enjoy your day.
Regards, Anita.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

These glorious days.

Dance like no one is watching,

love like you’ll never be hurt,

sing like no one is listening,

live like it’s Heaven on earth.

William Purkey.

I missed blogging last weekend but I’ve returned with heaps of interesting bits. Most exciting and nerve racking news is that this morning I was invited for morning tea at the high school my son attends to meet the Honourable Peter Collier, Minister for Education; Energy; and Aboriginal Affairs. My knees were knocking and the teeth were a chatting, but I had nothing to fear. A very warm, down-to-earth, and friendly person he turned out to be. It was an honour to get the opportunity to meet this very nice person.

I’m such a shrimp!!
I found a useful way to use some of the decorative boxes given to me by lovely Denise. I filled them with sweets, wrapped them in cello and made paper tags as Father’s Day gifts for the school stall.

Hope you had a lovely Father’s Day!
Talking about school, I have been flat out getting the library dressed up for Children’s Book Week. Here are a few snaps of the outstanding work the children completed.

 Lovely work by the children
How bright!!!
A bit of free time gave me the chance to make another I-spy quilt. As usual, I haven’t measured up any sizes and some of the shapes aren’t perfect, but it’s bright, fun and laying across the display desks in the library as we speak.
Next week is show week and I’m awfully excited!! I love seeing what other people have made and maybe give me inspiration to try different things. I only have about 8 entries to put in this year as I had spent most of this year happily knitting baby gear for special little people the stork dropped off.
Have the most perfect weekend and get to really enjoy the gifts life gives us. My little partner in crime (Heather) and I are off on a jaunt to the wool shop in a neighbouring town and then on to another little town to check out the tearooms that are meant to  be just fantastic. We’ll be happy, big bags of wool, tea and cake sloshing around in our bellies and Heather driving us home at her usual 70km’s an hour!!!
Take care, Anita.


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