Sunday, October 27, 2013

When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look

At the stars will show us the littleness of our own interests.

-Maria Mitchell, Maria Mitchell, life, Letters, and Journals

A huge hello to you all, yes, I have resurfaced once again!! I have to say since taking the plunge and going to gym, my routine has certainly changed and I think I’m now getting my act into gear. If you are trying to decide whether you should go to gym for your health, I would recommend that you do it. I feel so much better in myself and my fitness is by far better now than it was. It isn’t just about losing weight but also making sure your body is in good working order. I have made sure to keep my craft work going, and what have I been up to these last couple of weeks?........

These little cuties.....

A cushion made from yo yo’s.....

Another one in the making......

A potato chip scarf, pattern found here....

A friend of mine put me onto this super soft yarn. Many thanks Ashlee!!

Lovely Heather shared her material find at the Op shop. Heather you are so sweet for sharing and I always say nice things about you!! Lol

And some cooking....... Little quiches that won’t last long.

A visit to the public library and the discovery of a fantastic cooking book. Loaded with great recipes.
This week I also visited the breast screening van for a mammogram. As it was my first visit I was a bit concerned as I have heard a few horror stories and a couple of positive stories. After it was over and done with I have decided there was no need to worry, it didn’t hurt. Don’t put this visit off, if you’re due for a check up......just go. I want to be healthy so I can revisit my favourite place in the world......


Cheers,  Anita.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Going for broke!!!

Everything nourishes

what is strong already.

-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.

A big hello to you all. I have made a last dash at making as many craft projects as I can before I go back to work. I have had a lovely two week holiday and now the time has almost come to an end. Come and look at what I’ve been up to.......

Heather the feather strikes again.
She gave this material to me on her return from holidays over in Queensland. 

The material has turned into this....

Very pretty
Unfortunately there is no pattern to this bag, I just saw something similar in a magazine and thought I would make it up as I go. The bag is about 7in x 6in, layered with rows of gathered material and cute handles. This will be used when Heather and I meet up for morning or afternoon tea at our favourite cafes around town.
A new tablecloth using random scraps of leftover materials.....

A knitted cotton top for Miss Shae for the coming summer...

A knitted cup using 8 ply yarn....

A Christmas place mat that I will keep for Christmas...

A wonder around my lovely rose bushes, taking in the warm weather outside....

And what are these you ask???....

Here is the pattern if you would like to knit some.

Slippers with soul pattern
Size 4.5 needles    8 ply yarn
Cast on 5 stitches and knit 6 rows
Next row: Increase in 2nd stitch of each row until you have 22 stitches on the needle
Next row: Increase in each stitch to 44 stitches
Next row: Knit 2, purl 2 for 15 centimetres (6 inches)
Next row: Knit 2 together across the row, giving you 22 stitches
Next row: Decrease in 2nd stitch at the beginning of every row until you have 5 stitches.
Knit 6 rows and cast off.
Fold in half and sew the rib sides together and then 5 stitches on top together to form strap. Let me know how you go.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and have a great time doing all the things you love to do. I'll be roaming around the garden and trying to squeeze in every last little bit of time doing knitting. I've been going to gym 3 times a week over the holidays so I'm resting my aching bones and muscles!! Exercising is good for you!! lol.
Cheers, Anita.
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Busy week

To be
or not to be?
Hello to you all on this very  over cast Sunday. I’m  enjoying two weeks holiday and it has become very apparent that if I have time on my hands...I get into mischief. I’m really trying to decide whether to be good or not, and the ‘or not’ is winning!! I had made a start on some beaded dolls and had a spare girl left over. I have decided that seeing as John the Principal is off all next term that his lovely wife Jane would need a survival box.........
It is filled with the beaded doll whose dress says ‘No bullying zone’.....that’s in case he does any general nagging......
No Bullying zone!!
chocolates to give her strength and some ear plugs (I don’t really have to explain those).
I have also been a good gal too. In my last post I shared a website you could visit to make lovely Italian food. We thought we would try the pizza....lovely tasting crust....
Turned out nice!!
We added some pepperoni and it tastes divine!!!! The recipe is made for a large tray but we halved the dough and made 2 pizza’s.
Since most of my life I have been a sloth, never doing any exercise, I have changed my ways and  started  going to the gym. We have a treadmill that I’m using now and decided to make a hanging bag to put my water bottle, remote for the stereo and my mobile phone in.
Very cute
I have been asked to join our local artists in making gifts for the tourist centre, and I’m absolutely stoked. It has also given me a new path to take with my craft work. I dropped a whole heap of handmade things off on Friday so it will be interesting to see where this takes me. I am honoured to be given this opportunity.  Hope your Sunday is ticking along nicely.
Peace be with you always, Anita.

 Some people you just have to tease!!!


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