Tuesday, July 20, 2021

 Best friends  

they know how crazy you are and still choose to be seen with you in public  πŸ˜‚

I think I know what it feels like to be one of those bears that have gone into hibernation for the winter!!! 🐻🐻  The last month or so I have concentrated on my health especially and through the month of June my gym group were in a Push up challenge. Every day a different amount of push ups were to be completed. A few days we had 220 push ups to get through. This was all for mental health and raising money, so it was a worthwhile cause. Now I am doing a walk/run challenge. So I believe that is were all my time has been spent on.

In the way of my craft work, I have spent time stocking up on finger less mitts,  ponchos and head bands. I can't ever keep up with the demand of either item, people just love them in the winter. I'm pretty happy about that. 😁

Beanies are another essential item that people love and that I love to make. I often get given small amounts of yarn that people think they can't make anything with because it is a small amount....but you can always find something to make. Like these two soft woolly hats.
These circular vests are amazing too!!! It's one of those relaxing projects I love sitting there making. They can be made in multi colours or in one single colour, what ever you fancy.
 
As for these amazing ponchos, three of these in this photo have been sold already. I am so happy these have come back into style because they're another favourite project of mine.    πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
When I said I've been concentrating on my health.........πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…....I meant it. lol Our new instructor means business and she takes no hostages. The crew in the Running Club are another amazing bunch of people. Something I have noticed as I age, sometimes people doubt your ability to do certain things. I love it when you show them you are very capable, especially when you've out done them in something. πŸ˜‡ I'm certainly not referring to any of the groups I'm with now but it has happened in the past. lol

These amazing people below are from the Running Club and they've welcomed me with open arms. I've never been a very good runner but when the gym I'd been with for years stopped offering classes then I looked for other options. I found the Running Club and slowly but surely my running is improving. A one legged ostrich could run faster than me but I keep pushing myself.

Every week we find a different place to run. Each week there is always someone new that joins in, it's so much fun. We run at night, day, rain, no rain, in puddles lol.

So as always around show time, I have nothing much to show you in my craft work because I'm busy hiding it all so no one sees what I'm making. lol Heather or Chris might copy my ideas. or they might find a better pattern than I have. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Next post I will have something to show because I am also doing orders for people.

I hope you are all going well and healthy. I'm off to make a cuppa now, I've waited for a fair while this morning before turning on the coffee machine. I don't want to wake up His Lordship who is still asleep. lol

Love you girls!!!!

Ciao, Anita.


Sunday, June 20, 2021

 The two most important days in your life are the day your were born and the day 🌷you find out why. 🌷 

Well hello lovely people 🌻 I finally have my act together and I'm sitting down to blog. We are having a typical winter's day, complete with rain, wind and the cold. lol. That kind of weather always makes you want to stay inside and chill. Last night I briefly attended my niece's 40th Birthday party until it was time to drive her children to their overnight sleepover house. It was such a lovely night and I'm so glad to have such a beautiful person as my niece. πŸ’– 

I had double the pleasure yesterday. I got to look after Lisa's children while she went to work. So one of the amazing things I got to do was to sit outside in the sunshine, on a pallet of brick pavers, to teach a little Ninja Turtle how to crochet.πŸ˜‚


In my spare time, I've enjoyed my knitting and crochet work. Most of the things I make are for the markets but just quietly....(because I know Chris is reading my blog πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)..I have been working on show entries as well. I won't show those things though. lol 

The pink baby set below was a commissioned item. A friend wanted a gift for a baby girl and I really loved this project. The yarn had a splash of gold shine in it, though it didn't make the item rough. You will notice that often, any yarn with the gold or silver shiny yarn entwined makes the whole project a bit scratchy.




My poncho collection for the markets is growing and a never ending flow of colour I use really makes my stock pop out. I'm determined to really to promote bright colours in my work and how exciting to see the children in my little town walking around in amazing colours. 😊

 

Another item that seems to sell extremely well are ear warmers and headbands. I have so many left over half balls of yarn sitting in my sewing shed it's not funny, and I've decided that they're going to turn into something. The striped headband below is one such item made using a half ball of yarn. Whoever buys it will be so happy with how soft it is and how pretty it looks.

The green project is a pair of ear warmers. This is one of my favourite shades of green and it is a chunky yarn. Very soft, very nice. There are endless free patterns for ear warmers on the internet.

Of course, I am always knitting or crocheting little booties because they sell very fast.
I've had some time to spend in the garden as well. I'm getting the yard more organized since getting the circular garden edging placed right. We had to get our over grown Bottle brush tree pruned right back because we had let it get right out of control. Soon we would've been getting a knock on the front door from the power authority to say.....get those branches away from the power lines. lol

Let me just contain my excitement about the bird bath I purchased on the local Buy and Sell facebook page. I took a bit of time to decide where to place it, because, believe me, it is heavy. Let me know what you think of where I placed it. I wanted it near the native trees that the birds live in.


i will leave you all for now and thank you for dropping by to see me. I love the comments you leave and I value your friendships. Have a beautiful day.

Ciao, Anita.

Monday, May 24, 2021

 

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

Marcus Aurelius

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Hello there lovely people 😎. So many things have happened since I posted last, and I just can't believe it. My youngest son and his girlfriend have made the move to the city and will experience all that comes with living away from home. I wish them all the best in the world and I know it will be amazing for them. I do miss them dearly but would never hold them back.

I have been crocheting like a wild woman, getting orders completed, making a start on my show entries and making gifts for babies. I found this pretty baby jacket on You tube and thought I would have a go at making it. I love You tube.


I've actually made heaps of beautiful things and when I've finished making all the commissioned items, I love nothing more than having free time to make whatever I want to. One of my favourite things are the circular crocheted vests. The one below has been made for the markets and I had some of the colour left over so I made a cute little beanie to match.


I am continuing to add to my poncho collection and this cute little number below is still in the making. I need to add a tie and tassels and it's done.

I have been very successful lately on our local Buy and sell Facebook page. I managed to pick up some cement garden edging for $60 and here I've made a start in the garden to include them. I still have to re-arrange the brickwork now but that will be an on going project.


I also was lucky to pick this amazing bird bath up for only $50 and it is very heavy.....and one of the nicest bird baths I have seen in a long time. It was on the Facebook page for 13 minutes when I snapped it up. By the time I got to the sellers house they told me they had received so many messages from people wanting to buy it. How cool.
 
At work I have received over 700 little reading books that I need to catalogue and cover. Volunteers have come to help me with getting the books done quickly. Here we have the lovely Neville and Chris helping me with the covering of the books. Thanks you guys, you're just gorgeous.

On Saturday I babysat my great niece and nephews, but before I left home Mr Balloon decided to fly over and be all beautiful. πŸ’“
So, as it is after 10pm, I think I'd better think about settling down for the night and getting some sleep. Thanks for dropping by and visiting me here. Peace be with you. πŸ˜‡

Ciao, Anita.


Sunday, May 9, 2021

🌷 Happy Mother’s Day🌷

 Hello lovely people!! We are celebrating Mother's Day today so I send love to all those mother's out there and truly hope you enjoy today. I believe mother's should be appreciated whatever day it is but since we have a dedicated day....it gives me every reason to sit here all day and knit...without any grief from anyone πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

What have I been up to lately?  

 I completed an order for a christening set and this actually made me very excited because it has been a very long time since I have heard of a christening taking place. Not just due to covid but truly, a long time that a christening has happened. This set has been knitted in an 8 ply yarn, I used the instructions from a book but added a pattern of my choice because it looked nicer, I like it just so.




There was a little problem finding the yarn, so in the meantime I started knitting the christening set in a darker yarn...in case we couldn't find the lighter shade of yarn. 
 
So the difference with this set is that the instructions ended the lacy part of the jacket an inch and a half lower from the armhole. I didn't like this so much once I'd finished, so I changed it when I knitted the set again. It still looks lovely though.


I had an amazing win last week. I scooped these cement garden edgers up for little dollars. 

These eight segments make a perfect circle shape and I hope to have them set up in the garden today. Fingers crossed.

Last night I had a crochet night and stayed up til crazy hours. I finished this little beauty of a poncho. I still have to make 2 tassels and it's done. For the top of the poncho I made several small granny squares and this gave me the chance to use up small lengths of leftover yarn. I then continued in the round using big splashes of colour to make this bright beauty.



Yesterday I was on  Aunt duties and looked after 4 children......loved it! But then in the afternoon I took off to join my group of crazy friends for a clean up at the pavilion. In true form, after the tidy up and preparations for our Poultry auction, the dress up happens. 
 
The dress up is a reward for all the hard work in tidying up the shed. lol I look like a little gypsy, my friends - they look funny. Love them.

I am leaving you all for now and off to enjoy my mother's day. Have an amazing weekend, and thank you all for stopping by my blog. 

Ciao, Anita.

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