Monday, January 17, 2022

 You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you  are and change the ending.   

                                                                               -  C S Lewis

                                                                                                                                                                    

Well hello there you lovely people. How are you all going?  I'm very sure I've gone bag crazy! πŸ˜‚πŸ’« Even though our weather has been mostly in the 40C temperature, I have been out in my sewing shed, pressing the accelerator on fast speed and sewing up all these cute little bags.  I've loved it. I'm trying to build up my stock for the Visitor Centre and also for the markets that start up again in February.

I have so much lovely fabric stored away that I really need to put that crochet hook and knitting needle down and sew some more. I now don't work on a Monday or a Friday, due to hours being reshuffled at work. Same hours but all crammed into three days. That's fine for me, so those two days are now dedicated to producing some lovely creations.
My oldest son Brandon and I have made a new vegetable growing area. I have tomatoes growing at the moment and they're positioned in full sunlight. This new area is in filtered sunlight under a tree. I purchased three heavy plastic raised garden beds. I have to admit, I do not like plastic at all. The world is full of too much plastic. On the flip side though, I really love how these raised beds fit in this small area and the sunlight will get to the vegetables as they grow.

My latest project is........another bag. This time I have crocheted the bag. Finally I'm getting through those little lengths of yarn and feeling very pleased that I found a purpose for that little piece of yarn. Yes, I've let you into the mind of a crazy woman. πŸ˜„
I still have to line the bag with a pretty fabric and find an idea to be able to close the bag.
Now for something a little different....these little crocheted baby swing tops. I didn't actually have a pattern for these but I did just zoom in on the photo on the internet to guess how the pattern may have gone. They seemed to have turned out just fine. I've used cotton yarns and 8ply and 4 ply, and simply went for it. The element of surprise in how big or small it would turn out was fun. lol

Of course, I always have enough time to knit a little pair of woolly boots for babies. That is like a therapy for me.

Talking of therapy, I'm about to take off to go back into my sewing shed to continue with my projects and making more goods. Everyone take care of yourselves both in body and soul. I've been having a little peek around your blogs too and you have all been making some very pretty things yourself! Thank you for your lovely blogs, I love visiting you all. πŸ’–

Ciao, Anita.
 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

πŸŽ‰ Welcome πŸŽ‡

Buon Anno a tutti! Happy New Year everyone! 

Hello there to all my lovely friends. I'm looking forward to this new year and for all the good things it may hold for us. I suppose last year was full of ups and downs but in reality, every year does. πŸ˜„ We had an amazing Christmas and we even were blessed to have some family members come around to celebrate with us. Heather the feather dropped by for a while too, but she's considered family anyway and it was nice to see her.πŸ’•

Well, I've fallen in love with the pretty cotton dress patterns that I've found on Pinterest and in particular, this one pattern that I have repeated many times. I enjoy the pattern, it is easy and so pretty. I have now found another pattern that is becoming a favourite, and that would be the dress in the darkest yarn in the photos.

What do you think about the cute little sandals hey? I had a tiny bit of cotton left over and by chance (scrolling through Pinterest πŸ˜‚), came across this sandal pattern. So I have found a nice little set to crochet and sell at the markets.

My dress collection is growing and when we go back to the markets in February, I will certainly have some beautiful creations to sell to our community. I hope they are received well. I'm sure they will be. The middle dress in the photo is a slightly different pattern that has a ruffled short sleeve to it. 

I am surprised at the cost of cotton yarn though. Getting it when it's on special is the best way to go for profit but it's getting to the city at the right time. Our craft shop has closed down in our town and there is no other craft shop πŸ˜“.

   This poncho is much more pretty and interesting in the flesh than in this photo. It is an unusual soft yarn that is varied in colour and so so soft. I will be adding a contrasting colour for the tie and the edging. Perhaps a yellow or orange shade.


  Milo......big savage hunting dog......πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†


Now, do you like this simple, knitted baby romper? I made this using no pattern. I'm becoming an expert at looking at photos on the net and counting stitches and giving it a try. I'm always trying to save the dollar, so if I just take a chance to see how good my copying skills are and it works.....then I'm going for it.  lol

This blue baby jacket is another one of those guessing the stitches from a photo, I'm so naughty. But one thing I did do was the crab stitch around the edges. That was my addition. I rather like to look it gives to the finished item.

A friend of our family is having a baby this year and I've started making some cute things for the baby. They already know they're having a baby boy so I'm on to it. There last name is Brown so I thought I'd go with the brown tones for the baby. I know I will have such fun making gifts for this little fellow. Come on now, no comments about the lack of buttons. lol You all know how I am with the buttons. 


Now it's time for me to get some lunch, or to bother some one in this house hold. They are both things I love to do, eat and bother people. lol Looking forward to visiting your blogs soon.

Ciao, Anita. 🌷

Sunday, December 5, 2021

 Look for something positive in everyday... 

even if some days you have to look a little harder. 🌺

🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞

Well hello there all my beautiful friends πŸ’– I hope the week has treated you well and that your weekend is full of all good things. My week has been interesting, all sorts of strange and wonderful things have happened. I have gone crazy with my craft work and I have been like one of those old  steam trains and kept chugging along. lol At times with the steam and all. (Depending whether people annoyed me or not) πŸ˜…

Recently I had my yearly check up with my skin specialist and unfortunately he found another spot that he did not like at all, so last week I had it removed. If any of you have had moles and spots taken off your nose will probably know how much the needles hurt when they go in there. πŸ˜‚ I told my doctor that if he ever has to take a mole off my nose again that I will go down the backyard with a chisel and scrapper and do it myself. lol At least the offending spot is off my face and just waiting for biopsy report to come back. I imagine that all is good because I have not heard back from them. I go back to have the stitches out this coming week.

So while I've spent much time inside recovering, I decided to attack my yarn stash and make lots of beautiful things.

I don't seem to be able to keep up with the demand of tea cosies so I made three more to add to the collection and I will have to keep on making them.

 
We had our last markets yesterday so I will now have time to make more of these sweet little baby cotton dresses for the first market back in February. I made some of these last summer and they were bought straightaway.  They are very cute.

Another cotton baby set, made with love. I love all the different tones in this yarn and 2 balls was enough to make this little top. I had a little yarn left over so I added a plain colour and made some matching boots. I love all these patterns you find on the internet.

Being a curious bunny myself, I thought I would try making these little comfort blankets once again. They did sell last time I made a couple so I don't know why I didn't make more? lol 

I was even so full of energy that I got out into my sewing shed and made so sewn girls hand bags. Perhaps it was the fact that I bought myself a new over locker?


And here is Mr Sticky beak snoop dog Milo. Every time I call out to him so I can get a face shot with my camera, he turns and looks everywhere else. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
 
 

So you lovely lot of beauties, it is time for me to go. This morning I have been out in the sewing shed and have half made a bag but it became very hot today. A very warm 36C is a bit much for me to stay out there. I'm now going to finish this afternoon doing some crocheting.

Ciao, Anita.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

🌿Live in the sunshine,
swim in the sea,
drink the wild air.πŸ€
-Ralph Waldo Emerson 
Buongiorno πŸ’•  I welcome you warmly to my post this morning, as you can see I have been busy this week with my knitting and crocheting. I thought I would be greedy and do both. πŸ˜‚
 
I kicked off with knitting some cute little baby boots and then it snow balled from there. I noticed that Heather the feather and I had started to run low on baby boots, woolly hats, and cardigans, to we had to remedy that problem. lol

Once the boots were made then came the cardigan to go with it. People love buying sets. Having Italian blood running through my veins, I will try my luck with things, so my baby set is knitting and crochet mixed together.
Check out this edging. It is a picot edge.

The end result.
Talking about sets.......here is another one. This lacy set has been knitted in a cotton yarn, all ready for summer wear. I have discovered something interesting while making this set. 
 
The pattern is a vintage pattern. So when the top was completed, and made up so nicely, I decided to continue on with the pilchers. To my surprise the pilchers started to look a little big for me. I continued on regardless, and when I'd finished stitching them up.....πŸ˜…...I realised the pilchers were big because in the olden days there were such things as cloth nappies!! The disposable nappies these days are much smaller than cloth. I will be mindful of this next time I want to knit up a vintage pattern.


I loved the crocheted top so much that I made it again in pink tones. This is an unusual crochet pattern and I do believe it has become a favourite for me. I still need to add the little tie but it's a bit of an effort for me as I am with stitching buttons on to things. lol

A bit of an update on my little babies in the garden. There are two little chicks in the nest still but I didn't want to disturb them to get a photo of both. Milo hasn't been able to get to them as I have barricaded the area to keep him out.
 My week was full of activity too. I absolutely love the boxing and my boxing partner Raewyn is becoming very strong with her punching.
My group of hikers have completed the Kep Track. We did the last 20km last Sunday and, though the day was 34C, the wind came along with us. The hike was such a great idea, and the lady standing behind me is to be congratulated for organising the event.
 
We all learned about each other, learned about hiking, nature and the discoveries and laughter along the way was priceless. So good for our bodies and mental health. Thank you ladies. 😘
I now leave you to get on to those jobs that need doing and before the heat marches in. Enjoy your weekend.
Ciao, Anita.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Do what makes you happY  😁 be with those who make you smile 😊   laugh as much as you breathe πŸ˜‚  love as long as you live 😘

Well hello there! I spy a little head hiding in my geranium plant. Who is this? πŸ‘€❓

A closer look and I find...... πŸ’–πŸ’–
Oh I see.......🌸
I happened to notice a little honey eater bird hanging around our water tank that is situated close to our house. I'm so glad I decided to investigate what was going on. This tiny little face watched my every move as I approached her nest and because Milo has been known to devour tiny little morsels (before I could get to him), I have barricaded an area around the nest so he can't get to the chicks when they hatch. I'm very keen for this little chapter to unfold.
 
Apart from being blessed with this precious find, the past few weeks have been very productive for me. I have set aside Monday's for making new stock for selling and this little bag is one of the first projects completed.

I have sewn a cute little girls bag using bright scraps of fabrics and the feeling of achievement to have used them for a purpose instead of throwing away is satisfying.
πŸ‘

 

 Our supply of baby boots had all but diminished, so I thought I'd better get a move on to make some. Both Heather the feather, and I have realized that people always seem to want sets of baby things, so along with the boots come the short sleeve top.


I couldn't wait to gets my hands on this yarn!!!!!     
 I had to select a project that wasn't too big in case I ran out of yarn, which I do often and get very annoyed with myself. πŸ˜…
The woolly hat fits a small to medium head and the poncho would fit up to two year old. I am so happy with the finished outfit. 

Not forgetting how the knitting needles feel to use, I have once again made one of my favourite patterned baby tops. I did use a different stitch though. I found a stitch called "Peacock stitch" and decided to give it a go. It makes all these little holes and is very cute.
Here is the big show off who always has to be the centre of  attention.  Milo will do anything to have people look at him, pat him and throw that heavy monster of a ball.
He pulls out all the tricks in the book.
This little pattern was found on You tube, so I thought I would give it a try. It looks great on someone, but it does look a bit odd just sitting there. lol It did give me a chance to use more small balls of left over colours of yarn. All I need is to put on those buttons.
With our weather getting warmer, I have tried to tidy up the garden. Here in Australia it is best to clear as much of the weeds away so you can so you can see what might be in your garden. 🐍🐍
 
I have been waiting to see what the flowers will look like on this bush and now the wait is over. I don't know what the bush is called but I love it.
So what else have I been up to lately? πŸ˜‚ Certainly not acting like a grown up. That idea can jog off. lol We had Book Week at school and the staff all dressed up in Mem Fox theme. I was the fox from the book Hattie and the fox.
We also got a good flogging at the gym from our instructor Rachel. My head almost looks like it has a halo around it. Find me in the photo. lol

 
Well ladies, I leave you now to prepare our dinner. I hope you have all enjoyed catching up with me today and I send you all good wishes.
Ciao, Anita.

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