Sunday, June 28, 2020

'In the depth of winter I finally learned
 that there was in me an invincible summer.'
Good morning lovely people and hello winter! We are waking up to amazing grey clouds with the sun peaking through to say hello, I am still here. Finally the rain has come and we are sending prayers that Mother Nature will send the rain to our beautiful farmers who so need the paddocks soaked with water.
I took a few snap shots from my front yard.πŸ’–
 I love how this part of the garden always makes me feel happy.  Green, white & red.
 As I was standing outside this morning admiring the array of grey tones in the sky, the birds were going crazy. Flying by and overhead, non stop. I was quick enough to catch a photo of this little cute bird. And then he was off.
 Aside from the beauty of nature during winter comes the best excuse reason to keep spending heaps of time knitting and crocheting. Heather the feather gave me a rather interesting colored ball of yarn. The colors of the winter months all joined together, so what better plan to knit it into woolly hat, mitts and ear warmers.
 In fact, I loved the ear warmers so much that I made more. I found the pattern on the internet somewhere.πŸ˜‚ It is such an easy pattern to crochet.
 I discovered a new brand of yarn to knit with, the Birch brand. I don't know if any of you have used it before but I'm about to find out how it works. πŸ™
 I was very lucky this week because I came across a simple, quick boot pattern for a new born baby. I used 8 ply, 4mm needles to make these cute boots. I am now making a woolly hat to go with them. Some one will love these when they are finished.
 Actually, to be honest, I had a pretty good week last week. I like taking some quiet time to reflect on positive things that have happened to me, it balances your mind.

I bet you could do the same thing. All those little things add up and outweigh the negative. For me, the restrictions from Corona virus have lifted so much, I met up with my crazy bunch of Ag Society friends, had afternoon tea with Heather the feather, found some amazing patterns and also found this beautiful warm blanket at the Op shop for $5.00!! I am blessed πŸ’

 Well beautiful friends (see, another positive), I'm off to do some jobs......I have to actually get dressed first. lol I hope you all have an amazing Sunday, stay safe and happy. See you all next time.
Arrivederci!  Anita πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Never give up because great things take time.
 Well good morning my friends πŸ’– Go grab yourself a lovely hot cup of coffee, some nice toast, and join me. I promised you that the next post I would share my newest creations with you, and here they are. I can't tell you enough at how happy I am with both of the sets made for two very lucky little children. 

The fox set consists of 1 scarf, woolly hat and mitts. I have no pattern but just looked around the internet for ideas. πŸ˜‚ It is wonderful to somehow have the talent to be able to make things from photos and have success in the end product. There is a drawback to this though. Months down the track some one might ask me to make the same thing........😳......I can never remember exactly what I did. lol

Here is the little horse set that also consists of scarf, mitts and woolly hat. This set is for the older sister who is six years old. I enjoyed both of these projects and I'm full of joy for the little ones who will wear it. I remember how excited my boys were to receive these sorts of things as little children.

So I hope you love these as much as I do. I still have many commissioned projects to get through but none are finished, so to show them now would spoil my joy. I have come across this cute little head band pattern and have been making several of them. Very easy, very cute.
Today I am going out to my favourite farm people on their beautiful farm to collect rocks from the paddock. I want to continue a pathway behind my sewing shed to stop Milo from digging under the fence. He is so naughty. lol 

I have been spending lots of time in the garden lately, trying to revamp and replant after a harsh summer. Three of my big established native bushes have withered and died from the heat this last summer. At the moment we don't have a nursery in town so I can only go to other towns or the metro area to buy plants.
Have a wonderful weekend lovely people. Beaming you love and happiness wherever you are.
Ciao, Anita. πŸ€πŸ™πŸ…

Sunday, June 7, 2020

🌻 Benvenuti🌻
 Entri come amici
Vada come famiglia
πŸ‘«Enter as friends ; leave as family πŸ‘ͺ
Well hello there! It is so lovely to finally be able to blog. I have had a few interruptions (as we all have) to the normal daily life. Here in the part of the world I live, our winter weather has started and so begins the orders for winter items. 

Due to the situation of the corona virus, we have been unable to hold our monthly markets, but that did not hinder people wanting their winter accessories made. I am happy about that. I have  been working away at this order for two little boys who love Star Wars. 
 I have given you a close up photo to show you the Storm Trooper faces. lol The thing I love the most about knitting is that you will not see another set like this walking around town. It is one of a kind. Probably to many women, this is something we all do not like going to an event or social gathering and someone else is wearing the same thing you are.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I am like this. Are you??
 As we all slowly start to return to routine, I find I have a few new ideas to live by. Before the disruption of the virus, I had already started to make decisions that what ever I add to the garden would have to be of value. Not just 'pretty' to look at but something of food value. Vegetables, fruit, herbs....etc. I had already purchased a lemon tree, olive tree, passion fruit and a peach tree. I will still have petunias in hanging baskets or containers and add pretty things in the containers I already have because I love colour.
Now I have planted garden peas and basil. I also have a  packet of Italian parsley seeds to plant, so I intend to crank up the vegetable growing. Space has been an issue as my yard was always a play yard for my boys and then as they grew, it always seemed that there was never enough time to plant a vegetable garden. But, after this pandemic I have decided to really put things into perspective.
I am still working on the pathway and as my garden grows, so will the pathway.

This is a short post as I have a few orders to finish off. I have some pretty projects to show you all next post. Typically, I have been lazy in sewing on buttons and stitching things up 😊😊😊
Ciao to you all!!!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

🌷Happy Mother’s Day🌷 
Hello young ladies, it’s lovely to catch up with you all. I send a big hug and good wishes to all the Mother's out there. Today we recognize how special all Mothers are but we really know that they're special every day. I plan on having a day of finishing off some crochet orders but in that will come the normal duties as continuing with the clothes washing.

So many things have been going on in the world right now and getting back to a normal routine is certainly taking some adjusting. Here in Western Australia, many of our restrictions have been relaxed even further, with the good news that state borders will continue to stay closed. I am very happy about that.

One thing that has stayed the same is my many projects I have continued to complete. My favoured  project has been finger less mitts for all ages. I have tried a few different patterns to see how they look and which ones I prefer to make. As always there were a couple of knitted pair made as well.

 I was very excited to stumble across this interesting little pattern while looking for a scarf design that was different and unique. I found this on Youtube.
The pattern consists 4 rows that are repeated over and over to desired length. Typical of me....I have not attached any buttons yet. The 3 loops serve as the button holes. 
I couldn't help myself, but I found this cute crochet stitch, so I had to make a baby cardigan using it.
 I loved it so much...I had to make a second cardigan.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 
This is a new bloom in my garden. Pink geranium flowers, very pretty. 
I have now completed the sitting area I was working on. Last post I had finished one side of the paved area with farm rocks, but hadn't finished the other side due to running out of farm rocks. Many thanks for the farm rocks Chris and Neville. πŸ’–πŸ’“πŸ’–
But here it is....all finished. 🌸🌸

 I'm not sure if I'd shown you these delicate little baby booties or not but they were another amazing pattern I found on the net. I love trying out different techniques in crochet, as it builds up my skills. I thank Youtube for being a visual teacher. 
So now my friends, I'm off to enjoy the rest of my day. I wish you all a fabulous day and wherever you all may be, I hope you're doing one of your most favourite things you love to do.
Ciao, Anita. πŸ’

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Buongiorno a tutti!      Good morning everyone!🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

A beautiful morning to you all! This morning I wake up to the amazing sound of rain, and an indication that our autumn is slowly trickling in. There's a chill in the air as the cold wind invites itself into my kitchen. Such a nice change from the truly tough summer we had this year. 
 The cold weather makes me pretty excited because, though the hot weather made no difference to how much knitting and crocheting I did, the cooler weather is nicer to work in.  I treated myself and purchased these lovely rolls of yarn. They are 150gm rolls of loveliness and I'm looking for the right project to use both. I have had some fun in making little bootie and hat sets for babies.

I will be selling them on line because, as everyone knows, we cannot yet have group gatherings but the sales can still go on via internet. I am happy with the colours I found to make the sets in and I'm not sure about you all out there, but....good yellow tones are a bit tricky to find.

And the hats keep rolling in.  
It seems like I've been treating myself a lot  right now....another visit to my favourite shop in town....a beautiful pair of shoes and a cotton scarf!!! I've worn the shoes already, what a comfortable pair of shoes.

Right now the school holidays are happening and one of the projects on my list was to tidy the yard. What luck, 25 600 x 600 pavers came up for sale and I was there so fast to buy them. My lovely husband loaded all of these heavy pavers into our vehicle and then the mammoth task of unloading and moving them into our yard. We were very tired after doing that but then the next day...the other hard work started. 

So here is one area that was transformed.
                         And my Italian area also received some cheer.
I'm going to get some flat rocks from a farm to finish off the edges.
I sit here and the places my thoughts take me πŸ’žπŸ’•

Now I have my sight set on this area. I will be replacing the plants that were in the hanging baskets, the summer was fierce. Maybe you can give me a few ideas. The side wall is part of my sewing shed, made of tin. I welcome any suggestions.
Oops....more woolly hats popping up. They're almost popping up like mushrooms around here. 😁

So...there is one more week of holidays to go and then I return to work. In this week, full concentration will be on the yard, new stock for my on line sales, doing a couple of medical appointments and catching up on general tidying.

During this time of isolation, I'm reflecting on the things that really matter to me and leaving all the unnecessary things behind. It has given me, and I would say the whole world, time to have a good long look at ourselves. Where can we improve ourselves ; how can we change in how we treat our environment ; living life to the fullest? We have this time to do that thinking. πŸŒπŸ™
 I wish you all a beautiful day, stay safe and send love to all corners of the world.

Ciao, Anita. πŸ“


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