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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer somebody else up.
-Mark Twain.
We know winter is here, two of the boys have gone off gokarting and two of us are holed up at home sick! Lol Brandon and I have managed to get a good dose of the cold and tagging along with that we both have the aching joints, headache and feel like a pair of tired sloths! But alas, we will not moan, there are worse things than just a cold.
This weekend (in between the sleeps), I have made good progress on some knitting I had started through the week. Come and have a sticky beak with me.....

One hot water bottle cover done!
This is actually knitted in 8 ply using a pattern from Ravelry but I added my own design on it. There are some super hot water bottle covers on Ravelry if anyone is interested. Go check it out.

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A pair of fingerless mittens (pattern also found on Ravelry), these are being sold.

One pesky little brat who is just trying to get to the camera by sliding under my leg. Milo

2 pair of fingerless mittens, with the individual fingers added.
A sneak peak of a secret project on the go. 121 sts on the needles in 8 ply yarn and a sweet, sweet pattern. 
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I did notice that while I was looking for a pattern to knit up the hot water bottle covers, that most were knitted in 10 ply. Not too helpful if you’re a hoarder of 8 ply yarn and trying to use it up. That’s why quite often I will just make up my own pattern to accommodate.

I am finding the 10 ply is really taking over even in the fingerless mittens patterns and some baby wear! That can’t be right can it?

What do you knitters out there think? I’d love to hear your opinion.

Well guys, I'm off to chew on another Vicks lolly now to help clear the nose, and to sit near the fire and just do my knitting. I'm so over the moon with my pink project that I want to get stuck into it. If you see smoke coming from my place, don't worry it will just be the knitting needles clicking like wild!! lol.
Stay warm and happy.
Cheers, Anita.
Viva Italia

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I adore simple pleasures
They are the last refuge of the complex.
-Oscar Wilde.

Having kicked off the weekend on Thursday afternoon, it has been run, run, run really. Lol It is one of those weekend’s where everything needs doing. Perhaps I didn’t quite plan things as well as I could have but I shall plod along.

Cory and I drove to the city on Friday to have the final orthodontist appointment. Luckily, the wisdom teeth have already been removed, so it is all done. We had the best day together, getting the giggles so badly that there were tears of laughter rolling down our faces. Who was in control of the car while this was all happening? Who knows!! I think it was meant to be me but I couldn't see much. The cars travelling either side of us must've thought we were a pair of nutters! lol

I did manage some special baking.....two batches of cupcakes. One for home and one for the Ag Society gang. I unfortunately missed our meeting on Friday night, but two rascal members (Chris and Neville) dropped by to take the goodies with them. I hear the President cautiously ate one of my cupcakes....He feared I may have sprinkled his with laxettes!!! Lol Would I do that?

One of the things in the world that warms my heart.....my beautiful cardigan...Made in Italy.

On the productive side of the week, I am making my way through the knitting orders and have stitches on my needles making a hot water bottle cover. 

A deep purple, 8 ply yarn is the go here. There are many free patterns on the net. I have noticed that many of the patterns for the water bottle covers are in 10 ply. Probably not a favourite ply that I like, but hey.....any knitting is good knitting. lol

Another project on the order list is fingerless mittens and once again there are a squillion patterns to sink your teeth into. My pattern below is of course an 8 ply pattern and since I took the photo, I have completed the mitts. I will show them finished next post.
A fun trip to the local library saw me walk out with some pretty groovy books. This cute little craft book will be a good excuse to sit with a cuppa and browse.

Ok....I know, you guys can’t expect anything else now. You all know Italy runs through my veins. Lol. The good thing is that while I’m drooling over these books, I’m leaving everyone else in the house alone. 
I've just found a cute pattern to knit a Christmas elf. If you want to check out a sweet knitting blog, click here for some fun.
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I’m hoofing it out of here now. I can hear the kettle calling out to me, I can also hear that rotten ironing board screaming my name (I should change my name and not tell the ironing board).
Wishing you all the best weekend. Hope you’re doing things you love to do the most.

Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


A friend is someone who reaches for your hand
But touches you heart.
-        from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Hey!!!.....good morning everyone! I haven’t looked out the window yet to see what sort of weather awaits me....but it feels cold already! Lol
I have a few photo’s to share this week, so grab a cuppa and join me.

The first pic I share with you is a special group of people I hold close to my heart. They are my friends from gym, though some of the crew had to leave for work and are missing. I have many laughs with them and we’ve been a “gang” for a couple of years now. These guys are super nice. That's me in the pink top....with almost an angelic look about me. The young man in the photo is from Italy, so he’s extra special!!  J

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My creative week........
A bit of cooking. I quickly took a pic before they were all gone. They are little cheese and bacon rolls. Click here for recipe. I have to warn you...they are yum. The flour is mixed with greek yoghurt.

Setting up our stall for market day. A very fun day with Heather the feather.

 New beanie and booties to add to my collection.

My own creation, a little cutie doll. I was thinking of Shae  yesterday when I made her.

I was very creative sitting in my sewing shed yesterday....some more little lovelies  for the market. 
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In my garden......the first time this bush has flowered...very happy.

I can hear my son and hubby trotting around the house and that can only mean one thing......time to go and shatter their peace and quietness!!! Maw haw haw.
Have a groovy day!!
Cheers, Anita.

Viva Italia.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Faith grows as I do
the simple things I know

how to do.

Well, a glorious Good morning and Buongiorno to you all! I have woken up to a sunny autumn’s day, with heaps of birds chirping, hardly any sound of traffic and the fire still burning. What more could one ask for? Lol
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I have been busy with some secret projects this week and can’t share them with you just yet, so it’s a bit light on with show and tell. Next week I will show and tell them. I was busy this week filling orders for headbands and while I was at it a fantastic idea came to me.

I happened to be looking out the library door at work when our aboriginal aide Lizzy walked by with one of the students who had a headband on that I had knitted for her. It suddenly came to me that I should knit some headbands in the aboriginal colours. I asked Lizzy about them and she was over the moon.......she ordered three of them straight away. How excited was I!!!

 National Sorry Day

On Tuesday 26th May, Australians across the country acknowledged National Sorry Day. It is a day to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's indigenous population.
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A couple of my new headband additions.
A glorious walk through the garden : the marvellous shade of pinks and such a beautiful smell. Sometimes it is nice to just slow down, and really take in the wonder of mother nature.

 How pretty is this? Gorgeous I say.
 A trip to the local library was a winner for me. I’m flicking through these pages like a wild woman.
Brandon and I had just finished looking out across the incredible view in front of us, we were both overwhelmed. The Colosseum, in Italy.....a place where so many perished. I am also Sorry for all those souls taken.

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We are having a long weekend here in Western Australia to celebrate Western Australia Day, so tomorrow I am going to enjoy my extra day.

Well sweeties......I’m buzzing off now. Enjoy this wonderful day and I hope you spend your time doing the things you love to do.
Cheers, Anita.
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Being thankful.

It is good to
embrace a hope.
Will it rain or won’t it? We have clouds rolling in, a bit of sunshine and it’s not as cold this morning......a good sign of rain. I love those mornings when it is raining and you stay inside near the toasty roaring fire, with a cup of piping hot tea and some knitting. Sounds pretty groovy to me.

I had a roller coaster of a week, all sorts of creative, funny, crazy and scary things happening.....

Creative comes first
Now I’m going to make a confession to you and I may scare you guys to death!!!!..lol...perhaps some of you might even think I’ve been nibbling on  some magic mushies or something, but here goes........

Had heaps of fun making a selection of cool little baby sets consisting of beanies and bootees.
Love the little knot on the top of beanie?

Lone bootees and one nose. caught Milo trying to steal a bootee already!!!!

 Hmmm.....notice someone's paws in the photo?

 Crocheted flowers........
A cute little tea cosy pattern for Miss Maria.

Click here for pattern


Ever heard the song ‘Do you remember?’ by Jarryd James? It’s my favourite song right now, I love it!!!......it makes me want to run and run and run. I feel like I could run forever, makes me feel like I’ve got a super woman cape tucked under my clothes!!! Lol. Check out Youtube.

There you lot.....I’ve confessed. Anyone have a song that does stuff to them? Some songs do that to ya. I’d love to stumble across a song that would make me wanna do housework!!

I know Milo makes me cross when he....digs up the garden ; eats my thongs ; steals my bras ; runs off with stuff from the sewing shed ; howls at the back door ; jumps up.....etc....but we had a scare this week.

Way up high on a shelf, hidden behind big pot plants was the snail bait and Milo managed to get it. I had noticed a yellow lid on the lawn on Monday but the backyard is such a trash heap from Milo’s destruction that we clean it on Friday’s. Brandon discovered a pile of snail pellets and called out to me. What a fright we got. It was a crazy sight to see me vacuuming the back lawn to get every pellet cleaned away. We then discovered green dog poo. How fast did I run to the vets, just over the road thank god!

Just to make the story short, Milo had not ingested the pellets, the green poo was from the green packet he had completely eaten, and the vet told me considering the time frame of when Milo had probably gotten to the packet, he obviously didn’t ingest any as he would’ve been dead by now. Even if he had a nibble of the pellets that day, there would’ve been signs that he had taken some in. I thanked the man upstairs that day. I'm so thankful all is good.
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A gorgeous plant to add to the garden to calm my nerves.

Remembering back to my lovely trip to Rome. A walk through the Forum in Italy.

I’m off now to have some breakky, a cup of tea and to check out.......Milo. May peace be with you until the next time we chat. Find all the good things in life and run with it. I plan to terrorize as many people as I can this week. Sounds cool to me.

Cheers, Anita.
Viva Italia

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Aunty day.

Flowers are love’s
truest language.
-Park Benjamin
Friday was Aunty/Niece/Nephew catch up day and what a laugh I had. It is always a pleasure to have a sit down conversation with kids, as it’s easy in our grown up adult world to forget the basic view of life that really exists. One year old Jack is just flat out cute and very busy on his feet. Three+ year old Shae, a little girly girl and Miss Negotiator, is already full of wisdom and is happy to share that wisdom with the world. lol

A day with shae

This is Shae’s house and she made it all herself. Her Mum had told me that her coasters are always going missing because Shae includes them when she plays with her house. I found out they are used as part of the water slide at the front of this house.

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I asked what all the pieces were and when I asked about the big rock....what was that for? Miss Shae had a look on her face that was priceless. A look of ‘Ah oh ; I’m sprung : How do I tell her ; with a smurk’......all rolled into one. Then she told me ‘That’s where the man does wee wee’. You can imagine....that was the end of me. Gotta love them.[

I decided that I could make a few little rectangles in cute colours and Mum could have her coasters back. So when I got home I hit the sewing shed.
Shae loves pink
It seems that this week pink was in on many levels. Found this scrummy shade that I had to have from Spotlight.
A little baby beanie knitted in double rib and stocking stitch.
Even my flowers are popping up in the same sort of shade .
Had fun this week making headbands. Notice one of the flowers has been crocheted from that first ball of yarn I showed you?
Oh yes......it’s pink! lol
I’ve made a start on a cardigan for myself. I have tried desperately to make at least one thing for myself this year. It is a lacy pattern I found on the net and so easy is it to make. I decided a 5ply would be just what I need instead of 8 ply right now.
You can’t see it very well but the edging is ruffled. Can’t wait to get this finished.
Thought I’d share this pic of our neighbours tree. I love the colours hanging from the tree. Beautiful.
You guys know I can’t help it.....gorgeous pic as we walked through the Vatican museum. The ceiling goes on like this for miles!! Breathtakingly beautiful.

Now that I’ve sparked myself off with that last pic I’m going to make a cup of Milo and look through my Italian holiday photo’s again.

Ciao for now, Anita.


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