Sunday, December 14, 2014

My awesome week

There is nothing worth the wear of winning,

but the laughter and the love of friends.
                           -Hilaire Belloc.


Hi gals! This week has been full of fun and awesomeness for me. Winding down for the end of year at work, finishing touches for the Christmas season, saying farewell to work mates who are moving on, and an in credibly fun night with my Ag Society mates, have made this week heaps fun. The whacky crew at the Ag Society are a bunch of people who don’t even blink at my crazy antics......they are the same! I don't even stand out in that crowd. Lol

At the beginning of this week I made a start on a stitchery...

Had a brain storm of an idea for something different in the way to present wrapped gifts. I made a metre and a half long piece of calico, folded it in half and stitched the side, added a running stitch along each edge, through the middle I did colonial knots. What do you think? 




I will show a gift wrapped up with this next post.

             Oh yes......some new decorations for the tree!


Heather the feather gave me the most yummiest sweet apricots I have ever tasted....

Hey what’s this?.....not telling.  J

Since I’m full of cheek, I’m going to unleash on anyone walking around this house. Lol. I feel in one of those moods to just bother as many people as I can today.....perhaps I will invite Heather over for a cup of tea? Hmm......
I’m outta  here now. See you all next week.

Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's getting close now!!


And the song, from beginning to end,

I found in the heart of a friend.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I think of December, I think of the holidays that are almost upon us, catching up with friends, the lazy balmy nights, the swimming pool and chatting with my hubby and boys, no time limits.......ah.....it sounds nice and relaxing to me. As the Christmas season is approaching rapidly, I have put my handmade gifts aside, wrapped ready to go to the ones I love. Christmas is such a busy time that sometimes we get lost in the chaos and forget to enjoy the occasion. This year I am enjoying the slower pace and have surprised myself with how together I have managed to be!! Lol.
 Come and I’ll show you what I’ve been up to.........


Last week I made a yoyo wreath, this week I made a styro wreath and what fun I had.......I purchased the coloured balls and hot glued them to a ply wood ring that I had in my sewing shed. Grabbed some ribbon and threaded it through the two holes drilled at the top.
                     
                   A little wire ribbon angel......

I am going to add a gold button to the front of her, and 

perhaps some eyes?? 


Cute hey?
Want the pattern? Click here.
Though we are really warming up weather wise, I love the 

idea of knitted mitts on the Christmas tree......


Click here for the free pattern.



Oh and now, just off the track a bit....lol....that’s me all 

over....I dabbled with a bit more crocheting. I found this on 

gorgeous Pinterest and couldn’t help but love the 

popcorn stitch.



A cute throw in the making.

Click here for the pattern.

As Heather the feather doesn't have the internet, it is safe

 to show you the shoe bag I have made for her as a gift. 

I'm just loving myself silly here. This is such an 

appropriate gift for Imelda Marcos Heather. Just need to

 add the draw string and some beads.



Out the backyard I managed to grab one of the chicks

from this year’s hatching. Man, she’s gotta do something 

about those hairy legs!!!




......and there’s Chester, just looking back at me to make

sure I’ve kept my distance. He’s sweet though, he walks

away really fast when I come towards him...he’s still in 

charge!!! Lol


Discovered this glorious white carnation flowering in the front yard. Too lovely.


                                          
How is your weekend going gals? Hope you’re having the 

best time. I’ll chat again soon.


Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

What's that smell?

However high a bird may soar,
it seeks its food on earth.
-Danish proverb.

It’s starting to smell like Christmas around here! I found a few yoyo’s that I’d made last year but put them aside, so I thought I’d make a few more.......
I stuck them to a piece of ply wood and made this cute Christmas wreath. I thought I’d add a few buttons on there as well.
                             


I seem to be on a roll with Chrissy projects, on my knitting needles is a mitten on the go....and what else?.......

               
  What are friends for?.......
helping to feed my addiction. Good on ya Heather! Lol Gorgeous beads and ribbon for me.
Sweet little Chrissy trees are made from scraps of material.  This idea is from Pinterest. 
Our local library is stocked with wonderful books for ideas, so these beauties came home with me this week. Plenty of really great ideas in the crochet book that I will be trying out. 
I really can’t show too much of what I’ve been making right now because they are presents but can show and tell....hmm.....after Santa comes. Lol Counting down my work days now, as it will be a 6 week break for me soon. Yippee!!
Have a super week.

Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A new untraditional idea.



All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full: to the place where the streams flow, they
continue to flow.
-Ecclesiastes 1:7

One whisper in my ear from a child, and I have been given an interesting idea to try......funky  Christmas puddings!
 They look fun hey?

While I sit with the kids at lunch time and knit, I come away in stitches and giggles at some of the funny things they say and their carry ons. I enjoy their company so much. Just recently I was showing the group my knitting project which was a traditional Christmas pudding.....brown and white. One of the kids said I should make one in lime green....LIME GREEN! After going into a silent conniption and melt down, I got myself together and thought...well why not? Have a try....and I did. What a super idea.

This week I have been thinking about Christmas and have made a start on a secret gift. This is the time of year when the stitching and stitcheries start. I’m trying hard to put the knitting needles and crochet hooks down but it’s been difficult.....and it hasn’t really happened for me. Lol. Here is a sneak peak of some stitchery .....

Had to use the leftover ball of yarn to make a cute head band and flower.

A knitted Santa for our tree. I found the idea on Pinterest. I love Pinterest, so does Heather..ha ha.

Oh and this week I came across an interesting crochet stitch...also via Pinterest. If you want to have a go at the pattern click here. This will take you straight to the website. It's fun to crochet.
          

Yesterday Heather and I flew off on our broomsticks to the historical town of York to check out the Craft Fair. It was a beauty!!! There were so many different types of crafts to choose from. With Christmas gifts on my mind I had to purchase this cute little gift wrapped soap for a special girl.

Oh......oops!.....I found this for me. Bit of cute bling to wear on my wrist. Very cool.
This coming week will see me concentrating on getting Christmas together in the way of really getting stuck into handmade Christmas gifts for my family and close friends. It is always a fun time of year for us and making gifts is the best fun for me.
What are you up to this week? Whatever it is be happy and have a terrific time.

Cheers, Anita.

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