Thursday, April 17, 2014

I knew I could slide an extra post in!! lol

The greatest thing in this world is not so much
where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

I’m just loving these holidays, they have given me the chance to slide an extra post in. During the week I had been working away at a crochet project...well....a couple of them actually and here they are.......

 The measurements for the pink cushion cover is 15in x 15 in.

Cushion covers using sweet little granny squares, using 8 ply leftover colours. Though the front has been made using a mixture of colours the back has been done using only the pink but also in small granny squares. What do you think?

The green cushion is 11in x 11 in.

I was surfing the net and came across a rather sweet blog called according to matt, click here for some inspiration. His use of colour and design really gave me some ideas. Be ready for a visit to his blog with a cup of tea and some cake because you will be there for a while.

I was up to some mischief last night as very unusual of me. Lol Our gym instructor is due to have a baby in June and for a tease I have knitted up these little bootees for her baby. The colours have been especially chosen so the baby can support the West Coast Eagles football team....bit of a joke with the gym crew and our instructor.

I’m out of here now to continue my mirth and crafting ways. To all out there who celebrate Easter, may peace be with you and have a lovely Easter.

Cheers, Anita.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I'm a little slow poke!

Happiness is contagious! If allowed
to spread, it can infect
the whole universe with joy.

Hello to you all out there in blog land!! Little Miss here is on holidays as of last Thursday and I haven’t stopped running until today!! Lol These holidays are going to be spent doing craft stuff but that doesn’t mean no housework !! I found this cute owl box in Red Dot for only $2 and it is a good size 13in x 17 in. I have a collection of decorative boxes in my corner of the loungeroom....for my projects at night.
 Cute hey?
On Sunday hubby and I went for a trip to the city and purchased a new shoe stand. We’re very pleased with it and has made the room look heaps tidier than before. We purchased it from Ikea.  

While we were there some towels came home with us. All this domestic stuff is worrying me!!!

 Groovy colours
 Our town hosted a big event... Wesfarmers Centenary Community concert with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, local groups and other guests, playing and entertaining. I was one of many volunteers who helped as the event staff and raised money for our own groups while we were at it. We were there for around 7 hours and I can tell was super hot.

 I believe around 5000 people were there and such a great night. Peter Rowsthorn was the MC and if any of you have watched Kath and Kim (Australian version) you will know him as Bretty on the show. He was such a laugh.

A quick show and tell....

I have almost finished this sweet little cushion cover and is not knitted, it is crocheted. I managed to put my needles down to pick up a crochet hook. I have no bad influences around me right now....she’s in Queensland. Oops...that slipped out Heather the feather. Lol

Have an awesome week gals and I might be dropping in a bit earlier in the week if I finish my cushion.
Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Where did this week go?

Living well and beautifully
And justly are all one thing.
I can’t tell you where this weekend has gone, but I’m sure I liked it! Lol. I have been chipping away at a baby blanket that I have made several times now and very much enjoyed. I have made this blanket in plain colours before but I tried using a mixed colour yarn and really like how it turned out.
What do you think?

The blanket measures longer than the pattern stated because I added more rows. Here is the pattern if you want to try it.

I’m getting into the funky knitting patterns now because many of the young girls go for it. I, being the vintage and traditional pattern girl found it a bit weird to start with but I’m right into it now. This is the little outfit I’m making now, still for the same person who is due to have her baby in about 10 weeks time.

 I have affectionately named this bundle of joy ‘Little Jack’ for now. Mum is the gym instructor and boy she moves around. I admire her energy. The pattern is here.
Talking about the funky knitting patterns, young Heather the feather gave me this fab library book full of those modern patterns for babies and it’s an incredible book.

Lots of fun knitting here.

Oh talking about Heather the feather, get a load of this pic!! Lol This is what happens when you go to the toilet for just a moment and you leave her at the table with your bag of donated wool!!!!.......

She’s into it!!
Hair and feathers flying! Never turn your back on this one!!!! Love you to bits chickie.
I made the cake I made this morning....absolutely hacked to pieces by the boys. Only managed to get some icing on a small portion of the cake.

Very tasty.

The Year 12 ball was held last night and though only one of my boys attended.....he sure looked smart.

Very handsome.
I’m out of here for now, housework calls me and it must get done. We have enjoyed some much wanted rain and hope to get some more. Here’s hoping.

Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I did it!!!

Let us pursue what makes for
peace and for mutual upbuilding.
-Romans 14:19
It is with cheer that I can tell you....I managed to put my knitting needles down long enough to do some stitchery and sewing!! I think it must’ve been the cool weather we’ve had around here. It was very comfy sitting in the sewing shed having a great old time. My favourite crafts magazines are out there, so I pulled up a bit of bark (chair) and flicked through some of them. I came across this cute little pin and needle holder and just went for it.
So sweet
The original pattern had ric rac running down the side but as I have a love of buttons, I thought I would change it a little. It measures about 3 in x 7in and a very handy little accessory to have.

I recall making a pact with myself not to purchase any more yarn....well that went out the window on a recent trip to the craft shop. Couldn’t go by a great deal. Buy 3 balls get one for free and they only cost $4.60 each in the first place. I suspect I’ll be back buying more now. Lol

Managed to make a bit more progress on a wall quilt I have been working on for some time.

Stitched with love
Someone had given me this panel with backing and wadding, so I’ve started quilting it. That was part of my work yesterday in the shed. It’s amazing how much you can get done when the weather is cooler.

I text a friend yesterday to see if the stork had delivered her nephew....seems the stork’s GPS isn’t working....he’s lost, no delivery yet! Hang tight Ashlee.

A few pics of my childhood haunts being torn down...not very happy but at least I have some pics to look at and remind me.
 There used to be lots of sheep pens it’s just a big nothing.

This makes me happy though.....the island of Burano, Italy.

See you all another time.

Cheers, Anita.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March Xmas Item a month

Boy, that month just flew by and here we are again for 1 Xmas Item a Month!!! I have a keen eye for little details at Christmas time so I adore touching up gift giving by presenting them in a fabric Christmas bag. So this month I worked on a new bag for this year’s stash.

I thought some nice stitchery wouldn’t go astray and I found some cute little Christmas print that I’d been itching to use. Candy canes are pretty cute too.

I’m off to join the other little elves and see what they’ve made this month. They’re a bunch of happy, fun crafty gals who always make super stuff and inspire me. Why not click here to see what they’ve made.
Have a great week and stay safe.

Cheers, Anita. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thoughts of winter.

There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
but the laughter and the love of friends.
-Hilaire Belloc
Slowly but surely I have started to plough into the bag of wool a friend kindly gave me and there are some interesting yarns in there. A silky smooth brown coloured yarn came into mind, a bit tricky as to what ply it was. Not having the patience to knit up a sample to check the ply, I decided to have a go at a slouch pattern because I couldn’t really go wrong...if it doesn’t fit an adult it will fit a child...... fits a child!! lol
 Lol  I will put this away to sell at the craft shop. Turned out lovely though. A nice cable pattern and one I enjoyed making. The yarn I was using was probably a 4 ply but I will dig up a bit of 8 ply and make this hat again.
Click here for the free pattern.

Also from the same exciting bag I found just one ball of this incredible yarn with many textures. Not enough to make a vest, I figured it would make a nice scarf, so I’ve whacked 10 sts on the needle and increased to 14 sts and away I go. It measures about 2 inches across and as I will double it up, I will make it fairly long.

Roll on winter!!
Unable to forget about knitting toys, Heather has kindly let me use one of her knitting books to check out some different toys to knit. A very helpful friend is Heather......always trying to help me get out of housework (or into trouble). It is a book that has been around for a while and they’re the ones I love the most.

Around our part of the world, the heat just doesn’t want to give up easy, but this week you can feel autumn is trying to push it’s way in. A little relief in the mornings for the poor old garden.

Some of my happy friends.
Have a lovely week my friends, each day is special and full of some sort of crafting projects to be made. Enjoy every sun rise, every beautiful breathe you take and be happy.

Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

We've been yarn bombed!!

It is not what we take up, but what

we give up that makes us rich.
-Henry Ward Beecher
By golly....our little town has been yarn bombed!! All sights were focused on our mall on Saturday morning on these bollards that had magnificent colours all over them. I wonder who struck us? I had seen this done in a neighbouring town and had a little chuckle to myself, Mind you, there are a few scallywags around here that I would have my suspicions about.

I had a wonderful week of knitting and dragged out a favourite and easy pattern for baby bootees. This little pattern knits up very quickly and is knitted in 8 ply. 
I am using the stash of wool I had been given and a fair bit of it is single balls of 50gm, I thought bootees or mittens would use up the wool nicely and I can donate them to the hospital in town. I will be keeping a couple of pair for little Jack. Click here for the free pattern.
Another knitting project of the week is this little gem called Kina. It is a free download from Ravelry. The pattern I used is a dolls size, but this one I knitted in 12 ply and has turned out big enough for a three year old. Click here for pattern.

 A trip to the local library and a treasure find!!! I just love shabby chic and there is nothing nicer than a hot cup of tea, soft lounge and flicking through some glorious pages of yumminess.
 Things that have warmed my heart this week.....

Knowing the hard road we’ve been on for months has almost come to an end
The smell of lavender
 A corner in the kitchen with some favourite ornaments
 Flowers taking in the warmth of the sun
Having our third son come live with us until he finishes Year 12
Remembering how happy I felt touching the entrance to Axel Munthe’s villa on the Island of Capri, Italy.
 The feeling of laughter as I tried to work out how they did this!!
 Remember to take time out for yourself. Keep the company of those who want to be near you......give the others the flick and don’t worry about them. lol
Sometimes we run too fast and miss the small important things. My mission has always been to be happy and intend to do so.
We are going to have a cooler day today so I have some fun time happening in that sewing shed of mine. Stay happy everyone.
Cheers, Anita.


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