Thursday, March 20, 2014

Time to stitch

 It has been a very busy few months: we are working hard renovating our house ready for sale, busy with family and friends and lots of medical appointments and tests.

Well the health issues are sorted, the house is coming on well and other responsibilities are settling down too.

I have found it difficult to make time to create and even harder to blog but here I am.

You can see I have been doing some free machine stitching using scraps of fabric and  threads between two sheets of water soluble film.  I added some lace as well and then rinsed it leaving it a little sticky.

I wanted to make a candle holder (for led candle) so I wrapped it around a bottle and left it overnight to dry.

I am quite pleased with the results so far.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bugs and roses

 Today Ally (my granddaughter) and I went to the Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens for a bit of photo therapy.  

We have had a lot of rain and cold weather lately and a lot of the roses are showing signs of damage.  


There are also plenty of bugs around.

The  roses are still beautiful though.

We are really lucky to have these gardens so close to our home.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


 As 2013 draws to a close I would like to thank my followers and supporters: your comments are appreciated.

It has been a challenging year in many ways and there have been times when the creative urge has deserted me as well as times when other priorities meant I couldn't spend time with my fabrics and threads.

 I am hoping for a more productive year in 2014.

These photos show the beauty in flowers even after they have bloomed.

I love the fading colours and shriveled petals on the gladioli.

Daisies always look so much more complex when the colour is gone and roses are so intricate after the petals have fallen.


HAPPY 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Little bird lost.

After a very hot morning yesterday, a  cool change brought strong gusty winds with it.
 There were small branches and leaves blowing around and I think this young magpie may have been blown off course too.

He was sitting high up on this branch in our garden for quite some time.  

I first noticed him when I looked out the kitchen window this morning.  He was very quiet and not moving much.

These young birds are usually very noisy and demanding food if their parents are nearby but this one was all alone.

After a little while he spread his wings tentatively and flew into a higher tree where the magpies often congregate.

I hope he found his way back home.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

After Christmas Tree

 I started this piece of embroidery quite some time ago but it has been sitting in the basket neglected through lack of imagination.
 It is worked on yellow cotton and the basic outline of the tree trunk and limbs are worked in wool yarn.
 The little flowers are worked in cotton thread in various colours and stitches.
 The next step is to add some more beads - actually lots of beads.
 After that there will be more threads, maybe even some silk ribbon.
There also will be buttons and  embellishments.
 Maybe a little painting too. Let's see where it takes us.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

bunting from the stash

 This is my first attempt at making bunting and I think it turned out quite well.  I used some bits and bobs from the stash and will add bells to the points of the flags.   

This is going to be hung in the carport I think.