Sunday, March 29, 2009

This is what can happen . . .

.  .  .  when you put Master 13 in charge of decorating Birthday Boy 9's birthday cake!
The kids thought it looked "awsome"

Happy Birthday Pete

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Some Garden Love

. . . a beautiful red salvia that my mum gave me a little seedling from her garden, growing strong and she says I'll have it forever now as it self seeds . . .
. . . clematis seed pods always catch my eye . . .
. . . just a spot of "sewing table" love thrown in for good measure . . . 
. . . and the beautiful sedum Autumn Joy with a lovely clematis pushing in and showing off

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The spinning of a web

Some might say I have had too much time on my hands.  I don't usually see the sun shining at the front door, and I have been watching this web for weeks.  When the kids went to school the other day, the sun was shining through the web, and I just couldn't help reaching for my camera.
Although I can honestly say, I still don't like spiders, I have respect for their spinning ability.
After 2 weeks off work with my eye surgery, I am back to school tomorrow.  Thanks for everyone's good wishes and interest in my procedure.  I am just so excited to be glasses free after 37 years, and each day the fuzz is lifting just a little bit more.  I started driving again on Friday, and tomorrow I am back to routine.

These are just another couple of pictures of the lovely Zinnia's from last week.
Happy week to you all - and if any of you were thinking of Laser Vision Correction, I would recommend it as a life changing experience.

Friday, March 20, 2009

. . . the fuzz is clearing

. . . well, enough for me to go to my favourite Nursery at Ascot!

(This beautiful clematis will have to be mine in the Spring Time.)
. . . and bask in wonder at these beautiful zinnia's

. . . oh and just a spot of sewing.  Had been making this little mini quilt from a "KD" piece that came my way.  Will add this to my mini quilt wall.

. . . love it!

Monday, March 16, 2009

. . . the blind woman returns, and the winner is . . .

What a wonderful weekend.

Each time I think about it, my eyes feel much better.  How lucky I feel to have been able to share in the wonderful experience of the Stitches and Craft Show in Melbourne with my friend Jodie.  
This was part of the AMAZING display of her selvedge works of art.  They looked fantastic all together, and should be in an ART GALLERY!
As a special Show Surprise, I made us "staff aprons" keeping with the theme, and she was delighted.  Actually they were very handy and serviceable - I even got a couple of orders for the Brisbane Show.  I'll get busy girls when my eyes become a little more focused.  I think they'd even be good for school.  I can see me making more of these.
. . . oh, and the blind woman returns.  After all the excitement of the Show, let it not detract from the week prior . . . 
Yes, I had Laser Eye Surgery last Tuesday.  My WONDERFUL friend Brenda (who by the way loved her quilt) looked after me SOOOOOOOOO well.  I really enjoyed the rest from home and just not having to make any decisions was fabulous.  She is a treasure in my life.  I am recovering well, although still a little blurrrrrrry.  Not quite up to driving yet, or teaching 23 Grade 3's.  A few more days quietly at home and I will be back into action.
. . . and the winner is, (for the giveaway on my last post) . . . thanks for waiting guys

[email your details and I'll pop a parcel in the post]

Monday, March 9, 2009

Stitches, Giveaway, Cats, Cards and more

Did you know that I sell my photographs as cards and packs of Note Cards?
I am having a Give - a - way.  One of my lucky readers will win a pack of 6 flat note cards and envelopes.  There are a variety of pictures, but they are all photos from my garden.
Leave a comment this week, and I will draw a winner.
I am off on an exciting adventure today.  I am heading to Melbourne to stay with my lovely friend Brenda, who is going to look after me while I recover from Laser Eye Surgery which will take place tomorrow.
I have been wearing glasses for 37 years, and have decided to lift the mask.  Until it actually happens and works, I can't quite believe it.  I am filled with excitement and nerves all mixed in together.  I am lucky to have a good friend who is going to shield me from the day to day tasks of family and living while I spend time recovering.
I have made her a quilt to show my gratitude.  I hope she likes it.
Julie from Provincial Patch has sent me some of her new binding last week.  I am excited to be able to have a go and make something with it, but I think it will be put on hold for a week or 2, however, watch this space, or even go over to Provincial Patch and buy some yourself.  
I am really looking forward to the Stitches and Craft Show next weekend.  I am going to help Ric Rac and mind her stall while she takes her workshops at the weekend.  I hope I get to meet some of the bloggers, and just enjoy the buzz of it all.
Another Jodi from the other side of the globe has done a feature on my blog.  Go over and have a look.  I think it starts Monday in OS times.
I will miss my beautiful Nellie next week . . .
. . . did you know . . . 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Stash and Rain

I used some of my old old stash, that I have not wanted to cut as I liked it so much.  Realised it was crazy having it in the cupboard just getting older and older, so thought I'd just cut it into squares and make it into a quilt for my bed.  Made most of it in the Christmas holidays, and then finished off the quilt top last weekend, incorporating some of the lovely new Ava Rose.

A Kristen Doran piece inspired me to have another go at a mini quilt for my mini quilt wall.  After a wet long cold Sports Day with school, I had to come home and sew, just to calm myself down and get over the dreadful day.
. . . and then I realised the cold and wet had been raining on my garden . . . so I went outside, and had to run back in for my camera.  I was so pleased to see my plants a little bit happy and dampness everywhere.