Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Year Begins - Welcome 2016

 2016 will mark 10 years of Blogging.  It's amazing to look back over the Blog Books that I have made, and see all the development in my garden and the wonderful things I have made.  Also some milestones for the children and just a general record of my life.  This will be the year of SOCKS on the knitting machine.  Mum gave me my first lesson on Christmas Day and here is the result.  I bought this lovely wool in Davidson North Carolina -  so they will be my American Socks.  I love them!
 I fiddled around with half square triangles trying all sorts of patterns on the floor of my sewing room.  Eventually I got sick of playing with them and a friend suggested pinwheels, so I did that and quickly sewed them up.
 A couple of blocks were just left as the plain fabric, which wasn't so plain, and I snuck a few squares in when I got tired of making pinwheels. This is the way  I like to do quilting...ie. make it up as you go along.
 Was quite happy with the finished product and got it machine quilted.  Now just have to do the boring binding.
 Had a lovely day out last week with my friendly neighbour to all the fabric outlet shops in Melbourne.  I was quite taken with this picture of a skeleton on a seat with the caption that read: "Waiting for wife in fabric shop"
 On a road trip to Geelong last week, we came across the evidence of the recent bushfire in the area that struck just around Christmas time.
 The highway was closed at the time and you can see why, as it roared straight through.
 It was quite eerie seeing all the devastation and imagining what it had been like for people living in the area.  Some houses were saved and they were just meters away from others that had been completely burnt out.
On a happier note, this big window that I found on ebay last year for $10 was the beginning of my dream to one day have a hot house in my garden.  

Sometimes dreams do come true . . . 

8 comments:

JB said...

I read somewhere the other day that "Good things come to those who get off their backsides and work for it." I think your hot house is going to be great. Sorry not to be able to help build it. My newest pottery student is a quilter, i get to hear about her sewing adventures when she comes to class. The first unicorn stamp came out of the kiln today. I will have to do a prototype mug and send you a picture, now what was the name of that dog?

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

I'm so glad your hothouse is coming into being! Anyone with your gift for growing beautiful flowers NEEDS one. ;)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

You are going to enjoy your hot house. I look forward to seeing pics when it is finished and filled. :-)

Love your American socks and your quilt is wonderful!!!

Have a great week ~ love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Patsy said...

Love to follow your blog , great contrast to our winter to see your lovely flowers and quilts.

Chookyblue...... said...

wow 10 years of blogging...........well done.........I mus have been here for most of that time as your one of the very early blogs to me.......
socks look good......they'll keep your toes warm in winter..........
goodluck with the glass house........

Jan said...

10 years, Annie! Wow. Please keep on posting pics of all your doings and keep on enjoying life. xx

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Jodie said...

10 years ???? no way !!!!