Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas day

I love Christmas, always have done ! I love the preparation, the planning, the giving and seeing Family. Catching up and just being together. Oh and of course the food!

As usual we had some family come on Christmas eve.  My Brother and his family came, along with one of my Sister's and one of her boys.  This was the start of the eating...

My Brother had to go home that night, so we gave them their pressie early.

My Sister and her Son stayed and we had our Pressies in the morning.

Why is there always one that has to spoil the photo!                       

Hubby and I.

Our Daughter

Our Santa and the tree         
Our other Nephew and girl friend                                          

One of my Christmas Pressies was an envelope with a message from my Hubby

"Guess what, you are now the owner of a new surprise. It's to big to be wrapped and is in the van".
What on earth would you think it was!

I have been wanting a new fork for ages!

To be family, Sister in law, Nephew and Daughter.

Mother in law, Sister inlaw and Brother inlaw.                 

Our Niece and her Father

My Sister and Partner                                                        

My Brother in law doing what he does best!

Extended family to be.

I seemed to have missed the kids out, when taking photos. I think they must have been hiding!

We did have a beautiful shared Christmas dinner/Lunch.  We had Crayfish, Smoked fish, Ham, Chickens, Tongue, Kumera salad, Green salad, Red cabbage salad, Garlic Bread, Potato salad roll, Salad.  Then for desert we had Pavola, Ambrosia, Trifles, Mince pies, Cupcakes, Shortbread.

It's a good job that christmas only comes one day a year!

Christmas crafts

Before Christmas is such a busy time anyway, but I like to make the pressies I give to family and friends. It is so hard to come up with new idea's, that people will appriecate. So this year I decided on practical gifts.

My Peg bags made from onion sacks

They were quite simply to make, and with using the onion bag water will drain out.  Thanks Nan for the green Bias binding!

I had noticed that aprons have made a big come back this year,so that were  good gifts to make.

To finish the gifts off I thought dish cloths were a good idea! These were made from vinitage cotton candle wicking. I have made some of these for my self and find them a lot better than the old sponge.  They look small, but with use they stretch.

For the two little girls in the family, it had to be dolls. My girls really enjoyed their "Tiny tot dolls" so I had to make somemore.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Water babies!

My poor lilies have been squashed good job they grow pretty fast!

The race is on!

Rion & Luna

Over the last few weeks in between the rain, I have been pruning our trees.  They are just getting far to big.
Yesterday Rion & Luna got bored with me. All of a sudden I heard barking and went to investigate and found Luna taking a running leap on top of Rion and both rolling around in the sawdust, that is ment to be for mulch under the trees. They were really enjoying themselves!  I managed to get the tail end of the fun on camera. It took me a good hour to get all the sawdust out of Rion's fur!

Handy work I have been doing lately!

I have been busy as usual.
First off I have made two dolls. We have had a School girl challenge at vintage cloth dollmaking group at yahoo.
I used Judy Wards double dart pattern for one. I enjoyed making her, and used a pattern from my "Doll reader" book, that I have been wanting to make for years by Donna Miska " A little German school girl.

I have used water colour pencils and acrylic paint to colour her.

Her shoes are just some old plastic shoes painted with acylic paint.

Her school back pack, is made from very thin leather.

All her clothes were hand stitched.

The second doll I made was for the UK fabric figures group, but didn't finish in time to enter the challenge. Those pleats were so hard to do!

This doll reminded me of myself when I was a girl. So I dressed her in the school uniform that, I wore to school in the UK.

Recently I joined the Stitchmap (mentor apprentice program)  at Yahoo groups. This is to keep embroidery live, through Mentoring and learning.  I volunteered to work on a CQ block for a replacement quilt that was lost in a fire. Can't wait to see the whole quilt, but here is my contribution.

I have finished my Tunisan crochet blanket.
It is a bit wonky, but that's ok!

I have also started a new one!
I like doing this as you don't have to think about it!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Well at last we have Chickens, its only taken fourteen years!
We needed to get some to train our dogs not to touch, and they are bird mad, being hunting dogs !  You see our neighbour has started to free ranges his chickens, on our shared driveway. These silly Chickens have come up to the dogs and of course the dogs have had them in their mouths, luckily Hubby was close by.

Our chickens are caged at present, but we hope to have them free ranging a couple of hours a day. So far it has been good.

Our Dog kennel was never used so that has become the Chicken runner. Hubby is so clever!

Here are our Four Shavers.
 I wanted to name them but can't completely tell them apart as yet.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rebecca's Birthday

A few weeks ago we went to my sisters house for Rebecca's Birthday, she is now three years old. They had already had the childrens party. It was real nice to catch up with my Sister and Brother, Partners and kids.

Rebecca with her cousin's Samantha and Jordan.

The Birthday girl and Jordan.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Busy last weekend!


Let me see what did I do !
Went for a walk with a friend, from around the corner. We walked for around two hours. The time flies, when you are chatting!

Came home, did the usual boring stuff ! Tidy and cleaned the house Yuk!  Mowned the lawns and weed sprayed.

I finished my Challenge /Swap Autumn Tea towel , for the International hand stitchers Yahoo group, and started a new one.

Made some Lemon and Sultana Muffins and Hokey Pokey Biscuits.
Did a bit more on my Tunisian crochet.

I have some much wool to use up, that this blanket project is a good start.
Boy did I sleep well!
Well what a different day it is!  Started off sunny, so I finished the weed spraying.  An hour later the heavens opened.!
Today I am concerating on sowing seeds.  That took several hours. This year I have tried to grow unusual vegies, like red carrots, and black radishes etc.  I want to be as self sufficent as possible.
I decided to do this under cover of the verrandah, because there isn't enough room in the plastic house with me, and two large dogs and a cat. They follow me everywhere! 
 Well good job I was under cover because it poured down!
All starting to grow in the plastic house !
Our Lemonade tree has done very well this year, so I have made heaps of real Lemonade.
It's only a very small tree, but produced heaps of fruit.
Here is the recipe.
8 lemonade fruit
1 Tablespoon Citric acid
4 cups sugar
8 cups water
Chop up Lemonade fruit roughly.  Add to pot with other ingredients and boil for 20 minutes.  Cool
Squeeze and strain fruit.
To use dilute 1 to 3 or to taste.