Monday, 24 December 2012

Happy Holidays....

May your lives be filled with LOVE, PEACE and JOY this holiday season.  

Merry Christmas everybody. 

About 20 shots later.......1..2...3... Smile....

Getting a decent picture of my lot is quite the challenge. 
Dad are you behaving yourself down there? 

With Love 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

In a Spin update

I have not had a lot of yarn time around here in the past week or so but I did manage to keep up with my squares for the In a Spin throw.  I have to admit to being a little confused about how its all going to fit together with the introduction of yet another sized square. Week 4 called for two squares sized 20cm, previously we had either 15cm and 30cm. So going to be interesting to see how it works. 

Sticking to my plan of using mostly scrap yarns is not really working either as I seem to be reaching for the new yarns more and more. 

Anyway here is week 4.......

And week 5........

For more information and/or pattern links please visit (In a Spin) for more details. 

I also made a hat which I forgot to photograph so will show you that later. It turned out a bit odd. LOL Cross stitching was my choice of fun yesterday. I was having a bit of an off day and plonked myself on the couch with needle and thread for hours on end. I felt only slightly guilty. ;-) 

Have a wonderful week. 

Love and Light to all xoxox

Wednesday, 12 December 2012


Good morning my lovely friends. Its 6.30am and finally I have a quiet moment to pop in and say hello.

Its been a busy week down here. We have been celebrating Xmas a little early. My daughter has been for a visit from Melbourne and you may remember that I was owing her a little present which has been on the hook since June.

Those of you who have been here for a while will know that I had dramas with this one. Dramas that have taught me to trust in myself and to have a little faith and all that jazz. :-)  Why? The rest of you may be asking? Well, to cut a long story short (because it panned out to be a really long story),

  • Daughter wants a long coat to keep her warm on cold winter Melbourne days.
  • Mum picks out several for daughter to choose from.
  • Daughter picks one from Melody Griffiths designs.
  • The pattern calls for Noro silk garden and will cost way too much
  • We improvise with Bendigo Woollen Mills Serenade.
  • For the first time in ever, mum does a test swatch as she does not have a big enough hook. It measures up beautifully so we go ahead. 
  • Mum begins to panic when the amount of rows called for look way to short. Pops online to order more yarn, which has of course now gone up. $104 later we are back in business but need to completely change the pattern to get this to work. 
  • Many more rows are need and of course the jacket is not as wide as it should be. 
  • The sleeves needed to be changed all together as we need several increases along the way.
  • Next was the addition of a border all the way around. Which could have been wider but as daughter is on a weight loss mission at the moment, we did not want it to end up too big. 
  • We did not make it as long as the one in the pattern because the gorgeous yarn is way too heavy. 
  • In the end we did not really need to buy all the extra yarn anyway. Woops. We did use extra purple though. And on the bright side. Mum now has a marvellous addition to the stash pile. (Insert evil chuckle). 
Now I know my rambling must be driving the scrollers among you nuts so without further ado, here it is, finally as finished as its going to get..........

Drum roll please.........presenting the long awaited Stripy Serenade........... 

Ta-Dah .....

There was no time for blocking or being fussy as my girl is off home today and wanted to take it with her.  She is very happy with the results. I am very happy that it is finally finished. It is so warm and snuggly. 

I think we can say we have one happy customer, don't you? 

And now I must away. My time is up. The girls are awake and I must wake up the boys. Another busy day is in store for us here. Lessons for one, School for the other, Gymnastics, Long car trips, airport drop offs.....the usual mama shuffle of getting everything done and everywhere they need to be. :-) 

Have a beautiful day everyone. 

Love and hugs 


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Xmas Fun

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas already isn't it? Our house is no exception to the rule. This weekend I handed my girls one of those little Xmas Felt kits which required a bit of sewing, some gluing and a whole lot of patience.  As they sat down with much excitement to get all crafty together, I was instantly reminded of them as little children. My three creative little bunnies, all so very different in temperament.  

My oldest girl had this very contented look on her face (she was the perfectionist when she little) she loves getting creative, the middle one looked quite serious (she was all for getting the job done in a speedy and efficient manner, she was the more contented little soul as a child) and the youngest, who made me laugh as she had the grumpiest look on her face and when she noticed me giggling she said "Mum, can't we do some easier craft?" (She would be the impatient one, who surprisingly enough grew up to take her time with her creative processes, this one being no exception, grumpy beginnings aside).

So a little into the crafting joy, they all started to grumble. The glue that came with the kit was not sticking the felt down. Hmmm. They raided my craft cupboard and tried several different glues. A little while later, they all gave up declaring this a bit of an arghhhh project. 

The youngest however set hers aside and let it dry. The next day she did a little more. Last night she presented me with her finished work which took a few days to complete because "Mum, clearly craft glue needs to dry, its not superglue after all. " Yes clearly! :-) 

I eagerly await the presentation of the other projects. I have full faith they will work it out. :-) 

Hugs and smoochies xoxoxox