Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I like to try for a handmade and homemade Christmas as much as possible and have finished a little blue hexagon quilt and another origami bag. Tomato Relish and Mint Chutney come from the kitchen and some potted plants from the garden. Next is the wrapping and the sorting and all my usual contributions to our family Christmas lunch.
Monday, December 19, 2011
I have been making some fabric origami bags to give to some of the ladies in my life for Christmas. I chose the colours and patterns with the individual in mind, so I hope they like them.
A little Birdie has finished her Christmas sewalong banner, it is the first one I have seen completed and looks great on their mantelpiece. Mine is getting there and I have also been working on a little English Paper Pieced doll's Quilt as a Christmas gift. Lots to do and time is running out.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I have finished my little quilt for the Sew Mama Sew competition. It is all hand sewn apart from attaching the binding. I used 1/2 inch paper pieces and it measures about 10" x 12" [25x30 cm] Now all I have to do is work out how to load the photo on to the website. Hopefully, a little birdie can help me.
Friday, November 11, 2011
My Christmas Sewalong is nearly up to date. I cannot believe how quickly the weeks have gone by and I have enjoyed participating in this project very much. Instructions for the finishing off will be published this weekend.
I have been making this little Quilt as well to participate in a competition at Sew Mama Sew using my favourite tiny prints. I always enjoy the transformation the quilting makes, adding depth and warmth.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I have a recipe for Persian Chocolate Cupcakes with persian fairy floss as decoration that I have wanted to make for some time now. I finally located some and bought it the other day, but found it too difficult to use neatly, so I put little pink candy hearts on the top instead.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
As Spring goes on and the weather improves, it is time on the farm for lamb marking. We have about 260 ewes, divided into 3 mobs. Each mob is herded into the yards and the lambs are separated from the ewes via the drafting race. Ewes go in one pen, lambs in another. It is very noisy with all the ewes and lambs bleating for each other.
Each lamb is lifted up and secured in a specially designed holding cradle. They are inoculated, earmarked [hence "lamb marking"] and an elastrator ring is put on it's tail. This cuts off the bloodflow and the tail eventually falls off. The ram lambs are de-sexed using the same method. Doing this ensures a low risk of flystrike during the warmer months. By counting the number of tail rings used, we are able to work out how many lambs we actually have.
The whole family gathers for this annual event and their help is greatly appreciated. They make a great team working together to get this essential farm work done. It is also wonderful to have everybody at home sharing tea breaks and meals and spending some time together.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
We have a large garden with an abundance of places for the birds to nest, so why has this one built in Tom's farm coat that is hanging up on the back porch not two metres from the back door? Nique discovered it on the weekend and tells me there are three eggs in it. I haven't been brave enough to look too closely because an angry little bird flys out and chatters very crossly at me if I get too close.
"For every Bird a Nest" is by Emily Dickinson.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I had a lovely weekend with Amy and we went to a store called Daiso that sells a huge variety of Japanese products all priced at $2.80. This Maneki Niko Cat was the first thing I picked up, but not the last! I bought some great craft supplies as well as Bento accessories and kitchen gadgets. We will be going back there again soon.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
After hanging about for a couple of weeks, Walter pigeon has gone. I hope he went home and did not meet a sinister end. There was a cat about and something spooked our rooster and hen the other night so badly they will not go in their own shed at dusk. Bruce has to catch them and put them away after they have gone to roost in a tree.
|Zorro, our rooster.|
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I have been stitching for a legion of elves this last week. This Jolly Elf Boots pattern is from Australian Homespun Magazine, No 90 [Vol 11.11] I have sent one of each colour to my sister and I hope she gets a nice surprise when she opens the parcel.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
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