Monday, January 25, 2010


We had been invited to Rowena and Dick's 40th Wedding Anniversary last night. On the invitation, they had requested that there be no presents - except from anyone who had been at the wedding originally!!
Well, we did not qualify there, as Rowena and Dick only settled here from New Zealand about three years ago. But I felt the occasion needed something special, so I decided to make a card.
I started with a heart shaped window card, and used a background of dark red silk paper - to represent romance and the Ruby Anniversary. Then I did an arrangement of dried, pressed flowers, with a little gold adhesive butterfly.
While I was in the mood, I decided to make a few others, all using the same sort of materials.

The only pressed flowers I had handy were some hydrangeas and some May - but you can get a fair bit of variety with those. The older hydrangea flowers go a pretty green, and can be used as leaves. (Somewhere, I have some dried "Love-in-the-Mist", which would have been perfect - but I could not find them.)

I really had to scratch around to find some star shaped sequins for this one. I liked the ripple in the silk fusion.

This one is my favourite. It will be saved for a special birthday or another important occasion.

Meanwhile, although I have been feeling rather lazy and laid back in the hot weather, I decided to get stuck into completing a "commission."
At the Spring Fair, I had some Patchwork cushions in pink rose fabrics for sale.

Shirley had admired them, but felt they would not complement her colour scheme. She asked if I would consider making a pair in blues, and I agreed.
I found I did not have the same variety of rose and floral  prints in blue, but I had plenty of other lovely blue fabrics. I decided to base them around a blue rose fabric that was put out to promote funding for breast cancer some years ago. I also found a lovely toile fabric in dark blues whch would make a great "feature" fabric.

I pieced the fronts, and then pieced quite a length of frill in various blues.


Here is the finished result. Shirley has not seen them yet, but I hope she likes them!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I am always sorry when the Christmas/holiday season is drawing to a close, because there are always wonderful occasions with family and friends, and a relaxed abandonment of normal routines. Some special memories are created at this time, and our rather impromtu Boxing Day get-together was a great example.

I say "impromptu", but Kim had been thinking it up behind the scenes. Originally I just thought we were going to have a nice Christmas leftover lunch, and a special repeat Christmas celebration with Miriam, Sarah and Emily, who had arrived from New Zealand that morning.

But Kim, who is a wonderful "events organiser", had arranged for some family and friends, including a number of children to come around to experience a special event - the arrival of Santa on the Bobcat!
There was of course plenty of food and drink, and everyone was in a relaxed mood.
Then there was a buzz of excitement - not to mention a buzz of an engine! And Father Christmas made his entrance from the trees on a rather unusual mode of transport!!

There followed a session of handing out presents, with a generous sprinkling of ho-ho-ho's, in a voice that sounded  remarkably like one of my sons!!!

Young and old got in on the act!

Finally it was time to say goodbye

Santa  performed a few tricks for his audience

And disappeared back into the woods!

It was a really happy occasion, right in the spirit of goodwill that should characterise Christmas!

William greatly enjoyed it all. But he is not silly. When he caught sight of Father Christmas's hat ( inadvertently left lying around) a couple of days later, he commented that his Dad had looked really funny wearing it.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Seascapes for a Rainy Day
We have had just a little bit of long waited rain this afternoon. I decided to spend some time on a creative project instead of weeding the garden. Just kidding - I would not have been weeding the garden anyway - too hot for that.
At the moment my inspiration is some recently purchased silk fibres, plus Judith Baker Montano's latest book "FibreArt Montage". I have been itching to get onto some seascapes, and spent an hour or two yesterday sorting through some fabrics that said "water".

A few months back, I purchased this little hanger at the Op Shop. It is designed to take little photographs, I suppose. But I thought it would lend itself to some little collages, and starting "small" would give me some confidence for tackling the project. At the top of the hanger is a Pisces motif, perfect for a marine scene or two.

In no time at all, I whipped up three little seascapes, plus one reject. It just took a mini crazy patch background, a few teased fibres, some embroidery thread, some beads, and a doo-dad or two.
Now the trouble with showing photographs of a miniature on the blog is that they end up larger than the real thing, and you see more detail than you are meant just squint when you look on these pictures!

Next on the list is to gather together some smallish frames. so I can tackle some scenes that are just a little larger.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

and for fond grandparents everywhere........

My camera really worked overtime at Christmas, especially capturing 2 year old Wiliam's enjoyment of the occasion. On Christmas morning, we walked down to "Devonside" to watch the family open their gifts and to see what Father Christmas had left for William.
When we first arrived, he was opening some gifts in front of the computer screen so that Nana and Poppy in Wellington could enjoy the occasion too. Isn;t modern communication wonderful?

It was so heart warming to see his great delight, not only in his own gifts, but in helping Mum and Dad open theirs!

Kim has really been looking forward to this!

It is moments like these that you can relate to the old adage "Christmas is mainly for children" (although I am not sure I completely agree)

William just loves books, and pretends to read aloud...Once upon a time....

Trying on new pants....

What is in this box?

I don't know who is more excited about this one, William or his Daddy!

Hope you enjoy these Karen and John (William's other grandparents)
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