Sunday, 20 April 2014

Southport. South Australia

A perfect Easter Sunday morning spent down South Port Beach SA and the Onkaparinga River. Sunny morning, gentle breeze and only a few keen walkers and surfers on the beach - although there really wasn't any surf to speak of just a occasional wave for the body boarder.
Jordy, my daughter, wanted to try to get in a surf and I was up for a walk on the beach.

To get to the beach you have to cross the Onkaparinga River and traverse across the walkway through the dunes. In this day and age they have built lovely wooden planked paths across the dunes and it is an easy few minutes walk to the beach..I tell my children we used to hike it across the hot dunes to do the same thing and only the really kean would be bothered with the walk. Those in the know ... would always make the effort.. South Port is a beautiful gem for years hidden from the invading hoards and perhaps protected from destruction because of this.

Today an out going tide and a very shallow river, which if you dont mind getting wet would be very easy to cross. The river looks almost green but is really just a sandy bed with mineral salts.
The water was so clear that looking down from the jetty I was able to watch the crabs siddle across the sandy floor and watch the small fish idle in the pools.

The grey pigeons are nestled in the cliff face, basking in the morning sun. There are quite a few of them up in the red rock if you look into the rocky cracks

Some of the local wildlife foraging in the shallows

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Wire Head Band Tiara

Princess Tiara on a  wired head band..made from recycled pearl necklaces and  bought stones and beads.
I actually threaded this tiara twice ..just as I was near finishing I broke the wire and had to start again.

Ted has graciously offered to display the tiara for us today so you can get an idea of how it would sit on a little lady's head.

I managed to find three wired head bands (the first time in 3 years I've found them again) so I will be only making 3 of these.
I'm putting this in my shop for anybody who is interested.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Charity Quilt - Just the Binding to go

 A mad dash at sewing today trying to piece the charity quilts together and at least get one almost finished. Just the binding to go for Charity quilt number 1 - probably more orientated to the male gender but I am sure any child would be happy with this very vibrant quilt. Even my husband commented - most unusual.

Number 2 is underway. This is for a young lady. After laying out the blocks I've already collected I decided to remove the brown muted blocks - they were a little too dull for this quilt/
I decided that a white material would be good to bring these assortment of blocks together. Some of the blocks were not the right size so the piecing together is off. You ask for 10 inch blocks and you get everything either side of it. I can cut down the larger blocks but it is hard to rectify the smaller blocks.
Doesn't matter it will be fine when it is all sewn together

The back and my dog who always wants to sit on anything you lay on the floor.

Sunday, 13 April 2014


I went to visit mum today and took with me my bird tapestry. Obviously I triggered a creative urge in her as she started to tell me that she hadn't as yet used the embroidery hoop I had purchased for her from an op shop. She then proceeded to bring out her linens she had started in her twenties. They actually don't need a lot of work doing to them and unbelievably she still has the threads to complete them. I say unbelievably because I'm surprised I didn't raid them when  I was younger.
The pansy cloth is her own design. the bunches are beautiful but it is a little spartan in between. Mum was talking about adding extra bunches if I can find extra DMC threads to match.

Just thought I'd throw these two cheeky fellas in for a visit amongst the flowers

An another cloth of cross stitched roses (i've dibbied this one when its finished - if mum is so inclined to give it away) Variegated threads in greens and pinks.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Easter Display

These little lovelies above are part of the General Traders (kitchenware shop) Easter display. They caught my eye when I was heading to the movies and i just had to stop and take piccies of them.
That reminds me I haven't rifled through the crockery yet to bring out the Easter colours. I bought a couple of new rabbits after Easter last year so will add them into the mix this year.
Below are some of last years snaps

Monday, 7 April 2014

Hand Printed Fabric - Girls Boat Neck Dress in Kim's Flower

This lovely Pink dress with boat neck has been hand printed with Kim's Flower stamp in pinks. the original seen here was printed in blue hues as a gift for Kim.

The pattern for this dress was thrifted recently and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to print up some pinks in this pattern.

I like the thought of a boat neck, but now having made the dress would probably never do it again from this pattern. Being an old pattern it had no clear indication of where to cut off the scoop of the dress (to remove the rounded collar) and was left guessing the stitching lines - which really needed to be accurate to fit.

The pattern is a Butterick 2194 in size 6 to fit breast 24"

The other minor problem I had with this pattern was to do with my printing. I misread the pattern and thought there was only one large panel for the skirt  so didn't print enough fabric, hence I had to go back for another session of printing. Urgh my aching back.

So all in all about 4 hours of printing and a good morning and part afternoon to make up this dress - that's what I call time consuming. I dont even have anybody that I made it for - made it just because I loved the pattern and thought the print would look cute in it.

I still have buttonholes to go and a few hand stitches to be done, but I should finish that tomorrow.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Eucalyptus erythrocorys

This lovely eucalyptus tree catches my eye each time I drive past on the way from the shops daily. It has such brilliant colour with its spectacular yellow blooms, almost like waxy pom-poms. Not only are its flowers singing with colour but the gum nut cover or bright red operculum jump out in vibrant reds and orange in amongst the long slender green-grey leaves. On top of all that spectacular colour is added a swag of large bell like shaped gum nuts/

What a spectacular tree!

Botanical name Eucalyptus erythrocorys
Common name  Illyarrie
Height 3 meters

Very popular with the rainbow lorikeets in the neighbourhood!

Doesnt nature put forth some noteworthy colour?