or early autumn. okay, i concede. its cooling down and as much as i am looking forward to stocking up on yarn and fleece, i am sorry to farewell the long hot days.
this afternoon i wanted to finish this bear but didn't feel like knitting another sweater so decided to embroider straight onto the bear. these bears are given to new born babies so i am keenly aware of making something safe.
the olives are almost ready for harvest and are very plenitful this year so i may have another crack at them. last time i tried we got a tiny amount for our efforts and then i missed changing the brine so they fast tracked to the compost.
they were casting great shadows on the playhouse too!
last week i was asked if i could make a backpack for a little guy about to start kindy. i looked about and found a great tutorial and started collecting up fabric that i thought would work.
i really enjoyed making it but it was a challenge as a) i usually make things up as i go and don't follow directions and b) i had to scissor cut all the pieces. it would have been so much faster with a rotary cutter. i think the thing i enjoyed the most was putting all the fabric together and, designing the images and type on the flap. i was determined to use what i had and only had to buy d rings and some piping cord. michael made the wooden toggle as i didn't want a plastic clasp.
the kindy boy loves giraffes and the colour red - i think i managed to cover those bases. seems so long ago that my babies were having their first kindy day. it was nice to travel down that road again!
yet another basket to come off the hook. a metre or so of fabric (that i knew i would never use in the sewing domain) was ripped into ribbons in front of sochi - my viewing comapinions wincing at every tear. how can that affect the curling i ask you!
this one i have put into my felt shop as i think we may have reached the crocheted basket limit around these parts!
we have celebrated tommy's big day and though i am happy to have the event behind me, it was a great party. although the actual celebration is slightly archaic (the kids can drink here at 18) i do believe our lives run in seven year cycles and this was a biggie.
i made bunting. lots of bunting. and the odd decoration. you can't go wrong with some fraying linen and gingham ribbon.
bunting with strips of linen hand stitched to a length of twine
how could i stop there? i ripped up and old sheet and crocheted a long length of chain stitch. then i couldn't help myself and crocheted into the chain to make the pennants.
i very much enjoyed this and crocheted away till the first guest arrived (almost)
i can't bear to take it down now so we'll enjoy it for just a little longer.
greetings and a happy 2014! hot summer here - days spent looking for cool corners. we have a 21st for t coming up so there is lots going on inside and out. i love dressing a house for a gathering!
the pond i am so happy with and the lilies are going crazy. they look like they are trying climb right on out of there and we have a bud ready to bloom - fingers crossed its a birthday lily! the rabbit has it's party necklace on and the herbs planted either side are singing in this heat.
this has been a work in progress for some time but last night michael finished the seat. done. the herbs i have planted either side have gone crazy as have the waterlilies that i brought home from whangamata from a friends pond. they haven't flowered yet but thinking they may not yet as they are spending their energy establishing themselves. we have tiny goldfish in there that are successfully keeping the mosquito wrigglers at bay. when you do manage a glimpse they are so cute whizzing around in their tiny school of three. i hope you are having a restful time after the rush - i always find it takes a few days to unwind, slow down, and i'm not really aware of this until i literally feel the calm rolling in. long may it last!
being the southern hemisphere our christmas is one of warmth. our solstice is summer and the longest day. our tree was/is traditionally pine but lately the firs and spruces have been creeping in and this year i bought a small potted norway spruce which will, hopefully, survive to see another christmas. i miss the pine smell but i love the look of the spruce.
to an embroidery thrifted last week. $3 for such beautiful fine work. even the back of it was a masterpiece. i couldn't leave it there so brought it home with thoughts of making it into a cushion cover for michael's mother. she loves the colour blue, birds and is a damn fine stitcher herself so will appreciate the work that has gone into it. working with pieces like this is something i love doing. i love that there is a story woven in with those threads but one that i will never know. i love that i am creating the next piece of the tale.
munk has made an appearance on my facebook page this festive season but thought i'd bring him over here as well - if you have been popping in on the blog over the years you will have met munk before. special guy this little felt character. at one stage he and prairie were never separated which was nerve wracking at times especially when he went missing at school for a day. i felt sick. i have just restitched his mouth and this follows many fixed arms, legs, ears. he started life as a finger puppet but was soon stuffed and stitched and turned into a 'real boy'!! needless to say but will anyway - 'love you munk'
and some seasonal stitching (summer here in the antipodes!) for a special young friend whose beautiful dad left us all not so very long ago. he was a surfer so i found some surf fabric i have had tucked away since the 80s. the natural linen is lined with it giving a faint hint of the design.
and because i can never resist a close up or a ruffle
i hope your festivities are humming along whatever you are doing x