Friday, December 11, 2009
I have a couple of xmas wreaths I bring out each year - sometimes I redo them a little - sometimes a lot. this one has been around for a few years now and looks pretty under the lights on my verandah. works with my new xmas background don't you think?!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I like my blog background to be minimal so the photos play central role, however I thought I would get in the Xmas moment and add a background (or maybe two or three or....) throughout December . this one is from cute n cool - love the rabbit and snowman! thanks!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
the weather here has been so hot lately. my garden is looking very shabby because I haven't weeded for weeks...and until it cools down a bit it's not likely to happen any moment soon! in admist the weeds though are some treasures like these beautiful artichokes I planted over two years ago. they have only beared fruit this year and I can't say I'm impressed with eating fresh artichokes (but I love marinated ones) but oh! the flowers...how gorgeous!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
the weekend here was hot, hot, hot. lots of time spent indoors with the aircon on. so I got to play with my new photoshop software...fun! one of my aunties recently gave me some photos of my Grandad and his brothers, as well as an old postcard. scanned them in and cleaned up scratches and tears - really impressed with how they look now. what do you think?
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
listed some new things in both shops yesterday...creations from my week at play. The journals are embellished with the paper fabric I made and some cute watch faces and can be found here and the garlands are in my vintage shop Lily Loves Vintage. I need to list the birdies, xmas trees and hearts yet which I made from vintage fabrics and notions.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
today is jacaranda thursday. for those of you who don't live in or around grafton or haven't visisted at this time of year, this is the time when all the jacaranda trees flower and the city celebrates. this year is the 75th anniversary of the festival. today is the highlight of the festival when the shops dress up and everyone lets their hair down. here are some photos to celebrate. the red flowers are from flame trees and at times you see them next to the jacarandas - a stunning combination. the last photo is a quilt I made a few years ago to celebrate this colour combination.
last week I spent six lovely days in my studio (that sounds a bit presumptuous given the mess in there!) printing fabrics, dyeing, playing, dancing to music, discharge dyeing, stamping, stitching and generally having fun creating whatever took my fancy. I plan to work on some art quilts for exhibitions in 2010 and this is the beginning. here are some of the results...
Sunday, November 1, 2009
after four weeks of non-stop travelling throughout Europe last year we arrived in the Cornish village of Nelwyn to stay for a whole week - bliss! this was probably the most favourite part of our trip and we rented a beautiful cottage called Cresta House. the cottage is beautifully presented with all the conveniences you need and more. our lovely host Samantha had left a delicious Cornish tea for us on our arrival.....yummy! oh for some clotted cornish cream today! my grandfather was from Cornwall and I guess that's part of the affinity I feel for this part of the UK. we relished the fresh seafood available in the village daily, wandered the tiny streets each day, bought locally at the supermarket, had coffee in the cafes, gazed at St Michael's Mount in the distance past Penzance, talked to the fishermen down on the wharf, strolled the beaches, and watched the comings and goings of the Newlyn fishing fleet from our lounge room and bedroom windows...some days I spent hours just doing that! I have loads of photos from this part of the world and here is just a small taste of them. we hope to return some day soon but in the meantime I can still watch the harbour at Laurence Hartwell's blog Through the gaps! thanks Laurence.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
we are back from our jaunt to Brisbane. wonderful time with family, lots of eating (and drinking!), a visit to the city, the museum of modern art to see the Easton Pearson exhibition (fabulous), some shopping and some sightseeing. my family live near Moreton Bay and we walked along the pier at Shorncliffe and wandered past the beautiful old queenslanders in the area. some have been renovated to their former glory and are great examples of this style of architecture.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
we will be away for the next few days...heading to brisbane for some family time. meanwhile here are some cats we saw whilst travelling last year...we seemed to see cats wherever we went...from a cat on every corner,street and doorstep in Istanbul to the odd cat in Belgium. so our trip souvenirs took on a distinct cat theme! we even found a cute shop in Prague called the Cat Gallery - with all things for sale featuring cats of course! the sleepy ones are Cornish mousers who had worked all night we were told...so don't disturb them because they are cranky!!
Monday, October 19, 2009
around this time last year we were in Prague - or Praha as it's called in the czech republic. wow... what a beautiful city. castles, cathedrals, centuries old architecture everywhere, wonderful shops, cobblestone streets, cafes, restaurants, great food...the list goes on! I cried as we entered St Vitius cathedral...unbelievably beautiful and so lucky to be there. here are some images from our stay. moments I could easily return to.