31 January, 2015

First Harvest From The Garden!

 We Noel planted some tomatoes and zucchini and we have had our first little harvest. One tomato and two zucchini! There are a lot more on the plants waiting for their turn.
He also planted some lovely herbs and potatoes.
It's lovely being able to pick your own home grown vegies. The boys had lots of fun digging for potatoes 
last time we planted them.

30 January, 2015

Getting Ready . . . . .

To play with hexagons!
It would be over 15 years, maybe more, since I've made any.

29 January, 2015

Blogging Friends Are So Generous!

 One of our swaps for the Friends Having Fun Swaps this year is wool. I mentioned that I will have to start collecting some as I didn't have any in my stash. The lovely Fiona (Bubz Rugz) offered to send me some.
A big fat satchel arrived! I don't think Fiona could have stuffed any more in! Now it's got my mind working thinking about what I will make my partner. Thank you so much, Fiona. It was so lovely of you to start my stash!
 Yvonne from Yvonne W Designs recently had a giveaway of a button set she used for her Triptrych that is in the January edition of Homespun. I was the lucky winner. How pretty is the paper the buttons were wrapped in!
Here they are. Yvonne makes gorgeous buttons and brooches, as well as designs lovely patchwork and stitcheries. You can see them here.

Thank you so much Yvonne. 
The buttons are so much nicer in person.

26 January, 2015

Stitching and Baking!

 I finish the little sparrow stitchery for Operation Sparrow that Jenny of Elefantz told us about. You can read all about it here on her Operation Sparrow post. I'll give it a good press and then pop it in the mail.
  I made this little wall hanging for my Great Niece, Ava, 
for her Naming Day yesterday. The fabric is 
so much prettier in person. This was one of the lovely fat quarters I won on Donna's (Donna's Lavender Nest
blog last year. It was perfect for Ava's hanging.
 I used Michelle's Stitcher's Alphabet pattern 
but just left off the sewing notions.
 On the baking front, I decided to make a beef pie.
 I even made my own pastry for the base which is 
something that doesn't often happen!  I must admit 
to using bought flaky pastry for the top!
 It turned out quite yummy according to my family 
and I have permission to make it again!
Happy Australia Day!

24 January, 2015

FNSI, OPAM and the Tradie!

 My FNSI project was this little sparrow stitchery by Jenny of Elefantz. This is for Operation Sparrow. You can read all about it here on Jenny's blog. I didn't get as much done 
as I was at Little Athletics for the twilight meeting 
and the light wasn't good enough.
 Thank you to Wendy for hosting us last night.
Head over here to Wendy's to see what 
every one else got up to.
It's time to sign up for OPAM 2015 with Peg and Kris
Head over to either Peg's or Kris's blogs to
see all the details and sign up. 
I wonder how many projects I will finish this year!
Mitchell has survived his first week of getting up early and going to work. Although the 7.00am starts are a bit of a killer for him! Nelson took this selfie last night at athletics.