Friday, 29 November 2013

A welcome native...

Found in the side of the house growing quite wild... I thought rather than just pull it out like a weed, I'd give it a home... it was rather pretty...

I love these little tendrils...new beginnings...
I looked it up on the web to find out what fern this was... and I think it's Pteris tremula or commonly known as Tender Brake - I much prefer it's latin name... sounds so much more refined...

Thursday, 28 November 2013

There was a fair bit of rain these past weeks...

Almost too much for some of us... I do believe the weather bureau said that we've had the driest Oct and the wettest Nov we've had in a long time...

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

In my absence from blogland...

We had a visit from a furry friend whose family went away to Melbourne for a week...kisses from the locals...

A handshake?

We loved your company Milly May...

Monday, 11 November 2013

Aunt Jen's baby sweater...

A dear friend of ours at church has just had her first baby girl... so I set about crocheting a sweater/cardigan for her.  Found this pattern - Aunt Jen's sweater on Ravelry and set about using leftover wool from other projects...

Started with a pink one... I omitted the sleeves with this first attempt.  Nice for those chilly morning starts seeing the weather will only get warmer...

It was so quick to crochet that I embarked on another larger one (and added contrasting colours)... when I finished the pink one (supposed to be sized for a newborn) I kept wondering if it was on the small side... it's been a while since I've held a newborn... you do forget how tiny they are when they first arrive :)

Added buttons - I love it!  I think I'm on a roll... those leftover balls of wool will have a purpose now!  Always handy to have these already finished and ready to go when the need calls for a baby present.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Homemade Ginger Beer Trial

Trialled it using Rhonda's recipe on her Down To Earth blog...

Not much success though - no bubbles...

But I bottled it anyway and refrigerated it... I sampled some, despite the distinct lack of fizz, it's a winner.  Must work out what went wrong and trial with another batch...

Friday, 8 November 2013

Tilly and the Cicada

Came home from the School Fete (on an extra hot day) to find Tilly lounged out in the back veranda with a cicada...

She toyed with it - as you do (if you're a cat that is...)

Playing with her food...

A close up... needless to say, after this pic the cicada was no more...

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The homemade tutu storage carry bag

Contrasting fabric (synthetic curtain material that I bought for a song on ebay)

The tutu - I made the storage bag without a pattern (couldn't find one) - just made it up from pics on the web...

Consists of 2 circles (lined) - one with handles attached... had to buy the extra long continuous zip (that will zip up on either side of it)

Then you can fold it over like so...

And tote it along whilst the tulle stays uncrushed.  Mission accomplished.