Wednesday, 19 February 2014

~ Just had to share:) ~

I just had to show you this little blessing that I received yesterday....
I was photographing a little project I made ( if you are interested in seeing more you can see it here ) but I will show you here what happened.:)

This is my little Pocket Full of Posies.... but look closer....

Yes, it is a real live little bee that had come to check out the flowers LOL!!
I think it is a Blue banded bee.  Isn't that just so special and a lovely blessing from nature :)

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Thanks for dropping by

Monday, 17 February 2014

~ Family ~

On my last post I mentioned I had several projects to share with you and so here is another of them. This one, I cannot take any credit for as this is a creation of my daughter and I have to say how proud I am of her making this.  Over the holidays while she was home, she decided she was going to buy herself a sewing machine.  I thought this was a great idea so was behind her all the way.  She bought the machine and then raided the fabric drawers to find some pieces of fabrics to start her sewing journey.
Here is what she created for her first project and I think she did an amazing job  of creating something out of odd bits. .  

She has since produced several more great projects including a journal cover, a book cover an organiser for her car... I am very impressed :)

Here is little cross stitched project I did.  This is a Sweetheart Tree chart and I changed the colours from amethysts to blues.. It was a gift for my sister and her colours are blues so here is how it turned out.

Summer is still here in Australia and I have to say I am actually looking forward to the temperatures getting a little cooler when beautiful autumn arrives...Ahhh autumn,,,,,I think it might just have to be my most favourite season!!
Thank you for taking the time to drop by my blog .

Monday, 20 January 2014

~This and That ~

Well, my posts here seem to be a bit few and far between these days and I need to try and be more vigilant at updating my blog. I will try and do better :)

So here is my first post for 2014....thank you to all who take the time to drop by and leave me comments.

I do actually have a few projects to share and would you believe some is actually stitching!

I completed this project last year after it being a WIP for a VERY long time.  It actually started out to be a SAL with a dear friend, Mary, and Mary actually finished her version ...quite some time ago (probably a few years ago in fact) but mine sat unfinished in my stitching box just because I had a hard time with the satin stitch.  I am not very good at satin stitch and don't actually like doing it so...when my dear friend visited from New Zealand (who is a stitcher extraordinaire)  late last year, she completed the dreaded satin stitch for me and I added the beads and finally and thankfully got it completed, framed and hung on the wall.  I love the sentiment in this piece.
It is called Blessings and is a design from Wild Heart Designs

If you are a reader of my blog you will know I love the birds visiting my garden.  My dear hubby made me this beautiful gift for Christmas .....well I did tell him I wanted him to :)
So far no-one has taken up residence but is a very nice addition to our garden.

I do have a few more bits to share with you but to avoid this being a very long post I will leave those to another time...... so from 'Just Me and My Shadow'.....bye


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

~ "The View from My Garden....continued" ~

This is a little mini album I made from envelopes and I use it to showcase photographs I have taken of the birds that visit my garden and also some I see when I am out walking in my neighbourhood.

Some of the stamps I used in my book are from Crafty Secrets Birdsong set.
I also used some pages from the Crafty Secrets Birds and Botanical Images and Journal Notes Pad which I have used in different ways throughout my book .

If you are interested you can see a video of my journal here

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Sewing Card

I made this little card using some digital downloads I purchased from Crafty Secrets.

Digital Bobbin Cards T-14
Digital Printable Button Cards T-13
Digital Sewing papers DP-07

I made a pocket and tucked in some cards. I sewed some buttons to the button cards, dyed some seam binding to match the colours , added some co-coordinating ric-rac trim and some pretty buttons, a piece of tape measure tape.  I also made a felt and gauze rolled flower and cut the ticket and spool label elements from one of the papers.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Little Sewing Pocket Book

I made this fun little Sewing Pocket Book by following a tutorial by Dar's Crafty Creations Blog

I used some digital downloads that I had purchased from Crafty Secrets..
Digital Bobbin Cards T-14
Digital Printable Button Cards T-13
Digital Sewing papers DP-07
and my Clear Art Stamp Set Material Girl

here are some photos of my little book....

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

More"View from My Window"and...

Just a little bit of this and that...

Not sure if I ever mentioned but I am undertaking a little project this year to endeavour to take a photo each day of the year...
It has been going very successfully and although there have been one or two days when I have slipped up and forgotten, I have managed to get a photo every day. I am finding  it is a great way to open my eyes to what is happening around me, nature and life in general.
I made up twelve little for each month of the year and at the end of each month, I print out my photos for the month, stick them in my book, write a caption and on the last page a little re-cap of what has been happening during the month.

It is amazing how quickly the months fly by and I have just completed my album for August...only four books to go!!

Now, what I really started off to write about today is what my photo happened to be for today.
This amazing bird was our visitor to the Grevillea this morning... is a Black Cockatoo
Isn't he amazing... he is so big!!

Another 'view from my window' is this amazing fruit which I noticed in our garden this morning!!

It is growing on our orange tree and somehow has forgotten that oranges are supposed to be 'round'!! Very strange!!

Ben reminded me too that it has been a while since he made an appearance on our blog!!  So I need to put that right so here is a beautiful photo I took of him recently at his favourite place, the beach. He is almost 8 and a half now and a little whiter around his gorgeous sandy nose but ever so handsome don't you think??

Oh and just one more thing before I go and this  may surprise you....I actually finished a stitching project recently!! Yes, I am happy to announce that I actually did.  Here is my Shepherd's Bush In My Garden needle roll.  Quite appropriate really I guess since I have been talking a lot lately about the view from my window and what is in  my garden!!

" A good snapshot stops a moment from running away"
~ Eudora Welty