Monday, 27 October 2008

~ Congratulations Mrs Bird ~

We have babies. I suspected yesterday we might have but today I can actually see them and hear tiny chirping. I wish I could show you photos but I haven't been able to get a good photo and don't want to disturb her. I know she is a honeyeater but there are many types of honeyeaters and I am not certain what type she is but I do love how has shared this wonderful act of nature with me and I have spent a lot of time watching her sit on her eggs and now tending her babies. I love how the gentle breeze rocks the nest and it reminds me of a baby in a cradle. Very cute. Thank you Mrs Bird :)

Recently, I was very lucky to have received this gorgeous scissor keeper and fob from a very talented lady who creates the most beautiful works of art. You can see her beautiful work here.
Just Lilla ~ Lilla lives in Hawaii and makes all kinds of beautiful vintage works using gorgeous velvets, silks and lace. I really just love that Olde Worlde look. What a gift to be able to create like that. Thank you so much Lilla.

I have been stitching but am not able to show you my recent finish yet. Next time though.

To me, the garden is a doorway to other worlds; one of them, of course, is the world of birds. The garden is their dinner table, bursting with bugs and worms and succulent berries.
~ Anne Raver

Friday, 17 October 2008

~ The Joys of Nature ~

Early this week whilst DH and I were walking around our garden, we inadvertently disturbed a little bird which flew out of one of the trees. On closer inspection, we discovered a nest. I was really concerned that we may have frightened the resident away and she might not return but later I discovered I could actually see her nest from right inside my house and sure enough she returned.

Now back in August, I remember writing in my blog about a little bird that on two occasions had visited me right outside my sewing room in that same tree. Now, I don't know if this is the very same little bird but I like to think it might be and that she had been checking me out to see if I would be a suitable neighbour. Well, I am sticking to my theory, she must have been happy about me being a neighbour and has returned to build her nest there and now I can watch her sitting on her eggs. I am totally addicted to watching her and find myself checking on her several times a day. She looks so cute with her little black head poking up one side of the nest and her tail stitcking out the other side. Her nest is like a deep basket. She takes lots of 'tea/toilet' breaks from sitting on the eggs but always returns to keep them warm. I can't wait to see/hear when her eggs are hatched and will be delighted to have babies right outside my window.
Okay, now I know you are going to think I have totally lost it but I have a confession to make. I play music for her at nights so she has something nice to listen to and I also talk to my plants :)) I was really concerned about her the other night when we had a storm with thunder, lightening and heavy rain but she was fine the next morning. I am unsure what type of bird she is but I am really enjoying watching her dedication to the task she is performing.

This beautiful picture is one which Dawn, from appropriately, "The Feathered Nest" has shared on her blog. Thank you Dawn.

"Poor indeed is the garden in which birds find no homes".
~Abram L. Urban

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

~ Playing Hugo and Felix's Game ~

One of the blogs on my favourite list is Lynette Anderson Designs where I love to visit to see what her beautiful fur babies Hugo and Felix have been up to as well as seeing Lynette's beautiful creations.

Hugo and Felix have come up with this little idea and what they are asking us to do is to show on our blogs any of Lynette's designs that we have stitched, and then leave a comment on her blog with a link so her readers can see them. So here are some of my Lynette Anderson Designs finishes....

Ooop!! 'My Shadow', Ben, just snuck in there too so he could send a woof to Hugo:))

Off to leave a comment on Lynette's blog.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

No partridges to be seen here though.

Here are our ornaments from our stitch~along this month. Little House Needleworks ~ Pear Tree from Just Cross Stitch Christmas book 2006.

I love the original way in which Sandra has chosen to finish her version.

and here is mine....

I copied how it had been finished in the book

I am working on a couple of little gifts at present but can't show you for a while yet.

"Love is the thread that binds us. "

~Author Unknown

Saturday, 4 October 2008

~ A Nice Find ~

Don't you love it when you are not really looking for anything in particular and out of nowhere you spot something that really takes your eye. That sometimes happens to me when I am shoppping in my local Spotlight store. It often isn't much ~ can be just a nice tin or something like that but I did spot this recently and just had to have it.

I love this little sewing case. It isn't serving any purpose other than just looking pretty sitting on display :)

Nothing much to report about on the stitching front. I have been having a few 'false starts' on a little project I am working on for a gift. I have already made three attempts and am still not happy so Plan D is about to happen after I have finished posting this blog entry.
Sandra and I have our October stitch-along ornament to do as well so I am going to have to put my head down and get on with things as I haven't made a start on mine as yet although I know Sandra has started hers. I am usually lagging behind :)

Ben asked me to post this picture to show you his special Guide Dog blankie. No, he is not a guide dog ~ but we like to support Guide Dogs and when I saw this blankie I thought it would suit him perfectly. Only problem is, when it is on his bed, I sometimes have to look twice to see if it is actually him sleeping in it or just the pictures of the lovely puppies on the blankie :)