Monday, October 24, 2011

Back in the day

Our local radio station has a retail advertisement which alludes to good old fashioned customer service and use the term 'back in the day' quite a bit.

Back in the day when I first began crazy quilting I made this project book for my sister, Linda.

At the time I had been involved with a number of e-mail craft groups who were doing themed swaps and through that I had collected a number of items featuring purple, pansies and this lovely calico print which is one of my all time favourite fabric prints.

Linda loves purple and pansies and so what better theme for this project book that I made.

This is a close up of the front cover.

Close up of the back cover.

I made project pages inside from pellon and it was inclined to cling to itself so I heat fused fabric pansies to the bottom right hand corners to assist with turning of pages.

Overall view of front of project book.

Overall view of back cover.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Bouquets of Spring

On the river side of our property we have a finger of land that has a pathway lined by trees and it stretches towards and overlooks the Waikato River.

It is a short distance from our house and yet if you walk to end of the pathway you become surrounded by trees and it is almost like being in another place altogether.

At the moment you can stop and listen to the birds of spring and sense the flow of the river below - so peaceful and quiet, it is always a pleasure to spend a few minutes in this part of the garden.

For a while now one of the trees at the end of the pathway has been in blossom with a lovely soft yellow glow. The yellow can be seen at the centre back in this image.

Yesterday I went for a wander down the pathway to investigate the yellow blossom and broke off one of the branches.

I have no idea what it is, possibly wattle, but it seemed a shame to have it on its own so I went for a wander through the rest of our garden.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that from various parts of the garden and our yellow blossom became part of a spring bouquet for our home.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Sitting Ducks?

We sometimes wonder if we are 'sitting ducks' to the cats of our neighbourhood.

We have already been adopted by one cat 'CiCi' since arriving and regularly have visits from other neighbours cats who wander casually through our property as if they own the place. Some have even been cheeky enough to raid left overs from our cats eating bowls.

Yesterday we were visited upon by neighbourhood ducks. They even came right up to the window at our kitchen as if to say, 'When are you going to feed us?'

They have never done this before and we can only assume that the people who they usually visit were not home to oblige in the food department so they thought they would take a chance with us. Did they really think that we were 'sitting ducks'?