Monday, April 4, 2011


Introducing Joseph. He's the newest member of our family and so named because he was born on Christmas Day.  He's pretty cute, always smoochy, quite playful and often naughty. I'm not sure why we needed a cat, but now that he's here he's been able to quite successfully wangle his way into our hearts and we love him to bits.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Another rag rug in lovely soft greens that I will find hard to part with. I'm on a roll now that the weather has cooled off a little.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Some lovely new patterns from The Riverndale Collection by Sally Giblin arrived today

Button Your Heart is such a fun little decorative hanging

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I've made my latest rag rug using my favourite earthy colours. I really like this one.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


We're still picking flowers every day, but thankfully the weather has cooled off a little and it's now so much more pleasant to be outdoors.  Since I had a huge stock pile of rag balls already made up, I've been able to sit and do a little rag rugging in the evenings. This pale blue one is the latest edition.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


My life has been taken up with picking proteas these last few weeks. Beautiful as they are I'm beginning to see them as just plain hard work rather than the beautiful blooms that they are. Why is it that outdoor work always seems to happen in the heat. I wish I could organise for them to bloom in the cooler months. I'm sunburned, hot, dirty and exhausted and I think the only crafty thing about them is what the florists do with them long after we've put them on a truck to the southern states. Never mind, I'm sure if we keep plodding along we will finally get to the end and we'll be proud of what we've achieved.
I managed to sneak a few photos the other day when my "boss" didn't notice that I'd slacked off a little.
First we have to cut them off the bushes. They're not as easy to find as you might think.
We load them into the trailer.
There's plenty of company, but we  think   hope they're scared of us too.  We have learned not to work after dark as that's when the toads come out. When I found that out, I got REALLY scared.
Please Armstrong, we really could do with some help and there you are being lazy in the shade.
This is the really tedious part where we trim off all the excess growth. At least we can work in the shed out of the sun. 
Trimming done and into the bucket.

The cold room fills up pretty quickly and then they're off to Melbourne. No longer our problem.

Now that's about the story of my life right now and will be more of the same for a few more weeks.

I have to tell you though, that the house is all painted and FINISHED. YAY!!! I had to cheat just a little and get help for the high walls at the back where I wasn't game to go. I have to paint the fence yet, but at least it's ground level. Will get some photos when it's done. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Have a great Australia Day