Sunday, January 29, 2012

Photography Course

Yesterday I went to a photography course with my brother. Our cameras are similar but his is much more up to date and has a few additional features mine doesn't. We had a lot of fun. here are some of the pictures:

A new beanie

My son was wanting to learn how to make a hat. So, yesterday we read the instructions together and this morning he cut out the fabric and he has just finished his first Polar Fleece beanie! He has grand plans for future beanies with exotic embellishments but it remains to be seen.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Visiting the family

I had a nice day today visiting my lovely brother and sister in law. We talked about photography and blogs. My brother and I are going to a camera workshop in late January so we were comparing notes about our cameras. They are both the same brand but his is much newer than mine.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The border is on

Yesterday I took my time and added the border to Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt. I was careful to get it right as I did enough unpicking yesterday and last week. Anyway, I am very pleased with the result. Unfortunately the picture doesn't show the border, it is a pretty big quilt. If I can get the backing sewn up today I will be very pleased. I want to finish off the quilt with the lavendar coloured roses embroidered on it but I can only do so much of it at one time becasue the perle thread is thick and my fingers really hurt after 4 or five this rate it could take me another year to finish. I really want to start the English Baskets c1800 quilt from Threadbear BUT I have to finish several others first. Maybe I will try to focus on the Pine Burr Quilt. It is going to be another scorcher today so best to stay indoors and sew. I have to go to an appointment for 2.20pm but I won't be venturing out at any other time today.

By the way, the day started well with the sighting of 4 lovely hot air balloons in the north eastern sky over Melbourne - they looked so serene.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Flame Trees

I have always wondered what a Flame Tree looks like after hearing the Cold Chisel song 'Flame Trees'. Anyway, I saw this absolutely beautiful tree in the gardens and checked out the label - yes it is a Flame Tree - isn't it sensational?

How creative is nature?

Look at this lovely spider's web. I took this photo this morning after watering the small raised garden bed in the country. This little spider has been very industrious, this is the third web he has created in the last week. He waits patiently by the side of the web and if the web moves significantly for more than one second he scuttles out into the web to see what he has caught. Sadly for him today it was only droplets of water.