Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Flower Days

We had really lovely weather today, there was a slight breeze and with out it I think the day would have been much warmer than it was. You can feel the change in the air as Spring is fading to make way for early Summer. 
I took a drive with Dad to one of our local nursery's as Dad wanted to by some more yellow roses. He said this local nursery is one of the better one's for price and for the fact the plants are out doors. He doesn't like buying plants in stores. 

I came home with a Tansy plant. I have a few potted plants for my self for a dyer's garden I hope to have and use eventually. Tansy gives gorgeous shades of subtle green and yellow. The Tansy I brought is the common Tansy, the herb. Not the harmful Tansy Ragwort which is very different in appearance.

The roses have been blooming and I've been picking flowers and drying them. I am playing around with making tea blends. This one is Green tea, Calendula, Roses and Jasmine flowers. I know these plants haven't been sprayed so I am okay with drinking them. Always be cautious about ingesting plants, no matter how benign. Be especially cautious when pregnant, taking prescription drugs, around pets, and small children. In short: Be safe.

There's been some slow work on the crazy quilt. It's a slow thing, more slower now the weather is warmer. This is a good winter project.

I've been working on a different technique with my art, using coloring pencils. If anything it is relaxing to do.

I also changed my blog look and added new links to the pages beneath the header. 

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The little things

The sewing machine and my paper stash is in the corner and there's my flower press dad made for me

We've been having some nice weather of late. There was a late thunderstorm the previous few days and that seemed to cool things down, although you can feel the heat.

I was asked in comments to show my stash...I'm not sure what kind of impression I am giving when I talk about buying bits and pieces, I hope it's not a hoarder impression...although, I could reach that level.

So let me take you through a tour of my room. As most of you know I am now with my parents caring for them which meant when I moved out of my last home a lot of my things were placed in a storage shed. So I do have a house hold full of things in a shed packed up as well as craft stash. I've been with my parents for about eight years (?) or so. And over time I have decluttered and changed this room around heaps of times. I have a love/hate relationship going on with it.

The desk was a recent purchase. I needed it and as you know me I never paid much for this, it was $50. The desk is actually a child's desk but because I am hobbit size this suits me just fine. I have things mostly organized...baskets at the top for fabric scraps and paper scraps and potpourri. Magazines next shelf. Stuff in jars and bowls for potpourri and my stamps in boxes where the art is hanging ( I have that there to see how it looks as I just finished it.) Under neath the desk is a small drawer set for stickers and folders for my stamps. The other shelves and drawers have more arty stuff. Near the bottom corner you can see my crazy quilt rolled up waiting to be worked on.

Turning around is the other side of the room. Under the bed is the hard back books (I recently rearranged this) and a few plastic boxes with fabric. My computer where I am now.The pink plastic drawer thing is filled with tea towels, pillow slips and such for embroidery on top of that is a draw full of ribbons and laces. The bed side table has plastic containers for embroidery thread and the drawers for hair slides, brushes, my brooches, and such. I'm not really a makeup/clothes gal, in short very low maintenance I just get what I need to do in the bathroom and go from there. If things get too cluttery in my room I generally do a clean out, either a chuck, a trip to the thrift stores with the stuff or I pack up a box of stuff I really want and send it to the storage shed.

On my desk is some ACEO cards and zines getting made up.

And then there's what's happen when I get a bee in my bonnet to deep clean and rearrange.

So there's my tour of my tiny room and stash. Oh, the cupboard has some clothes and more fabric material.

Moving stuff around

I hope every one is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Market day

I've been quiet of late pottering around at home and have been a bit neglectful of my poor blog, but I hope to fix that and post a bit more.
The weather of late has been a mix bag of warm and windy which is not a good combination for the fires that have been around. But at least the wind has been keeping the days mostly cool. I think summer is going to be a hot one.
Last week I received an email to let me know about the new workshops for the Simple living group, the co-coordinator, Margy, also sent information about a mini homeschool market held at the Range Christian fellowship on the week end. My aunt and I headed off early to have a look around at the stalls. It was a good day to wander around to look at the stalls as the day before was so windy! It was still windy but not as windy.

I came home with two pressed flower bookmarks, yes I know I could make them my self but I like to help kids who are making their own items to sell. The book marks have scriptures on them with spelling mistakes :):
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, scince (since) what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

I can do all things through Christ which (who) strengtheneth (strengthens) me. Philipians (Philippians) 4:13

I also brought some clay charms from When Laura Meets Clay: Whenlaurameetsclay.etsy.com. The book marks and the charms items will go well in snail mail letters.

I've also been pottering around in the garden and preparing potpourri mixes from the dried flowers I already have dried. My room smells like a flower garden.

There's been a lot of snail mail happenings too. I made some cards and postcards out of old magazines for a swap.

My art desk also has a lot of paintings going on. Just small ones for now.

We had a lot of produce from the garden too. We pickled beets. Picked silverbeet and more kale too. Over the last year or so dad has been planting out a few small garden items to grow in beds. The old favourites most kitchens like are being grown. We have three raised beds that are giving us plenty to use in the kitchen. Which proves you don't need big to start with.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.