Thursday, September 18, 2014

Birthdays and stuff...

Mr E had a lovely birthday yesterday, very relaxed and chilled out - exactly the birthday he enjoys. The 'no fuss' kind.

We feasted on prawns, coral trout, green salad, avocados and fresh fruit salad...
...and I made fresh mango ice-cream to top it off!
 This ice-cream is made from just two ingredients - frozen mango and coconut milk yoghurt!
It literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish and is smooth, fresh, and delicious. Next time I make it I'll take some photos to show you how...
I gave Mr E a professional microphone for his business videos and webinars, and Blossom gave him this gorgeous bonsai tree...
The only 'duty' Mr E had on his birthday was to choose the winner of the Scandi Christmas fabric bundle from this giveaway, and when I asked him for a number between 1 and 204 he said, "Well, 17 of course - my birthdate!"....so.....the winner is -


Congratulations Ellen, I have emailed you and as soon as I have your address that sweet bundle of festive prettiness will be winging your way!


Apart from birthday happenings I've been busy finishing the next 'Rosedaisy Designs' tutorial to share with you in Saturday's blog post.
This month I've chosen the Rosedaisy Border block as I think it's perfect for Christmas gifts...I wonder if you have an idea what it will become?
Don't forget the full 10 pattern "Rosedaisy Designs" set with 11th bonus design is still available for purchase here in the shop.
If you haven't seen all the designs in this set have a look at the photos HERE

I'm also intending to have a play with these over the weekend. 
I've not used Semco threads before but it appears that Spotlight stores have ditched Anchor threads in favour of Semco so I'd best acquaint myself with them. 
Blossom loves owls so I chose thread colours to co-ordinate with a sweet bundle of owl fabrics that will become 'something' for her...
She developed her interest in owls back in 2011 when Mr E rescued an owl caught high in a barbed wire fence late one night.
The barbed wire had pierced the owl's wing and while Mr E held the owl close, Blossom cut the wire away.
It was taken into care by our vet the next day and three months later returned to sit every night on our front gate...
The garden is coming alive with temperatures of 30C (86F) already this spring!
My little rocket seeds have sprouted...
...and the chandeliers on our palm trees are turning ruby red.
With such warm days I think there will be a lot of mango ice cream needed to keep us cool.
Fortunately, that won't be any problem at all...

Enjoy your day, won't you?!



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Old ways and breathless beauty...

A Sunday drive through nearby farmlands is in many ways a step back in time.
Abandoned homes, cars and old machinery are left to rust and weather out in fields, a reminder of old times, old ways, simpler days...





A sabbath day of rest for the farmer? Not really...



I chuckle over the bemused looks I receive from cows when I aim my lens at them...


...such serious personalities!

But this sweet pony and her companion didn't bat an eyelid when I drew close to capture their quiet lunch on film...


Mango farms line the country roads around Majors Creek, so we stopped a few times and noticed that some plantations had trees still pollinating...



While a few kilometres further on the next farm had fruit appearing on every branch...



I wish we'd been able to throw down a blanket under these ancient trees and rest in their shade with tea,  biscuits and lazy Sunday conversation, but it was private property and I respect their space...

It's lime season in the tropics now as well...


This farm had literally thousands upon thousands of limes fallen to the ground as far as the eye could see...


...and a new crop on the way!


We passed a lily pond far off in the distance and this was as close as my zoom lens could get. It wasn't till I got home and began editing the photos that I noticed a duck nearby...



Further along we drove, down one side road and track after another, occasionally discovering remote residences amidst the tall ghost gums...


...and even a creek (the Major's Creek perhaps?)...


...where I stood still and breathless long enough not to scare away this butterfly. I had all of a few seconds to take the photo when she alighted on a leaf near me. As soon as she heard the camera's shutter off she flew!


 I've saved my favourite photograph of the day for the end.

You may have noticed by now that on my photo adventure days with Mr E I often find a "Lord of the Rings" scene - normally this is in the rainforests or beneath the many waterfalls we discover. 
But last Sunday it appeared in the middle of a mango orchard, and it simply took my breath away...


May your day be filled with beautiful things too,
hugs


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GIVE THANKS - 12 mini quilts!

Back in 2011 I spent a year designing 12 sweet inspirational mini-quilts that I displayed on a Give Thanks wall hanger.

These blocks proved very popular and I am regularly asked if I will re-release the pattern set, so after two days of reformatting photos and instructions, HERE it is!

These cute little quilts measure just 3.5" x 4.75".
Here are the twelve you'll find inside the pattern pack...

Inside the pdf you'll also find the pattern to make the wall hanging...

 ...which perfectly displays each mini quilt. 
You can change the quilt each month of the year...
As these mini quilts are very small I've also included a step by step tutorial in the pattern for binding them...

Each stitchery is a stand alone design so you can use them in any project of your choosing!

I even made some of the blocks into a quilt which I named "Gratefulness"...

How would you use them?

The pattern is HERE in the shop 
At less that 80c per project I think you'll agree it's great value as you receive twelve mini quilt designs and a beautifully embellished hanger to display them!

BONUS: For this week only I will email everyone who purchases the "Give Thanks" pdf pattern a copy of my Gratefulness Quilt pattern! 



Tomorrow is Mr E's birthday and he's going to draw the winner of THIS giveaway - have you got your entries in yet?
Don't miss out!

hugs