Tuesday 20 February 2024



Finally, a little enthusiasm has returned. I am stitching Jennifer's ( www.elefantz.com) recent free design. 

I haven't been reading as much either but I have finished this book which was a Christmas gift. It is Miriam's 2nd book, ( the 1st was also a gift to me), and the title is so apt!! She is a shocker! 

It is another warm day today...at last! Summer is nearly officially over yet it has barely begun here. I shall not complain after hearing about W.A' s 49.5 degrees yesterday. I suspect we shall have a hot Easter but who knows what mother nature has planned. 

Keep well, keep smiling and enjoy some crafty fun.

Saturday 3 February 2024



Oh dear! The only project I have done the past few weeks is the Stone Henge crosstitch bookmark but at least I have finished it. 

I could only do a little bit at a time because it was quite a strain on my eyes and I was going crosseyed . There are some minor mistakes but I would never have finished it if I was to worry too much and it is not a gift for anyone....just myself.

I enjoyed the 4th book in the series I have been reading and have the last one, book 5, on the shelf ready to read after some other books. 

I have been very slowly tidying up my sewing room and I am still deciding which UFO quilt to do next . Meanwhile, I have an unfinished decades old crosstitch to pick up again.

                                         Happy stitching.

Sunday 21 January 2024



My crosstitch bookmark is taking a while to do but I have made some progress. I can only work on it a short while before I go crosseyed. I have unpulled and redone the border using 2 strands instead of 3 and done more of the centre and scattered stitching . Not much more to do now. Whew! 

I finshed the 4th book of a series I have been enjoying and have the final one waiting for me on my bookshelf. I have 2 new books I received for Christmas that I shall read before it , both non fiction. 

                                      Happy stitching! 

Tuesday 2 January 2024

HAPPY 2024!


After a very challenging 2023 for some of us I hope 2024 brings us all an abundance of good things.

Around Christmas time I was cleaning out a cupboard and found a bag of things I had bought and collected during my overseas trip way back in 2015. Now, that was a good year! I travelled with my youngest daughter for a month and later that year we had my eldest daughter 's wedding. Such fond memories. Anyhoo, in this bag I found a crosstitch bookmark kit I bought at Stonehenge. Nothing like taking over 8 years to rediscover it ! So, at long last, I started it. It is not good on the eyes but I am persevering. The instructions say to use 3 strands of thread throughout most of the crosstitch but I am using 2 strands after not being happy with the border......that shall be unpicked and redone after I finish the rest,

                  Progress so far, don't look too close lol.


                                          I have crocheted more flowers.


                          Cleaning up my craft room, finishing quilts then winding down from patchwork and quilting is my goal this year. I have noone to give quilts to and I can't machine quilt . I may be able to contribute with blocks for charity quilts this year instead. Now that I have rediscovered crosstitch from completing my decades old unfinished ones last year , I have been inspired to do more . I still love embroidery so I plan to still do some of that too. Smaller hobbies, less storage required. That is my aim. Let's see what actually happens. 

Sunday 17 December 2023


A pleasant sunny day without humidity is a nice change here today.  We have had some warm days but they were quite humid which is rather unusual down here in the south. We have had lots of rain, warm humid days, and some cooler days . All higgildy piggildy... or whatever that expression was during my childhood. 

I took advantage of the sunshine and replanted the pots and tub on my verandah.

I crocheted more pretty flowers during the week.

I bought Fiona Mc Intosh's latest book and loved it as much as all her other ones I have read. 

I hope those of you who live up North have avoided the cyclone and are all safe.

Monday 11 December 2023



My crochet garden blooms are growing. I am loving these colours . 

A few each day keeps me inspired despite the fatigue . Working with the colours makes me feel happy and the rhythmic pace of doing crochet is calming. Do you find this with your craft? Thanks for visiting me.

Sunday 3 December 2023



3 weeks ago I came down with Covid for the first time. I have been quite vigilant from the beginning and still wear a mask in the supermarket if there are a lot of people  around me.  However, I caught it from my daughter and grandsons . Even though they have had it before I managed to dodge it back then having not been around them at the contageous time. So hubby and I both got it this time. I had no runny nose or cough, just a sore throat one afternoon then by that night I had a shocking migraine and was very nauseous. I couldn't keep a sip of water down so I couldn't take any pain killers. To top it off I collapsed on my bedroom floor rug and woke up confused as to why my face felt scratchy lol. The next day my daughter had to come over to assist despite having Covid herself and an ambulance was called because I was dehydrated and my head was exploding. After giving me some sublingual anti nausea medication things improved but I face planted on the bathroom floor the following night and woke up with my nose bleeding everwhere. Judging by how sore my nose felt the next few days I think I had fallen on my nose. So, once again, not much craft has been done the past few weeks but I did open that yummy pack of yarn and I have started the project I bought it for.

I have been enjoying this book series and finished book 3. I have passed them on to my mum who is also loving them. Book 4 is on my shelf waiting to be read and the final book, number 5, is on its way from Booktopia. 

I won't be doing much craft today as I pulled a neck muscle in bed last night while simply changing position .  Gotta laugh. Ain't ageing fun! 


  Finally, a little enthusiasm has returned. I am stitching Jennifer's ( www.elefantz.com) recent free design.  I haven't been readi...