Awhile back I did a small favour for a bloggy friend - she wanted some hooks that were only available in Australia and it was my pleasure to send them to her. Well, today's mail brought me a wonderful surprise. My friend sent me this gorgeous doily which goes perfectly with the colour scheme in my dining and lounge rooms.
Isn't that beautiful ? Also included in the package were some more treats which I'll enjoy as these are not available here in Oz. Thank you so much P .. way too generous but I do love it all.
While playing around with photos today, I took a few with my Olympus and some with my iPhone 5S to compare the results. The first pic above was taken with the iPhone and the bottom one with my Olympus. Although close, I think the colour in the first photo is more what it should be - a pretty soft mint green. So, to give the iPhone a real road-test, I tried a few more shots ..
This was taken about 6 inches away and the next one was from about one inch away. I think I'm happy with the results from the phone and will try to get some outdoor shots next week when I'm in Sydney for a few days.
No post would be complete without some Quincy news. Poor little fellow had a visit to the vet Friday before last to get desexed. Didn't seem to bother him much though as he was tearing around the backyard like a maniac the day after his op. We gave him his first real bone - what a laugh !! At first he stood back not knowing what it was or what to do with it. After a few really long back leg stretches, he decided to give it a try ..
Uh Oh .. can you believe it ??
Someone is trying to steal my bone ! OK .. war declared ... this magpie will never set foot in my yard again. Each time the magpie came back, Quincy hunted it away but the funny thing is that he wasn't the least bit concerned about the other little birds in the yard.
That's it from me for now. I'll be away till the end of next week at a 2 day computer conference followed by a bit of retail therapy. Will take my mini iPad so I can visit my favourite blogs. See ya later.
Its been awhile since my last post so I thought I'd pop in to say hello and fill you in on what's been happening in my life. Well, actually nothing much !! I've been doing a bit of crochet and knitting and have two WIPs (works-in-progress) so can't show those yet. I felt like fiddling around a bit the other night so made this little card holder ..
My wallet is so fat from all the plastic that I've decided to keep all my store loyalty cards in this little holder which should be easy enough to find in the dark hole of the handbag.
DD gave our new baby his first bath since we've had him .. wanna see ?
He was such a good boy and didn't seem to worry at all. Mind you, I think he was glad when it was over because he got lots of rubs and cuddles.
I won't bore you with many more dog pictures - well, maybe just this one which I think is rather cute don't you ?
No spoilt animals in our house eh !!!!
Got my iPhone 5S yesterday and after a bit of a hitch with transferring all my apps, settings etc. from my 4S, I'm really happy with it. As luck would have it, the Apple store had gold ones in stock - very pretty and apparently very much sought after. I must say the technical support from Apple is second to none and they were wonderful when I needed a bit of help. Very impressive indeed. Anyway, I haven't been anywhere interesting to play with the camera but went outside this afternoon and took this shot of my rose bush which was looking wonderful a few days ago but most of the roses have died off and the new buds aren't quite open yet. There were a few nice ones though ...
This particular bush flowers profusely for months and months and has the most beautiful fragrance. It was a bit hard to get a good shot as the wind was blowing.
I could tell you this is a hot air balloon on a lovely morning in Canberra ... but I won't lie to you. Actually its just a picture I took of our calendar which is hanging in the kitchen. :)
All day I've been searching my folders of patterns trying to find this pattern which is one of my favourites. I eventually found it in the last of my folders - always the way isn't it? Anyway, after all that, I had to grab some yarn and a hook.
This "Frilly Cup Doily" was designed by Crobeanie, aka Bea Wells, aka Janie Herrin who sadly passed away on March 19,2010 aged 65. Janie was a member of Crochetlist and I often chatted with her in the monthly CAT sessions. She was a delightful lady and a talented designer. Unfortunately the pattern for the Frilly Cup Doily is no longer online and I'm not sure where, or even if her patterns have been published elsewhere. I also have one of her other patterns which is a gorgeous, tiny angel done in #10 thread. I'll show you that another day.
As per doctors orders, I've been sticking to small projects and to be honest, just fiddling around.
I'm also making mini Christmas stockings for the CWA fete in November. Today I ordered some Avon Lip Balms to go inside them - at 99 cents each, they are cheaper than Life Savers and more useful.
I need to report a stash enhancement that I simply just couldn't resist. Bendigo Woollen Mills offered our Knit4Charities group, 1kg charity packs of 8ply machine washable wool for just $35 which included postage. I love working with their wool and will enjoy making lots of charity items with this lot.
Nothing much else is happening around here. Quincy is settling in nicely and is such a gorgeous little dog. My eldest daughter's Pug Tommy is here visiting for two weeks and they're having lots of fun together. The cat is still not too fussed about it all.
The warm weather has arrived at last and the garden is looking nice. I counted about 30 buds on one of my rose bushes the other day. No photos of that but I did take a couple of my azaleas which were planted last year and are flowering for the first time.
Well, its past midnight so I should be off to bed. Thanks for popping in for a visit.
I've been itching to tell you about this but decided to wait till the big day arrived. Our family has just increased and we now have the patter of four little puppy dog feet in our lives again. Meet Quincy ....
He's a Griffon Bruxellois and I bought him as an early birthday present for my youngest daughter. Nat and her husband live with me so I'll get to enjoy Quincy's company whenever she's out. He only arrived at 1.10pm today and is already sticking to Natalie like velcro. Such a sweet natured little fellow - gentle - really well mannered and so very very cute. Quincy has had a really big day today as he travelled all the way from Ballarat in Victoria (Australia). By car to Melbourne and then on the big plane to Canberra. He's a tired little boy right now and is curled up with his new mummy on the lounge. Here's another pic taken this afternoon.
Our cat Madison is not all that keen but at least she hasn't fizzed at him. We're hoping they'll become friends eventually. Quincy has never seen a cat before and it was quite funny watching his reaction. Maddie gave him a good stare and I think they've already established that the cat will be the boss. My other daughter's dog Tommy (the Pug who you've met before) is coming over on Tuesday to spend a week or so at our place while Karen and Glen are away. I think Tommy and Quincy will enjoy each others company.
Now I'm off to spend an hour or four on Ravelry looking for little things to make for our CWA (Country Womens Association of NSW) fete in November. Any ideas please?
For the past few hours I've been searching for the pattern of a diagonal square which I had half done but had forgotten how to get the little squares along the edge. Turns out its called 'Grandmothers Favourite Dishcloth' and what a versatile pattern it has turned out to be. Have a look at these gorgeous baby blankets some ladies have put on Ravelry ...
Doesn't that edging turn it into something really special ? There are dozens more on Ravelry - well worth a look.
I haven't got anything to show you today - I'm just trying to finish off a few knitted 10" squares so I can make a delivery to the Wrap with Love collector. I think I might have mentioned in an earlier post that I'm getting pain in my right upper arm and my doctor is quite convinced I have RSI from a combination of playing games on Facebook and knitting and crocheting. At first she said I should rest the arm for at least two weeks but when she saw my reaction to that idea, we came to a compromise that I hold off on the games, crochet for short periods and knit using circular needles only. I think the fact that my doctor is a knitter herself (and a very talented one too) helped in her making that compromise as she would know that two weeks without hook or needle would drive a person nuts !!!
Today has been a sad day but one of fond memories for me. My husband who passed away almost 9 years ago, would have turned 74 today. We would have been out to dinner with the family and come back home for coffee and birthday cake. We still celebrate our birthdays that way but its not quite the same without 'Dad'.
One of my favourite photos of Errol. It was the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) publicity shot they used for the photos sent to listeners or anybody else requesting one. A bigger version of the same pic was also used in a special exhibition at Australia's Parliament House (about 2005/6) on the occasion of the anniversary of 50 years of parliamentary broadcasts.
Now for a few more rows (on circulars) before I go to bed !! Thanks for visiting. xox
I'm a retired widow with two daughters, a son-in-law and a grandson. I live in Australia, enjoy crochet and knitting and spend much of my time making things for charity. I'm kept company by Madison a Devon Rex cat who gives me a great deal of pleasure.