Thursday, October 24, 2013


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.

Finally ...

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.  :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hot off the Hook

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.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Exciting News

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?

Have a great weekend.   We will !!
Dorothy xoxox