Saturday, 23 September 2017

something new ...

g'day

a little while ago i bought myself some plain merino sock wool, i wanted to have a go at dyeing it,  with mulberries.
i was late up today but thought bugga it, i'm going to dye the wool today, i found good simple instructions here , very simple. 
 i was a little nervous when it came to putting the wool into the hot dye but it all went very well (unlike some of my other projects namely soaps!)

2. cook mulberries & salt

1. soak the wool while mulberries are cooking



3. the first colouring after a minute
4. looking good

5. drip drying out on line for almost 2 hrs
6. almost dry, finishing off in the bathroom

there, all in pictures, i had some fun & was pleased with the result.
it went out on the line as there was a lot of water to drip out of it, i turned it around about 3/4hr later so the bottom was at the top.
there's a nice little bit of variation in it, am loving the colour, will do another photo once i roll it up & of course when i've made the socks too.

mmm, wonder how coffee would go as a dye? 

i buy all my pure wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills Australia, they often have specials throughout the year. i'm a sucker for specials, especially when it's wool!


has anyone else had a go at dyeing?


hope everyone is doing well in their neck of the world & are safe 

thanx for visiting



Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Reserve!

g'day there! 

we have crown land across the road from us & council has been tidying it up of late, got a little curious as to 'why'? as you know often when they clean up their land it's usually put up for sale & 'whammo' a new estate has gone in before you know it.
not this time however, they are turning it into a reserve to continue on & join up with the koala corridor! about bloody time! they are getting rid of all the horrible pom pom trees that grow here (pest) & are going to put in more koala friendly trees, am even loosing the big tree out on my vestige/curb, can't wait.

                      
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 the renovation of the front room is almost complete thanx to my son, SiL & family friend, just need sanding & painting now. 

old ceiling came off, there's now insulation up there

this was done when i had tin put on the outside, it has now got new boards

this wall almost fell out! SiL had to put a few nails up the side 

even the floors got pulled up, we will decide later on flooring

all boarded up, it has been plastered since this photo was taken

i will have some photos later as more work is done, it's looking good & feels great.

the laundry also got cemented the same weekend they did the front room

SiL up to his gumboots in cement

the laundry has since had a make over as well with all new insulation & new boards.
not so many drafts blow through anymore, makes the house just that little bit warmer.
have yet to get an electrician in to do the wiring & then it all just needs a sand & painting. then it'll be onto the next room.

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in other news, Rita has been spayed/neutered & micro-chipped, almost 3 weeks now. will probably take about 6-12mths for her to settle down & stop wandering.

i also have a new phone which i'm still learning how to use, as yet haven't figured out how to take the photos off & get them on the PC yet.

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the surveyor came today & i now have marked borders, am very happy about that, only one of the old fences was on the border, the rest are way out, one is from just over one metre down the bottom & over 2 metres up at the top, a big difference & so glad i didn't go ahead with just winging the fence plus my neighbour has offered to pay for half of his, it's great, now to save up some more moneys.


hope everyone is staying cool or warm in their neck of the world! 

thanx for visiting


Thursday, 1 June 2017

my place

g'day
i know it's been a long time between posts of late but not a lot happens here, one day blurs into the next most weeks.
i knit & i am also trying to teach myself some new crochet stitches, yesterday i learned how to do the Half Double crochet, so will make a few dish cloths with that one, some straight up & some in a 'granny square' style too.
am still knitting my sons jumper, that one will probably take me awhile, what with all the other projects i have as well. 

well, i thought i would show a little of my place seeing as someone asked, it's not much & over the years not much has survived here, i give up then i try again to get trees to grow here, these photos are back in March not long after i mowed the whole back (when i was badly burned) i have about one & half acres total, the house sits on almost an acre.

this is the half acre looking up the small hill am right near the fence here


looking up towards neighbours house (on right)

looking up towards my house, the bushy mess to the left here is the chook yard

in March on the day of these photos i planted two trees, a yellow & a red kabala (spelling? couldn't find it in the native list on google, too many!) they are supposed to do well in poor soils.
i have since planted another 3 natives down there, a candle nut & a bumpy ash, but all are natives, hopefully they will do well. i'll be putting the odd large fruiting trees in as well like avocados.
 
today i finally got onto a fencer who is coming out Monday to look & measure & give me a quote, this is my 5th attempt. yay! 

today i'm mowing............................ again

the weekend gone i had my sons come up & start some renovations for me, my sweet eldest has been putting money away to do work on my house, instead of birthday or mother's day presents. i think that is absolutely wonderful! i've asked if i can contribute too but it will have to wait until i've done the fence.
the laundry was cemented, looks great, it's still to get tiles put down but needed to be level with the toilet & bathroom. one front bedroom had all the old walls & ceiling taken down & nice new plaster boards put up, it's still ongoing, needs all the joins plastered. can't wait to see it all finished. SiL also put in new power point boxes to be wired in later. it's also fully insulated, so it will be warm as toast or cool as a cucumber  :))

i planted the other 3 trees a couple of weeks ago & had a little help

Rita Skeeta helping with the holes 


that's my news for now, i will try to get some photos to show of the recent renovations, (my son posted them on FB as well).

hope everyone is well in your neck of the world

thanx for visiting



Sunday, 23 April 2017

Easter been & gone

my eldest came up for almost 3 days over Easter, it was wonderful! 
on Saturday we made (or rather she did with help from me) candles & soap. on a previous visit long time ago (far, far, away) DD1 brought up some melted wax, which i added to my ever growing pile, there was almost a full tin. so on Easter Saturday we got out the pot & started the wax. i collected all the votive containers & a couple of jars with lids too, took close to an hour to melt all the wax & put it into the containers. 
  


they sunk like souffle` once they started drying

then we got down to the soap making, she got out the scales, weighed everything up & i set to stirring the lye, while she got the oils combined then we stirred the lye into the oils, we made Rhonda's soap recipe out of her first book Down To Earth. DD1 brought up the lye & calendula oil, i had all the other oils, made plain soap for me & she made the calendula soap for herself, mine had gone off but we swapped a couple of bars. the mixtures hardened really fast, took hers out within a few hours, mine was in a loaf tin so took longer, did it before going to bed the same night, just as well too, it was so hard it was difficult to cut.

lovely creamy soap that turned out! 

i really enjoyed making the items with eldest daughter, it was quite satisfying when everything turned out too, compared to my last 2 attempts to make soap this 
felt really good. 
i hope we do it again soon. 

i gave her one of my old plant stands to take home & her hubby is in the process of doing it up, can't wait to see it finished & in use once again. 


this post was a little late as Easter was last week but i hope everyone had a lovely Easter break 

thanx for visiting


Monday, 27 March 2017

wandering kitty

g'day!

sunday, yesterday, at our markets one of our neighbours was having a chat about a kitty who had wandered into her sons place (he's her neighbour also) he looked after it for just over a week. his cat didn't like it one bit & was totally stressing out, they had asked all round town if anyone had lost a black kitten, but no one had. am guessing she could be from a feral family as there were quite a few around before council got to them. 
well anyway, our neighbour had exhausted herself trying to find where it came from & said they were looking for a home for it instead, i came in on the end of the chat & said "who do you need a home for?" she said a beautiful black kitten that was a few months old. i said, "i'll take it." well she threw her arms around me in a huge hug! "we'll bring him/her around later in the arvo", me, "great! "

so now i have this little critter running around my house ...

sorry it's not a great pic but she shot off secs after it was taken

she was so hard to take a photo of this arvo when i got home, running around, rolling over & shooting off to god knows where then back again! doing circles around me, had so many blurry photos or blanks

well she is not named yet, am having a bit of trouble feeding her, had to buy all tinned food (yuk) but she wouldn't touch the raw mince, at all. mmm.

so much for the promise i'd made myself, not to get anymore animals/pets til i had a fence up ...

well she is adorable, has the most beautiful amber eyes, is not all black, has a spot on her chest & a streak between her back legs on her lower belly. 
extremely affectionate, very talkative & passes out quite easily once she has exerted herself lol

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craft day again today & another lady brought in a quilt top she was working on
for a friends birthday, she actually called it a "friendship quilt" 


some of the projects the ladies bring in are quite amazing, this one has only been quilting for 3 years. it has hearts all around it (i thought they were shamrocks when i first saw it) she was putting the edging in by hand. 

well that's my news for the moment, not much doing except for mowing & more mowing, the neighbour hood is noisy with all the mowers going. love the smell of cut grass.


hope everyone has had a good week & looking forward to the next one, hope you're all safe, warm or cool in your part of the world



thanx for visiting 





Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Busy Bee Craft Group

every second Monday we have our group here in Kilkivan & every other Monday over in Goomeri. i came back to it late last year, thought seeing as i sit & knit on Monday anyways why not do it in company? (i knit everyday actually)

thought you might all enjoy some of what the ladies are making, they tend to swap their crafts out from week to week, & i thought i had too many projects going!

first up the dazzling butterfly quilt, my camera phone isn't doing the colours justice here, it's actually quite bright, she has matched the butterflies to the patchwork pieces around the borders.




next is some colourful Candle wicking


sorry, it was hard to get a good photo of this, it is to be another quilt


this is a cushion cover for a friend & it's in cross stitch



another lady was doing some very cute animal embroideries, think this is a quilt too.


we have a Pumpkin festival coming up in May & there's a small competition going with a pumpkin scene of course!




here is another using up scraps of material & then just doing many running stitches in all directions, says it's very soothing.



these are teeny, tiny hexagons, that's a pair of applique` scissors i left there so you could see the size, she is making these into flower blocks then those into a queen size quilt! 



this last one is a very colourful Bavarian blanket, a few of the ladies make them & donate them to elderly nursing homes in the area.

hope you enjoyed the pictures of one of my days out, i myself am knitting a sweater & will post it up when i have a fair bit more done. 

do you go to a group? for a day out to socialize, to learn a new skill? 


we finally got a bit of rain last night, need a lot more yet


thanx for visiting


Friday, 24 February 2017

snuggles

BJ is not much for cuddles, doesn't really like hugs either but she loves to snuggle up to you for pets, have started brushing her as well, she seems to be having a little trouble grooming herself lately, perhaps her tongue is wearing out?
when i sit & knit she is never too far away & some days, she just, well, she just has to snuggle!








sweet little BJ, i didn't get a lot of knitting done on this morning 

well our weather has cooled slightly, though still having high humidity, & still waiting on some rain ...


hope everyone is well & happy, cool or warm in your neck of the woods


thanx for visiting