Back again.

Here I am again.  Not a lot has happened since last time…except that I have started painting a bedside table to be used in the lounge area of our small house.  Son in law Craig teaches at a boys college and at the end of the year a skip was set up at school and the woodwork projects that the boys didn’t want to keep were chucked in for disposal.  Never one to let an opportunity pass, Craig asked if he could take a few of the things to use…and the table is one of them.  I will put a photo of it when it is finished…and when I work out how to do it!

i am an avid op shopper.  I work in one once a week that supports the local hospice…and I visit many in search of a bargain!  My latest purchases have been picture frames…one is lime green plastic but the rest are wooden.  I’ve wanted a blackboard to hang in my kitchen so I bought a piece of blackboard fabric to use in the lime green frame…and there is plenty left over to make more, so I must find some other frames that are suitable and make some to sell.  They are soooo expensive to buy in the shops!  I must tell you that the vast majority of my clothes also come from the op shop.  I just detest clothes shopping.  I often say that I’m not a real girl because of that fact, along with not wearing make up or dyeing my hair.  I’d much rather dye fabric!  Op shopping means I have limited choice…and I often find something that I really like.  It saves loads of money too.  Along with the picture frames I also bought jars to put the pickle I want to make into, a German rum pot for fun, a wooden tray with a cup of latte on it which will be hung on the wall as a picture and a glass jar to fill with jelly beans because I love colour.  No doubt the grand boys will love that…

I’m going to try putting up photos of my craft shed.  If they appear after this you’ll know I’ve been successful and if they don’t it will be obvious that I’ve still got a lot to learn!

The sewing tables.


My pin board. A complete shambles to most but it makes me feel happy.


The work table in the middle of the room. Usually has a cat or two sleeping on it!

My desk.

My desk.


My small ironing board atop shelves full of paints and inks and other delectables. If you look to the right you will see the beginnings of the mayhem in a wee alcove. There will not be a picture of the alcove!


Here is the cutting table. Underneath it are boxes of fabric and a stack of cushion inners bought on special a few months ago. They will get used…I promise.

Yay!  Now I can show you a boat I made after looking at Ann Woods’ site.  She makes incredible works and I just had to try one.  Craig has helped me design a pattern for a bigger boat that has a flat base so as soon as that one is finished I will show that off too!  image

well folks that’s it for today.  I am still in my dressing gown and it’s time to get the day under way.  Have a good one and I’ll see you later!

In the beginning…

Well here goes…I am ready to commit myself to something I have thought about long and hard.  Some might say I should have been committed a long time ago but don’t listen to them!  Muttley and I live on what is known as a lifestyle block of about thirteen acres with Poppy and Petal…the donkeys, Field Marshall Harry and Wills, Duke of Cropwell…the kune kune pigs, Vivre…the very lucky goat rescued as a day old kid during a cull about two years ago, Tabitha and Brooke…the two cats that we got from the SPCA eighteen months ago after we lost dear old Butch at nineteen years old and to finish it off (nearly) quite a few chickens that provide the family with eggs. I say nearly because on the same property live one of our daughters, Sarah, her husband Craig and their three boys.  Finn and Jake are fifteen year old twins and Max is twelve.  They have two cats…Yabby and TK who like to check out our food bowls and play with our cats too.  Benji is the rescue Pomeranian that has fairly recently joined the clan and has made himself quite at home with the family, thank you very much!   Sarah thought she was born on horseback and has two horses of her own and provides ten one acre paddocks for rent…so we are surrounded by horses as well.  All in all, a bit of a zoo, and sometimes the combined antics of the people and the animals could be viewed as a bit clown like.  Ooh…I nearly forgot Mr Miaow.  He is a stray that comes to be fed twice a day and is becoming so much more friendly that I was able to treat him for fleas yesterday.  His miaow is not subtle, hence the name.

So there you have it…you know us and I will try to put pictures up of the things I get up to in my shed where I craft.  See you next time,