Monday, 13 October 2014

A walk from Manly to North Head, Scotty dogs and Icecreams

I started this post using my iPad, but could not add captions to the photos. I saved it and came to the computer to continue, and now what I had typed on the iPad has been lost-- if it does appear as a different post, you will know what happened.
I will start again and see if I do remember what I had written.

I have been home for the last week or so after having had some surgery and I am not allowed to drive as yet. So what does one do?--I have tried to get my thousands of wood pieces into some sort of order (as I can never find the particular piece I am looking for when I want it), I have started a new embroidery design, and of course  I need a new button to go with that-- so that had to be drawn and sent away to be cut. I have completed a Maeve Binchy novel called One week in Winter and am currently reading an Ann Granger book called Bricks and Mortality. I have been going for short strolls and many trips to the corner shop when friends visit, for a cup of coffee and to get out of the house. Miss Penny is delighted to have company all day.

About 3 weeks ago, my husband and I had a day off work and we decided to go on the Manly to North Head walk. We caught the train to the city, and then the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. We were entertained by some dolphins frolicking in the harbour on the way to Manly.
Manly Beach
 
Looking back towards Manly
 
We found a café along the way for a coffee and a muffin. This cute shop was next door.
The Mambo café
 
After the morning coffee break, we walked up the bush track to North Head. I was delighted to find some beautiful native flowers in bloom along the track.
 
Boronia
 
Everlasting daisies
 
Hibbertia
 
Pretty pink flower
 
Masses of Flannel flowers
 
Close up of a Flannel flower. Note the moss green tips of the petals
 
Egg and Bacon pea flower
 
Another type of pink Boronia
 
Tea tree flowers
 
This collection of water on a rocky area
 
We walked back down via the road and along the way, we saw this gorgeous little pond in the front yard of someone's house.

Pond filled with Koi carp
 
We arrived back at the shopping precinct and found a quaint Greek café and had a lovely 2 course meal and a glass of red wine which came with the meal. A lovely way to finish the walk.
 
 
In the meantime, I have been doing some painting. There was a request for some Scotty dogs and these are a few of them painted. The small ones are buttons and the larger ones are brooches. Someone told me that Scotty dogs tend to be biters, but I think we would be safe with these.
 
Scotty dogs-- Brooches and Buttons
 
 
I had painted some single scoop of ice cream buttons previously and thought some double scooped ones would also be delicious. These do not have button holes and rather than make them into brooches, my daughter suggested that I turn them into fridge magnets. These are the flavours I like as there is no chance of weight gained with these.
 
Double scooped ice cream-- fridge magnets?
 
Double scooped ice cream Buttons
 
I had gone out to lunch with my daughter a couple of weeks ago at a gallery/café called Hazelhurst. We were sitting out doors near a pond and this heron was having a wonderful time exploring the pond and its surrounds.


A heron
 
Whilst visiting a friend at her house, these 2 rainbow lorikeets came to the kitchen window and started knocking on the window with their beaks to get our attention.  They were after some bread--apparently they prefer the seeded variety with linseed in them!
 
2 Rainbow lorikeets
 
 
A friend drove here this morning and picked me up to go for a walk away from the home area. We walked around a walking track near Wanda and needless to say, popped into a café nearby for a coffee. We then proceeded to drive around a new housing estate called Greenhills. I was amazed by the huge houses being built on this site. The house appeared to occupy most of the block of land, leaving very little yard for young children to run around in. There were street trees planted, but it will be many years before they are big enough to make the area look green. Unfortunately I did not have my camera or phone with me  to take any photos.
 
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Until next time,
Yvonne
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







Friday, 19 September 2014

The winners

As I have a few sewing machines already painted, and there are 4 people who have kindly taken the time to leave comments-- each of them is a winner.

If Shez, Barb, Sylvia and Susan could email me your addresses,  a sewing machine brooch will be sent to you.
Email address is yvonnewdesigns@gmail.com

Enjoy the weekend.
Yvonne

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Large sewing Machine Buttons and a Give -away

I had painted this sewing machine button. The button is large and is approximately 3"x 31/2"in size.
I thought it would look cute as a wall hanging on a door to a sewing room. The little quilt with is only 11/4"x 11/4"square .


Sewing machine with a mini quilt
 
 
I got carried away and painted a few in different colours. Planning to make a cushion or a wall hanging with a couple of them.

Sewing machine buttons

If anyone would like one of these buttons, please leave me a comment for a chance to win one of them.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sewing machine for the Sewing room Door and a pouch

I have had some spare time to do craft lately, which has been very nice and relaxing.  A blogging friend had asked if it was possible to have a couple of larger sewing machine brooches. When I got those cut, I had another idea. I had few more cut even larger-- as buttons-- and this is what I have done with one of them.
To hang on the Sewing room Door
 
I then got carried away and painted them in different colours--- blue, red, purple etc and they are decorated with poppies, roses and lavender. I have not had a chance to take photos of them and will do so next week and show them on the blog. As I have not had a giveaway for ages, I will have 1 to give away if anyone is interested in having one.
 
 
A friend came over to have a sewing session. As I am not good with the sewing machine, I thought we should start with something small. Margaret (Solstitches) had shown a link to Noodle-Head and the pouch tutorial. So that is what we made. The zipper was a challenge, but finally got there. I used corduroy for the base, inspired by Stephanie from Loft Creations to combine cotton and corduroy. Thanks Stephanie, I think the combination turned out well.
 
The pouch showing the lining
The base is made with corduroy
 
I have also been busy painting buttons for Marilyn from The Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton Victoria. I have a new ice cream button and I painted some of them.
Anyone for Icecream? ( I don't know why it has come rotated )
 
A Parliament of Owls (also rotated! very annoying)
 
Of course Christmas is almost here and I started on some Christmas buttons and brooches too.
 

Sleigh and Rudolph
 
Some Christmas Buttons
 
Needless to say, I have a sore neck and shoulders today. I tell myself to only paint a few at a time, but I do get carried away and spent most of yesterday painting.
 
We have had the most glorious, warm day today and of course it was best to be outdoors on a day like that.
 
Cheers,
Yvonne
 



Friday, 5 September 2014

A Hexagon Medley in Blues, a Lap quilt and a mistake re Postage in my Etsy shop

I have been making this quilt for a very long time-- and it feels like a VERY long time. So I am glad I have finally completed the top.
Blue Hexagon flowers
 
 
This picture shows the border and corner. I decided to make a patchwork border as I have a huge amount of blue and white fabric that I have collected over the years. This way, I would use up the fabric. Well I still have a large stash of the fabric.
 
Border and corner
 
 
I counted up the number of rectangles I would need to make the border, and spent ages cutting and cutting. After I completed the quilt borders, I realised I had a large number left over. All I needed was to cut a few more, and I now have a lap quilt as well. The miscalculation-- by a mile-- was not wasted after all.

A lap quilt
 
I am making 2 small mats for the bedside tables as well. So my blue and white stash is decreasing.
 
I now have to send these 2 quilts away to be quilted.
 
 
 
I finally have my etsy shop up and running. Only to find a big mistake on my part re the postage. It was adding the full postage for additional pieces-- which was incorrect. I have corrected it and hopefully, I have rectified all the problems.
I am sure there are people out there who are miles better than me with the computer and don't have the problems that I seem to accumulate when I use the computer. I am slow with it and have problems working out the steps. So it becomes very time consuming. Lucky for me, my son was home and I managed to get him to show me how to do more with the site. Hence, I have learnt to put a banner up for the etsy shop-- a photo of my buttons. Well I decided that I will also change the header on my blog to match. Now I know how to do that, I will be able to change them more often too.
 
Tomorrow is Father's Day in Australia. A Happy Father's Day to all the  dads and husbands.
 
It has finally stopped raining, and I will take advantage of that and go for a walk before it starts up again.
 
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Cheers,
Yvonne


Saturday, 30 August 2014

The new addition to our family

These are the things hanging on our clothes line these days.
 

Pink quilt for a little girl


 We are kept very busy with cleaning up, washing, baths, walks, play time and early wake up calls.
Do I hear you say that she is too old to have a baby? Yes, you are correct. But not too old for this bundle of fur..
Penny with the toy that arrived with her


Her name is Penny. She came into our lives in January and she is now a boisterous 9 month old Labrador who dominates everything we do.

She is inquisitive, loves to garden and dig. Our garden thongs have been chewed every time we go out and forgot to put them out of reach. Funnily, she only chews the left ones, so consequently, we have many right thongs. Pity we cannot buy singles from the shop. She loves to "help" in the vegetable garden--- we have made many trips to Bunnings to buy material for a simple fence to go around the garden beds to keep her out. Her favourite vegetable was the sugar snap peas (I think we managed to get about 6 for our dinner one night ie the ones she missed),and raspberries are delicious too (we only have young canes and hence just a few fruit, but we have not tried a single one as she beat us to them too).

Penny discovering the garden


She has given us many sleepless nights from worry. When she was with us for 2 days, she developed an itch on her belly. What started as a minor itch became a major drama, with hair loss on her belly and she (and us) were distraught by this. We treated her for every itchy condition one could think of, and she was put on a special diet food. After what seemed like ages, her rash cleared and she is now back on normal dog food. We breathed a sigh of relief, but not for long.
She has had a soreness in her left hip for months. We initially thought it was from jumping over the temporary mesh around the veggie garden. But it has persisted. She has had X-rays and anti -inflammatories and this limp persists if she gets too active. So we have had to stop all ball games, play with her doggy friends had to stop and walks are 2 short walks a day. We cannot stop her running around the yard when she gets into the chasing mood and that gets her hip sore again. It is such a pity to limit her play which she loves, but we have to for her hip.

Penny asleep with her 2 favourite teddies

On the other hand, she has given us great joy. She is the first one to get a greeting when anyone comes home. She is our shadow when we are home and loves to be as close to you as she possibly can. Her foot rests on my feet when I am in the kitchen -- I guess to remind me that she is there for titbits. Despite being 9 months old, she still likes to climb up and sleep in someone's  lap! I cannot have her on my lap anymore, but there are other laps that she can still climb onto for a sleep.

A sleepy Penny


Before she came home, we said that she would have to sleep in the garage at night. Of course she started in the laundry as a puppy. When the time came to move to the garage, we put her out with great apprehension. Needless to say, she lasted ( or should I say WE lasted) 20 minutes out there. She has her bed in the lounge and rules the roost.

Penny on her bed


We got Penny from the same breeder as our Tess. Looking at the lineage, Tess is Penny's great aunt! Nothing like keeping it all in the family.


We have a beautiful sunny day today and we are enjoying it-- especially after the very wet few weeks we have had. The wettest August for 150years.  Needless to say, a wet winter has caused many people to have colds and the flu.Penny had a bath too today as we thought we should take advantage of the sunshine-- a nice clean dog, for a few hours at least.

Thank you for visiting and meeting our Penny.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Yvonne

Saturday, 12 July 2014

My own Etsy Shop and a gift for a Blogger Baby

I love designing new pieces for brooches and buttons and find painting them is very relaxing and helps me switch off especially after a difficult day. Needless to say, I have collected thousands of pieces-- all waiting to be painted and needing a home.

I remember when I first started painting the brooches many years ago, I had a painting friend who could not paint small pieces and she just loved my brooches ( or so I thought!). Every time I painted a new design, I gave her one. After about the 10th design, she looked at me and said, "I think I have run out of space on my chest and I cannot possibly wear another one!" Oops!

Someone suggested I contact some patchwork shops and see if they would have some. For years, I have supplied a few shops in Australia and that kept me painting and having an outlet for the painted pieces.  Over the years most of these shops have changed hands and often the new owners are keen to have something different.  I am grateful to 2 shops that have stocked my things for many years. Thank you to Marilyn from the Patchwork Teahouse, and Lynette Anderson from The Little Quilt Store for having my painted work in their shops.

I have been painting buttons as well as brooches all these years, but find that I tend to paint more buttons these days, (they are smaller-- you must have gathered by now that I like small things).

2 fellow bloggers have suggested an Etsy shop. One suggested it last year, and I could not get my head around it. Then recently, another fellow blogger, Margaret from Spain, (solstitches) suggested the same thing. I went to the library that day and what would I see there?-- A book called "The Complete Idiot's Guide to selling your crafts on Etsy". I came home with it and have now managed to open my own Etsy shop. Hooray. Next job was to put a button on the side bar to say that I have one. My son came home today and helped me with that.  Well it is now there officially.

I have not put the patterns on the site as yet and of course there are heaps of other Brooch and button designs too-- but I thought I would just start with these and see if it works in the first place. Please do visit the site and I am open to suggestions.

Another exciting thing that has happened is that a fellow blogger has had her first child in June, a baby girl. I made this for her and hope that she will stay nice and warm after her bath in it. A big Welcome to our first Blogger Baby!
An elephant in a shower of pink flowers
 
 
Thank you for taking the time to visit the blog.  Enjoy the rest of this glorious weekend.
 
Yvonne.