Monday, 15 April 2013

New project, birds and a win

I have been  non productive these last few weeks and decided that I needed something new to do to get me started. I love embroidery and also EPP. So have decided on a combination of the 2. We are going away for a few days ( with non crafty friends) and I have been busy cutting up the bits of fabric and preparing them to take away with me.
Cut pieces pinned and ready to sew
I have been very lucky to have won this from Barb ( Thank you Barb-- that was my first blog win! I love the book and fabric and the threads will be used in my new project.

My blog win
A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in the garden having a cuppa. These birds were dashing in and out of the plants having a great time. I went in and got my camera and managed to get a few photos of them. We used to have the smaller birds in our garden in the past ( silver eyes, sparrows, willy wagtail, bull bulls etc) but they seem to be a thing of the past. We now have the kookaburras, magpies, wattle birds, noisy miners and lorikeets. I do like the smaller birds, but have accepted these as well.

This is a cheeky magpie. She appears everytime for treats from the compost bins-- very tasty grubs are found in these bins.

These 2 kookaburras were comtemplating a bath.

A rainbow lorikeet in the firewheel tree. I think lorikeets have ADHD-- they cannot keep still and are constantly in a hurry . They are agile birds and often hang upside down trying to get the nectar from the flowers.

Flowers from the firewheel tree

I am off this morning to a sewing group. When I say "sewing", I really mean a craft group. Currently there are 6 members. About 35years ago, we all worked in the same place. Approximately 4years ago, I bumped into 1 of them in a patchwork shop. We realised that we both liked patchwork, so decided to meet up over a cuppa. We invited 2 other friends who liked craft ( and more importantly, to talk!) and our craft group was born. One does cross stitch and the other knits. Since then we have had 2 new members---one does beading and the other generally chats and occasionally mends some clothes. We take turns at hosting it. We start with morning tea,then do some craft, walk to a cafe for lunch, walk back and do more craft.Needless to say, we mainly talk. By the time we leave, we have solved the problems of the world! So I had better be off.
Enjoy the rest of the week.



shez said...

have fun at your craft meeting Yvonne and love the bird pics and congrats on your lovely win from Barb.xx

Tatkis said...

Have a wonderful time with your friends (and I'm sure you'll be busy ;) )
Great photos!


Houseelf said...

Have fun putting the world to rights. Your group sounds fab. Thanks for sharing your magpie- so different from ours. I saw 2 new corvids while in Finland, so I am mentally collecting them. :-) Clever cheeky blighters. They steal golf balls thinking they are eggs on the grass. As for that rainbow lorikeet- stunning! What amazing colour combinations! Inspirational.

Grethe said...

Great post! I never knew when young singing " kok.. Sits in an old gum tree" that I ever should have friends in AU :-)
Love the pics of the brids, and your fri tree is amazing. Enjoy the quilt group ,

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Congratulations Yvonne on your first blog win! Love your bird shots around the yard and your craft group sounds excellent,

Solstitches said...

I hope you had a lovely time on the long weekend break with friends.
I wonder if you got any of that lovely EPP project done?
Congratulations on the blog win. How lovely! I have that Rosalie Quinlan book and like it very much.
Lovely pictures of the birds in your garden.