Tuesday, 16 February 2010

I drew the winners last night, but we had a few storms here and I needed to turn off my computer. I did manage to email the winners and I've heard back from 2 of them already. They were-
Lois (USA)- Birds, Flowers and Crafts, who won the pincushion.
Annie (England) - Annie's Antics, who won the beaded dragon fob.
Ksenia (Moldova) - My Little Creative World, who won the beaded butterfly fob.

Thank You so much to everyone who took part in any way and a Very Big Thank You to Lisa Swifka who once again organised this amazing event.
I'm really looking forward to going through the list of bloggers at my leisure and checking out their wonderful blogs. There are many very talented people amongst them.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Comments for this post are now closed and I will be drawing 3 winners from the 180 bloggers that have visited for OWOH. I will post the winners later on tonight.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

I'm a little late but I've decided to take part in One World One Heart.
In the words of Lisa Swifka, who created the event in 2007, "The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way." From 85-90 participants in 2007, many countries represented and numerous friendships made, this year there are well over 1,000 who are taking part in this huge event.

For the first draw, I'm offering a OOAK pincushion similar to the one above. The second and third draws will be for the beaded fobs below. To be eligible to win, you must have a blog and leave a comment on this post. If you should win,please make sure there is a way for me to link back to you or leave me your email address. The cutoff time for posting comments will be 8pm EST on February 15th. and I will post the winners names here that evening. Best of luck.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Wishing you all a Very Happy, Peaceful, Safe and Prosperous 2010. So far, we are having a very wet New Year, which is just fantastic, as we were in desperate need of some decent rain.
I've finally managed to post a pic of the needlebook that I made Leanne for a recent swap. The pincushion and teabag folder were added as part of an RAK (Random Act of Kindness), a way of randomly passing something nice along to someone whether it be something handmade or unwanted craft materials. I downloaded a photo of the lovely needlebook I received from Linda in an earlier post.

Hope Everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a fairly quiet one. Here is a crazy patched Christmas stocking I made Diane for a swap. The little Christmas tree ornaments were made for me by Judy in the same swap.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Well, I've almost finished off my swaps for this year. I've taken pics of some but can't post anything as I don't know if they've been received as yet.
Just listening to some Christmas Pan pipes on CD. Lovely music.

Don't you just love this pic I took of our kittens a while back? They're all staring intently at a crow, that still visits our verandah several times a day to see what food our dog has left. The poor old crow is usually pestered no end by a pair of willy wagtails, that along with the crows and magpies, nest in our garden.
You can still see the broken screen where our big tabby cat Lilly, got her head jammed as a youngster. I had to hold her very still that day, whilst my daughter cut the steel mesh with the bolt cutters. We now have about 18 ins of clear perspex screwed to the bottom of the door.

Above are my zucchini plants, which are just starting to produce. To the left is some rhubarb. I planted my vege garden this year on the Eastern side of our house, so it only gets the morning sun. It would be nigh on impossible to grow anything from scratch here that would be subjected to the very hot afternoon sun. We've still had no decent rain, only thunder, and it's mostly the established trees and plants that are just surviving. We're so very lucky that our bore is still holding up well. There were a couple of towns that had run out of their water supply. We're hoping that the meat ants, that have been moving up onto higher ground near our house, are a sign that we're going to have a huge downpour soon. In all the years we've lived here, they've stayed in the same spot, so they've never been a problem at all. I've never seen so many other smaller ants in our home either. I've been thinking I should get our daughter Katrina to bring her car out here for a wash and polish. When she lived at home, it was almost guaranteed to bring on the rain.LOL

Friday, 20 November 2009

It's been so hot and humid here the past few days. Still no decent rain though, only a bit of thunder and lightning.

Thought I'd show a pic of some of the bags that were made on a special Q.C.W.A. craft day. One of our members, Sally was the tutor. They are made with a black mesh a little like flyscreening. It does come in several other colours, but black is the cheapest. Surprisingly, it's very easy to machine sew. Mine is the floral one on the far right.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

I'm finally back on track after a long break from blogging. I've been very busy at work and I've had a few health issues to resolve, one of them being sleep apnoea which leaves me so exhausted at the end of each working day. I did try a CPap machine, but even though I tried so hard to persevere with it, was very unsuccessful. My osteoarthritis is pretty bad at the moment as well, especially in my right shoulder. But I've just started some new medication which hopefully will relieve the pain and inflammation. Several weeks ago, I had ESWL which is Electric shock wave treatment on my kidney stones, which seems to have been quite successful as I no longer suffer any more pain in my side. Still have to visit the Renal Unit regularly though, as I'm also a non-insulin dependant diabetic and I've been told by a specialist that I'm on the verge of having diabetic kidney nephropathy. Not a very good outlook, so I'll have to be a very good girl as far as diet goes and I guess I really should try to lose some weight, but my main problem with that is not being able to walk a lot like I once used to. I've been seriously thinking of taking up water aerobics though as it's less stressful on joints.

I've tried to keep up with a few swaps. The apron below is the one I made for Kerry. The pink floral and white one, was made for me by Iris.

The pegbag below, I made for Cate, the cushion cover, I received from Margarita and the needlebook was made for me by Linda. I don't always get to take pics of the items I make as I'm often pushed to post them on time.

I'd eventually love to have time (More motivation really)to make enough items to sell online, as many others I know do very successfully. Anyway, I'd best get some more sleep now. The reason I'm up so late - or early (It's actually almost 4am here), is I arrived home from work at 6 pm and flaked on the bed until after 11 pm. Still don't really feel tired again yet, but best make the effort to get some more shuteye, as I have Weekend visitors arriving later this morning.
Bye for now and I'll try and post more often.