Friday, September 28, 2012


This lace top from a previous era was recently found in a cupboard. Did I really wear this? How did it ever fit me? Lace crochet was certainly the look when I made this.

The recycled rug has had a makeover...

 and now looks like this although the colour is richer in reality. The width was increased by adding a section at right angles to the centre piece and has been finished with a crocheted edge. Pleased with the end result.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

on the shelf - scavenger hunt photos

toy shelf
jump off shelf
history shelf

ice shelf
rock shelf
Joining Deb's scavenger hunt photos 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

6pm Sunday in my garden - scavenger hunt photos

The wisteria was showing off its fabulous mauvey blues and on the table was a box of petunias all ready for the garden tomorrow. Two kookaburras came and sat on the end of the clothes line watching me and waiting for some scraps...

Joining in with Debs photo scavenger hunt.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cakes and colonials

Spent a lovely spring afternoon with family here in Sydney, visiting Vaucluse House, an elegant colonial house that was home to William Wentworth and his family. The wisteria was in full bloom on the front verandah filling the air with a heady fragrance. Have visited the house many times but it is always a delight to return. 

Yesterday was a baking day and these two cakes are the result. The lemon cake was to take as a gift for lunch today (and it was delicious) and the fruit cake is for us. Recipes on the pages on the right. Thanks to all those who commented on my recycled rug project. Hope to finish it soon...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Recycling the recycled

 Thanks to Lynne, Melissa and Pat for their advice but the squares didn't make it through the week before they were pulled down. I don't think knitted squares are for me... So recycled again using a simple one piece pattern of purl and knit on wrong side and knit on right side. Decided to make this into a rectangle (about 36'' x 48'') and then add borders using some or all of these richer colours. Don't like the colours of the recycled wool. I bought it direct from an alpaca farm but I think they made the amateur's mistake of using too many colours, so might give it a burgundy makeover when finished. Like the back of the rug (in the second image) more than the front.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


This doll was a special request and he's not happy because he is a convict in 1820 in Sydney. He's wearing the black and yellow standard issue clothing and grey cap and they are all marked with the broad arrow symbol that designated the items as the property of the Crown. He's sitting on Sydney sandstone that would have been a familiar material to him as a government servant when working on local buildings. (Scraggs just grew from an idea and this is where my knitting meets my family history research...)