Saturday, August 23, 2014


Time is flying, and there is a feeling of Spring in the air. It seems easier to feel more motivated, and less inclined to stay inside rugged up with the heater. There has been sewing and painting and walking and thrifting and gardening. The house is clean and tidy, and ready for new chairs. All seems good in my World. I am smiling.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

'Another Week' Collection


1. Flower love, my garden deliverers through all seasons
2. Vacuuming hazards, and tears shed
3. Finished and well worn  already
4. Starting over, the wrist was just too tight
5. Linen fresh with the sun and the rain
6. Banana and Walnut Crumble cake
7. My walking motivation appears to have gone walk-about
8. Conference sustenance

Stills Collections @ The Beetle Shack

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Winter Yarn Club

The start of August heralded the Final installment of Jellyware's Winter Yarn Club. It has been a delight to receive a parcel each month, explore different patterns on Ravelry (as suggested by Jodie) and play with yarns I would not normally use.
I am looking forward to crocheting a cute  head wrap with this gorgeous yarn. But first I need to wind the skein into a ball. I am sure there are much easier ways, but this seems to be working out OK. I probably should finish the cowl I am working  before I get started.
So far, the only finished project are the Sketching Gloves, from the first installment. I ran out of yarn part way through, and had to wait for a second ball to arrive. I loved learning how to do front post crochet to create the ribbed bands, and as they are worked in the round there are no seams to sew. The first glove has  a few mistakes, but I love it anyway and have worn them to work every day since I made them. I have actually started a second pair in a different colour, I love them so much!
The second project got off to a false start, as I had made a mistake in the early rows that resulted in the loss of a couple of stitches, and a slight narrowing of the piece. I thought that I could live with it, but I eventually decided to un-pull it and start something else. Luckily Jodie provided lots of suggestions of projects to suit each yarn. It was a real struggle to pull out the lacy stitches as the yarn got caught and I had to break it a few times. But onwards and upwards I go! The simple treble of the new project is indeed perfect for the mindless crochet required when watching things such as Game of Thrones, and Grimm. I really did have to concentrate and keep track of the pattern in the first attempt, and wasn't really enjoying it. The last project to tackle will be a jar cover for a candle, but I haven't as yet settled on the design I like best. All in all I have really loved being a part of the Yarn Club. 

Sign-ups are open for Spring!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Baby Shower

 The two Grandmas-to-be fight it out for title of quickest sock matcher!
My gorgeous niece Carli is expecting her first baby next month. Her sister and sister-in-law organised the most delightful baby shower to celebrate at her lovely new place. 

A definite highlight of the day, apart from the delicious food, cute party favours and watching the unwrapping of the presents was a game titled "In Love or in Labour?" My sister-in-law, Elaine was very pleased that she correctly guessed 14 out of 15 photos depicting the face of a woman experiencing either child birth or the big 'O'.       Oh yeah!

Oh, and Carly loved the blanket.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Granny Stripe Baby Blanket

All finished (including actually sewing in the ends) and ready for a baby Shower next month, which has to be some kind of record for me! Hopefully it will be suitable for a boy or a girl.

Inspired by this tutorial and the wool  in my stash.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A No Work for Me Collection


  1. school holiday breakfast
  2. a baby blanket on the hook, and Game of Thrones on the TV
  3. crochet mitts....and not enough yarn
  4. 2nd installment of the Yarn Club
  5. not sure if I love it yet
  6. a bit of sewing, but mostly mending (thanks to the teacher that made the Ballerina unpick the hem of her school skirt to make it longer)
  7. Mr M returns from Brazil with gifts and the flu
  8. French style chicken
  9. lots of tea and cookies and my gorgeous new mug
  10. when a photo becomes art (actually just playing with the settings on the camera)
  11. the house is clean and there are flowers on the table
I love the School Holidays xx

Photo collections @ The beetle shack

With Love From Brazil

Mr M is back from his trip-of-a-lifetime to Brazil. He returned with some lovely gifts and a terrible flu that he can keep all to himself. 

Brazil is well known for gemstones, wooden items, pottery, soaps and of course Havaianas!


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