Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Herbs Cats and Birds

I was very happy to be in the top 10 for the Herbs contest at Spoonflower last week. There were so many pretty designs with beautiful illustrations in gorgeous colours.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Mt Gambier

While staying at Naracoorte we drove an hour south to visit the large country town of Mt Gambier. There are many things to see in Mt Gambier, the main attraction is probably the Blue Lake which lies in  the extinct volcanic crater at the top of the mountain. Along side in another crater is the Valley Lake. We also visited the Cave Garden in the centre of town and a ten minute drive to the Umpherston Sinkhole or Sunken Garden.
 Valley Lake

 Blue Lake

 The winding path down to the Cave Garden.

The cavern at the base of the Cave Garden.

Umpherston Sinkhole or Sunken Garden.

Naracoorte Caves

We stayed at Naracoorte in the south east last weekend and visited the Naracoorte Caves. This was a wonderful experience for us and the boys and I wish we had the time to tour all the caves. It was very surprising to find how humid and warm it was underground, my camera lens kept fogging up!

Monday, 21 July 2014

An Echidna on a Swatch

Recently Spoonflower offered a free swatch of their new faux suede and I thought it was a good opportunity to try to make a small animal toy from one swatch. In the past I have made tiny bears from ultra suede so I wondered how the faux suede would compare. I used the existing design of Banjo the Echidna and reduced him down to fit on a swatch.

I was very happy with the end result. He is hand sewn however could be done on a machine and the faux suede only frayed on the little paws when I turned them through. It is a nice little project to do when you have a few hours of free time and the faux suede was easy to work with and hand stitch.

Cosmic Adventures

Just a closer look at the fabrics from my Cosmic Adventures collection with some additional designs and colourways. They are all printed on the quilting weight cotton, after the contest this week I will make them available for sale on Spoonflower.

A Visit to Cambrai

In the school holidays we went for a drive up to Cambrai and the surrounding towns. This is the area where my mother grew up. I love to drive up this way, lots of memories of coming up here for Christmas dinner in summer when it is hot and dry. It was very cold on this particular day, we visited my aunt and then on to Towitta, the home town of my grandmother. We drove home on a dirt road over the foot hills where we found many kangaroos and lovely views with the longest stone wall I have ever seen.

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Each school holidays we go to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and this time we spent most of our visit at the historic palm house and surrounding cacti garden. I remember coming here as a child before it was restored, it is very neat and tidy now but as a child it seemed like an overgrown hidden garden.

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