Saturday, October 22, 2016

Christmas craft... 2016-10-22 ..



 I know it's early for Christmas preparations.....  but we have our family Christmas at the end of November ..  so it's only 5 weeks away for me......

I've decided to make wreaths this year....
Crocheted Wreaths.....

I saw this amazing yarn in Lincraft and couldn't resist it..   it was on half price special...


...  so thick and soft ...  I loved it ...   perfect for crafting.......  here are some plain wreath bases......

A couple of years ago I made some ruffle scarves for the family .. I bought some of the yarn in Christmas colours.  ..  and I have used this to decorate the wreaths  .....


..this is the start of the decorations....    I will be adding other things......

...   I want a clean, classic, uncluttered look...  these will be the Family ones.......

Now for the children I went a little overboard with the glitter  and bits...  but I'm sure the young ones will love them....

 I'm using the rest of the multi-coloured yarn for some extra wreaths....   I happy with how these are turning out...
... these will just need a bit of silver ribbon and a bell..

I made this Christmas Cat for my son and d.i.l  ......  I'm happy with how he turned out .........






My cactus are in bloom ..  I have a big and small flowering one......







...  see you all next time..   ...  Barb   .. xxxxxx

Monday, October 3, 2016

.. around the garden... 2016-10-3



..  we have done a bit of Spring tidying up in the garden this week....   the weather has been fine but windy..


..  hubby putting a large pot of fern in the corner to complete the row across the aviary ...



   ......   we had some cuttings from the Hydrangeas that were given to Mum for her birthday is Jan. this year..   some were in an arrangement and some were from my sisters' garden....   we left them on the bench seat where it's sheltered to see if they would strike.....   and they did ..  they are well established now , so we transferred then up the side ...  we now have our seat back..   I like sitting here in the shade .. xxx


..the sun shining through the new leaves on the plum tree.....  blossom time is over..  


..   we visited a friend on Saturday....   here she is giving her Chinese Crested dogs a treat each.......

... and ...  here she is giving her 5 mth old golden retriever  a cuddle .....

...  two of the dogs romping around and chasing each other.... looks a bit serious , but it's not...



..   a flower spike on one of the Bromeliads we have .... the little blue flower bit on the end is all the flower there is and they open a couple at a time down the length of the spike....   the  bulb bits stay red for months..    so unusual..  xxxx




..  buds on the geranium ......  this one is deep red..   it's my favourite...........will post photos of the flowers when it opens...

this is Ivy leaved Toadflax.....  another favourite .. it's a bit of a weed actually, it creeps, crawls, climbs, cascades and seeds itself everywhere..  but it fills in spots and looks so delicate and pretty....

.
....a dandylion seed head to say goodbye ......


Have a great day ......
....  Barb  xxxxxx