Tuesday, April 25, 2017

.. tag time ..among other things .. 2017-4-25 ...


I have enjoyed creating more tags for Christmas......  
 they are all glittered and laminated ... I'm really happy with them ....
will be doing a lot more during the next few months .....


...I love the look of them all tumbled together......   I enjoyed making the tassels ....    and each tag is individually coloured ... not one colouring cut up ..   more fun this way....    xxxxxx


I've done a few more felt decorations too .....

I plan to do more of these and they will have tassels too ...  

I'm into tassels this year ...  xxxxxx


We are doing Rule of Thirds on the Nature page this week ....   I put up this photo of a Dandelion from our front yard ....
..  it shows other weeds as well ......
.... so...  I thought I'd share what my hubby refers to as the 'front lawn' ....
He would really like to have grass out the front , but this is where we park our car ..   lol  lol ....


 ... between the 'lawn' and this Monster Choko Vine ...   the front of our house is a bit different to the average house front ...


...  we probably wouldn't rate very high on the Street Appeal Meter ....     \o/   \o/   ...


the Autumn rains have made everything grow really well  ...   nice and green .. xxx



..  some of the lovely flowers from the arrangement my brother brought  us for Easter ..








.. all that is left now are a few daisies on their last legs ..... I put a clear photo frame in front of them to support them for this photo ....
...  I'm going to use this photo for tomorrow's theme of Rectangle ......   trying to be a bit creative ..... lol ....

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


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

welcome to the house of coughing .... 2017-4-18 ....



..  this has been our house for the last 3 weeks.....   plus Antibiotics ....



... unfortunately Mum caught Hubby's cold and it went to her chest ....   she hasn't stopped coughing for the last 10 days....   she is so exhausted, poor thing ...  xxxxx

Mum has spent a lot of daytime sleeping in front of the heater in the lounge room .....   this is something she refused to do  until now .


 When Mum got up this morning she said she felt a bit better and she isn't coughing as much ....   hopefully she has turned the corner and is in recovery mode at last ....  answered prayer ....  xxxxx


Hubby has fully recovered ... xxx




....     My Iceberg rose ......



.............     this is the smallest Hydrangea head I have ever seen.....   all the large normal size heads have changed to Autumn browns....  then this little one burst into bloom .....  I love it ...  xx

I bought a couple of cushions for the lounge in the back room.......  I thought it was time to brighten it up and put something pretty in there... we always kept the lounge plain with no cushions because of Kyton being in this room all the time... I felt it was start fresh time .......


..  I brought out the plastic trolley and the lovey airy plant ...... I think it has a relaxed Retro feel to it now....     I'm really happy with the look ..  xxxxx


...  have a great day .....  
 .. Barb  xxxx





















Saturday, April 8, 2017

..Meet the Elephant Man ... aka Hubby .. 2017-4 -8



 ..   hubby has been having nose bleeds on and off for a few months ..  they haven't lasted long and he wasn't worried about them .....
well ... on Thursday he woke up with a bleeding nose and it wouldn't stop ..  it just keep dribbling ....   he Checked with his doctor and was told to go to hospital ....  
...there they packed his nose and then when it still didn't stop they put a balloon up his nostrel.....

 he sent me this photo ...   NO .... I didn't go with him ...he likes to do hospital things on his own ...  

so ... meet the Elephant man ....
.. his words ... not mine ... xxxxx

... he is coming home today ..    the specialist said the bleeding was happening because he had the moisture intake on his C-pap machine too dry ...   he has to increase the moisture content .. and keep the inside of his nose moist ...  
 .. so glad it wasn't a more serious problem ...  



Mum had a flu shot on Friday 31st March ..  and the needle piercing her skin caused a bleed under her skin ... similar to bruising ....   hasn't happened before ...   but Mum is on blood thinners ( so is Hubby ) ....  and sometimes these things happen ....

 Here's Mum's arm ...  
.. this was on Sat 1st April ... it has since spread up to her shoulder and down to her wrist ..... no photos because it looks horrible ....
 there's not much they can do for it , just some light pressure bandaging and a support sling ..... Mum's Warfarin was stopped for a few days and is now having it re-introduced ....
 ...poor Mum ..   ......



.. on to happier things ...   xxxxx

 our Choko vine has turned into a monster and is taking over the side of the house .....

... getting some nice chokos ..  hubby said he won't trim it or pull it off the house until it stops fruiting ...      \o/ .....

...we went to visit my friend Merle's grand -twins  the other day ...  they are gorgeous ......

.... and starting to teethe ....   what fun ..   xxxxxxx


..  I'm having a pleasant time with my Christmas decorations .....
... I figured if I made 6 a week I might have enough to give everyone on my list a set of 6 for Christmas .....   xxx   only time will tell  ...


Our weather here in Sydney Australia has finally turned into Autumn.....  it's so lovely ...  
... cool crisp mornings and warm days ...   perfect ..

I hope Spring is showing her face for everyone in the top half of the world ...    xxxxxx

 Have a great day ......    Barb ... xxxxxxxx




Thursday, March 23, 2017

.. some Christmas ideas ... 2017-3-23

Hello ...

Our choko vine is covered with flowers and we are hoping for a  good crop ....

... and my Sedum is blooming .. ..  the ants love it .......






..  on to crafting .....

 I've had a great time fiddling with my laminator ..... and I have decided on some  little gifts .....

...  some small tree hangers and some bookmarks ....  




                    .........   some of these will be decorated with pinking shears   .............

                                                            ... and then laminated......

                       ..............  the small hangers will have tassels on then   .................



                       ................I'm now making tassels  using fine crochet cotton ......    







              ........  I'm going to be making some felt decorations as well  ... these are my first efforts......




.........  I'm thinking I might embroider some of the hearts and maybe put tassels on them too .....

 ........   I will be doing some stars and diamonds  as well  as the trees and hearts ........


I will be able to do these while playing Yahtzee with Mum in the afternoons and while watching television at night ...  all sorted and organised ...

 I'm looking forward to creating some pretty things ........

 
 Have a great day ....
...   Barb  xxxxx









Wednesday, March 15, 2017

two nice things ... and a mess... 2017-3-15



  .....  First nice thing ...... was my hubby removing the broken printer from the 'Office'   and packing up some of his bits and pieces so I can have somewhere I can use the Laminator without cluttering up the dining room table ...  he only uses the office for storage and to use the new printer .... so now I have some usable Laminating space...    I do like laminating things ....



I plan to laminate most of my colourings and some Christmas tree decorations.....  will be fun......


... Second nice thing ...... was receiving  a wedding invitation from my nephew....  the wedding will be outdoors in the mountains ... and the theme is Forest Fantasy with Titania, Queen of the Fairies.
It will be so much fun ..   I'm looking forward to it ....  

...  the invitation is beautiful and came in an envelope with a lovely Wax Seal ...  Mum was delighted with it  and is looking forward to going to the wedding ....
... now I'm thinking about what colours to wear ...  what would a Forest Fairy wear .. ????


Lately the weather has been wonderful...   rain showers and sunshine.....    Can't hang out the washing ... but the garden loves it ......

... and the Mess ..... is hubby's treasured Choko Vine ....  it has become a monster  ... it covers the fence and is strangling my Snapdragons ..  
... every day I have to re-twist the tendrils back onto the vine and off the Snappies ..... but I'm not allowed to cut it back ..... \o/ ..... I think the people in the units next door might get some chokos  when it fruits ...  there is a lot of vine on their side of the fence ......






Our hydrangeas stopped blooming and the flowers were fading nicely .. I love the colours they go as they fade....  


...  but today I noticed a couple of new  small flowers ...   they are so cute ...




..  I've let this weed grow through the old bench seat ...   just for fun....


 Have a great day .....   Barb   xxxxxxx

Sunday, March 5, 2017

..the rain has come.... 2017-3-5



.. it's been raining in Sydney every day for a week now.....
.. some days there is sunshine between the showers
.. some days just grey sky...





.... it's nice to have a change from the heat wave we were having ..........

the downside for us is that Hubby has to live with towel and bucket drip catchers on his side of the back room because of leaks in the ceiling that come when we get a bit of heavy driving rain...  at least it's colourful ..



Autumn is my favourite season.......  I'm glad it's here.


Mum went out for coffee with her Aged Care Carer on Thursday afternoon, while hubby and I did some shopping.
..  this lady comes for 3 hours every Thursday to give me some free time ....  it's great ......



I'm doing some colourings that I think some of my family might like , with Christmas in mind...  
.. my eldst grandson wants this one .. it's 5inches(12.5cm) square ....

 I'm using my  0.3mm fine liner pens for these little ones..  I'm enjoying it .......


...  I like this one too... it's the same size as the other one .....



I took this photo of the flowers on the Chain of Hearts plant   they are  so unusual............                                                     


 I taken some plants inside te house so Mum can see some greenery  ...

.. a lovely Parlor Palm on top of the new china cabinet we bought recently .....perfect place for Mum's angel  to live ...


..  there are plants on a white stand near our book chair ... and Mum's Crown of Thorns plant beside it ..  Mum likes it ...





.. I changed the furniture around in this room when we got the new china cabinet.....  it opened the room up a lot ....



I put a Maidenhair Fern in the bathroom and it has given the room a lift and a pop of colour ....





.. Have a good day , Everybody ...    see you soon ...........................  Barb  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx