Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kholo Botanical Gardens

This weekend we have been enjoying our Labour day long weekend. We decided to visit the Kholo Botanical Gardens in the South Western part of Brisbane next to the Brisbane river.

Map of the Gardens

A beautiful pond
Pond with lilies
On the walkway
Rock fig

The walkway
More of the walkway
Bush Turkey
View over the Brisbane River
One of the picnic spots
Space to kick a ball
Function room

This was the most relaxing spot. Being close to nature and listening to the birds was a great experience. We will visit again.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Made a card

I made a Birthday card yesterday as it was my trainers birthday. This is what I came up with. She is a stitcher and I found elephant paper that looked as if they were appliqued. I added a few silver stars to lighten the night sky.
She does bring a lot of joy to the store and I decided to make a "Joy" candle wrap for her and gave her a candle. She was so happy.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Hi everyone,
We decided to visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary here in Brisbane on Sunday while our youngest son was visiting from Sydney.

This is one of the Top 10 Wildlife Parks in the world. It is spacious and as it is the school holiday season at the moment, it never felt crowded. It is beautifully layed out. At the main entrance you pass many indigenous birds to Australia such as this white cockatoo.

 Various lizards are scattered along the walkways and one hardly notices them as they blend in with the environment. Just as they decide you are too close they take off with lightning speed and scare you crazy.
 There are many Koala displays and you can get very close to them. They are not caged in. So you can take wonderful pictures.

 The reptile display is just as nice. All the displays are so creatively layed out.

 There is also a large area where you can pat kangaroos. As we used to have many kangaroos on our property before, we didn't stay there very long. This was a wonderful day and we will definitely go again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This is where I'll be working

Last weekend we drove to the centre to see where my new workplace was going to be and how to get there. I was thrilled to see that it is only 12 km drive from our home. Much closer than I anticipated. Most of the way is on the highway. So morning traffic won't be a problem at all. This is the store.

The centre has 3 levels and this store is on the 2nd floor. It is much larger than I expected. It is right in the food court. The small chairs in the food court catering for children are located closest to the store. I'm sure some kids would be able to chuck their chips into the entrance of the store. As you can see there is a stroller in the front of the picture.

I can just imagine the lovely cooking flavours that would be enticing us all day and watching everyone munch away those meals will be torture! At least I know I will never have to make lunch boxes and cart them over every day. Danie and I will probably feed ourselves from there most days. I will just bring a meal home for him.

A whole new beginning!

My last few days at home

Hi everyone,
I am cherishing my last 5 days at home like GOLD. Time is just going too fast. Tonight will be my last evening at the training centre with my tuition kids. I don't even want to think of it.

I have been making hand sewn hexagons for the top of my antique Singer sewing machine. This has been helping calm the nerves of starting a new job once again in such a short space of time. I started on Saturday and have been cutting and stitching hexies for the past three days. They are so easy to make.

I have also rearranged some in the following format. It is such fun to change and see the new combinations come to life.

Now I can start sewing all the hexagons together by hand. I'm not sure how to finish the back off yet. Making another range with different colours means it could be changed over for a completely different look. Christmas is coming up...a range of red material might be the way to go...
I'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Candle and Candle wraps

I have been busy stitching away on the various candle wraps in different alphabetical styles. I have been stitching them on red Aida cloth with DMC thread. Here are a few photo's of the finished product idea. 

The white on red have a clean finished look and I am starting to look forward to Chrismas! It is just over three months away.

Pincushion finished

I have enjoyed making a small project. I decided to make a pincushion bottle to hold my excess threads while stitching on the candle wraps. I used a small jam bottle. Just sad the lovely strawberry jam is no more! Then painted the lid pink and decided on a small rose pattern I found on Pinterest.

This is a picture to showcase the shape of the bottle.

I used burgundy coloured braid to finish it off. I did have a hurdle to overcome on the way. You know what shifting is like. I have not been able to find the hot glue gun since our arrival here in Brisbane. So I have had to venture out and get another one. Then I was able to paste the pincushion to the lid.

I am rather happy with it and it was a fun project. Now it has become a permanent feature here in the lounge where I stitch.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Isn't it lovely to be spoilt once a year on ones birthday. This year was special, as I have been given a new computer from Hubby! It is so much faster and replaces a dinosaur. He also had some flowers ddelivered. Proteas and banksias. Aren't they just lovely.

My twin sister from overseas also spoilt me with a hamper. It would have cost her a fortune with the conversion from South African Rand to Australian Dollars 1 to 10. This makes one appreciate this even more. I was munching on the sweets and biscuits all day.

We enjoyed this mud cake for afternoon tea.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Candle wraps

I have started making cross stitch candle wraps. You know what it is like when one wakes up in the middle of the night, can't sleep and an idea jumps into your head... This is one of those moments.

I'm stitching with white DMC B5200 on red Aida. I want to wrap these strips around white candles and try and sell them for some pocket money.  I have been designing the words and snowflakes and been experimenting with different borders. I've been working on them during any spare time I have and while we watch TV. It has been quite exciting.

Set 1.
I started with larger snowflakes but these took too much time. On the last two wraps in this picture you'll be able to see the smaller snowflakes. I also omitted the solid line of stitching on the edging in the last two bands and this saves quite a lot of time.

Set 2
This Gothic alphabet was easy to stitch and went quite fast.

Set 3 in progress.
The snowflakes still need to be designed for this one. 

Set 4 in progress.(Holly edge)
This is my favourite lettering. I have also tried to compile an edge that looks like holly.
Have a look and let me know which ones you like the best. Then I might be able to gage the interest I might get online.

I am looking around at the moment to try and buy white pillar candles in bulk. As soon as I have prepared them for sale I'll update my blog and show you.

Happy stitching to you all till next time.


Monday, July 7, 2014

HAED Lawyer (Some progress)

Hi everyone,
After shifting here to Brisbane, we have settled in and I have had some time to stitch again. I have been stitching on the Lawyer piece. I completed the 2 quarter pages at the bottom and am half way up on the first full page.

 It has been very time consuming with a lot of single confetti stitches on the dividing strips between the tiles. With the one over one stitching, a lot of time goes into this piece and progress seems so slow. But it has been nice to get something onto this huge piece of material. I'm looking forward to getting to the more colorful part of the Lawyer further up.       

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Completed Soap Wraps

I have been able to get some cross stitch strips from Mt Isa last week and made these two soap strips for my MIL and SIL. They are arriving today at lunch time. Mum flew from South Africa and joined my SIL in Perth. They are flying from Perth to Cairns today, then catching the small plane to us later this morning.
Hope they like their surprises on their beds when they arrive.

We also got two rabbits to add for an Easter welcome. They are holding four marshmallow babies. Just look at their great smiles. Don't they look so inviting.
Have a lovely Easter to you all. We are going to Cairns and meeting up there with both the boys. They are flying up for the weekend. There has been a Catogory 4 cyclone pass and just hope all the rivers have subsided by Wednesday sothat we can drive through to Cairns. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Completed "Apples"

I have been working on an Apples picture I found on Pinterest. I used my own colours and added a frame and lettering. I can now use this little ornament with a price tag in the tuchshop, instead of putting the green and red apples on display. It is terribly hot and humid here at the moment. It would be better for the fruit to be in the fridge.

This little project went quite quickly. There wasn't much back stitching and I enjoyed doing the blossoms the most.

I also unpicked the lettering, changed the position and redid it with double thread. I was much happier with it afterwards. It seemed to make more of a statement now.

I wasn't sure at first how to finish it off and decided on a small pillow. I couldn't stuff it too thick as I don't have much space on the elevated display surface I created there. So this is the end product.

I was also lucky enough to have two buttons that were just the right colour to give some dimension to the picture.

Now I will have to find something else to do. I do have a picture of oranges in mind for the same purpose.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Update on "Meant to be Together"

This is an update on "Meant to be Together". I took this kit with me to South Africa as well, as an alternative to stitch while I was doing "Grandma & Grandpa's house" in secret.

I completed the baby bear in the mirror. Isn't he just asking for a hug!

I also completed the lock and key. The back stitching on the lock made such a difference.

This is my progress on this piece at the moment.

I am working on two bears on the square to the right. They don't look like much at the moment.

Our schools started here in Queensland on Tuesday the 28th January 2014, after an Australia day long weekend. So I'm working again and will only be able to stitch during the afternoons and evenings, after the normal daily tasks of cooking and washing are done.