How are you all doing?? I apologise for having been "missing in action" these past couple of weeks - I have been helping out in a shop in town which was supposed to be 1 1/2 days per week while my friend (the shop owner), was overseas - however the lady that I was supposed to be "helping" got taken to hospital and I was "it" 5 1/2 days per week.
Not really how I wanted to spend my time but however . . .
I wanted to share these couple of pics to show you what a difference a week can make - I took them exactly one week after the pics I took for my last blog post - my magnolia coming into bloom and my tulips . . .
Now both in full bloom and the magnolia is looking very brown after our 2 frosts this past week.
I have been burning the midnight oil trying to get some stock finished for the cottage while working during the day - my neighbour commented my lights were on very late the other night - I completed this little Miss Matryoshka to get in the post to a friend for her birthday . . .
(a little late but it did arrive eventually !!)
After 4 pm the shop would go very quiet so I managed to get a bit of knitting done, & some dishcloths finished (while waiting for 5 o'clock to roll round) . . .
The pale green wool is actually scented with the fragrance Aloe Vera - I am not sure how many washes it will last for but it does smell very beautiful.
I have been wanting to make some more "Miss Alice" dolls for the cottage - she is a Mogs Design pattern that I do love - here is my Miss Alice sitting in my dining room . . .
I had some patchwork fabric for their jackets already so decided to make a pink/blue one and another in red colourings -
Often when I talk about her I forget to call her Miss Alice & call her Old Quilts (she does'nt usually object) - she comes complete
with a story in the pattern all about how her jacket is made from Grandmas old quilt - I always photocopy it & include it with her when I make her . . .
Also I was able to purchase some extra long cinnamon sticks so decided to make some more of my cinnamon "bundles" again - they smell divine ! !
Their fragrances are Sandalwood & Cranberry - go on - have a big sniff . . .
Lastly, this was a doll I had made the body for awhile ago and finally got around to making her clothes (as is typical of me) - she is a Rosalie Quinlan pattern that was published in an old Homespun magazine - her name is Ruby and the words on her tag said "dear mummy I love you" but I have changed it to "we love you" - she hangs from a door handle or a hook on the wall & her apron is an old doiley (I do so love little Ruby) . . .
(not very clear photo - my apologies)
Finally I wanted to share a little "Mr Wolf" story with you that happened last week - our old ute had decided to no longer have any gearbox & had gone in for major repairs. This meant that Graham ("the Mr") had no vehicle to get to & from the farm that he runs, so he decided to come home in the 4-wheel farm buggy. Nero (Mr Wolf) was quite delighted when he saw this & seeing as he thinks himself a wonderful "farm dog" (quite the best) the Mr decided to give him a few rides around the lawn in the farm buggy while I cooked dinner -
|Hmmm that looks like the perfect vehicle for a marvellous farm dog like myself ! ! !|
however the problem arose when we came inside for dinner and he didnt want to get out - AT ALL - & so every half hour or so one of us would go outside & try & persuade him to come inside . . .
|Just look at that contrary-mary face will you !!!???|
|Note the sky is darkening - still he wouldnt budge! !|
|Night had fallen by now & the Mr had given up coaxing him|
|Now I wish I knew how to start this thing up again & give MYSELF rides round the lawn . . .|
Eventually, with a plate of cooked sausages cut up little - I was able to tempt the big fat fluffy inside again . . . (quite some time later too I might add . . .
|Dreaming of riding round the farm in the buggy - VERY important ! !|
Hmm - give me small children to deal with anyday ! ! !
Well I wish you all a happy sunshine-filled weekend & I will be back here again next week - me & my "contrary-mary" dog -
thanks as always for stopping by.
Julie :-) X x X x O o