Hello dear friends & readers & a warm Welcome to my new followers . . .
Four little angels flew out of my sewing room this past week.
Or I should say ... 4 little pincushion angels ...
this is a Woodberry Designs pattern (by Kerryanne English)
You can read about the last time I made these angels here
The two angels on the left are for birthday gifts ... 2 friends having birthdays this week within 3 days of each other
As both are beautiful crafters (one a sewer, one a crocheter), I decided this was an ideal gift as you can store sewing notions in the back pocket
I popped a pair of small scissors & a needle threader in the back before gift wrapping them.
The other two are now for stock for my little Cottage.
A customer phoned & asked for a gift to take overseas. She was happy to leave the choice up to me but her instructions were that it needed to be:-
-bright & cheery
- kiwiana if possible
As she has bought the handtowels from me in the past, I decided to make another using my gorgeous bright Pukeko fabric. A set of clove scented spice mats to match & a teatowel trimmed in this seemed the perfect package.
She was delighted with the gifts I had put together & took all 3 items.
My hanging baskets are beautiful again this year but soak up the water like a bottomless pit . . .
I find I need to water them twice daily now - both early morning & late evening - the petunias don't seem to mind these long hot dry summers we are now having each year ... so long as their feet are kept wet
The other flowers that seem to do well in my garden during the dry spells are Impatiens
(or busy lizzies we call them)
Each spring I plant a punnet full in my big old Beatie Wringer Washing Machine that sits under the old silk tree
. . . & fill the old suitcase on my deck with another small punnet.
When the rustic chairs in my garden become
You have to be careful though, as customers will sometimes still go & attempt to sit on them ... so I have found if I place a pot of something on the seats, it discourages this from happening.
This miniature variety of petunia pepe seems quite happy tucked away in the midst of the rose garden, with the occasional jug of water tossed over it
Last week after finishing the millet silage, the Mr decided we should drive to Raglan for a dinner of fish & chips on the beach.
Raglan is just over an hour from here & it our nearest beach.
I love visiting Raglan & often wonder whether I would be happy to live there??
We bought ourselves some dinner ... the fish at Raglan comes in fresh each day & tastes completely different to any you might buy back home ... we found a nice grassy patch to sit & look out at the sea ...
|Yes I know ... I am pathetic the way I cart my tomato sauce all the way over to the beach !!!!
After eating & a walk around the wharf, we usually take a drive out to Whale Bay - sometimes there are surfers out here, & the Mr likes to watch the boats come back in after their days fishing
At another Bay closer to the township, there were some kite surfers out having fun . . .
We took a different route back home again (Old Mountain Road) & I noticed how brown the countryside is looking due to lack of any rainfall this summer
|You can just faintly see Hamilton city in the distance here
Well friends ... it is lavender harvesting time again in my neck of the woods so I am off outside to rub some more lavender stalks - below is this morning pickings ...
|Lean closely into the screen & take a big sniff !!!!
But firstly I am off to make myself a cuppa ...
I hope you enjoy this little verse I found to share with you extolling the benefits of tea drinking ...
|Source : tumblr
Thank you all so much for your visit today & all the lovely comments you leave me ... I appreciate them all so very, very much.
with much love & friendship,