Saturday, January 11, 2020

Mice, Lavender fields ................................ & A Sad Farewell

Greetings dear friends & readers

Last week, after crossing some jobs off my never-ending to-do-list I decided to reward myself with some crafting time.
My lovely neighbor had gifted me another kitset for pet feeding duties over the Christmas period.

Kitset available from * Here *
These sweet little felt mice thread holders/pincushions.
Everything needed was in the Kitset except the stuffing.

When Blackie heard the word "mice" he decided to come inside & flatten my pattern inspect what I was working on !!

They turned out so sweet - the hand dyed lace included was so very beautiful.

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Here they are being used as they are intended - as thread holders & pincushions.  
(Tho' I think they are just beautiful sitting there being decorative)

My lovely friend Sue came over from the city last week for a visit.
We had some morning tea together & then I suggested we go around the corner to visit the local Lavender Farm

This is what greets you (below) when you step out of your car

Luckily they hadn't harvested yet so the view, the fragrance & the buzzing of the bees was just heavenly

Sue & I wandered around the rows just taking it all in & wishing we never had to leave !

Sue is very good at "selfies" - I would've cut our heads off ! 😉

"Bend down a fraction & you'll have a stunning purple backdrop" said Sue 💜

I purchased some soap & a Lavender Relax Balm from the Farm Shop - Sue & I joked with the Owners 
that we really needed the Relax Balm in a large pump bottle, not a teeny pot 😉

Finally dear friends - we had to say a very difficult Farewell last weekend.
We had to say Goodbye to dear little Karma, my daughter in law's dog & constant companion for over 13 years.

Long time readers of my blog will remember how Karma was very much a part of their wedding when my son & Nicole married 5 years ago
In fact Karma was always very much a part of every single thing we all did.  She was the sweetest little soul 
& just happy to tag along.
She will leave a huge gap in her families life but Oh - what a wonderful life she had in that 13 years.
Farewell precious Karma 💕 Thanks for the special memories.

Wishing you a most wonderful weekend dear friends,
Be kind to yourselves & to each other,
Thanks so much for your visits here today,
With much love & friendship,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x


  1. So sorry for the loss of your families sweet Karma xx

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Mo. xx

  2. Love the mice, they are just so cute. Sorry tho read about the loss of Karma. Hugs,xx

  3. The mice are super cute Julie, perfect decoration! Blackie is soooooo helpful too!! Great day out with Sue. I am very sad to hear of Karma's passing, they sure leave a huge hole in your heart.

  4. The mice are adorable! I'd almost feel bad about sticking pins into them. :)
    Oh, that looks like a very soothing outing to the lavender farm! I love the lavender soap you sent when we swapped. It is lovely. And yes, the purple backdrop is stunning!
    So sorry your family lost a special furry member. Looks like such a sweet little gal.

  5. Sorry to hear abut the loss of your sweet girl.

    I miss Sue and reading her blog. It is nice that you two girls got together and had such a nice day out.

    Julie Q

  6. Ah! Bless! Sad news of Karma..
    I did'nt realise she was 13yrs old..
    She always looked like a puppy! She
    will be missed..Bless!x

    AND..Those lovely mice, they are amazing,
    if it was me, l'd want loads of them, everywhere!
    All so different, no wonder Blackie looks
    confused, he does'nt know which one to attack
    first..! HeHe! :).
    Perhaps you should make one especially for
    him Julie..about a foot tall..! :o).

    The lavender looks lovely to..l have some
    in the garden, though not as much as all
    that..just a little bush..a whole field,
    looks lovely though..!

    Hickory~Dickory..reminded me of the nursery
    "Hickory~Dickory dock..the mice ran up the
    clock..the clock struck one, and the others
    got away with minor injuries".
    Time for another lemon tea...Bless!x
    🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁 🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁

  7. I'm so sorry to hear that sweet Karma has passed away :( Our little furry companions bring so much joy into our lives; they give their unconditional love and never ask for anything in return. Best, Jane x

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Jane. You are spot on my friend - they sure DO give us unconditional love & not ask for anything. She will leave a huge gap. Thanks again Jane xxx

  8. The mice are just darling, and the hand dyed lace really makes them stand out as extra special. Sorry to hear about Karma, you will all miss that lovely baby. x

  9. Sorry to hear the sad news of Karma It is heartbreaking when our loved family fur-babies have to leave. They leave a huge hole in our hearts and lives.

    Those mice are simply adorable. I love that they are a pin cushion and thread holder. Such a great idea! Nice as ornaments as well :)

    And those lavender fields...WOW! Thank you for showing us.


  10. So sorry to hear about the family's loss of Karma. Love the pics you decided to share of her. Your mice turned out nicely. What a nice kit to receive.

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Yes I was so thrilled to receive the kit as a gift. xx

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  12. Such a beautiful photo of your grandson and Karma. It is always so sad when pets pass from our presence; so sorry to hear of Karma's passing. Those mice are beautiful. Fabulous photo of Blackie inspecting them. Funnily enough, I am off to Bridestowe Lavender Farm tomorrow with a friend, to walk around and drink in the fragrance. Have a beautiful week, lovely Julie.

  13. Every pet holds a special place in our heart. When we lose one, it is difficult.
    Seeing the beautiful lavender field was just incredible. And your Blackie having his way
    with the new mice!

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Lynn. I agree - it is very difficult when we lose our beloved pets. xx

  14. I am sorry read about the little dog, blessings. It is always sad to lose a loyal pet. Your little mice are pretty, you could stuff them with catnip and sell methinks :)

  15. Dear Julie, I'm so sorry about Karma. They are so loved, it takes a while to "come right" from this event, they are there within you always and ever. Love those lavender fields, I must go and visit although am guessing it all be harvested by now. I have a good lot to pick and dry and mustn't leave it too late. Rained last night so have to leave until we get the sunshine back.Loved those little mice, they are adorable and the lace is gorgeous.Hugs

  16. Hello Julie,

    Julie the lavender farm looks so lovely, I bet it was relaxing walking around breathing in the perfume.
    Happy memories of Karma.

    Happy days.

  17. Wow the lavender farm would of been wonderful Julie, cute mice to, oh so sad when one of our pets has to go, wish they could stay longer, what a cutie she was, but lovely memories they leave with us. Have a great week Julie. Chris xoxoxo

  18. The mice are darling, Julie! Oh, Karma. I'm sorry for your loss.

  19. So sad when our precious pets pass on ♥ I do love your sweet mice, thank you for the link (very tempting!). The lavendar fields and photos are beautiful!

  20. Oh Julie I'm so sad to hear the news of Karma's passing. Our furbabies are always such a big part of the family and much loved. The little mice are just so sweet and how different they look with their decorations and different colours. That lavender is amazing and I can only imagine the smell. x

  21. Sorry to hear about Karma that is so sad I hope everyone is ok. You did a beautiful job on the mice they are amazing and I love the images of the lavender farm, it looks like a special place.

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