Thursday, 24 April 2014

Easter at home

Hi everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Easter break doing all the things you love!
We here in South Africa are in full Autumn mode, and it is a truly beautiful season ...

....... I love my street in the Autumn .....

... a tricky photo, but I am constantly entranced by this tree on our verge .. it is a Pin Oak in its Autumn coat .. and at night the lamp post casts a beautiful light on the leaves 
.. I think I will try and photograph this again some time, perhaps after it has rained and the foliage will twinkle a little! ......

..... a surprise late bloom on my favourite rose bush ...

... and a beautiful display of colour on a verge down the road ....
I am yet to find out what the name of this beautiful tree is .. any ideas?  .....  I just had to take a photo and share it, it is stunning!!

... my cute little grand niece Tyla playing in a sunny, leafy spot ...

....  the lemons on my tree are a such a size already, their deep green-ness is too gorgeous! ...

I had a lovely afternoon during the weekend making a jar jacket in limey green and cream ...  the pattern is from Attic 24, it's Lucy's Raindrops stitch

... and then I made a blue jar jacket to match

..... such a pretty square, its called the Willow Square, and comes from Jan Eaton's book 200 Squares.  I made it up from a picture, but have now also ordered the book .. can't wait to have news that it has arrived!  I think I have decided on this square in solid spring colours for my next afghan ....

.... and Easter weekend could not go by without something yummy  ....
 my Choc Cappuccino muffins with choc icing and mini Easter eggs to decorate ... 
they were delicious !!  My hubby loves any cake with a coffee note! 

.... and now, with the long weekend behind me, I am full tilt into completing my Mandala pattern for posting, edging an afghan I have made as a wedding gift, and adding the finishing touches to my x-stitch Xmas trees for April's contribution to 1 Xmas Project a Month ....  amongst other WIP's! ...
busy times indeed!

Until next time

Friday, 11 April 2014

A little Mandala crazy at the moment!

Hi everyone .........
having such fun making up my Mandala pattern

 ... think I like the blue slip stitch border on this one ...
 a little gift for my daughter this weekend ...
 just because ...
I love her ♥

.... toying with an idea to add a few more rows, so as to make a good size 
'contemporary doilie' 
for my dining room table ...

Have a wonderful weekend
Hugs Pat xxx

ps: making progress on the pattern ..
hope to have it ready for posting next week

pps: I have posted the pattern ..
here is the link

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Quilting magic!

Isn't this quilt fabulous!

My very talented friend, who made this beautiful creation, and I have a long standing friendship of more than fifty years! We met at senior school, and have been best friends ever since.  We are both keen sewers among other talents, mine crochet and in her case, quilting .... as you can see from this stunning quilt she made for her gorgeous eldest granddaughter.  
What teenager would not be delighted to have such an exquisite quilt gracing her bedroom space ?? 

~ sexy Christian Louboutin heels ~

~  a pretty blue purse ~

~  colourful blocking  ~

~  and a gorgeous pink ooh-la-la perfume spray  ~

Well done my friend, a very beautiful quilt .....  inspires me even more to try quilting, and to hope that one day,  I could be even half as proficient as you are in your chosen craft.  

We live thousands of kilometers apart, I think of you often....... wish we could share crafting days and copious cups of tea!
Enduring friendships are at the very heart of what makes life the sweet gift it is;
we have weathered hardships and heartaches, and had much happiness bless our lives, and thanks to modern technology we are in contact nearly every day!  
Quite amazing .. that's what we are!

Thank you for popping by,
until next time
Pat xxxx