Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Gallery - A beautiful city

Joining Sticky Fingers for The Gallery... the theme this week is Green.


This is the city in which I live. 

It's a stunning view of Canberra, taken from Mount Ainslie and overlooking the Parliamentary Triangle. 

Straight ahead at the bottom of the photo, you can see the Australian War Memorial, with the red gravel median along Anzac Parade leading to Lake Burley Griffin. 

Across the lake, the grassy area of Reconciliation Place leads up to Old Parliament House, and behind you can just see the tall flagpole atop Parliament House. 

Along the lake foreshore is the National Gallery, The High Court, Questacon and the National Library. On the left is Kings Avenue Bridge, with The National Carillon beside it on Aspen Island. 

On the right is Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, with the Captain Cook Memorial Jet shooting high in the air. 

I took this photo eight years ago in 2005, and the view hasn't changed a bit between then and now. It is truly a beautiful city. 

Come and visit! 

Christine xx

Monday, June 24, 2013

Made It Monday - Electra scarf

This scarf has been crocheted using the diagonal blocks stitch. It has a lovely texture and is not a difficult stitch to master.


The yarn is a beautiful hand dyed gradient in 8ply wool from AppleSpice. This stunning yarn has been carefully hand dyed by Jess in subtle graduations from rich purple through cornflower blue to bright turquoise.

I didn't use a pattern for this scarf, but I did watch this video on YouTube for some help to learn the stitch.

Skip To My Lou
Linking to "Made by you Monday" at Skip to My Lou... join the fun!

Feeding Big
Also linking to "In and Out of the Kitchen Link party" at Feeding Big and More... craft, projects, recipes and more!

Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31
And linking by invitation to "Inspire Us Thursday" at Organized 31... inspiration for everyone!

Christine xx

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Gallery - The new Dad

Joining Sticky Fingers for The Gallery... the theme this week is Dads.


This is the first picture I took of my husband and his new daughter. 

Julia was born by caesarean section so I was in recovery afterwards for the good part of an hour. During that time, my husband waited in my room and was given Miss J to hold. When I showed up, his arms had just about fallen asleep because he had been holding her in the same position all that time. This new Dad didn't know what else to do with her!

Christine xx

Monday, June 17, 2013

Made It Monday - Autumn cowl

This cowl combines two of my favourite crafty things - beautiful hand dyed yarn and a really great pattern.


The yarn is beautiful hand dyed 4ply silky merino from Sheepish by Sarah. It is just beautiful to crochet with as it slides over the crochet hook and doesn't split easily. The autumn colours are just stunning! 

The pattern is the Richmond Lace Infinity Scarf by Deja Jetmir. It isn't a difficult pattern, although using 4ply yarn can make it challenging for beginners. You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry here or take a look at her website Crochet Ever After for lots of patterns and tutorials. 

Christine xx

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Gallery - A little girl's inspiration

Joining Sticky Fingers for The Gallery... the theme this week is Inspirational Women.


Like them or not, the Disney Princesses have a story to tell. They entertain, charm and attract many little girls with their fanciful stories and beautiful dresses. But in many ways they also demonstrate courage, intelligence, and determination. 

Merida is the latest princess in the Disney line-up. She is impetuous and quick-witted with an outgoing, forceful personality, but she is also caring and kind hearted. Her story, of a girl who wants to take control of her own destiny, is compelling and inspiring. Especially to my little Miss who is very much like Merida in so many ways - minus the curly, red hair of course. 

Christine xx

Monday, June 10, 2013

Made It Monday - My first woven scarf

A while back I posted a pic of my new craft


Now here is my first project - off the loom and all finished!


The colours in this scarf are just gorgeous, and the drape is just perfect. 

I used a lovely 4ply hand dyed yarn from Angie's Studio for both the warp and weft. I managed to get an even weave by using the right size reed, thanks to some tips from my good friend Sarah from Sheepish by Sarah. And now, thanks to my wonderful husband, I have a brand new loom which should make my next project even better!

Christine xx

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Gallery - Turning Two

Joining Sticky Fingers for The Gallery... the theme this week is Two.


When you turn two you get to blow out the candles on your birthday cake all by yourself. Even if your family has to eat birthday cake with extra drool.

Christine xx

Monday, June 3, 2013

Made It Monday - Hot Chocolate play set

This little set is perfect for pretend play! Just right for winter and a great alternative to the traditional tea set.


This is my own design. Created and crafted by me! 

The set of 14 pieces includes 2 mugs, 2 hot chocolate mug inserts, 4 marshmallows and 6 cookies. You can purchase a set from my store on madeit here. (Colours and designs available may vary).

Christine xx