life on the farm december 2016
















So the best of intentions to write more often here doesn’t mean it happens. The last few months have been a whirl of sowing, planting, weeding, mowing, mulching, digging, baking, hand feeding Lucy, job hunting, Chrissy shopping, visits to Melbourne, and possibly way too many hours gazing out at our lovely hills and valley. As the grass on the hills grows long it takes on the appearance of a green ocean when the wind brushes over the top of it, pushing and swishing it in all different directions, flowing like grassy waves up the mountain. It’s totally mesmerizing and can draw you in before you know it.

Since I wrote you last three new lambs were born. The first arrived not solid black like they usually do, this one had all these zig zag patterns over his coat, so we named him Ziggy. Within a day the next lamb arrived, and this one just stuck to Ziggy from day one. They are best buds so we named him Iggy. Then when the Moto GP was being raced not far from us, the last lamb of the season was born. He’s a real little racer so we named him Duke. Well Ziggy, Iggy and Duke are the new little gang in town and love to race laps of the paddock with Lucy and the Twins but mostly just hang out together, often play fighting over the newly named Lamb Rock. There’s really nothing funnier that watching a lamb bounce, spin 360 degrees and land slightly awkwardly.

As you probably know, the warmer weather brings with the snakes and I had myself a terrifying incident involving a large black one and the ride on mower and a lot of swearing. Both of us were frightened out of our minds and retreated back away after discovering each other, needless to say it’s created a rather anxious vibe when mowing that particular corner and any other spot along the fence where the grass next door is long. Our lawns are mown within an inch of their lives, short short short is how I like it and the snakes don’t, so I mow for many hours each week and Charlie brushcuts for many more. We did get the last of the first stage of works completed which was impeccably timed as it involved removing all the huge overgrown snakey flax plants from around the house. Like I said, timing couldn’t have been better, had the snake incident happened before we had the flax removed I think I would have been too scared to walk in and out the front door!

We have finally started eating out of our veggie garden, fresh organic lettuce rocket and spinach salad anyone? The next lot of radishes are nearly ready and soon we’ll have parsnips, carrots and beetroots too. We’ve had a few snowpeas and sugarsnap peas but hopefully a lot more to come. Coriander is coming along nicely, the birds have loved the strawberries (!) and the spud fest will be here before we know it. Onions are booming and the cucumber and zucchini seeds have just sprouted. A few precious tomato seedlings are in and I’ve got a heap more to plant when they get a little bigger. In the heart of the veggie patch I planted a mixture of flower seeds that are designed to bring in the beneficial insects and we are experimenting with composting our grass clippings from the veggie patch and can’t wait to see if it’s going to work. It’s all very exciting and so rewarding now that we are picking our homegrown goodies for dinner.

I’ve found it tricky trying to squeeze in craft time, I guess spring is a busy time in any garden and that compounded with the work we are doing still getting ourselves set up, along with the general upkeep of the orchard & veggie garden and the mowing has kept my days very full without even looking at my craft projects. But I am progressing very occasionally with knitting a jumper, which will probably be a bit ugly as I wanted to use up a particular type of yarn I had, and the colours together, well let’s just say I wouldn’t normally put them all together, but I needed all them to make the jumper so it will mostly likely be a farm / gardening jumper. I crocheted some sweet little garlands and I have also started to make my first ever patchwork quilt. I used up all my favourite precious bits of fabric, some of which I’ve saved for years, but really what’s the point of having them if you don’t use them? So I chopped into them and I just love the colour palette that evolved. I remember reading this wonderful post and absolutely loved the way Alicia created this quilt, no prior planning or pedantic placement of fabrics/colours, just cut, barely or not measured, and sewed randomly together. Reading the story of how this quilt was put together totally gave me the confidence to give it a go myself, I thought all quilting had to be so precise and that’s not really my style. Anyway, after a big day sewing all the strips back in October, I’m yet to get back to it! Everything in my craft room is exactly as I left it – sewing machine all set up, swatches of fabric laying everywhere, strips hanging from the wardrobe (making access to it a little challenging), and bits of cotton all over the place! I am hoping to get back to it very soon, probably when the grass growing starts to slow with the summer heat and lack of rain, less mowing more sewing maybe?

Given my track record of late, I’m not sure if I’ll be back here before Christmas so I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukah, or have a great end of the year, whatever it is that you celebrate at this time. I hope this year has given you more joy than sadness, more laughs than tears, and that wisdom and kindness keep you company throughout the coming year. Thank you for popping in here, taking the time to comment, and following along this little blog, I’m really honoured that anybody reads this at all, so thank you.

Sending Peace Love & Harmony to you x

ruby cherry-berry

Ruby with her friends
” Hi, my name is Ruby Cherry-Berry and I love growing veggies and baking cakes. My favourite things are flowers, strawberries, cherries and bees. Especially bees, because without them I wouldn’t have my other favourite things.

Ruby is the outdoor type
I love to play in the garden and do a little weeding, but the best part of gardening for me is the picking bit. Picking flowers and picking veggies. The pretty and the yummy.

Ruby
I always wear an apron when I bake as I’m quite a messy baker. I usually leave the kitchen looking like I’m the one that’s been tossed in the beaten eggs and rolled in the flour.

Ruby and her Bee Skirt with RIc Rac
I’ll often hum a song as I wander about twirling in my favourite bee skirt.

Ruby and her heart shaped pocket
I love to collect little treasures from the garden like pebbles and feathers, so a woollen cardy with a heart shaped pocket is the perfect cardy for me.

Ruby and her wooden buttons on her cardy
And because I love flowers so much I like to wear them whenever I can, these wooden flower buttons are my favourites.

Ruby and her apron
My friends are Rufus Rad Rabbit and Heartface Bunnykins and my dream is to make a little girl very happy and be her bestest friend. “

Ruby was made with love, during a crafternoon with friends where cute monsters and other softies may were started with caring and generous hearts. (Some speedsters even finished the same day – I’m looking at you Sandra!)

Ruby and some of the other crafternoon creations will be gifted with love to the ‘Softies for Mirabel‘ for this year’s softie toy drive. I just love the fact that I can contribute to the community in a crafty and meaningful way. I hope that a little Mirabel kiddie will feel all the love and friendship Ruby Cherry-Berry has to give when they hug her.

Wishing you all the sweet stuff… love and friendship and cherries and cake.

rufus rad rabbit

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Meet Rufus!
Rufus came to be for a good cause, I made him for the Softies for Mirabel toy drive.
Softies for Mirabel is such a lovely creative way to bring a smile to a little kids face who could really use something to smile about.

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I discovered this wonderful toy drive via one of my favourite people and blogs, Pip Lincolne from Meet me at Mikes. Anyone can get involved, your toy can be whatever you want it to be!

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I’ve never made a stuffed toy like this before and I didn’t use a pattern. Rufus came out of my head with what whatever crafty supplies I already had (admittedly I do have a healthy craft room stash!). I was inspired by the beautiful softies on another favourite blog, Posie gets Cozy. They are totally adorable, as is the blog and the softies creator, Alicia Paulson. Rufus sports crocheted eyes out of sashiko thread, a stitched felt nose and some cotton whiskers.

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The trim on the fake pockets is something I’ve had for years. It was a packaging trim from a Bison purchase, and I knew it’d be perfect for something one day!

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Of course it goes without saying that I have a healthy stash of left over yarn, so crocheting a jacket and knitting a scarf seemed like a perfect way to use some up and make Rufus all cuddly and warm.

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Now Rufus did have some body shape and proportion issues. But I had a chat with him and explained that these things weren’t important really. It’s the stuff you’re made out of that counts. And he’s stuffed with love and kindness and a super big heart so that’s all that matters.

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Rufus Rad Rabbit was surprised to hear this, that his bumps and lumps and odd shape body didn’t matter. Now he’s as happy as can be and just can’t wait to meet his owner and start sharing some of his love and kindness.

Wishing you sunny Sundays full of love and kindness.

it’s been so long!

Hello!
I feel like it’s been an age since I posted something… and to be honest this isn’t going to be one of my normal posts full of finished glory. It’s a quick little ‘in-between’ post until I get a bit more time to finish what I’ve started… and as you’ll see, I tend to have a few things started at once. Fickle hey!
Life not only mimics the ups and downs of a rollercoaster but does have a way of picking up pace like a rollercoaster too. I think I’m on the screamingly fast downhill run at the moment! As soon as I get to the slow climb up, I’ll be back to post some finished glory I promise.


First up is going to be possibly the largest blanket I’ve ever knitted. The yarns are from Bendigo Woollen Mills and are just lovely. There’s some wool/bamboo blends and also some of their new luxury Persian blend which is wool/mohair/alpaca/silk. The colours are very earthy and masculine as I have the future recipient in mind as I create this random striped blanket.


Next up is a large crochet blanket. Using the lovely Persian blend again in this gorgeous earthy green. I can not say too much about this blanket as it might just be for someone special who happens to read this blog. I’m so not very good at being cryptic! Am sure it’s going to be completely obvious, but none the less this has been another project that I’ve been working on lately. Real post on this blanket coming soon!


Now this little number is a slice of pure luxury. It’s 100% pure silk yarn! So divine and silky (duh!) soft to work with. It’s actually so light I can hardly feel it in my hands, a bit like crocheting in a cloud. And I adore the colours, pastel-ish chartreuse and soft duck egg blue. These yarns are just some of the goodies I purchased at the recent Craft & Quilt Fair in Melbourne. Boy did I do some damage there! And the best bit was I got to go there with my dear sweet daughter and her lovely friend, both of whom are talented artistic inspirational young ladies. What a treat that was. PS. Where the morning light is hitting this yarn is more like it’s true colour.


Some of the softest yarn I’ve come across. This was another find at the Craft & Quilt Fair and I simply adore these colours together. The blend is equally beautiful with extra fine merino, silk and cashmere. Yes cashmere! I’ve never had anything with cashmere in it… and oh boy… it could be an expensive discovery is all I’m saying!


Now this is just a recent bargain find… a clearance table of Gutermann threads. What a find you say? Certainly was… 4 for $2 just couldn’t be ignored so I stocked up…as you do! I think I’ll be right for threads for a while what do reckon?


Now I’m going to leave you with a couple of photos from a recent sunrise. Who doesn’t love a sunrise hey? Seeing that glorious glowing sky in the morning really sets you in stead for the day doesn’t it?


So pretty. Do hope you are getting enough time to be crafty and finding time to do the things that soothe your soul.
Wishing you all a happy crafty weekend.

silk fans in the window seat


My silk fans WIP in the window seat. I’m lucky enough to have a gorgeous window seat to crochet in and this is my current project and favourite place to sit when the rain is drizzling. It’s a 10% silk, 90% cotton blend and I’m doing a brand new stitch that looks like lots of fans – super easy and very effective – gotta love that!


The beautiful view of the window seat looking upwards… so pretty. Have I ever mentioned my love for all things blue? I’m sure you could guess this just looking back on previous projects – blue dominates!


This is my other WIP… another sweet blossom cushion for my sweet sis. It’s the same cotton/silk blend as the silk fans WIP and is just waiting for me to sew up a cushion insert because I can’t find a round cushion insert anywhere… do you know where I can get any?


I know this isn’t craft or craft space but I just love my new camera. This photo was taken through the window, hence the soft foggy-ish look, but what I am so impressed with is the sharp focus on the rain drops… on the petals of the rose…through the window….through the rain… amazing don’t you think? I have much to learn to really get the most of my camera but when it take shots like this from a novice like me, I reckon that’s pretty impressive.

Crafting with suede, baby alpaca, wool & cotton


Jade Suede Clutch
Hand stitched with zip closure.


Concho detail


Building a little bag collection


Flower Headband
100% cotton


flower detail


Flowers, headbands, bits and bobs for potential headbands, broaches, bookmarks…
%100 cotton


Detail of Apple Flower Headband


Chunky Knit Scarf
50% Alpaca, 50% Wool


Softest Baby Alpaca Scarf. This chunky crochet scarf is silky soft to touch, light as a feather and so so warm!
100% Baby Alpaca


Granny Patch Blankie
100% Cotton, crocheted baby blanket


Little Bo Peep Bonnet
100% cotton, crochet