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Monday, December 31, 2012

Annus Horribilis

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It is almost 2013 and I have to say I am not sorry to see the end of 2012.  It has been a tough year for us.  There have been a few highlights but generally it has not been a good year.  Business has just limped along and the financial problems have overshadowed the whole year.  I have tried to stay in the moment but it has been a challenge.  

It has meant that the lows have left me feeling drained and struggling to keep up a positive outlook.  I have felt that I am letting everyone down because I am usually the driving force in the family.  Everyone seems to look to me for direction and some days that has been too much responsibility.

My whole system is out of whack and the energy of this year has at times left me really low.  My blogging has probably suffered the most.  I have taken lots of photos but just haven't had the energy to transcribe that into a post.  Instagram was joined in April and I have found support from that community and have shared there instead of my blog.

I am unsure of my direction in 2013?  I do feel that it will be a better year so we shall see.  I am not going to put pressure on myself and say I will blog more often.  I am hoping that will be a natural progression as the year unfolds.

So as our beautiful Queen said a few years ago, it was 'Annus Horribilis' !!

Goodbye 2012!    Here is my year in photos ....







Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year to you, I hope 2013 is good for us all.

Love and Blessings




Thursday, December 13, 2012

Post Script


Yes Billy and I had a lovely time in Cairns.  Thank you for all your kind wishes.

We had a nice walk along the Esplanade and then a delicious dinner at a Balinese Restaurant whilst the  boys had a great day swimming in the pool and playing with their cousins back on the Tablelands.

Here is the Ink we got for those who were keen to see.  We are both very happy with the results.




                                          12/12/12




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/12/12





Today is our 12th wedding anniversary, how amazing is that!  What a lucky number day this is.  My brother and his family are up here for a holiday so Billy and I are taking advantage and leaving the boys with Uncle Ian and escaping to Cairns for the day for a new tattoo and a dinner date.

I hope you have a lovely 12/12/12 too   :-)


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hello from Lucy

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Have you been wondering where Lucy has got to?


Looks like she is head over heels about celebrating her second Thanksgiving in America!

Head on over to her BLOG and see her last few posts and catch up with all her exciting news, goodness she just went through Hurricane Sandy....she certainly hasn't helped my grey hairs!




Thursday, November 15, 2012

Solar Eclipse

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Yesterday we were lucky enough to be in the area of the Solar Eclipse.  Unfortunately we live behind a hill and as the eclipse was just after sunrise I decided that we would watch from home instead of driving to a flat place for a better view.  My youngest has been brewing a bug and getting up super early and standing out in the cold and wet probably wasn't worth the risk even for a Solar Eclipse.  We also watched the webcam that had been set up on the coast so the boys still got a pretty good idea of what was going on.

Here is how it changed our place....


 It was quite eerie at the moment of full eclipse.  It went quiet and still and it was a strange light.  My baby chicks put themselves back to bed but the other animals didn't seem too bothered by it.  It only lasted two minutes and then the light slowly came back.  It was actually darker here after the eclipse than before because of the cloud cover.


I finished a Doily rug that had been sitting in the WIP pile for a while.  This one is a bamboo/wool yarn and its about 30 √≠nches across.  I really like this pattern, its a fun crochet.  Its called Willow by Lisa at Goodknits  you can find the pattern here.


This one was also in the pile but its the one I'm making for myself.  I had almost finished it by the time we left the pool yesterday but I ran out of yarn with only 6 shells to go!!  I have ripped back four rows and am crocheting at a tighter tension and hopefully that will free up the small amount of yarn I need to finish. Keep your fingers crossed for me...  
This one is much bigger and I am using a super snuggly cotton blend.  Can't wait to be able to snuggle in my chair with this lap rug.





Thursday, November 8, 2012

Its Wovember

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Time is slipping away from me again and its been a while between posts.  Why is life so fast these days?  What is the rush?  I wish I could go back in time a bit and slow it all down.  I sometimes feel like I'm on a giant slippery slide with me just whooshing down it and life rushing past in a blur....



I made this felted Mo for Movember and I made it out of wool because it is also Wovember.  Remember Wovember?  Its all about Wool!  
Real Wool comes from Real Sheep... I love it!

Here is the link for Wovember, pop over and read all the great articles all about Wool.  Where it comes from, how its processed, what wool different breeds produce.  Lots and lots of great information and some fabulous photos too.

I just looked back through my photos for October and I have been doing a lot.  
I seem to post more on Instagram these days and find I am keeping a visual diary rather than a bloggy one.  Good news is that Instagram is now on the web and you can join in on your computer should you choose too.  Here is the link if you would like to check me out!  Baamekniits on Instagram.

I will leave you with a little taste of what has been happening here in the Tropics of Far North Queensland on our little hobby farm  

Happy days....


Serenity Seat with Meggsie, its a bit of a ritual with the two of us now...

 Tess getting a cuddle from her favourite man...

 Then she discovered Meggsie in her yard...

I yarnbombed the Bikini Tree for the Folk Festival again this year...

I also awarded ribbons to the winners at a local Cutting Competition...

Mother hen hatched her babies...

I just adore baby chicks...

Monty and I went riding, a number of times...

The Jacaranda's have been blooming...

Storms are brewing...

Zues our male stud Jack Russell came to live with us full time.  So now we are three (and Petal is pregnant)...

 The boys have been sewing...

Kitty, Sew cute!!...

Best of all we have a new calf.  Dierdre had no trouble this year and has calved a lovely bull calf...

 Meeting the equine gang...


His name is Casper.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  
I am hopeful that the rest of this month will let me have a bit of a breather but we all know what is looming just around the corner so I think a rest is wishful thinking....















Thursday, October 18, 2012

Olek - Cult Street Artist

 Check out the great work of International Yarn Bomber Olek and read about her fundraising mission below.  

Olek you are my Hero!

 Samsung teams up with cult street artist and international yarnbomber Olek. Taking a creative taxi on a tour of Britain, Olek leaves a trail of her signature neon crochet at landmarks across the country.





The sad thing is that anyone of us could find ourselves in the same situation as Olek, it just goes to show how much still needs changing in our world. Read Olek's story here and there are links from her site if you would like to donate to her cause.


OLEK REEL 2011-2012 from olek on Vimeo.





Monday, October 15, 2012

Wool Week

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Yes its Wool Week and I am passionate about wool. 

I thought I would share a quick tutorial on a really cute way to jazz up your wool sweaters that you have in your cupboard or like me you got from the Op Shop.

 First you need a wool sweater....



and some felting supplies... 

-Wool roving, 
-foam block for felting onto, 
-needle felting needle and holder (if you have one, you    don't need it but it does hold a few needles at once so it  makes the process a bit quicker), 
-any cookie cutter shape you like.



 Step One.  Put on your sweater and mark with pins where the bend in the elbow is....


Step Two.  Insert the foam block inside the sleeve so you have something soft to push the needle into and place cookie cutter over the elbow where you have marked with the pins....


Step Three.  Place pins all around the outside edge of the cookie cutter to help hold it in place whilst you are felting....


 Step Four.  Take some roving and a sharp needle felting needle and begin pushing the roving onto the sweater with the needle felting needle.  

BE CAREFUL, THAT NEEDLE IS SHARP!



I have a holder which holds  5 needles at the same time so I used that to start me off,  you just need it to get the roving 'stuck' to your sweater, its not essential.  You can work with one needle and get the same effect it just takes a little longer....


Keep going until you have filled in your shape and have good coverage....


Step Five.  Remove the cookie cutter and neaten up any wonky or thin edges. Just use a single needle to do this, you have more control of the effect....

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My sweater was particularly  thin on one elbow.  I had to reinforce it with some grey roving after I had made my yellow heart because it was starting to get a hole at the top of the heart. 
There are endless possibilities as to what you can do and wool is very forgiving....


See you cant even see a difference!  

Finally give your new sweater a good block with steam, you can just hold your iron a few centimeters away from the wool to do this.  It plumps up all the wool and hides all the needle felting marks.

This is my go-to Yoga sweater now, I love the sunny hearts on my elbows.  Its changed the whole sweater from boring..... to WOW!!!






Looks like I am not the only one inspired by Wool Week....