Tuesday, May 25, 2010

One Perfect Day

How would you describe your perfect day?

Well today was a perfect day for me.

I slept in till 8am, the room was dark as it was a cloudy morning. It had been raining during the night... rain on a tin roof, bliss!

Breakfast in bed ( actually I do that every morning!!) looking out at the hills swathed in low swirling cloud.

A few domestic duties to get out of the way, followed by a coffee made using the coffee machine. Yes, I think I have mastered it!! A little 'surfing' on the net to see what everyone is up to and then plug in the machine and sew to my hearts content.

Sitting inside with the wood heater going, looking out at the rain, clouds and the last of the Autumn colour, it was just wonderful, peaceful and I feel very blessed to have been able to do so.

Here is the finished Autumn tea cosy.
I lined it with a burnt orange cotton. 'twas a bit of a fiddle at first but then the brain kicked in, I thought about it for a few minutes, changed my whole plan of action and it worked out beautifully.
Will either sell it through the local gallery or on my little market stall, but at the moment I just want to look at it and enjoy the picture.

Back view - quote reads:- 'The creation of a thousand forests is one acorn ' by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I love it and when you think about it ...............

Here is another already on the go, I think I need to add another leaf or two.

The quote on the back ( sorry no photo) reads :- 'I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers' - Claude Monet.
I love tulips, I remember buying a pack of bulbs and growing them when I was a teenager, I was so proud of them.
Finally, I finished a pincushion I started a few weeks ago. I bought the button for it and then misplaced it......found it last night and finished it off, very satisfying to get another UFO off the list!!

View of the mountains through my kitchen door, taken about 11.30am.

The Wisteria has turned a lovely gold, it covers a walk way to the chook house -Cluckingham Palace. Underneath there is a beautiful golden carpet of leaves. To the right are the espalliered fruit trees and a pear is colouring up nicely. So much beauty around in Autumn, you can't help but be inspired by it.

Out through the kitchen door is a weeping cherry and it has the most beautiful range of reds, yellows and oranges.
Sometimes I wish I were a painter or a poet so I could capture the beauty around me in either a picture or with words, but all I can do is take a photo to share with you.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to take a walk through the Botanic gardens in Albury.Something I haven't done for quite a long time. It was a beautiful sunny day and I took my camera to capture some of it's beauty.
Don't you just love the combination of dusky pink and lime green in these hydrangeas?

This is a beautiful Gingko Biloba -Maidenhair tree in the foreground. With the sun shining it was positively glowing. You can see the beautiful carpet beneath it.

In the background you can make out a Nyssa Sylvatica -Tupelo, gorgeous reds and oranges.

Love this photo, the colours, the palms in the background and the old world lamp in the foreground.
There were quite a few people making use of the gardens which was lovely to see. Families having picnics, someone having a birthday party, young couples enjoying each others company and me and my camera.
Ah, when my boys come home, guess where I am taking them?

I hope that you have been able to enjoy 'a perfect day' recently.
No matter what the season even in the middle of a drought, there is beauty! All it takes is for us to stop and take the time to look.
Inspiration is all around us hope you have been able to put pen to paper, paint to canvas or thread to fabric and create something that inspires others.
As I don't have an etsy shop if you are inspired by anything I make and would like to own it, please email me.
Thankyou for dropping by and leaving a comment, I appreciate them all and it's lovely to think that someone who lives on the other side of this globe, has taken the time read my blog and spend some time in my 'neck of the woods'
Have a wonderful week, till next time.
Claire X


  1. Oh, Claire...that tree tea cozy is wonderful! Thanks for the relaxing narrative of your laid-back morning. I feel relaxed now ;-) Autumn is my favorite season and it seems so strange that we are just heating up here in Virginia..just the opposite of you. Keep the great photos coming and think about me while you sip coffee and gaze at your mountains.
    your friend,

  2. Fabulous cozy, and the yellow leaved tree with the lamp post reminds me of The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. Its so pretty there.

  3. It seems quite strange - here we're on the edge of summer and over where you live - you're on the edge of winter. I love all those pictures. Very impressed also with that gorgeous tea cosy and pin cushion. You must be well chuffed with those Claire. I think the one with the tulips actually looks fine as it is - too many leaves might distract the overall picture.. maybe .... I love the quotes you embroider on the backs.

  4. Love the tea cosy. I am very impressed with 'cluckinham palace'. My Daughter in law has just one chicken - named Lady Rosalie Orpington. Perhaps she needs a palace!

  5. Hi Claire,
    Thank you so much for your good wishes.
    Beautiful work.
    Your tree pictures are interesting in colour and shape.
    I love seeing trees from different parts of the world,thank you for sharing these.
    M xx

  6. That does sounds like a wonderful day indeed.
    Your Autumn tea cozy is stunning. I love that tree so much. I'm not at all surprised you are feeling inspired by your surroundings, your place is looking gorgeous.

  7. sighhhh...officially jealous...I can feel the autumny warmth from your photo's...and the tea cosie is just perfect madam! x:)

  8. Lovely tea cosy and a spectacular view from your kitchen! I think you've caught the spirit of your cherry tree in the cosy design, there is more than one way of being an artist :)

  9. Love your work Claire - the book covers and tea cosies and especially the tulips.

    A Ginko biloba grows in St Ives, well away from its native Japan, which probably explains why it never turns the beautiful golden shade that you have captured. Bye and best wishes, Lesley

  10. Heya, thanks everyone for dropping by and leaving a comment, makes my heart skip a little when I see "I have mail".
    It was a perfect day and I enjoyed every minute of it. Believe it or not I pretty much got to do it all over again four days later on Saturday. Well actually it was only half a day but it was balm for the soul.

  11. Hi,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I have enjoyed reading yours very much. Love the tea cosy. x


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