Saturday, February 26, 2011

Something in the Air..........

A month late, but who's counting?.........
This cushion was started back in January after I finished my 'foxy loxy' cushion.

Whilst the weather is still warm here, there is something in the air....... the heavy dew on the grass in the mornings, the cooler nights, the trees starting to change colour........

Autumn is making it's presence felt in so many ways.

This cushion was just begging to be made and I am very happy with how it turned out

The text reads:-

'No finer carpet was ever laid,
than that which
Autumns treasures made.'

I didn't have to search the internet for an appropriate saying, it just popped into my head and I quickly stitched it into place before it disappeared again........

Here it is on the couch in the snug.
A place where I like to spend some quality time, now that No.1 has moved his myriad of guitars, didges and other musical paraphernalia and I can reclaim parts of it......

A little bit of this has been taking place too.
I was going to do loads of granny squares an then sew them together, but knowing myself a little too well, thought I would be better off sticking to the one square.

I am enjoying the rhythm once I get into it and it's very addictive.
I tuck my crochet bag under my wing when I head off somewhere and start hooking away as soon as I am seated, having coffee in town, lunch break at work, you name it......
I figure the more I do and the quicker it grows, then the better the chance that IT WILL get finished.
Just need to head over to Spotlight and grab some more wool, when it is on special.....

And don't worry it's not your eyesight, the square is a little off centre and I am not sure what happened and where, but if you look a little closer the first 4 rounds, have gone awry.

It wasn't until a little too late down the track that I realised this.
Mind you, I do like wonky lines, but more in my sewing rather than my crochet.

When it's all finished and casually thrown over the arm of the couch or someone is snuggling up underneath it, it really won't matter will it?.........

Oh, nearly forgot to do all you creative crochet types deal with your ends?
I have managed to crochet some in when adding a new colour, but would like to hear from you about any tips you may have.

Check out these wonderful little stickers I found in our local newsagents yesterday.
How could I resist these little cuties?

I love 'woodlandy' creatures and themes etc.. they just had to come home with me.
Not sure where I am going to stick them, or if I will even use them but for $2.00 I am getting a lot of pleasure out of looking at these and I wouldn't be surprised if a cushion appeared with a woodland theme........

Just had to add a pic from the garden, after all the pruning and chopping was done on Monday, I can now take a better pic of the beautiful Belladonna Lillies.

They sit there for months half in, half out the ground doing nothing at all, making me think they are d .e. a. d.
Then a little stalk, a smidge of greenery starts to appear and I think 'hmm, there is life in there after all' Before I know it there are beautiful blooms.
It seems that quick, I don't even notice the buds about to blossom..........

They belonged to my late mum, I bought them back to my garden and gave them a home.
The little statue in the pic is Curtsy Girl also from mums garden.
My mum had a green thumb and just loved her garden, that's where she directed her creativity.

I have inherited some of that from her and also her haphazard garden design too........

Beautiful memories of mum are scattered around my garden, making me smile and think of her.

There was mist rising from the dam and heavy dew on the grass. I had to put my boots on to go and feed the chooks.
There was a cool edge to the morning air ..............

I love Autumn and welcome it's presence.


To be entered in a fab giveaway just head over to visit Jules at Little Woollie blog.

She is one creative lady who know how to whip up some wonderful creatures with a crochet hook and yarn. Her giveaway is open to everyone she will post o/s but you must enter before March 7th. So don't dilly dally, head over there right now.

Oh hey, wait a minute .........hey waaaaaait a minute I haven't quite finished.

Well, that's another week over, I have to stop and think what I got up to. Yes, it's been a productive and creative week, a great combination.

Closer to home just 'across the ditch' as they say.
The terrible earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand has been on my mind and thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by it.

While life goes on around here as usual, I realise that for some people, things will never, ever be the same. So I count my blessings and appreciate all that I have.

For a wonderful post with a little insight into what makes us tick pop over to read Anne's 23rd February post at Ungardened Moments . It's food for thought.

So thankyou for your comments and thanks for visiting. I hope your week has been full of creative and productive moments and you have a wonderful weekend, recharge your batteries ready to face the coming week.

Till next time, take care,

Claire X


  1. Great post as always Claire ,
    love your cushion and the words you added...perfect.
    Your granny square is great and doesn't look wonky to me ....the portability of crochet is one of the main reasons I love it ...I carry it round the house with me and take it when we visit relatives .
    About the ends....I would def sew them in ...crocheting over them will only work loose and drive you mad later :0)
    As always your part of the world looks lovely and your lilies are gorgeous.
    I read Anne's post...very thought provoking.
    Jacquie x

  2. Hi Claire,
    I love your cushion and the verse that just popped into your head. Perhaps you should take a notebook and pen with you as well as your crochet in case more verse pops into your head. :) Another creative outlet?
    I like your crochet square. I sew my yarn ends in, it's the joining a new colour I have trouble with. Still haven't quite worked it out.
    I had to laugh when you mentioned the lillies. Mine popped out the ground in a matter of days. One minute there was nothing and today they are in bud. They sure get a move on don't they?
    Thanks for putting up a link to my post, much appreciated.
    Enjoy your week,
    Anne xx

  3. I love the cushion, and the verse is beautiful! Maybe you should add poet to your repertoire? The crochet looks great, not sure what to do with the ends, I'm still trying to get my head around joining a new colour in!
    The lilies look gorgeous, they are one of my favourite flowers, so pretty and elegant, but fairly tough at the same time!
    Have a great weekend! :) x

  4. Great cushion and your verse is really good.
    The lilies are beautiful.

  5. Oh, I LOVE the cushion. Just gorgeous!! And look at all your flowers and grass... we've got a little longer to go before the snow disappears.

  6. Wow, so talented Claire. Loved seeing those special lilies too, we are just starting to get snowdrops and crocus opening out here, as winter finally gives way to spring. My thoughts and prayers have been with the people in Christchurch too.....

  7. It seems strange to me that you are on the edge of Autumn while over here Spring has just got her toe in the door. I love your cushion, Claire. The leaf colours are gorgeous! The people of Christchurch are in my thoughts and prayers too.

  8. Beautiful Garden. Beautiful Pillow. Beautiful Granny Square. Anxiously awaiting spring where we are. Only about three weeks away!

  9. Lovely cushion Claire - I wish I could master the art of free-motion machine stitching, but alas so far, not much success! Lovely verse to go along with the beautiful applique tree. I've just realised your location by reading your previous posts! Hopefully I'll be able to post about my endeavours with 'keys and tweed' sometime soon :)
    Alison x

  10. Wonky or not, I love your granny square, the colours are gorgeous. Alas I am rubbish at crochet. Loving the cushion too. Thank you so much for your kind comments over at mine xx

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