Friday, July 8, 2011

What's Making Me Happy?..............

I'm happy because I have finally finished this tea cosie/cozy/cosy !!

It's for a dear friend and was ordered some time ago.

Every time we caught up for coffee, I secretly hoped she wouldn't ask how it was going.........

Well, now it's done, hooray. I hope she likes it...........

I added a little more detail to the cups and teapot........

I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Now to the other 3 cosies on the list of UFO's...........

A few posts ago, I showed you how I made my Autumn Leaf Wreath.

Quite a few leaves were left over, so I decided to do a little more decorating with them.

I was hoping to create a 'windblown' effect............

We had friends visiting from Queensland on Wednesday night.
They commented on how lovely the leaves were.

For O/S readers, Queensland doesn't really have the 4 distinct seasons like we do here in Victoria.
They miss out on the beautiful Autumn colour and Spring bulbs, but then they don't get frosty mornings and cold weather like we do here and they can grow Mangoes and Avocados in their backyards.............How good would that be?

When I lived in Queensland I really missed the seasons, I was so happy to move back here and enjoy all those wonderful seasonal differences.

I'm happy because this beautiful Sasanqua Camellia has finally flowered for the first time.
It's been in the ground for oh, 3 years, but due to the drought, has struggled and looked very sad.

Last Summer all the rain we received kick started a growth spurt and now we have lovely delicate flowers.

No words needed for the above pic..........

Cheery Jonquils brightening up the kitchen.......... heady perfume, I just love them.

I planted half a dozen Jonquil bulbs when I lived in Queensland, hoping against hope that they would grow and actually did and that one flower perfumed the whole house.

As soon as you opened the front door you could smell the perfume.
It was at the time when we were selling our house and moving back to Victoria.
Certainly beat the good old percolated coffee aroma as a house selling tip........

Last but not least this DVD just happened to fall out of it's rack at the supermarket and land in my trolley..............really? Of course..........not!!

I saw this wonderful film at the cinema and loved every second of it.

If you haven't seen it, beg borrow or hire a copy, it's worth it.

Meryl Streep is brilliant as Julia Child along side Amy Adams who plays fledgling writer Julie Powell and Stanley Tucci is wonderful as Meryl's husband.


Things here in the Sweet Birdy Love household have been a little on the quiet side this week. Not alot of crafting going, still getting back into the swing of things.

No. 1 has been away in Melbourne visiting friends and doing some recording with them.
But he's home now and things are no longer quiet..............he bought a new amp.............

Don't get me wrong.......I'm more than happy to have him home, nothing like one of his hugs, he rests his chin on the top of my head.

Wasn't it just yesterday, when he was cradled in my arms?

I started back at work, after 3 weeks holidays...........I survived and didn't need retraining !!
Feet were a little sore after standing up all day, it was nice to get home, kick my shoes off and let out a sigh of relief.......

It's also been quite cold, well, cold for this neck of the woods, so time on the couch in front of the heater with a crochet project has been a must.

Reading your blog posts makes me happy too, seeing what you're all up to in different parts of the globe.

So thanks for popping by mine and if you have time to say 'hi', I always love to hear from you.

Till next time, take care,

Claire X


  1. The tea cosy is lovely! I know what it's like to have things you have to make, the thought is worse than the deed. I find getting started the hard bit then it wasn't so bad after all.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Pene x

  2. I love your applique on the tea cosy - so sweet!
    I hired Julie and Julia on dvd one night and love. Found it very uplifting : )

  3. Just thought I'd call in and say good morning! What a lovely posting. I love all these tea cosies but rarely use a teapot myself - teabag in a mug sort of person me - maybe I should make a mug cosy!!! Get the 'chin on head' from no1 thing. I'm hardly short myself and I still fit under the chin here too! Hope the feet are recovered. Best wishes.

  4. Hi Claire , love your camelia and the narsissi are so cheery. Yikes ...this means spring is heading your way already...this year is going so fast. Keep warm and keep your tea cozy , one day I would love to have a go at machine embroidery but in the mean time it's great to admire your beautiful work.
    Jacquie x

  5. your applique tea cozy is just wonderful, love the flowers too and i have a copy of that lovely film- really enjoyed it, especially the feeling of knowing she was a blogger ;0)

  6. You like to confuse me don't you?
    Surely it's still Winter over there and yet you've got narcissus out!
    One of my Zinnias (which I sowed because of your display) is just about to flower, I'll put a photo on my blog when it does.

    Love the tea cosy by the way.

  7. I'm confused too, why HAVE you got narcissus in your autumn/our summer/ not spring? Just as I think I'm getting it all sorted out...
    Thought your cat was an imitation foxfur at first glance!

  8. The camelia is so pretty! Glad it lasted through the drought! I know your friend will love that tea cozy! It's wonderful! It's always wonderful when the kids come home, even if they are noisy or messy or whatever. There is nothing like a mother's love.

  9. i was so HAPPY to see you at farmhouse kitchen...

    and julie made you something...i just adore julie and her work REALLY makes me HAPPY !!! i am so lucky to have her as a dear friend

    i am happy to stop by today...and the tea cozy is was this whole post...

    kary and teddy

  10. My camellia is just a bunch of sticks and a couple of yellow leaves. I think it's (shhhh) dead...

  11. Julie and Julia is pollys favourite film... She watches it over and over... She even has the cook book... We call your flowers daffodils they are our spring flowers they herald spring for us... Hope you are ok .. Every blessing H
    Ps just about to post another sermon on my other blog

  12. Cute cosy! Wishing you a happy week. :)

  13. Hmmmm, what a lovely, homely post this is! I absolutely LOVE the cosie - could you add one for me to your list of UFOs please, please, please? How amazing would that be - making myself a cup of tea using a cosie made by a friend I've never met, who lives on the other side of the world?!
    Emily x
    PS - my email is unravelledblog at yahoo dot co dot uk if you wanted to email me re the cosie


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