Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Adventure Begins.....

A year full of 



and creativity

 stretches ahead of us girls.

Are you excited?

I am and I look forward to sharing 2013 with you all.

The weather is warming up, we're looking at 40 deg. tomorrow eek!!
  Sulphur Crested Cockatoos  have been making their presence heard out in our paddocks for the past week. 
 Circling the house and screeching loudly when disturbed.
I'm worried they have their beady eyes on our ripening nectarines!!
Today, I stayed in aircond. comfort, plugged in the sewing machine for the first time this year and turned one into a pincushion!!
 I think there might be a flock of them here by the end of the weekend. Thankfully these aren't the noisy variety!!

With neither map nor compass I am heading in to new territory this year.....I think it's called an adventure!!

I'm enjoying the process and finding my way slowly.
No rights or wrongs, just following my instincts.

The holidays have passed and things were very relaxed in the 
SBL household.
 Christmas week was very pleasant weather wise and Boxing Day was spent with family relaxing by the Ovens River at Mt. Beauty...

 Home grown Nectarines were picked to share with friends.

Stone fruit would have to be my Summer favourites.
Sun warmed and eaten straight from the tree, what could be tastier?
The excess will be poached and put in the freezer to enjoy later in the year.
Let's head outside to see what's happening, grab your hat......

As the temps rise and things slow down in the garden, Gardenia Radicans come into their own.
These sweetly perfumed flowers find their way onto my bedside table and into the bathroom.
I love the pure white of these little gems. today and gone tomorrow, but a stunning
colour to enjoy whilst in bloom.
They don't seem to mind the heat at all.

The Hollyhocks, continue to flower and this lovely pink bloom reminds me of delicate, crepe paper flowers made in primary school.
Two big, fat buds behind the bloom are waiting to burst open.
Love the little 'frill' running vertically on them.

The Cherry Toms are ready.....

A few roses I picked to avoid burning in the heat.
Apart an initial burst of flowering they have slowed down, so it's nice to be able to pick enough to bring indoors again.

The first Zinnia of the season popped it's head up on the last day of 2012......

I've been thinking about the new year and what it might bring quite a bit.
I set myself a few goals...
 One of them is to to knit a pair of socks this year and I see that I'm not alone in this goal. 
I've been inspired by Alison over at Tweed Delights  who knitted two pairs of socks recently and can now join the 
'Sock Knitters' club....

Using time wisely and being more focused is another.....
it will be interesting to see how I go with that one.

I now have a 'Sweet Birdy Love' page on Facebook.  
If you would like to visit take the link, 'Like' my page and you will receive my updates.
I will put a Facebook buttony thing on my blog once I have figured that one out.....all tips gratefully received.

Well, here's to the start of something wonderful, thanks for visiting and I hope you are all well and enjoying the new year.

Take care,

Claire x


  1. Hi, I'm a new follower and would just like to say that I love your blog. The things you make are beautiful and it's also really nice to see sunny pictures and beautiful flowers because here in the UK the weather is miserable at the moment.
    Kind Regards

  2. Hi Claire,
    thank you, some sunshine and flowers are very welcome. I wish you fun and excitement on your new adventures.
    Love Cxxx

  3. Happy New Year Claire. I hope all your goals and plans for 2013 become a reality. Lovely to see your garden and your first Zinnia. Stay cool as the temperature soars.
    Anne xx

  4. I love your 'in' and 'out' posts, where you show what you've been creating and also the nature that inspires you! I alway come away a little lighter, and secretly wishing I could draw! Have a creative 2013! :) x

  5. "Using time wisely" words to live by and sentiment to aspire to. I am determined to reduce my stash this year. I WILL not buy any more fabric or wool!

  6. Happy New year...glad at least the garden is thriving in the heat...we have had a cool reprieve for a few days. Hey a friend of ours spent Christmas with his family in Mt Beauty..I said I was sounds like a really lovely place.
    Look forward to seeing all your new plans unfold in 2013.

  7. I like your goal of "using time wisely". I struggle with that daily. Good luck on your socks and thanks for the lovely sunshiny photos. Here in Tennessee in the US, it's dreary and cold.

  8. Hi Claire! Very excited to follow your progress again this year - always so lovely to see what you are making, and so inspiring! Fabulous goals for 2013 - thankyou for mentioning my sock knitting journey, it's been so much fun, I want everyone to make them LOL! Happy New Year to you and your family - here's to a super creative 2013 :)
    Alison xx

  9. What a beautiful post Claire! It all looks so sunny and bright. Happy to hear you had a good Christmas and are looking forward to new things to come. The bird you embroidered looks just lovely!!

    Madselief x

    Almost forgot to wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Sparkling New Year!

  10. I'm excited! It does feel like there will be lots of opportunities not to miss....I know I feel full of anticipation for 2013.

    Your flowers look lovely, the roses are in the best place where you can enjoy them at their best, I remember doing the same when it was our summertime.

  11. There's always some sort of surprise in your garden ... cockatoos!! I know they can be so noisy as pets, but think it would be amazing to hear (& see!) them in the wild. I love the 'quiet' pin cushion and your birdie wall hanging, and I think they ARE perfect :) Happy New Year Claire ... I like your sock-knitting goal, and think I might join you on that one (I keep dipping a toe in, but the water seems too deep!) Wendy

  12. Hi Claire - I so enjoy reading your posts - there is always something dazzling! Loving your sewing projects, I'm sure this will be a great year for you craft wise. I don't do FB, but can I just say, I am so glad that I found you and your lovely blog in 2012! Wishing all the best for the New Year to you and yours. cheers Wendy

  13. Claire, your bird projects are wonderful! I love all the gorgeous flowers growing in your garden. And nectarines are one of my favorites. I always enjoy seeing the scenery pictures too. It's so pretty where you live.

  14. Why is summer such hard work? ;) It's supposed to reach 46*C here in the Ranges today, making it an offical heatwave with around another 10 or so to go. Is there any reprieve from the weather in sight for you?
    Stay cool!

  15. It's lovely to see your sunny flower pictures; makes me think Spring won't be that far away.

    I hope 2013 is a good year for you and you achieve all your goals.

  16. I love your cockatoo, and one of my resolutions is to spend more time learning to machine embroider. Your beautiful sewing is very inspirational.

  17. so glad I popped over from knitsofacto! Love the embroidered birds---your cockatoo is magnificent!!! and enjoyed your garden tour....we're just recovering from a bit of snow, so it was a nice refreshing peek into the future!!!

  18. Yes, excited by a new year!! Love your cockatoo pincushion!! And your birdy wallhanging. Hope you do better than I did with the socks ; -)

  19. Hey there Claire - a late response to your post, but I am behind on blogreading. I need to work on my "using time wisely" skills. :)

    Wonderful pincushion - your cockatoo looks very jaunty and lifelike. And I like your birdy hanging too - the thread on the spool is fascinating. Is that just frayed fabric strips?

    I covet those nectarines. :) And your roses are so gorgeous, especially that very old-fashioned looking pink one just jammed with petals.

    I too hope to knit a pair of socks in 2013. I'm thinking of hosting a knit-along, if you're interested. I plan to use a very simple formula (it's not even a pattern) by Elizabeth Zimmermann for my socks - just simple ribbing and no fancy bits. At least for the first pair. :)


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