Monday, July 21, 2014

Bed socks and cough drops.....

Hello, Hope you had a wonderful weekend x

Mine was full of bed socks and cough drops and lazy days of rest,, and crochet,, so it wasn't all bad ;)
I while ago I had my first attempt at crocheting socks, not the best attempt, my stitch count was all over the place, but I had fun learning and they are still wearable haha and warm.

I used a pattern I found on YouTube Here at Glama's if you would like to try :)

I made mine shorter and added a little edging...
I think I will be having another go at them for next winter . I am a slow learner of crochet so my project list had been very limited,, granny square blankets to be precise lol :)... but lately I have been a crazy crochet addict and getting a little more confident along the way,,  I have found some great tutorials and patterns on this here interweby so I'll be sharing as I find and complete a project...

I am feeling Much better on this beautiful monday, so I have made the bed and put the cough drops out of reach for now :) its amazing what a good rest and relax can do for you ...

while I'm on about crochet I had a go at these house slippers too,, again my stitch count is all wrong but they fit and kept the bottom of my feet warm as I have been shuffling around the cottage ;)
 You can find the pattern for them HERE at knotyournanascrochet ,,once again I changed it a little ( or didn't finish it all :) .. I opted for a colour granny square and not the extra heart on top :)...

I have since been out to spotlight and got myself some sweet little stitch markers so I'm all set to keep hooking in the round till my hearts content ....

I am that addicted to crochet that I have a special car blanket going :) its for my new lil car and I only do it in the car ( haha ,,, only when Jim's driving though,,,on the account that he says I do not have a passenger or back seat drivers licence so could I kindly not tell him how to drive lol) Lucky I don't get car sick and can get a lot of crochet done in the car
Yesterday the sun was shining so I moved my bedroom antics out onto the lawn, sorted my suit case full of the wool stash kind, found lots of unfinished crochet projects in there too,,, Ooh and finished off one of them,, a big round granny cover for my ugly ottoman :) tell ya about that later ....
Catch ya on the other side of the rainbow Lovelies
Until next adventure
Take care

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A bit about Chicken soup and chunky crochet blankies ( I learnt to crochet Vstitch *yay*)

 Howdy ,,
Its been a drizzly kind of day here at the cottage, bits of patchy cloud, splashes of rain here and there,,,, But I did capture this beautiful rainbow this morning brightening it all up.....

The flue bug has attached itself to me of late and I just can't seem to shake it.
 Time to get with it and practice what I preach ;) "Get some good o'l Home made chicken and vegetable soup into you".
 as a child I remember going with my mother to help her cook and distribute Meals on Wheels, I loved visiting with the older people and seeing their smiles as we set about dishing up their meals or popping it in the fridge for later, then just staying a spell for a cuppa and chat... I remember a few Dear oldies , it was so exciting as a child listening to the stories being told over and over again and seeing beautiful smiles cross softened faces as memories come flooding back,, to watch twinkling eyes light up when we came to the door.
Sweet memories,,,,

Where was I???

Oh yes,,, chicken soup,,  their chicken and veg soup was delicious and I was allowed a bowl for helping, But not to big a bowl ( Mum used to say) as its for the old people to make them feel better ! .. But thats ok cause mum used to cook it for me to and it was just as delish xx
Anyways many years down the track when I started my own family and one of us was feeling poorly I rang and asked mum how to cook the meals on wheels chicken soup, she simply said :

Cover with water and boil up some chicken pieces with an onion, wash and soak some dry soup mix you know the sort with the split peas, barley and lentils , peel and chop up some good fresh veg, make sure you add diced turnip, parsnip and celery for the real flavours. once chicken is cooked remove chicken pieces from pot and strip meat from bone, throw meat back into pot with the veg and drained dry soup mix and boil for a bit,  then simmer until veg is tender.
(Yep thats pretty much how I wrote it down as mum told me over the phone ;)
 and thats it,, The bestest ever tasting ( I think so anyways) Simple , fresh home made chicken and veg soup.

Now as I sat Bowl full of chicken soup, reading through my favourite blogs I came across a post from a lovely blogger ( I also follow her on instagram and Facebook lol) anyways she has been making these most wonderful crochet baby blankets from a crochet stitch called Vstitch..
Well I had this ever so chunky wool I had no idea what I was going to do with until... well Thats it!!! so I stitched up this mega chunky blanket in a weekend ,,oh yes I did :)
(This is with a chunky wool and a size 7 hook)
I will share ;) So here is the ins and outs > you can find My dear friend Heather here at thepatchworkheartuk Her crochet is just beautiful,,,,,and as Heather said on her blog if you google Vstich crochet there are plenty of tutorials on how its done...
 If you can crochet *Yay Happy hooking* and if you haven't learnt yet ,, well what are you waiting for ;) this Vstitch is very easy , even if you only know the basics of crochet,, and it stitches up lovely and quick.... But be warned "It is addictive,, very very addictive"..

                       Here is a little Sneak Peek at the Vstitch knee rug I started yesterday, think I'll call her Vintage girl ;) . (This is with an 8ply acrylic wool and a size 3.5 hook)
Until next adventure
Take care

Monday, July 14, 2014

Coffee is not good for an old lap top computer

I sit here tapping away on this little beauty , she is a Apple macbook pro I've named Stitch ( on the account that I bought it second hand and it has a character "stitch" sticker from Lilo and stitch on it)
My poor old PC has seen better days ( a few to many coffee's on its keyboard ) and given up...
So I am very slowly learning this computer, I have been trying to get this blog post sorted all weekend lol... but I am up and running again yay... I will not be drinking my cuppas near this one thats for sure

School holidays is over and my baby girls have gone home, we had so much fun tea partying and crafting and just hanging out chilling and chatting,, Ooh and Uncle Brandon set up this tyre swing for us to play on...
The mornings have been a little chilly but the days have been crisp blue sky and wonderful warming winter sun, I have been playing around in my new photo editing apps ( woot woo , I can down load onto my computer from apple, who'd of thunk?? or am I just that slow with technical stuff??)....
Anyways I am having fun learning something new every day....
As you can see there has been a lot of snuggly coat and boot wearing along with big bowls of home made chicken soup ;)
Sitting here was a happy little weekend past time of mine, just listening to the sounds of the country side and watching the leaves flutter down , soaking in the winter sun with steaming cup of coffee and a bit of crochet on the side...

More sitting ,, Oh yes, there is always more sitting,, inside the cottage has been like a freezer so I have been sitting in front of this baby warming my toes and just getting caught up in the wonderful warming amber flicker of its flame effect ,, one day we might have a real wood burning or gas heater but for now this one is keeping me happy :)
there has been more playing back in instagram from my iPhone, I took this one for the photo challenge a day word "interior",,, The way into the only toot in the cottage is through our bedroom, this little room I have named the waiting room ;)
Well my Dears its time I go off my toosh and got some order in this shabby old cottage,, I have some crochet projects to finish off and share with you, I will try and link where I found the inspiration and patterns... So ill be off to learn some more computerish stuff and check back in soon xx

Thanks ever so much for popping in :)

Until next adventure
Take care

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A new friend named Flash

Hello From Avondale cottage where the bee's are busy and all smells of Lavender...
 (mm well that and chicken soup at the moment because as I write there is lovely big fresh home made pot of it bubbling away on the stove)

 I have some exciting news, see that cool in focus out focus lovely photo above,, well that is made wonderfully cool because I have a new awesome friend ,, I've named her Flash and she is a Canon 700D

I have been happily snapping ( I Just had to get a shot of her to show you so I used my iPhone .. I kinda really like this shot ;))

I have been Lusting and swooning over these cameras for a while but had to save save save and yay the saving paid off ( well,,,that and a wonderful Hubby and his sweet talking for deals to the sales guy ;)

There have been lots of accidental shots ,, some I find interesting enough to keep lol                                 

some I have tried hard to capture something flying somewhere ?? but instead ended up with a half cottage and a wonderful moon .... sometimes I think my best shots are random pot shots....

Here I was sitting on the lounge last night taking night shots and flicking through functions, the colours are coming out so clear. I knew I wanted needed this camera but wow she makes me excited with the functions on her ..

Pft Tiara giving me the "enough with the flashing " face lol ... Ok Ok I will put it away T ( for now) xxxx

I was up Bright and sparkly this morning to a chilly but beautiful sunrise... I didn't venture far from the cottage back door this time, But the weather man is saying we are getting more frost over night and I would so love to capture that :) I will be pulling on my boots in the morning to run around silly and click click click...

Still this morning was spectacular

It is such a lovely part of the day ,, the icy breeze on my face certainly woke me up and made me feel alive...

I am finding that no matter what I am doing I will pick up the camera to have a play , snap this or try to focus that ...( will that ever wear off?? I cant see it happening any-time soon)

OOH,,, I can get sort of good looking photos of what I'm cooking, you know for this lil blog and pinterest and instagram and well yeah just cause I can haha

I started practising today,,,, I made rock cakes .... ( not practising the cooking , no haha the photo taking ,,, although I prob could do with a bit of cooking practice!)

well Yes,, of course I had my Camera handy .....maybe now I will put more recipes up on here , with awesome blog worthy photos that make everything look so wonderful..... mmmmm maybe I need a bit more practice on the styling side of things ,,but I think I am getting there ;)

Pip photo bombed one of my shots last night ,, this is the end result after taking a photo on my phone, off the screen of my canon camera and then putting it through a few apps and filters lol ... but he is just so darn cute I couldn't help myself but share xxx
Well my lovelies xx I'm off to forever capture that wonderful thing that is life.....
Until next Adventure
Take Care

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Just life at the cottage and stuff x

Hello xx

Welcome back to my little world at Avondale cottage
Life here at the cottage has been a mix of Full on , then lazy, then busy, then back to lazing again,,, wonderful visitors have come and gone, there have been highs and lows but always lots of laughs and loads of love....
 there has been snuggling by the fire ( mm well really its a flame effect heater but to me , with my rose coloured glasses and glass half full sort of brain, its a wonderful sparkly crackling toe warming fire ;))

There has been family visits with home cooked meals including fresh produce from our veg garden and daily egg collecting from our lovely hens , all enjoyed around the dining room table + board game nights and long chit chats were had here xox
 followed by more toe warming , knitting , crochet and family time spent in this snugly spot.
 Gardening has been a wonderful time to while away the hours ( or is it wile away?) anyways a wonderful time to just be out enjoying a few hours doing not much.. on our beautiful Queensland sunny winter days
 and tea taking out on the lawn in the sun has been featured highly on our day to day life here at the cottage
 in amongst all the visitors I have been learning amigurumi crochet and filling the void of missing company with these lil dudes :) .. each one has a personality of its own when complete , I am obsessed with creating them so you will be seeing plenty more on here.

Talking about posting on here,,, I have had loads I would love to share , to put up on here for all to see , to read , but then I don't ! I think to myself why? who wants to read my babble anyways? so I don't  bother!!!..... ) Pft time I get over my sulks and just do it,,, Soo..... I have come to the conclusion that I will continue to share my little world here at Avondale Cottage because I can :), because I really do enjoy sharing (even if no one reads it)... Because time goes by so quickly and I love coming back on here and reading my own bit of babble, and also the lovely comments I get from sweet readers of my babble... Its a great way for me to remember what my little world was like last year, last month, go through recipes i have been so excited to share yet have forgotten about ... To remember just how lucky I am to have a special little space I can collect my thoughts and photos in ...
That's all....... and that is a pretty fantastic reason to keep doing what I'm doing, how I'm doing it ;) I don't need to be some expert blogger,, Nope,,, I just need to be me.....
 I would dearly like to Thank you ever so much for popping in xxxx
Life is full of new beginnings.

Note to self ......
 Everyday is an opportunity to have a fresh start. It doesn't matter what happened yesterday all that counts is today. When you wake up in the morning know that today is full of opportunities waiting to be grabbed. It is a new day, a new start, the beginning of a new adventure awaits you.

Wishing all is well in your world and your days are bright and sparkly with your nights full of sweet dreams xx
Until next adventure
Take care

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Glamper.....

Hello there...

Ooh Yes indeedy I am one Happy camper Glamper......

We all know a touch of Glamour added to Camping = Glamping .. right??

MMMM well my glamour is all about adding bits of colour and sparkle and bunting and crochet rugs and roses and ruffles and well just fun comfy stuff from my every day.....
Last week we took our tent on a two day Glamping trip to our friends property,, Soooo, I made a bedding bag to keep all quilts, pillows and crochet rugs compact and easy to carry from car to tent,, clothes pegs got a little zip pouch of their own, hand towels had a little make over with appliqué vintage caravans,, bunting was pulled down and packed excitedly :)
Kettle, enamel ware and gas cooker, air mattress and fairy lights :) all packed neatly into bags and baskets.....
with car packed ever so carefully.
((Hubby had a few moments of raised eye brows with what was getting packed,,Its only a few days Camping!!! but I assured him it was all necessary for "his" comfort ;))

Four hours later we arrived,,, After big welcoming hello's we helped feed the sheep and had a tour of the new fencing around the 100 acres on the tractor.....

back at base we looked for a suitable place to set up camp...
Its so dry out there at the moment, I do hope they get rain soon......
our friends live on a bus converted to a motor home on their property and are off the grid, the bus is solar powered and has a large water tank on board.... But this is the shower ;) how wonderful is that,, talk about getting back to basics and living with nature.... Perfectly perfect Glamping shower
Anyways off I went to find a spot to set up my very own home away from home... I collected peacock feathers along the way ( Romeo the peacock is malting so No I didn't pluck them from him ;)

Here we are .. Tent all set up ... kettle on and cuppas made :)
We had a wonderful few days ,A few little glitches that made me remember why I wasn't the best Tent camper..., the air mattress didn't stay up ,bending down unzipping and zipping the tent , crawling into bed.... well yea I hear you saying that's the fun of tent camping but mmmmm

OOh I then got a little spoiled on the no go tent camping..

As soon as we got home I had a shower scrubbed up and went for a sleep over at my friends just up the road ( for her birthday).. we had cheesy fondue with char grilled veg, and the creamiest chocolate cheese cake YUM ... I got to sleep in her beautifully restored vintage caravan , OOH the bliss...
So you know what... you know what I am thinking...... I Love the pop up camper.... Its a tent in a caravan haha best of both worlds dont ya think ;) well that's what I'm telling Hubby anyways..
That did create More from him of the eye brow raising ,,, But he has put her up again and greased and oiled the springs ,, he has fixed cupboards and painted her inside and even laid new carpet.....
All while saying he is doing it to sell,,,, but secretly I think he is falling in love with this old shabby glamper Kampa as much as I am :)
Like I said to him.... think about it, it takes a good hour if not more to set up camp with a tent and all that walking and bending to get a tent up and all the gear out of the car and , well you know the list goes on. and I am only thinking about his back pain!!... BUT,,,, It takes only 15 minutes at the most of pulling and pushing and shoving and the camper is up and ready to Glamp in .... no bending down to pull zips, no crawling to get into bed!!! ,,
I think the case is pretty much closed and we will be keeping the sweet 1975 Chesney Pop Up Kampa .. for a little while at least xx

Well that's all from me for now
I will pop in with up dates on the Glamping soon

Until next adventure
Take care