- I am a mother of eight and grandmother of four who loves to make and create. Rosemary Hill is the name of our home where we live, work, learn and create together
Friday, 31 October 2008
Result of inspiration.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Okay, I'm over the grumps!
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Where I'd like to be.....
Friday, 24 October 2008
Go see Helen's new designs!
This bag is similar to one I made for the stitching angel swap. I changed it somewhat because I wasn't very happy with it's shape. I am much happier now and will be taking this lone bag to the craft market tomorrow! (See picklesticks for more market info)
Swimmer sand sculpture
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Mr 7's Birthday! (Or hello Mr 8!)
Even when they played "pin the moustache on Darth Vadar" (a game invented by Miss 11). It was a glorious day and Mr 8 had a wonderful time. (Check out the vintage tablecloth we used as a blindfold!)
So now he's even older.
Monday, 20 October 2008
Helen Stubbings and Colourque Technique
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Helen Stubbings at the Gathering in the Hills!
The workshop was hosted by the Patchwork Apple's Jane Green (left) and taught by Helen Stubbings (right). It was great to meet Helen. She is a really lovely lady. I also met two bloggers that I hadn't met before, (Lorraine and Marcia) and they were so nice too! I always say that bloggers are some of the nicest people on earth, so I'm not sure why I was so surprised at just how friendly and happy and kind these bloggers are!
There was morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. The day had a cupcake theme so, of course, there were cupcakes to eat! We were given goodie bags with lovely bits and pieces from Jane. Miss 11 loved the bag. She went through it when I got home and declared that it was just like a showbag, but better! (She also declared that Jane should be in charge of all the showbags at the Royal Show! Now there's a job you'd love Jane!!!)
A Patchwork Apple gathering would not be complete without some apples in the middle of the table for both decoration and sustenance! The Patchwork Apple was first opened in Lenswood at Jane's house some 14 years ago. Jane and her husband grow apples and cherries on their property at Lenswood and a visit to the Patchwork Apple was also a visit to their orchards! Now the Patchwork Apple is in Woodside, which is why Woodside is one of my favourite Adelaide Hills' towns!
Friday, 17 October 2008
Mr 7 got the wettest. Everybody paddled in the water and built sandcastles. Some went for a walk along the beach. Mr 7 kicked the water and splashed it all over.
Miss 11 and Miss 22 built this sandcastle. Theirs had windows and doors and flags and a moat. It was (this was their description) very girly. Apparently they planned it this way!
Mr 14 built this very macho sandcastle. It had a moat. It was big. (Ya gotta remember that he is somewhere near 6 foot 2.) It took him all his time on the beach. He was concentrated and dedicated.
Mr 7 built a sandcastle too. As well as everything else he did. Digging many random holes. Throwing sand at seagulls (don't worry, he wasn't likely to hit any!). Splashing. Collecting shells. Studying seaweed. All in all it was a lovely evening. We came home and enjoyed some salad for dinner and looked at the photos we had taken. Must remember to do this again, because it was fun!
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Stitching Angel Swap Completed!
I finished this quilted bag today too. Yes, I know I have made lots of bags, but I have been watching my partner's blog and I think that bags are what she wants! This is what the front looks like.
And this is the back. I had great fun practising my quilting on this bag. I am not very good at quilting and need all the practise I can get!. I hope she doesn't mind my freemotion practise!
Another butterfly in the hollyhocks. Hollyhocks are one of my favourite plants, because if you have some rain they just keep coming back! Plants that self-sow are my best!
Now, here's the whole collection in the daisies. I will take it to the post office tomorrow and send it on it's way! Will I be sending it to you????? You'll have to wait and see!!!
Monday, 13 October 2008
An Exhibition in Adelaide (and a chance to buy a picklesticks original!)
Mrs 24 is part of this exhibition in early November. There will be some beautiful things to buy there, in fact this is your chance to pick up one of her gorgeous toys that she makes. She is exhibiting with a group of people who all do truly beautiful work. Claire (the organiser) is a talented illustrator and I can't wait to go see what she has on offer. So if you're interested in art and textiles you can find some lovely original works at Carclew that will look lovely at your house or as a gift for a loved one!
**Written and authorised by Kristin Paton for "Life at Rosemary Hill". We will now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.**
Sunday, 12 October 2008
This is another photo taken at the botanical gardens on that glorious day last weekend. I am fickle! Last weekend was glorious (can't remember the temperature) and this weekend was stinking hot (29 and 33). It's a fine line between gratitude and disdain, isn't it? Well, here's hoping I will be more grateful than disdainful this week!
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Amy Butler's Daisy Chain
For some reason blogger thinks these photos should be on their side. It has been dealing with photos weirdly lately. Anyway, you can still see the fabrics and think "that lucky woman!!!".
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
This is the front of the bug bag
And the back of the bug bag. I have yet to put the drawstring cord in this bag. Have to go to the shop and buy some cord.
I sewed a green shirt today! This is for my grandson and goes with the overalls I finished some time ago. I have a bunch of similar outfits cut out that need sewing up. I have also been altering navy blue shorts for Miss 16 to wear to school when it is hot. They were just too long for her (she's not very tall) so I took them up 23 cms! School starts again next monday so I need to get her organised.
Monday, 6 October 2008
Public holiday Monday
Photo - Clivia taken at the Adelaide Botanical Gardens yesterday.
Today was labour day here in South Australia. I have had a very slow day. Mrs 24 and the grandson came over and spent some time this morning. I was in bed stitching (another one of my favourite places to stitch!) and Mrs 24 and her progeny sat on the couch in my bedroom and visited with me. I spent some time at the best garden shop in Adelaide (Garden Grove) with Miss 11 and Mr 7. I finished stitching my butterflies and turned one of them into a bag. And we went to a friend's house for a barbeque this evening. We took salads and dessert. (Hey Mrs 24! We made apple and custard danishes from here and strawberry jam and custard ones too!) All in all a pretty fun day. Tomorrow we are back to the holidays. Basketball training camp. Physiotherapy visits at the hospital. School shopping (new books, new socks). It doesn't sound like much, but I think that will pretty much take me all day!
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Adventures in the waterlily house!
We wandered around a little too. The doors of the waterlily house were open and when we got inside we saw this bird. I want to say "heron", but I have no idea what kind of bird it is really.
The bird was really enjoying the waterlily pads and didn't seem bothered by all the onlookers that had gathered.
It went from side to side catching a little fish in it's beak at each side. I think the fish would be scared when the bird caught a fish, but then it would walk over to the other side of the lilypad and they would all emit a sigh of relief and get close to the lilypad again ready for the return of the bird!
The bird played that game for a while until either it or the fish got sick of it and moved. It hop, skipped, and jumped to another lilypad.
And started the game again! (This is the closest I got to capturing the bird with a fish in it's beak. It happened many times, but let's just say that if I was a bird I would be a very skinny bird. A very hungry, skinny bird because my reflexes are not that good!)