The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Monday, 28 April 2014

A project to work on.

Did you know having hobbies counts as a healthy living factor and decreases your "real age"? I read that on Dr. Oz but now I notice it is in all the "what is your real age tests" and articles about longevity and health. Well how good is that! (having a pet is another one but we will get to that later).

When I am passionately involved in a project I am working on and normal life seems like an interruption I understand why this is true. The absorption in what you are doing, the enjoyment and peace are like a meditation. I even sleep better. I have said this with knitting, the rhythm is soothing and the following a new pattern stretches your brain like doing a crossword does and is good for your brain age. 

So now we have established our excuses to put more time into our hobbies!....

I am almost finished my bobble blanket, in fact I wanted to show you a picture today as I am so pleased with it. But I went to and noticed I haven't finished it off, tied in threads etc. I will soon when I have done these things. And waiting patiently I have yarn I have saved up for my next crochet project. I am so excited just seeing it sit there looking lovely. 

In a gorgeous home wares store I saw a large crochet blanket over a lovely french chair. It was cream and lacy. It looked fabulous and was a few hundred dollars. Inspired by that I decided my next one would be really big, and very pale cream and french grey/putty with some sparkly bits. And for the end of our bed. And I found these as my sparkly sections. I can't wait to start on this!

In between I am embroidering. I have to say you don't care one bit about the weather when you have projects to work on. You won't (hopefully) hear me moaning about the rain and being bored, ever. On that note I just got an e book called "How to live on 24 hours a day" which I am interested to read as I often think that. There are only 24 hours in a day and the weeks fly by and I can't live long enough to do everything I would love to do.

My one and only ragged and horrible pin cushion has looked like it needs replacing for ages. In Spotlight recently I looked for one. There was ONE small, sad, horrible pincushion to choose from. I thought that was amazing. I am noticing this, it's a very basic thing and you are lucky to find one. Like t towels it is very hard to get nice t towels.

I thought ok then if I can't find one I will make one and I will make them as gifts, since they are so scarce my sewing friends will like them.  With my little tiny bits and pieces I have been assembling...

I am trying to create a little stack of these, then add pins for sweet little gifts and to give myself a couple to actually use. Being little they don't take long and I'm making progress. 

Last night we had beautiful long soaking rain. I'm so happy about this. I have to get some ordinary things like grocery shopping done and get a move on. 

It doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner or you need to resurrect some skills you haven't used in a long time, working on a project is really wonderful. Learning a new skill is even better and there is no age barrier for that. Nana L learned to spin I guess in her 60s and it became epic for her! As much as I love each thing I do, learning a new stitch even is so exciting and adds to the fun of it.

I hope you are having a good week. Towards the end of the week I will not be posting for a few days... I am working on something big for the future of my blog and learning a heap of new things. (which I need to do). xxx


  1. Just gorgeous! You always inspire me with your creativity Annabel xo

    1. Thanks Kaye. We need to be able to sit and sew/crochet and talk together I think! xxx

  2. Your pin cushions are very pretty. One thing I learned the hard way with pin cushions is to make sure that pins will not go all the way through and scratch the table. Either make them fat like a tomato or put a layer of something thick just under the covering layer. In some places you can buy a emery powder to go inside and it keeps the pins sharp and rust free. The emery powder will also make the pin cushion nice and heavy so that it does not get picked up when you go to get a pin.

    1. Thank you Louise. I had not ever heard of emery powder thank you for telling me that. I will see if I can source some. xxx

  3. They look so pretty Annabel! And wouldn't you know it, I have that exact same sequinned wool! I was going to incorporate it into my blanket, but will now turn it into a cushion. It is very special looking, isn't

    1. Mimi a basket of gorgeous yarns is so inspiring. No wonder we have this same one. I'll show you how it crochets up... xxx


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