Creating, collecting & recycling textiles & papercrafts. I love preserving the past for the future.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Butterfly cake

Isn't she pretty?
This little cake is quite special.
Recently my family had a re-union picnic that I could not attend as I was recovering from spinal surgery.
My aunty is a great cook!
She knows I love her butterfly cakes...
she gave two of the precious little bundles to my mother to freeze for me.
This week my parents came to visit me and Mum brought the little cakes with her.
I LOVE them so much. The cake is light and moist. The mock cream is light and delightfully not too sweet......Bliss!
These little cakes made a huge journey to get to me, starting on the wide bay coast they travelled 165km to the picnic spot, then 175km to my parents house and then 114 to my house.
A journey totalling about 450 km.
They are gone now, I ate them.
Blow the diet!
I stick to it faithfully MOST days but eating these little cakes was pure pleasure and not just because of their deliciousness.
I miss out on so many activities due to being housebound with spinal troubles.
This lovely gesture was so touching.
Thank you Aunty Sue.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Vintage linen and a spring garden

A recently purchased vintage linen with exquisite crocheted edge
is sprucing up the top of my microwave.
I love my eclectic display
and my african violet is so pretty when it flowers
Outside, spring has sprung and our lavender walk is blooming!
This corner of the garden has lavender, shrubs and bearded iris' that all flower in shades of purple
Our pretty climbing pink rose is full of buds and is growing over the arch quite quickly. Hubby now says he wishes he had bought 2 so the arch would be covered quicker. I think it will be complete by the end of summer.
Gordon likes to be photographed I'm sure.
This is his sister Edie, the best mouser in the street.
You would never know they are siblings as they look nothing alike.
Gordon is better friends with our scottish terrier than his sister, as she is a bit of a loner. She does however love my husband and I, just not other animals it would seem.
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Monday, 1 October 2012

Home again after spinal surgery.

So happy to see my little Scotty girl
 after being away from home for so long.
It's so wonderful to be home again, five weeks to the day.
How I have missed being in my own home and seeing my dear hubby and pets.
I had two vertabrae fused with titanium screws
and two new discs and bone grafts.
Last year I had one vertabrae receive the same treatment.
The healing is very different this time.
Less pain but less mobile.
Anyhow I'm hoping for the best and maintain my confidence.
Hopefully I will have less pain, more mobility and more freedom, as I have been mostly housebound for the last 19 years in varying degrees.
I may even be able to do some travel with my DH and hopefully even be able to drive myself around a little or a lot, I'll take either.
Thankyou to all who prayed for me.
I so appreciate it.
You are such gems!!!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Some wedding photos and other nostalgia

My paternal grandmother, aged 18 weeks.
She was born in Rossland, Canada 1919

Here she is aged 4
Bit of snow here...
This is an un-known event to me as I live in Australia.
My grandmother came to Australia on the ship Aorangi with her parents and 3 siblings in 1934.
They thought the depression would not be so hard in Australia.
My great grandfather had been born in Australia and left at about age 18 to see the world, ended up in Canada. Joined the Canadian army during WW1, met his future wife in England, married as soon as the war was over and they went to Canada to live.

My grandmother in Canada
Wonder what happened to the lovely doll and pram?

My grandmother with her father and brother
Just a little bit of snow!

My grandmother and her brother at London Zoo in a Llama Cart

A lovely family portrait of my grandmother (the eldest) and her siblings.
Taken in Mt Isa, Queensland, Australia.
I was talking to my great aunty (youngest one in this photo) and she said my grandmother's dress was full length. Port wine colour over a satin lining. Sounds so pretty, wish it was in colour.

My handsome grandfather
married my grandmother above in 1937

                         My grandparents at Cloudland Ballroom
Brisbane, Queensland

         My grandmother pushing my father in a pram
         with her  mother and little sister, about 1938

My grandmother holding a koala with
her mother pushing my father in pram

My grandparents with my father

Grandma with my Dad
at The Murgon Show

                                    My grandparents during WW2
My Pop was in the Royal Australian Airforce.

My grandmother with my father and his younger brother

Just about the end of WW2
By now my father had a baby sister

                                   My grandparents at a wedding.
Probably in the 1950's

My paternal grandparents standing with my Dad and my maternal grandparents beside my Mum at their wedding.
7th May 1960

                              My grandparents on my wedding day
19th March 1983
Here I am with hubby and both sets of grandparents on our wedding day
This is a comparison photo of my parent's wedding and mine.
I wore my mother's wedding dress.
I am quite a bit taller than my Mum so my hoop was not as big as hers.
I think hers looked much lovlier.
I used her veil as well but not the garland as it was too little for my head
so I had a sort of pill box hat with veil made
and Mum's veil attached at the back.
1960 and 1983
                           My grandparents with me and my daughter
Don't you love my perm? LOL What a blast!!

Grandma at her surprise 70th Birthday Party
pictured with the cake I made her

My grandfather with my daughter at my brother's wedding
I hope you've enjoyed walking down memory lane with me today.
Just love family history and old photos.
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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Cards for baby boys.

Today I made two baby cards for little boys
who will be born soon.
I'm glad I know ahead of time that the babies are boys 
I'm just waiting on hearing what their names are
so I can add the first initial to the cards.
I'm having back surgery in the next couple of weeks and will be un-able to create for who knows how long?
Anyhow it was fun to make these today.
I hope you like them and will leave me a comment or become my follower.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Bed of Roses

I love collecting interesting little things.
My friend made this cute little shoe pincushion for me
 My lovely rose lamp
Hubby and I love our 'bed of roses'.
A vintage beaded purse
A musical jewelry box my husband bought for my 21st birthday
sitting on a cross stitched embroidery with crochet edge that I made in 1982
Hubby and I on our wedding day

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Winter garden on The Darling Downs.

A beautiful winter sky last week
Some rusted garden ornaments that I've collected over the years.
I leave the cobwebs as I like the look of them
An old horse shoe
Love my rusty chains
Seems I've 'run' out of space for anymore photos on my blog.
I've been through this before and
the next time I post it's ok.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Five new cards

 I've had such fun the last few days making some new cards
Usually it takes me days or weeks to make one card
Making cards quickly may be a new habit...
I hope so!

For this card I pieced scraps and then cut out with a heart diecut.
Forever Friends The Good Life Universal Embossing Folder
for the cream vertical strip.
I made this card for my niece her new fiance.
Spellbinder's filigree square
the Cuttlebug, Disney embossed Heart Frame.
Double Do alphabet letters
This new Flouishes mannequin and sentiment stamp is so cute.
The background pattern pieces is a Stampin 'Up stamp
I love the subtle softness of this butterfly card.
The Marianne diecut butterfly is a favourite of mine
This little basket diecut is new to me. I love it.
Added a Marianne bird diecut and some purchased flowers.
Cuttlebug embossing folder used for the purple background.

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