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

Saturday, 31 March 2012

50th Birthday Gift for a friend

Boxed set of 12 postcards
french theme.
I purchased a lidded box with a magnetic closure
decorated the lid
to serve
50th birthday card.

Then made 12 vintage look postcards and envelopes with paper band 
that neatly sit inside.
I bought the lidded 'book look' box a few months ago
I knew I would use it sometime soon for something.
Inside of the box was already lined with cute french looking paper in correct colour so left it as is.
The paper I used as the base for the birthday card and what I based my colour theme on.
I initially was thinking my friend could use the box to store her recieved 50th birthday cards in
inspiration struck
thought I'd make a card for each month of the next 12 months
then morphed
vintage type postcards
a French theme.
She just travelled to France in 2011
so I thought it a fitting theme.
The mess of making something.
All quickly put away though as soon as I'm finished
as everything has it's own place.
I love to be organised!
It took me 2 days to complete this project and for those 2 days all of the 'stuff' needed to make it was left out ready for use.
I have a dedicated sewing room so it's not really a problem to anyone but me.
I do not like dis-order...
Papercraft requires so many different tools, glues, papers and embellishments
but I thoroughly loved making this gift for my good friend.
Thanks for looking and I'd love to hear what you think of my project.
Also can't wait to hear from my friend when she receives it in the post hopefully on Monday which is her big day.
and I am also linking into

Vintage Inspiration Friday

Friday, 30 March 2012

Picasa problems

Hi all
Is anyone having trouble sending photos direct from their mobile phone to their on-line Picasa gallery?
Until about 3 weeks ago all was fine and then all my upload attempts since then have failed.
To my knowledge I have not changed any settings on my mobile phone.
Any help would be appreciated.

UPDATE 30th March 2012
Searched through Google/Picasa
and found this info for anyone having same issues as me,
it's good to know it's not us,
it's them.
Hope they can fix it soon.
Here as follows is what they have to say on the matter....
"(Server rejected) Retry" error message on uploadsReported 30, March
Several users report (Server rejected) Retry error messages on uploads from Picasa Web with specific .JPEG and .JPG files, and we're currently investigating

Monday, 12 March 2012

Autumn Garden on the Darling Downs.

The above photo shows my use of some old farm implement parts that have rusted with age.
I like to give them new a flower

My niece and I with Milly the Lhasa Apso
I am babysitting Milly for the week for my good friends who are interstate.
My niece was the original owner of Milly
wanted to come and see her
 after giving her away to my friends last year

This is my lavender walk
The plants were all propagated by me, saving $10 per plant.
They have been in now since end of September..
I think they'll be strong enough to handle the severe frosts we get out here
The Downs during winter

The archway went in last month and we bought a pink flowering rose to climb over it

Here is DH watering the garden and little Milly warming her belly on the warm white pebbles

Northern view of lavender walk
Under the shade of a big mulberry tree
Northern entrance to lavender walk with recycled timber slab and three rusted rings.
Milly has big sight problems...
 (cataracts on both eyes and completely blind in one eye)
doesn't see much of anything.

Here she has just smelt our cat but can't see it.
The cats are being nasty and hanging around when I take her outside for wees etc
They don't see her as much of a threat and keep hissing at her.
Our two manx are very territorial and act like watchdogs.
They love our scottish terrier, just no other dogs.

Front part of garden with white border edges that were already laid when we bought the house
DH and I don't like them
but have decided to try and embrace them in the front
this is our 'english garden' section

My new bird bath
It was a christmas present from DH but only came in a month ago
He had it ordered for months.

Front garden
Plum tree, roses, geraniums, lavenders, abelias, daisies and hawthornes.

This is the view from our front verandah
I love these neighbours....quiet, neat and far away
You might be able to see the australian flag painted on side of their shed
also the owner cycling home from work.
It's very flat country here.
It's taken a long time for me to get used to this.
I am used to hills and mountains.
After nearly 3 years I have come to terms with the plains.
I still hunger for the hills though.

A recent sunset

Friday, 9 March 2012

My courtyard garden

I just want to share a little courtyard garden with you.
It was at our last house
was cute
sometimes I miss it.
When we moved so did all our rustic bits and pieces....
all up 3 trailer's full
obviously more than what you can see here.
This beautiful rusty wheel came from my grandparent's farm
This rustic cow was bought from a man called Terry who hand cuts all his pieces
This water feature was made by my husband and my dad did some welding to make up the mock tap.
The bucket came from Dad's shed
was rusted out in the bottom
thought it would be great for our water feature
I call it
'There's a hole in the bucket dear Liza'
These lovely little winter violas were self seeding and came up amongst the pebbles every winter
This rusty old Singer sewing machine survived
house fire
thought it deserved to have new life
Courtyard Garden
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