Saturday, 8 November 2008

Fog's Clearing & I See ... Lavender!

Well, here I am, reporting in and very pleased to tell you that my foggy head seems to have cleared a bit and I'm almost back to what passes for normal for me! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and emails commiserating and sympathising - they were very much appreciated! After chatting to a few bloggy friends, as well as my best buddy Lynette and a couple of HER friends, I discovered I wasn't the only one having a foggy, 'blah' kind of week, there were quite a few of us. I've decided that this week the moon must have been in a dark phase, the planets were out of alignment ... or there are a lot of women out there trying to fit far too much into their busy lives!!! Hmmm, I think option three is the most likely!!

Now, when the fog cleared a little yesterday, I was really pleased to progress with a couple of the many projects I've got on the boil at the moment. I lit up the lavender in the oil burner, put Enya on the CD player and hit the sewing room to work on the project I will (all being equal!) be contributing to the February issue of Australian Bear Creations. I managed to get the sample bear bits sewn up and will stuff them tonight whilst watching a DVD with my beloved Geek Boy - cos there's nothing worth watching on TV on a Saturday night!!

I also made a little more progress on the second of my lavender stitchery projects that I'm doing for Helen at Amandine Lavender at Bargara (see post about What I Did For My Holiday!) and thought I'd give you a sneaky peek ...


I've played with blending some different purple threads to give the lavender a bit of depth. And this is where I drew my inspiration ...


One of two lavender bushes I have growing in my front yard - the other one is guarding the gate and letterbox, so every time we gather the mail or someone comes in or out of the gate, you get a lovely waft of lavender - aaaaaaaahhhhh!! Now add this part of the inspiration to this ...


And you've got a hint of what this stitchery features! I found this wonderful jug at the markets when we were on holidays and fell in love with it - much to my mother's bemusement!! Tee! Hee! Hee! And when she saw this jug that I'd bought, Grandma went digging in her cupboard and found me one similar that belonged to HER mother, so now Great-Granny's jug has found a nice spot at my place to live!! Stay tuned to see the finished stitchery.

When I was out in my garden taking photos of the lavender (I'm sure the neighbours shake their heads at some of my front yard photographic excursions, but at least I wasn't LAYING in the garden ... this time! Tee! Hee! Hee!) I looked up and found the clouds were rolling in, looking VERY menacing for a Queensland summer storm (I know it's not summer yet, but you explain that to the weather!!)


See ... menacing!! unfortunately, these wonderful clouds only brought a spit and a spot or two along with a gusty storm wind before disappearing again, but I promised Jo in Tasmania that I would take a photo of a QLD summer storm to help her get over her homesickness for summer in QLD - there you go Jo!!

Now, before I shuffle back off to my sewing room, I HAVE to share some exciting news! Kerryanne over at Shabby Art Boutique has put some of her GORGEOUS art for sale items on her web site today!! Guess who one of her first customers was?!?! Yep, ME!! If you pop in for a look, you'll see a FABULOUS vintage bickie tin with a pretty pink rose-a-la-Kerryanne painted on the side with a big SOLD sign on it. That little cutie is coming to live at my place!! But there's lots of other fabulous shabby chic treats there for you to snaffle - but I wouldn't dawdle if I was you, cos these babies are likely to disappear quickly!!

And now ... off to the sewing room!! Hope you're all having a great weekend whatever that may involve. Til next time - Bear Hugs!!

CHEERS!
KRIS

11 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

yes well the "life" fog has been HEAVY here......but lifting thank goodness.........love the lavendar........

Jo in Tas said...

Great photo, I can almost see the bolts of lightening!

Debbie Lane said...

Oh I am in agony...I'm gonna come home in january, ready or not!

Judy S. said...

Whew! When I saw you had posted, Kris, I was really worried....afraid you'd already finished #9! Love your lavenda, the real and the stitchery. The two stalks on my blog header are my WHOLE "crop"! It took me years to convince a plant that it could grow in our yard.....

Kerryanne English said...

Oh those storm clouds do look menacing. Can't blieve you didn't get a huge downpour with it!!

I've already wrapped up that biscuit tin and it will be on it's way to you in tomorrow mornings mail. It will go perfect with your newly aquired distressed jug.
Hugs,
Kerryanne

Ann-Maree said...

What a great photo of the storm yesterday afternoon. We sat on our side deck and watch the storm clouds split in two and then quickly found the door once the wind started to howl. Was a shame that we didn't get much rain from it thou. Love the lavender. Can't wait to see more.

bluebird-lyn said...

Hi Kris, thanks for the storm pics.Love the lavender stitchery. Regards Lyn

Stina said...

First Jacaranda and now lavender... you sure know how to make me long for summer... lavender must be one of the most wonderful fragrances...Mmmmmm...just lovely!!
Your stitchery is lookig just wonderful... but...hmmm that sky of yours...ok black purple...think I ´ll keep myself to the lavender hue... ;o)

Jo said...

Hi Kris pretty lavender and wow checkout that storm, I love a good storm as long as noone gets hurt and not much damage is done of course.

Scottish Nanna said...

I love the lavender We both like Bears and as you know I volinteer at ansecond hand store and I get some bargains well someone is here waiting to come to you Email me your address.
Hugs Mary.

Carin said...

Kris the lavender you stitched is beautiful! You need some hand dyed embrodery floss.
The clouds look pretty frightening.

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