I have been trying to keep up with all your new posts but have been a bit higgledy-piggledy of late! Although everything is fine now I was having trouble typing for a week or so as I burned my left hand - yes, I'm left-handed - and the bandages made things a little bit difficult! Nevertheless, we're all mended and the old skin has peeled off to reveal brand new healthy pink underneath, for which I am very grateful! It was an extremely painful process at the time and I spent a whole night with my hand in iced water - oh, and I must add here - the hospital staff's advice is to never have the water too icy or you finish up with 'freezer burn'! Same difference I suppose when it comes to pain!!!
Another lesson learned - don't lean your hand against a burning hot chimney flue! Have you done any daft things lately?
But, I have not been idle either before or after that nasty incident, so here's a little bit of what I've been spending my time on:
Red Pixie needed another friend besides hedgehog so I set out to see what could be done to remedy his loneliness! Meet Red Faerie, who is very happy to have Pixie as 'bestest'!
I found her in a book which has been on my shelf for quite some time, but I changed her face and hair and then added all the surrounds. I see now that it would have been better to use a lesser thickness of thread for her features - and I may change that yet - but otherwise I'm quite happy with her AND the main thing is that Red Pixie is happy with her! Can you see that she will be a good friend to him?
I also tried out another couple of projects with needle and threads:
Mr Owl is from Aimee Ray's Book: 'Doodle Stitching, Embroidery and Beyond', and Blue Cat was inspired by an ornament my sister gifted me many years ago! I think I'm not happy with the little add-ons around her feet and may make some changes there but thought I'd show you anyway so you know I'm not slacking off!
And we had some excitement recently too! Our elder daughter Tracy had a birthday and our son-in-law arranged tickets for Jeff and I to fly up to Perth for the weekend! It was a total surprise for her and involved a few tears I can tell you! Paul must be congratulated on keeping such a secret - she had no idea whatsoever! We had such a wonderful time together - a bit of a whirlwind of course - but wonderful!
So, whilst up in the big smoke we had a visit to the famous 'King's Park' and took a couple of pics! King's Park is an absolute must for visitors to Perth - not that we are technically visitors as we lived there for a huge number of years, but it has been a few years since we were actually in the park. Progress is continuous up there - always new plantings, buildings and changes - the staff up there do a tremendous job!
I don't actually have the name of this plant but it looks like it may be related to the Leucodendron.
And the next two pics are of the 'sky bridge' (which is new to me), where you walk over from one area of the park to another; there are glass sides to that particular part of the bridge in the second pic, so the view is not obstructed in any way! Now I have trouble with heights - so - I didn't waste any time in getting from one side to the other! It would have been good to take a couple of pics from up there - but .. ... ... !!!
The next pic is taken from Reabold Hill, which is the highest point on the western coastal metro plain (it's within running distance from my daughter's home - she does it on a regular basis, and it's STEEP)! In the distance you can see Rottnest Island which is a lovely family holiday destination. The ferry takes about 30 minutes or so from Perth.
The pic below that one is part of our cityscape taken from King's Park.
Have a look at some of the clever decorative touches at the cafe where we had breakfast on the Sunday morning! They do great food too!
Now then - more exciting stuff! Last post when I spoke about my little embroidery venture and introduced Red Pixie, I received a message from Rachel here and she mentioned Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart. At the time I didn't know whether this was a book or a site and hadn't got around to checking it out, and then the next day my daughter Tracy mentioned the same thing and sent me a link to the actual site - and yes, there are beautiful books as well! So thank you Rachel and Tracy cause I followed it up and am now the proud owner of Jenny's beautiful threads and some of her other accoutrements! It didn't take long, did it! The order was here in just over a week - what service! And Jenny's site is just wonderful - if you are into this lovely easy stitching style then you might like to take a look here . Look at these wonderful colours and thank you card as well as nifty free gift! You can't beat the personal touch, it's just so lovely!
Before I go let me just show you a lovely parrot enjoying our back garden a week or so again. Isn't he beautiful - but they do get destructive - they snip off the flowers and just leave them lying there most times!
Wishing you all happy days until next time!