Sunday, 19 January 2014

It's Beach Weather, Let's Go!

Hello my friends, it's Sunday once again and I do hope you are all enjoying your weekend! 
For those of you in cooler climates I thought a little look at another beach in our lovely area might cheer you and give you hope that your summer will come around again; and for my friends over here in Australia, well, it's rather hot isn't it, and you're quite possibly enjoying the beautiful blue skies and cooling waves at a beach somewhere in your area, even as I type!

Just a few kms. from our home is a lovely little spot called Cosy Corner! The entrance to this beach area provides a lovely relaxing atmosphere with its shady vegetation and barbecues with picnic tables for those who feel inclined, and is a beautiful spot to spend a few hours whiling away a summer's day. 

We spent some time there yesterday, and as you can see from the pics, our little Pika just loved her run around in the sand - oh it's okay - any 'mess' left by doggies is picked up and removed by responsible owners, and as it happens we usually exercise her before visiting such places so that we have that situation under control! Well, as much as one can judge the unpredictability of little four-legged-furry-friends!!!

Afterwards we drove into Albany and visited this park which is a favourite haunt of ours.

Those homes are across the street from the park and don't they have a wonderful outlook!

I mentioned last time about new books so here are a couple of pics of those I've been fortunate enough to gather over the past few weeks . . . . most of these have been mentioned at some time or another by you lovely inspiring fellow bloggers and you know how it is - sometimes one just has to have a particular title - and so it goes on . . . . and in fact, the same thing has gone on for so long that my bookcases were crammed full and quite untidy which necessitated the purchase of more - bookcases that is!!! 

So Thursday saw J and I go off shopping and how fortunate were we - just the things we wanted were waiting for us so bought on the spot cause we don't waste time, and delivered the next morning! Now you know what I'm going to say don't you: I have spent a lot of time sorting and shuffling and to-ing and fro-ing between two rooms, trying to get all those books sorted in such a way that I'd be able to find what I'm looking for at any given time. It was tiring but oh so enjoyable! I'm quite thrilled to have everything organised again - I have trouble living with mess!

Below I am showing you the original shelves in my little room, now tidied up and displaying my special books and a few of my precious belongings . . . . 

. . . . .   gifts from family and friends, some recent and others from many moons ago, are displayed here and treasured!
The new bookcases and their contents can wait for their ta-dah moment!

You know that summer time is a wonderful time for fresh fruit, and so after shopping the other day my lovely Hubby J quickly did his thing with arranging the fruit platter - didn't he do a lovely job - it was a pity to spoil it by eating the fruit but I'm afraid that platter has been spoiled somewhat, but oh such juicy tasty morsels, and so so healthy!

And just a wee bit of colour from the garden . . . .

I would like to welcome new followers and also thank you all so much for your sweet messages and comments - I am always so happy to receive them and love the interaction that we blogging friends have amongst ourselves - it's a wonderful world!

I do hope that this post finds you all well and happy and able to spend time doing the things you love to do! I'm wishing you peace and relaxation as well as the very best of health for yourselves and your loved ones!

Lots of love and good cheer!

Joy xoxo

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Carefree New Year to You, and Thank You!

Hello my friends, I trust that Christmas was wonderful for all of you and that 2014 has begun well - may I take this opportunity to wish you all a beautiful year and may it be as carefree as the emotions I hope you experience on seeing  this little girl on the swing! What nicer and more enjoyable pastime could there be, I ask you!

This little stitchie is one from a lovely book my daughter bought me at Christmas time - 'Little Stitches' by Aneela Hoey - I'm sure some of you are familiar with the book which really is rather gorgeous and contains over 100 such sweet patterns. I will do an update on my new books at another time as the collection seems to have expanded somewhat just recently!

Before I go any further I really want to express my heartfelt thanks to wonderful 'bloggy' friends for the  kindness and care I have received over the past months since beginning Joyjinkscreations blog, and especially more recently for cards, messages, emails and gifts received which have truly warmed my heart and brightened my life! THANK YOU! 

A short while ago I had the good fortune to win a lovely Vintage Poster from here which delighted me no end, but, can you imagine my pleasure and surprise when the poster arrived and along with it came another package from this same sweet girl! Take a look at these lovely goodies that J has sent me, and then do take a look at her lovely blog and see some of the other creations she so cleverly produces.

Yeah, I know there are a few pics here but I couldn't help myself and wanted to give you lots of views!  Don't you love the little felt balls and hearts and those sweet little buttons in the centres of the pretty flowers; and of course I now also have some lovely pieces of fabric to work with and keep me busy. 
Thank you so much J - your gifts have brought me such delight!

Although there have been all sorts of goings-on during the last four weeks since I posted, I have still managed a little bit of crafty time here and there! Gingerbread Men have been popular around our blogging community and I couldn't resist any longer so  bought some felt in the appropriate colours and satisfied my interest and need to have a couple of these little fellows for myself! Thank you especially to my lovely friend FB here for inspiration and encouragement!

A few new little Amigurumis flew off the hook - although I haven't done much in this line for a while I do still enjoy them - and of course a little bit of stash was used up too which is always a good thing for then the possibility of a fresh supply of yarn  comes closer!!! Shhhhh!

Have a look at this gorgeous little Kitty in a Basket that my daughter Tracy crocheted for me . . . .
sorry the pic is not as clear and defined as it should be - I don't know whether to blame the camera or myself but then, "a bad workman always blames his tools", doesn't he? Isn't he the sweetest little kitty!

I don't want to overload with pics but must show you our night sky . . . . this was a couple of weeks ago . . . . reminds me of a watercolour painting doing its own thing . . . .

. . . . and this was last night . . . .  magnificent mother nature . . . . how could we not be eternally grateful for the beauty surrounding us . . . . . 

. . .  and lastly a look at my Playgirl Rose a couple of weeks or so ago . . . before J pruned everything in sight; but it's alright - there will be new flushes of colour coming up soon!

And that's it until next time my friends - I wish you all well and may I just borrow a wee bit  from
 'A Celtic Prayer':

Deep peace of the running waves to you

Deep peace of the flowing air to you

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you

Deep peace of the shining stars to you

With my love,

Joy xoxo