Sunday, 11 October 2015

First Rose of the Season!

I always get so excited when I see all the buds appear on my roses. The anticipation is sometime quite intense, like waiting for something to awaken and grow!  So, today it finally happened. The first rose. And it is a beauty. So exciting!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Feather Crown

I adore crowns. Something about the feeling one gets when you put it on your head. The instant transformation into a princess, queen or fairy child! A bit of fun, imagination and play.

The tutorial for this crown is in the post below!

Feather Crown Tutorial

Today I made a feather crown. I actually saw it on pinterest and thought I would love to make something similar. So on to Ebay I went, bought my materials, and thought I would share the process with you, so you can make one too if you want!

I got my items shipped from China. From one store, here. You will find similar items on ebay, and you may choose something a little different or even another colour. Something that suits your personal taste!

You will need
A hot glue Gun
Strong card stock
Diamente chain. 1mtr.
Feather Fringe. 1mtr.
Your scissors, too!

Below is an example of the Diamente chain I chose, and the feather fringe.

 Cardstock, in a similar colour to the feathers.

Cut the card stock into two lengths, around 1 and 1/2 inches wide. (this may change,
depending on the width of the chain you have chosen. )
Join them together at one end with the glue gun.

And make a circle to fit the clients head, and glue the other end. Snip off excess card!

Your feathers will naturally fall one way. I chose to have them facing outwards, but facing inwards may have given it a better look. I really won't know unless I make another one! 
Make sure you are happy with the way they sit before beginning to glue the feather fringe to the card!

Once the fringe is in place it will look like this! The card should be completely covered by the feathers.

Time to add the diamente's! 
Following the same procedure as the feather fringe, hot glue them around the bottom. 
NOTE! put the glue directly on the chain, NOT the fringe! The glue you get from the stores often goes yellow with age. Any that you may have peeping through, on or between the chain, will show as the crown ages. It won't look nice and it is easily avoided! 

All done! That didn't take long, did it! (except the 1 month wait for the base ingredients to arrive from China!!! )  Now, get outside and take some photographs of the crown! Share it on my Facebook page if you like! I would love to see it finished! x

Friday, 9 October 2015

Close your Eyes

Sometimes, when your eyes are closed, you can see your dreams. Ever so clearly.

The waft of Spring.

" But now it was spring again, and spring was almost unbearable for sensitive hearts.  It drove creation to it's utmost limits, it wafted its spice-laden breath even into the nostrils of the innocent. "

― Knut Hamsun, Dreamers


It's a crazy, mixed up world we live in. Sometimes, the only way to cope, is to join in.

Hidden Places In Hahndorf

Hidden places, in the Adelaide Hills. A little spot we go past every day on the way to school. In spring, it is filled with beauty and delicate blossoms, to delight the eye and make the heart swell.

The Red Flowers

When I was a little girl we had a huge 10 acre field behind our house. I spent a lot of my childhood there. It was wonderful. I would get up in the morning, at the break of dawn, (which my daughter now does, and it drives me crazy, just like, I am sure, it did my own mother! ) and I would venture out into my very own private world.

It consisted of high grass, a creek, huge gum trees, pine trees to climb and native shrubs, a big rock pile which usually had a cubby built within its formation, big logs and two ex racing horses, who became pretend unicorns that came from the land beyond the rainbow. 

And in spring the entire field was covered in these red, white and occasional burgundy flowers.
 I absolutely love them. They always make me feel like home. 

The paddock is gone now. It was transformed into a housing estate, at a time when I was moving from child into adult. It somehow felt like the passage of youth. I spent many days cursing that big yellow bulldozer, and crying about my childhood, ending so abruptly and in such a cruel way. That my playground, of childhood dreams and fantasies, of fairyland, flying kites whilst lying in waist high grass, making tunnels and creating adventures with the neighbourhood children. Of sneaking out at night, while the rest of the world was sleeping, to lay in the grass, feeling the soft wind blowing, the gentle warmth of darkness and stare up at the universe, overwhelmed with the feeling of love for the earth. It used to fill my soul and make me shed tears of wonderment and joy, and it was coming to an end.

That is why I love them so much. The memories of my childhood. So rich, colourful and bright.  Never, ever forgotten.

Plum Blossoms.

I am going to have so many plums this year!  Pretty darn exciting!  I love plum and peach jam, and if the bees and the weather align, I just might get a bucket load of each!

The canola fields

There are flowers blooming. And living in the Adelaide Hills, we get to enjoy so many variations of colour. Sometimes found in a huge field, of yellow and green. The flight of butterflies and the buzz of the bees. Canola as far as the eye can see. And dark skies above, ready to burst with a spring shower. 
And this sweet child of mine, standing in the middle of it all.

Simple things

Still no roses, but they are not too far away.
A quiet time, for me, waiting for the change.

There is a wonderful feeling, when the flowers are almost ready to burst. Like waiting for christmas, and the opening of the presents. Spring time, such a special, pretty time of the year.