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August Snow Hearts.

Posted on August 13, 2018 | 9 Comments

Back on track with my snow hearts from Bunny Hill Designs. Here are the two for August.


Fabric first then the felt one. I had wanted to add a sunshine button for a Summer feel, but of course they were nowhere to be found. Bet they turn up somewhere in the next month. That’s always the way. But I still like the smiley face.

I have noticed that the patterns are being offered again o the Bunny Hill website, so if you missed them first time round, jump in now.

Remember to visit Joan, Shez and Jeanette to see their August hearts as well. Enjoy the wonderful variety.

Cheers, Karen


Trees, Bits And Bobs …..And Castle Views.

Posted on August 8, 2018 | 18 Comments

There was a hiccup or two here and I had a few days where I could not leave comments on your blogs. All fixed now so I am having a session of posting, commenting and replying all in one day.

Another Christmas UFO. This is a string of Santa sitting in felt mittens and stockings. It strings up over a metre.

Now I have to find somewhere to hang them!

This next one is a crochet blanket I have worked on for a while. It was the Spicier Life CAL. Mine is made in Bendigo 8 ply cotton.

As you can see my sides are a bit wonky but I am still pleased to have a finish.

I seem to be working on  a lot of different projects. Lots of progress but not a lot of finishes.  I have been trying out different stitches on the wool trees from the Wendy Williams project.

I have been stitching around every tree. From left to right – bullions, chain and whipped chain stitch. Takes ages for each one.

I am also pleased to be getting back to making some of my larger quilts. Hopefully some pictures soon.

Now for castles. We saw a few on our travels and I especially loved the views from them. Of course they were always built in places where they had a good view of any approaching danger, but in the current times that now means delightful views.

Hohenwerfen in Austria. Go to the Wikipedia link for a view of the whole castle. (You need a plane to get a good overall view.)

I would happily have any of these views out my window each day. Mind you, the walk up and down the hill each day would be a killer!




Neuschwanstein Castle. Here is the Wikipedia link.  

This is the castle built by King Ludwig II in Germany and is said to have inspired Walt Disney and his Sleeping Beauty castle. Only a few outside shots as photos were not allowed in the interior ( which was magnificent!).

But this is the view.

Right in the middle of the photo there is another castle. This is where the king grew up – only a hill top away. And the next castle we visited.

Hohenschangau Castle. Another Wikipedia link.

Once again, no pics inside but it was amazing.


Just imagine growing up here. And of course, beautiful views.

We were lucky to see all three castles on lovely days and it was only towards the end of the third one that we experienced a little rain. Still did not spoil the view.

History lesson over. Time to visit and comment.

Cheers, Karen





An Angel, A Show And Photos.

Posted on August 1, 2018 | 12 Comments

A mixed post today with all sorts!

There is another finish from the UFO collection. This is a Christmas Angel from Disa Designs. I have patterns for penguins, snowmen and santas from the same designer. I need to get stitching.

Her hair is made from little bells. There is a set of three, but I have not ventured that far.

Last week I spent a lovely day at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair. I had a lovely time looking at all the stands and their tempting wares. I also enjoyed the quilt display. I have pics of just two of the lovely works.





















In both these examples I was amazed by the beautiful effects created with the stitching/quilting.






















Last of all, a couple more holiday snaps.


These first ones are from the Mirabell Palace Garden in Salzburg.






There is a series of these statues representing the different trades that were worked in the area when the palace was built.








We also travelled to Eagle’s Nest. This is the mountain top retreat built by Hitler in the Alps.






This is only part of the building – hard to get the full view without a drone.




The view was stunning.





Our tour started somewhere down in the valley.





A view from the dining room.

I am slowly getting back to stitching. I am surprised at how long it is taking me to get going. Can’t keep blaming jet lag forever!

Cheers, Karen



Back To Stitching.

Posted on July 24, 2018 | 12 Comments

Yes, back to stitching, but in a small way. After coming home from our travels I decided to hunt up a few UFOs and get them done.

This is one I made with Keryn of Cubby House Designs quite a while back and I had not realised it was sitting in the UFO pile. It is now ready for hanging at Christmas time.

I have found several others that only need a little bit of work to finish them. Glad they turned up. More to come!

The next part of the post is holiday related – some serious pics and a few sillies. Hope you have a sense of humour.

We had a great time in Berlin and one of the tours we enjoyed was the Reichstag dome (Germany’s parliament). The dome was built as a symbol of the reunification of Germany.

The dome is on the top of the parliament building and you can look down through the building to see the members of parliament meeting. There is a spiral walkway going up to the top of the dome.

This is the mirrored centre of the dome.

There are great views from all parts of the dome. Something we did notice in many cities in Europe was that there are no skyscrapers  as we know them. Coming from a city that is full of skyscrapers it was refreshing to have a limit on the number of storeys allowed.

One part of a photographic display that was fascinating was a picture of the damage done to this very building during WW11.

You can read more at Wikipedia.

Our next stop was Salzburg in Austria. Love their sense of humour. We have always had issues with Australia and Austria being confused – at Olympics, Government meetings – even getting our anthems mixed up. I like the way the Austrians have laughed at it.

We did a great tour of the old  city. That’s it with the castle atop a hill behind it.

It was full of squares surrounded by buildings. This is Mozart Square.

There were so many lane ways that it was a like a maze. Each time you went through a lane or passageway you came out in another square where you would find amazing buildings like this church.

The lanes had many shops and their wares were advertised with hanging wrought iron signs. Some were very old but others quite new.

Pick the golden arches sign below.

Back to bridge from an earlier photo, here are all the locks  along each side.

And here is the stunning view  each way along the river.


I will leave you with the last photo of something that puzzled me. In nearly every shop there would be plastic ducks decorated as any character  you could think of. I never found out why the ducks were a particular theme that was repeated throughout the city, but would love to know.

Cheers, Karen





July Snow Hearts.

Posted on July 19, 2018 | 7 Comments

I am back from a  wonderful holiday break mostly spent in Germany but with side trips to Salzburg and Amsterdam. I am still adjusting to time zones and have been awake since 4 am. so why not be productive and catch up on a post?

This is a very quick post to share my Snow Hearts. Remember to visit Joan, Shez and Jeanette who are also stitching along. They are all so gorgeous.

Of course this month celebrates July 4th, but I had a little play with our flag instead.

So here is the felt one.

And the fabric background.

Of course a pic with both together.

I am not going to fill my post with holiday snaps ( at least 2,000), but I will add a few observations now and then.

I was impressed with the simplicity of the marking of the Berlin wall throughout the city. If you were not aware you could easily miss it.

Apart from this, one section has been preserved.


I will slowly get back to checking on your posts and making comments. As well as sorting out sleep patterns I am also having trouble with the cold temps after enjoying three weeks of sunshine and warmth.

Cheers, Karen


Woolly Progress.

Posted on June 24, 2018 | 10 Comments

Lots of little circles later, I finally have all of them attached. Now I can start decorating with lovely threads and different stitches.

I will be taking blog break. Lots to do.

Catch you in a little while.

Cheers, Karen


Snow Hearts For June.

Posted on June 11, 2018 | 13 Comments

We have now reached the halfway mark in making our Snow Hearts from Bunny Hill Designs.

These are the hearts I am making monthly along with Joan, Shez and Jeanette. Have a look at their wonderful creations, too.

The collection is definitely growing. Here are my two for June.

A felt heart.


And a fabric heart with felt applique.


A lovely pair.


As a collection, they are looking good.


All the felt hearts so far.

The fabric hearts.

The whole lot!

To re-phrase a quote – I think I am going to need a bigger tree!

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen




Knitting For Winter.

Posted on June 5, 2018 | 12 Comments

Perfect Winter weather for knitting!

I do enjoy making smaller knitted items as they come together so quickly.

This is made with a yarn from New Zealand (Crucci) – 8 ply and pure wool. It is so soft and is machine washable.

The pink and cream works well together.

I am making steady progress on the McKenna Ryan quilt blocks. The birds are nearly finished – beaks, eyes and claws to be done still.

It is hard to distinguish the two separate birds on the left just yet, but it will make more sense when the smaller features are added.

I think I am past the halfway mark with these blocks, now.

Okay, this is a short and sweet post today.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen



Stitching Progress.

Posted on May 29, 2018 | 16 Comments

I am making a lot of stitching progress on a variety of projects this week.

The next wool project I have taken on is another Wendy Williams design called Flocks By Night.

I have started on the centre panel and am using wool. I will make the surrounding stars later.

I have attached all the trees and houses. Now I have the big task of attaching all the circles to each tree. After that I can start decorating.

I am learning to be patient with this one.

I have completed two embroideries designed by Michelle Ridgway – Rag Tag Stitchin’.

My plan is to turn these into little cushions.

Both have been stitched in a Perle thread from Cottage Garden Threads.

These snowies are so cute!

After all the work on the recently framed embroideries I have returned to a long forgotten project and have completed another block.

I think I have about 7 of these completed now. This is from a booklet called All Creatures Great and Small. It is by Natalie Bird from Birdhouse Designs.

That’s it for the stitching report.

I gather some people are having problems with comments, replies and emails and also have concerns re the new EU regulations regarding privacy. Well, this will be my test to see how WordPress have handled it. Good luck everyone.

Cheers, Karen










Woolling Away

Posted on May 22, 2018 | 14 Comments

Not sure if woolling is even a word. Regardless, that is what I have been doing. Lots of wool work.

I have finished my next Wendy Williams project. This is the little zipper pouch that has  been covered on both sides.

The second side has a pocket that has been covered.

This is a design from Wendy’s book, Wild Blooms and Colourful Creatures.

Great to have it finished and now I need to decide what will be stored inside.

Okay, have a great week.

Cheers, Karen




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