Well, at least for the time being,
it looks like our prayers have been answered with the
most welcome arrival of some beautiful refreshing
rain after an abnormally hot and hazardous week of bush fires
surrounding many properties and homes in our area.
(100's properties damaged but thankfully no lives lost).
I have been totally pre-occupied this week with the
care and safety of ourselves and our family and friends
living close to the bushfire areas here where we live in a coastal
area of the far south coast of Australia in New South Wales
Our family - kids and grandchildren
have just this morning travelled
back to their property which was undamaged.
I do apologize to everyone, who left such supportive comments
in my last post, if I didn't get back to you this time but
your kind thoughts were soooooo appreciated and
I thank you for each and everyone
welcome all my new followers also!!!
This is how some of our hydrangeas were looking only a
couple of weeks before we went into the heatwave
and after one day of 42 deg.C (107 deg. F) with a roaring hot wind
it turned these gorgeous blooms into this!
burnt and scorched (like much of the garden and trees)
it will all recover -
maybe not this year but certainly next Summer
we will see their beauty return.
This morning I went out into that lovely soft warm rain
and visited a local market where I purchased
Being a lover of spinning wool (particularly that of our
angora goats) and still owning my spinning wheel
of almost 40 years (now that's almost vintage - hey???)
I couldn't resist this beautifully hand crafted spindle
from the 1800's made from copper and brass
with tiny rusty hooks
it weighs a ton too!
Just before Christmas I was commissioned to create a needle book
as a gift for another fibre and textile artist as a surprise
and I used this beautiful image of William Bouguereau
to create this.
The image depicts "Sisters"
I dyed the smooth woollen felted pages in a soft mushroom pink
before embellishing with
pieces of vintage printed satin, dyed laces and silk fabrics.
Now before leaving I thought I might just remind you that
next Saturday, 19th January is the
"Grow Your Blog" Event
which is being sponsored by Vicki at
so if you would like to visit the list of bloggers
entered into this along with my own
then you will be entered into
my small Giveaway
on the 19th by leaving a comment. This party was so very
generously created by Vicki as a way of promoting
an awareness of new bloggers as well
advertising their creative arts and skills.
come on over and join in the fun then.
Until then, I'm sending you some rose love from
some of the roses I have recently dried from
See you soon!!!