Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"No sewing, doing this instead."


After sitting watching hours of tennis and no crafting during January I decided the other day we should get out and about.

We drove just a few Km's out of town to a  Trail. It was very sandy in parts which was tough going as we hadn't ridden our bikes since Spring last year.

A fair bit of the track was gravel which made up for the sandy bits. This bit was like going through a woods.

There was a huge rock formation. I wished we had been there a day or so before because we have had some rain recently it would have been lovely to watch the rain coming off the rocks.

We rode quite a way but came back via the main road, boy was that a lot quicker.

This is so much nicer than going to a Gym, the peace and quite was soul boosting. The only noises we heard was one cow mooing and some birds chirping.

What have you been doing since the start of February ?

Happy days.
Bev C

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Friday Night Sew In."


Happy Saturday.

Last night I joined in Friday Night Sew In hosted by Wendy. While watching the tennis I was able to decipher a crochet pattern I found on line and make a bookmark.

I plan to make a few more of these using up those little bits of crochet thread left over from previous projects. This one was made with a size 10 DMC cotton and a 1.5 mm hook.

I finished the crochet rug earlier on in the week. I finished the edge with a row of double crochet.

I wanted to use up as much of the wool as I could. This was all I had left, not bad at all.That is one less bag of supplies out of the sewing room. My plan is to attack the projects gradually.

How are you going with your projects this year. Do you have a definite plan on what you are working on? I would love to hear how you go about tackling projects and keeping motivated on the project you are working on.

Don't forget to check out the other participants who joined in Friday Night Sew In. There were 54 people creating items either for themselves or others.

Enjoy the weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, January 18, 2016

"Crochet Rug, Tennis and a easy Worm Farm."


Happy Monday.

I hope January has started well for you. It has been rather a social month for us here at Kainga. My Brother and Sister in Law have returned back to New Zealand. It was great to catch up and enjoy each others company. I like a lot of other bloggers have been sorting through projects that need finishing. In my case it was starting a crochet blanket. I purchased the wool before Jude was born but didn't get around to making it up as his Great Gran crocheted a blanket for him when he was born.

I bought 2 100 gram balls of each colour which is 100 per cent wool. I finished the blanket today, I have to cut and thread all the ends into the back. I plan to block the rug, if anyone has blocked a blanket before any hints on how to go about this would be appreciated.

Attending the Hopman Cup has been on my bucket list for a while. Ian gifted me tickets for my Birthday last year. I got to choose which day to attend depending on who was playing. Of course I wanted to see.....

 Serena Williams. She only got to play a set and a bit due to a knee injury. I was so pleased I got to see her play as she had not played the previous day. We got to see some amazing tennis and so much is going on that you don't see on the TV. The Hopman Cup was held at the Perth Arena, the perfect venue, so easy to get in and out of. The bonus being the ladies toilet was just next to the entry we had to go in. The gents was a little further away!

 We try to grow a variety of vegies organically.. After visiting a open garden late last year we saw a very easy worm farm to put in a vegie garden bed. You need a bucket with a lid. Cut out the base of the bucket and drill several holes a few inches above the base of the bucket around the sides. Smaller holes are drilled around the sides a few inches from the top, above the soil level for air to get in.

Place  some newspaper on the bottom of the bucket on the garden soil then place your worms, and add some vegie scraps, cardboard etc then place on top of all this some damp newspaper or old rags, I added a old face washer then the paper. (see above photo.)  The top newspaper/cloth needs to be kept damp. The nutrients the worms produce leach out from the base and the holes. No need to fertilise the garden bed the worms do it for you.We purchased a box of 500 worms from Masters and this was enough to make up two worm farms. Food is put in every week or so depending how much has been eaten by the worms.

I recently won two tickets to see the movie  The Suffragettes. It was a great movie making me realise how lucky we are to be alive now not back in the early 1900's. Can you imagine starting work when you are 7 years old.

Has your year started well?  I would love to hear what you have been doing.

Happy days.
Bev C

Saturday, January 2, 2016

"Mother Nature."


I saw this sign at a open garden back in October 2015 and thought it was so true

Enjoy the weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

Thursday, December 31, 2015

"The final finishes for 2015."


Christmas has been and gone, it was a lovely occasion at Kainga with family from overseas and interstate.

There has been a bit of sewing, I finished the top of the scrappy quilt.

I will have to wait until the craft shop re-opens to pick up some wadding and backing.

This was certainly a great scrap buster, even got to use up some machine embroidery and applique bits and pieces that have been in the sewing room for ages.

This little bag makes a great present, this one was for my niece. I filled it with sunscreen lip balm etc.

Miss Mary Mack has been back from the framers for a while. I am so pleased with the framing on this one. I tried a new framer and I am very impressed with the detail of the framing.

The embroidery machine was working overtime before Christmas. I made a couple of sets of coasters. Using the same pattern but changing what goes in the middle of each one. These were all made in the hoop.

This has been a year long project, finished part two of the Paris Stitch Along. Hopefully the next two parts won't take as long to stitch.

 We are getting some lovely sunsets here at Kainga.

 I would like to thank each and everyone who reads this blog and those who are regular commentator's I truly appreciate you dropping by to see what is happening at Kainga. May 2016 be a fantastic year of finishes and gardens that bloom and lots of Happy Days to you all.

Happy days.
Bev C