Friday, September 20, 2013

Stitching snow and my Spring garden

Following on from the glorious sunshine bestowed on us during the onset of Spring, Melbourne has put on a more traditional trend and commenced its Spring showers!

Spring garden blossom 1

The garden has come to life in a mass of blossoms and new fresh green foliage.  I love the contrast between the deep pink Maples sat beside their lime-green brothers…

Spring garden 5

Spring garden blossom 2

Plus I had the pleasure of meeting this little fellow… an adorable Rosella…

Spring garden Rosella 2

They are usually so shy and scare easy, so I was so glad to get a half decent photo.  This one was alone, so I hope it hadn’t lost his mate because they’re always in pairs, they mate for life.

With the weather feeling cooler I felt right at home stitching this cute design to be featured in the October issue of Elefantz Home magazine.  I was delighted when Jenny asked me if I’d like to pop on over to be her guest… because the e-zine is Jenny’s Christmas issue, and designing for the festive season is my all-time favourite thing to do.  This lovely lady knows me too well!

Snowy cottage 1

Are you already a subscriber?  If you aren’t already but would like to be, then head on over here to find out what Jenny offers in each of her issues… Trust me, when reading Jenny’s mag, it’s like having a cup of tea with an old friend, such is her easy-flowing and gentle style.  The subscription is fantastic value, but individual issues are also available through the Elefantz pattern store.

Brrr… okay, looking at this snow is making me feel chilly now.  In all honesty, it’s so cold in the house that my hands are like ice blocks!  Time to go and make a cup of tea I think and return to some machine quilting.  I’ve got my sewing machine set up on the dining room table and am determined not to remove it until my quilt top is complete.  We’ve been having TV dinners this past week!  I wonder how long that will last?!!

What are you up to this weekend?  Christmas crafting perhaps?  Pottering about in the garden?  Or resting up?  Whatever you decide on – I hope you have a good one!

Warm regards! 

Vikki xo  Smile


Sandi said...

What a lovely garden you have, Vikki. It's nice to see birds visiting too, your rosella is beautiful! We get mainly the pale-headed rosellas here, they are blue with a pale yellow head and red underneath. Love the snowman design, Christmas will be here before we know it.....

Jenny of Elefantz said...

GAWJUS....just gawjus. xxx

Anonymous said...

Какое прекрасное время года Весна! А у нас осень)) поэтому тихонечко вам завидую, простите))

Christine M said...

Gorgeous stitchery Vikki.

margaret said...

thanks for sharing your picks of Melbourne, long time since I was last there 2001 but maybe one day I will return. I follow Jenny and do so love her blog and all her deigns, always ready for her magazine to come out

Tatkis said...

Beautiful flower photos!
And this Christmas stitching is so very cute!


Allie said...

Oh my - now I REALLY can't wait for that issue to come! How darling, Vikki!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber! I just saw Jenny's post and came over to take a look in case you had another picture - and you do! I really look forward to this issue, and your design, too. Your garden looks lush and lovely!

Grandma Shell said...

What a beautiful bird! Oh, OK, I like your stitcheries too LOL
But we don't have any colorful birds like that in the part of the US that I live in. Love that Snow Cottage and your flowers are so amazing! i could sit and stitch all day in a garden like that LOL


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