the flowers go from this to this! They hang in clusters and look so delicate.
I took these photos of this flower on the weekend. I have seen a few blogs that have had some really pretty blooms on so thought this flower might intrest you. It is "kowhai" ( pronounced co-fi) the 'w' is silent. It is a native of n.z. We have it growing here all over the place, lots of different varieties. The photo on my blog header has a big fat wood pidgeon sitting in my tree . Those birds really love the young shoots and litrally strip the tree bare!! Then the 'tui's' come along and drink the nectre from the flowers too. Here are some pics. I also did an applique wallhanger of the tui. It was done about 10 years ago . It was one of my first trys at hand applique . the flowers were bit of a challenge but i did it.
During the weekend i was able to finish off 2 more bookmarks. One is for a freind of my mums, name is mabel( obviously). The other i have made for lady i know who is also a keen stitcher and loves patchwork(fay). I will keep it till her birthday which is a few months away yet. I have also been doing some stitching on my willowberry deisgns and nearly upto date! And also gail pan designs christmas wish.
Well I have finally finished my sewing bag! It is a rosalie quinlin design that i liked. I actually started it quite a few months ago but then discovered i didn't have enough fabric for the lining as i was using some Robyn Pandolf fabrics. Then i went onto other things as you do . When i was reading some blogs it reminded me of it as they were talking about doing one so out it came and i have now finished it! Feels good when you actually finish something, i might be on roll!! here are a few pics of the bag, it is for me this one. I think i might do another as it goes togther really well. It has pockets inside each panel to put all your sewing bits and peices while you are working on projects.
The other day this lovely lady came into my workplace wanting to know what to do with a container of old buttons. I told her I could find a use for them if she didn't want them so here they are. She 's probably saved them up as you do , from old clothes and the like. there are few that look old. There are some wooden buttons, some pearly ones , and somethings that look like cufflink thingys. There is a lovely one with a picture of a wee squirel in it. so cute! but only 1!! some toggles that would fasten some bags maybe, future projects. . . . . . . .
I have completed another shabby roses bookmark. This one is for my mum. I hope she likes it, i'm sure she will. I also added a tassel . I think I will also do one for her good friend fay. She always says, ' 'you shouldn't of''! You don't mind doing things for people who really appreciate things. They don't take long to make which is another plus.