Enchanted Garden

Saturday, September 25, 2010
This is the fourth year in a row that I have been asked to teach at the Creative Craft Retreat to be held 5-7 November at the beautiful Lake Perseverance Recreation Centre, near Crow’s Nest in Queensland.  It is a fabulous, well-organised, fun weekend of indulging in all things creative.  Hop over to the website to see all the classes being offered by very accomplished teachers.

This year I am focussing on embroidery and will be teaching the
Enchanted Garden Pincushion and Needlecase.

I had such fun working this design.  Here is some of the detail on the pincushion:

I've used nine different embroidery stitches and some lovely variegated threads.

And here's the needlecase.  I've always been enchanted by toadstools, hence the name I have called the pattern.

I'd love to have you in my class if you live within distance in Queensland!


My week has been taken up with more sorting, throwing out and packing.  I'm actually quite enjoying the process of packing up our whole household again.  It is quite refreshing to be able to throw so much out!!!  I'm not a hoarder, but I can't believe how much I have that I don't need!  Next weekend we are having a Garage Giveaway when people will be invited to come and take what they want of our discards, and we will have a donation box if people want to give to the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund that our Church is operating.  Should be fun! 

I have already given quite a few of my 40 odd pot plants away. My orchids have been looking lovely. 

Some of my plants have seen up to four moves over the last 30 years, but this time I am only taking two with me.  I've become too lazy (and too focussed on sewing!) to give them all the care they need with water, fertilizer and repotting.  No doubt I will buy four or five when we settle in our new home, but I am going to try to keep the total number down to half a dozen!

My husband and I try to go for a 3 km walk each morning and I took my camera with me one day.  There are quite a number of swan and duck families on the river at the moment.  These six cygnets are growing very fast:

Just 18 days more and we will be heading towards some warmer weather and different scenery!