Monday, 16 February 2009

Happy Late Valentines Day

I'm abit late for Valentines Day. I meant to post this on Saturday but didn't get a chance. I crocheted this heart using one of the tutorials from the 'Top 100 Tutorials for 2008' that Ellen has on her Blog The Long Thread. There's lots of ideas to try. This heart tutorial is by Bella Dia and can be found here. It was lots of fun and easy to make.

I got these beautiful tulips from my husband. Hope you had a lovely day.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Sam the thirsty Koala from the Victorian Bushfires

Sam the Koala was reunited with the fire fighter who gave her water and helped her to survive. These photos are gorgeous. They have said that she is doing well.

For the full story go to here.

A wild koala could normally rip you to pieces with their claws. Wildlife rescuers sometimes have great trouble trying to catch sick or injured Koalas and can get hurt in the process. This is beautiful to see. We have a large Koala population in the place I live and have a Koala Care Centre that looks after sick and injured Koalas. We sometimes have a Koala in the tree at the front of our house.

See the video of Sam and the fire fighter here.
If you would like to make a donation to the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal you can go to the Red Cross Website.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Bush Fires in Victoria, Australia

The stories coming out of the many affected areas of Bushfires in Victoria are devastating. At the moment they say over 700 houses burnt and 108 people dead, but they expect there will be more. There is a whole town that has been burnt to the ground. The wind turned and there was hardly any warning for them all. What a horrendous thing to go through. It was amazing how some people managed to get out. You can read about it on the ABC news website. There are still fires burning in Victoria and NSW - but hopefully there wont be anymore loss of life. Its also horrible to think of all the wildlife, livestock and pets that have been lost as well.

We live in Northern NSW so are well away from the fires. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the many people affected by this. Also to the many firefighters, police and other people who are helping - it must be very tiring and emotionally draining for them all although I'm sure they would give their all, even when exhausted, just to help in the situation.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Week 2 Layout - Online Workshop Now We're Rocking with Photoshop

I finished this today, just in time before the Week 3 lesson arrives. I've really been learning how to do lots of different things in Photoshop Elements. I'll have to have a play.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

January Stitch Explorer Challenge

I went shopping on Friday and got these materials and threads for the Stitch Explorer Challenge. The pink lace was sitting on the side of the bench when I went to buy the other things so I thought I would buy a metre of it. Not sure what I will use it on.

So today I worked on the January Stitch Explorer Challenge using Chicken Scratch. Above are 2 examples.

I then played around with designs and colour to create these. You can make some great mandala style designs out of this style of embroidery.