Bashful stands by…

Bashful the pet rock with suitcase
SURPRISE!! Bashful is going with the gentlestitches crew to China and then Japan!!!!!!   He has his bag packed, his paperwork done and is leaving in a       few hours.

we will be back




He will be incommunicado for a couple of weeks but we promise to take good care of him and take lots of pictures. We will be thinking of you so don’t  forget about us and we will see you all in two weeks.

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Easter Greetings and a Surprise!

Crochet Easter Bunny AmigurumiBB
  Happy Easter season everyone. This Aussie Easter bunny was designed by the fabulous Vanja from AmigurrumiBB and the page with the link for pattern is here.     This guy is named Duncan and he is an aussie cousin to Vanja’s bunny family tree. If you want to make one or a whole warren click here.Bashful the pet rock up a gum tree

 Bashful is having fun enjoying the Australian Bush but he has a big surprise for you! Check back tomorrow to find out what it is!



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Bashful’s Melbourne Adventures.

 I have a pet rock from Georgia, America visiting me. This little rock has had many adventures all over the world and you can read about them here. He belongs to a little piggie called Bacon.   Bashful riding at Federation square   
Here he is after a strenuous bicycle ride into town with a stop to see the Melbourne visitor Center next to Federation Square.

Bashful at Flinders St Station









No time to rest Bashful! We have a train to catch from Flinders Street Station!
Lilly-Pillis Sister by Anna Branford with pet rock Bashful














We are getting our copy of the best Australian Fairy Story (actual best fairy story ever) written “Lilly-Pilli’s Sister” written by Anna Bradford, signed by the author herself!
gentlestitches at arsc fund raiser















Time to set up the asrc stall which proved very successful. Can you spot our GOOD LUCK ROCK?  Read about our success here.jam bytes

So after all those adventures it is time for some jam bytes, jam courtesy of Booze,Sugar and Spice because we all know Bashful isn’t bashful when offered a drink or two or even three!

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Howling Mad Cat’s tribute Anipal Mini Me.


an anipal mini me for a special boy and a birthday for some special kittehs. :-D

Originally posted on The Mad Hooligan Chronicles:

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In case you haven’t met the late HMC, here he is:


My husband called me today and told me I had a package from Australia. I knew immediately it was from my friend, gentlestitches! I couldn’t wait to get home! Here are some pictures of her handiwork – an anipal mini me of HMC:


HMC aussiegurumi

Kobi sniffing HMC’s anipal:

Ko and HMC's anipal

I am so thrilled! Thank you, gentlestitches!

The cats’ one-year birthday was yesterday, too! I apologize for the quality of this video, but here is Bo playing with one of the kittens’ mousies:

I guess I should have said that Boba was more interested in the camera strap! I took a video of Kobi as well, but unfortunately it didn’t turn out as well. I’ll keep trying!

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Bashful goes ninja while gentlestitches works on!

Some of you might find it hard to believe but I have had a pet rock from Georgia, America helping me these last few days! I have had a lot of work on for Creating a Welcome and my anipal mini me page. This little rock has had many adventures all over the world and you can read about them here. He belongs to a little piggie called Bacon. 

Bashful the pet rock helps out.

Can you believe it? Bashful is finding helping me with my orders…….well not very exciting!Bashful the petrock gets ready to watch Dragonball movies

Thankfully my son and some friends invited him to their Dragonball movie marathon and Bashful got into the swing of things with his very own Ninja suit.Bashful the pet rock as ninja

After the movie the boys were all pumped up and they started play fighting with nasty looking weapons. Poor Bashful! I was concerned!

Bashful the pet rock gets his own back with water pistol

I need not have worried as Bashful is one tough little rock and he took possession of the water pistol on the trampoline and declared “it’s payback time!” 

Pet rock Bashful drinks with puppet Greg the magpie






Bashful and Greg the magpie finish their beverages in bona fide mason jars which Bashful bought with him all the way from Georgia U.S.A. Have they just finished some “white lightning” aussie style? Well as Greg said to Bashful “somethings that happen around here, work better if they stay around here!” Bashful is one tired rock but the fun is only just beginning.

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