a little help from my friend Bashful.

Pet Rock Bashful helping with sewing.
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 In his traveling box.
Bashful arrived a few days after his birthday in a box filled with human and anipal treats. Bashful didn’t mind having his birthday in transit with aussiepost and has made up for it by having many treats and games here.

Jack, Tricky and Bashful enjoy a game of "squirrel"
It isn’t all work here at gentlestitches, here Jack, Tricky and Bashful play tug o war with the new squirrel toy Bashful gave them.  Jack and Bashful take the squirrel and play keeping’s off from Tricky but tricky has a plan…….

Jack and Bashful play keeping off from Tricky

it has been a long day and this has been a long post but the fun with Bashful has really just began. He is going to a sleepover party with a group of teenagers tomorrow night. I can only hope they behave themselves. Bashful is tired now and I have owls to sew so shhhhh!!!! Good night Bashful.  Tomorrow we will start having a look around this amazing place called Westgarth, Northcote, Melbourne, Australia!!! The fun is just beginning.

Jack and bashful go to sleep

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amigurumi crochet tiny owls

a parliament of amigurumi crochet owls
A parliament of welcome owls getting ready to head off to THIS FETE on April the 5th.  All proceeds go to the Aussie Asylum seekers resource center.  small amigurumi crochet owls.Check out the new Creating a Welcome page and download the pdf pattern to make your very own welcome owl here or at my store at ravery.
These owls were inspired by knitted owl puffs by Jenna Krupa and her pattern can also be found on ravelry.
wooden bead ants in a basketThese welcome ants, made by my son will also be available at the fete and although Australia is a great country, we do seem to have more than our share of ants. These ones are friendly though and don’t bite.

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Happy Mail.

finger crochet and mail from pjsassafras, Booze,Sugar and Spice.

I got happy mail yesterday and I put a finger crochet piece on top to keep the tone  crafty. The package was sent to me from pjsassafras at Booze,Sugar and Spice.  I have been keenly developing my inner cupcake cook since meeting PJ and the cupcake recipe I would like to try next is here.   They are called “Fauxtess cupcakes with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur”.  I really didn’t need to add the finger crochet because what could be more creative than cooking? I get a lot of inspiration from greendoorhospitality too so don’t forget to check the link and say hi to Dewars, the Scottish terrier pup!
delicious goodies from pjsassafras, Booze,Sugar and Spice.
Here are just a few of the goodies contained in my happy mail box. Almonds of many different varieties not found here in Australia, delicious chocolate, almond butter paste and a type of jam (or jelly as it is called in USA) made with strawberries and rhubarb.  Best of all was a tin of tea called chocolate chai. I am a tea drinker. I love chocolate and I love chi. I can’t wait to try the tea! These goodies came from Chico, California.   The Card is from a series by Kathy Leslie Harden called “I wish I was here” I do! Thank you so much PJ, for your ongoing inspiration and the collection of the most amazing and delicious goodies ever!tea time
 I am going to have a cup of tea, some chocolate and admire the picture of Bidwell Park!  I close with some cupcakes I made. Just right for St Patrick’s day!

St Patrick's day Cupcakes.

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Welcoming Owls.

amigurumi crochet owls.
A basket of Welcoming Owls all ready for creating a welcome page. An endeavor aimed at welcoming and raising money for the asrc. These owls and many other wonderful items will be available at the following 2 locations.

 The first  event will be a stall Northern Regards Market on April 5th, 11am-4pm, Northcote Social Club, 301 High St Northcote, Melbourne.

The second event will be a crafty mini market on May 3rd, 10am-3pm, at Northcote Uniting Church – Chalice, 251 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne.

 Drop in again next week for the pattern and make your self a lovely owl, gentlestitches style. It will be available here and on ravelry.

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The Sweetest thing


To launch my anipal mini me page I am re blogging fozziemums lovely blog of rural Australia where you can see a variety of animals both domestic and wild. There are even Kangaroos including a Mum and her Joey strolling through from time to time.  Also if you would like to know more about the beautiful card and other items like it click here. They were made by my friend goldfish.

Originally posted on fozzie.m:

I went to the mailbox today and when I saw the little package I got so excited….yes I am a three year old and get very excited by suprises :)

When I opened the box….I found the sweetest thing…..I have been sent by the very clever and very sweet Sharon from gentlestitches the most adorable mini me of our much missed Panther boy Simba.Sharon does these wonderful little animals in the style of  Amigurumi which is Japanese crochet of small animals ..she calls her animals Aussiegurumi of course!!

Please pop over and have a look at the wonderful work she has done making these beautiful little creatures!

All I can say is a huge THANKYOU..indeed you did capture Simba beautifully..right down to his stumpy tail :) and his little Rainbow Bridge cushion is such a lovely touch!

Hubby is interstate with work and when I sent him the picture he…

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