Merry Christmas and Peace to all.

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Presenting the Australian Bush-themed Nativity Scene and Christmas Tree!
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I had a lot of fun making my amigurumi nativity scene and my friend made the Star Baby which I think makes a perfect baby Jesus. I have my hooks, yarn, bathers and my Santa hat packed for Barwon Heads for some swimming and crochet (not necessarily at the same time).
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Where ever you are and whatever you do I wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year filled with Joy and Peace. 

Blessings from Sharon.  

Amigurumi Lambs at last.

crochet amigurumi lambs by gentlestitches
I am feeling very grateful today. After a barrage of unpleasant tests, I have been found to have had no more than pulled muscles in my upper body. The treatment is rest and to lay off the heavy lifting or intense exercise and it will resolve itself. I plan to stick to walking and bike riding for exercise and leave the other type for the more athletic. The relief that it was nothing sinister makes me want to do cartwheels. Except, of course, cartwheels are definitely out. My son has just mastered the “aerial cartwheel” which is a cartwheel without using hands. I am proud of him.
This post is not just about cartwheels. Following on from my Dearie Ewe, Lamb story I am happy to offer this FREE amigurumi lamb pattern. It is a great pattern because the math translates into ANY size yarn so you can make a teeny, tiny or super, huge lamb for yourself, young people in your life or as a critter toy.
Use a size smaller hook than normally recommended for your yarn and the pattern will translate perfectly. I can say that with confidence because I tried out many types of yarn with excellent results.
Many of the amigurumi I make are gifts and I am very particular about the eyes and noses I use. If using safety eyes and noses, I only use Suncatcher Craft eyes. This isn’t just because all the eyes are fabulous and cost effective it is also about safety. Suncatcher Craft eyes are made locally ( by Michelle) and are non-toxic and CPSIA compliant.
I am grateful to report I am still here, still writing and still making things.
Tell me, what are you grateful for today? 

 

three items,itemized.

amigurumi golden lamb

Item one. My “Golden Lambkin” another amigurumi lamb which will be part of my story on the 15th June poses beside a ball of yarn destined to become “Lawrence the Ramcrochet rope stitch with eyelash yarn” (who will also be in the story) and the lamb pattern will follow.

Item two. A close up of a new stitch I learned from Karin from amilovesgurumi who used this stitch to make these dog beds for the amigurumi dogs. Click on the link to be transported to “The crazy universe behind the horizon”

Item 3. My dogs Jack and Tricky went to a party and went totally wild! Read about it here. Thanks Easy and Easy’s staff and thanks too for fozziemum and Dad for manning the bar and serving up “the rough end of the pineapple!” How come my critters get to go to more exciting parties than I do?Easy's party partall.
If there is weekend left where ever you are enjoy! and if not there is another coming soon.

 

 

 

Pigs & Parlour Games for Modern Families

This week for yarn along with Ginny from small things I introduce”Parlour Games for Modern Families.” This book was written by Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras. Written locally, it is a must have for school holidays or a games evening. If you are looking for a fun way to entertain children that doesn’t involve a screen, this is the book!amigurumi pig with Myf Jones book Parlour Games for modern families.My own story about sheep and aussie animals would not be complete without a wee pig or two (or three or four).  This is Miss Petty Pig who proudly displays two of her litter, Fiddly and Wriggles. See you on the 15th June to share a story right here and around the blogosphere.

Introducing Dearie Ewe.

Dearie Ewe and Lamb
Joining Ginny for yarn along this week I would like to introduce to you a mature Ewe called Dearie. Dearie Ewe is a character from a story I wrote for my son and the lamb beside her is not her lamb but one she is watching for another sheep. I plan to tell the whole story on the 15th June and I would love for you to stop by and check it out. There will be other stories from other people on that day too and you might even like to share one yourself. More information about the storytelling day here. This week I am still reading the Manuel Rivas book and enjoying it.  Manuel Rivas writing style reminds me of John Steinbeck. I think it is how his characters are so much larger than life ,how they manage to shine through gloom and how they stay with you after the book is put away. Now it is back to my own story and I am looking forward to hearing the others.

 

Yarn Along Seed Case.

Yarn Along Seed Case and Books Burn Badly by Manuel Rivas
Joining Ginny this week for yarn along where we show what we are making and reading, I took a break from making sheep for “Read me a Story” which will be on the 15th June, and made a Seed Packet, Phone Case from Jennifer Olivarez book “The Big Acorn Race” available HERE!

Galician Literature Day was 17th May and as I was unfamiliar with Galician Literature, I decided to read “Books Burn Badly” by Manuel Rivas. This book has been translated into English by Jonathan Dunne.  It is a book that has an almost fairy tale style of writing in a really absorbing, hard to put down, way. I love what is becoming Jennifer’s signature spiral. Next yarn along I hope to have some signature sheep and of course, don’t forget the nativity cows.

Wags and Waves for Forrest day

Pam and Sammy's Forrest badge. It is Forrest Day today.  Click on the poster to visit Forrest’s family and leave a message.  Sammy from onespoiledcat helped me with this and today is his 5th blogiversary. He is donating one dollar to a dog and cat shelter for every comment on his blog so drop over and lend a paw. Enjoy some of my friends and families critters as they each “wag or wave” to honor a great dog Forrest.  Scroll down to have a have a virtual drink and something to eat before you go and for other acknowledgments.

Jack and Tricky wag n wave for Forrest
My son’s dog Jack wags his tail and my dog  Tricky waves a paw for Forrest.
Molly iwaves for Forrest
Molly stands proud for this important day.
Poppy and Lily
My friends dogs Poppy and Lily wag their tails for Forrest.
Molly the pup and Jack the senior dog.
Molly the pup and Jack the senior dog wag for Forrest
Demi waves an ear
Demi my Uncle’s dog takes time out from her afternoon nap to wave an ear for Forrest.
a photo of FOZZIE.M's terrier dog Forrest.
The day I  met Forrest and friends in the furrs
outdoor setting
I have the kettle on so stay a little longer…..
pav
How about a cup of tea and perhaps some pav?
coffee for two
you might prefer coffee.
dog bar
Specially for the dogs
cheese mice
something nice for the cats
bunny food
and for the Bunnies and Gerbils. Beautifully presented.
water for discerning anipal
for thirsty pets
Waiter-with-tray-serving-beer-wine-and-soft-drinks
peeps please tell your waiter exactly what you want.
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try a laminton or choose your favorite from the table.

Sit down and relax and stay as long as you would like.
Special wishes to Stuart, Beau and Mousegirl and their peeps.

Ann Adamus of Zoolatry badge for Forrest.
Over the rainbow bridge.