Summer feels like it’s on the way!

The weather is really starting to feel more like summer than spring. The heat has really hit me this week!

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The jacarandas are starting to lose some of their bloom but I thought I would get a few more photos of their decadent colour before any storms decide to hit and send their beauty cascading to the purple carpet beneath!

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I really can’t get enough of the purple blooms, they make me smile everytime I see them!

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It’s such a lovely time to visit Brisbane.

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This week, I have been doing some dead heading of my geraniums.

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Once I had a whole posy worth in my hand, I noticed the delicate, subtle, lovely colours- beige, pinky beige and berry tones.

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The Lilipilly trees in my back garden are starting to flower. The tiny little flowers remind me of fireworks bursting into the sky.

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The Pelegoniums in my terracotta pot are starting to put on a show of colour! The garden is constantly changing even though in my mind, I feel it stays the same.

Until next time!

Lilibet x





Busy ripping paper!

This morning, I have taken my embroideries to be scanned and printed on beautiful paper, ready to be sold on Etsy.  I’m getting so close to opening my shop, I promise it is actually going to happen!

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Now I’m preparing another paper artwork. I have chosen 6 colours of Kaisercard – Avocado, Willow, Mocha, Blush, Ballet and Fuzzy Peach.

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I have been busy ripping shapes out, making a creative mess!

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I have to be precise with the ripping!

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Now for the fun part of creating beautiful patterns out of the shapes!

Until next time.



Sewing box treasures!

I have finished last week’s embroidery and before I go to get it printed, I thought I would do another along the same lines.

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I love working with the subtle shades of duck egg green, teal, apricot and cream.

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Fortunately when hunting through my threads for appropriate tones I came across quite a few delicious shades on beautiful old bobbins.

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I have acquired the vintage bobbins through either my Grandma or my hubby’s Grandma.

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This one, I came across whilst op-shopping in Maryborough a few years ago!! I couldn’t believe my luck and it wasn’t very expensive from memory.

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I’m pleased so far with the subtle shades and textures in this embroidery using lazy daisy stitch and back stitch aswell as Suffolk puffs and French knots.

Until next time.



Washitape Delivery

Another lovely parcel has arrived! This time it’s Washitape that I bought at  for my forthcoming venture into the world of Etsy!

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The six tapes that I bought from Washilane were all nicely parcelled up. I bought 6 rolls of tape so that meant I got free delivery!

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It’s very cute tape that will look good on my parcels that I will hopefully be sending out!

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The mock-up of my business card shows how the washitape nicely matches it. I need to order my business cards and some stickers for envelopes so I can get going and make some sales.

My plans are all coming together!

Until next time.



Online shopping from the UK!

This morning at about 9.30am, there was a knock at the door and to my delight there was a parcel waiting for me.

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The parcel was from Next (, in case you don’t know, Next is one of the large high street stores in the UK. A few years ago they started delivering to Australia for free over $30. Well, it’s easy to spend over $30, I have to control myself  sometimes! The parcel took 5 working days to arrive in good shape, now that is good service!

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Last week I ordered a pair of pink snake effect high heeled shoes at $48 ( ), to go with some cream trousers that I have already in my wardrobe from Next.

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It’s always a bit of a gamble ordering shoes online but they didn’t disappoint!

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As an English ex-pat one of the things that I miss from my homeland are my favourite shops, Next is one of those shops! When Next started to deliver to Australia, I was very happy. I haven’t been asked by Next to write this post, I am only doing so because I love the product and the shop! The only bias I have is that I used to work some years ago for Next designing prints for the Womenswear and Girlswear departments but if anything that makes me understand that the product that I order will be to a high standard. They have got a large team making sure every product is just right!

I am a very happy customer so thank you Next!!

Well until next time!


A little embroidery taster!!

I’ve been busy finishing off a project that I started years ago. I thought it would look good being sold as a print on my Etsy shop, when I finally sort it out!

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I thought  I would show you some snippets, to give you a taster of the embroidery that I have been working on.

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Obviously french knots and Suffolk puffs feature, well I do like them!

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I was busy during My Idea’s Man’s soccer game embroidering lazy daisy stitch, though I was having trouble deciding what colour it should be.

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My business is slowly taking shape. It will be great when I can reveal all my hard work!

Well until next time.




English rose at heart!

From about the 10th of the month, I start getting excited when I visit my local newsagent. Is it there..? No. Next time I go shopping, is it there..? No. Yesterday, I went in and my heart skipped a beat, it was there!! The next edition of the UK edition of Country Living.

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Over here in Oz, we are a month behind on the UK issue but I don’t mind that I am reading all about September. It is one of my little slices of home!

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I love sitting down on my rocking chair to read my new glossy covered magazine, reading about life in the English countryside.

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I am trying to make my little part of Queensland as English Cottage garden as I can! It’s a hard task when our summers are hot and we have to look after what little water we have.

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My “Jane McGrath” climbing rose is beautiful, it has a delicate pink flower and it loves the position it’s in, in my garden. It is drought-tolerent now it is established and it rambles over some stakes in a corner of my garden with red Geraniums joining it with real country style.

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The Salvias I bought a few weeks ago are settling into my garden very well.

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Tomatoes are good at sprouting wherever they fancy in my garden!

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I love vegetables growing along side flowers. The bright red spots next to large pink circles of geraniums.

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There are also yellow tomatoes growing as well. My Little Lady loves tomatoes, she eats them like most children would eat sweets!

I will go and soak up some English style with my magazine until next time.