Chickens love flowers!!


Sorry I’ve been absent for a while due to some changes in my work life. I wanted to show you what I have been up-to recently and what I have just put on my Etsy shop. This is my latest embroidery of some cheeky chickens eating flowers in a garden.

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I love the combination of colours of duck-egg blue with cream and sand. It reminds me of the  various shades of eggs available. The greeny eggs come from a friend and I have blown them so I can keep them for decorative purposes.chicken embroidery2-Lilibet Stanley

I have used suffolk puffs with french knots and satin-stitch.chicken embroidery3-Lilibet Stanley

chicken embroidery4-Lilibet Stanley  I have used a variety of fabrics including silk for my embroidery. The artwork would add a country-living feel to any house. Please visit my shop to check out the new embroidery and all my other products.



A Country Adventure


We spent some lovely, relaxing days in January  in the country around Wide Bay. We are lucky to have friends with a house surrounded by cane fields.

canefield-Lilibet Stanleyand the children just love having the space to run around.

truckinmud-Lilibet Stanley  They pass their time playing with trucks in mud!

treehousesteps-Lilibet Stanley or playing in the tree house,

cubby-Lilibet Stanleymaking cubbies!

magicshow-Lilibet Stanleyand putting on magic shows! All the stuff that childhoods should be made of!!

swing under the mango tree-Lilibet Stanley My Little Lady loves nothing more than to be pushed on the swing under a mango tree and what a nice way to spend a late afternoon, once the sun has done down a little!

sewingbox-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty of time for me to get out my sewing box and add more suffolk puffs to my quilt as well as joining in with all the fun and games on the verandah.

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quilt1-Lilibet StanleyMy Little Lady’s quilt is really starting to grow and look more like a quilt now.

cup of tea-Lilibet StanleyEverything stops for morning and afternoon tea on the verandah!

suffolkpuffs-Lilibet StanleyThen I start sewing again surrounded by the noise of the chooks and the rooster crowing whenever he feels like it, it’s not just first thing in the morning you know!


mango-LilibetStanleyOccasionally, there is a terrific bang on the roof and that is a mango dropping from tree. It does tend to give you a shock in the middle of the night!

mango on the ground-Lilibet StanleyThere are so many mangoes to collect, some start to rot before they are collected.

chicken eating mango-Lilibet StanleyEveryone loves mango, the chickens love them…

cow eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe Jersey calves love them… (that’s obviously how you make mango smoothie!!)

pig eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe pig next door loves them…

mango in box-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty for everyone to have their fair share!

mango chutney-Lilibet StanleyWe have even being enjoying some homemade Sweet Mango chutney with curries since we have returned from our galavanting around.

calf4-Lilibet StanleyIt’s always hard to say goodbye when we had so much fun and it was especially hard saying goodbye to this adorable Jersey Cow, who could resist those eyes!!

Until next time.



Escaping the heat!

With the prospect of the G20 leaders coming to town over the weekend and the mercury rising up to about 40 degrees celcius, we decided to escape to The Bunya Mountains which is about 3.5 hours north-west of Brisbane. It is up high and with lots of rainforest to shade under during the day. We went with two other families so all the children could have lots of fun exploring the creeks and rainforests!

Bunya pine trees at Dandabah -Lilibet Stanley

Our base for the long weekend was the campsite at Dandabah, it is a beautiful spot. Our view from our tent was overlooking these wonderful tall Bunya Pines and thus why it is called The Bunya Mountains.

Blue Fairy Wren -Lilibet Stanley

The Superb Fairy-Wren was there to meet us when we arrived at the campsite and we had plenty of sightings. The brilliant, bright blue of the Superb Fairy-Wren matched the sky.

Tall grasses at Dandabah-Lilibet Stanley

The Superb Fairy-Wren loves to take shelter from the campers in the tall grasses on the edge of the campsite. The swaying grasses are so graceful but I’m sure hide a multitude of wildlife that I don’t want to meet!

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Another resident of Dandabah was also there to make sure we were welcome and that was the Wallaby. They are used to the campers but always keep their distance!

Tim Shea Falls sign-Lilibet Stanley

We decided to wait to put up our tents until the sun had gone down a bit. We started our adventure by going to the Tim Shea Falls which is a short walk from the campsite though with little ones in tow and all that a rainforest has to offer can take a long time!

Dam Building1-Lilibet Stanley

Dam building began in earnest when we reached the creek, there was no time to loose! Dam building is one of My Ideas Man’s favourite activities when given half a chance.

Great Barbed Frog tadpole-Lilibet Stanley

The motley crew of adventurers found large tadpoles which I think are  going to grow up into a Great Barred Frog. They enjoyed the challenge of trying to catch them, mostly  without success but had great fun trying and occasionally they were lucky but they had to soon release them as not to harm them.

It was shaping up to be a great but cool weekend, with lots of walks and things to discover!

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.

flower embroidery1 -Lilibet Stanley

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

vintage thread -Lilibet Stanley

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.

flower embroidery -Lilibet Stanley

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.



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.

Country Living Mag -Lilibet Stanley

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.

Purple Salvia and colour -Lilibet Stanley

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.

Climbing rose -Lilibet Stanley

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.

tomatoes -Lilbet Stanley

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.









School holidays are a time for taking it easy a bit! We’ve been able to enjoy leisurely days. My Little Lady has been busy with her loom bands.

loom bands -Lilibet Stanley

One of her friends showed her how to attach beads into a loom band design.

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Since then she has been very quiet concentrating on her bead loom band bracelets.

loom beads -Lilibet Stanley

It’s great for practising fine motor skills!

checkers1 -Lilibet Stanley

My Ideas Man and I have enjoyed some games of Checkers. I used to love playing this game as a girl so I was delighted when we inherited an old style board. Games are always very close! His strategy is improving!!

Garden sewing1 -Lilibet Stanley

I’ve had a few opportunities to do some of my Suffolk Puff quilt. It is still a long way off to being completed which I am glad about. I am enjoying seeing it in progress, I’m not ready for it to be finished yet.

Suffolk puff quilt3 -Lilibet Stanley

The colours are looking so fresh!

Garden -Lilibet Stanley

It is lovely sewing my quilt whilst being surrounded by colour in my garden and watching my little ones play.

Geranium -Lilibet Stanley

My very kind neighbour gave me some cuttings off her Geranium plants in exchange for some off my plants! So, I am going to have plenty to water and watch grow!

Until next time.