The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Christmas Challenge. Show and Tell for Feb. (catching up!)

Finally I think I have caught up with Show and Tell, after this post anyway!  There have been so many ideas I can use. I hope you find the same.  Also in this post seeing what Kelley has been making I can now picture her working away in her sewing room as I now know what that looks like!  So she has been busy!

She made little dresses and sun hats both from her stash of fabrics and from old bed sheets!

So much beautiful work in these!  It opens your eyes too that lovely fabric can be found in places other than an expensive store. 

Kelley also made gifts of purse sized tissue (kleenex) holders for her friends...

I love these and I love making a stack of the same item. This really does help build up the gift cupboard.

She also stitched cards...

Well done Kelley and even with travel and a new Grand Baby you achieve so much! 

Tanya made the sweetest gift for Harper.  Little fabric tea bags.  They are just gorgeous and such a hit! 

What an idea fro pretty little scraps! 
Also shopping bags...

Re using baby formula tins for all kinds of purposes...

Tanya also made beautiful baby shower invitations for her friend.  You are so productive Tanya and al with homeschooling too. So well done!

Vicky has been working on a Shabby Chic style patchwork quilt. I love the soft and faded colours! 

So pretty! 

Jen (from NC) blew me away again with her knitting...

She made this cardigan for herself. Amazing work Jen!

And she embroidered napkins for her Mum.  So beautiful and a lovely gift.   I think your Mum would treasure these Jen.

Cookie has been making  bags....

You are so talented Cookie!  And I know she has also made lots of baby items as she has a new Grand Son!

Mimi has  made beautiful  and useful things.  This is a home deodorising blend that can be sprinkled to clean anything from your mattress to your carpet.  A kind of dry cleaning really.   And very effective!

You can find the recipe here.  If you like natural cleaning and essential oils this is for you! 

Thank you all so much!  I love that we can make beautiful things, lovely gifts,  beautiful our homes and build up our present cupboard all with our own work and using things we have.  What happiness!

I hope your week is going well!   It is beautiful here.  Autumn days are the best!  xxx


  1. Wow many pretty things! Very impressive. It is nice to get the cooler weather although Cyclone Linda is hovering off the coast and it is blowing a gale here and we are inland! Must be dreadful on the coast.

    1. Thanks Nanna Chel. Wow if it is windy there I do wonder about the coast. Jane said it was getting pretty windy earlier. I better check on her! xxx

  2. Annabel,

    Busyyyyyyy hands indeed.

    Oh, to knit and embroider like Jen. I cannot get over her talent.

    Lovely work and gifts, ladies!!!


    G’night from Missouri, USA!

  3. OMG Annabel those tea bags are gorgeous!

    1. I am glad you like them! The tiniest little pretty scrap would make a tea bag. A little girls dream! We go "dip dip dip" then drink tea :) xxx

  4. Dear Annabel,
    As always beautiful creations from the Bluebirds. So impressive and inspiring. Blessings, Cookie

  5. All of these items are so wonderful. Everyone did a great job. I wish I knew how to sew. It's something I've always meant to learn, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

    1. Dear Angela, Thank you! Well I dont know if you have a sewing machine? But you tube is a fantastic way to learn to sew. There is a lesson on everything. Then it is a matter of starting with simple things. i.e. Patsy at A Working Pantry has a simple way to sew a pillowcase. You will have sos much fun if you get started so just do one step at a time! Love

  6. Annabel everything is just gorgeous and the tea bags are adorable!
    Kelley I just love the little dresses they are so cute and you are also very crafty!
    Jen your knitting is amazing!!!!!
    Cookie I love the style of your bags they are fantastic!
    Mimi I love that your things are beautiful and useful both one of my favorite kinds of things!

    1. Dear Vicky, Your quilt is my colours! So pretty. And of course your baskets... but I am saving those for a post! Thank you! Love

  7. I love the tea bags!!! Paula

  8. Ladies your work is simply stunning. I always get so many wonderful ideas when I look at what you are all making. I am so proud to be a member of such a wonderful group of ladies who so generously share their creativity.

  9. Hello Annabel and thank you for showing us all those wonderful handcrafted items :).

    Might I say it we have some very talented ladies who do just beautiful work.


  10. Absolutely beautiful work ladies. love it all
    Cheers Lorraine xx

  11. So many lovely things! Thank you to the lovely and talented ladies.

  12. What beautiful and creative items everyone has come up with. I always get inspired!
    Harper is just the cutest little girl. Precious!


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