Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 16, 2018

Around home







I’m really pleased to say the fruiting season is over for 2018. At the top are the last picked nectarines and below this are some of the fruits preserved.
The dark fruit on the left had been made into chutney, the center, right to the back, shows stewed nectarines and on the right side are the yellow clingstone peaches

These are only 2  of the very many bags of frozen nectarines.  I have boxes and lots more bags in the freezer.  Not much room for anything else.
I’m so glad I found the tip for slicing and open freezing before placing the fruit into bags and back into the freezer until needed.  I’ve run out of containers so this method suited me.



and the very last tree to be stripped was the apple.  Over 60 – that is a wide/deep bowl.  Most are small this year but taste sooo good.  They last well too.  I made one pie so far- maybe more (if I can  make room in that freezer).

All our trees were grown by my DH, from seed, so I don’t know what type the apple is.





Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 2, 2018

A Year’s sketching

For the exercise I sketched the page of heads in Understanding Anatomy.









I’m sure it would have looked neater had I used the Micron fine liner pen but being unsure, I stuck with the 2B pencil.
Using a sheet of paper under my hand did lessen the smudging, so I will make that a habit.






Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 25, 2018

Around the garden

These are a small part of a laden clingstone peach tree.  I forgot exactly how much they weighed but it was either just under or just over 25kg.  Over half of the fruit here weighed 260g each .  I bottled about 14 jars of fruit.

I found a great tip on preparing fruit, which is to slice and lay on trays in the freezer to really chill.  The sections can then be placed into plastic bags and stored until needed through the year.   I’ve made and frozen pies as well.

This lot were shared with DD2 and her friends.  DD1 took home another load yesterday of nectarines.




The parrots are still trying hard to get to the fruit, hence the netting.  This freestone peach has only large fruit this year and is only a small tree.  The stake is 3 ft tall so the top leaves are about 4ft high. We’ve picked, shared and eaten about 12 and there are 15 left.




This is the nectarine tree, about 7/8 foot tall and as you can see, also loaded.  No matter which way you look through the tree it looks the same, so I’ll only use one photo.  We may have to strip the tree by next weekend.




and our lovely kookaburra, relative of the Kingfisher, sitting on the clothesline.  So tame it didn’t mind me standing under it taking lots of photos.  It seems to have found some small lizards in the garden lately.








and here’s one nearby…






the body is about 4/5 inches long from nose tip to leg hip…but look at that tail..  These dainty Water-dragons are very swift at darting under the house very close to it.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 22, 2018


I’ve been too busy cooking up peaches and nectarines to post my sketches, lately.

I’ll post some fruit pics tomorrow but for now here’s a tree and a coloured drawing of…







‘The  patient lovers’ After Salvador Dali.  I thought it too cute not to try.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 10, 2018

A Year’s sketches

You could be forgiven for thinking this was a study at night.  It was Not.  I have discovered why my pencil drawings always have dark backgrounds, sometimes looking blue.
My youngest daughter who can draw, clued me in by letting me know when I work with pencils, to have a paper under my hand so I don’t smear the graphite across the white page.

What I’ve also learned from her is getting better contrast by rubbing in with a cotton bud so the shading is smoother.  Graphite pencils 2B and 6B used.  I’ve yet to try this tip.

This deer is created with dots, called pointillism art -I couldn’t resist using the picture to try it myself.

For this I used a Micron .05 pen.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 7, 2018

A Year of sketches

Such a slow start to 2018- I haven’t had time to draw often through January but hope that will change.

I found I’d slipped back a bit and have been doodling more. I’m trying to achieve a better contrast for these sketches.
I used a 2B pencil mostly with a 6B for more depth.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 20, 2017

A Sketch a day

I admit in the last few months I’ve not sketched at all and my sleeping pattern returned to dismal.

I’ve managed some doodling but not worthy of posting.  In the last few days I found a bit of time for myself and here are the results.

Hummingbird and hibiscus were formed(copied) with a 2b pencil and overdrawn with a Micron 0.1 pen.
I used the same pen for the flowers and coloured with Faber Castel pencils.

I can now say I’ve had a couple of great night sleeps.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 20, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches

My ornament is now complete and framed.


I wasn’t pleased with my alignment of the dots when I worked the lower section, so I removed the Dot stitches, as well as from the holly leaves and replaced both areas with French Knots.

This is my last embroidery for the year as it’s time to sort Christmas gifts and baking.

Thanks to You, my friends for your great support through the year.  I appreciate it.


I will begin the new TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) Further Challenge on the 2nd January…another little job to sort before then.  If interested, you can check out TAST at Sharon Boggon’s Pintangle


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 15, 2017

A Year of stitching

This is about the half-way mark and going well.  Three more rows and 3 dots added.
There is little stitch variety.  Padded Satin and 4 layers of Satin stitch for berries.
The black and white row:- using DMC black thread, I vertically padded with Split stitch and carefully, Straight stitched across in the correct sections – going under the fabric where white was to go.

I repeated this with white thread for the remaining sections.

I really like how each section, as for the Reindeer,  is back stitched (or Split Back-stitched) completing each area as you go.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 13, 2017

Sunday Stitch School -No 46

No 46.  Corded Coral stitch

As promised, here is my sample.  I found my work neater using just the threads.  Maybe I could have stitched closer, over the ribbon.  More practise needed.

I used Perle 8 thread and the ribbon was less than 1/4″ wide.

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