Purfylle: October 2015

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Pinbellish 9: A Pinning Celebration

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration


Halloween has come to Pinbellish!

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Lemur Island

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur - a critically endangered Madagascan rainforest species at Perth Zoo

One of the first animals you will discover at Perth Zoo is the The Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur on Lemur Island at the Main Lake.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Crochet Lace Tape


This yarn is so yummy I could eat it! 


It's called Gelato so it sounds yummy too. A 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend gives the best of both worlds. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Two Uses Tuesday 52

Two Uses Tuesday Linky Party
Two Uses Tuesday is LIVE until Friday at 11pm EST (3am  Saturday UTC).


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hooray! We have 2 new co-hosts for the month of November, Donna & Pili, they'll be joining us from party 53. Thank you so much ladies for wanting to party with us! Stop by and say hi to them this week :o)


TIP OF THE WEEK 

Have you noticed that pinterest is now trying to guess where you would like to pin your pin? If the pin has DIY in the description then boards with DIY in their title will display. Use this to advantage when giving your image it's alt title.

Monday, 26 October 2015

31 Things in 31 Days, Days 17-24 The Fail

Day 17: Rude pen

Saturday 17th October


I don't like this pen so I decided to pull the refill out to use later and ditch the pen. 



Both quickly ended up in the bin. I was really grateful the ink didn't end up everywhere. 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Nankeen Night Heron

Nankeen Night Heron Juvenile coming into his adult plumage - that's his foot he's holding up to his chest.

On one of our photography jaunts we stumbled across a night heron family of three. For such a large bird (60 cm / 24 inches) they are surprisingly hard to spot. 

Friday, 23 October 2015

Pinbellish 8: A Pinning Celebration

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration


Halloween has come to Pinbellish!

Get your limited edition Pinbellish button now! 


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12 FREE Halloween crochet projects


Has Halloween snuck up on you and you need a crochet project you can do this weekend? 


I've found you 12 FREE crochet patterns to get you crocheting right away.


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

How To Edit Photos To Look Amazing In 4 Easy Steps

How To Edit Photos To Look Amazing In 4 Easy Steps

My photo posts often get positive comments about how good they look.

It's not because I'm a great photographer, I'm not.
It's not because I've got lots of expensive equipment, I don't.
I am just an amateur who barely understands the basics of how to use her DSLR.

The reason I get great comments is largely due to my taking the time to edit photos. Now let me explain. I'm not talking about using photoshop or fancy software to do lots of post processing.

I'm talking about editing, the same way you would edit a blog post, or a letter to your business clients or a birthday invitation, but instead of words it's images you're editing.

Editing your photos is about making sure you've got all the necessary information easily displayed, discarding anything superfluous.

It doesn't matter what program you use to edit your photos, even if you're using your phone you should be able to implement these tips.

Here's my secrets on how to edit photos.


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Two Uses Tuesday 51

Two Uses Tuesday Linky Party
Two Uses Tuesday is LIVE until Friday at 11pm EST (3am  Saturday UTC).

Are you an avid Two Uses Tuesday linker?

After you've linked up have you thought, "This is fun! I could do this!" Well here's your chance! We're looking for a co-host (two perhaps) for the month of November. Are you interested? Let us know by email, leave a comment or contact me ;o)

Monday, 19 October 2015

Black Necked Stork - Jabiru

Over the weekend we headed out the door with the intention of going on a photo walk but with no particular destination in mind.

On a whim we decided to head to Perth Zoo. Perth Zoo is my favourite zoo of all the ones I've had the pleasure of visiting.

I want to share with you some of my shots from our outing and rather then try and cram the whole zoo experience into one blog post I'd prefer take a more leisurely trip through the zoo with you. And that is exactly what I'm going to do! The hardest part is deciding where to start.

There was this one animal who had me absolutely enchanted though. So lets start there.

Meet Jabiru

Wearing a stylish outfit using bold colour blocking in white paired with stunning metallic peacock shades.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Willie Wagtail's Cosy Love Nest

Willie Wagtail

Today's post was a difficult one as I did get some nice crisp photos on this photography walk, however the shots that really tell the story are rather lacking in the sharpness I would like.  

Although I am not particularly thrilled by the quality of these shots the subject matter is one that I have never before had the pleasure to see in person and so I simply have to share it with you. I am relying on the fact that the lack of sharpness will be less evident by the time these photos have been reduced to internet size. 

When we arrived at the lake we saw Willie wagtail swooping magpies. 

Willie Wagtail swooping a magpie

Friday, 16 October 2015

Pinbellish 7: A Pinning Celebration

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration


Halloween has come to Pinbellish!

Get your limited edition Pinbellish button now! 


But you can have a regular Pinbellish button button too.

A big special Thank You to Allie for the Halloween Spooky Banner and to Gina for last weeks spooky Pin Trivia.

31 Things in 31 Days, Day 10-16: Mostly Trash

An empty sewing shears box is just clutter.
 Day 10


I've struggled this week to face the decluttering. 


But having promised to do 31 Things in 31 Days this month I've kept at it, even when I didn't feel like it. I remind myself that I just have to find one thing today. Just one thing.

What's surprises me is just how much I've been able to find that is just trash!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Drops In The Frog Pond Crochet Afghan

It's finally finished! 


I'm calling this Afghan 'Drops In The Frog Pond' because it's based off the 'drop in the pond' pattern and I ended up frogging so much of it.


I'm calling this crochet afghan 'Drops In The Frog Pond'

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Derelict Bench

Wordless Wednesday


 ISO 320 | f 4.5 | 1/2000
lens 55-250mm

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Two Uses Tuesday Turns 50!

Two Uses Tuesday is LIVE until Friday at 11pm EST (3am  Saturday UTC).


This year has simply evaporated and the 50th Two Uses Tuesday is here!


On the 7th of October 2014 the very first Two Uses Tuesday Linky party was launched. That 1st party had a grand total of 2 linkers.

Since then well over 5000 links have been shared at #2usesTuesday. Stella joined Sarah as co-host for Two Uses Tuesday just in time to celebrate the 21st Party. 

We love working together, it has been a blast and we have helped each other so much since we started to work together. Sarah has a positive impact on my blog every single week and helps to keep me on track and focused. Sarah is more then just a blog party partner, but a great friend who enriches, embellishes and purfylles my life in so many ways. 


More then that, through Two Uses Tuesday I have met so many wonderful bloggers and I'm thrilled to be celebrating this milestone party with you all. 

To Celebrate we are taking a walk down memory lane and in addition to the usual Features we have some special Retro features too. 

Grab your special 50th party button and celebrate with us. Let's make this the best #2UsesTuesday ever and link up something extra from your archives. 

Tip: Find a great blogging buddy!!!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Coffee

Turkish Coffee Grinder

Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee. 


I love my coffee. It's a vital part of my day. I am a total coffee addict. I freely admit it.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Welcome Swallow

I'm not saying 'hello', this little cutie is actually called the 'Welcome Swallow'. 


According to Wikipedia this little bird's name refers to people welcoming its return as a herald of spring.

The 'Welcome Swallow'.   According to Wikipedia this little bird's name refers to people welcoming its return as a herald of spring.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Pinibellish 6: A Pinning Celebration

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration

START:  Friday 7am EST | 11am UTC | Friday 7pm +8UTC 
END:  Monday 7am EST | 11am UTC | Tuesday 7pm +8UTC

Halloween has come to Pinbellish!

Get your limited edition Pinbellish button now! 


But you can have a regular Pinbellish button button too.

31 Things in 31 Days - Day 9: Flat Surfaces

I loooove a clean flat surface. 


Unfortunately I am the master at covering a flat surface in stuff without even noticing I've done it

Just after sharing with you my ponderings on how to approach my nemesis (the sewing room), I decided to put Nony's visibility rule into practice and focus on the easy stuff first so it's visually less overwhelming.

That means my cutting table. It always means my cutting table.

It took me almost no time at all to go from this:
My cutting table in it's usual state of disarray

Thursday, 8 October 2015

31 Things in 31 Days - Day 8: trial and error

Long forgotten first attempt at open work on linen and needlemade lace


Today I found things I'd forgotten I'd even tried. 


  • A first attempt at openwork on linen...and then the needle and thread required to finish it.
  • Another first attempt at some needle-made lace.
  • That last picture is a couple of bits of silk that were being lined with linen, all hand stitched. I'm not sure if it was going to be sleeve decorations or garters or what they were meant to be. I doubt I'll ever finish them. 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

31 Things in 31 Days - Days 6 & 7 - Toolboxes and Containers

I don't have a lot to show for the last 2 days although I've spent a few hours in the sewing room.

If you're new here you may wish to catch up on the rest of the 31 Things in 31 Days series.

Day 6 - Toolbox

Tuesday 6th October


I thought this ugly toolbox was going to be a great storage solution that would solve all of my pen, eraser, pencil sharpener storage problems. 

And it kind of worked. But's it's ugly and it's not that great of a solution. So I re-homed everything inside of it. 

Ugly toolbox ruining the prettiness of the vintage singer

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Two Uses Tuesday Link-up 49

Two Uses Tuesday Linky Party
Two Uses Tuesday is LIVE until Friday at 11pm EST (3am  Saturday UTC).

Tip Of The Week

Not sure you want to follow someone on Twitter but you may want to see what they're tweeting about from time to time? Put them in a list! Their tweets won't show up in your news feed but when you go to the list you put them in voila!
Don't worry, a post on creating and using twitter lists will be coming soon!
We have a special request from Sarah to help her out with writing that post.
'If  I don't follow you yet on Twitter I'd like to add you to a list that I will use as an example in the post about twitter list. Can I add you? Leave your Twitter ID in the comments.' I will add you too and make sure Sarah gets your Twitter handle.

Monday, 5 October 2015

31 Things in 31 Days - Days 2, 3, 4 & 5 - On Track

On the 1st of October I started the 31 Things in 31 Days challenge


I'm pleased to say I am on track!


Day 2: Containers

Friday 2nd October


I begun aggregating bits and bobs.

One of my goals is to reduce the amount of small opaque containers I have. I want things to be in containers I love or in clear containers that I can easily see what is inside.

Aggregating stuff meant a lot of empty containers to throw out.


Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Saga Of Lady Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck ducklings

I had so many photos to choose from this week and together they tell a story of courage, determination, hardship, motherhood, competition, predator and prey, war and the fight for survival, that I had a hard time selecting which images to share with you. So I apologise for the image overload.

The story starts with Lady Black Duck, who has one goal, to see her brood of chicks grow to adulthood. 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Pinibellish 5 A Pinning Celebration

Pinbellish a pinning celebration link party

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration

START:  Friday 7am EST | 11am UTC | Friday 7pm +8UTC 
END:  Monday 7am EST | 11am UTC | Tuesday 7pm +8UTC


This week I got some spring cleaning in and I scrubbed behind the fridge and the washing machine!

That means this weekend I can relax and PIN ALL THE THINGS! Lets get pinning together.

What will you find at Pinbellish?


New things to embellish your Pinterest boards.

Show off your latest & greatest pins on multiple blogs.

We'll entertain you with weekly Pin Trivia.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

31 Things In 31 Days Decluttering Challenge - Day 1 - Duplicates

31 things in 31 days. My plan is to declutter my sewing room 1 thing at a time.

It's October and that signals the start of the 31 days challenge.

And as much as I would like to participate I need to be realistic, I don't think I'd actually manage the full 31 days.