Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Rose of Sharon, Pineapple Growing Update + WOYWW

Hullo everyone, Wednesday again!! So WOYWW post (What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday) over with our Julia @ Stamping Ground. 
Not much to show for the crafty side except card already made before cataract surgery last week (going well, thanks for prayers/ thoughts, MUST be patient in healing process :D).
Our autumn is just amazing, stunning days as the photos show, our garden is in view.
First a flower named after me, (Sharon, well not quite) called Rose of Sharon. This name is loosely used for many plants, including bulb plant mentioned in Song of Solomon in the Bible.  Ours is tall, about 12 foot.
 Yes, that is how blue our skies are we are very, very blessed.. about 15 - 25c for our autumn days.
 Here are links to help with what we in Oz commonly call Rose of Sharon, is of Hibiscus family - see links:
It opens white, turns pink to rose red, then the tight curled up rose red bud drops on the ground.
  Also thought that should update the Pineapple growing  here - just to refresh you memory on previous two posts - see here and here, was palnted from top of shop bought fruit.
Photo 1: 6th Feb. 2013

Photo 2: 6th march 2013

Photo 3: Then we have it 27th April 2013, 7 weeks later and it is nearly the full 30cm or 12 inches. Wont get much bigger - just ripen on bush.

Well, a snippets card here - funny how you have stash for simply ages then come across it and think YES! ideas pop into mind. 
A little Robin said to another Robin....
Well, this  is one. I finally used up these two feathered robins, so cute, bought few years ago, realised the border was the perfect match, also for ages neglected. 
Tree was my own construct out of scrap+ Pan pastels to get the lovely texture on colouring (lost on photo). Leaves a Martha Stewart punch, bought pre-punched on eBay + Distressed Strips Cuttlebug folder. My friend's birthday card, her name is Robin so very appropriate ... off to play in the Snippets playground! wahoo!
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x
PS. I will comment as able struggle with some as they will not magnify, or have black backgrounds.
I find its really the hardest. not sure why.
 I highlight the page in blue so writing is white and background is blue then can read them so much easier..  even if pickies look a little weird :D


Betsy said...

Your flowers are so beautiful! I wish we could smell this post! :-) The pineapple saga is great. It's coming right along isn't it?
The card is beautiful too! You have a real talent for making these beauties.

Unknown said...

Such pretty flowers! That pineapple is really growing. I do not think I had ever seen one on the plant until you shared pictures of it. Love the card. Those birds are adorable. You are right that the border is a perfect match. I would have thought they came together. I always seem to work on a project then set it aside and have the best ideas on how to finish it a few days later. LOL

Myrna said...

Your flowers are so lovely. They look a wee bit like hollyhocks.
Love the pineapple saga. Isn't it gorgeous!!!
Your card is perfect and I like the feathered robins for Robin.
Glad the eyes are coming along.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

You have such great things to show us,
lovely photos and beautiful card like always,
hugs Tamara
happy 1.May

Bridget Larsen said...

Hey thats not fair that you have lovely sunshine and we are shivering with the cold hahhaha, That pineapple looks so yummy
Bridget #9

Sandy said...

That pineapple is going really well and your hibiscus is lovely so huge.
Sandy :) #30

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love that robins card, Shaz! Fairly simple but so effective..that's my cup of tea, definitely! Gorgeous flower pics too :)
Hugs, LLJ 27 xxxx

sara j said...

How fun to see an actual Rose of Sharon - it is a very old quilt pattern and now I have a better understanding of the traditional colors. Not that I will go out and make it (since - gasp - it is an appliqué pattern) but it is nice to know. Glad to hear the recovery is going well. God has funny ways of reminding/teaching us to be patient! Have a great week Shaz.
Sara j #23

Sunshine Girl said...

What beautiful flowers - hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl 31.

Helen said...

Gorgeous photos, I wish we had smellycam too! Hope the cataract op was a success and you recover well - as you say, be patient!! LOVE the snippets card, it is perfect. Helen 3

Belinda Basson said...

Love the card. So nice to use up old stash! Do show us your ripe Pineapple...#55

okienurse said...

Love the rose of sharon...I have one growing that is similar that has purple and white blossoms on it. It lives near the pool and loves all the reflected light and heat. Beautiful card with those stunning birds! I just cut up a pineapple tonight and may try to grow a pineapple in a pot cause I doubt it would grow outside in the winter here. Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #41

Neil said...

Good morning, just popping in to say Hi.
Loving your world this morning; blue skies are here too, your pineapple looks great and love the card!

Hope you have a fun week.
Neil # 22

Andrea said...

good to hear all is going well after the op thanks again for the fab photos love the flowers and update on the pineapple. our friend will love her card those robins are oh so cute have a great week and hope you get back to crafting soon hugs Andrea x#73

Glenda said...

Such beautiful flowers and I have to say I have never seen a pineapple growing before. I must lead a very sheltered life!

ria gall said...

Hi Shaz
So good to hear that the eye is getting better, just needs time as you said.
I am loving all the photos of your garden so pretty and wow look at the pineapple.
Pretty little card such cute birds
Happy WOYWW #204 and enjoy the rest of your week
Ria #44

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

very pretty card... and those photos are amazing... and the blue sky! happy woyww jenx

Sarn said...

Hi Shaz . . .glad your are continuing to make a good recovery. Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing xxx

shazsilverwolf said...

Beautiful outdoors pics again Shaz, and live the little Robins.Very similar to British Robins, but ours don't have white speckles. Love how you've found a way around the difficulties of colours on web pages, well done you. Hope your eyes are coming along nicely, Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #81

ike said...

Fabulous card - love those Robins and oh WoWza - a Pineapple.... that is just awesome !! I wonder if I would be able to grown one in my garden in Greece ?????

IKE xxxx

found you when I was browsing WOYWW :-D

Nan G said...

Love the Rosé of Sharon! Course I have hibiscus growing in my yard tho not as big. :) Very pretty card! Hope all goes well with your eye recovery. Blessings and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #5

Roudi said...

Hooray for spring! It's very sunny here in Egypt, too!
Love, love your card. The robins are the cutest thing ever! You're so talented. :)

Happy WOYWW to you. xx
Roudi #115

Di said...

Fantastic photos Shaz - coo, that pineapple is a real beauty!

Love your snippets card - cute yet elegant at the same time. Something I'd love to be!

Hugs, Di xx

Stephanie said...

Beautiful pictures and the card is just precious! Have a lovely day!

Hugs to you!

BJ said...

Our Rose of Sharon is usually yellow here in the UK. Love your robin card. BJ#48

kathi17 said...

The flowers are beautiful, and I love the pineapple!

Your card is gorgeous. All the details are perfect, and your shading is really beautiful.

You are doing so well after your cataract surgery. I know it will keep getting better and better as the weeks go on.

Kathi #129

Caro said...

The Rose of Sharon is beautiful, and it is lovely to see that the pineapple is getting on so well. Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. I will keep praying for full recovery. Caro x (#70)

MaryH said...

Thanks for the lovely pictures, and hope the eyes are doing fine (I have 1 still to go). Loved your card too. Interesting bit on the pans, I'm just investing in those, must learn to use! Your border was so pretty with the robins, and what a perfect card for someone with that name. She'll love it. TFS & Blessed healing. Hugs

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh my word that Rose is just beautiful, I am such a hibiscus lover..prolly because they seem so exotic and rampant anywhere it's warm! Fancy having a 12ft tree of those precious gems..lovely. Girlfriend, I feel you shouldnt really worry about comments and blog reading for now..only a week since the patient..we' ll hear from you when the time is right and the patience has paid off, huh!

Anonymous said...

Pretty flowers. LOVE pineapple. We buy one every week. LOL! To think...we used to buy canned. =/ Fresh is best! Gorgeous plant. Happy Wednesday!

Saxo Stamper said...

Beautiful photos and lovely card. Hope you are recovering well from your eye operation.

number 131

Sally H said...

lovely to hear you are on the mend, Shaz. The card is a real beauty! I love the birds, and combined with the fabulous flowers and the embossed fence it makes a wonderful scene. Your pineapple picture brings back memories of my trip to Rwanda. there was a field full opposite our hotel, and they were available for breakfast each morning

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz
glad to hear the eye op went well and hopefully it wont be long before everything is back to normal..... or better. the garden is looking great,
janet #32

glitterandglue said...

So glad things are going well with your eyes - take special care of them. The pineapple is incredible - and the card is such fun.
Have a precious week.
Margaret #85

Marianne said...

prayers for continued healing. Love the card. I need to get to work on a birdie project myself. And that Pineapple is too pretty to eat.
Happy WOYWW !

Sue - said...

Beautiful photos of the plants and gorgeous blue sky. Glad the eyes are healing. Lovely card.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, I hope you are recovering well from your recent op.

Your Rose of Sharon is so much prettier than the one I have in my garden ... it's a hypericum calycinum, with a little yellow flower, and the variety we have is called Rose of Sharon even though it looks nothing like a hibiscus flower.

Your pineapple is coming along nicely too - how long before you can eat it, I wonder.

Your snippet card is great - love the little birds. It is funny how stash can go in and out of favour too - in this case it was serendipity - you found just the right border at the right time :)

Hope you have a good week. Elizabeth x #92

Spyder said...

love your card and love that pineapple too, you won't want to eat that, it's become a pet!!
I bit late! Have a great crafty week!
HaPpY WoYwW!?!
(((Lyn))) #142

Mrs A. said...

Like your feathered birds on your card. A Rose of Sharon is generally yellow here in England so nice to see a different colour.
Hope you continue to improve after your surgery. Hugs Mrs A.

Craftychris said...

Your snippets card is gorgeous! I love it! Your flowers and pineapple photo's are lovely and I hope your eyes continue to improve after your operation - it is so wonderful what can be done these days!! xx

scrappymo! said...

My goodness...the garden pictures are fabulous! We have only a few bulbs and really early spring perennials blooming. In fact I am dividing up like mad before the hotter weather arrives tomorrow!

The pineapple looks yummy, now I am craving a stirfry!

Love how you found the robins in your stqash for your friend of the same name...and you are right the border is a perfect match! The embossing folder is fantastic!

Don't rush your eyes. How you recover affects you be very patient my dear and let yourself be a patient!


Cathy said...

Hi Shaz, glad to hear you are recovering well :) Your garden is fantastic, we have a couple of pineapple tops in pots, probably too cool here for them to fruit. Yours is fantastic.

Lovely robin card Too :) Cathy x

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