Monday, February 9, 2015


About an hour ago I put all the names together for the giveaway ......... doing things the old fashioned way  each follower who commented on the any of the 3 posts had numbers put beside their names and then the numbers were written on scraps of paper  and popped into a little jug - Scruffy was overseeing the process
My eldest son who is still living with us at present was asked to draw out the 3 winning numbers - no photo allowed - he thinks blogging is weird (but online games played with others from all over the world are ok......... we shall say no more lol) ........... except

 CONGRATULATIONS   to the 3 winners ........
Terry  from Terry's Life

Christine from MacDonalds Patch

African Aussie  from africanaussie blog

Each of you win some of my homemade natural soap and candlemelts  - I will be sending an email to the 3 of you shortly in order to get your snail mail addresses to post out your parcels which I hope you will enjoy using.  The candle melts are placed into the top of an oil burner (like you would normally put scented oils in) with a little tea candle under to melt it.  You will find once it cools it will harden back up due to the beeswax (handy for keeping dust out) and you can use it over and over without it getting dusty and gritty like what happens with oils.

Yesterday Pete and I went into the Swap Meet held in Wangaratta........ since I'm trying to declutter I was keen not to purchase anything, but what could a girl do when her hubby buys a couple of little items for her..........  we have a small collection of blue glass bottles in the bathroom and he found this pair of blue vases for $1 each ....... and then found this darling little blue lantern which I've popped some essential oils in to help keep the bathroom nicely scented! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Last Chance and FNSI

Yep,  this is your last chance if you are a follower and if you haven't left a comment in the past 2 posts to take part in my giveaway to celebrate my 5th Blog Anniversary !!  It's quite a milestone and to think I have over 100 followers is simply amazing, so it's only fair that I share the love. Tomorrow (Monday - Australian time), I'll be drawing out the 3 winners.

And speaking of winners, I had a lovely surprise when a package arrived in the mail not so long ago - I was a winner with the December OPAM and received this lovely little kit from Kris of Tagalong Teddies

After a year of knitting I was hoping by the end of this year I might have skills enough to be able to volunteer to do a test knit for a designer, so I was super excited (and nervous) when Laura Aylor mentioned she had a test knit open for an easier knit - and even more of both when I was accepted as one of her testers ...... so I've been busily trying to work on it to have it completed by the 16th Feb ! Eeeek, not too many days away!!!   So  with FNSI this is what was keeping me busy all night!!

 I do have to add that I'm really enjoying this knit and love the way it's shaping up - knit from the neck down in one piece - so no sewing bits together after you finish knitting which I find a massive plus!!   Laura has some fabulous knitted patterns - you can find her on Ravelry where she has a group and holds knit alongs to assist with anyone knitting up her patterns.  If you are not familiar with Ravelry, you can click on her name it will take you to her blog.

I actually have 2 other knits going at present which are both Laura's patterns - currently on hold while I get the test knit completed - I'm happy with the way the this sleeveless dress is beginning to shape up considering I'm using yarns I have in my stash!

"City in Winter" - a sleeveless dress by Laura Aylor Designs
Back to knitting for a bit before I head to bed - I'll be back tomorrow to draw the winner - Good Luck everyone!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wanderings and Blogannivsary Giveaway

Tomorrow I celebrate the 5th anniversary of Country Fragrance!  We were living in Townsville when I first decided to start my blog, and back then it was with the intention of being able to share with family and friends as we made the big move back to Victoria, to a little country spot in the North East of the state.    Over the 5 yrs I've shared how we have transformed this little cottage, family moments, crafts of various types, gardening and cooking.  
I really want to thank those of you who stop by to visit with me here, and especially to those of you who stop in and leave a comment, it's always nice to know I have company,  and I've enjoyed getting to know others from somewhat near to those on the other side of the globe ! 
 So I thought you might appreciate a little giveaway -  it is open to anyone who is a follower, as I feel it is my followers I need to thank .....all you need do is leave a comment on any of my posts from yesterday, up till Sunday night (Aussie time).  On Monday I will draw out  3 winners ............who will receive one of my handmade natural soaps (olive oil, essential oils, herbs) and a couple of my handmade candle melts (beeswax and essential oils) - Oh and you best mention if you have a favourite smell, I can't guarantee you will get it, but you never know your luck .....
Varieties here- Choc mint, Vanilla and Coffee Bean, Orange Cinnamon

Beeswax Candle Melts - essential oils include lavender, orange, lemon, rose, patchouli

For something new this year, I've decided that Wednesdays will be the day I share something to do with wanderings .....hence it shall become Wednesday Wanderings  .......... This week I'm sharing a few photos from a little town also in the North East of Vic, about 90kms from me....... Beechworth 
Some you may be familiar with Beechworth Honey, so I've taken a photo of inside the shop for you......

My January OPAM finishes were small due to the dental work, but I did get a dishcloth crocheted and a made a little knitted cowl which should come in handy in winter

Gotta run, talk soon I hope,

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Teething Problems

I'd much rather start my post with something pleasant, so I'd love to let you all know I'm having my 5th blog anniversary later this week.  I plan to get a couple of little giveaways together.  I really appreciate it so much when you spend the time to come and visit with me, and even more so when you leave a comment.    I've also seen my followers have managed to make it over the 100 in time for it also, a double celebration!!!!!   So the giveaway will be open to all those who follow my blog ........ You'll just need to leave a comment  on a post from now up till the weekend .......but I'll let you know more about it in a couple days time .....

I seem to have missed quite a bit in blog land over the past couple of weeks see, 
Over January I've had to undergo some major dental work, which has involved having to go through 3 visits to the dentist to sit in the chair and have all my top teeth removed ( with the last 6 coming out last week). Some people are lucky enough to have the procedure done in hospital ........guess I missed out on that.........  I feel like all I've done in January is have a mouth full of pain ........ Now it's just a matter of getting used to having this top plate ( which is proving a little more difficult than I had imagined).  If anyone has any tips I would love to hear them please!!!  One thing, I've managed to loose some weight not being able to eat much lol

Hugs sharm