Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Just need shoes.....

...I told you that we have two weddings with four weeks between them didn't I..? our youngest son Chris is marrying the lovely Anastasia two weeks this coming Saturday and our youngest daughter, Sarah is marrying her handsome American, Matthew, exactly four weeks later......





this is all fabulous of course...well, it will be when I've made the total of seven cakes that will make up both wedding cakes, a four tier for Chris and Annie and a three tier for Sarah and Matthew and of course when I've sorted out what I'm wearing...!!












 today I went down to Geelong to visit Dad and take him in to see Mum, so I decided that this jeans and tee shirt woman had better get some glam to wear for the first wedding at least..!! I had bought a gorgeous bag the other week when I was out with my bff Jen, and today I bought the first outfit....
..I still have to pick up the top but it's bought and paid for, they just have to get a smaller size for me....{insert very big grin at the thought of a smaller size}....so now I just need shoes....!!! the colour of the skirt is actually a pale chocolate/coffee/pinky colour and the gorgeous bag :o) looks lovely with it...it's nothing like the purple tinge you can see in the photograph. anyway, I love it! I'm really not a glam, bling type of girl and I do prefer an old pair of well cut jeans to high heels and diamonds (not that I'm wearing diamonds you understand) but you get what I mean don't you? So....shoes!! I'm thinking I want a pair of red, sling back, low heels? I know, totally impractical but then they'd look awesome with jeans later....yes?? Otherwise I'm going to have to go with black and then I'll have to change my bag won't I.....??  sigh!! it's not easy this dressing up business is it? and I'm doing it all again straight after this wedding..!


on the sewing front, I've managed to make a start on my Sue Spargo block in-between making cakes {two fruit down, five chocolate mud to go} and I'm hoping to finish it this week...



okay, I'm off to stitch some more of my block..... see you soon.. XX

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

I am, you are, we are Australian

....and I'm very proud to be so...I'll be off watching the kids (and grown boys) belly flop and bomb water out of the pool, once again toss a snag on the barbie take lots of happy snaps of my gorgeous grandkids and generally have a great Australia Day with some of my family tomorrow, so I just want to say 'have a good one Australia' it's going to be a perfect day here in Victoria....stay safe on the roads and remember to slip, slop, slap....   :o)


I'd better show you some other stuff before I get carried away in my patriotic fervour hadn't I..  :o)

...my rag rug-along is alonging nicely, it's not exactly oval but I'm not going to fuss over it as I'm enjoying the process and I'll be happy to have it in front of my wood stove this winter....































...this arrived yesterday...woohoo!! I've been looking forward to getting my new Sue Spargo BoM 'Earth 'n Twig', how are those colours....love it.























I have another project in the planning stage too, can't show you too much as I'm not sure where I'm going with it yet but as soon as I know I'll share of course...:o)  the colours might just give you a hint as to the season it belongs in......




be good everyone, I'm off to cook some brownies (not very australian I know but the kids love them) enjoy your day Australia....
XXX

Saturday, 21 January 2012

rug-a-long....

I don't know about the rug bit, 'cos mine's not really looking anything like a rug right now! I guess it will eventually, but I'm definitely alonging...
Unlike Jodie who is cutting/ripping the fabric for hers and Clare who is doing hers from old clothing I decided to use a couple of the zillion jelly rolls I have (they multiply when you're not looking, prolific breeders are jelly rolls!!) so I don't have to cut anything......







...these are 'summers end' by kansas troubles quilters and 'oasis' by 3 sisters.......





...I wanted to have a good balance of light and dark in the rug........


I'm also not making mine round like the others.....I just love being different..  :o)





...I really want mine to end up as an oval..! (all suggestions/tips/helpful advice gratefully received) I want to put it in front of the wood stove in the kitchen (hope I don't set fire to it...;o) It doesn't quite look like much of anything right now does it..? sigh, hope it improves or else the dogs will have a nice mat in their bed..!!


If you're interested you can see some more in the flickr group here...

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

So I wanted to make another wool quilt....

(reba, can't reply to your comment as you're no-reply, the fabric is Blackbird Designs 'Antique Fair' pattern # 2676)




...this was last November/December and I knew that the Sue Spargo BoM wasn't starting until this month. Around the same time a box full of Quilted Crow Girls patterns arrived at Millrose...well, what was I supposed to do I ask you...?








I decided to do the '1864' quilt, this one is designed as a BoM so ideal really, I can work alongside the Sue Spargo when it arrives..... :o) 


Do I sound convincing? 


I've also committed myself to another 'along' in the last few days, but more of that later...


  these are the fabrics/wools I'm making this in...







..the background is 'Hometown' by Sweetwater, the red check is 'Antique Fair' by Blackbird Designs and the blue with red flowers is 'Vanity Fair c. 1892' by Nancy Gere..






..the wools are all from Weeks Dye Works wool fabric collection with the exception of the mustard, that's my own that I dyed a couple of years ago. all the reds are the same dye lot "Merlot" although different wool, the blue is "Deep Sea' and the last colour is "Thistle". The colour is truer in the first shot, I'm using this one for the leaves...






..this is as far as I've gone this week but it's hot here tonight so I might just sit in front of the box, air con on and stitch those stems down tonight....


So....the 'along' that I've joined is Jodies 'rug a long', braiding a rag rug. I'm cheating a little and using a couple of jelly rolls and I also want mine to be oval so that it will sit in front of my wood stove in the kitchen....we'll see how that goes, I haven't started yet of course  ;o) but I will ....  soon!!!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

It's the weekend again........

...yesterday I had lunch with Annie, Jodie and Bianca at Millrose Cottage and of course we had to have a little excursion next door to fondle some fabric....



 ...the face behind the brand new camera is Annie's, we had a little duel with camera's... :o) As usual, the food was awesome (risotto with mushroom, chicken and spinach for me....yummmm) and I was too busy eating to take a photograph. I bought a little fabric too, as you do, most of it was wool for my new quilt (which I haven't mentioned yet have I?) but I bought a sliver of this gorgeous linen to make this...


(apologies for the photo quality, I suddenly realised that I couldn't take the photo with MY camera....duh! So had to use the railway mans point and shoot....!)

...way back here I made a sleeve to go over my camera strap. I've always disliked the way the strap is just an advert for Nikon, Canon and the rest are the same too, names blazoned across your neck and chest...not my style I'm afraid, so hence the sleeve. It just slipped over the original Nikon strap and did the job but it was never long enough for me. I've never carried my camera around my neck, it's just plain annoying, so I would always end up with it slung over my shoulder which isn't really the safest place to carry it..! Last week, Leanne did a post about the strap she had made for her camera which made me think that it was about time I replaced mine too..! I did a bit of research and bought the fabric yesterday. Last night I decided to get it done, I had some photographs to take today and I just wanted to be able to sling my camera across my body and not worry about hanging on to it...!
After I had destroyed my Nikon strap I realised that I had to make it work otherwise I had no strap at all...!! I cut up a Katie's recyclable bag (it was white as opposed to the green of the supermarket ones) to make the tabs strong and stiff enough to carry the weight of the camera, the strap itself has iron on interfacing doubled and bamboo batting (because I had some strips already cut) layered in there. I stitched it down in four lines to make it lie flat and the tabs are actually stitched six times, over and over and over...! This baby is never going to give way! An hour and a half later I had this....






(once again apologies, it was really hard trying to get a photograph to show you exactly where the camera sits now)

it actually hangs right at the top of my thigh and the camera tends to sit slightly to the back which is perfect. it doesn't get in the way at all, is secure and is easy to grab and use without having to take it off my shoulder...I love it. I wore it for hours this morning while taking photos at the farmers market and it was so comfortable that I forgot I had it on, it sits so nicely, no rubbing on my neck! I love that it reflects me, myself and I and not a camera company!!

So, the new quilt.....well, it's a Quilted Crow Girls pattern, wool and cotton, I wanted to get it started as any day now my new Sue Spargo BoM is going to arrive in my mail box, great excitement I can tell you. 'Earth and Twigs' is the name of the 2012 BoM and I can't wait to see the colours, I really would like to keep up with the months but I'm not going to commit myself!!! There are things I'd like to get back into this year, I gave a few things up and put some stuff on hold while I was running up and down for Mum and Dad, I'm hoping that this year will settle a little, that I can still do some working days, move ahead with my photography, I've committed to doing another day at the Community house, so that's two lessons a week I'll be teaching..

I'll take some photos of the Quilted Crow one, although there isn't much to see yet, the fabrics are lovely though.....pale blues, reds with some mustard in there too....

Mum is settling into the home and I haven't been down since Wednesday, it was time for a little break from the road up and down the mountains. I'll see her again on Tuesday and hopefully she'll be settled even more.....

Right, need to stack the dishwasher, wonder when they'll invent one that stacks itself, and then it's in front of the idiot box for some mystery and drama I think....
See you all soon...
XX

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

1000 paper cranes....

...well I have 10 and that's a start! My friend Baukje from France was making them on new years eve and new years day and offered to send 10 (one for every 100) to anyone that commented on her post.....well I did and today there were 10 beautifully folded origami cranes in my mailbox.....






...gorgeous aren't they? 


 do you know the story of the cranes, I didn't until I read it on Baukje's blog, this is taken from her blog post (I'm sure she won't mind)..... 




 " In Japan it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper cranes makes a person's wish come true. A thousand paper cranes are traditionally given as a wedding present by the father , who is wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. The thousand origami cranes was popularized through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing in Hiroshima during the World War 11. Sasaki soon developed leukemia and, inspired by the cranes legend, began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand. In a popular version of the story as told in the book about Sadako, she folded only 644 before her death; in her honor her friends completed the rest and buried them all with her. In an alternate version of the story she completed the 1000 cranes before her death."





Sadako's short life has also inspired another sort of legacy: the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima. After Sadako's death , her classmates sought to honour their friend by creating a monument to mourn all the children who died from atomic bombing.



Beneath the pedestal , there is an inscription: 


This is our cry. This is our prayer. For building peace in the world.


when I opened the envelope with my cranes in there was a little note from Baukje, it simply said... "some cranes for a better world, Baukje xx"


What a beautiful sentiment, thank you Baukje. I'm taking the cranes as a symbol for a better year for myself, now I have to learn to fold them, I can't imagine not adding to them. I don't know that I'll get a thousand made but if I can make 100 then I'll make my wish...!!


XX

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Some sewing, some printing and some giving away....

First off today I just want to say thanks to you all for your messages of support and friendship, I haven't replied individually but please know that I appreciate every comment, thank you.... xxx 



 I've been kept busy this weekend, our eldest granddaughter, Sam, has been staying and as usual she has to rummage through my fabric stash and make 'stuff'.....

she spent part of yesterday making this.....


  ...and this, pillowcases for her bed, with those seam joins she's going to be an awesome quilter one day... :o) 

Then today she started these...


...disappearing four patch squares for cushions for Mum's room, I've finished them but she did a really good job on the tops. Only needed telling once how the cuts and turns go and she powered ahead. 

I was busy messing around on the computer sorting some photographs to print and frame to help make Mum's room a little more comfortable. These are the one's I've framed already...
(oops, now you can see that my table runner hasn't been bound yet, I'll get to it soon I hope....  :o)

...and I've printed photographs of all 15 of their great grandchildren, they're all named so that the nurses can interact with them. I've laminated these so that she can have them pinned on her cork board and she can also carry them around if she wants to.....  

 she constantly puts things in her pockets and just wanders around holding onto things... I'll be there tomorrow with Dad so I'm hoping for a better visit than last Friday. Sam is going home tomorrow too so I thought that she should make herself useful once more before she leaves....


we decided to go low tech for the draw for the iPhone case....


....so Margaret, it's yours. congratulations I know you're going to love it, I'm sure I've got your snail mail somewhere but perhaps you'd better send it to me anyway, I'm not very organised just lately...


That's it folks for another few days, I need to get back to some sewing this week, I want to make a quilt for Mum, all the ones I've made for them are at home with Dad and I just want to make a simple, quick quilt that can be thrown in the washer and dryer without having conniptions about it. I just want her to have that comfort of a quilt on her bed or chair, they're such tactile things, quilts, that they are ideal for Alzheimer's/Dementia sufferers as they constantly touch things...
Time to clean the kitchen....sigh, Sam and I made pizza for dinner, very nice it was too but we're messy cooks...! She's on the macbook in the lounge so I guess it's my turn to clean....
XXX

Friday, 6 January 2012

A new beginning....

today, this beautiful, much loved and once loving woman was transferred to her new 'home'. My brothers and I, along with Dad are happy that she is in a safe and secure environment, when she adjusts to her new surroundings our hope is that she will be as happy as her condition allows her to be, that she will be comfortable and well cared for. The care home we have chosen is, we feel, the best possible. The staff have been wonderful today, two lovely women/nurses staying with her all day to help her adjust, always one of them by her side, talking to her, reassuring, just being there. Calling to reassure me that she was okay a few hours after I left (in tears again) with Dad, telling me that they had taken her for a walk around all four wings to meet the other residents, that she had been talking to the two 'over 100 years' residents with gentle tenderness and patting their hands...
Making sure that she would get her chocolate coated ice cream that she loves so much after dinner each night and after being told that she loves a bit of Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate, making a note of it so that they could give her some in the times when she may be agitated or upset. Just the little things that make mine and my brothers guilt a little less.......


We know only too well that we can't look after Mum anymore, the task is well beyond us, she needs tender but firm care, delivered without the tug of emotion, she needs this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year....for the rest of her life.


Today was a new beginning for Mum, for my family and I too, a brand new phase of all our lives, we have to learn to live with visiting her in a home, learn to live with the fact that she will never come home again and finally I have to learn to live with the knowledge that my beloved Mum just doesn't know me at all anymore, that the person that told me off and turned her back on me today is not my Mum, it's a part of this terrible, terrible disease of Alzheimer's/Dementia.



I guess, as guilty as it makes me feel to say it, 2012 is the year I can start to think of me again....


I think I just want to say thank you to all of my blogger friends near and far for the support and love you've sent my way over the last year, to have been able to write down my fears and feelings on this awful journey and to have you send back waves of friendship and support has meant a huge amount...
so once again my friends, thank you for your friendship.....
XXX

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Do you have an iPhone 4...?

..because if you do, then you might get lucky as I'm giving a brand new designer cover away...!!! 


 A while back I bought a new cover for my iPhone, now this wasn't any old cover it was a very, very special cover because it was one of my youngest daughters paintings. 


 I've bragged about her talent to you before I know, but she is very good...






this is my phone, gorgeous isn't it? I love this cover, it's sturdy, colourful, unique and designed by one of my girls... 







So the thing is this, there was a huge mix up and I ended up with two covers, the other one arrived the other day.....

lucky for someone, it's the same design...!! If it had been another of her paintings there is no way I'd be doing this....


you can see some of her other iPhone designs here..   Red Bubble


so I'm giving it to one of you. 


you must have an iPhone 4 as it won't fit any other (it will fit all the 4's) and there are a few hoops to jump through. 


I don't usually like jumping hoops but I'm going to ask you to check out Sarah's website and if you have a Facebook account then I need you to go over and 'like' her art page...


so hop on over here and have a look at Sarah's art work, (click on the orange menu on the left side) then come back and leave a comment here telling me the name of the piece that you like the best, that will give you one chance.....


if you have a Facebook account then you can click on over to here and 'like' her page Given To Art, come back and leave a comment after you've done that and you get one chance in the draw...


Does that all make sense? I'm not used to these hoops, click here, jump there..! But to be fair, I do want you all to look at her awesome work...   ;o)


I don't mind where I post it to, local or international so have a look, you've got nothing to lose and a phone cover to gain....


Good luck, I know whoever wins will love it, I do...!


Oh yes, I'll leave it open until next Sunday, the 8th of January.....

 http://www.giventoart.com/home

 https://www.facebook.com/Giventoart

http://www.redbubble.com/people/GivenToArt/shop/iphone-cases


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