Monday, January 28, 2013

School goes back this week and I am not looking forward to it. I like having all the little duyvkens home with me. Kicking back, enjoying ourselves and being free from timetables suits me and I am sorry to see it end. JW will be joining the older ones at 'big school' this year (she's been counting sleeps) and G is starting high school. High school means a new school, new uniform, new friends, travelling independently, a timetable to manage and her own locker. She is particularly excited about those last two things so when I saw this make-your-own magnets project on pinterest I thought she would enjoy it.
We went out for vegie burgers and bought a few pairs of gaudy earrings (honestly, is anyone wearing these out?) and some magnets. We pulled out my trusty glue gun when we got home and after half an hour of giggles and great conversation we had 6 sparkly magnets to help decorate the inside of her locker.
JW and G are both excited about what is ahead of them and aren't nervous about it at all. I honestly wonder where they come from sometimes. They're amazing girls and I'm awfully glad that they're mine.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

Crafting for a Crafter

Friday, January 18, 2013

Remember when I made a quilt for Delilah? Well, not long after sending it off I got an email from The Proud Grandmother sharing the link to this etsy store, DesignedforDelilah. It turns out that Delilah's mum is also a crafter and sewer. This made me very happy. I always love giving handmade gifts but giving to someone who understands just how much work goes into something like a small quilt is extra special. I know that N will appreciate that handmade especially for them means made with love.
Sometimes when I give a handmade gift I get the distinct impression that it is viewed as being less valuable than something purchased in a store with a plastic tag attached and wrapped in several layers of excess packaging. This doesn't mean that I think the things I make are inherently more valuable than mass-produced things but it does mean that it has been made thoughtfully and I wonder why some people don't see that.
This post has taken an awfully long time to write, I have been distracted by long articles about consumerism, the culture of convenience, quotes from Thoreau (must read more!) and craftivism. There's lots of food for thought out there if you take the time to look for it.
But back to N, L and Delilah, aren't the things in her etsy store adorable? I particularly love the handpainted russian nesting dolls.

2013 Quilt List

It appears that I am both easily distracted by pretty pictures of quilts and have too little time on the sewing machine so this is my official list of quilts to help me remember want to make this year. I love lists. I am forever, writing them down and ticking things. They help keep me on track and stop me from forgetting (most of the time) important things I need to remember. The most used lists end up laminated and taped to the back of the pantry door but this list is just going to sit here on this blog and I hope to add to it over the course of the year and, more excitingly, cross this off as the year goes on.
1.  Finish Zara's squares quilt.
2. Bungle Jungle triangle quilt for Sweetie.
3. Swoon quilt for G.
4. Family of quilt for Mum.
5. Voile hourglass quilt.
6. A couple of picnic quilts using layer cakes.
7. A couple of stroller quilts.
8. Pieced apple quilt.
9. Couch quilt in the style of Delilah's quilt.
Naturally, the list of quilts that have actually been made at the end of the year may look very different to the list above but hopefully this will help me get more sewing done in 2014 than I did in 2013.
Do you have big plans for 2014?

Road Trip

Monday, January 07, 2013

24 hours in Canberra. The trip there and back was beautiful - lots of big sky.
We ate well, we slept well, we saw some sights and made some memories. There is lots to do in Canberra and even though we managed to fit in more that we thought we would there is still more to see so we might come back during the winter school holidays for another overnight stay. This trip was about taking the kids to Questacon but we also managed to fit in a quick trip to Parliament House and saw the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition. 

J's been reading The Cloudspotter's Guide and was able to tell us about all the formations we saw. The kids are all members of The Cloud Appreciation Society and they take cloudspotting very seriously but J is the only one who has read the whole book.
It was a wonderful trip.
Breathe in
Breathe out.
Heart full.

Road Trip

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Pear - version number 2 by George Baldessin outside the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
7 pears for 7 duyvkens.
Shadow casting by day, shadow throwing by night.
Organic, balanced, beautiful, fun.
Baldessin was only 39 when he was killed in a car accident. I will be 39 this year.... what lasting thing of beauty will I be able to leave behind? Was he trying to create a legacy? To create work that would outlast his lifetime? Perhaps his creative instinct drove him on with little thought for the people who would stand beside his work in 2013 marvelling at it's scale and beauty.
Thank you Mr Baldessin. We enjoyed your work this day and by the bright light of the afternoon sun we read your name and remembered you.

* I have enabled word verification with this post after getting a heavy dose of spam. All very complimentary, those spammers who are employed by gambling sites are very good at stroking the old ego but it's not much fun and left with a rather nasty taste in my mouth. In fact, I thought about opening the door of the cage and setting this blog free but I love this little space so will see if WV dissuades them. Do let me know, dear reader, if it is too irritating.

Our own Cottingley beck

Friday, January 04, 2013

On New Year's Day we were visited by that rarely spotted and truly lovely creature, the Totem Tennis Tinkerbell.
* With a nod to Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths and all the fairy-spotters they inspired.

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