Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Life is too short to save things for special occasions.
Monday, January 19, 2015
SewKatieDid's values quilts tutorials are a great place to find hst pattern ideas.
120cm square, cotton batting and backing. Made with lots of love for my littlest duckling.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Kris, who occasionally leaves a comment, and who has an abiding love of flamingos asked me if she spotted some flamingos in the duckling's quilt. The fabric she spotted is designed by Scarlet Fig and is from the modern whimsy range. I am pretty sure they are not flamingos, Kris, but they are lovely whatever they are.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
I am stitching a label for the littlest duckling's quilt and then the pieced backing will be completed and I can sandwich, bind and quilt it. I started this project a long time ago and it feels good to be so close to finishing it. I lost some of that joy when I got a knot in the thread just a few stitches from the end and had to spend 20mins unravelling it. I am determined not to pack the sewing machine away until the binding is on and only the hand stitching remains but it is too great a temptation for some little fingers so I can't leave it out for long.
Labels: quilting children
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
I bought a lamp. I saw it a few weeks ago and have been back a few times to have a closer look. It is wire wrapped around a metal frame and is beautiful. I was a little concerned that it might be too big but I am not very good at gauging that kind of thing. I even noted the measurements and still couldn't get a sense of what it would look like here in my house, sitting on the table in the hallway. I decided to buy it yesterday having convinced myself that it would fit. But, as you can see it is really too big, or maybe just the shade is too big. It is beautiful but it dwarfs the (not insubstantial) table on which it stands. Now I have to lug it back to the shop, explain my poor ability to retain volume, capacity and dimension, and throw myself at the feet of the refund and exchange gods.
See that piano stool under the blue picture, dear reader? I picked that up from the side of the road. Someone had put it out for council cleanup. Can you believe it? You can't see the piece of plastic holding the bottom bracket together, or the worn out thatched seat or the broken dowel in this photo but you can see the beauty of it. I was so delighted when I came across it. It needs a little work but, for now, it sits where I can see it and enjoy it and figure out a way to repair it without making it 'new'.
Friday, January 02, 2015
Santa is a one gift per person kind of fellow around here. (Well, one gift and a cadbury Christmas stocking). He had a cracking year this time around and everything was a hit.
The 14 year old loves this,
The 14 year old loves this,
The 10 year old loves this,
The 8 year old loves (adores) this,
The 6 year old loves this,
The 3 year old loves this,
And the littlest duckling, proudly aged 15 months, loves these,
Those elves know what they're doing.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Blackbird asked about my wedding band when she saw it in the photo from Christmas day. I was very happy that she focused on the ring and not the calloused hands. Thank you BB. I love my ring and wear it always.
We were married on the 28th of August 1999. We got engaged at the end of summer and were married at the end of winter. We didn't take much time planning a lot of the details but I remember taking a while to pick our rings, flicking through magazines and peering into store windows. We eventually chose wide gold bands and had them engraved at a place in the Dymocks building. He is still there and still making beautiful things. John W Thompson. 'Gregory' wouldn't fit on my ring so we had 'Greg' engraved instead as well as the wedding date in roman numerals. Mr Duyvken's ring has Amelia on it and the wedding date. They have a few dings and knicks on them but they're in pretty good shape given that we've been wearing them for 15 years. A lot like us, I guess.
One day I would like to have a ring made for Mr Duyvken with all the children's names on it but I don't know if they'd fit. Perhaps, the children's initials would fit, or a wider band and the names in two rows. What a beautiful problem to have.
Labels: wedding rings