Lit from Below

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sunshine and Dust

Friday, January 30, 2015

String Lights

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 G's magical, dr who, book laden bedroom. A good space for reading, studying and watching Good Mythical Morning on YouTube.

An Action Shot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Duckling and Sweetie pretend to be The Flash and run up and down the hallyway making noises suggestive of dramatic speed acceleration. A few times they've nearly come a'cropper but somehow always catch themselves at the last minute. I love the abandon with which they immerse themselves in these games.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

Hats on the Dash

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Long weekend traffic.

The Good China

Monday, January 26, 2015

We decided a long time ago to just use the 'good' china rather than have it sitting in the cupboards. Sometimes things get broken (rather a lot of things have been broken over this summer, mostly drinking glasses) but I enjoy eating off nice plates for every meal and spooning sugar out of this beautiful dish for our lemon and sugar pancakes. My parents collected a pattern similar to this and many years ago I saw this and a few other pieces in the window of a local antique shop. It turns out Mr Duyvken and my father had also noticed it in the window. My father went in and bought half of what they had as a gift for my mother. Then, My Duyvken went in and bought the remaining pieces as a gift to me. It was quite funny when we realised that all three of us had noticed it without ever mentioning it to anyone else. A couple of years after that my parents gave me the pieces they had as a birthday present. So, now they all sit together on a shelf in my kitchen reminding me of two of my favourite men.
Life is too short to save things for special occasions.


Sunday, January 25, 2015


Saturday, January 24, 2015

From the kitchen window. Isn't she a beauty?
Blue sky.
Warm air.

Good Morning

Friday, January 23, 2015

Our long, lazy, mornings are coming to and end soon because the kids are all back at school next week. I'm going to miss them. Both the mornings and kids.

Middle of the Week

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Milkshakes and coffee. I love the school holidays. 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Quilt

Monday, January 19, 2015

After languishing in production for more than a year this quilt for playing on, snuggling under and dragging around is finally finished.. A lot of my favourite fabrics are in this simple hst quilt. I played with a few different layouts before settling on this one. 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

We have our own little door nymph who watches over the garden. She keeps an eye on all the birds and bees and deadheads the geraniums that are planted by the steps. She is so efficient she often doesn't wait until they're dead. And who can blame her? The petals are so bright and velvety they are too hard to resist. Nymphs, I am learning, should do what they want in gardens that are theirs.


Saturday, January 17, 2015


Friday, January 16, 2015

Sweetie decided to make himself some fairy bread while I was putting the littlest duckling down for a nap. Words cannot express how messy it was or how delighted he was to have made it all by himself. I will be scooping those 100s and 1000s up for weeks.


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.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

JW helped the littlest duckling climb up so she could see the Geleez on the window. Life's good in the sisterhood.

Crafting Critters

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

C had her first sleep over a few nights ago at her cousin's house. She had an amazing time, I think I need to lift my game when we have kids staying over. They swam, made pizzas, ate chocolate fondue, went to the driving range and did some sewing. Her 11 year old cousin likes making rice filled bean bag soft toys and she taught C how to do it. C is very, very proud of her lovely little frog. It was so lovely sitting beside her and helping to when she needed the needle to be rethreaded. She has plans for many, many more frogs and geckos.


Monday, January 12, 2015

I had a little helper while I was taking out the basting pins and trimming the quilt. I think she likes it.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

A few new cushion covers for the chairs on the verandah. Envelope backs, echino fabrics and a piece from one of my favourite shirts.

Practising Patience

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. 

Family Vocab

Friday, January 09, 2015

Sweetie calls this his skullarbones hat. So, now we all call it that too. It is a great word. I hope it enters our family vocabulary.

Wonderful Words

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Skylarking is not allowed. Nothing has ever made me want to skylark more.


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Bliss. This moment didn't last long so I am glad I took a photo. 

Learning my Limits

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'.


Monday, January 05, 2015

Settling in Nicely

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Looking Up

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Cloudwatching in one of our favourite places.

Xmas Gift Wrap-up

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 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. 

Band of Gold

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.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

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