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catching ideas

Jun
2009
01

posted by on sewing

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I was sitting out on the back porch, the first day of winter’s sun setting the table afire with it’s warmth, then snatching it back, hiding behind thick, gloomy clouds.  There was tea in my hand and I was still – captivated by the echo-y words coming from Julian’s laptop in the next room, of [...]

posted by on family, knitting

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You know how I said there were exquisite things at the Textiles Fair.  Well, I didn’t tell you about the best bit.  ak traditions. OMG! They design, knit and sell the most gorgeous dolls, toys and baby knitting supplies I have ever seen.  Completely different from the usual knitted toy range.  I am in love. [...]

posted by on homely

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I worked today at the Brisbane Textiles Fair – if you’re around, you should call in – there’s many beautiful stalls and even more beautiful and interesting people wandering the aisles wearing all manner of gorgeous shawls, hats, scarves, necklaces – it’s a feast of texture, colour, fibre – mmmmm…. .  And there are delicious [...]

posted by on quilts

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You make it into a quilt, that’s what. I bought this on ebay for 0.99 cents.  That’s right, 0.99 cents.  It was hideously stained when it arrived but I wasn’t daunted.  No, no, I took it – and the equally stained apron that came with it for free (it was SUCH a bargain) – downstairs, [...]

guillotine

May
2009
28

posted by on embroidery, homely

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“where are we going?” “officeworks – I want to look at guillotines.” “what?” “guillotines.” “why?  whose head are you chopping off.” “ha! ha! ha! for card, silly.” “what kind of card are you cutting that you need a special guillotine?” “my postcards.  I want them to look nice.” [ slap of the forehead and roll [...]

posted by on quilts

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There I was, thinking I had nothing to share today.  What had I done except race around like a demented muma – 7.33 deliver Abby to school for the 7.30 orchestra rehearsal, tear home to do the chores, 9.30 sprint across the carpark to work, 3.00 fly back to school to collect Abby and drop [...]

sunny-hunny bread

May
2009
26

posted by on cooking, homely, sewing

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mmmh … there’s a bit of a theme going on here – lots of yellow and honey on the brain.  Must be the lack of local sunshine. I have to confess to being a soule-mama groupie and on long, quiet nights, can be found sitting up in bed, tea by my side, reading her archives. [...]

knitting with honey

May
2009
25

posted by on knitting

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the mohair kind that is it’s slowly turning into a lace edging – :: a Very Pretty Vandyke Border :: – to be precise.  From Cornelia Mee’s gorgeously titled book “Exercises in Knitting” via KnitWiki by way of Ravelry.  Ah, what a gold mine that is.  And thank you dear Amy for yesterday’s tip – [...]

posted by on cooking, family

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there may not have been much sun and we did stay home all day and some of us didn’t even manage to get out of our pyjamas, but we Boots found a recipe for a good Sunday today. You start with homemade chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar mini croissants for breakfast … After an hour [...]

posted by on embroidery, homely

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As a muma, I am always needing to write notes.  Notes for the teacher to explain why I would like Abigail to miss sport today (no need, the sporting fields were flooded), notes for the piano tutor, a thank you to a friend for lending me her book, the details of a play date for [...]

in my dream home

May
2009
21

posted by on quilts

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there is a fireplace … and by that fireplace is a rocking chair … and on that rocking chair is a quilt and this is the quilt fireside it’s big … bigger than anything else I’ve done lately. I’m excited – about the quilting – I’ve been practising. But whilst the dream home may be [...]

posted by on books, embroidery, family, quilts

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when the rain comes, and I hear the water as it trickles down roofs, splashes onto paths, sloshes in the gutters, there is delighted, grateful relief that this precious gift is once again ours.  If only for a day. all is wet and cool and grey and there is nothing nicer right now. especially when [...]