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posted by on books, cooking, family

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Contentment and before-school are probably not two words that most mumas would usually put together.  I know I certainly would not.  Especially when we’re running late like we were this morning.  And I woke up as snappy as a turtle like I did this morning. But we found it.  Abby perched on a chair in [...]

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Brisbane is a bit short on deciduous trees – but it does have the Frangipani.  And this enormous, elderly specimen fills the view from our back porch.  In summer, it cloaks our entire back garden in lush green and velvety white.  By mid-autumn it has flung off its leaves and stands, knobbly and bare until [...]

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:: abby and julian’s chocolate mousse :: with careful hoarding I’m hopeful this little stash will last a week! :: avoiding the piles of vintage booty that are stacked up in every room :: Lifeline Book Festival + plenty of baskets and shopping bags = lily bliss :: drying the flannel sheets in the dreamy [...]

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… and here it is. Making the first was such a delightful surprise, and this evening I had fresh supplies. So after a truly dreadful dinner (Julian and Abby unexpectedly spent the day at SeaWorld with friends from Sydney and then Julian had to race straight back out for an evening bicycle ride – he’s [...]

posted by on books, sewing

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What do you say to a new series here at blockaday – :: from the book :: It will hopefully appear each Friday and will involve me visiting my groaning bookshelf of stitching books (maybe some cooking too, maybe some children’s books), make one of the projects and then provide a little exploration of how [...]

posted by on quilts

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… and they’re not pretty.  After many years of conscientious research, I can now say, definitively, that you will have a slovenly and selfish day if you sit in your nightdress, ignore the dishes, the unmade beds, the laundry, etc. and focus entirely – compulsively – on your stitching.  Truly. See this is how it [...]

posted by on embroidery, family, quilts

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Isn’t this web thing amazing!?  In the comments from yesterday’s post on my colourful yo-yo girl, Amy from Seven Stitches let me know that the little hanging wooden doll from the picture is a Mary Lou doll.  A wooden hanging doll that has been made in New Zealand since the early 1940s. (I must add [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]