Oh my goodness!  Has it really been two weeks since I stopped by!  Are you still here?!  I was chatting with Mum this morning and she told me to get on over here and write a post, share some photos, and say hi to all the lovely folk who visit block-a-day.  She thinks I’m very rude.

So, being a dutiful daughter .. and missing you all (truly, the minute I sit down and start uploading photos I think, my goodness why did I let this go so long!) … here I am :-)

All is good here – the presentation went very, very well.  The last essay was squeezed out of me last Friday – the very last words not hitting the screen until 1 hour before the deadline but hey, I got there in the end.  Classes are over for the year and now I’m looking forward (ha!) to exams and placement.

Of course, in between those important tasks, there’s been lots more super fun stuff going on round Bootville.  But nothing much seems to be getting to the final finished and ready for showing stage.  I blame the crappy weather – totally dreary, grey, cold and wet.  So uninspiring.  So impossible to finish off painted projects.  So easy to sit in the armchair by the window and lose hours with never ending yarn projects on my lap.  So easy to think that nothing much is happening until I look on my camera and think “Oh yes – there’s been all that.”

So instead, let’s share some “doing”, huh?  Good!  And hopefully in the next few days, there’ll be some sunlight and warmth and this will lead to that lovely finishing we all enjoy so much :-)


Glorious marigold coloured paint …

blackboard creating

… helping to transform an old hard rubbished bedhead into a blackboard.


Whilst celery green paint brightens an old thrifted and embroidered fire screen.


Lots of happy doll making

sideboard restoration

And lots of sideboard sanding and restoration … oh look at that – there was some sun.

christmas decoration making

Getting into the cross stitch – some new Christmas tree decorations from a beautiful book of Danish cross stitch patterns given to me by a sweet friend I met on Instagram – which led me onto the bay of evil to see if there were more such books, which of course there were, and now they’re here!

needlepoint straightening

The finishing off and stretching out of a pair of needlepoints – the girlie being a mere 6 years old, the monkey a grander 10 years old – and do you know, it took less then half an hour to finish them :sigh:  Now I just need to sew them up into rather sumptuous cushions.  That’s coming … truly it is :-)


The quilting and binding of a recently pieced quilt top – very pretty this one – and oh so very cosy on these silly cold days and nights.


The rearranging of the living room and rehoming of this wee blue bookshelf, now in the bedroom.  It holds most of the children’s book series we have – more recent titles like the fabulously ghastly Unfortunate Events, the marvellously detailed Roman Mysteries, Spiderwick, the Adventures of Tashi, several of the American Girl collections, and of course Harry Potter.  As well as some awesome oldies like the Moomin Adventures, the Adventures of Green Knowe, the Wolves of Willoughby Chase series, Little House, Edward Eager’s Tales of Magic, the Borrowers … such good stuff.  Truly some of the essential ingredients of childhood and I do so love looking over the titles each day.  Remembering when I read them, when Abby read them, what we loved most, words and stories and habits that became part of our lives.

doll pondering

More doll making – my turn this time – inspired, at one of those moments when there were at least 20 more important things to do, to try recreating this dear little wooden doll in yarn.  Mostly quite pleased so far – but of course she’s missing her arms, hair, scarf and her apron’s not yet finished … As for the strange arrangement with the kewpie doll – well – I don’t know!

shawl finishing

The finishing of my Icelandic shawl which took for absolutely ever, being in lace weight yarn and all, and then I decided to add a crocheted edging in some Noro sock weight – which is now taking for absolutely ever to finish.  


Now when Abby needlepoints, she starts and finishes as quickly as she can.  I just don’t know where that comes from … odd.


The realisation that if I don’t put some serious hours into knitting this Stevenson jumper, it will not be ready to wear when we make our summer visit to Green Cape Lighthouse and I won’t be able to have Julian take some photos of me doing my best Kate impersonation.

costume making and wearingAnd more visits from dear Sacha, accompanied by incredibly late night costume sewing and a weekend of playful hilarity and adventure.  

Hmph!  Looking back at all this is quite inspiring – I’d quite forgotten we’d done so much – I might even go sew up those cushions.  Yes, I think I will.

catching up

9 thoughts on “catching up

  • October 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Soooooo glad you are back, Lily! Just this morning I was in the school library, procrastinating dreadfully, and popped onto your site to see if you were there. Glad your presentation went well and that you have time to breathe and create!
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • October 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I confess I was missing your lovely posts. Actually, I was at my Riverbend Books knits and novels book club meeting this week and thinking how much you would have enjoyed it. Lovely to see your handiwork!

    • October 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Oh don’t! I can just picture how lovely that would be Emma! With the warm breeze and the beautiful jacarandas nearby and the river … soooooooo envious! Instead I sit here in the cold and grey – and very happy that such lovely groups exist at such a lovely place.

  • October 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I would love to be sitting under the canopy at Riverbend!

    • October 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Yes, but we have had quite a few very warm days. Although I do miss sitting in front of a nice warm fire every now and then. Tamborine was good for that when we went down there on weekends for lunch. Good thoughts, so many years ago. xx

    • October 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Oh they were such good times weren’t they! I loved visiting Tamborine and it was always so much more exciting when we knew other family members would be there too – such a good vibe!

  • October 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    So glad your semester has ended. Blessings on a perfect match for your placement. Love your daughter’s taste in t-shirts. I still have my X-men one from college years. The super hero costumes are brilliant!

  • October 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

    So glad you are back….you give me inspiration to finish my UFO’s and start new projects.

  • October 30, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Hello! I noticed you this morning on Soulemama so came to take a look around and catch up. I don’t know how long it’s been since I last chatted with you. And I no longer even recall what my handle was (probably MamaShift). I couldn’t resist commenting about Abby’s X-Men t-shirt. My big girl would dig it. She, too, did the manga to comics shift, but now seems to be returning to the manga/anime fold, though she checked out five big comics collections from the library last time we went. These girls! Abby and my big girl still seem to be kindred spirits after all this time!

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