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a table cloth skirt


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Tweet Did you notice the Australian wildflowers table cloth in last night’s post?  On a lovely heavy cotton/linen blend, with colours so rich and pretty?  I found it at the oppie recently.  Now, truth be told, if you’d dressed your table in this cloth back in the 80s or 90s, I’d have given a little [...]

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Tweet Oh my goodness … 2014, what a year you are shaping up to be!  Almost four months past and I’ve barely caught my breath.  Now tonight, here I sit in my layers of wool and sheepskin slippers.  The bed is laden with blankets and quilts.  The rain patters outside.  Summer has well and truly [...]

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Tweet There you go – last week I thought it was the 44th week of this fine year – alas, I was a week behind myself.  So here we are, seven days later and yet an extra week ahead. Never mind, it’s almost the end of the year.  And I have only one exam left. [...]

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Tweet ~ soaking the Christmas fruit ~ ~ hanging out the washing when the sun is rich and warm ~  ~ oh the yumminess of spring rhubarb ~  ~ a stack of newly bought cushion inserts, waiting for their pretties ~ ~ after school smoothies with my girl ~ ~ putting these funny hard rubbish [...]

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Tweet This afternoon was the perfect time and perfect weather to head out into the garden, quilt tucked under my arm, to stitch in some ends.  And there were a few.  When I began quilting this sweet quilt, the top thread kept breaking.  Initially there was a hmph!  I rethreaded the machine and took off [...]

catching up


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Tweet   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 [...]

the times that are


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Tweet Oy!  There’s so much busyness around here lately.  Papers written.  Case studies endlessly researched and submitted.  Posters laid out and printed.  Presentations given.  This third year of nursing is full on.  I’m now in Week 8 of 10 intensive weeks of classes.  I’m so looking forward to a break.  There’s a short one coming [...]

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Tweet   In amongst the glums of the weekend, there was a bit of dumpster diving and bathroom cheering.  Simple stuff – the kind that requires no money, an adventurous spirit, a bit of elbow grease, and a couple of hours to fuss about. You see, following the recent death of a very elderly neighbour [...]



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Tweet Oh I love vintage blankets.  Look at that colour and texture … just sings of warmth and comfort and homeliness, doesn’t it.  In that warp and weft are held the stories of Australian farmers and shearers, of local woollen mills and their talented weavers, of a time when small country towns produced their own [...]

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Tweet I know I shall be making home – with glee and pleasure –  for the rest of my life.  Every time I pass an unusual gate, pore over the photos in a thoughtfully edited magazine, notice the way a group of colours dance together, realise how the light illuminates a particular corner of my [...]

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Tweet Goodness, but the weather has been wet and blustery the last few days.  Such a good thing then that this marvellously warm and snuggly quilt was started and finished in record time! I bought the flannel fabric – well, the yellow, white and orange floral and the wee purple, green and orange cowboys and [...]

starting small


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Tweet Ah!  One of the many joys of having my Mum come to stay (I write as I savour the last of tonight’s apple crumble) is having a terribly keen co-conspirator when it comes to hard rubbish.  So, Sunday, we set off to the wilds (read: never before travelled to parts of Melbourne), and perused [...]