Saturday, May 9, 2009
Yes, take a rest and drink a tea as you read about my week in craftland.
Firstly, the wooden chair that I picked up very cheaply as it was damaged and the wood was very rough has finally been sanded and now it is waiting for me to decide if I will paint it a lime green or red .....or if I will give it a distressed look.
This week I also made a rug for my daughter and as I challenge myself to use fabric and other odds I have, I managed to pull apart a dress that I must have had in the 70s and cut up one of my husband's shirts and then added to these initial starting blocks. She wants it for a Queen size bed so it is quite large.
Here it is straight off the sewing machine. I have now caught a slight case of Fabricitis. I am cutting more squares to make another one. Hopefully, I will NOT be tempted to go to the Quilting store to buy more fabric .... must remember the goal to use up what I have!!!
The LIttle Voice in my head sometimes will not listen to reason especially when I cruise into BLOGLAND. This week I was dazzled by Aneela's work on her blog http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk/ . My mouth dropped down to my feet and that's where it remained. I was also blown away by her generous giveaway.... an amazingly beautiful quilt in the most delightful colours!!!!!
I may rediscover patchwork and quilting as it has been quite a few years since I persued this art. Here are a couple that I made back in the early 2000. I did not have a digital at that time so these are scans of photos.
This was for my mum.
I love this one and wished I had made it for myself. This one was a quilt for my daughter's best friend. This one was HUGE !!! It is bordered in a paisley print.
For a baby girl.
What is happening in the yarn department? I finally completed a round pillow that has been in my "must finish" pile for about a year.
..... and I am 3/4 of the way with my Millefiori creation.
That's all folks for another week.
Signing off as I enjoy another Sunday of productivity .... hopefully:)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I love flower displays but as it has been very hot till now I tend not to have live flowers in my vases as they never can survive the day. The other day I picked up these roses that I just love. I have just "plonked" them in and they make me feel happy. Aren't they glorious?
Easter was relaxing and family orientated. Mr F and I went for long walks and then rested and rested.
As we were visiting my parents the vegetation is slightly different from the tropical verdant foliage of the surroundings where we live. We were in gum and savannah bush. Gum trees grow tall and many have trunks that are wrapped in a chalky white skin.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I love going to Italy and always feel at home there. I was born in Australia to Italian migrants so I always manage to catch up with family (near Venice) when I go with the students.
What has been happening with craft this week ? I completed this unfinished piece . ..
I love re-discovering ways to complete UFOs. The squares for the above Pink Daisy spread were made a couple of years ago and the design was modified for the finished product.
Don't you just love the possibilities of colour and design craft offers? I am almost always surprised with the end product as I rarely stick to the originally plan.
So on to my next one.... A bag of green/blue and lemon squares + a few left over motifs from the "Pink Daisy " = my Lilly Pond blanket.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The weekend has been gloomy and wet and there is a category 1 cyclone developing in our region. The weather bureau is predicting it will not intensify and it will cross the coast south of where I live. The weather is quite different to the last few weeks and with this cyclonic rain it is much cooler. Nice weather for delicious hot bread.
Monday, January 26, 2009
First week of school went by ... flew actually. The builders have taken up residence at the school so we, the staff, now walk many many steps to go from our main building to the classrooms as there are barricades stopping us taking the shortest distance from A-B.
It is so lovely walking around the school grounds as we are still in Summer and the trees are in flower. I had to snap a photo of this one , my favourite.
On the topic of well fed, I am reminded of the figurine my eldest daughter gave me. You could say that at the moment I am experiencing the middle age spread. I have arrived at a point where I am becoming too comfortable with the extra rolls and padding that I carry around. She gave me this at least 6 years ago when I was having a fit about the extra pounds/kilos I had taken on board but at that time it was given in gest as I was by no means a rotund beach belle ... now sadly I can say it is a realitic representation of Sewlines. Walking my way around the school may help....wishful thinking....
I gave my hand the rest it demanded and completed the Posie blanket and then moved on to my Red number. Two down and more to go. Slowly, but surely, I am reducing the pile of unfinished projects I have collected in the last couple of years.
But today will be a rest day.... an afternoon relaxing in bed ....reading.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
It is now 2009 and .... I have decided is is time for a change, so I have commenced a new spread. This one will feature the colour pink and green. I am adding some shades of blue. The colour yellow is also asking for an invitation to be included. What do you think? Should I let it join the party?
For a while I considered taming the colours to only pinks and whites...but that would not be my style.
Friday, January 16, 2009
This is the culprit!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- I love the exploration of learning- it thrills me when I see that a student has finally arrived at an understanding. This is for me the colour green.
- I enjoy some of the unplanned and unexpected moments - the colour purple.
- It thrills me when a lesson runs smoothly and students thank you before they leave or say, "Miss, I enjoyed that lesson," as they rush out the door. Oh...definitely pink...a rose shade of pink.
- I enjoy the fun we have as a staff and the support from other teachers. A warm yellow.
There are many other aspects of teaching I enjoy. Sadly, there are those moments that cause anguish and hurt or those times when no matter how many years you have been teaching, you begin to question your professionalism and skills.
Holidays are my salvation. It is a time when I re-energize and evaluate what I can do better.
This year looks promising. I have the usual workload- Senior English and Senior Italian. We are planning our trip to Italy; this happens every 2 years, and hopefully by mid 2009 we, the staff, will no longer struggle to find a carpark. This year the school I teach at is due for some major renovations.
So this last week of vacation finds me trying to squeeze in as much as I can. What have I accomplished this week so far?
- I made a sleeve for my pencil holder
- I added to my Field of Flowers... as I mentioned before these flowers are blooming in no organised colour scheme and I have to admit the colours are screaming at me.
...and at the moment, I am making some mobile phone socks. These are not completed as you can see.
As I sit and work with the multi coloured yarns, I look out at my jungle that at the moment is so verdant and in need of some colour. Outside there is a constant buzzing as the cicadas fine tune their symphony.
"Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways."Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
So I leave you today while I go and continue my conversations with colours ..............
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Alas.... I almost went into shock when I saw how much yarn I have managed to acquire since I re-discovered crochet. I have been crocheting since I was knee high to a grasshopper but in the late 70s it was left on the shelf as I pursued other crafts. I attended a local craft show in the late 90s and saw 2 crochet blankets that mesmerised me. The very next day I went out and bought yarn and made one each for my daughters and one for my 2 nephews. I was hooked!!! Now, since I live in the tropics, one may say I am slightly crazy but one day when the big freeze comes, I will be warm and cozy.
2009 is the year for me...the year that will try to complete most of the WIPS. I love starting new projects and sometimes am interrupted by some other idea I have.
At the moment I am working on 3 incomplete blankets. A Granny's Flower Garden which is almost there. I just need to complete one more row of flowers, a multicoloured rug and a granny square blanket that reminds me of my childhood.
Shhhh... don't tell .....I started another one today with all the odds and ends of yarn. I am calling it Field of Flowers as it is made up of various coloured flowers... flowers bloom in no particular colour sequence or pattern.
Monday, January 5, 2009
She asked me today what I was doing.... well, I have been taking ownership of her room. I have reorganised her wardrobe so that I can now store my yarn in there. Basically when I have completed this task it will be my craft room and will set up the other smaller room as her bedroom.
I also have been re-discovering some of the blankets I have made. This one looks quite attractive on my bed .