Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Lenna from over at The Stitching Cow has a giveaway happening. You may have seen this quilt advertised in the latest quilting magazines. It is called "Cottages in Common".
This quilt has loads of hand stitching on it and is going to be my 2009 project (once all the ones I talked about in my last post are done or well on their way to being done). She runs it as a Block of the Month and has a tutorial that she sends via email with tips and tricks and demonstrations for those tricky bits.
So she is giving away one of those tutorials (which includes the pattern) emailed to you once a month - and all you have to do is post the picture of the quilt and the embedded link to your blog to get the word out and about.
I am so looking forward to doing this one but I put off buying it until some of the my other projects were looking closer to being finished and I could save for it. Now I have the chance to win the BOM how cool would that be???? I had to share this chance with all of you - good luck!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This is my stove - a bit sad I broke the glass in the door sometime ago and when I got the quote to fix it it was almost the cost of a new stove. So we have lived with it and cooked in the BBQ. Now the piezo ignition has died in three of the burners at the top and the bottom of the oven has a big rust hole in it. (well that was there when we moved here five years ago - the stove hadn't been treated well - or cleaned for that matter)
The other week a friend of mine was saying she was getting a new stove - and she offered me hers - but - I had to get the hinges on the door fixed as the door didn't close properly and there were scorch marks on and around the knobs.
So amidst another horrible storm last week my wonderful daisyson21 went to their place on the way home and pulled out their old stove helped put the new one back in place loaded her up and bought her home.
I couldn't resist playing with it and I flicked a little taggy thing on the hinge and the whole door came off in my hand!!!!!!!!!!!!! So after a big lecture from daisyson21 about leaving things alone until it is daylight and not flicking things until I know what they do...he got the door back on, then we realised the door was bent not the hinges so with a few strategically placed taps with a hammer the door is fixed!!
Here is my new stove all ready for someone to come and connect up....so why isn't it?? well the oven is electric I have never used an electric oven before - I might have to actually pre heat! So anyway now we wait until pay day next week and get the men (one electrician, one gas guy) to hook her up.
How much did I pay for this miracle??? Well nothing really I have to do some ironing at my friends house for a few months and that is it. I love bartering for things it makes so much sense - this stove would have ended up on landfill somewhere I am sure instead of in my kitchen looking fabulous and cooking something for my family every day. I will post a photo when it is installed and clean and with the glass lid on it etc.
I know posting about a stove is strange but it is an integral part of the tools that I need everyday to do the things I do - don't get me started on the washing mahcine - I almost had a nervous breakdown when our last one died - seriously as long as my laundry is clear I can function but two days without a machine around here is like being buried alive.....but I digress.
Gavin from the Greening of Gavin is talking about greening the home today in his Zero Footrpint series - this is an example of how by just paying attention to what people tell you - things can come your way without costing money, just some time and ingenuity and maybe a bit of ironing!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
However Cabbage Heart has tagged me to write 6 things I am happy about and then nominate some other to do the same:
1: I am happy I am married to the greatest guy I have ever met. We started dating at 15 and after a 17 year break we reconnected so I feel very blessed.
2: My children - this week I have one buying a brand new car because he works so hard is so responsible. One who is sick and needs his mum to look after him even though he is grown up. One at schoolies who I pray is doing the right thing but I am confident in the way he was raised so I am sure he will be fine. One who is in her last week of a very very long first year of high school. One who is in his last week of primary school, one looking forward to free dress and mission day tomorrow (cancelled due to storm damage last Monday) and one who decided today that he wants too many things for Christmas so he will let "santa" decide what he should have.
3: I am happy in my work and that my little Saurday job will turn into a three day a week job next year so i can still have my family, my home, garden and some money coming in.
4: I am happy that I have wonderful friends who keep in contact with me and support me no matter what I do and who love me enough to be honest and give me a lecture if they need to - then we can have a laugh and a glass of wine together
5: I am happy I have some time to sew and some time to work and some time to volunteer and that at least for the moment I seem to have all that in balance
6: I am happy blessed and joyful being at home and being a mum, treading lightly on our earth by creating, growing and recycling, repurposing and reusing. Taking pleasure in the little things, the simple things and knowing they are important to me and that really when it is all said and done that is all that counts.
So I tag (when you have time)
mandy from the old Dairy
caroline at the simple things
Tracey from Frugal luxuries
PS: The little yellow zucchinins would get bigger if I left them but I like them little and crunchy I just blanch them really quickly and toss them through a salad - a bit like asparagus.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I was awol this morning from blogland because we had to go to daisyson17's graduation mass and parade. Then tonight we are off all dressed up to the graduation dinner.
It is a strange day we are only half way through our boys going to this college three more to go!!we finish in 2021..... and then there is daisygirl and her high school journey she will graduate in four more years.
Daisyson has loved school, at the end of mass we got to walk down to the morning tea through the school grounds with the students and teachers from the school lining the way. So many spoke or called out to him it is a lovely thing to see.
One of the nicest things was his new girlfriend came with us, she is a lovely, lovely girl and I hope she will be around for a long time as they seem to have fun and have a lot in common.
On cue this morning the sun came out and we were blessed with a beautiful day.
The SES, army, council and volunteer workers are still plugging away trying to clear as much as they can before the next round of storms comes - sometime tomorrow afternoon they are predicting. Say little prayer for them or if that isn't your thing then offer a wish to the universe to smile kindly on their efforts and their generosity, or perhaps be safe in the knwoledge that kharma will bring them all good fortune for their toil. However you do it - think of them.
Which brings me to another theme for today....Someone I know through one of my children asked me what the cakes in the car were for....so I told her I had cooked some cakes for the SES guys and she looked at me really blankly, and then asked why?
So I answered because they are doing a wonderful job and it is my way of showing appreciation -
then she asked "was your place damaged?"
blank look - "then why cook for them?"
So I answered because they were hungry and got in the car and left.
Today at the Mass Fr Jim's sermon was about meeting people who never look outward he said something like "for some reason they have turned in on themselves". Instantly I thought of this person - and there was my answer she was so busy worrying about her new shoes and her daughters new curtains that she never looked outward.
So Glass half full weekend is about looking outwards and upwards and onwards...you don't have to do anything just look outside yourself, and try to find the silver lining every time.
Have a wonderful weekend
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Our Dam is FULL it overflowed sometime early this morning after the third storm went through. We had 80mm last night and about 250 for the month so far. The water now stretches some 27metres length wise and about 19 m in width. So swimming tomorrow on the hot day they predict will be fabulous and so fresh the dam hasn't had a good flush out or about four years.
Yesterday I found this waiting at the Post Office for me!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The top photo is the dam two weeks ago and the bottom one about two minutes ago......
Yesterday I went to the launch of the ACRATH Stop Human Trafficking website. This is an interactive resource for everyone to access, and is a SAFE site for teenagers to access appropriate information, it has all kinds of information on slavery and human trafficking - yes even here in Australia. There is a survey they are running to see how much people know about human trafficking so if you have the time click the badge on the sidebar and it will take you there.
When we bring our children up to have respect for themselves and their families they gain a respect for others and their families. Once the sanctity of the family is established in a child's mind (no matter what form that family takes or how it comes about) the concept of a safe place is firmly entrenched in their hearts from there it is hard to imagine taking someone by force or against their will from their safe place.
This is what I believe and why I do the things I do here in my family.
It is called http://www.supergreenme.com/ - check it out. I regaled him about all of you and the things you all do , so he may very well visit your blogs as well.
A RAINBOW ONE...........
I was trying to think of something I could do for the people whose homes have been trashed by the storm here on Sunday night. If any of you have been through a cyclone think that kind of damage...the last time I saw damage like this was in 1985 when a huge storm hit Brisbane.
I have taken a cake down to the SES volunteer station and some homemade quiche. And I think I will wait a week or two and then plant some seeds once I get them going I will just drop them off to a street so that they can plant them out I figure it will take six weeks before anyone will be in the postion to do that so it may be too hot I might wait until say February and then take them. Who knows someone who hasn't ever had a vegetable garden before may start one, and for someone who lost one it might be helpful. What do you think???
Have a terrific day whereever you are.....and if there are storms predicted make sure you pack away all those loose garden things, have batteries, water and something ready to heat up on BBQ for dinner!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Really quickly we have been without power for almost a day (Yay me Rhonda bet I win the saving power race!!)
We are all okay not any damage here but daisyson7's school closed and am helping with that clean up. Have a constant stream of friends popping in to shower (no power - no water when you are on tank) and to check out the news and grab some dinner.
Dam has gone up by over 2 metres (it is 25m long and 18m wide) still raining here now.
Will try to post some photos later in the week for now pray for all those who weren't as lucky as we were and that the storm predicted for tomorrow is kind and just dumps water, not more hail or wind.
On the up side - I was sitting in the dark on Sudnay night reading my book by candelight and thinking this isn't so bad we may have a few no power Sunday evenings from now on BY CHOICE!! Of course I have no idea how I could sew by candlelight. But having no power menat no washing, ironing, floor washing, so my diary swap is well under way!!! And I have loads of projects cut out.
Take care will post later in the week.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Now i am not sure why they chose Marie Antoinette as the face of the real person award but it is she and so....
I want to pass this award on to all of you who posted real posts ( with and without photos)
so The Real Person Award goes to
Mandy - The Old Dairy - for "two for the price of one mess"
Cathy - Cathy's Capers - for "Charity begins and gets packed at home"
Tracey - Frugal Luxuries by Tracey McBride - for " confessions of the ramshackle patio with chips"
Caroline - sorry lovely you have to have it again for the - "breakfast dishes and empty beds "
Jacqui Jones - I too am addicted to scrap - for "desktop disasters in scrapping and underwear"
Lisa - The Tin House - for "cleaning up before she takes the photos!!!!!!!!!!!!"
and finally to Granny - My Old Fashioned Texas Living Ways - for "Granny get your gun we are going to clean up that coyote"
So Ladies come on down and collect the award and pass it on to all the real bloggers you know (7 I think)What a great week.....promise I am not going to challenge any more messy room photos for at least another 6 months or so.
When I posted the verandah photos I couldn't stop thinking about them so hey presto by Friday afternoon last week it was clean and has remained so, Cathy posted her lounge room photos and then told us today she had cleaned it up, Mandy fessed up about the study and showed us and then went in and cleaned it.....and I bet Caroline won't be able to help herself she will get that empty bed planted out this weekend.
So we know where the mess is - we know we need to fix it (or hide it) - we post the photo and it is like once the confession is out there we know we can just stop feeling guilty and get the thing clean. I think it is hysterical that we all posted bits we were ashamed of then fixed them as soon as we did!!!
You guys are great - have a terrific weekend.
love and hugs
Thursday, November 13, 2008
daisygirls first year in High School
daisyson17s last year of High School
The last enrolment form for Prep
The first time a child of mine has been so upset that we had to go back early and collect him from the Orientation Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am upset for him not being able to enjoy sometime in his classroom for next year, I am mortified that he caused such a ruckus that that shooed him off to the office , I am wondering where I went wrong with this one..................
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I also managed to get the Christmas Cake cooked because last week the piezo ignition on our stove died and while I am waiting for electrician son to look at it - I have to bake everything in the BBQ. I can light the stove top but not the oven. So because the BBQ won't stay at 150 degrees I need to be around to open the lid when it gets too hot - so while I was doing that I cleaned.
Yesterday was pretty much a perfect day for me. After Church we had a cooked breakfast then I got to go and play in my sewing room all day.
Daisygirl bought me tea and a sandwich at some stage but it was a misty almost rainy day and it was lovely to just sit and sew. I had been thinking about how to quilt the quilt since she gave it to me - I always like to really think about how I am going to do something before I start so once I do I can just go until it is done.
So here is a really flattering shot of my fat arm, the gorgeous quilt and my trusty sewing machine.
A word about Smarties - I am not normally a lolly person frankly I can take them or leave them most of the time but when I machine quilt I will often have a little bowl of something I don't normally have - it is a treat. And when the kids come in an invariably chat to me I have something to pop in their mouth to keep them quiet!!LOL
Friday, November 7, 2008
Verandah still a mess
Sewing room ditto
Vegetable garden needs some manure and weeding
Christmas Cake - hmm fruit still brewing (what does mascerating mean anyway??????????) May get into oven today
Afternoon tea - almost cooked
Ironing ?? Piling up nicely thank you
Sewing - heaps
Shopping - done (including gifts for the various charity hampers and more manure for the veges)
Spring Cleaning job of the week - our bedroom - not started yet
Confidence I will get something other than scooting aournd on the computer done today?? Not high
You may have guessed I don't feel terribly inspired or motivated to do anything today I would like to hang out and just watch videos with daisyboy4 but as he is watching a 20 year old Thomas the Tank Engine video that I have quite literally seen a MILLION times - who said video cassettes don't last forever????!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - I think that might be the push I need to chase me outside and into some work.
have a wonderful weekend
Thursday, November 6, 2008
4.45pm - dasiyson17, daisyboy12 and daisygirl off the bus - afternoon tea chat etc while I fold washing,
John Mc Cain's concession speech was gracious and inspiring, a testament to the great hero and independant politician that he is. For although he is a party man the record indicates that he has always voted with his conscience and within his beliefs. His speech paid homage to a great competitor, it acknowledged the historic nature of this election and the result and it urged McCain supporters to work together with him for the future of a country in serious trouble on a number of fronts. It must have been a difficult and turmultuous time for this man but he came away from that podium every inch the gentleman and hero he is.
And then there is Obama - his speech could have been an inflammatory vindication for two centuries of mistreatment of African Americans. What it was was a measured, well crafted heart felt "call to arms" to work together for the good of a country in turmoil. His understated acknowledgement of his belief in a country where "all men and women are created equal" could have marginalised the latino, asian or any one of a hundred other minority groups - but his carefully chosen (and yes the speech writers really need applause here too) words were humble and thankful.
Obama and McCain may be at opposite ends of the political spectrum but I suspect like some politicians of old they actually do have the country's best interest at heart unlike so so many candidates and presidents of recent times.
Obama is being hailed as the man who got the voters to turn out in record numbers but I think the calibre of both candidates did that, on the one hand the white elder statesman and war hero (harking back perhaps to a Roosevelt?), on the other the young inexperienced African American (the Kennedy of the 21st century ?).
Either way I hope and pray that both these men - and they will both have a role to play in the government of America for the next four years - never lose sight of the common sense, love of their country and her democratic ideals , and gentlemanly, gracious behaviour of yesterday.
God Bless America - certainly - but may god reserve just a few of those blessings for both these wonderful men and their families and the taks ahead of them.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
A long time ago I started cutting my pattern pieces out of heavy interfacing, so they last a long time.
I tend to reuse the same patterns over and over again, so I find this method works really well for me.
The old dairy asked me where I got the pattern for Thai Fishermans pants from. There are several places on the net but I think I prefer the one from mediatinker.com. Burda also had one but there seems to be some problem with the download of that one.
If you are a larger than life type try taking your most confortable pair of pants folding them in half, back halves together and tracing around the front for the front pattern piece. Trace a centimetre or so outside the pants to give you a seam line.
For the back piece turn them inside out and pull one leg inside the other one (so the right sides of the fabric are facing each other this will give you the curve for the back piece, trace around this.
Then it is a simple matter to cut a rectangle to fit across the top (remember the seam goes on the outside because when you fold it down it will be hidden. You can make this fold down piece a different colour if you like.
There is also a pair of japanese style pyjama pants on that site you might like to try I prefer the loose leg of the fishermans pants better.
If you are new to sewing buy some really cheap fabric or use an old sheet and make a trial pair first. That way you can iron out any mistakes on the practice pair. I make several paris out of white calico and it is very cheap so if you want a white pair you might try that as it is usually 150cm wide so it is very economical you can get a pair out of a metre to a metre and a half and it will cost you about $6.00Aust.
You can even make them in flannel for winter lounging pants.
If you try this pattern let me know how you went.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
One pair of pyjama pants for me and one pair of fishermans pants for me!! I love these you can make them out of really fine material because the top half folds over and if you make it just the right length can cover you bum and any sign of undies!!!!! plus they are super cool and comfortable. These white ones are made from white calico so they soften up beautifully once you wear them.
Monday, November 3, 2008
However not being very computer literate with some things I have no idea what I am supposed to do to "pick them up".
Thanks girls I got the award logos downloaded and I have sent the awards on to some of my favoruite blog sites WIll bput them in a later post so they get the recognition they deserve by being at the top of the posts lists.
Thought I'd start with the verandah another place we sit regularly to have breakfast or chat while we BBQ dinner. It is such a mess at the moment, I promise myself after seeing these this will be cleaned by tomorrow.
Ah now this is great rememebr my shot looking at the clothes line over the sea of nasturtiums well here is what the nasturtiums hide from the front, the very messy corridor between the house and the water tanks and what I euphemistically call the "potting shed" more on that in a second.
Here is the inside of the potting shed no potting going on in there ever!!!!!!!!!!! It has become the place to put the stuff we don't know what to do with and not very tidily either.
Here is the real view of the dam when you are sitting in those chairs you can kind of glimpse the water.......................
And for the absolute proof that photos can tell two very different stories here is that lovely pink rose I keep showing you photos of.............along with the weeds it lives with.