I subscribe to the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, which I find interesting as it isn't too hard core American - ie flags, thanksgiving, eagles etc (although they do have some sometimes which I can handle), and they always show the projects in different colours and sizes and give details and sometimes even patterns for the quilting design. Anyway, I digress... there is a small article about a lady who has her own quilt pattern company, she only looks like a teenager but has three kids... and I think the quote for the day should be "I really love being a mum, but part of that job is doing things that need to be done again and again - cleaning, laundry, bath time. When I quilt, it's something that can't be undone, and I see progress every day."
So far today I'm still up to the again and again bit - my laundry pile has taken over the sofa - no picture sorry, but you can imagine it (in fact, you probably have something similar somewhere in your own house!) - and I can hear the washing machine still spinning around and around. BUT I have something in mind to play with, which if I'm good and get cracking with the rest of the mess, I can play before the kids come home. Yipee.
On another note, I weighed and measured myself this morning. At the beginning of this term I committed to trying to eat a bit healthier and practice some sort of exercise routine to increase my fitness and hopefully my wobbly bits would reduce and become a little bit less wobbly. And, I haven't lost any weight pretty much at all, but my body fat has gone from being up around 32% to 28.5%, and my bust has gone from 40" to 38.5", waist still same, hips 40" to 39". Cool - it must all be worth it.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
You know your day is not going to be a good one when your son calls out before 7am and announces that he accidentally did poos in the toilet - not the bowl but the room. So once the necessary bits and pieces had been stripped, washed, disinfected... the day carries on. Go to feed chickens and round up escaped chicken number one. Say good morning to dog. Go back inside and look out window a few minutes later to find dog has broken dog run wire and is now wrapped around a flax bush (a nice one that was specifically planted to look beautiful). Go and sort out dog. Load daughters bike into car for wheels day at school. Wash arms to get rid of dog and bike residue. Notice dirt on freshly laundered and Ironed (did you read that - ironed!!) white shirt. Grrr! Make lunch for same daughter and do the school run thing. Have kept Dylan home today due to the tummy business - so have spent the morning cleaning the bathroom and sorting the linen cupboard. Coffee sounds good...
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Spoke too soon... Houdini and her lovely assistant flew the coup (literally) and discovered the vege patch... it seems that onion and spring onion don't stand up well to chicken invasion - likewise beetroot seems to have taken a hammering. My short wick is getting shorter!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Where has the time gone. It is already at least a week since my last post and (you'll be glad to see it is now Monday and my post say's it is Monday - thanks Charlotte) I'm wondering what I've been doing since then. Well, since viewing Charlotte's sewing enterprises - I have wasted an enormous amout of time looking at free sewing patterns online - some of which I have downloaded. I have also pulled out my Amy Butler pattern for a long tunic which I have always drooled over, but have never found any fabric I could really imagine using. So with bad weather predicted for Sunday, we traipsed down to Whangarei and sent hubby off with both children so I could browse in leisure at Spotlight. And I actually found some fabric that I like. Also another pattern for a dress which could be resized into a top or tunic... can use either woven or stretch fabric for this one so thought this was quite flexible. So today I have spent my morning firstly doing groceries, which unfortunately are necessary every now and then, and also pegging out washing (which is also unfortunately necessary). Then I spent a few hours photocopying my pattern so I could cut it out without disturbing the original and trying to decide what size to make. According to the instructions, my waist is almost Medium and my hips are slightly smaller than Medium, however my bust is more like Large. Oh, and my waist-back measurement is at least two inches longer than the pattern sizing. So this all requires adjustment before any actual fabric cutting occurs. Is this why I have long since ceased sewing clothes?? But I have faith and I will wash my fabric first because my pattern says so, and then I need to remember to buy some lining fabric because although I have read through the instructions I had not noted that a lining was required and maybe another day I'll tackle the rest of this one.
While in Whangarei we also visited Bunnings, and have started buying the bits necessary to make a desk/organiser/wardrobe for Nadia's room. All sounds a bit complicated but when we moved into our much smaller house, she was the one that lucked out on the smallest room (something to do with being the smallest). So she has no wardrobe and very little space. So this was the big idea. We will add more shelves now that we sort of know what it looks like - but she has some hanging space, a desk and some room for books... all tucked into a little alcove in her room so looks very flash! Although we did have to have the "thou shalt not draw on the walls" discussion... fingers crossed!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
On a more exciting note, we spent a total of 6 hours driving to and from Auckland to go to Calico Xmas on Sunday. Managed to leave the camera in the car so didn't get any photos - but as my lovely husband took the kids to Albany shops and bought a total of 3 pairs of shoes which were desperately required (how did Dylan end up with 1 pair of jandals, plus two shoes one black, one white - but both for the right foot??) - and I could just wander around the displays and merchants to my hearts desire...
Now that summer is approaching, my flowers are once again doing their thing... the colours make me happy!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Well, I have been in the shed, and returned from the shed. Have I achieved anything in the shed?? Well, probably not quite as much as I had hoped. But, I have finished (well finished in the broad sense of the word in that a quilt top has been created) a project that was started maybe 6 years ago and has since layed dormant in a box all pinned together, having long since lost it's "nowness". So, the grand reveal - spot the different between the unfinished and the finished:
And the big bonus, I now have a heap more pins in my pincushion! Decisions, decisions - what do I do with this particular piece. I could add borders as it is still a bit small, however this would require the purchase of fabric. When it was planned, Dylan was probably about 1 - and would have appreciated the colours and pictures, but not so much as a 7 year old - so really it no longer has a purpose. So I could finish it and sell it, or repurpose it as something else? Any ideas??
Back to the shed/fabric reorganisation. The only other grouping of fabric was one that started with the remnant from Nadia's book bag - to which I could add one metre of white on white, plus assorted oddments and fat quarters of semi-matching (good enough) prints. What do you think? I am thinking honey bee blocks - mostly white with some prints and three little teardrop shapes appliqued at each corner. Will need to find my book that has something along those lines... WATCH THIS SPACE!
Meanwhile, while I don't think the Pope will be phoning in a hurry - I shall pat myself on the back for achieving something, and carry on with a positive frame of mind tomorrow.