Sunday, July 29, 2007
Posted by Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum at 10:19 PM
Friday, July 27, 2007
He's here!! And he bought nice friends!
My books arrived this morning, I have just returned from my favourite coffee shop where I toasted JK with a skinny latte (and cream covered delicious scones!!!) And read the first 3 chapters in an environment where I didn't feel I should be doing something else, more worthy!
How will I read him, again, the dilemma-all at once or make this last treasure endure over an extended period of time. I know what will win, it will be just like a box of Lindt chocolates-I want to make them last but they just mysteriously keep disappearing-pages of Harry will be exactly the same!
Fresh from Church ladies fellowship zone rally yesterday, as the V.President they utilized me as the entertainment! I am full of Bible trivia! I wonder who is the first to tell me how many siblings Joseph had...hey, off the top of your head....no research! Also off to a trivia night tonight, I have been headhunted by a table determined to win!
Anyway, that is not the point, today I have a question-
What would a good wife do??
Now, there are less that 2 weeks until the event known as D-Day here, yes, my birthday. Been married 12 years and it is only recent years we have worked out the love language thing. Still good though, as many people bat their heads up against brick walls for years wondering why their partner doesn't appreciate what they do "for them" when it is not what the partner wants at all. Anyway, that's a whole other post!
DH now understands that the whole gift thing is high on my love language list and I realise that even though gifts are my thing, he would prefer me to sit down and spend quality time with him.
Hence the cause of serious perspiration at this point for DH and the question.
When would a good wife tell him that there is a Jim Shore nativity and quilt book in the cupboard? Perhaps even a few of the books from today's photo, as Harry and 3 days at School camp next week should keep me suitably occupied without the need for them until D-Day.
....A good wife would be tempted to tell him now and end the huddled secret discussions going on between DH and kids...wouldn't she?
Well, all I can say is what a lot of birthday related fun "good" wives miss out on!
I have fairly regularly remembered to stop quilting and cook, I have occasionally cleaned, I've been known to mend, I have sleepily packed lunches even though mornings are not my thing, THEREFORE I want to see effort, the secret stash are "in case", but only after the effort and the perspiration!
What would you do?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Some actual sewing...and a meme...and a thanks!
Is there anything nicer than a day with bright winter sun, a sewing machine, a whole heap of cut up shirts and a sentimental movie? Yes, it would be the addition of a package in the mail!
We will start there! After doing a trifling service for ATET, I received this lovely package in the mail today......
Spoilt my little darlings and me! Aren't those fat quarters divine, I am not sure which ones to walk around holding up to my face first, the pretties or the gorgeous blues/browns. I'll go the lot! Thankyou so much, love them!
Now she also tagged me for the meme Finn originated, I like this one, so after giving it a night's thought here goes.
5 things to do before I die
~outlive my children EDITED!!!NO, NO NO!!! Typo-that they outlive me!!!
~See the Lady of Shalott painting for real. Missed that experience in London, now shall have to go back!
~Watch a test cricket game live overseas, my friend Robyn and I have a penchant for a West Indian one.
~handpiece and handquilt something.
~put stuff away after I use it-on a regular basis!
5 things I can do
~ 2 finger type a lot faster than when I started blogging!
~parallel park, it's easy when you have to do it every time you shop.
~dress poultry-and i don't mean in clothes!
~tell stories... for a long time, with no notes, on anything a child asks me to include. Doesn't make me rich but makes me a popular mother at school! My kids think I am close to famous.
5 things I cannot do
That I admit to-
~function if the bed is not made.
~go into things half heartedly...if I am involved, it is fully.
~hand quilt in a manner resembling appropriate.
~always put stuff away.
~walk past an Op (thrift) shop without going in.
Family would say-
~patch clothes and sew buttons on quickly even though she has a whole room to do it.
~say no to people who ask her to organize things
~live without the computer and the phone
~ cope without going to quilters
5 things that attract me to the opposite sex-
hmmm, there's a difference about attracting me and keeping me attracted, I'll split the difference.
~a ready smile
~a generosity of spirit
~good with children
~adoration of me!!
~the ability to ignore my faults! So, so , so attractive.
5 celebrity crushes, with some specifications.
~George Clooney -in Ocean's 11,-13 and ER
~Harrison Ford-as Han Solo and Indiana.
~John Corbett-as Aden in S*x in the City and Chris in the morning on Northern Exposure.
~Sean Connery-pretty much in everything!
~Cary Grant-in pretty much everything!
5 people to tag
Not sure who hasn't done it already but I will take a stab and tag: Gail at Quite Quilted, Kim at Kim's big quilting adventure, Dawn in Korea, Cheryl at Quilting Hollow and Fiona at scraps in progress.
Here is the patchwork I promised, I have been working on shirts. This is only a few sleeves so far.
I am toying with the idea of adding in the red blade type effect, what thinkest thou?
I am also playing with the offcuts, a real scrappy look that I forgot to photograph!
And finally, the only downside to my day, I just dedicated 2 hours of my life to message in a bottle and Kevin Costner dies at the end...does no-one do happy anymore???? I think I'll put Northern exposure back on! Or take a peak at my Indiana trilogy, maybe even that one that has Indiana AND sean...yeah, now that's a plan!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Harry Query.-please help!
My copy of Harry is still en route so I am staying away from all sites that may let something slip. My sister has just rung in a panic becaise she brought my brother that children's version and someone has told her that it isn't just a different cover, the adult's version has another 150 pages of lurid detail.
Now I don't know any child over 5yo who would put up with this, so i think it is rubbish, someone please confirm so I can end her worry, ta Tracey
Posted by Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum at 7:59 PM
Monday, July 23, 2007
It was just the light I like on the local mountain yesterday afternoon so I took a few snaps, still sorting them but here are a few I like, Grampians mountain range in the background. DS, is, as usual, an un-cooperative model!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Still no machine.....but I can see the floor of the sewing room!
Cleaned every bit of the sewing machine and it hasn't made any difference to the noise so I will be reclaiming my old Janome from my sister tomorrow, I know how it works and my quarter inch foot will fit so I think that is the best way to avert what I can only call a crisis! I can't go 3 days without sewing a stitch, I get grumpy! getting it ixed will not be an overnight option around here.
Wednesday I spent the entire day cleaning and reorganizing. It really clears your head, I found every bit of fabric I had lost and made enough space so I could comfortably use my cutting table again.
This is my cutting table, would have made it a little bigger if I did it over, but I would still fill that space and be cutting in the same sized area so this is fine. It is on castors and made to my exact height (tall) so that cutting doesn't hurt my back, I love it.
Here is a close up of underneath, hooks to hang my tools, a hanging fabric rubbish bin and two new containers, one for crumbs and the other bigger scraps. Everything small and leftover goes straight in these after cutting. All my rulers are sitting on a wooden hanging rack that is being used as an extra shelf until I hang it from the roof for strips.
This is what you do with your wooden playpen when it was getting a little old and you REALLY don't need it anymore! I took the screws out and made hanging racks for the wall and benches. Strips go on the bench ones for when i am sewing log cabins. I find my personality copes best with my stuff being out-I struggle with drawers and putting things back so this works for me. I have those little bulldog type clips and hanging hooks on this rail so that all my printed out instructions, tools etc can be put straight there and not lost in the abyss.
Another new organising idea, as I have my own space I can do what I like so I have turned this shoe holder into a wall mounted storage system for bits and pieces, I am loving this already and have only just started filling the pockets-I think velcro may need 2 pockets!
Had forgotten to share this purchase, it is a Jim Shore panel, he makes the patchwork angels and houses I like. It even has my favourite red barns and a covered bridge!
Here's to a machine tomorrow! Tracey
Gratitudes: DD singing, happy and relatively pain free, school is "brilliant!"
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Oh, sharing the zoo component of the holiday with you today, love these girls, fantastic new enclosure, set out like an extended rainforest.
And no , I don't just like them because the make me feel thin...
And all on grass and hay,
Keeper checking for chocolate, your hips can't get that big without it, surely!
Nah, just hay.
The entrance to the underwater seal view looked very "quilty" to me.
Love this chimp's hand, he was playing peek aboo with us behind the hessian.
And these two are doing what they do best.
Last but not least, Sweet P has challenged me to "Pay it Forward". The first 3 whose comment/email tells me they are "in" will receive a gift from me (in the near future). The catch is that you must be prepared to continue the random acts of kindness to your own 3 bloggers, she also has a stitchery swap happening if you want in. have a great day, Tracey
Monday, July 16, 2007
..warming up earlier on the ground... (did I mention i am a little partial to him? there are about 20 more of these on the camera!)... I then have another picture I am not sharing, that is of him sitting on the sidelines from the 2nd quarter, having badly injured his calf muscle-I was no longer excited, especially as that was about the time the geelong team began to get dominant and the crowd sitting around us started to feel sorry for the lone Essendon supporter in the family!
My girl with her blue and white painted face, very pleased with the result.
It's a fabulous aquarium, you can even swim with sharks, never actually opted for that, but DD tried to kiss a fish that would look even better in a pan!
As would these crabs! Yum, love crab.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Cot quilt and odd pets!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Just a quick post this morning. I am feeding an extra 5 men who are here today working with sheep so no time to chat!
Just an update on DD's "scopes" yesterday at the Children's hospital. we left by 5.30 am and were home at 7 pm, absolutely exhausted. She did a great job and everything looked good (we even have pics for Show and Tell!) they biopsied everywhere and took more bloods so all that should be back in a week. Doctors reckon it is looking like a really bad dose of Irritable bowel and may take 18 months to come right-so we are half way there!!! On lots of Lactobacillus type powder and a few other powders to keep everything working, hopefully she will continue to improve.
Bit of stitching in the car, this-
got to a new stage but I will wait to show you the finished product, Cheers, tracey
Monday, July 09, 2007
What's happening on the farm?
...the rain has abated and left only large 'lakes' -unfortunately they were once cropping paddocks! C'est la Vie....
I'm still organizing my photos from the holiday (managed to whittle them down to 215 at least!) so I will share some lamb marking pictures instead.
Lamb marking is my kids' favourite thing so they were well involved. My grown up nephews also assisted as they need a few 1000 done as well.
Lamb marking involves putting a ring on tails (and another pair of bits that are not required!) and giving the lambs an ear tag so that they remain traceable at all points along the chain. They also get a drench, an injection, that was performed by little old vet me, that covers them for 6 diseases including such gems as black leg (sounds more like a pirate) and pulpy kidney (self-explanatory!) It is all done in a beautifully pain free way and the tails just drop off after a few weeks. This is a much happier result than leaving the tails on and having the poor sheep invaded by flies in their nether regions in the summer.
DD surveying the Mums waiting very noisily for their babies to come back, nice and foggy as well.....
This little cutie is too small to fit in the marking cradle so gets personalized attention, farmer version of private health care........ Notice her superb addition of costume jewelry, all the best dressed Australian lamb is wearing it this season!
Ahhh, the stirrups, an unfortunate memory for many...not just the lambs!
Are you my kid (or was that lamb??)