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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Skirts & Scarves

My latest op shop finds:
I love the colours of this scarf.
And love the print too! Not sure what I’ll do with this yet.

I love the fabric in this skirt.

But there are too many pleats and the skirt does not look good on me. I will either modify the skirt to suit me or I’ll use the fabric for some other project.

It’s very difficult to take photos when the 2 year old is running around!

I couldn’t go past this scarf.

It is a huge piece of fabric.

Blue is not really my colour but I love the woven design.

Not sure what I’ll make with this either.

I love this skirt.

And it needs no modifications!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fat chance

So much for the posting every few days! Its been over a week since my last post! Where does my time go? Oh yeah my time goes into a toddler and a 4 month old baby. And to think I was considering a post a day... ha! Fat chance of that ever happening!

This is dried and hardened fat. Looks like beautiful textured lizard skin doesn't it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I have that horrible sick feeling…

5 years ago we holidayed in the UK and I loved the textured wallpaper that lined the walls of a few of the places we stayed at. It was like puff paint – raised and spongy – and there were some beautiful designs.
I was so excited when we went into a hardware store (I have no idea why we did that on our holiday!) and discovered rolls of wallpaper that you could tear off small samples for free! I collected a sample from every roll and carted it with me for the rest of the holiday, planning to do something with it when I got home. For 5 years it has been sitting in the cupboard waiting until I finally had an idea for it the other day. But when I went to the cupboard to get it out I could not find it. I have searched high and low throughout the house and I cannot find it anywhere. I had a big cleanup last year before Maya was born and I now have this vague memory of discussing with Sean whether I was actually going to do anything with the wallpaper samples or not. And now I can’t remember for the life of me whether I threw it out or put it away very, very safely. I have that horrible sick feeling I have thrown it out. Of all the junk in our house and of all the things I could have thrown out. Sigh…

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A million photos

In a bid to update my blog more often and to do something with my arty photographs which are just wasting away on my computer, I am going to try to post a new photo or series of photos every few days. (Maybe I'm setting the bar too high considering I only post every few weeks but lets see how I go!) This is today's photograph which was actually an accident but I love the colours.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Our Holiday

We recently spent 5 days in Callignee at Mum and Dad’s and we all had a great holiday. (This is going to be another one of those long photographic blog entries!)

We had a few very hot days watching beautiful fluffy clouds..
And we spent most of our time out in the cool shade of the paulownia tree which has flourished since the bushfire… There was lots of water play (Mum and Dad have a spring fed dam so no water restrictions were breached)…
There was some pegging fun…
Lots of laughing at “silly grandad”!
Moments spent watching Maya learn to roll (and at only 16 weeks!)… Note the quilt she is lying on – one of Mum’s many beautiful handmade quilts.

There was some climbing up charcoal trees…
And falling down charcoal trees… ouch!
Followed by some sprinkler fun to wash off charcoal…
Sean helped Dad put the roof on the woodshed…
And Dad spent some time staring at his new shed (a bit like the in colourbond ad) … Although the woodshed is not quite complete, it’s a big milestone for Dad to have that done. But there is still plenty of other work to be done.

Khye enjoyed our picnics for afternoon tea every day – particularly when they involved biscuits…
Kiera had stacks of fun running around finding sticks…
We saw some great light shows. First was the neighbours garden filled with Christmas lights… Apparently they won the best Christmas lights in Callignee – not too much competition this year with most residents still rebuilding after the bushfire.

And on New Years Eve we were treated to this fantastic “nature’s light show”…
I managed to catch a lightning bolt!

And yes this is lightning!

New Years Day we went for a drive up the road to Tarra Bulga National Park – one of the last remaining temperate rainforests in Australia. The bushfire just missed the Park, so it is a lush green oasis after being surrounded by the devastation of the fires.
There are many pine plantations on the road up to Tarra Bulga which were not so lucky and burnt in the fires, and unlike native vegetation, pines do not regenerate. But the native trees around Callignee have now well and truly sprouted and are looking really fluffy dominating the bush once again with green…

So how were your holidays? What did you do?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and hope that you had lots of fun too!
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