Wednesday, 23 April 2008
My bedtime reading of late has been this book. It was a gift from Debbie, the new owner of Calico and Ivy and I've loved reading it - every bit. The photography is beautiful, organic, inspiring. Amy's home is amazing. It was nice to take a look inside her home and see some of the sources of her inspiration.
We will be back in Perth in about 2 weeks and whilst it's normally hard to return after a holiday, I know I will be excited to return and start my new job here - yay!
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
I have been admiring this embroidery work in one of my Marie Claire Idees magazines for a long time. Hopefully I might pull some inspiration from it when we are camping. I'm packing some threads and some fabric and I'd like to embroider to my hearts content.
I'm also taking these to play around with. Maybe I might work with a bit of the new Amy Butler range and maybe some old ones too.
Monday, 21 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Thursday, 17 April 2008
Here is some happy snaps of our little Phoebe's 2nd birthday. She had two lots of cupcakes and was a little more animated second time around! That photos in the middle is average of the boys - with mouthfuls of lollies, but check out that cheeky girl in her new dress from her Aunty. The last one is a quick happy birthday. Whilst we were having a special birthday dinner for our girl, she requested her dummy and bear ( read, I'm ready for bed everyone). So we quickly did the "cake" and whisked the little 2 year old off to bed. Tired. I think she's had a good day. The boys admitted at dinner tonight that they ate half the smarties off the cupcakes before they went out, I've just checked the photo - I did decorate half with smarties, and yes some are gone........monkeys!
Monday, 14 April 2008
Saturday, 12 April 2008
Then there is the hand quilting. I've only hand quilted my quilts because I was taught to quilt by a quilting purist - and I'm thankful to her for that. Not that there is anything wrong with machine quilting, I just don't know how to do it. I have to say I do find hand quilting a little tedious, especially on a large project. From time to time I do quilt in perle No.8. These girls are the Queens of perle quilting - even did a great DVD with Australian Quilters Companion, with some great tips, if you can get your hands on it. I have to say that I've just never really felt the calming effects that some speak of when hand quilting. So, why do I do it? Because it looks so good! Lastly is the binding, just like reading the final pages of a book, sometimes it's a little sad to be finishing a project. Mostly it's a really satisfying feeling, finish one, start the next. Usually the next one has already been started!
I popped this on the wall this afternoon, just to get an idea of where I was going. I got my inspiration for this one from an vintage quilt on ebay. I loved it and printed it out and filed it. It says that the quilt was from the 30's or 40's and was actually mad with full squares folded in half so the front and the back are identical. Now, my brain doesn't quite grasp that. Where do those seams go? Anyway, I'll save my brain strain and not worry, as that is not how I've made this.
Friday, 11 April 2008
Now, before I lose you completely, below is a Corelle Les Dollies Doll and she is tres cute. Perhaps not this year for Phoebe, maybe next. They are marketed as stylish dolls that are hip and fashionable - a perfect alternative to today's sexed up dolls. At first I was a little freaked out by that hair, but now I find it quite charming. She has little freckles and she smells really good......she's vanilla.