......................................................................................................................................................Finding BEAUTY, JOY and CONTENTMENT in my everyday life.

Monday, October 20, 2014


"I was just sittin' here enjoying' the company.
Plants got a lot to say,
 if you take the time to listen."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Adjusted Plans

You know how sometimes you have a good idea but it doesn't quite work out as you had planned. Well, I thought I would square up and trim my Peaceful Night quilt before completing the hand quilting along the outside edges. That way I could make sure my quilting lines ran exactly parallel to the binding etc.

It was a good idea, but when I attempted to attach the binding I had troubles with the top starting to pucker against the batting and backing, even though I sewed slowly using a walking foot. After half a side was 'completed' it became obvious the finish wasn't pleasing. So I unpicked the binding and have been very carefully hand quilting the edges except for the very outermost parallel stitching lines. To prevent any of the now-cut EPP hand stitching from unravelling I have added a few little top stitches and some gentle basting stitches along the very edge to help stabilise the sections with a bias cut.

Somehow I had also underestimated the amount of hand quilting yet to do around the edges....
I am now hoping to be ready to attach the binding by the end of the coming weekend, after which the very last parallel-to-the-binding lines will be quilted. Let's hope things go to plan this time, with no puckers - and that I don't run out of black silk thread!

Sharing at WIP Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sewing - For Me

Once upon a time I sewed nearly all my clothes (and many for my children, especially when they were very young), yet it's been over 11 years since I last sewed for myself - and that was a maternity dress. 

I have always had something of a minimalist wardrobe, largely content to rotate through three of four outfits, wearing them all year round, with the addition of a couple of jackets for cooler days. Several of our children follow my lead, while others have a 'need' for greater variety when it comes to clothes.

After wearing the same few outfits constantly they were beginning to wear out, as my clothes tend to do. Despite casually looking for replacements over the last few months, I hadn't found what I was looking for. Then one morning a few weeks ago I woke up with the idea of making that skirt I hadn't been able to find, using a fabric bought on clearance (at $1.99/yd) in 2010, originally intended for a quilt back.

Some thread and a zip were purchased that day, and while at Lincraft (fabric/craft shop) I found some white broderie fabric for a top and lovely soft cotton voile to line the top. They happened to have a fabric sale on at the time which made the decision easier. Just like in the past, I didn't use a pattern but chose to use clothes which fit well as my 'pattern' guides, adjusting as I go.

The photos tell the story from there. The skirt has a centre back zip and some light interfacing in the waistband and is just the length I wanted (one of the benefits of making it myself). The top is a loose fitting, slightly flared, pop over the head style, and very cool for our warmer days which are fast approaching. In fact I liked the top so much I have already made a second identical one (yes, I often buy/make duplicates when I find something I'm really pleased with - am I the only one who does that?). 

Being encouraged by these results I have purchased some more fabric with clothes in mind.....

Do you sew any of your own clothes?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Being You

'Being you is the only thing at which 
you will always be the best in the world'

'You will always know more about what you're thinking about than anyone else.
You will always look better than you think you do in the mirror. 
The face you see will be far less warm and attractive than the face seen by a friend.
Expressions make a face....
Never let anyone write you off.
And never, never write yourself off.'

Extract from the (library) book "One - living as one and loving it" by Victoria Alexander p.87
Photo - Ned Kelly grevillea, an Australian native, yesterday morning in our garden.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Through The Lens

Images from the last week or so, memories I want to savour.....

* Miss G enjoying birthday sparklers for Miss O's birthday.
* Miss O made a delicious ice cream cake for her 13th birthday - we currently have 5 teenagers.
* Miss O enjoying using my new sewing machine - this delights my heart!
* Some of Miss O's creations, some filled with rice, others with lavender.
* Our twins had a wonderful friend stay a few days, they taught her to play ukulele.
* Neighbourhood amarillas/hippeastrums in full bloom.
* Miss E senior was home from Sydney for a few days, arriving and leaving in the dark.
* Discovered some 'ruins' behind the town's Sherif's office today.
* Miss O and Miss V had their first cricket game for the season this afternoon -
* which didn't finish until 7pm - no textures or apps, just dusky graininess from my phone.
Raspberry Lemon Muffins which I baked for Miss O's birthday, using some home ground flour.
* Miss E with Miss O's birthday sparklers.
* Miss O enjoying her birthday (which happens to be the day after her father's).
* Trusting you will also find some beauty, joy and contentment in your day, for each day IS special!


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