Thursday, November 27, 2014

Choices and Thankfulness





'Killer Clothes - How seemingly innocent clothing choices endanger your health...and how to protect yourself'. This is a very enlightening, and frightening book, best read in small doses. It covers much more than just fabric composition. Every time I pick it up I become more aware of the clothes I am wearing at that moment. Part of my response has been to make myself a skirt late last week from organic cotton using a length of Cloud 9's Wildwood which I had bought to use as a quilt back.









Same technique as when I made a skirt recently, using another skirt as a template. Here I am wearing it again today, a perfect lightweight for our hot almost-summer days. It's been worn and washed several times already, softening with each wash. We hang our washing/laundry to air dry (weather permitting) and thankfully the skirt hasn't required ironing. I'm planning on sewing more clothes using organic cotton.
*Update August 2015. The fabric in this skirt has continued to soften with ongoing wear and washing, however it really doesn't offer the soft drape which is desirable in a skit like this. However this speaks well of the durability of the fabric for use in quilts and other household items.






With recent hot days, I sometimes cook our evening meal very early to help avoiding heating up the house later in the day. The chicken went into the oven before sunrise and was enjoyed with salad that evening.

The twins turned 17 this week and chose to celebrate with an ice cream cake which they had the pleasure of constructing.

There is a sombreness in the home at the moment as a well loved Australian cricketer, 25 year old Phillip Hughes, has died this afternoon as the result of being hit in the upper neck with a cricket ball while batting on two days ago (just below his helmet). Earlier this month while Miss N, Miss G and Master J were playing local club cricket a middle-aged team member dropped to the ground unconscious in the middle of a game with a brain bleed. He remains in hospital with an uncertain future. Life can be unpredictable, let's be thankful for each other and each day - and a very special Thanksgiving to my US readers :)




Miss E sporting fancy sunglasses during her first dental checkup. She was still smiling afterwards too!




Last but not least, a little more hand stitching on my epp flowers for my Fresh Fields quilt - loving these colours as the near-summer heat sets in.


Sharing at WIP Wednesday.



13 comments:

Oman said...

Happy Thanks giving and life is indeed beautiful :)

Dirk Rosin said...

flotte detaljer !

Catherine said...

What pretty colours for your hexies. I love the Cloud9 fabrics. The designs are fab. It was so sad to hear about the death of Phil Hughes on your blog. We have just woken up here in the UK and I had not heard the news. Visiting via WIP Wednesday, keep cool!

DeniseinVA said...

Your book sounds like a must read. Your skirt is extremely pretty. Miss E looks adorable in her very cute glasses. Greatly saddened to hear of these tragic events. Hope you get some relief from the heat real soon.

✿ chica said...

Que linda tua saia! E a foto da Miss linda. O frango e a torta ,apetitosos! bjs, lindo dia! chica

Kim said...

The passing of Philip Hughes is so very sad, he was much, much too young. Unlike you Karen, I cook with the oven on all cylinders throughout the day, to warm the house down here at the bottom of the world. 'Tis Summer in three days though you would never know it. Your new skirt is very pretty and I am in love with those hexies!

Janneke said...

Who could know cricket is so dangerous, so sad to hear that news and the age of that young man....... Your Fresh Fields quilt will be a beauty, I love the ´fresh´ soft colours. And last but not least congratulations with the birthday of your twins, the icecake looks mouthwatering.

Frederique said...

Nice fabric!
I'm running a fabric giveaway, would you like to enter?
Happy Thanksgiving!!

geanina said...

Happy Thanksgiving!:)

Erica Sta said...

Fantastic Post .... Most Iike little Miss E with her sunglasses.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family.

Erin said...

Wow didn't know that about local cricket player! Have to reserve that book then:) You are on an interesting trail.

Giga said...

Welcome. Did pretty wearing a skirt and a suitable material. Life is full of surprises and those nasty too unfortunately. So let us enjoy it as long as we can. Regards.

Preeti said...

Beautiful skirt! I never once thought that cricket could be a dangerous sport, I was sadly mistaken :(

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