Sunday, December 30, 2012
This stitchery was inspired by these simple words - a reflection of how growing things get brighter, fresher, and burst with life after a storm.
This year has been a challenging one for myself and many family and friends, and I created this stitchery as a reminder to look forward to the future good that may come. It was lovely to make and the time spent stitching was full of quality contemplating time.
And as I look out the window, there could be a storm on the horizon for tonight. I have finished the last bits of our new vegetable garden bed this afternoon and our new tank is now 2/3rds full. I'll plant my first vegetables tomorrow and see how this new year makes rainbows grow.
Friday, December 21, 2012
The tatters themselves were wonderful. I didn't realise how quickly fresh food is to cook so they got a bit overcooked, yet despite this the taste was wonderful. I picked them about 5 o'clock and they were on our forks just after 7 o'clock.
I think the total food metres (not miles) on the potatoes was about 15, which again was lovely. What's better is there is still many more in the vege garden to collect. I can't wait to get my six serves a day!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I have recently finished reading "Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough" by Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss. This is a book to open your eyes and start you thinking again.
The book look at the concept of Affluenza, which is a feeling that no matter what you have its never enough, and you feel compelled to work harder and longer to get more money to buy more stuff to try and combat the feeling.
The research and material making up this book is from an Australian perspective and although about 7 years old now, is perhaps even more relevant.
Affluenza helps you realise that nagging feeling of dissatisfaction is made by society and offer some of the perspectives people have taken to combat that feeling.
Most effective I feel is the concept of downshifting - choosing to simplify your life by working less and doing more of the things that bring real satisfaction like being with family and friends, being creative, following a dream, or just using less of everything.
I found it initially surprising as a capitalist from my teens to identify so much with downshifting but really it's the ultimate ways of getting ahead. To me, if you spend less on the unnecessary things in life and always end up just slightly ahead with your income (even if your income is small), in the end you will win. Plus you will be happier doing it.
Monday, December 10, 2012
I was delighted to open my copy of this month's Handmade Magazine (Vol 30 No 12) and find my first ever project in its lovely pages.
This is quite an exciting event for me as Handmade magazine was the first craft magazine I ever got and I have been reading and collecting them for many years. They were and still are and wonderful source of inspiration to me, with so many projects that I have made from here over the past couple of decades. This magazine got me into reading more, like Creating Country Threads and Patchwork and Stitching, and I finally worked up enough courage to submit my first article last year. Now I've have over 22 articles published. It's good to be added to the collection of contributors.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
This month's Australian Patchwork and Stitching Magazine Vol 13 No 10 features my softie pattern Mr Moe Tash. He was a fun to make character that I set myself the challenge of not buying any new materials and further to use recycled materials if I could.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I think most came from the Brisbane Ekka in the late 1970's (the manufacturing date says 1978 on a couple) and most are from the Doctor Who themed showbag of that year.
I found a 25th anniversary postage souv. That's almost 25 years old now.
I also found a nice mouse pad featuring the "Cloven Hoof" - the pub from the Jon Pertwee story "The Daemons". Its even signed by Katy Manning.
My favourite items are the ice cream packaging for the Streets Doctor Who ice cream. I could find two of the stencils and I know they were much used at the time. For some reason the collector in my husband didn't keep one of the actual ice creams - how disappointing!
This find caused much reminiscing - that's the best kind of time travel.