Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cushion Towers

My youngest (he's almost 3) has started created towers/installations around the house using anything he can find. The top picture was one of his creations using almost all the cushions and pillows in the house. That's his little hand you can see! This started me thinking how much I love cushions. They completely change the mood of a room and are much cheaper than new furniture. The bottom picture is my latest Etsy purchase. The store is called Absoluut and she makes cushion covers from vintage fabrics - just beautiful!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Being Gracious

It's been too long between posts, I know. I spent most of this week trying to get this photo off my phone, Bluetooth has officially eluded me. I know it doesn't look like it has much to do with being gracious but I will try and explain. I spent Monday and Tuesday in Sydney attending training. The purpose of the trip was to learn and get a little support from the Sydney based trainer. As it turned out she was not at all willing to teach or support and treated me with animosity and contempt for my entire visit. So I'm practising being gracious about the whole turn of events. For all I know she may be having a really bad week. So instead of getting hot headed I've decided to be gracious and concede that it's not all about me! As for the picture, it's taken from the plane on landing at Canberra airport where my family was waiting for me. It's so great to be home with people that love me. By the way - Happy Australia Day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Clever Friend #2

I went fabric shopping with my mother last week. We had a lovely time choosing colour combinations for the quilt she's making for my youngest and he's very excited about it. This started me thinking about my dear friend Anita; quilter, pilates instructor and author of these (and many other) books. Anita and I met when we were exchange students in Japan. I also managed to see her when we lived in Atlanta and we still write to each other... amazing. You can find out all about her on her web site and if you are interested in Japanese fabrics then these are the books for you. She will probably correct me on this but I think all the fabrics showcased come from her own collection!

Monday, January 7, 2008

New Beginnings

I started a new job today at It was a day of sorting out technology and making plans. I feel like I'm very expensive on the first day of a new job!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Quilt Cave

My quilt is finally finished and ready for use. This was my sensible 2nd project, just squares in squares using lots of fat quarters from my ever increasing stash. The top has been sitting in a box for the last year and my dear Mum had it quilted for my birthday and then she did the binding. I love making the tops, but I really don't like quilting. My boys have already put it to good use - this is my eldest going into the quilt cave he built over the coffee table and the sofa. Not exactly how I thought it would be christened but at least it's being used.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Summer Swings

It has been so hot in Canberra the past few days. A favourite after dinner pastime for the boys is to sit on the balcony, eat ice blocks and get pushed in the swing. This little swing is suspended from the rafters of our balcony, so the boys fly out into the garden and say hello to the trees. I'm sure the wind in their faces must be very refreshing.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Turning 40!

You will notice that I didn't wish you a Happy New Year yesterday. Not that I don't want to wish everyone well, because I do, but I really don't like January 1st. Just as I really don't like the first page of a book. This post will appear on January 2nd which happens to be the 40th birthday of my oldest girlfriend. I have known her for a little under 35 years! This year is also the 40th birthday of my darling husband (February 1st) and my dear friend Mette. Since my 40th birthday has just passed, I still don't know how I feel about hitting that milestone. My little 40 design was done using images of Amy Butler fabrics (credit where it's due). She's one of my absolute favourite fabric designers and I'm already planning my next quilt that will just have to include her designs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Transformer That Doesn't

Here's a picture of the my eldest son holding his Christmas present from Santa. It's now known in our house as the Transformer that doesn't transform - this is also how he introduces it to friends and family. For the past 3 months he's wanted one - so we got recommendations from other parents and were told that this one was the IT toy. A whopping $50 later we were convinced we were going to have one happy little boy on
Christmas Day. After struggling through the packaging Daddy was the first to point out that it does nothing. After intense scanning of the box we find the fine print (very very fine) at the bottom of the box - DOES NOT CONVERT. We made up for Santa's 'mistake' by buying him one that does convert and this one has been relegated to the space under the sofa where all forgotten toys go.