Saturday, April 26, 2008

ANZAC Day

Yesterday was ANZAC Day and the first time my boys have seen an ANZAC Day march. My eldest was very curious about it especially as it involved lots of talk of soldiers and war! It's a little bittersweet for my father, who lost his own father in WWII. I know he spends a lot of the day reflecting on what that meant to his childhood and how things may have been different had his father returned. In most small towns there sits somewhere prominent a statue of a lone soldier, under which is the honour roll that is read out every ANZAC Day. Lest we forget.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Remo General Store

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. It's the Remo General Store. This is, by far, one of my favourite places on the internet. It used to be one of my favourite stores when they had a store front on Oxford street in Sydney. I wandered past it daily on my way to art school... oh such a long time ago. The store is probably most famous for its T-shirts, this probably another reason why I love it so. Remo has recently launched the Design 'O' Matic. This allows you to make your own T-shirt designs, share you designs with other customers and even earn royalties. Every year I make my boys birthday T-shirts - I can't wait to put the Design 'O' Matic to the test for next years editions.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Quilt Project - Take Two and Three

The second lot of my quilt fabric arrived last week. I do love this selection, but realised I had already cut it all up before taking a photo of it! This lot came from Hancock's of Paducah in Kentucky. I love their fabric and especially their catalogues. I have discovered, however, that they really aren't as generous in their cuts as Fabric.com. Their half yards are exactly half a yard - not that I should be surprised at that. Fabric.com half yards measured anywhere from 18 inches to 30 inches!!

And here is the last two pieces of my quilting puzzle. These two exact half yards came from A Joyful Soul Fabrics. This is an eBay store that seems to specialise in fashion and Amy Butler fabrics. Joy, who I presume owns the store, has such great customer service. I think that's saying something for someone that sells solely online. Now all I have to do is start quilting!

Earth Hour

Like 73% of Canberra, we joined in Earth Hour on Saturday the 29th of March. My boys absolutely love it. If the truth be told earth hour happens about once a month in our house. They love lighting the candles and playing with the lantern and especially cleaning their teeth by torch light. This is my attempt at a moody picture of my Queen B candle - a birthday present. It would have worked better with the tripod but it was too dark to find it!