Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
(But they're beautiful, and some are from Amy Butler and were left over from the quilt on Sunday's blog entry)
Aha! There's that 12in square calendar quilt challenge for the Quilters' Guild of NSW which you had no intention of entering, having way too many other things to do.
(But wouldn't it be fun to play with them, just for a little quilt?)
It's due in the office on 30 November.
(Yikes! Where's my midnight oil?)
So, it's made? Don't forget to post it today. And you still have these scraps left over?
(Gosh it was fun to work again with virtually no rules, just letting the quilt evolve in whatever quirky way it liked. Got to do that more often).
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Annie Dillard, in The Writing Life (a brilliant book) talks about this in writing, how that very idea which seems to be the essential pillar of a particular piece of writing is the one which may need to be ruthlessly knocked down as the work evolves.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
(gee whiz it's a buzz to have your quilt on the cover! - for all sorts of reasons, including the memory of assembling the quilt top with a four year old girl's help (she kept picking the pink fabrics first!). Love the way quilts carry memories).
It was such a long while ago that I acquired the Amy Butler Charm fabrics around which I designed this quilt. Check out the 1 Feb, 29 March & 23 July blog entries - this is what they became.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
When I did wedding flowers one time, I tucked gardenias at the back of the vases at the front of the church - their scale was wrong for the (large) vases, but this way the bridal couple would have their scent as part of the ceremony.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Looking west towards the Blue Mountains. The contrast between the smoke filled area and the clear blue sky with white clouds was striking.
It reached 38 - 40deg Celsius today - hot, windy, low humidity, none of it good for fires. The Blue Mountains fires now include threats to Mt Wilson and Mt Tomah, fire in the Grose Valley, fire near Blackheath, spot fires further down the mountains and a new fire started by windborne embers near Faulconbridge.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Wasn't that just so poetically poetic? It reminded me of years ago when the Mt Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines belched so much smoke the sunsets here in Oz, an ocean away, were just as red.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
There are two serious fires in the upper Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, today. It isn't boiling hot, but it has been windy. This RFS T-shirt and its owner may well be there. Without rain, it's another summer where the dry conditions could prove dangerous. Time to make sure the gutters are clear of debris.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
As I've been sewing the aqua/chocolate quilt this weekend, I've been listening to DVDs (well, I can't watch or I'd sew over my finger or something icky like that! - and besides, they're usually films I've seen before, so I can replay them on my mind's widescreen). I revisited Stage Beauty, Richard Eyre's film about Restoration theatre, with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes. Excellent film: Billy plays Ned Kynaston, one of the last of the men licensed to play women on stage, before Charles II decreed that women could play women. It oscillates around Othello, particularly Desdemona's death scene.
The "it is the cause" line does get an airing - I remember it from studying Othello, at school. So the weekend's photo of 'cause' badges from the festival co-ordinated with the film. Well, that's my version of events (it's my blog and I'll draw a long bow if I want to, or something like that!).
I studied Othello, as my final year Shakespeare (the syllabus rotated through the tragedies, I still wish I'd landed on a Hamlet year - but then I did get to also do Romeo and Juliet in the advanced class, and that was great fun).
We were shown some films to enhance our understanding of the play, but the one that has stuck in my mind starred Sergei Bondarchuk in somewhat erratic blackface. The scene that made the greatest impact happened to be Desdemona's death - mostly because he had dark hair when he tottered behind the filmy draperies to smother her, and it had gone completely white by the time he emerged. I also remember a lot of highly coloured chocolate-box sunset scenes, although I'm fuzzy on what they had to do with Shakespeare's play. Ain't the internet wonderful? It's listed on imdb, including a review by someone who probably isn't a high school brat, and therefore may have more appreciation of Art circa 1955.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Yet more eye candy colours. The soundtrack to the festival? The babble of voices, the boom zipzap of the hiphop music played for the dancing school dancers in lurid lurex, announcements about charity sausage sizzles, thanks to sponsors, the rapid heartbeat of bongo drums. You could decorate your house or yourself, be political in a multitude of ways, buy charity raffle tickets, join railway societies or plant growing societies, consider breastfeeding or fire service volunteering or joining a brass band or just eat (Australian) macadamia nuts while juggling colourful balls and going with the flow. Your choice!
Original photo is here. Set of photos from the festival is here.
Blogger and Flickr aren't talking right now (why do they do that when I have two photos/entries to upload?) so I'll fix this properly when THEY let me.
Friday, November 10, 2006
It's MOVEMBER! When men grow moustaches and it's an opportunity to talk about men's health issues such as prostate cancer and depression. The photographers at Express Publications are entering into the spirit of it by reproducing classic album covers - this one, Queen's Bohemian, er, Mohemian Rhapsody - featuring them with their mo's.
For more information, see the Australian Country Threads blog here.
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Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
There's something very fresh and cheerful and, well, reddish about cherries. They seem to be one of the fewer fruits that remain resolutely seasonal (barring imports) - enjoy 'em whle they're there.
You never know what you're going to get.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The scrapbooking shop didn't have any Chatterbox Christmas papers (sorry, Carrie!), but these deeee-licious Basic Grey ones were growing legs and running out the door (you think I'm joking? They had 1/3 less of them than they did on the weekend). They're from two lines called Dasher and Fruitcake.
So while I can sew or quilt or do any one of a number of things, I like the idea of this little album with pages pretty enough to leave as they are - or else you can paste in pictures of your best beloveds. It would be rather nice each Christmas to pull out the album as you're decorating and see those special faces.
It was so much fun to just be able to get off the deadline treadmill for an evening and fiddle around with papers and adhesives and make this prototype. I was almost whistling a happy tune.
PS. for those who know today was Melbourne Cup day, my nags in the office sweep were as usual called Glue Factory and Dogfood, and performed accordingly.
Monday, November 06, 2006
The pink one is three sheets of scrapbooking paper folded to create pages/pockets, the blue one is an accordion and the paisley, chipboard covered with papers.
None are embellished yet - there was only time to make the basic albums. So there is more fun to come.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
On the right, Elsie's computer which ran a slideshow of her images throughout the class. On the table on the left, some of the threads available to us.
I scrapbook less than I quilt - scrapbooking and using scrapbooking techniques have been functional, roads to catching family moments for calendars, for instance, and I've drawn on them for quilting projects (eg tags, and using brads). I don't have a zillion albums or pages done, so I'm no expert.
I'm rarely overwhelmed in a quilting shop, in that I always feel (without really thinking about it) that I can manage the cornucopia I see and so create happily. Scrapbooking supplies offer an almost overwhelming choice - narrowing myself down to actually making something is more difficult, as my brain keeps whizzing with "what if?" and "what if?". The other scrapbookers at my table were far more experienced, and efficient, than me.
In some respects, including retrospect (!) what I'd probably find more useful for me would be a techniques class rather than a project class - practising doodling, and handwriting variations, for instance, to expand my repertoire for use in my own work. This is no criticism of the class - Elsie's project was a great idea and much enjoyed by the ladies there - but rather an observation of my creative journey. The ladies went away with a terrific array of journals in funky felt bags.
What did I learn? Although the class requirements didn't specify it, I bought/brought a white pen, as Elsie's work uses these. Writing on my photographs - which I haven't done before - was a good step on my creative journey. Thanks, Elsie!
Saturday, November 04, 2006
It's far from an arty photo - I regretted not having a better zoom lens. But with what I had with me, and the circumstances, it may look like a photo of grey clouds, but it's got significance. So it's here.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
It's not actually called Jacaranda Street - but aren't those clouds of purple wonderful? I've taken some photos of individual trees and so forth, but I was trying to capture here the way they are beautiful en masse.
Suddenly, at this time of year, a corner here or garden there or, like here, a street, catches your attention as doesn't happen the rest of the year.
So many trees here are evergreen (eg eucalypts) that a deciduous with this sort of flourish is a particular joy. Jacarandas are one of my favourite trees. Their shape is elegant, and they carry the flowers with grace.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I saw, driving past, some very Australian trick or treaters setting out this afternoon - I doubt there would be many in the northern hemisphere who teamed their fright wigs with board shorts and thongs, or who were attended by fairies who were not quite sure if they were good or bad, so had settled for quantities of eye makeup (which didn't really clarify the situation, but they probably enjoyed trowelling it on!).
I read somewhere that the most popular Halloween costume in the US this year is khakis, with a stingray barb attached to the chest, alluding of course to Steve Irwin. Hmmmm. That's a bit sick puppy queasy-making for me.