Monday, July 30, 2007
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It's all input, information, ideas, colour, design, inspiration, food for thought: and time out.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
It's a while since I did a magazine catchup, so here's the first part of the most recently-read pile. A couple of new additions - I hadn't seen Adorn, or Quilts and More, at local newsagencies before.
What I'm actually doing today, apart from all the usual weekend stuff, is thinking out a table runner in gelato-pretty colours. Got the block design sorted, just have to decide on fabrics and start cutting and sewing. Is it overkill to have thought of three other tablerunner designs while working out this one? Love that feeling when your brain starts humming, and you remember other fabrics you have, and ways to put them together, and various shapes and patterns and photos that are fizzing around in the mix.
And there's one lot of instructions to write for another project. Sometimes instructions are no hassle, sometimes they're just NOT what you feel like doing!
Had a great day yesterday seeing the revelation of an annual quilting challenge. I'm always inspired by what the other dozen or so members of the group produce, and intrigued by seeing how each different creative mind has worked with the challenge in such individual ways. (This took up most of the day, which I why I didn't get to Harry Potter till the evening. It was a good day - two lots of anticipation).
A rock guitar version of Pachelbel's Canon. I want this finger dexterity....
Poppalina on Acts of Gratuitous Beauty, about people who craft.
A bird in flight
Bella Dia's list of Craft Blogger books
Must revise my links list over there on the right. Some I don't seem to read any more, while my Bloglines list grows ever longer with new discoveries. Opening my Bloglines list is like a wonderful self-made magazine, with columns and sections I've chosen, and new things to read all the time.
I'm doing a few posts on colour palettes over at whipup, but if you don't visit there, do look at this one of fd's flickr toys, which generates the colour palette in a photo: Palette Generator.
Part of my family's DNA is an affection for gadgets - Book of Joe is a wonderful tyre-kicking fix of the wondrous, the wacky, the intriguing and the completely nutty...
Australian Story consistently has extraordinary documentaries. Some you can watch on broadband, if you miss them at 8pm Monday nights on the ABC.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
(Just for the record, started reading at 7pm Saturday, done and dusted by 11pm. And I resisted the immense temptation to turn to the back in the style of Harry in When Harry Met Sally, to see how it ended...).
Friday, July 20, 2007
This castellated wall is at Vaucluse House in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
(Title is from a poem by Tennyson. But you probably knew that. Or if you didn't, you googled it.)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
For a reality fix, as I wax lyrical about frost, I can give you a kid version: "Why would you bother taking photos of grass????????????"
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I didn't photograph today's main activity - paperwork (at work) and more paperwork (writing quilt instructions at home). Between privacy issues and not wanting to bore you witless, these didn't inspire my camera out of its bag.
I can't photograph the red and black challenge quilt which I got back from the quilter today (revelations on Saturday, just time to get the binding on....). Showed you the challenge fabrics a little while ago. Found a couple of excellent feature fabrics for the quilt.
Besides, I really wanted to show you this.
The other thing I didn't photograph was a tattoo. Not mine, but someone I know whose response to his little nevvy not being born alive (it was around the 24 week stage of pregnancy) was a tattoo of the baby's name and date and a Celtic cross, which I was shown today (he got it done yesterday, less than a month later). I'm not one for tattoos myself, but there was something very moving about it, in what it stood for in his life: to mark himself forever so the little one wouldn't be, because he was too important to be, forgotten. A very personal memorial from an uncle who's not yet twenty.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
It was the coldest morning in over 20 years in Sydney this morning - around zero. The drive to work had frost-whitened verges and fields - cold enough to be pretty, not cold enough to be dangerous (I've driven on black ice and I'd rather not do that again....).
While this photo was taken on Sunday, its palette of blues and whites is a coolly accurate reflection of today's temperature - the subtle colours of the end of a winter's day.
They're saying tomorrow will be even colder...
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
The dining table in this house is surrounded by mismatched chairs, light wood, dark wood, worn paint, a collection assembled over time, and I love them all.
I've never owned a dining suite or a lounge suite - I'd rather put old and new pieces together and enjoy the eclectic harmony.
Friday, July 13, 2007
I had a long wait today, one that I knew about in advance, so I stocked up with a couple of book choices to occupy the time. This one, from the op shop pile of a few days ago, turned out to be lots of fun, an entertaining meringue read of the chicklit variety. I haven't read any other Sophie Kinsella books (she writes the "Shopaholic" series) but now I just may.
The fact that it had an aqua cover, and I'm currently rather besotted with aqua, had NOTHING to do with anything!
I get slightly bewildered by the plethora of chicklit that you see in bookshops now - a spun-sugar cupcake palette of cover colours, twirly-whirly-I'm-fun fonts....and unsettlingly often, heroines who sound rather self-obsessed. If you have any chicklit recommendations, please do leave them in the comments - I'm happy to have some pointers to ones that are worth reading.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
To the right, one of the entrees at tonight's Indian feast, rather yummy deep fried vegetables in a chickpea batter. I think I'd be truthful in describing this as my first experience of deep fried cauliflower....
The main course dishes below included (clockwise from top left) daal/dahl, butter chicken, a spinach/cream chicken curry and a potato/pea dish. Side dishes included poppadoms, puri and naan breads, saffron rice, cucumber yoghurt and banana coconut.
The best bit? The company of friends - we've known each other for years and years. Always lots of good conversation.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Let me take you for a sunny day's walk through Watsons Bay, on Sydney's South Head. The stone obelisk tells you its age, the road made in the early nineteenth century, but the quaint cottages tell you the same (I didn't photograph the many large modern houses - real estate here, small or large, is among Sydney's most expensive).
Between the houses, you can see the Sydney CBD. Around the headland from Watsons Bay is Camp Cove, where Arthur Phillip's First Fleet of convicts and settlers first came ashore in Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson) in 1788.
Today, and quite accidentally, our timing was perfect to see the USS Kitty Hawk leave Sydney. From large to small - a boat the size of three football fields and the pleasure of window boxes and quirky door ornaments.
Being winter (would you look at that blue sky?) it was too cool for swimming in the harbour baths, but the dinghies spoke of summer and sunlight.
Dunbar House is just one of the large historic houses watched over by the ubiquitous seagulls, who think that Watsons Bay (and any stray chips/french fries) is all theirs.
Congenial company, the famous Doyle's fish and chips for lunch, time to walk along the edge of the water, sit in the sun (out of the cool and searching wind, you could bake nicely), with talk and laughter and friendship - a fabulous day.
If you click on the photo you'll see a larger photo in my Flickr photostream, and you can see the individual photos as well.
Thanks to Caity and Brenda for the inspiration. Get your own here, but do a screenshot to save the pic. (I wasn't sure how to do it either. So I googled "how to do a screenshot" and got plenty of answers!)
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Or is it just me, being a tad obsessed with how intriguing the shapes and colours and repetitions of fruit and veg are?
Wish I'd bought the polyanthus now, not just photographed it. They had them at 5 pots for $10. I'm a fool - maybe I should visit again tomorrow and invest in winter colour....
Sideline note: One of the three bookshops at that shopping centre (which doesn't count the other three discount/department stores that sell books there too, and a couple of others with books as a sideline) has taken, the lady said, 900 paid advance orders for the final Harry Potter book. That's 900 people who've thought ahead, paid their dosh and will be in a nearly 900-person queue in a couple of weeks. Sheesh.
Most of all, I just don't want to know the ending till I read it myself. I dread the loudmouth in the store, three places ahead of me on the queue, who gets their book, flicks to the back and shouts out what happens. Nooooooo!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Total if I'd bought the lot: easily under $20. The only thing cheap is the price....
And then if you don't like 'em, you send 'em back for someone else to find.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Found another couple of fabrics and started cutting and piecing it today, once I finished the quilting I had to do first.
It's coming together nicely, imho.
The challenge group has been going for several years, and the annual challenge is an inspiring opportunity to see how a bunch of different quilters can work from the one place to many interpretations.
I've always found the quilts I've made to be ones that stretch and invigorate me to try something different, which is after all the point of a challenge...
Thursday, July 05, 2007
This quilt was made from a range that's several years old, Versailles by ?Moda, together with some reproduction fabrics. It was a great range of fabrics, Versailles - I just used the reds and greens for this, but there were wonderful blues and other colours in it too.
Having got it done, I can go and play with some fabrics for a quilt challenge due later in July.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Can't put doll pics here till the magazine comes out in a few months...but it turned out looking rather fun!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Find the transcript of the interview and more information here.
I don't knit. I know how, but an old injury means it becomes too painful after too short a period of time to bother. If any of you who read this blog, some of whom are knit-knowledgeable, could point me in the direction of a pattern (she wants to knit a size suited to about an 8 year old) I'd be most grateful, and so would my dear mama. Maybe a current pattern, maybe a vintage one (I'm sure they were cranking this style out in the fifties).
Leave a note in the comments or use the email addy over in the sidebar.
This is some of the structure of the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour, west of the CBD of Sydney, where the quilt show is held.
Winter in other places I've been is lowering and endlessly cloudy skies, the day ending so early and the streetlights reflected from the low clouds, weak and dreary light. Not this brilliant light and blue, blue sky. We're fortunate. June had a lot of rain, too, so we're doubly fortunate - the dams are up to 50% full now.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Still mentally composing my quilt show account...coming soon...