Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Just a first attempt to show you what this toy can do. Your online scrapblogs can be private or public - I left this one public so you can go take a squizz, if you wish (http://www.scrapblog.com/viewer/viewer.aspx?sbid=464894). It's just a single page, but you can do multi-page ones too. There's a whole bunch of backgrounds, stickers, frames etc to choose from, and it's free to register/create scrapblogs. You can also fish photos from your Flickr account, and do other things, including put them on your blog. Worth a look - there's a short how-to video on the home page, or just play and work it out that way.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Can't see a release date yet for Australia.
If you haven't yet discovered this picture book about the same event, it's brilliant.
The man who walked between the towers, by Mordecai Gerstein.
Image from Amazon.com.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I scored 15%:
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Rowling
- Cold Mountain - Frazier
- Into Thin Air - Krakauer
- The Handmaid’s Tale - Atwood
- Bridget Jones’ Diary - Fielding
- The Things They Carried – O’Brien
- The Joy Luck Club - Tan
- The Lovely Bones - Sebold
- Angela’s Ashes – McCourt
- His Dark Materials – Pullman
- The Giver – Lowry
- The Remains of the Day – Ishiguro
- Eat, Pray, Love – Gilbert
- Atonement – McEwan
- one I’m not prepared to name, because I disliked it intensely as meccano-fiction.
What about you? Which have you read, which do you rate most highly?
Added later: my list above is only 15 of the 100 - the top link takes you to the full list. I appreciate that EW is hardly the New Yorker - but even then it's interesting to see the list (which is a tad curious, and as noted heavily weighted to American writers) and yay for books being discussed...). Thanks for the comments!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I don’t care if Max said it was a great idea. Not on top of the load of clean towels, don’t you ever THINK??
AMY! Mrs Britches has another mouse. No, I’m busy in the laundry. She’s your cat, get rid of it NOW!
David? Honey? Are you still keeping an eye on dinner, I smell something burning…
All the things I have to say. No. All the things I think I have to say.
What I want to say? Love you, my dear ones. Love you lots.
It's being a lot of fun working in this smaller scale and trying new ideas. I'm currently working on G (such is the lead time of magazine projects and publishing) so it's good to see one in print as I toddle on through the alphabet and a welter of ideas.
I've played with various miniature quilt, doll quilt, small quilt ideas before, over the years, and have taken inspiration from lots of places - books, blogs, magazines, exhibitions, images. I'm not necessarily aiming for complicated (nope, not me) but I hope it will be a varied and interesting journey from Adaminaby to Z...(nope, not telling which Australian town will provide the Z name!).
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Not only a HUGE range of books, but much dross eliminated. Among my selections:
- The Shifting Fog: I'd been meaning to read Kate Morton's book for a while, an Australian author who's finding an international market. This was retitled The House at Riverton in overseas markets, I believe
- Third Book of Hundreds of Things a Girl Can Make: full of quirky ideas. I'll probably blog some images separately...
- The Superior Person's Little Book of Words: I already have this erudite and entertaining work, but will no doubt find an erudite and entertaining friend to give it to
- City of Dreams: a novel about the early days of New York, by Beverley Swerling
- The Conjuror's Bird: didn't know anything about this Martin Davies novel, but took a punt on it
- How To Cook a Galah: celebrating Australia's culinary heritage by Laurel Evelyn Dyson. Not that I intend cooking any galahs
- The Colony: this was a reality show on SBS TV in which several families lived as they would have done in colonial times - I'm interested in the historical detail (as with the book above)
- A couple of quilting magazines which include my work (always good to have a spare copy)
- A Nursery Companion: Iona and Peter Opie's compilation of all sorts of nursery rhymes, complete with vintage colour pictures
- Keeping Up with Keeping House: a practical guide for the Harried Housewife by the former White House Housekeeper. What's not amusing about Mary Kaltman's work? It's dated 1971 and is, with the brief browse I've done so far, a fascinating snapshot.
- Open Your Eyes: 1000 ways to bring beauty into your home and life each day (for $3, I'm sure Alexandra Stoddart can tell me something I haven't thought of)
- Lyn Le Grice's Art of Stencilling: her book The Stencilled House is a favourite stencilling source, although she goes far further than perhaps I would. Still, beautiful designs and more and less subtle ways of using them.
- The Family Home: relaxed, informal living for all ages. I liked a number of the photos in this one.
Friday, July 18, 2008
- Moon Called
- Blood Bound
- Iron Kissed
My ultimate vampire favourite is Sunshine, by Robin McKinley. Blogged it here. Love that book. Her next one, Chalice, is out later this year - yet another world, she doesn't do series (but it must be exhausting to constantly invent worlds...).
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Very nice lunch at Loaves and the Dishes in Leura (bacon and egg pie and salad), another visit to the cupcake shop and also beestings from the cake shop half way along Katoomba St for later. Many interesting shops browsed in in both Katoomba and Leura and afternoon tea at Leura Gourmet.
We all shared a $22 cheese plate for AT, and were a tad gobsmacked to discover (as we glanced at the deli cabinet on the way out) that one of the cheeses was over $100/kilo and another over $60! It was a very nicely presented cheese plate, too - water crackers, sliced strawberries, sliced pear, walnuts in honey, raisins, and four cheeses: a Beaufort (the expensive-est), a washed rind soft cheese, a camemberty one and a blue. We ate it instead of photographing it, but will probably burgle the presentation for future use...
(Still can't untangle that wretched puzzle!)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This one is the winner. It's brilliant. Best of the day by far and away, and the one I most wanted to see.
Given that it was cheap Tuesday, I lined up my choices so I could go to three in succession. This was the third, and I'm glad it was the last because I want to keep thinking it over in my mind.
This is probably the one you don't know. It's an Australian film, set in rural Queensland, where William McInnes' character is a lonely widowed farmer, just him and his blue cattle dog Elvis, for reasons that become clearer later on. Stumbling onto his property one day is an Afghani woman who has run away from enslavement in a brothel, and he chooses to hide her rather than give her up to the authorities or the men who come seeking her.
It's a thriller and a love story and although it's a reworking of a Dutch film (The Polish Bride) it feels very Australian in its landscape and light, its use of silences, its sensibility. If you've seen SeaChange, you know how William McInnes can convey character with little dialogue. The Dutch actress Monic Hendrikx is great, too.
Memo to Australia's filmmakers: if you make films like this, I WILL go and see them. So much 'Australian film' in the last few years has been dross or daft or dark or just not engaging. This is a story worth telling, well told, and it deserves to find an audience. (At the start, there are so many funding sources, it's a credit to the producers that they were able to gather all this support and finance and make it work.)
Wonderful stuff. If it's on at a cinema near you, don't miss it.
The other really good film I've seen recently was The Painted Veil, and I'd recommend it too. But Unfinished Sky is my best of the year so far.
Read a review and see the trailer and some clips here.
The film's official website is here.
Here's the trailer on YouTube.
It was decently done, and perfectly satisfactory, and well done, and there you are. (I shouldn't be wondering what happens when the battle goes on and on and Susan never seems to have more than a dozen arrows although she's firing 'em off at a rate of knots).
I did enjoy this more than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which I saw a couple of weeks ago. That felt tired, and as though it was trying too hard. This had a freshness and energy; I don't think I'd bother seeing Indiana again, but I'll find time for the next Narnia film.
This one is an utter meringue movie. Light and fluffy. Laugh-out-loud amusing in parts, and cringeworthy-embarrassing in others (no, Pierce Brosnan, you can't sing, and the cameraperson should have been kinder than giving you a closeup while you were (allegedly) singing). It all looked like they were having a lovely time on a perpetually sunny Greek island. Looking past the dialogue/actors/etc, there were some rather nice textiles - some great prints and a sampler or two on a wall.
If you go see it, sit through the credits to catch a couple of numbers done with verve and lycra... Margaret Pomeranz on the ABC review show At The Movies bagged the choreography, and I could see what she meant. Odd, if one is being kind.
It was fine, but I was glad to have only paid the cheapday price. Although to be fair, there was a spattering of applause at the end, so lots of the folks there found it a hoot.
As I said, a meringue movie.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
(And the last time I saw her I'd recommended Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books - and she's hooked now! Ha! Another convert!)
(btw, who says I never put photos of me on my blog - this is at least the ?second in ?three years?!) (I just find much more interesting things to photograph for you). (Maybe it's the third - I showed you a new thimble once...!!)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In the parts of Sydney where I live and work, the cupcake phenomenon is slow to take off - the nelligant fancypants ones adorning US blogs and country magazines are harder to find here. Most cake shops have A Cupcake - sometimes with a kinda effort to decorate 'em a bit.
Well, mostly I make 'em when I want 'em (I have my version of Nigella cupcakes on this blog from a while ago).
But if you happen to be toddling up near enough as makes no difference to Katoomba, where Cupid's Cupcakes has their tiny shop, well...
You invest. These one are strawberry, double chocolate, orange, passionfruit. Closer to the US flights of fancy in presentation and taste.
But not too pretty to eat. Just not all at once.
They are scenting the kitchen all sugary-sweet, just sitting in their box.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
You never can tell.
This is a Christmas quilt that will be published later in 2008 in the Christmas issue of Patchwork and Stitching magazine. Dozens of different fabrics in it - nothing like a Christmas scrap quilt. For now, all I can give you is this glimpse...
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
This is a valet tray (which I designed before knowing that's what they're called!) made from a vintage Harris tweed jacket - for a fellow to toss in his keys/wallet/loose change when emptying pockets at day's end. Very practical!
You'll find full instructions and article in the issue of the magazine referred to above - it's on sale now in Australia.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Normal, more frequent blogging should resume this week. Hurray!
And given that this house is about to embark on a marathon viewing (well, on and off) of the 1970s TV series, The Professionals, I've added an incredibly serious (cough) poll to the sidebar. Do vote, whether or not you're a commenter - the more votes, the more fun to see how the balance falls (I won't reveal my preference till it closes). Even though it's not especially politically correct at times, and there's all that biffo and such, there's some lovely clever dialogue and acting and general smart aleckery in it.
The quilt was one I designed for Recycled Threads in Australian Country Threads, using vintage (well-washed) handkerchiefs. I named the design "Sweet Baby". Very appropriate.
All the luck and joy in the world to you, little Miss P.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Loved the strong colours and shapes of these gerberas.
(thought I'd better post something in case you thought this blog was an abandoned orphan child. Nope.)