Wednesday, 30 April 2014

OPAM... or nopam

"Thirty days hath September, April..."

Oops, please tell me that is wrong and April actually has 35 days or more if possible...

Not a fabric project finished at all but I did make a shadow box for some of the treasures in my sewing room so with all the time I will save dusting them, I can create like mad next month!

Meanwhile I can wander around and admire all your work! 


Friday, 25 April 2014

Anzac Day

'There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember'
William Shakespeare

Every year on this date Australians and New Zealanders remember those who sacrificed their lives in war and honour those who fought knowing they may not return to their native shores. 

During the Second World War my grandfather was among them and while he did return, it was some years after the war as he had been required to remain in Japan during the occupation. His wife died during this time leaving his son, my father, motherless. 

Both my grandfather and my father have now made that final journey from which there is no return so I would like to remember them in this post.


Friday, 18 April 2014

A little make

"Isn't it nice to think tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet"
L M Montgomery

Eek! This has been a week of 'stitch one - unpick twenty' so my plan of dazzling you with an array of home crafted goodies has come to naught. To make things worse I burnt an iron shape into the ironing board cover and the pot of yummy raspberry jam from Fiona is empty. 

Disheartened, I headed to the op shop where I found these gorgeous Japanese silk threads waiting to inspire me, along with a few other sewing bits thrown into the dollar bag (and a couple of wonderful wooden vintage coat hangers to satisfy the practical streak in me).

On the way home I perused the recent magazines in the news agency and in my newly awakened inspired mood fell in love with a picture of a toadstool in a thimble. After all my earlier failures it was so lovely to come home, hunt out a thimble which I believe was my mother in law's, pull out some toadstools left over from a previous project and...
 ta da!

It's so nice to finally have finished something!

A lovely surprise came in the mail this week from the aforementioned mother in law who has been crocheting coasters for Easter gifts. I am feeling quite elegant when I have my coffee 
now! My sister in law, Philippa has shown her coaster off as well, along with the million or so projects she actually finishes. We'll have to have coffee together when we can, they make such a nice set.

The weather has been delightfully springlike here and the lilac is in blossom. Sometimes everything is perfect!

I can now even face the curtains and pillowcases I have spent so much time 'reverse sewing' with confidence!

Have a lovely Easter. ❤️


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

OPAM for March

“Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will ...tomorrow”
Gloria Pitzer
A little late but I am here with my OPAM projects for March to show off! March was just the best month to procrastinate and when the 30th hit and I realised that I hadn't finished a thing, it was time to get the head down to the sewing machine and create! The result, from left overs and scraps, UFOs and Vinnies treasure was this bag to carry my new light pad around in! 

Original plan was square patches on both sides until I realised there weren't enough bits, so out came this Bronwen Hayes embroidery from years ago to fill in the hole. These bamboo handles were the perfect finishing touch. I love actually making use of those bits that hang around forever otherwise! Now to find a project for the remaining three of the Bronwen Hayes stitcheries.

The evenings of the same two days saw me wearing my fingers to the bone working this absolutely gorgeous stitchery from Hatched and Patched. Being a panicked impulse start from the 'things to make one day' pile, naturally I didn't have any of the correct threads but I love it anyway and can't wait to find the right frame so it can hang in my guest room and inspire all my visitors. 

And  (except for one flower which I missed as it was hiding under the hoop - shhhh)  it was finished while still March! 
While playing online and not replying to comments left (I really am very ashamed of myself and will try to be  gooder from now on) I found this wonderful app called waterlogue which turns your photos into watercolours. 

How gorgeous is that! I'm just loving the effect it gives.

Now, after all that frivolity I have to set to skulk over to tell Kris that I am up to date again (without her noticing the date) and work out how I become a blogger people can contact instead of the no reply variety. Wish me luck!