Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I guess that's what happens if you are foolish enough not to love honey. You can even detect it in your half-asleep state. At least the adults of the family will appreciate it in our breakfast bowls tomorrow morning.
The picture above is a page from my all-time favourite book from my very young childhood, My First Book. I have protected this book from being thrown out for years. I love the illustrations (oh the shine on the honey jar), the rhymes and the predictability of the little girl's day.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Today I made card designs for the class I will teach at our Thursday craft group next week. Taught a piano lesson and played some whistle, did a little shopping. Now I have some crafty mess to clean and I will try to make the house shine while the girls are at Irish Dancing, before Steve's bible study guys come over tonight.
On another note, it seems that my "little" battle last week was not all in vain, I heard secondhand that I might have changed things for the better, after all. If so, I am thankful to God and also for all He has taught me through a difficult few days.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
In the last day or so I have stood up for something I think is right in an organisation I am involved in. It was hard to do and I was strongly opposed from every other member of the organisation. This was a moral issue involving children and I am saddened by the world's lack of wisdom and its putting ease for adults and momentary pleasure of their children before all else. I should not be surprised - this is the world we live in, but I don't often hear it expressed so strongly in person."Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will ... do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you ... Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good ... Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse ... Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" ...
- Romans 12
So this morning was not a happy morning for me. The girls had an unexpected day off school and we planned a picnic but at first everything went wrong - tempers flared, instrument practices did not happen, we were all grumpy ... but eventually we packed up and spent a few hours at the national park, and I'm so glad we did. God's amazing creation calmed and revived me, and helped me to see that He is bigger than the people around me.
The girls loved every minute
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
1/4 red capsicum
Slice the omelette thinly. Add a dollop each of oyster sauce and black bean sauce and throw in the omelette strips. Stir for a minute and then serve in a bowl. (serves 1)
Add chrysanthemums and British Country Living magazine for the ultimate mum-alone-at-home dining experience. Yum!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Then last night I was tidying my desk and came across a pile of scraps and stamped images, so I used them to make these cards, I am loving these colours. The cupcake stamp is new.
I embossed this flower ages ago, with the ShapeBoss system, but hadn't used it.
I am particularly happy with how the stamping down the side turned out, it needed something extra.
And this little notecard uses up a stamped image which had not stamped properly in the middle. Covered it up with the "thankyou" and voila a cute card using pieces I could have thrown away!
5 Things that are making me happy now:
(not necessarily in this order!)
2. Candy colours3. Hearing the girls practising and improving on flute, sax and piano.
5. Having a somewhat tidyish house (for a change).
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Steve gave me 2 DVDs - Bleak House and the Jane Austen collection, which I am looking forward to watching, I saw Bleak House when it was on ABC the year before last. He gave me some other yummy chocolate and some paper flowers (I picked) for scrapbooking. Then one day in Borders I found this book:
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Of course scavenging in the local streets at council clean-up time is a bit different from scavenging in front of other school parents, so I casually surveyed the item when I arrived, not displaying too much interest, (especially as I knew the mum parked right next to it) then went and taught recorder for half an hour, convinced that it might not be there later ... but when I arrived, it was there! So I pretended to be folding my shopping bags in the carboot (huh - as if!) and then as a car left the scene I whisked my new vintage sign into the car and jumped in and drove off.
Unfortunately it is a little rusty, so I won't keep it in the house, I think the workshop is the perfect place, so I have left it in there for Steve to discover next time he is in there ... or not. Maybe one day it will hang on the wall, for now it is leaning on a cupboard.
There seems to be a bit of a red theme here, yesterday I bought this cool tote to carry my everyday tapes, pens, punches, tools which I am forever packing and unpacking. I've seen them around for ages in cool colours for around $60, but I wasn't prepared to pay that much. Then yesterday at Spotlight were cheap imitations at half the price, only in red. I like red, although it may not have been my first choice for this item. Then when I got home I noticed (derrr!) that I have a red chair at my desk (which I had completely forgotten - that shows how much I work at the dining table!)
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This afternoon I have been making a concertina album to give to Mum tomorrow for Mothers Day. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute! I'm happy with how it's turned out, but hopefully I'll get to photograph it early tomorrow because the photos I tried to take tonight are hopeless. In fact a lot of my card photos are not turning out so well at the moment, I'm afraid!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Oh and spent 5 hours cleaning the living room. I swept and washed the floor, and wondered why I don't do it more often. Then I counted the pieces of furniture that have legs ...
1 dining table and 6 chairs
1 girls' desk and 2 chairs
3 stools at the kitchen bench
2 club chairs
5 little chairs or stools for little people and 1 little table
That's 24 items each with four legs. That's NINETY-SIX legs to sweep around. Yikes!
96 feet to remove fluff from ...
96 legs to collect dust!
And that is not counting a rocking chair and 2 beanbags
No wonder I don't wash the floor that much ...
Hmmm maybe it's time to declutter some furniture ..
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
The border fabric is much more funky than it looks from a distance, I wasn't quite sure if it would all work together, but it has. The photo hasn't turned out so well, on this dark day. The darkest squares and the thin border strip are purple, not navy.
I was so pleased to get it all pieced, hopefully I can get on with the backing and quilting soon, although it might be a while -without a teacher cutting and planning and telling me what to do.
This was so much fun. I've been in an anti-sewing mood since my sewing frenzy a few months back, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy a day of sewing. But I did. We had about 12 machines humming away and lots of chatter, yummy chocolate biscuits, cheese and crackers, and Thai for lunch. A perfect day out!