A little bit of fun

I found the link for this in Anne Lawson’s newsletter.

https://mycreativetype.com

I love a bit of a “What kind of xxxx are you?”, so of course I clicked on it and took the quiz. Turns out to be, well, right… Click on the picture to have a read. Anyone who knows me will recognise my way of working.

Are you a bit curious about what drives you to create, and who would work well with you?

Go on, give it a try.

 

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Lest we forget…

The Australian Army Slouch Hat. On the turn-up is
the Australian Army Badge, or Rising Sun.
On the puggaree at front, it shows the badge of
51st Far North Queensland Regiment,
whose motto is
Ducit Amor Patriae*.

Today is ANZAC Day. All over Australia and New Zealand, in Gallipoli and northern France, at dawn today people stood – and will stand – in silence to remember and give thanks. Today, I stood with them. My great-grandfather fought in the Boer War. My grandfather fought in Flanders in the First World War. My father fought in the Second World War, landing on Sword Beach on D-Day II as a 21 year old 2nd Lieutenant. When their country asked, they stepped forward. My brother was a Reservist, as was the Husband. I come from a tradition of service, and I am proud of it. I am also fortunate, because none of those I love or who went before me were lost. So many others made the ultimate sacrifice.

To the men and women of our Armed Forces: thank you for the sacrifice you make, thank you for the freedom we take for granted, thank you for enduring the horror of war on our behalf. Thank you for showing us that mankind has its redeeming moments amidst ugliness and conflict.

To all the Diggers who have hung up their hats, we say thank you. Gone but never forgotten.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.**

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*The Slouch Hat shown above is the Husband’s, and I carried it for him this morning, as he couldn’t be there. The regimental motto translates as: The love of country leads me

** Not many people know the full text of this poem, and it’s worth reading. You can find it here.

Happy Easter

Or whatever seasonal festival you celebrate at this time of year.

For many, I guess it’s spring: lambs, chicks, bunnies and blossom on the trees. For me, Down Under and in the tropics, it’s autumn, and a welcome reprieve from heat and humidity. Chocolate can exist outside for longer than 30 seconds, flowers do not wither in a day.

Whatever your climate and circumstances bring you at this time of year, I wish you peace, prosperity and happiness.

Now, go and eat some chocolate.

Bee, Myself and I # 36

Just one more to go 🙂

This is Block 29. Another gorgeous fabric from Philip Jacobs for Westminster Fabrics. One of my most favourite fabric designers. I got this one done during my Melbourne trip and after – I took two with me but that was overly hopeful, I was having waaaay too much fun to get both done. I’ve got this done and scheduled well in advance because I know that right now I’ll be in the middle of demolishing things, making lists, deciding where power points should go, etc.

Anyway, to return to the subject…. Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column of this blog.

Till next time.

ScrapHappy February

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

This month, I’ve got something to show you. I’m making hexie flowers for a memory quilt from the scraps generated by Days for Girls and this month I halted flower production and started sewing them together. It’s one of those jobs you can do mindlessly in the evenings when you haven’t the energy for anything more mentally demanding.

All but the two flowers at bottom right are sewn in. I still have a whole boxful of them to be added, so it’s not going to be finished any time soon! The quilt is called Days gone By, because all the scraps are from fabrics used by Days for Girls for their kits.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen and Connie

See you again, same time next month!

Bee, Myself and I # 35

And another one to add to the growing pile 🙂

This is Block 28. Just as No 27 was very appropriate for Christmas, this one is equally appropriate for now, as the colours are perfect to go with my colour choices for F2F – and February is my month!  I’ve chosen soft greys and lilacs, and you can be sure that the rest of the hat box fabric will be going into the fabric pull for my F2F blocks.

Two more blocks to go after this one. February is crazy (moving house, trip to Melbourne, working on ITAA month). So I reckon I might just be in a position to start assembling this quilt in around April. If I think of it, I’ll take the last two blocks with me as handwork for the trip to Melbourne – there’s a lot of hanging around in airports and I’ll need some evening handwork for the days we’re there. You never know, I might actually get them done!

Anyway, to return to the subject…. Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column of this blog.

Till next time.

Reprieve…

I’m dancin’, I’m groovin’, I’m smilin’ 🙂

Gone are the dark clouds…

The gloom has lifted, and it looks very much like we’re getting our new house after all. We both spent hours digging out papers, printing stuff out, putting together loads of financial information, and it’s been worth it. We have ‘in principle’ approval of a loan that’ll enable us to buy it without condemning us to a life of bread and water forever, and by the original settlement date. We just have to wait for a valuation and for full confirmation. And of course, for the funds to arrive in the bank….

Enjoy a classic, y’all: Jimmy Cliff: I can see clearly now