Monday, August 31, 2015

That was August ...

 August  Instagram Photo Challenge - a photo a day challenge as a daily reminder to be well in Winter  #bewellinwinter.  left to right, top row to bottom row. 
1. Stockpile - my stockpile of used tea bags, ready for art  projects. 
2. Blankets - tidied up the spare bedroom - don't the blankets look great so neatly folded? 
3. Animal - there's a bear in there! 
4. Soup - my favourite soup recipes are from a very old recipe booklet 
5. Social -  the Flying Free project is as much a social activity as a creative one. 
6. Strength - my tai chi teacher demonstrating that there is nothing stronger than gentleness. 
7. Refresh - the instructions said 'refresh your browser' .... so I did. 
8. Flowers - woolly flowers on my friend's hat
9. To do list - "put the suitcase in the boot of the car" - only one thing on my husband's to do  list today - yes, it was done! 
10. Fire - smoke alarms are mandatory  ... in case of fire. 
11. Mantra - instead of a  New Year resolution
12. Get moving - have shopping trolley and get moving! 
13. Connect - connecting with  my aunt at the craft show. 
14.Water - more water , more steam, easier ironing? 
15. Learn -grandchild minding is always a learning experience.   
16. Inner Child  - making dolls feeds my inner child.
17. Heat - hot curry! 
18. Play - playing with photos on fabric - textile art project.  
19. Cook -  no cooking , just reheated soup on a sick day. 
20. Birds - more birds from the Flying Free project 
21. Fun - daily nerdy fun - cryptic crossword 
22. Keep Warm - no need to keep warm on an unseasonally warm day. 
23. Art -Flying Free Community Art Project
24 .Leaves - upcycled wool jumper, eco dyed with eucalypt leaves 
25 .Mindfulness - some zen doodling. 
26. Shopping list - efficient husband - shopping done. 
27. Tea - first pickings Dragon Well green tea. 

28. Earth - playing 'earth" related games 
29. Colour - no prizes for guessing Miss Five's favourite colours.
30. Clean - I was supposed to clean up but I used the rubbish to make new fabric! 
31. Spring - Change of season .... The seasons are what a symphony ought to be - four perfect movements in harmony with each other.  

Friday, August 7, 2015

Flashback Friday

Here is a blast from the past .... While cleaning up the spare bedroom, I found a photo of  some of the first dolls I made - cloth dolls  from 1980-1981. Dating them has been fairly easy  from the photo below.  I am sure the location is Bombala ( heavy blue curtains)  and my daughter, pictured below with the dolls  had lost her front teeth. ( Naomi was born in February, 1975)
The doll on the left was from a Simplicity pattern, the next one is an attempt at a sock doll, and the other two were made from a Style pattern. In those days, Bombala was  a small, fairly isolated town (no sewing shops) and there was no internet  or online shopping, so the patterns were mail ordered, or perhaps I had brought them with me from Tenterfield where I would have ordered them from the local haberdashery shop. I do remember at least making a few of the large "Simplicity " doll while living in Tenterfield, and I am sure my niece, Melanie owned one of those.

Cleaning up is not only good for our living environment, but it's good for the spirit. Amazing -  this morning, I actually found the pattern for the boy and girl dolls - all still in tact - Style pattern #2011. I wonder if it is still available today, and how much it costs. When I bought it, it was $1.80 ( or only $1.50 in New Zealand!)  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

July Photo a Day Challenge Days 21-31

Day 26 : Grounding - a beautiful sunrise , Dungog NSW

End of July already and the last day  this month of the "Be Well in Winter"  Photo a Day Challenge - an exercise in staying focussed on wellness. I enjoyed this so much I will also be participating in the August "Be Well in Winter "photo challenge .... 

Day 21 - Work ( Newspaper story about my workshop in Hervey Bay;
Day 22 - Winter ( my winter woolies) 
Day 23 - Essential Oil ( Camellia oil) 
Day 24-  Gratitude ( beautiful thank you gifts from a friend) 
Day 25 - My treat ( staying with a friend in her beautiful home) 
Day 26 - Grounding ( large photo above ) 
Day 27 - Breath ( a breath to blow out a candle) 
Day 28 - Pamper ( bath pamper essentials) 
Day 29 - Role Model ( my mum) 
Day 30 - Sun ( another sunrise -large photo below) 
Day 31 - Lesson ( lesson notes for a Drama class I taught in 1988!) 
Day 30 - Sun ( another sunrise view)