Saturday, 20 August 2011

Trials & Travel…

First I have to say thank you to all my lovely friends in blogland. Your supportive comments really lifted my spirits. It’s funny you know, everyone around me can tell me that I’m doing ok, and I feel a bit better, they after all, know me so well.
But when someone who doesn’t know me so well says that, well you all just gave me that extra boost, that, yeah, maybe things are ok and my little bump on the road to bringing up children, is going to smooth out in the end.

Trials of a different sort  have been happening here at our house…HSC Trials
The Princess has been in the middle of HSC exam trials as well as trying to finish her Textiles major project. The weekend just gone was her last chance to finish her portfolio. The art quilt is finished…

I think it’s just fabulous…but I know I’m biased. If you knew her, you'd know that she loves reading (2 large bookshelves in her room are almost full), loves Jane Austen and anything to do with the late 18th and early 19th century and one day wants her own library and drawing room. This quilt is like looking inside her imagination!
She’s done a brilliant job. She taught herself techniques that she wanted to use…ribbon embroidery, satin stitch appliqué, buttonhole stitch.
She’s listened and put into practice things she’s asked me how to do …the padded vase, paper piecing, using a walking foot…
She's already wanting it back from the markers - not to find out what she mark she got - but so it can go on her wall!


Miss Diva is off on a 3 week holiday to the US. A longtime friend of hers works as a dancer on a cruise liner that  works out of Miami.
She and two others are going to go on two back to back cruises - one to the Bahamas and the other to Mexico - to see what Sarah does – and no doubt imagine what it would be like to work as a dancer (something I think they all imagine they can do (and perhaps with overly enthusiastic encouragement from dance teachers!!!!) when they are young and among the top/better dancers in their own local dancing school)
This is the beginnings of her travel document holder….'s a hybrid of a couple of free patterns I found, including here and here...but I really need to get a move on, she's flying out next Friday. Don't you love the travel fabric? Spotlight does it again! I'm going to have to visit there this weekend and smuggle a few metres of the new cities fabric into the house without getting caught!

This has gone in the mail….but I am only showing you a picture of it half finished to keep it a bit of a surprise for it's recipient.

It's heading for the UK and this blogger who has only just started blogging. Go and have a look and say hi, g’day or hello from your neck of the woods.
thanks for taking a peek over the fence…


  1. Tell Princess she did a wonderful textiles project.... the theme suits her perfectly. Great that she learnt lots of techniques. there is hope that crafts will live on in the next generation.
    Hope Miss Diva has a great time in the US.

  2. Nice to see you back. Your daughter is obviously very talented. I love her project, it's beautiful.
    Fiona x

  3. Lovely project. The girls do such a good job don't they?

  4. I love the art quilt (portfolio). She definitely did a fabulous job.


Nice of you to take a peek over the fence. It's lovely to meet you. Do come in, have a cuppa and a chat. I will talk back...


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