Friday, July 31, 2009
Our first class covered cleaning and preparing screens and then we had a go at printing using wax crayons to make our designs - see my effort, a rocket ship (in case you couldn't tell) above.
It was really inspirational seeing all the different ways that other students in the class approached the task - some with raving success (albeit accidental) and some with disastrous outcomes. I think the less successful attempts were the most interesting because from them came the greatest lessons.
My homework for next week is to design and make my film positives ready to make screens using emulsion. I have so many ideas that at this stage the most difficult thing to do is making the decision about what to start with.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The pattern is one piece, very easy to draft and certainly very easy to sew - perfect for a quick jacket for Ms. M to keep her warm in these colder months.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
To personalise your own stamp go here.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
ABC's First Tuesday Book Club - he is currently reading book 1 Gone Tomorrow and I'm suppose to be reading book 2 Middlesex.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
And the verdict... my style is sophisticated retro. Must be an aspirational style because with two small children my interior is looking anything but sophistcated!!!
What's your style?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The before shot.
Our plan is to develop this area of the garden in two stages. Firstly the raised no dig vege garden where we'll grow lots of veges and herbs and secondly a lower vege garden that will feature the essential lemon tree and veges & fruit vines on the ground (zucchini, rockmelon, cucumber).
Create a base for the garden using cardboard.
The idea of the cardboard base is to create a foundation that will stop weeds growing through into the garden bed. I cut up cardboard boxes that we had used when we moved house.
Water base very well to aid its eventual breakdown.
It is important to water well after every step.
A layer of sheep manure.
I love the smell of manure - it is so rich, wholesome and earthy.
2cm layer of sheep manure
On top of the thoroughly watered cardboard base goes a layer of sheep manure - about 2cm thick.
8cm layer of straw
Another fantastic smell is fresh straw. Breaking up a straw bale and being overcome with its delightful aroma is one of life's simple pleasures. An 8cm layer of straw covers the sheep manure. It is important to use straw that is free of weeds.
Second 2cm layer of sheep manure
Cover with a final layer of straw.
Finally - plant seedlings into pockets of compost.
The final step of planting veges and herbs is the best. So far we have planted capsicum seedlings, lettuce, silver beet, spinach, basil, and oregano. We've also planted carrot seeds. In the centre of the garden bed are marigold flowers - which are edible and also useful in repelling pests.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The morning was crisp and the smell of the straw was heavenly!
Why do I have straw bales in my garden?
The answer is coming soon - but now I am too exhausted to blog about it :)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The sun beaming and reflecting through clouds is always such a beautiful image. I was particularly enamoured by it today as the clouds were such a deep gray. Gray is one of my all time favourite colours.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Why am I a crafty mama?
The following poem keeps springing to mind as I consider the question.
Worthwhile Work – author unknown
Today, I left some dirty dishes, the beds I made at 3pm
The nappies soaked a little longer, the odour grew a little stronger.
The crumbs I spilt the day before, are staring at me from the floor.
The fingerprints there on the wall, will likely still be there next fall.
The dirty streaks on those windowpanes will still be there next time it rains.
“Shame on you, old Lazy Bones” you say “And just what have you done today?”
I nursed a baby till he slept. I held a toddler while he wept.
I played a game of hide-and-seek. I squeezed a toy so it would squeak.
I pulled a wagon; sang a song. Taught a child right from wrong.
What did I do this whole day through? Not much that shows, I guess it’s true.
Unless you think that what I’ve done, might be important to two little people,
with bright blue eyes and soft strawberry and blonde hair.
If that is true, I’ve done my share.
I really like the sentiments of this poem – and I try to remember them at the end of a day that feels like it hasn’t been as productive as perhaps it should have. I can work so hard all day and still look around at the end of the day and feel like I haven’t achieved much at all.
The character Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) from Pretty Woman also comes to mind. Towards the end of the movie he decides to build ships – he has an urge to produce, to see something tangible & material made from his efforts. And I suppose this is where craft fits into my life – at the end of the day it is nice to actually ‘produce’ something – to have something tangible that I can hold and say to myself “I made this”.
Then there are the endless meditative benefits ... the humming of the sewing machine, the crunch of scissors cutting fabric, the motion of weaving a needle through fabrics. My mind is transported to a blissful place away from the daily grind. I sit there and as the actions of my work become less conscious my mind takes me away to memories of other times, places and people, thoughts on life and its quirky nature. And sometimes my mind is filled with nothing, and that is good too.
Sometimes in these meditative moments my mind goes back to other generations of women. Through craft – sewing in particular – I find myself connected to women who have long since passed, most notably my grandmother. Her creations have outlived her and through them she is present with me every day. I look at my children’s dolls’ clothes and I see her sitting in her arm chair knitting or cutting material using patterns made from old newspaper.
And it is not just the connection with previous generations I value, I also enjoy being part of a community, the connection I feel with other crafters, and the pleasure in seeing their creations.
Finally, in this world of globalisation and mass produced products, it is wonderful to see something I made myself, something that is a one-of-a-kind. Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colours comes to mind, the child’s growing realisation that her patchwork coat far from being worthless because it does not match the standards of the general coat, it is in fact valuable for its uniqueness and the love her Mama sewed in every stitch.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
So with that inspiration I have taken up my needle & thread.