Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas... big wet!!

Well it is Boxing Day evening now.  Little one is asleep after a late, late night last night.  We had a big day at my sister and brother-in-law's place.  Three little boy cousins going crazy!  It was forecast for a big wet yesterday, and while the ground was soaking it didn't rain much yesterday (actually the water wasn't going anywhere-after weeks of rain everything is just full!)  This reminds me of 1974... the year Cyclone Tracy tore through Darwin.  I was due to start high school after the school holidays.  I remember it rained like this for weeks on end and we had huge floods and Darwin was flattened... literally.

Brisbane CBD flooded.

The street where I lived (and my parents still live) is three blocks from the river and it was flooded, of course.  Kids rode their bikes through it and went swimming but from a family of 5 young girls, we were not allowed.  Good thing too... spiders and snakes floating around along with everything else! (and you know here in Australia... if it has more than two legs or none; it will probably kill you!!!! Ha ha, LOL!!)

Anyway, onto more Christmasy things.  Thought I'd share some not so great Christmas lights people go to the enormous trouble to put up every year.  A lot of lights have not been put up due to the rain I'd guess but these were great.  My son said "I feel expressed when I see all there lights" meaning of course he feels that sparkle in your heart when people are friendly, warm and generous.

The snowman is home made from plastic cups, no less!!

Just to give you an idea of global location!

This is the EH Holden ute in the Australian Jingle Bells!

Singing Polar Bear!

This looks amazing in real life!

Well, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and you and yours are all safe and well.  Thanks for reading along with me. Oh you may have noticed I have also taken off my Crafty Christmas Club badge off... I wasn't at all crafty and I hope  to get what I wanted done by New Year...
No Copyright breach intended.  Photo of Brisbane flooded from Qld State Library Archives. (hope this is enough!)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Party Sewing

Well my very good friend P is having her 50th birthday party this Saturday night at her house.  She is very much the collector of fine wines and champagnes and she has chosen very carefully for her special night.  So, of course I have nothing to wear and I am making a dress that I cut out about 6 months ago (trying to get prepared for summer by sewing it in winter - ha that didn't happen!).  This is due to laziness more than anything as a) it is quite a simple pattern with no real fitting necessary and b) I hate cutting out patterns.

This is the pattern... bought for 20c from the local jumble sale at the church up the road.. nice and simple and suits the olive green satin I bought from same sale for $3.  That's the 4 gore skirt made and just hanging waiting for me to sew up the top.

The printed fabric above is Swiss cotton (made in Japan- what does that mean) I bought from Lincraft about 18 months ago for $6 per metre and the other is a stretch twill that I got as a remnant from Spotlight a few weeks ago.  Funny they seem to go and I have a burda skirt I want to make out of the twill and a simple peasant blouse (a pattern I have used lots) out of the top.  Every time I look at the Swiss cotton though, I can't help but think of pj's!

This is the drawing my son did for his Dad's Christmas card! Amazing... he's only in grade 1 and at the beginning of the year everything was scribble!! I am really impressed...

What do you think of all this?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mother's Love

Well I just saw this on another blog and I like it! So true!