Sunday, April 26, 2009

DIsorganisation and the end of the school holidays.

Today we all went back to School..yes, me included!!Over the school hols in the most uncomplicated and basic way I secured a job working every morning at the local school here!! I was so glad and so excited! And i truly loved it. My class is biligual so the teacher talks frequently in Maori but the curriculum is delivered in English.
After the show all through the holidays I was absolutely shattered with a tiredness I havent felt in ages and the housework has gone to hell in a handbasket. However having this job has inspired me when I come home to tackle (and enjoy the cleaning up!!) I think its the being away from home and seeing the house through new eyes later on..I hope it lasts.
I was handsewing some of my flybaby scrap quilt in between wardrobe breaks at Sinbad (Thats the quilt that suspiciously looks like a gestapo souvenir..) but only managed a few blocks. I ran out of triangles so I picked up the knitting needles and started making dishclothes as well. I made one with some cheap yarn that was a soy cotton mix and thankfully it is lovely to clean with. I have bamboo mixes too but Im always scared they wont wash well. Theres something very pioneering about knitting dishclothes that throws me back (in my ,mind) to a hundred years ago. And I enjoy that feeling!! Im mindfull though that our pioneers were mostly sewing and knitting through a need and it was required work as oppossed to my enjoying it as a hobby.
It seems as if I havent blogged in an age but its been all show show show show late nights,sleep ins and meals on the run this holidays. It didnt feel like Easter at all and it certainly didnt feel like Anzac day for me..however i did get our three poppies for my Great Uncles killed in WW1 . For Angus, Murdoch and Robert. The girls always hear of their sacrifice and know their names but especially at this time of year. I like to go to the Waipawa Hall on Anzac day for the service and it is so poignant to me that that very hallwas were they enjoyed dances, local get togethers, shows ans were they were seen off as they left our shore for france and belgium. My own Granddad went to sign up and he was told to go home he only had a year to live so great was his pleurisy..he lived to 85 !!
The garden is beginning to thin down now..I have attacked it,pulled up the annuals and trimmed some bushes. I wanted the annuals to really go to seed just to see if they self plant next season..always a nice gift in the spring to see these surprises come up!
I must go and attempt to gain some control on the house.
Happy housekeeping to you all
Love Cherry

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Our Busy Easter

Our Easter has been so busy. Practises end on end for SInbad, worry and prepartion for the singing competitions, and what with it all disorganisation and meals on the run, but Good Friday proved to this biased Mama that her eldest daughter actually can sing... All this week we have rehearsals for Sinbad and I have decided in lieu of a certain cash crisis that i will put away the quilting and pick up the store of cotton yarn I have and knit some dishclothes. This is a waffle weave pattern from this website.

We are having a surprise tea for GHIU birthday tonight so I am desparately multi tasking doing this while cleaning up etc...I cant believe hes not up!
Have a happy sunny Autumn day
Love Cherry

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

im loving this quilt...

I am just loving this quilt.. I drove into my quilt shop yesterday to buy some material to finish off this beauty . The lady in there thought the red was divine, but honestly I was over it majorly and just wanted to whip the last few bits together as fast as I could on my machine.Which I did. Then I stood back and took a look and I realised I love it more than any other quilt Ive done. I know its asimple design but it must be the colours, I think Im definatley a repro girl! My next project has already been started..a jazzy coloured lot of pinwheels for Alexs room. Normally I would go out and buy some fabric I require to off set the brights for the pinwheels but cash has to be expanded right now so Ive jsy had to cut out lotws of triangles. This does not make me ahappy sewing girl I can tell you,I become very uncomfortable with a needle and thread in my hand.

Easter is fast approaching, The singing comps are on Good Friday. Ive written it in my diary with the words: Be. Calm.alongside !! Then it will be aweek worth of dress rehearsals for Sinbad and aweeks worth of shows and then the school holidays are over. Wheres the rest and relaxation I am thinking! Happy northerly winds and sunny days
Lvoe Cherry

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Ive fallen behind..

...Not just with my blog..but with everything. Im constantly amazed how other homes with children keep them so neat. I guess Im my own worse enemy. Im hardly Miss clean myself..although I love to be clean and organised but it is not naturally in my system to be so. So when the children right from a youing age and not being day cared used the house and its possessions as their play collatoral I didnt complain or say No. I thought they soon grow out of it or learn to play more with their vast collection of toys. Now they still do the same. I can leave my living room, forinstance and return a while later to find every ornament, photo frame, chair,rug etc etc now in new positions and joined with material and or threads from my ever constant sewing pile in their own private imaginary playground. And woe betide me for not loving this new arrangement or daring to dissassemble it. But on the weekends the house just turns into a big chaotic mess .. and can usually be found in the middle of it allclinging on to my sanity with needle and thread. So this is what I am leaving in my wake this week... firstly the next installment of the mystery quilt found here.

I was my first love when I started very basic patchwork and primitive applique a few years back now. I found though that my love is not as strong as it once was, so making eight of these hearts is a little tedious. But I did get to watch black sheep as I did these few. Such a funny film..a true BLACK comedy.. The there is my ever present repo quilt.And Im quite pleased with this..though again a little tedious as other projects bite away at my unconscious and keep me up at night. So I attacked this with the sewing machine, just whizzed thgrough. The ran out of the red setting block material..oops. Not sure if there will be any more in which case this quilt will not reach its 60" by 60" lapquilt proportions. (This is the USA term forlap quilt...quite a lot larger than the other so called lap quilts I have made..)
Oh this is a simple thing. My gorgeous girls picking me posies of end of season Dahlias. I havent had much of apresece in the garden this season. But these dahlias are gorgeous inside as a posy. My first garden of our first home in Te Kuiti was filled with roses and flowers..and they allended upinside in vases...Now the opposite is true..bless my girls for seeing th beauty in these and bringing them in.

My quilt I made for the victoria fire survivors is now in the care of this patchwork shop. I am returning next week to offer my yservices for more quilting help andreturned home with this quilt to bind.I dont know what the material was in the bindingbut there were many cries of pain as the blunt end of the needle ended upin my thumb!!

I got a fright when I realised that the singing competitions are only a week away. Georgia has gone very anti them (Good one pushy Mum..) and hardly even practises. I just pray she remebers her words. The one thing I dont want to happen out of this is for her to come away completely put off.
Its late now so I say good night...yah extra hour of sleep tonight..
Happy daylight saving
Love Cherry