Thursday, 26 March 2009
Hazel was my Great, Great Aunt. She knitted wonderful socks, baked the most delicious biscuits and made the best cup of tea in the world. She made our tea in little china cups (and saucers) and always added a tiny bit of sugar.
This is of course Hazel as a wee girl. Wearing her best coat and tights and a little clip in her hair. Hazel was a little girl during WW1. Her big and most favourite brother died in that war. When they emptied his pockets to return his belongings home to his family, they found not a photo of a sweetheart or his parents but a photo of the little girl Hazel. There was no doubt she was his most favourite sister.
This little Hazel has found a new home now but some other special girls will be joining the shop soon. There will be Pearl, Daisy, Elsie, Ethel, Ruby and Joan. And like all the amazing women in my family, they all have a little story to tell...
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
I visited my very first Mathilda's Market on Sunday. I was so excited as I knew I would get to meet a couple of my blogging friends who had stalls there. I felt a little like a stalker walking around looking for them. But I am so glad I did. I met Sophie, who is completely gorgeous and so friendly and best of all she didn't think I was a crazy stalker as I lurked at her stall waiting for a break in traffic. Sophie and her sisters run Barefoot Babies. Their stall was super busy. I really wanted one of the smocks shown here but the last one was being taken off the rack while I was standing there. For a moment I felt a little crazy and thought of performing a quick hip and shoulder, tackle to the ground to get a hold of it. Behaviour unbecoming of a lady? Yes, perhaps... Sophie took pity on me and we are going to do a little swapsee so that smock - it will be MINE (well Minnie's)!
I had to stalk a bit more as I really wanted to say hi to Mel of Skye Rocket Sews. She was looking so beautiful with her lovely round tummy (baby 3 due in June). She is just as bubbly and friendly in 'real life.' Her stall looked wonderful - loads of really bright colours and gorgeous skirts, tee-shirts, and softies. It was just so, so nice to met her.
Although I wanted to buy one of everything, I didn't. Could have easily gone into debt there and would have had to lobby K-Rudd for a stimulus package for those over-extending at a Mathilda's Market...
I came away inspired and think I will have a stall at the November market. Scary stuff. I had better get sewing. Now.
Friday, 20 March 2009
And a budding photographer let loose with the camera. Sadly no photos of Minnie in action as I am out of film for all those 'old fashioned' camera's we have. (ed: the two photos below are taken by Minnie - she took a series of things in the garden and they are great. I just wish I had taken photos of her taking photos...)
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
My life is a little odd - I seem to have 2 of them. One here in the happy world of sewing and puppies and crafting and Minnie and learning to knit. And the other life where I have friends with dead babies and we write and we talk and cry and scream and go about our day looking fine but, feeling like we want the earth to swallow us up.
I am not mad. Its just how it is.
While I sew and craft and take care of Minnie and struggle to cast on, I think of Alice and what we have lost and what could have been.
And I am sure I will do this everyday for the rest of my life.
Monday, 9 March 2009
When I get over this end of summer funk, I do actually love autumn and winter. I prefer the fashions for the cooler months - I am fond of being able to cover up some of the less than attractive parts of my body. I love coats and jackets and woollens. I love my winter doona and a mountain of pillows and a big family hug on a chilly morning. I love our 1000 count sheets that seem even better on a cool day.
I love a good, crisp apple and a juicy pear. I am after all, from the apple isle... I love soups and stews and wintery deserts with King Island cream. I have made Steve promise me that he will bake strudels and streusels and kugelhopf to keep me happy over the cooler days.
And now that its getting cooler, I am going to learn to knit. I can actually do the knitting bit and the casting off but for the life of me, I have no idea how to cast on. I tried to cast on while watching 'The Bill' on Saturday night. A disaster. I will get there, I know I will. Perhaps in time for summer...