Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
No. 2 son played cricket today and it was very exciting. They needed 6 runs, we needed 1 wicket to win. They got the runs before we got the wicket. A bunch of 10 year olds in their bright cricket whites, concentrating hard, encouraging each other, and putting their hearts into the game is a real joy to watch. Next I helped escort a bunch of 12 year old boys to a paint-ball birthday bash. No. 1 son has been friends with Duncan since they were both kindy boys aged 4. How cool is that? We're going to take Duncan out for dinner and to see a play in December. I'm looking forward to it. We've come a long way from pass the parcel!
I've tried and tried to get a 'clickable' photo of Sunny up here to no avail. I can't figure this out at all, at all.
Accepted by the jurors for the National Symposium 2007. Sunny. Hooray! It's a real honour to get something accepted. I don't envy those jurors. Sunny will now get some loving care to ensure it looks its best hanging in the exhibition in Palmerston North in January.
My third entry, the house quilt which you can get a glimpse of here was a collaborative project with a quilting buddy. The accept/reject news will have been sent to her, along with news of her own two quilts. She is out of town. The envelope will be waiting in her letterbox. We'll just have to wait for her to come home.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Mostly vintage fabrics with a few reproduction prints. I bought that one in the bottom right hand corner. It's destined to be cushions for a black leather sofa of my acquaintance. Went back to Northcote later in the day to the beautifully restored movie theatre to see Little Miss Sunshine. Laughed and laughed. Great movie. Out for dinner (of course) to AOF’s favourite Thai, where I survived the chilli prawns, Thai style. Oh those Aussie prawns, they alone would be reason enough to relocate.
I love exploring Melbourne. But especially with AOF. She sent me home calm and sure of what I want, with a clear vision of the future. Everything has been falling into place since then. Thanks dear friend, for giving me the space to remember who I am.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Blue Star (1999 or thereabouts). A classic 2-colour quilt in my favourite colour combo. I'm stopping myself from telling you what's wrong with each of them. Quilters always do that. I wonder if other artists do? We learn a little from each quilt we make. I'm still enjoying the learning.
Green yellow treasures, for a year of colour. More yellow in real life than my monitor is showing. A tiny bowl bargain from an asian food warehouse, and a shibori dyed piece of silk, from a craft market . The silk may get worn as a scarf, or maybe cut up and used in some art.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Note: you should not wear last summers shoes for the first time this summer when you are going to spend the whole day on your feet. You get blisters. It hurts.
I spent hours in David Jones. Hours. I had no idea what time it was, and the morning flew by. I met AOF for sushi, and she took me to Craft Victoria which has a stunning shop, and was showing a work with lacy curtains to wander through and clay dogs. You could add to the exhibition and make your own dog. It was a quiet afternoon in, early dinner at a nearby pub. "Pub" does not do it justice, there were crisp white linen napkins and the food was fantastic, the eggplant and zucchini chips particularly memorable. We got a DVD, I have no idea what it was called, and I slept through lots of it. Long long nights finishing that essay and the quilts sure caught up with me quick.still more Melbourne adventures to come!
We saw a rainbow trout swimming in the Avon river in the middle of the city. Christchurch was pretty as usual, calm and hot, unlike the wintery, gale-ridden Wellington we returned to. I'm going to live in Christchurch one day. Look, here's another Paul Dibble sculpture, Leaf, outside the City Art Gallery.
Elton John is playing in Wellington on 6 Dec. He's not, I'm informed by youngest son, even staying the night in NZ. He's flying in for the show, then off again afterwards in his private jet. Hope Wellington airport is open. Wish someone had taken me to a big concert when I was almost 10.