Sunday, March 16, 2014

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I reposted instagram photos for the 52 project, thinking I hadn't had my "real" camera out, when in fact I had, on the recent long weekend.





We went down to Barwon Heads for 3 nights and as per every other time we've been away my response was, we must do this more often.  I don't think I'm a materialistic person, I can do without stuff, although it's nice, but I would spend more money on getting away if I could.  I'm not sure I'd want a holiday house, although again I wouldn't say no, because we like to try different places, but relaxing, somewhere fresh, with my guys, is one of the things I love most.


11/52



"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Ella & Leila at Barwon Heads on the long weekend.  The only photos I'm taking right now are on my phone and I don't like to share twice.  Just don't seem to get the camera out like I used to, but must try harder.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

1093

I'm amazed that I remembered my password into blogger, considering how little I'm around these parts.  I've had an interesting conversation with a few blogs who I've read for many years, Ella being one, about how things have changed for some of us.

This space represents my children and a huge part of who I've become over the past 10 years, so I'm not prepared to let it go, but it is less at the forefront of my mind.

It's always been lovely to share my craft projects with this space, so I can remember in years to come what went to whom in acknowledgement of big moments in their lives.



Friends of ours are expecting twin boys with their second pregnancy.  When their daughter was born a couple of years ago I made a lovely quilt for Sienna and now will do the same for these little boys with the two fabric combinations above.


This selection of fabrics, all from Spotlight, I bought a few years ago with a baby boy quilt in mind for no-one in particular.  I love the softness of this grouping, including some soft blue linen in the centre, and will use these for a quilt for my niece Hazel's second baby due next month, this time a little boy to join my great niece Aurelia.

I also have to finish a family tree quilt for my parents, queen sized, begun last year (or the one before?) and really just need time to deal with a lot of mitered corners, which are really not my favourites - but they must have it for this winter, they just must.

So, away with me, quilting season has begun.

Monday, February 24, 2014

1092

Geez, I'm really a stranger around these parts.  Life is good just, I don't know, I'm busy living and finding less time to talk about it.









I did want to share some photos from our trip to White Night on the weekend.  I wouldn't describe the night as a complete success, the crowds were, at times, utterly overwhelming.  The crush at the corner of Flinders and St Kilda Road actually frightening, like mosh pit days of old, I kid you not.  Getting on the train home with similarly challenging, but the lights we saw were amazing.  I think I had thought the majority of the city would be lit, which was not the case, but certainly around Fed Square and the river were quite something.


We started with dinner out, the Old Melbourne Gaol for Purple Rain had a long wait, then we headed past the library (but didn't go in as the queue was too long to wait another hour), into the sea that was Swanston Street and to Chapter House and down to the river.






The faces in the trees were what we were most looking forward to seeing but I just could not capture them very well.  Holding your breath whilst depressing your camera button does not take the place of a tripod!




If you kind of screw up your face you'll see them a little better.

x

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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What good is the future, if it's in the future?

We had such a wonderful time at the beach yesterday, the girls and I.  We have many happy times, but yesterday I was aware that I couldn't stop smiling.  The stars had aligned and it just seemed the perfect day. It wasn't planned well ahead, it wasn't expensive, it didn't take a lot of effort to make it happen.  We were just there together on a perfect day having a wonderful time.

Then last night I came across the quote What good is the future, if it's in the future? and it really resonated with me.  No excuses, no list making and planning for something months or even years from now, just being happy now, making choices today, that stimulate and excite the whole family.

The adults in this house have been frustrated about some bigger things we are not yet able to change, things that do affect our future and in many ways make us feel that that future is being held to ransom.  In reality though, we can let that go and choose only on these moments right in front of us, choose to make them amazing and the future will take care of itself.  

There are no revelations here, nothing is original, but all of us come to these thoughts in our own time and for me, that was my thought of yesterday that I'm carrying forwarding into today and dragging with me tomorrow and onwards.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

4/52



"A portrait of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014."

E  Instagram is addictive
L  Just chilling

Definitely summer here.  A lovely day spent with dearest of friends.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

1090

It's a long journey we've taken together thus far, him and me.  I was 25 when we met, he was 24, before too many years pass we will have spent half our lives together.

We're very different, in many ways.  At times I've focused more on our differences than how we are alike. We don't have the same interests in all things, I can't stand watching sport and he doesn't stitch for relaxation. He exercises most days and I talk about exercising most days.  He often comes at discussions from a rational viewpoint, which naturally clashes with my emotional viewpoint.


We do however, share the same love of each other and our family.  We have the same dreams of more time together and a life more in balance.  We both try our hardest to support each other even when times are really tough and for the most part, we both succeed.


I've loved this man for a long time, those gentle soft hands, his forgiving spirit.  We both wish for something different in one main aspect of our lives this year, something largely outside of our control.  It's those things that are the hardest to manage, those things that you want so badly but can't predict or control, the frustrations, the disappointments, it can be hard to manage those hurts.

We have a lot to focus on, to get us through.  We have an amazing family, our girls especially make us both so happy and so proud.  We'll focus on the great stuff, there's plenty of it, focus hard on that and patiently wait on the other wheels to turn.