Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day one.....364 to go

I thought I would share with you my first photo of my 365 day photo challenge. So I am starting with a self portrait - not too bad except for all those wrinkles. And if you want to join me go over to www.madelinebea. com and get the low down from Meagan whose brilliant idea it was to do this.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

365 Days Challenge

Wow what a challenge. Can I do it? That is a question. So what is the challenge - to take a photo a day for a whole year. That is so big but I think I can do it. Don't worry I won't post a photo every day but will do the whole week in one hit. So starting August 29th 2010 till August 28th 2011 I will take one photo a day. But that has got my think what will happen in that year, what will I see, what will I experience, what will change. How exciting to be heading off into the unknown.....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sewing rediscovered

As a teenager I used to make the majority of my clothes, I even made a pair of shorts that I had screen printed. I sewed mainly because in the mid eighties it was far cheaper to make your own clothes rather than buy them. For many years I have let those skills lay dormant for a number of reasons, it is cheaper to buy clothes now, the range of fabrics were quite uninspiring and I did not have a sewing machine. So what has changed now. Well there are some amazing fabrics out there these days and discovering an amazing fabric store a couple of suburbs over (thank you Funky Fabrix) So I want to share with you a couple of my first projects

This is a dress that I made for my daughter Isabella. There is a story behind the fabric. About 19 years ago I went to Bali with a group of people and I saw this fabric in one of the markets in Bali and fell in love with it. So it has sat in my sewing box since then. Just Lately Isabella has saying how much she loves purple and I remembered this fabric. As I was ironing the fabric out I noticed it has little fish on it and of course Isabella loves sea creatures. Amazing eh!

These are my husbands pyjama's for the summer. I spied this fabric on Funky Fabrix's facebook page (isn't it so awesome) and I thought how much I liked it but it wasn't until Anthony was complaining how many holes his pj's had in them and how he would have to get a new pair that I knew what I could use this fabric for. So I cut up those holely pyjama's and used them as the basis for a pattern for these new ones

Sunday, August 15, 2010

It is Birthday week

There is one week of the year my family looks forward or certain members dread - it is Birthday week. In the space of a week 5 members of our family have birthdays including myself. It is funny how different people react to their birthday's. To me it is a celebration of the life of that person's life, a time to reflect on how much that person means to me and the important part they play in my life. It is a time to rejoice, a time to thank Jesus for them also a time to look back on the year just gone and every thing that has come to pass. Some years the year has been awesome and amazing yet other years have been full of challenge and struggle. But the most important thing is look back and realised we have grown. Whereas my husband struggles with his birthday every year and wishes the day was scrubbed off the calendar - especially this year when he turned 40. What is your birthday like for you is it a time of celebration and reflection or is a day you would rather forget?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's August it's EKKA time

To those of you who do not come from Brisbane/Queensland you be wondering what on earth is the EKKA. It is our yearly agricultural show, it is the place where the city meets the country. So in the midst of city you can experience cattle, horses, Wood chopping, chickens, pigs goats, baking, jams ect. Along with the delights of side show alley, show bags and fireworks to end the day. My children love going to the Ekka and it is one of the highlights of their year. They were anxious to get their show bags and had them chosen before we even got through the gate. Now they are getting older they are discovering the excitement of rides and games. This year Bella and Jasper had their first rides on the dodgem cars - they were so excited. We left all so very tired but the kids were asking can we go again next year. I think it is something they will never tire of. If only we could harness that child like joy and enthusiasm.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

All done...

Today I uploaded my last photo to the e photography course I have been doing. It has been a month full of learning and have learnt so much more than I expected. My final photo is of a peach blossom taken in the glorious afternoon light.