Saturday, January 27, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
After a couple of hours at our place G went home with them for a swim and while J and C were napping I pulled out my sewing machine and got a few more blocks sorted out. I'm nearly ready to sew the rows together. Hopefully I'll get the last few done tomorrow and I can put it all together before the end of the week.
I hope it all comes together well, I'm having a hard time picturing how it will look once it's all pieced but I have a few ideas in case the zoo fabric isn't standing out enough. We'll see if I need to resort to piano keys at the top at bottom of the quilt or zoo fabric binding.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
In my post about our new stove you might have noticed the utensils hanging above it. They were a gift from Mr Duyvken's grandmother for my kitchen tea before we were married. They were hers and hung in her kitchen until she moved into a retirement village. She got them in Holland before they emigrated to South Africa. I love having them. They have been soldered and repaired, the spoons have worn down sides from all the stirring she did over the years lovingly preparing dinner for her 8 children. I picture her with toddlers at her feet and a baby on her hip stirring a big pot of soup sometimes when I am using the spoon to prepare dinner or the spatula to ice cupcakes... mothering and nurturing my children as she mothered and nurtured hers. There's something special about having these in our kitchen, a daily reminder of heritage, family and the passing of time. I plan on taking good care of these family heirlooms, using them daily but maintaining them so that I can pass them along when the time comes. Of course, it will only be for someone VERY special that I let these babies leave my house :-) Thank you Oma.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
One of our resolutions for 2007 is to add a few new meals to our weekly repertoire. We eat a fairly varied and healthy vegetarian diet but over the last 2 years we've found ourselves eating the same 6 or 7 things week after week. Our new 'toy' should make this resolution a whole lot easier to stick to.
Our kitchen is original to the house and it's a reasonable size but there are 3 doors which makes the layout rather strange. Why does a kitchen need 3 access points?!
Friday, January 12, 2007
There's a cool change rolling in and some beautiful lightning flashing across the sky... after the heat and humidity of the day it's very welcome.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I couldn't figure out why the kids were at such a fever pitch of excitement and put it down to the heat until I remembered that Mr Duyvken had promised to set up the bunkbed for them tonight. C is moving into the bedroom with them, J is moving out of the cot to make room for her and as there isn't room in there for 2 single beds and a cot Mr Duyvken built a bunk for G and J to share.
It was as if Christmas had come again, they were so excited about it. J's first night in a big boy bed.... mum was right, children really do grow up too fast.
We've just put up the curtain rail so I can make some blockout curtains to hang in their room to keep the morning sun and heat out and also to dress the place up a bit. This weekend we need to buy Jem some sheets and a doona cover and I need to get cracking on his quilt so that the room looks nice. I want to have it finished before C's baptism on Feb 4th. Can it be done? We'll soon see!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
In the meantime I have been stitching the light blue background fabric to the squares I'd already completed and I'm really happy with how it is all coming together. I can't tell you what a relief that is!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
G is jealous that two sewing projects in a row have been for her younger brother so the next project will definitely have to be for her!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
My current project is a single bed quilt for J's big boy bed and this machine is speeding up the process dramatically! I'm using Alexander Henry fabric 2d zoo and a handful of solids. I like the simple, graphic nature of the quilt design (12 squares against a light blue background, no borders and an as yet undetermined binding) because I think it will allow the fabric to take centre stage and I LOVE the fabric. Alexander Henry's designs remind me of John Coburn's work - graphic, bold, evocative and beautiful. I think my little man will like it as well.