Faux pas

Friday, February 22, 2008


I made a huge mistake today. Huge. I sent the wrong sandwich to pre-school with J. He got the crunchy peanut butter instead of the vegemite. That may not sound like a big deal to a lot of people but anyone familiar with the peanut policy documents that are sent home from pre-schools and daycare centres will be able to imagine the sink-into-the-floor humiliation and embarrassment I felt upon collecting him from school this afternoon and being asked to step into the director's office for a quiet word. I will NOT being making that mistake again. I even cut the peanut butter sandwich differently to the others so that it will be obvious which one it is. My brain obviously wasn't firing properly this morning. Thank goodness nothing untoward happened!

The kicker (there's always one isn't there?) was J telling me in the car on the way home that he didn't really like his sandwich. He doesn't need to worry about getting it again, it's vegemite or hummus from here on in!

Gift Quilting

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Still no photo drive or photoshop on the computer so I can't share the photos with you but I have started on a project for my mother-in-law. She turns 60 in March and we are going north to Forster for a weekend to celebrate. There is lot's of party planning, lot's of gift planning and lot's of logisitics to be worked out getting everyone up there for the weekend, feeding them and finding them places to sleep but it's all progressing well and it should be a lot of fun. I'll be insanely pregnant by then so I am not looking forward the drive there and back but hopefully the baby will be kind and I won't be too cumbersome. Ha! I can hope, right?

My mother-in-law is dutch and although none of her children speak dutch there are plenty of dutch traditions and expressions that are well-loved in the family - muisjes for all the baptisms, a bang up feast on Christmas Eve and plenty of coffee and cake mornings throughout the year. It is this last one that is the basis for my gift. In dutch these little gatherings, which are rather like afternoon tea, are known as koffie uurtje so I am making a quilted table runner for her to use on these occasions that has 'Koffie Uurtje' appliqued on it. This is my first table runner, my first attempt at applique, I am heavily pregnant and her birthday is just a month away! I really don't know if it will be finished in time and I am determined not to stress about it. If it all comes together - brilliant, if not - I can give it to her for Christmas. I love it when a plan has a viable back-up.

So, until the photo drive is back in action you'll just have to take my word for my productive evenings and I will leave you with some pics of books I am currently coveting. Of course, I still haven't made a single thing out of the Modern Quilt Workshop book so no quilt books for me until I make at least one thing!


Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colourful Quilt and Patchwork Projects (above) and Make Your Own Contemporary Quilts (below).

Technobabble

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The camera and the computer aren't talking to each other which is making posting photos a little tricky. We also haven't installed the photos drive on the new machine yet so I don't even have all my little archives to trawl through to.

I do, however, have a couple of 'new to me' blog links to share. How people manage to take such beautiful photos I will never know!

Townmouse - I love little boys in button-down shirts and the chich melbourne looks she puts together bears no relation to my everyday life but it certainly is beautiful.

Pink Chalk Studio - lot's of flying geese which I have on the brain at the moment and great pics of her finished quilts.

Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

We've eaten plenty of pancakes tonight. How I love shrove tuesday! I'm firmly in the maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream corner, Mr Duyvken loves them with nutella and ice cream and the kids like them best with lemon and sugar. It seems that their little palates are significantly more developed than ours.
Unfortunately the pancakes I make don't look like this but I wish they did. I'll have to try a pancake mold next year.

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