Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
I'm a little over 34 weeks now and really need to start getting ready for welcoming this little one home. First step, getting the bassinet and capsule out of the shed and freshening them up. I really need to do that this week. I figure if I get a couple of things done each week I'll be all done before the baby arrives. A little self-delusion never hurt, right?
Now to fight humidity-induced lethargy and actually start getting things done!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I've spent a lot of the past week watching the images of the flooding in Queensland, hearing stories of loss and survival and thinking about the immense cleanup task that lies ahead. A wall of water can be devastatingly damaging in a very short period of time. It's difficult to imagine. There are lots of things happening to help those who have been affected and one of them in Quilts for Queensland.
Mr Duyvken took the kids out with him today and I had a few uninterrupted hours to myself so I pulled out my quilting stuff and sewed my way through 2 episodes of Midsomer Murders. Think you've met someone daggier than me? Ahem, I doubt it!
I have had this little quilt top for about 18mths ever since I started working on inventory for a market at the school. I fell pregnant and ended up pulling out of that market and have worked my way through all the things I'd made except for this little top that never became anything. I selected the charm pack thinking that the country colours would appeal to someone but they're not my style at all so I could never be bothered to finish it. Knowing that sandwiching, quilting and binding it were all that needed to be done to make it a contribution to the quilt appeal was all the motivation I needed to finally get it done. It feels so good to have it finished and it will shortly find a new home in south-east Queensland.
Click on the Quilts for Queensland button for more information if you want to help too.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
I gave a beautiful coffee scoop for my sister-in-law to use in her new kitchen and a lovely bracelet for my sister as well as some very sweet diy ornaments that we never did get around to colouring in. There's always next year! One of the Craft Room girls, Chantal helped to create it and her work is beautiful.
Some of the other winning gifts that the kids got were beautiful necklaces from Seed, and J was given an awesome pair of boardies (also from Seed) that are made using the Michael Miller guitar fabric. Adorable! All this Seed goodness from the cousins led me to discover that they have a women's line as well which might be a problem for Mr Duyvken once this baby arrives :-) Mr Duyvken and the kids gave me a Gary Fong lightsphere. Insanely expensive when you consider the manufacturing cost but it produces a beautifully diffused flash and I am having a BALL taking photos of the kids even when the days are dull and the overhead lights are dim. I bought myself a Lantern Guide for our camera just before Christmas because although I keep planning on doing a DSLR course I keep postponing it based on cost. This guide and my groovy new tools should help me make the most of my camera (and skillz :-0) in 2011 even without taking a class. I'd love to improve the quality of the photos I take.
So Christmas was a big success but there was one epic fail. Have you ordered from Fishpond? I ordered some lego from them on Nov 24th for J's birthday. The items weren't listed as out of stock but were listed as shipping within 4-7 days. Given that it was still 3 weeks until his birthday I figured that would be fine and placed the order. I didn't think any more of it until about 10 days has passed and then when I checked the website I discovered that there was a note on my account saying that "We estimate this order for LEGO - will arrive at the Fishpond.com.au warehouse between 04/12/10 and 12/12/10". There'd been no email and no indication when I placed the order that the lego wouldn't be posted to me much quicker than that. I figured that even if the lego only shipped on the 13th of Dec it would arrive in time for his birthday on the 17th so I, foolishly, didn't think any more about it. It didn't arrive in time for his birthday but I figured Christmas wasn't far away and, surely, it would arrive by then but, despite a note being made on my account stating that it finally shipped on the 22nd of December it only arrived today. And, just to rub in a little salt the box was completely damaged. Luckily, it was only for J because it was not in the kind of condition I would be happy to give it to someone else in. I have ordered from them before a few times but it was only once I made it through the current debacle that I remembered that a triathlon training diary I ordered as a gift last Christmas also arrived after Christmas. The poor sister-in-law for whom I was kris kringle, and who was having a tough Christmas already, only got some rocky road and an IOU. Anyway, lesson learned, fishpond.com.au's communication is pretty hopeless (how hard is it to send an email?) and I won't be ordering from them again. So, that's my cautionary tale!