Wednesday, November 23, 2011

CUT IT OUT! (39 down)

(Here we are sharing/counting UP Forty Days and Forty Nights of our lives, our last on the inner-west side of town and, eventually, some of our first on the other (far) side of town, where we envisage some big changes coming our way. Thanks for joining us as we remember, celebrate and experience gratitude for our time here, and sometimes feel completely overwhelmed and exhausted by the changes underway!)

Over the past few months, the chaotic and unpredictable Spring weather, combined with the house sale and move, and the resulting need to keep things relatively 'controlled' and tidy around here, which thankful ceased with the sale of this place, left me focusing on tracing and cutting.  The sewing portion of all projects was put aside pending our move. Not a craft, knitting or sewing project in site, nothing to be cut out or pinned, nothing  - a very bazarre scene here, especially for this time of the year!

Anyhow, looking back, it seemed far more manageable to cut out something small here and there and add it to my 'ready-to-sew' pile. Much easier than attempting to complete a whole project, especially when most of the time the sewing machine has been unreachable. But, that 'ready-to-sew' pile is quite high now and once a good portion of the unpacking is complete, I hope to have some time to finish some projects. It's really a case of bit by bit, 'build it up' slowing...a bit like the kids and their sand castles at the beach yesterday (during too short a visit but, just long enough to help deliver some lovely breaths).

For my benefit far more than yours (this isn't too interesting!), here's a list of my 'ready-to-sew' projets. The following list was drafted a few weeks ago, allowing me to sneak in a detailed post on this crazy day 39 of our little celebration when I've been at the new place checking in on the painting, filling the kitchen cupboards and feeding the chickens! And coming home via here, here and here.  I love Northcote and Westgath and these particular places are among my favourite reasons to be there. It's fun to browse and plan ahead for 2012 because, well, we all need some diversions.

 For some reason, dressing up always seems to coincide with ccutting out around here!

Here's that list.
  • Beach shorts using a Simplicity pattern that is now tucked away in a box somewhere
  • Dress from here
  • Tova Top (another one because I enjoyed making this so much)
  • Pyjama pants with an old Burda pattern (that's in a box somewhere - info. to come at the time of posting the completed pair - whenever that might be!)
  • Tablecloths (2) - one Christmas tablecloth and one sunny Summer tablecloth.
  • Picnic Roll from The Rythm of the Family
  • A ring cushion to be used at my nephew's wedding in January - a nephew getting married, seriously!

And Elsa creating some of her cutting out projects. Inspired by this book, we printed out some black and white versions of flags, found images of the coloured versions amongst her books and she worked away at creating her own set of 'flag snap' cards. We're not much of a colouring-in house but, the flag theme really piqued her interest. She has always enjoyed the atlas and books about far away places (like her parents!) and, of late, is drawn to maps and flags so, this was the perfect exercise. We started with countries of most relevance to our family being Australia (for obvious reasons), Canada (where Dada is from), Zambia (where Dada was born and lived until her was eight), Greece (where Dada's parent's were born) and New Zealand (where friends live). We also included the Australian Aboriginal flag because, well, we think that's so very important and hope our children gather a sense of the immense history of this land and it's first people. Next time we'll venture out and add the countries where we've lived or travelled. I look forward to the conversations and questions that ensue from these snap cards!

And I couldn't resist popping in some photos of the girls taken on our visit to the house this afternoon. They're really quite endearing and we're beginning to know their individual personalities.

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