Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Memorable Movie Lines

Lately one particular line from a movie keeps playing over and over in my brain. It's said by Shirley MacLaine's character Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias and goes like this....

'I'm not crazy. I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years!"

Sometimes lines just pop into my head like that randomly and I can't think for what reason. It's so weird, because I can go and see a movie and walk right out of it and not be able to recall a single line at the time, perhaps ever.  And then 20 years later they come back to me. (I've told my kids to enjoy me NOW, because Alzheimer's is gonna get me, but I don't know if my teenagers are listening)

This particular line is how I feel lately.  I've been sick since the 22nd of Jan.  Been to the doctor 4 times, Emergency twice, had X-rays and CT scans, been put on a drug regime, referrred to a specialist, seen a specialist, going back to the specialist.  I am so OVER it.

But I am getting better! 

But my sense of humour well and truly deserted me in my hour of need on certain days.  Please come back to me - you make life bearable.  And never, ever leave me again.

And because I really like a picture with each post -

Í'm gonna grab a copy from the video store and watch it this weekend with my mum who arrives tonight for a visit.  I doubt she's ever seen it and I think she'll relate to lots of the lines in it.

Incidentally, here's a link to quotes from the movie - Steel Magnolia quotes.  Google is amazing isn't it!

Ciao for now x

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Pets in residence....

Gypsy and Tilly in their fave spots...hanging out after a busy day in petworld.


Gypsy has been moonlighting as a chimney sweep.  She was filthy!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Cross Stitch Work in Progress

So I'm continuing with my list of works in (stalled) progress.  Next is the Cross Stitch Category.  Only 1 item in this category.... (lots of patterns put aside for NEW projects though) but that is going to be another category after I catalogue all my WIPs.

One unfinished - in progress - cross stitch.  It's a Christmas one.  I have 3 other Christmas ones completed and framed and hung on the walls for each festive season.  This is another one to add, when it is done.

And this is what it will look like when it's finished.

And it will join these....

Terrible photos I know, but you get the idea.  I have worked on these erratically for years. I began the top picture when I was pregnant with my first daughter (who turns 19 this May!) EEEeeeek! I remember so vividly teaching myself to cross-stitch.  I will share those in another post one day.  I'd like the entire history of my creative life here in my diary.

Talking about "chronic-ling" my WIPs takes me back to my days at Primary School as a Junior Librarian.  I volunteered in the library and learnt how to catalogue books in the dewy decimal system.  I was such an avid student I catalogued all my books at home. Wrapped them in protective plastic and stuck stickers on their spine.  Mostly F for fiction and the first 3 letters of the authors name.  Who'd have dreamt I come to live in such chaos?  Am I going back to my roots. Do I secretly long for a catalogued house?  Mmmm, dunno, but I think my blog is an online diary and it does serve to chronicle my life.  To that end I think it should not be restricted to one aspect of my life, but encompass many aspects that make up my life.

I'm a traditionalist at Christmas. Really!! You'd never guess would you? Ha.  Yep very traditional.  One of my daughter's wrote in her Christmas card to me this year, how she loves that I steep Christmas in traditions and hopes she can mimic me 'cause it makes it really, really memorable and fun and exciting.  I was touched, because I'd begin to wonder whether my teenagers, weren't really rolling their eyes and thinkin' " she goes again!"  behind my back and just putting up with their dotty mumma. (Don't worry it wouldn't stop me - no way.  It's my thing you know) But at least I'm conscious of the fact that I can be a bit embarrassing.  But just between you and me I like to be.  I mean if you can't have a bit of fun with them...what's the point?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Works in Progress continued...

Item No 2 is  a black and white quilt. 

The square are left over from my crazy 9 patch black and white plus one quilt, completed some time ago.  I have all these bits that I'm going to throw together.

Item No 3 is my blue and brown quilt.  I have the backing and the wadding.  I'm going to have it machine quilted as it is HUGE and I'm yet to hand or machine quilt any of my quilts.  I aspire to quilting myself however, my lil ol Janome is not up to the task and I want to add a few more to my finished pile, before I embark on a hand quilting project.  I think my first will be my hexie hand pieced quilt.  Somehow I think it would be sarcreligious to do anything other than hand quilt it. It's going to be a big job for my first! 

This is a snippet of it..... and another view

Item No 4 is another finished quilt top.  My Flea Market Fancy quilt.

I just need to finish the backing.  I have the wadding and then it needs to be quilted.  So it's not far off.

Item No 5...  the centre piece is done and a lot of the fabric is cut... just needs to be put together in a couple of sessions...

This one needs a good iron!

Item/Quilt No 6 in progress. My reverie to William Morris.

Which needs backing fabric bought for it, all 7 meters of it!!

So that's the WIP quilt list.  I will list all the other projects on the go too, but for now, there I have my quilts that I aim to finish this year - oh no - I forgot Quilt No 7 - the hexie quilt.  So 7 quilts to finish this year.  And then there's all the others - in my head or fabric bought etc etc etc.. best get finishing.

Works in Progress

Years ago, when I was first married, I lived in a house with a small sleepout tacked on the back of the house.  It was MY room for projects and study and sometimes guest room.  It became a trur reflection of my life at the time I think.  Busy with babies and toddlers, lots of ideas and projects started.  It had a bit of everything, relics from my single life, craft supplies, books, sewing machine, toys, bed.  A hastily made curtain acted as the door.  Of course my girls loved it.  They'd toddle or crawl and busy themselves amongst the "busy-ness' of it.  Exploring and discovering to their heart's content! 

After a while I lovingly christened it "The Temple of the Unfinished Project".  Somethings are destined to be finished over time, others... well they pass their use by date and just represent an exploration into some new creative cupboard of my brain, but destined to stay in the cupboard or become a building block for another creative idea.  Very occasionally I'd admonish myself for so many things started and not finished, but really I'm quite comfortable having many things on the go.

I've moved several times since and again I have a room where all my ideas and projects seem to come to rest for a while.  The Witch's attic it is now, tucked behind my the mezzanine creative space.  I've been in the throes of "organising" it.  Getting things out of boxes that have been stored for 7 years through the renovation process.  I can now group them together and see exactly what I have.  It's very interesting....!

But through this process I've thought I would chronicle the current works in progress.  All of which I want to complete in 2012, so that I can enjoy them around the house and as part of my life.

So here is the start of my WIP list.

1. Russian/Babushka/Matroyska Doll Quilt

The blocks are in various stages of completion.  The black are the closest to being finished.  I have plains to add to the other blocks.  I think the plain borders really make it 'POP, and as usual am excited to see it coming together.