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Nora’s Heart

I’ve been looking at our tree and thinking about how each ornament carries memories so I thought in the lead up to the big day I would talk about some of my favourites.

This one I call Nora’s Heart. I made it last year from a Christmas doily my 98yo Great Aunt stitched decades ago. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I look at it, she is more like a grandmother than an aunt and is a very special old lady. I like the way it has become something new and is now a product of two women crafting decades apart.

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So, now the list is public I thought I’d better keep you all up to date.

Item 1 –  I thrifted a wee book with quilting techniques.

Item 2 – the Frida’s Wardrobe inspiration images are growing.

Item 9 – I’m reading 😉

Item 19 – I’ve started working through a basic lesson book – fun!

Item 30 – Not going very well.

Item 38 – The Sheet Swap has been initiated and my veges are going to seed.

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40 before 40

So, yes, I copied this off the other Helen

Because I like the idea of a two year plan rather than a one year plan here’s a list of 40 things I’d like to do before I turn 40.

  1. Sew a quilt
  2. Complete Frida’s Wardrobe project
  3. Finish my poetry manuscript
  4. Finish my YA manuscript
  5. Catch up on my WIP pile
  6. Do an overnight tramp again
  7. Go on a crafty girls road trip
  8. Transfer my vinyl to mp3
  9. Read at least one book a fortnight
  10. Swim once a week
  11. Stay overnight on Kapiti Island
  12. Take the kids to visit the European rellis
  13. Dance more
  14. Make mix-cds for my friends
  15. Ride a toboggan down a snowy hillside
  16. Collaborate with a singer
  17. Exhibit/curate a women’s book collaboration
  18. Get some topographical maps
  19. Teach myself to play the recorder again
  20. Go roller skating
  21. Practise speaking foreign languages
  22. Start a second poetry manuscript
  23. Start a second YA novel
  24. Start a fire without matches
  25. Write a play
  26. Walk around with headphones on just breathing
  27. Skinny dip again
  28. Go to a tropical island
  29. Grow some decent tomatoes
  30. Say NO more often
  31. Take a big risk
  32. Send off more poems
  33. Go to some live music
  34. Clear all the pruning rubbish off our section
  35. Plant blueberry bushes and a stone fruit tree
  36. Turn a dead zone in the garden into a social space
  37. Dust off my fire-poi (yes that is me swinging them in the pic)
  38. Start up a seed swap and a vintage sheet swatch swap
  39. Do more public performance
  40. Take the boogie board out again

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Off to the airport

I’m off on my big playdate with my dearest friend Billie today! We have a some great stuff planned and I’ll be posting soon with all the juicy info. I’ll be on the plane in a few hours but wanted to squeeze in a quick post before I go.

I have been very fortunate to have a fantastic bunch of women in my life and together they’ve managed to stretch my birthday out almost 3 weeks, heehee.

My little gems and friends threw my a suprise birthday party. I was well and truely suprised, in fact I was so stunned I cried and could barely speak all evening (usually they can’t shut me up).

Only true friends would dress up like this for my entertainment don’t you think? Heee! We even played pass the parcel and had to wear silly accesories – meet Edna and Deidre:


I got wonderful snail mail too.

Journal and map envelopes by Carmen, hankies and books from Helen, Ladies a Plate from Dan (very lovely!)

And yet more

Pencil case by the clever Shelly and thrifty goodies from Jess and Emma.

Don’t mean to brag but I’m just so touched by their kindness and there’s more to come in Melbourne, squeeeeeeee!!!!!

Thanks for all the birthday wishes from all my lovely readers too, your comments on all the posts really lift me up so thank you all!

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Back again

Well the school holidays are over, did you miss me?

We had a busy time. The older the kids get the more I can relax with them and enjoy their company. We had lots of visitors and had a few projects.

We made cordial

Recipe here.

I taught my neice how to sew a skirt.

We spring cleaned the dolls house and started renovations.

I weeded the garden, with the help of Pauline.

Turned 38.

Got a Nana basket for my birthday and clothes from the clothes swap.

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Ten years. TEN YEARS!! Flippin heck! How did we manage to do that? I guess the last 7 or 8 have kind of slipped away with the kids. We’ve had good times and bad. It took a lot of will to dig ourselves out of the bad. I think if we’ve made it this far through all the sleepless kiddy nights and financial hardships then (I hope) we can make it the rest of the way. Oh yeah, have you got that song in your head now?

I’ve booked us into a B&B for Saturday night and my SIL is having the kids for the night. I found the perfect picnic set if the weather holds.

Dan doesn’t quite understand why I get such a kick out of “old crap” like this but he still loves me and that’s all I really care about. Don’t you just love the his and hers thermos flasks? I love tea and he loves coffee. We are a bit chalk and cheese but it works. He pulls me down to earth and I pull him back up to the clouds and somewhere in the middle we’re flying.

Happy Anniversary baby!

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It snowed here last night for the first time ever (I think). I must have jinxed the weather by posting spring flowers!

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