Borrowing from our Children

Up until the industrial revolution, the pace of change in the world had been fairly sedate.  Since then and in particular since the end of World War II this pace accelerated and continues to accelerate.

I think upon the lifetime of Hazel, born at a time of horse and buggy and corsets; when Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson were at the height of their fame.  There was a decade long drought across Australian and the stirrings of the trade union movement with the Shearers’ Strike and the formation of the world’s first Labor government (although short-lived).  Her birth was in the midst of the constitutional conventions that would lead a few years later to Australian Federation and female emancipation.  By the time she had passed away there had been two world wars, the moon landing, the motor car, television and the beginnings of the computer age.

Through all this the constancy of family and hard work remained steady; each with their own rewards.  Life was simpler; you trusted in social institutions.  You worked the land to feed your family and the community and ultimately to leave it in a good condition for the next generation to run.  Farmers understand the concept of legacy; they understand that if you only take from the land eventually there will be no more to give.  The land needs to be nurtured.

So what will be the legacy from current generations?  Are we nurturing our land or our communities?  Or have we become so greedy that we have lost sight of our legacy?  When was the last time that our political or civic leaders were brave enough to put forward a vision for the future; beyond the next election or financial reporting cycle or their own lifetimes?

I yearn for some vision.  I want to be inspired.  I want to be engaged.  I want our grandchildren to be at the centre of our decisions.

Do we really want a coal mine in the Liverpool Plains?

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” ― David Brower

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A Little Diversion

I’ve had a little diversion in my sewing this week testing a lovely little pattern for Teri at www.climbingthewillow.com. It was one of my granddaughters’ birthday this week, she turned 4, so this came at an opportune time to make her the lovely Izzy top.  I used a lovely cotton that I got from www.kelanifabric.com.au, “Toyland Twinkle” from Alexander Henry Fabrics.  It sews up beautifully and suited this pattern very nicely as it drapes very well.  From printing the pattern to the final press it took me 4 hours, which included only a small amount of unpicking!!  So it makes for a nice little project one afternoon.  I’m really looking forward to seeing her in it.  Thanks to Teri for sharing this lovely pattern.

Don’t you just love those little stars!!

Izzy1

 

Summertime

Saturday was a wonderful balmy evening here and we had all the family around for a relaxed pizza dinner.  We enjoyed being able to sit outside chatting and laughing without the usual January high temperatures.  The night sky was very clear so the telescope came out to peer at the sliver of the moon and the stars.  We had a good long view of the Int. Space Station as it passed overhead but moving way too fast to track with the scope.  Jupiter was fantastic, as was the moon – a few wows and cools from both adults and children.  Funny watching small children trying to look through the lens keeping one eye shut.

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I’ve started sewing up my navy pants today now that the test run went well.  It’s just a lovely fabric that I’m going to enjoy wearing.  While I sewed I watched a doco-drama; Vincent Van Gogh: Painted with Words.

vincent

Vincent has been my favourite artist since I first saw one of his works at the NGV several years ago; I’ve never physically responded to a piece of art like I did that day – it took my breath away.  I do so love his use of colour and the emotions he provokes in his work and he certainly captures a beautiful night sky.

starry night

Must get back to my sewing and get these pants together before we go off to the movies tonight to see the Secret Life of Walter Mitty; have you seen it yet?  This will be my 2nd viewing as I really enjoyed it the 1st time.  If you are a bit of a daydreamer I’m sure you’ll like it.

Have a good week

Reflecting on the Year Past

As is customary at this time of year I look back over the last 12 months and am amazed yet again at how quickly 12 months can fly.  Yet I wouldn’t have anticipated  this time a year ago even half of what occurred during 2013.  It does make me wonder what’s ahead in the next 12 months.  One thing that I hadn’t planned or even thought about was the creation of this blog; go figure!  But this is my catalyst to keep me going on my sewing journey.  For so many years I barely touched my machine and now I can’t find enough time to plan, cut and sew.

2013 had some low points but surpassing those we had 2 wonderful high points with the arrival of two new grand daughters.  We are so blessed to have such a beautiful family and all near by.

So what’s on the radar for 2014??  Well there’s always some kilos to loose (but that’s another story) and lots of sewing to be done.  Now that I have all my Christmas sewing completed, delivered and worn, I’m going to do some for myself over the next few weeks; I have this plan of not buying any pre-made clothing this year; let’s see how that goes!!

The first item that I’m working on is what has been described on some forums as a well-fitted pants pattern regardless of your size or shape – it’s Butterick B5222 by Connie Crawford.  I finished with my muslin sample yesterday and am now going to cut into some of my precious Tessuti stash with a beautiful navy poly-viscose that I bought in Melbourne a few months ago.  Once that is done I have a beautiful Italian silk that I also bought at the same time to go with the pants.  I have been saving a few different pieces for awhile, a bit nervous to cut them because of my rusty skills.  So a few muslin samples will be the order of the day I think.

All the best for 2014 and happy sewing!

 B5222  photo 1  photo 3

Weekend Joy

I know it’s a bit sad to wish away the week but it’s been a very hectic one this week and I’m looking forward to the weekend for so many reasons.  Firstly I have a couple of little things to finish sewing for Xmas (surprise! surprise!), I’ve got 2 days off work which is always a plus, and most excitedly my family is gathering on Sunday for our Xmas celebrations!

They will all be here for breakfast before the g-children start decorating the Xmas tree. This will be followed by gift giving, which includes a lucky dip option this year for the adults.  The boys are then heading off for youngest g-son’s indoor soccer game while the girls are going off for manicures and finally we gather together again for a late but leisurely lunch.

Its going to be a busy but good weekend. I hope yours is too.

The Elephants are up to Mischief Again!

When I’m not sewing I do enjoy visits from my grand children.  But sometimes they leave things being after their visits; I’m sure this happens with other grand parents as well!

Recently one of my grand daughters left behind her precious ring.  It was left under a chair after she left.

The sparkly elephant found it and thought it looked really good on his trunk, nice to add some colour to his other sparkles, he thought.  sparkly elephant

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But the other elephants liked the ring as well and wanted to wear it too.

naughty elephants

They started to argue about it.  And luckily kindly Buddha stepped in and said to the naughty elephants “this is not your ring but belongs to Ali, I shall look after it until she returns to claim it.”

kindly buddha