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Puddling along

I am slowly adjusting my life to accommodate this virus.  That means everything is slower and I try to stay close to my bed just in case the fatigue overtakes me.  But I am adjusting.  Where it would take me one day to make something, now it is three.  I am talking about the nurses capes I promised to make for the ANZAC day ceremony here.  I have 2 put together and 1 more ready to sew.

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But I am still having a problem with my brain.  I have to put tabs on the shoulders and I made the big trip to the shop to buy the buttons.  It wasn't till I got home I realised we have 2 shoulders not one!!!  I still have another 9 days before the day so hopefully I can get some more buttons.  I do worry about my brain though.

Slow living

This virus sees me living my life at a much slower pace.  I have to sleep a lot and just can't do anything at my normal speed.  I am still not able to drive, my reactions are too slow, so life is confined to the island most of the time.  I did get to go to the mainland last week, I should not have gone.  I had to stay in bed for the next 3 days.

As I was coming home a rainbow formed and the end was on the island.  I thought at the time how apt that was.  This place really is a treasure.

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It is school holiday time at the moment and there are a lot of holiday makers on the island.  Before we moved here this was our holiday destination.  I have always felt this is a magical place, everyone I speak to believes that as well.  I have tried to find out from the traditional owners of the land what it is that makes it so special but they have lost that knowledge.  That doesn't change the fact that everyone who comes here feels a connection and it regretful when they have to leave.  As you can see from the message in the sand.  I have no idea who wrote it but I love the island as well.

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But I can be surprised by people who live here as well.  Maxine is a friend who lives a couple of streets away.  She is the author of the children's book who's launch we attended.  Now I find that she makes the most whimsical jewelry. 

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I just had to buy these ear rings.

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And after speaking to her I find that the character is based on a real person, who she says looks like this!.

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They are made under a magnifying glass to get all that detail.  (They are not very big.)

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She and Gary have developed there own materials.

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I need to get some more they are so quirky.  When I was teaching full time I always used to wear unusual ear rings.  I never had to say "look to the front", all eyes were already there to check what I had on that day.  This time I will wear them just to feel happy.


Those bunnies

The requests have been flooding in for more thins for the bunnies.  It must be said that they were a great success.  The girls had seen the new Peter Rabbit movie the day before they arrived, which they loved.  (Both movie and bunnies.)

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My husband and I saw the move as well and I have to say it did appeal to the kid in me.  I at first thought that there was taped laughter on the sound track but then realised the theatre was full of kids who were all laughing.  The animation was very good the the link between reality and fantasy is clear.


Grandpa has made the most beautiful beds, with matresses, that he sewed himself.

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I must say I am envious of my grand daughters their new doll's beds.  The quilts fitted rather well and were pressed into service the moment they were given.

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I also finished new cardigans and slacks.

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And some sleeping bags as the are off camping for the school holidays.

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Jasmine thought that Geraldine need her portrait painted, just like the ones Beatrix Potter did.  Not bad attention to detail for a 5 year old.  You can see she likes those boots.

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After some discussion with the girls I believe that the bunnies will need more undies, seems they need to be changed all the time, and, one pair of boots is not enough for a fashionable bunny.

Those smiles make all the effort worth while.

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Those dratted mosquitos

I have been feeling very poorly for a while.  Firstly, I had a bad reaction to a prescribed drug.  Needless to say that is in the garbage.  I kept blaming that drug for how I was feeling, but, I was also bitten by a mosquito that has given me Barmah Forest Virus, ( a bit like Ross River Fever )  Seems there are quite a few of us on the island who have this.  I thought for a while that I was going to be crippled by arthritis but it is just this virus.  Bad news is it can last for over a year before you recover.  So I can look forward to more pain and tiredness. 

It does have an upside.  I have an excuse for just sitting. 

Sitting and knitting. The wool is on it's way for this one.

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Or sitting and embroidering. 

Sitting and crocheting.  I am going to make a blanket for each bunny using this pattern.

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Sometimes getting up and baking a cake.

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Sitting at the computer. 

Sitting and reading.  I've read these books before so it will not be taxing at all.

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Everything has a silver lining.


That was months away and now it is tomorrow!!

I have a ton of sewing that has to be finished.

A wedding dress to alter.  The neckline and shoulders to be changed and the hems, 9 layers of hems, to be shortened.

 Capes to be made for the ANZAC nurses for the 25th April for the memorial ceremony. (ANZAC Day)

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And this wedding dress thing is getting a bit big.  I have 2 other weddings for a couple of months time.  Funny how life goes in cycles.  In my early 20's I made wedding dresses to suppliment my income,  now I am old they turn up again.  We are going to have a quiet Easter but I'm sure the island will be busy with holiday makers.  We might have to escape to the city?


Samantha and Geraldine are finished.

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Those two have been on my 'to do' list for a few years now but the time was never quite right.  They were always destined to be for my grand daughters but with so much work involved I wanted the girls to be a little older so they could look after them better.  I am so surprised at their different personalities.  The patterns are identical but each rabbit is different from the other.  And, they took some time and a lot of effort to make.  I stitched each one in a different coloured thread so that, even without clothes on, they could tell which was which.  I am not altogether happy with the boot laces.  They are probably a bit long but little fingers have not perfected the skill of tying them so I make the laces a length they could manage.

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I see that Salley Mavor over at Wee Folk Studio has a wonderful idea for slippers that I could also sew.  ( Everything Salley does is inspiring, I have all her books.)

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At the moment their wardrobe includes;

a good dress + capelet

a skirt + jumper

and 4 pair of undies.

Each rabbit has it's own overnight bag.

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I need to make hoodies, slacks, cardigans, night clothes, quilts and pillows.  One cardigan is finished but I am a bit worried with the amount of wool I have left to finish No 2.

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Grandpa is still working on the beds so they will not be finished until after Easter and I might leave the quilts until then.

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I have become quite attached to these young girls.  They have been writting to my grand daughters so hopefully they will get a warm welcome.

Tilly the cat

This little cat has driven me crazy.  I should say 'making' this little cat has driven me crazy but toys take on a persona as you make them, so I think of it as "this little cat".

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She has been hanging around for months waiting to be finished.  The big problem was the yarn I choose.  I was seduced by the colours but it is horrible to work with because it isn't a spun thread.  The thread just pulls apart, as you can see from the fluff on the tail.  The pattern called for a crocheted tube for the tail.  I tired every which way and failed miserably.  I ended up with a plaited tail and that seems to work.

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I think she is destined for a donation to "teddies without borders".  I hope some child likes her.

Some acqusitions

I bought this painting last year when my husband was ill in hospital.  The hospital had an exhibition at the time and part of the sale was donated to the hospital.  Problem was I couldn't bring it home because the exhibition was to hang for the rest of the year.  I almost forgot that I had purchased it!  But now it is home and hangs next to the breakfast nook.  I have a passionfruit vine in the garden I just hope it fruits like this one.  As I come up the stairs from the lower level this is the first thing I see.  I am so glad I bought it.

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Also in the breakfast nook I have my new (old) chicken scratch table cloth given to me by my friend Angela.  (The Rosemary is cuttings from my garden that I want to strike for next year.)

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The design is only simple but very effective.

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And I must remember this rick rack braid edging put on with herringbone stitch,

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Doll's underwear

I hadn't realised just how involved making clothes for a doll could be!  I have sewn some bloomers in a very light cotton and these look good.

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But then I got thinking that they might be a problem to get on and off for little children.  So I went out and bought a packet of cheap babies socks.  These I have cut off at the heel.

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Zig zaged around the cut edge.

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And on the wrong side sewn in the legs.

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Undies that are easy for kids to put on and off.

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A new week

I have to sit and get my photos and notes in order but this week is shaping up to be a busy one again.

We were met at the airport by my daughter's partner who drove us back to the apartment.  From there we picked up our car and drove out to our son's home to pick up the dog only to find that their front plate glass window was shattered.  The gardener had been that morning and I think he had thrown up a rock when mowing the lawns.  No rushing home to get the washing on or pick up any supplies we had to sit till they got home.  It was great to see the grandchildren but I knew it would put my schedule out of wack.

By the time we got home to the island, with no supplies and only frozen meat in the freezer we settled for a tin of soup for dinner and it tasted delicious.   Not sure why.  Next morning I was up early and off again to the Embroiderers' Guild.  I have been completing my Competition Judge's qualification and the lecturer had flown in from interstate to finish our practical assessment, there were 4 candidates.  Three from outside Brisbane and one who lives in the city.  Now, I have been judging for some time now, but, I didn't have that official piece of paper.  The course was based around 6 assignments and my biggest problem was not writting too much!!  So now I am a qualified Embroidery Judge.  One more thing off the bucket list.

Next thing to do was to check on what the birds have been doing and some are up and off.

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Two of those birds we have been watching have both got from here right up to China.

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Coochiemudlo is just south of Peel Island which is in the centre of the above picture.  That island was a leper colony back in the 1900's.  The mainland is on the left and Stradbroke Island is on the right.  I watched the eagles hovering over my house today as I hung out the washing and the sense of awe as you watch these creatures just takes my breath away.

I think that I should get the house in order before I start stitching again but my fingers are twitching.  On the weekend prior to my trip to Melbourne I was up at Toowoomba and got started on my rabbits for the girls for Easter. (I stitched them in different coloured thread so we could tell which was which.)

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I still have a lot to do to make them presentable.  There are sweaters and cardigans to knit and a whole wardrobe for each rabbit.  (There names are Geraldine and Samantha.)  They have actually written to the grand daughters telling them they are coming and asking where they will sleep.  That request has been past to Grandpa who has to make some beds and wardrobes.  I already have their over night bags so their clothes can stay in there until the other furniture is finished.

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This is not getting the housework done and time is rushing on.