I made the mistake of volunteering to sort out some scraps that were donated to my patchwork group. 

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They were going to be put in the rubbish, which was a terrible waste, so I said I would organise them into more manageable units. 

I firstly put them into bundles according to colour. Then started by ironing each piece and then cutting it. I soon became obvious that there was a lot of unusable scrap but I can't stop now. I still have 2 bags to go.   Then I will sew them together myself as I now have a couple of ideas about how this could be done.

I now have a hand brace for my right hand.  Still lots of things I can not do but I can type, some hand sewing and machining, so things are looking up.

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I have long had some ideas of embroidering some pieces featuring birds.  I have done some in the past,

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but want to do some more.

Not wanting to reinvent the wheel I first turned to my on-line antique pattern library books and there I found some wonderful designs that are now all out of copyright.

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What I want to do is use the basic shapes to depict some of our native birds.  That will require some changes to the designs but I now have the basic shapes and can tweek the drawings to suit me.  I also noticed that there are a number of Kate Grenville designs in this book, also out of copyright.

Big Mistake!!

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I'm going to get a new desktop.

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But I have a big problem with my Telstra email account (where my apple id is stored) and they will not talk to me about it because THEY have listed the account in my husband's name, even though we listed it in both our names, they changed it to just his name.  As his wife I have no access even though I pay all the bills and he has memory loss!!!!

I am so frustrated and angry at the whole affair.

Talking to other women, who also have the same problem with Telstra, I have been told I have to ring them, with my husband standing beside me, who will tell them that I am his wife and they will address my questions.  How out of date is that?

Where I live -

I planted a Tibouchina tree beside the water tank.  It has started to grow and I keep waiting for the flowers to die down to trim it. 

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Problem is it just keeps flowering.

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I hope it stops flowering soon because these trees can grow up to 10 metres and I need to trim it back.

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It is planted just off the back verandah over the railing from the BBQ.  I put it in to cut out the western sun when we eat and entertain out there.  I don't think we will need to worry about the sun. 

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I planted another at one of my old schools back in 2006.  It was all concrete in that part of the yard.  Now it is a great place to sit and that tree fills the space.

Why didn't I think of that?

At one point I cleaned out my fabric cupboard and gave a great bundle of dressmaking fabrics to me daughter.  I was never going to make clothes again.  (Since then I have changed my mind.)

My daughter came to visit wearing a jacket she had made from left over woollen fabric, It gets cold up on the range.

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Then she showed me the lining.

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My son bought this fabric for me from Bali 20 odd years ago and I didn't know what to do with it, so I passed it on to my daughter.  I couldn't think what I would make with it.  It was so bright.

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I Love the result.  Not a shabby result from scrap fabric.