Spoons and their allocation

30 12 2009

A friend of mine (hi Steph!) has a debilitating medical condition, which means that many days she doesn’t function very well or at all. In her blog she’s talked often about what sort of ‘spoons’ day that day is for her — sometimes the spoons reference is to how she feels at the beginning of the day; other times it refers to how many spoons she had by the end of the day. I sort of got the gist of the ‘spoons’ reference, but until she put up a link on her blog the other day, I didn’t really understand it. Now I do. Thanks Steph.

The article she linked to was http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/navigation/BYDLS-TheSpoonTheory.pdf from the ‘But you don’t look sick’ website: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/the_spoon_theory/.

Compelling novel

29 12 2009

I just finished reading We need to talk about Kevin, by Lionel Shriver. In a word, “Wow!”¬† Words can’t describe what a powerful book this is.

If you haven’t already read it, get yourself to your local public library or bookstore and do so.

I believe it’s being made into a movie. Unless done sensitively, the movie might just fit into the ‘watcher’ role that Kevin eloquently says gives ‘the public the excitement and scandal that they secretly crave’.

Christmas gift blocks

28 12 2009

My friend Bobbie gave me some of her sample quilt blocks made when she was doing workshops and had an online store for her patterns. They were all in colours that I love and that she doesn’t! Bobbie’s very much a autumnal, country girl when it comes to colours, whereas I like brights (ya think?!). So as part of her Christmas gift to me, she passed along the blocks. I’ve now made them into plate mats and coasters, and they’re now for sale from my Etsy store (Bobbie will get half the proceeds!). I also added a few things I made a week or two ago in a fabulous chilli print fabric — oven mitts and bookmarks made from the remaining fabric I used for the oven mitts.

Here’s a screen shot of the latest additions — the seven quilt blocks of Bobbie’s are at the top:

Aussie country sticker

27 12 2009

Spotted on a vehicle in our little country town the other day:

I’m not tailgating; I’m drafting!


Sewing machine needle sizes

26 12 2009

I can never remember which sewing machine needle size I need for which task. So I decided to find out and publish it here so that I always have it!

I found this nugget of information amongst lots of information about sewing machine needles and how they work  here: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3751/machine-needle-know-how

Here’s what Lydia Morgan, the author of the article, has to say:

When selecting a needle for regular sewing, start with needle size. European needles range in size from 60 to 120, which refers to the diameter taken on the shaft right above the eye. American needles are sized from 8 to 19 in an arbitrary numbering system, and paired with corresponding European sizes: for example, 60/8 or 70/10; the larger the number, the larger the needle.

Determine needle size by fabric weight. Choose a size 60/8 needle for lightweight fabrics similar to georgette or organdy; a 70/10 or 80/12 needle for medium-weight jersey, Lycra, linen, or calf leather; a 90/14 and 100/16 for heavy fabrics like jeans, vinyl, upholstery or canvas; and 110/18 or 120/19 for very heavy fabrics. After choosing needle size, match the needle point to your fabric. The needle type and name is usually determined by the characteristics of the needle’s point.

Now it makes sense! Especially that 90/14 stuff.

See also:

(from Threads Magazine; click to go to article)

Etsy Treasury #12

23 12 2009

This time, the Treasury focus is on our red hot Western Australian Christmas, and some of the many West Australians on Etsy. My Solid Rock in Springtime fabric art piece is featured:

Summery breakfast

23 12 2009

There’s just something about summer. Stone fruit, cherries, mangoes, sweet juicy tomatoes — and avocados. One of my favourite breakfasts is wholewheat toast, topped with a layer of feta cheese (Danish style), sliced tomatoes and avocado, and a good few turns of freshly ground black pepper. Yum.

What’s that pulling Santa’s sleigh?

22 12 2009

Regular followers of this blog will know that I’ve been in reasonably regular contact with an entomologist (Martyn) at the Australian Museum in Sydney — I’ve been sending him specimens of a native cockroach that lives around here (see the links below the photo for why).

Well, he sent me a Christmas greeting today, accompanied by this picture (attributable to Ali Edwards, Senior Rights Adviser, Right Management from the ABC). I’ve heard of ‘Six white boomers’ pulling Santa’s sleigh, but not seven cockroaches!

BTW, in his Christmas greeting, Martyn said:

Your cockroach is currently getting very large eating raw mushroom. No sign of eggs yet but fingers crossed.

See also:

[Links last checked December 2009]

Gossamer wings

21 12 2009

This big guy was hanging on to the flywire outside our dining room window yesterday:

More items added to Etsy store

15 12 2009

I found some GORGEOUS fabrics at The Apple Patch in Donnybrook the other day, and just had to make some of them up into goodies for my Etsy store.

The William Morris fabric was a single fat quarter and it all got used in a journal cover — there’s only a tiny bit left, so I might make a bookmark or luggage tag out of it. I also purchased half a metre of the Australiana fabric, which made 4 journal covers, 4 bookmarks and 4 luggage tags with just a scrap left over. And I already had some of the blue Aboriginal-style fabric, so as I was on a roll, I made a couple of journal covers and a luggage tag with it.

Here are the latest goodies: