19 March 2014

The Book of Questions

Many moons ago I started this project, the Book of Questions, and thought you might like to take a peek at its progress.  I was inspired by the work of Nina Bagley, and had lots of cabinet cards tucked away from years of collecting.  It always saddens me to think these beautiful photographs are no longer with their families, but I do adore them and even if I don't know the names and the stories behind them I will recreate something!



The idea was to find a question to fit each photo, and that has definitely been the fun part, because I love words so much!  On the backs (where the question goes) I've applied scrapbooking paper, and with my trusty calligraphy pen and my rusty calligraphy skills, I've started writing out the questions.





There was a possible alternative here : Can melancholia be a symptom of tight corsets?!  The next cabinet card is from Paisley, Scotland so could very well be an ancestor of mine.  He's dashing enough, might claim him anyway!!


A couple more, just in case you're still with me on this!!  I've put the question on the photo, but it will be done like the others above, handwritten with pen and ink on the opposite side to the photo.




I have twenty of these gorgeous cabinet cards, so you can imagine how thick The Book of Questions will be by the time it's all done.  Binding is going to be a bit tricky, but I have this idea in mind, once I've got over punching the eyelets!



What project are you enjoying most right now?
Trudy


10 March 2014

Zelda and Iris

We have been a family with a big puppy hole in our hearts for a long time and it was agreed that it was time to have another pooch in the house.  There were lots of chats about breeds, because we couldn't imagine another white Labrador, we couldn't simply replace our adorable old girl.  We talked about German Shepherds.  We talked about one Labrador, one German Shepherd and suddenly it was not one dog but two!  And then we thought it might be easier to have two Labradors, and maybe we could have a white and a black?  And then the litter was born and the girls were all black, so two black girls it is!!


There was many a long list made with names on it.  There were polls, there was voting until it was finally decided that the pups would be called Zelda and Iris.  We have a quirky little tradition in our home that our pups are given the names of authors. Aggie was Agatha Christie, Banjo was Banjo Patterson and soon we will have Zelda (Fitzgerald) and Iris (Murdoch).  And I say soon because we don't have the puppies yet, but the Countdown Has Begun!!

We had to make the very big trek across the state of Victoria to go back to where Aggie came from.  We know this breeder and love her dogs, and we had some choosing to do.  We had a stopover in Lexton, at the Pyrennes Family Hotel.


Lexton is a place with a tiny population now, but where my grandfather's grandfather was born, so we had a bit of a look around the place trying to imagine what it would have been like.  I love rustic, falling down places.  I love to make up stories and imagine the people who may have lived there.  Maybe when my great great grandfather was just a boy he walked by this house?  Played with the kids who lived there?  Stole apples from their trees?


Anyway, back to the puppies.  So there we were, puppies all around us and a choice had to be made!!  Can you imagine ... I wanted to bring them all home!!  The girls chose one each.  They realised this was a very important decision resting on their young shoulders, a decision not to be made lightly;  much care had to be taken and many cuddles had to be had.  I'm swooning just thinking about those gorgeous little balls of black loveliness.  [Please remind me of that feeling when they've destroyed another tree/shrub/rubber hose and when they're chewing on the house/the furniture/my toes].


Without further ado, this is Zelda ...


And this is Iris ...


And they'll be home with us soon ... but not quite soon enough!  Aren't they adorable!!
Prepare yourself for a slight onslaught of puppy photos over the next few months.

Have a happy day.
Trudy


29 January 2014

She


She hadn't been making anything of the crafty type for such a long time but had mastered the art of cotton-reel balancing and felt that was a small achievement worthy of sharing.


23 January 2014

Postcards from Sydney




We've been Sydneysiders for a week!  It was to be a relaxing break away from the routine, but turned into a mad frenzy of seeing and doing all that Sydney has to offer.  We walked the coastal route from Bronte (above) to the world-famous Bondi Beach (below).


We saw a magic show at the Opera House (my youngest is a magician-in-the-making).



There was the *first to spot the Bridge* game whenever we were on a train, bus or ferry.


The Sydney Festival was on so we had the opportunity of going to a couple of shows, we went to the movies, markets and galleries.  It was a buzz of excitement and a fabulous way to end the school holidays.







It is always so inspiring to travel, to soak up new surroundings, to go to galleries and marvel at the artworks, to sample different food and then it's fabulous to flop in the pool at the end of each long, tiring but enjoyable day.


Now it's all systems *go* to prepare two girls for their school year ahead.

Enjoy your day.
Trudy

22 January 2014

Heralding in the New Year


Is it too late to herald in the new year?  I know we're into the third week of the year, but I feel like my feet haven't hit the ground since the clock ticked over into the new year!

2013 has been contemplated, mulled over, written about, and packaged up ready for this exciting new year to begin.  I do love the very beginning of a new year.  So much potential.  Potential for doing things differently.  To learn from the mistakes of the year that has finished, and to rejoice in the things we may have got right, making sure there is room for more of the same.



I feel like I've jumped in boots and all into this new year.  I have so many exciting plans, small, but exciting!!  Plans to connect with friends through creative projects, plans for puppies to join our family, plans for de-cluttering on a major scale (inspired by a blogger who gave away one item a day for 365 days!), plans for a visit to a yoga retreat with a buddy, plans to finish lots of projects, plans to renovate a room, plans, plans, plans ...

What about you?  Do you have exciting plans for the year ahead?  Are you already on your way with them?  And I know I'm a bit late with this but I wish you a fabulous 2014!!

Trudy

Photos :  Stained Glass Windows from our local Hall.


28 December 2013

Happily Pinterest-ing Along


Have I mentioned to you before how much I love Pinterest?  How I love collecting amazing and beautiful images?  Yes I have.  I know this, but sometimes things just have to be said over again.  I don't have oodles and oodles of images, but the ones I do have I just adore and I can lose myself in!!  Thought I might share a few recent favourites with you.


I'd like to invite you over.  No need to give you an exact address.  We're the last house down the unmade road, over the slight rise and then beyond the old shed with the fallen in roof.  Park at the gate and walk up to the side door.  Excuse the squeak (must get that seen to).  Sorry there's no path, but the weather hasn't been too bad lately so there shouldn't be much mud about.  You could bring your gumboots, if you like.  No harm in throwing them in the back.


Do come inside.  Oh, you've brought homemade jam?  How gorgeous of you!  Raspberry, my favourite.  Do sit down, you must be a bit weary.  Hopefully the cushions make that hard little seat a bit more comfortable.  Sugar in your tea?


Which cup?  Do you have a preference?  I rather like these little mustard flowery ones, but do choose.  I think it's rather important to have just the right cup, don't you?  Now, you said yes to sugar?


If you don't feel like the long drive home I've set up the spare room for you, just in case.  It has a lovely outlook.  I'll just grab that basket of wool out of your way.  You'd like to do some granny squares?  Yes, that's fine, brilliant in fact.  I'll put the jug on again and we can settle into some happy playing with wool.


Thanks for visiting!  Come any time.  I'm always here!!
Trudy

photo sources :
ana-rosa.tumblr.com
danglingconversations.tumblr.com
firstyouhavetorowalittleboat.tumblr.com



23 December 2013

Vietnam

There has been a little jaunt to Vietnam in recent times.  A family wedding.  A fun holiday.  Adventures were had in this beautiful country filled with different sights and sounds and smells.  We took it all in and had a fabulous time.







Wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with family, festivities and a little quiet time too.
Trudy