Monday, May 23, 2011
today i'm loving and interested in
These Autumn days that are fastly fading.
I have been searching for an Australian vintage tray for my breakfast. There are so many french imitation ones around. The do look lovely but these finches really made my heart sing. I love our native birds. Their cheekiness, their prehistoric cries, their amazing ability of surviving in harsh remote environments and their beautiful songs.
A sweet floral crystal glass bowl . Just right for a salad or fruit compote. And some divine indian linen napkins that one can embroider your initials in deep red thread.
I am sad that a most beautiful shop is closing down in my neighbourhood. It has the fabrics stock that one dreams about and is full of such creative possibilities. When I heard the rent that is asked in this district I was quite shocked. At least $3000 a week! I have been popping in and out and thinking and planning what I could start off as a sewing project. Being such a novice I always left in awe and empty handed. Soon they will no longer be, so enthused by the 25-50% sale I am plotting my way. I just started now with some sample fabric cut offs and am currently ploughing through the very few sewing books I have to create "my stash". Not anything to adventurous but would love to start off with a simple bag for my little man to collect his sticks and stones, an apron for me and maybe even a tote bag and a matching belt.
I also lashed out on some felt pieces and also very cute little balls of felt. Thinking of making a garland to decorate Che's room. Any ideas anyone how to hang this together?
Oh yeh, and some travel cups for our trip to work in Broken Hill. This is now in writing. No backing out now.
Lastly this afternoon whilst sipping my cup of warm 'AKTA -VITE" (it says on the tin for nursing mothers and that is still me), I was listening to Counter Point on Radio National. It was an interview with David Engwicht, from Creative Communities. It caught my attention in how he admitted after years working in community consultations, it doesn't work. Thousands of dollars are spent and it often ends up with community forums where there is complete externalisation of the blame and no individuals of the community are taking any responsibility. The perception that we pay our taxes, we elect local councils and government and they should fix it. Often the consultation never gets to the root of the problem. He gave an example where a community in NZ were going to have to spend $50 000 to put in speed humps in residential areas to curb traffic flow. But when really asked what was the main concern of residents it was that there were a few young lads who do burnouts in their cars at night. He asked had anyone asked them to stop. Of course not. He approached them and realised this was not a design issue it was a social problem. What the boys wanted was a place to indulge in their cars and have a right all time. They were bored and a bit disenfranchised. There was an abandned air strip that was made available. The boys happily moved on. Wow. Can it always be this simple? I am really interested in this stuff.
This is probably my longest post ever.
Hope all are having a good week.
PS. Thank you for reading my ramblings and especially new followers. How very blessed am I?