Friday, June 30, 2006

An overdue Craft Post

I made the Mini Moopy about a week ago and have been meaning to post about it. He's going to live with our new nephew, Zachariah, in Canada. Along with this little stick family of well wishers...

Gold Coast

D and I have been on the Gold Coast for a short holiday. We relaxed, ate great food, had some great wine, slept in, lounged around... and went on the new ride at Movie World.

I hate rides, I don't get excited about them, I just feel morbid dread. D on the other hand is a sucker for them, he loves them, would like to travel the world based on where the biggest roller coasters are... in this we are totally opposite. Whenever we go somewhere that has rides I try and go on at least one scary one (that way I can't be accused of being a total scaredy cat). So this trip I went on the new Superman Escape rollercoaster that goes something like 0 to 100kms in two seconds or there abouts... I also went on the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster which I enjoyed a little more, it was really dark and difficult to see where the coaster was going - a bonus for me!

The Superman Escape:

The view from our balcony:

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Well, here it is finally, my list of 101 things to do or try in 1001 days - as inspired by Claudia .

1. In the spirit of Claudia’s list: Give away 50 things that I own to people who will appreciate them more than I do.
2. Read more novels – at the very least one a month.
3. Drink two litres of water a day.
4. Build on the family room and spare room.
5. Learn to do leadlighting.
6. Make a full sized quilt.
7. Sort through my wardrobe and get rid of things that don’t fit or I don’t wear.
8. Put together our wedding album and get it published or at bound professionally.
9. Attend a WEA course.
10. Make a pair of boots, ankle boots, summer thongs and going out shoes.
11. Make David a pair of shoes.
12. Engage in more swaps and blogging contributions.
13. Learn to massage (through a course).
14. Throw a dinner party for different friends every couple of months.
15. Start up the fortnightly knitting session we used to do.
16. Spend some time writing. Start small.
17. Tile the toilet and laundry.
18. When I’m feeling lazy – get off my butt and go for a walk or make something.
19. Make some of my own clothes.
20. Cook a new dish every week.
21. Paint the kitchen.
22. Make gifts for people rather than buying them. Try for a purchase free (other than craft supplies!) Christmas 2006 or 2007.
23. Tackle the Bathroom.
24. Landscape the backyard.
25. Make a tailored jacket.
26. Start a drawing journal.
27. Speak to a friend on the phone – just to catch up – once a week.
28. Get the bikes fixed and go for rides around the port.
29. Be more thankful for my wonderful husband.
30. Go out for coffee more often with friends.
31. Travel overseas with David. Visit friends in England and the States.
32. Restore copper birds from Nan’s friend.
33. Learn how to play Xbox with David.
34. Attend a wine appreciation course.
35. Frame my tapestries for the bedroom with Dad.
36. Make more use of the workshop.
37. Remove clutter from cupboards – be ruthless – get rid of things I don’t like.
38. Work with Mum and Lyss on some children’s books.
39. Listen to a couple of my old cds every week.
40. Buy an art book every month or so.
41. Investigate starting a hand made market. Encourage friends to participate.
42. Go for a walk everyday for 30 minutes.
43. Paint the feature wall in the bedroom.
44. Add to our family of two.
45. Try to worry less about my arthritis and get on with things.
46. Stop hoarding things – if I can use them – do it!
47. Eat less take out.
48. Worry less about money.
49. Forgive people and don’t hold any grudges.
50. Have a massage once a month.
51. Learn how to use Illustrator.
52. Start another tapestry – maybe another peacock skirt.
53. Write more letters to friends far away.
54. Sort through the craft room and organise – this could take awhile.
55. Spend more time with family.
56. Organise my photographs.
57. Think positively about people and try not to get bogged down by other people’s negativity.
58. Go kite flying with David.
59. Set up a screen printing frame.
60. Balance work and home time – help David to do this as well.
61. Paint three large canvasses for the house.
62. Have my hair cut and learn to do it like a hair stylist.
63. Make curtains for the craft room.
64. Go out for breakfast with friends.
65. Go to bed at a reasonable time on weeknights.
66. Limit myself to one magazine a week.
67. Knit a jumper.
68. Go for walks on the beach.
69. Make some items and give away to a charity.
70. Learn to appreciate everything I have.
71. Be true to myself – do things because I want to, not because I feel I have to.
72. Reach my goal weight of 65 kilos.
73. Laugh as much as I can.
74. Hire a uni or tafe student to clean the house fortnightly.
75. Burn more candles.
76. Collaborate online regularly.
77. Visit the zoo.
78. Make something new each week.
79. Organise my magazines.
80. Do more baking.
81. Pull out all the plants I don’t like in the front yard – save the ones I can for new homes and replace with ones I do like.
82. Learn how to use Flash.
83. Spend more time with my grandparents.
84. Write some poetry.
85. Get a new wardrobe for the bedroom.
86. Make lavender satches with lavender from front yard.
87. Eat more healthy foods. Cut meat out of one or two days every week.
88. Encourage David with his ideas.
89. Try to finish projects before starting new ones.
90. Spend more time on my appearance.
91. Have more flowers in the house.
92. Play more board games.
93. Get contact lenses.
94. Learn about the intricacies of my blog ie. How to put an image in my header!
95. Find a design I really like or draw one to get as a tattoo.
96. Make curtains for the craft room.
97. Paint the mantelpiece in the lounge.
98. Go to as many Fringe and Festival events as possible.
99. Be creative as much as possible.
100. Re-do the Spinning Pretty Website
101. Sand and stain kitchen floorboards.

Phew, am I going to be busy!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Swap Bot

I discovered the Swap Bot site last week. I've signed up for five already... I'm not sure if that's entirely wise!! However, they range from cds, to postcards to days in the life of... and I've already started thinking about most of them, as much as I can before I know who my swap partners are anyway.

The weekend just been was a long weekend for the Queen's Birthday and I have to admit my long weekend was fairly craft free... I've got a few things going on that I'll post about when they're a bit further along.

I've also been writing a list of things I want to do over the next 1001 days - an idea I first saw on Claudia's blog. I want to finish it tonight, but I have to do some work on some websites first.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Nectar Square

I've just finished a square for the Nectar exhibition. I joined this quite late and haven't had time to make a few like I would have liked, but nevermind.

On the weekend D and I made a trip to Ikea for some new shelves for the craft room. As you can see its all in a huge mess still, but hopefully it will mean that I can get more organised in there!