Thursday, October 30, 2008

Scatterday Challenge for October - "Broken" Mosaic

Scatterday Challenge for October - "Broken" #4

So we popped the retro Crock Pot out on the footpath for collection - and in the morning it was gone!

But by the afternoon it was back! - minus its power cord. Chopped off, cleanly, it was. Well and truly broken.

I gather this is quite a common happening. Can anyone tell me just why it's become so popular for people to cut off the power cords of defunct household appliances?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Scatterday Challenge for October - "Broken" #3

It looks perfect, but what's a Crock Pot (1980s original, yeah baby!) without a lid? Broken!

We bought a newer version and popped this one out on the grassy verge ready to be collected in the quarterly Council clean-up. That's life.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kaffe Fassett Quilt finished

After more than a year of quietly plodding away at this quilt (wearing sunglasses, of course) as I tackled more challenging quilts in the meantime, I finally finished Kaffe Fassett's Ohio Star quilt (featured on the cover of his gorgeous "Kaleidoscope of Quilts") in time for my dear MIL's 81st birthday. Fortunately she didn't know it was in the pipeline., and was absolutely taken by surprise when I gave it to her on her birthday this year.

Although the fabrics I used in this lively quilt were very much out of my comfort zone, I loved the process of creating a quilt for my DMIL's 80th birthday - just a year late!

She is such a generous and flamboyant personality, and so her special quilt dictated that Kaffe Fassett fabrics must be used. A visit to Liberty in Regent Street in London in 2005 provided many of the fabrics, chosen personally for me on that morning by Kaffe Fassett himself.

A dear friend had given me a scrap bag of fabrics inherited from her mother from the '60s, and these gave me the necessary fillers to finish off this vibrant quilt.

Do you ever make a quilt that you start out feeling quite cool about - and then grow to love the result?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Am I too easily amused?

I love to create gorgeous photo mosaics from images like these....

And these... from a delightful day out with my extended family at Eden Gardens.

And when it comes to a blog label for a post like this, "Little things that make me smile" seems the most appropriate.
But just look at how many "little things" have made me smile since I've been keeping this blog - 66!!!!
Am I just easily amused? Should I dispose of this particular label which seems to be a cover-all for things that happen in my life? Any thoughts?


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Scatterday Challenge October - "Broken" #2

This post could also be labelled "Life's Little Mysteries" because I found this broken and battered purse yesterday when I was cleaning away some of the creeping weeds on our front stone fence. Pulling the greenery away on the street frontage revealed a small crevice where a bag-snatching thief has obviously secreted this purse after removing almost everything from it - except for a 5 cent piece!

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Scatterday Challenge for October - "Broken" #1

The tall, mature trees in our garden are a mixed blessing. Along with their generous shady canopy comes the inevitable steady dropping of old dead branches. Here's the jagged end of one of them.