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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Tale of Two Tablecloths! 

DD1 decided that she would like to use the tablecloth that her late paternal grandmother had made for her, at her wedding.
One problem arose...it needed ironing and DD1 doesn't own an iron. 😳. So you can guess who did the ironing that was needed can't you?

And I had offered DD1 the tablecloth that this same wonderful lady had made me for my 40th birthday, to use as well. At the wedding the first cloth was used on the gift table and mine was used on the buffet table.
I was going to take a photo of my cloth but I had found an old photo taken of that cloth, not long after I received it. It was such a special and wonderful gift.

And here are some photos of DD1's cloth...

My mother in law had been crocheting since she was 6 years old but it was only when my much younger brother in law left home in the 1980s that Elsie started crocheting tablecloth edgings in fairly fine cotton...intricate patterns from books that had belonged to her mother. Up until then she had worked in mainly wool and thicker cotton to make garments and rugs. Each of her 3 daughters in law received a largish tablecloth with a magnificent deep edging. Elsie had 10 grandchildren but only 2 granddaughters so my 2 girls were each given a cloth in their teens.
I found a photo of my mother in law working on an edging.

And here's a photograph showing another cloth that Elsie made for me as an engagement gift, way back in 1970. The edging she had made many years before that and put it aside. When I came on the scene, she embroidered a cloth and sewed her edging on...I've always treasured it!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Wedding...

It's nearly 2 weeks since DD1 got married, so regular readers might wonder whether there will ever be a post with some photos. Well the wait is over...
The wedding was in the lovely garden of my BiL and SiL...family helped set up on the Friday afternoon and the Saturday morning.

The time passed quickly with makeup and hair being done.

We had the bride all ready for the 2.30 ceremony...

A photo with little sister...

DD2 and I walked the bride to her waiting groom...


The celebrant was DH's cousin and DD1's godmother...


After the ceremony DsD2 was in charge of organising everyone for the photos that her sister wanted.

The group photo was done first...

As soon as I wasn't needed for any more photos, I headed inside to oversee the food. My friend who runs a cafe catered the event and the finger food was Italian themed as requested by the bride.

My sister in law is Italian as well and is famous in our family for her cannoli. And she made lots for us! And almond bread.

This was only part of the huge batch; there were enough inside for most guests to take a few each home...and they did!
My friend made the cake...very simply decorated at the request of the bride and it was checkerboard mudcake.

And somehow I got the job of cutting up the cake...

DH's favourite photo of the day was this...two little cousins! 
Today DH and I picked up the newly weds from the airport after their honeymoon in Victoria. They have had a wonderful time and were able to visit DD1's dad who hasn't been well but is hopefully on the mend.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wool on Sunday

So what yarn related projects have I been up to this last month? 

Last month I posted photos of a WIP which was using up some expensive yarn that had just been taking up space for a number of years. Being a simple garter stitch and depending on the glitzy yarn to give the throw some pizzazz, I had predicted that the throw would be finished by the October Wool on Sunday, and it was.

I knitted the throw sideways and after every 5 balls of the Farfalle yarn, I knitted 6 rows using black Patons Loopy which is another discontinued yarn that I miss as its texture is lovely. I had 5 balls in the stash.
As the year rushes onward towards Christmas, thoughts turn to the thousands of mini stockings that K4BN members make and fill with lollies, as small gifts for the needy. On and off I've knitted a few but will soon start sewing some from Christmas fabrics as they are much quicker to make...


Looks like a few more mini stockings will be needed this year 😉


And of course there has been more joining squares for K4BN this last month, but I need to find more time to make blankets as the demand is still there despite the weather warming up.
Lovely donors have given me many bags of squares...

Two blankets made with donated squares are almost finished...

Looks like I need to really pull out all stops to turn those bags of squares into blankets!

And I've continued to work on the pinks, greys, white throw for my former colleague.

As usual I'm linking with Janine over at The Rainbow Hare blog for Wool on Sunday, here.https://rainbowhare.com/category/wool-on-sundays/

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Round Up...

My goodness! September ends tomorrow and I really don't know where the month has gone...it's passed in a flash! 

Spring starts in Australia on September 1 and I always like to pick a posy of flowers from the garden...nasturtiums and geraniums this time.


There have been the usual monthly K4BN Knit and Natters of course. Early in the month at the Paddington K&N in a local cafe, we were visited by a magpie which 'hoovered' up the crumbs on the fake grass...


We've had birthdays to celebrate...

Eduardo the family cat turned 16 on Sept 16; he celebrated by having a leisurely day and a spoonful of light cream in the afternoon. 


On the same day, DH and I went to the 70th Birthday of a friend. Surprisingly it didn't seem 10 years since we celebrated her 60th! 😳 This was a surprise party and her quite devious husband managed to get her to the venue without arousing too many suspicions. There was a further surprise when my friend's daughter who lives interstate, went up to her mother, 'Surprise mum!!' 


My 2 girls have September birthdays and a Sunday night when everyone was free, was chosen for a family dinner...


I previously wrote a post about my potted tomato plant that was covered in fruit...but I wondered whether the wildlife would cause havoc and leave us with few tomatoes to enjoy. Well I'm thrilled to announce that this one plant has so far yielded 48 tomatoes this month, plus 2 that were eaten by possibly Mrs Possum.

The first of the crop which I cut open expecting to see fruit fly...but nope, it was perfect.


As well as the Heirloom variety tomatoes, the cherry tomatoes have been producing well too.


There's a bit of flashback in the next photo, but it's one of the tomatoes that got eaten by wildlife. Both tomatoes were eaten half at a time.

 

This September DH and I went to two performances at Harvest Rain, a local theatre group...both were appalling and I guess I won't get that 4 hours back again!!! Lol


Once again we spent time with the 'grandies'...


A bit of secret knitting for a surprise for a former colleague who is battling mental health issues for the last few months...just a back view...


And I managed to get some cotton yarn at Spotlight's 40% off sale. I plan to make some baby blankets for some summer babies arriving early next year.


The family has been organising an event which my friend will be catering for. I've spent a bit of time at my friend's cafe over recent weeks while we fine tune the menu of finger foods...and lots of coffee and taste testing too of course! Lol


And tomorrow is that catered affair when DD1 marries her lovely Cameron. The dressmaker delivered the dress here and it's hanging on the curtain rod in the little front bedroom I call my sewing cave. Ulla, the dressmaker wrapped it in one of my sheets...


I thought I'd better mention the sheet, otherwise you might think it's a rather shapeless outfit! Lol

The wedding is a real family affair too. As a second marriage it's quite low key and small scale...phew! DH's cousin is the celebrant ( and also my daughter's godmother), the venue is my BiL and SiL's lovely garden, the caterer and cake maker is a friend whose parents were my parents' friends, DH's daughters have all been given a role in the wedding...and so it goes on. 

So that's my September 2017! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An old USB...

I have a smallish tin, in which I've stored USB sticks so they are all in the one place. The other day I decided to look through this tin. Some of these memory sticks have been with me for years!

And there in the tin was the very first USB I ever owned. I remember it had very little memory compared to ones I bought in recent years...

I inserted it into the PC and, amongst a number of files, I found some photos of my Year 2 classroom from 2007. Ah...what memories! I have edited some of the photos using the 'Dispersion tool' in Picsart...so the students' faces are disguised somewhat.
One of the units of work in SOSE ( Studies of Society and Environment which was to be discontinued and replaced by the separate disciplines of History and Geography, when the National Curriculum was introduced) the class studied, was Food Production. So we had a classroom 'supermarket'.

I called our supermarket Colworths, which is a combination of Woolworths and Coles, the major supermarkets.

Even in a classroom supermarket, there can be long queues at the Checkout at times ! 😉

But some people are so cheerful and don't mind waiting in the queue...

But you might have to pack your own groceries!

Finally at the checkout....

I love this next photo! Note the second cash register which one of the students made out of boxes. I have this vague memory of it being made at home and proudly brought along to our supermarket.

These two shoppers start to 'sample' their shopping! 😆

Now also in this Unit, our classroom also featured a 'farm'!

Another favourite photo...the little bantam is actually some polystyrene balls covered with glued on feathers. I didn't make it but found it in a homewares store. I fell in love with this little rooster a few years before, and lol and behold, as an early years teacher, it came in handy to set up these learning areas in my classroom.

A paper farmyard made in art lessons....

When I retired in 2011, I handed on all these resources that I'd purchased, to other teachers, rather than bring them home. I had no real space to store such items while I waited for grandchildren.
I don't miss teaching but it was lovely to look back at these photos...