Friday, 16 November 2007

Off to Scotland tomorrow morning for one week

Have a great week everyone wherever you are

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Rachael's Little Happiness Project

Rachael added a donation button on her blog (in the left sidebar) so now you can take part in getting some Christmas gifts for the Russian Orphans even if you don’t want to buy anything from her Etsy store.

You can read more about it in this post.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Welcome to Celine

I made my first amigurumi using the crochet pattern from here. Crocheting her was very fast, but putting together took forever. I had to remake the eyes and nose few times (please don’t point out that she doesn’t really have a nose) to achieve the result I’m at least semi-happy with. But I love the little bow and sticking out tongue. I can just imagine her staring wide-eyed at the world and exploring it, with the tiny tongue sticking out in excitement and concentration. (I have to credit my own little explorer for giving me the idea). But taking time to get to know someone helps to find out their name - so welcome to our home little Celine.

Looks like I’m at least one year behind on what is fashionable in the blog craft circles. I’m very keen to try making some felted beads, but need to figure out the easiest place to buy supplies.

I love the amigurumi creatures created by Pepika and wailintse

Pay it Forward

I was admiring Sand Fibers’ creations on Flickr for awhile now. And on Sunday night I somehow navigated to her blog despite my resolution not to look at any new blogs (that’s what happens when clicking around late at night). Her top post was invite to take part in Pay it Forward. Here are the rules:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a Comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange, and who make the same pledge on their own blogs . I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward.

So now I’m looking forward to getting a handmade gift from a person, whose work I find inspirational. And if you want to take a part, leave a comment.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Are you awake?

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
Mitch Albom Tuesdays with Morrie

Rachael, whose life is full of purpose and love, opened an Etsy* store and 100% of her SALE PROCEEDS in November will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for children in a rural Russian orphanage. So spread the word or better yet buy something!

* You didn’t hear of Etsy? Oh my, lucky you. It’s the online store for all things handmade. I can give you a huge list of things I would love from there.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

This is the maker and the made;
This is the question and reply;
Judith Wright Woman to Man

Today these words popped into my head while I was contemplating the experiences I want Cat to have, the things I want to show and teach her, all the lessons I myself learned from watching her grow and all the changes her presence triggered in me. So I got out the small volume of Judith Wright’s selected poems and re-read Woman to Man, Woman’s Song and Woman to Child. They are such beautiful odes to the pregnancy, the birth and the motherhood. My favourite poets are women, because I feel their words resonate in all my being – my mind, my heart and my soul.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Another Brit

Yesterday my dear husband pledged his allegiance to the queen and finally became a Brit. Now he just needs to get a new shiny British passport and he’ll be able to travel to many more places without having to get a visa.