Here in Queensland Australia so many people are struggling with mud and water from the floods..... personally we could not go into town for one day - a very minor thing and it was a bit exciting for us. Hubz work has had some damage but it is only 45 minutes away and that little town is struggling with having drinking water ONLY - in spite of the water everywhere! We have friends further North who were evacuated and are presently 'cleaning up' - yucky, thick, slimey, smelly mud......And there are heat waves and drought affecting other parts of Australia, the big freeze in Europe and America, strange storms and other hardships.... many of them personal .....
In spite of all this I find crafters get on and craft ....... it is a great release for all of us..... bloggers blog and find our friends help walk us through difficulties, cry when we cry and laugh when we laugh......
Today I took down our decorations - to me they help celebrate the birth of Christ and bring families together, celebrate the end of one year and the start of another...... taking them down is a step to an orderly year.......
~ I try to be orderly - every first week of January! ~
I haven't done much blog reading and writing - enjoying the family and also having a slow computer for a short while....
I want to tell you about a new BOM by Jenny of Elephantz called Give Thanks.... it is really lovely (as all Jenny's patterns are so I will be doing this one and I already have someone in mind to make it for.
You can go HERE to read more about it.
In the meantime my hands have not been idle...... and DIL has helped with the blocks for her baby quilt....
BEWARE - LOTS OF PICTURES...
~ every barn has a cat ~
~ this little piggie went to market ~
~ DIL did her first applique stitching on this one ~
(DES likes his Holden ute)
~ the geese are flying overhead ~
~ the horses trot past the house ~
~ can never be only ONE cat ~
~ the geese are honking ~
~ washing needs to be done ~
(another by DIL - she is a BONDS underwear fan)
hasn't DIL done fantastic work
(it's really not fair - took me months to get to this consistency!!!)
~ all the blocks on the table ~
~ starting to put them together ~
~ a personalised post-box ~
~ there's chooks in the yard and cows in the field ~
~ very Australian fencing round the farm ~
~ the blocks are sewn and the layers are pinned together ~
~ so now I have to clear some space and start quilting ~
DES and DIL have gone off to the coast for a couple of days so I can spread out and quilt
~ I am always a bit frightened at this stage of a quilt ~
~ maybe a glass of wine will relax me ~
~ I might need two ~