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How’s this for a feast of colour?

This little critter was making quite a meal of our grape leaves . . . and given that it turned out to be an ornamental grape vine (which was somewhat disappointing – seems we have an ornamental plum as well, so no real fruits for us!) I’m glad that the leaves can be put to good use!

And how fantastic are the markings along its body? Isn’t nature a spectacular thing?

The colours remind me of my Tropical Delight quilt.

Funny, I’d always thought of this quilt as a summery one, but I guess it crosses the seasons . . .

I love this time of year.

Crisp nights.

Glorious days.

A feast of earthy colour.

And the leaves. Oh, the leaves.

The promise of change.

The beauty of now.

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
-Pericles

Makes you think, doesn’t it? What are you weaving into the lives of others?

Last night we made our way to Lake Burley Griffin with about 130,000 other Canberrans for Skyfire 2010 (it’s the 22nd annual event). It’s a fireworks display put on each year by our local radio station. The display itself lasts about 20 minutes and is synchronised to music. We usually take a picnic dinner and try and find ourselves a good vantage point. I think we did pretty well this year – good view, easy to get there, easy to get home, great weather. Good night had by all!

There was a family sitting behind us with small children and they had the best time ever . . . I just loved hearing their absolute joy at the whole thing – the oohs and aahs and wonderment. Oh that we should all remember to just find the pure joy in whatever we do . . .

While sorting through some stuff I came across some treasures I had forgotten about . . .

The little covered box is one that I made about 25 years ago . . . I think it was probably the first “grown up” class I went to. We stitched the little design for the top and then covered an empty spice container in fabric. The top of the box has little rust spots (I think) all over it. Not too sure what to do about that.

And inside are a couple of little porcelain thimbles – one that my son brought back from his trip to the UK about 5 years ago and one that he bought at Floriade about 10 years ago.

Then there’s the little heart shaped box. It’s a paper mache box, painted antique gold with a little french knot heart embroidered at the top. I like doing french knots – once I did a box for my sister-in-law and the top of it was a garden scene all done in them.

The last little treasure is a pin cushion made by my Nan. It’s a cathedral window block, which I’ve never done myself, but would like to try one day. I’m not so sure about the lace around the edge, but it’s all part of the package . . . (definitely from the fabric covered picture frame and tissue box cover era!)

It’s a bit of thrill when you come across something you had forgotten you had tucked away.

What re-discovered treasures have you found in your world?

This is what I see from my bedroom window (here in Australia we’re getting into the cooler weather).

How I love Autumn . . . it’s my favourite season .

Sure spring is great.

And summer and winter each have their own special kind of loveliness.

But Autumn . . . the colours . . . the crisp evenings and glorious days . . . so welcome after a hot summer . . . a gentle reminder that I’ll be needing to get out the flannel pjs soon . . . the season that most reminds me of the passing of time and reminds me to make the most of it.

Which season do you most look forward to?

This is what I see on my way to work!

What do you see when you start the day in your world?

Our cat, Squeaker, seems to have inbuilt tracking for when a quilt is in progress. It doesn’t matter where she is, if a quilt-in-progress comes out, she comes from where ever she’s been . . .

Even when she was tiny, before she progressed to actual quilts, she made a bee-line for quilting magazines!

It has been said that it’s easy to tell which quilts are finished and which still have some work to be done – look for the one with the cat laying on it!

And I’ve tried giving her her own piece of quilty goodness, but no, she wants whatever I’m working on.

There have been times I’ve had to lock her OUT of the room because she’s driven me nuts when I’ve been trying to lay out a quilt or do some piecing, but when it’s all said and done, I don’t think I’d be without my ‘quilt cat’.

What creatures keep you company on your crafty endeavours?

Check this out . . . it brought a smile to my face – you’ve just got to love the ‘Sound of Music’ . . .

It’s worth watching all the way through – check out the smiles on the faces in the crowd . . . don’t you just love the way that an expected moment can unite us in a moment of joy!

Have a great day!

Well, I love drinking tea.

And I love cups and saucers.

I’ve got a bit of a collection now.

Some I’ve acquired for myself.

Some I’ve inherited.

Some are gifts from my family.

And I think they are lovely!

A few years ago, for my birthday, we went to our favourite picnic spot and set up for High Tea. Some guests were shocked that I had brought along my tea cups for the occasion – there were more than a couple of “but they’re too good to bring out here” kind of comments. Well, I think that if they are too good for me and my loved ones to use, then what’s the point of them.

It was fun as each person chose their cup and saucer (some of the big boys preferred big mugs, and that was OK, too) to tell the story of how each cup came to be in my collection –

* the one that my great grandmother used to use every day *

* the one my mum won as a prize in a diving competition when she was a girl *

* the ones bought at a little tiny pottery tucked away on some acreage on one of our trips to the coast *

* the ones that came from my grandmother’s house, complete with paint splatter (she never drank tea in her life, and she repainted her kitchen every year) *

* the one given to me by my children for mother’s day . . . *

I love that my collection is a working one. No, I’m not leaving them tucked away in a cupboard (although they do reside in our lovely old kitchen cabinet) for safekeeping till I’m gone. They are used regularly – and for me, that’s how it should be!

What do you collect in your world?

About Me


Welcome to Sue's World. I'm a wife and a mother to 2 great grown-ups, living in Canberra, Australia.

My craft interests include patchwork, stitching, scrapbooking and photography.

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