Tuesday, August 27, 2013


we're fresh faced from a trip around the globe
seriously .... kinda didn't mention it did i?
so been away for a month
did manage one post
t'was stashed in draft
so you maybe didn't realise i was mia?
we caught up with all my family in pennsylvania
only the 2nd time we've all been in the one place at the same time
all 12 of us - 3 generations
had a treat & stayed at a 'lake house' in the poconos
was little slice of summer in the woods
moustache a good time
camp fires and 'smores

then onto those green green hills
give me a pint of gat and a bottle of bulmers
seems us saxon-ish aussies are a whole lot more irish than i'd ever realised
donkey's years
like hens teeth
in the boot
wear a jumper for the fierce weather hey!
there's bug goin' round
doin' the washing
so yeah twas a great time we had beyont
do you get all that? and all?
aye its a fine day for young ducks
many hands make light work
castles were built a stone at a time
you are what you think
a watched kettle never boils
there's no fool like an old fool
making a start is one third of the work

"Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, 
just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul." 
Oscar Wilde
then onto the land of lion-heart
from the northern lakes to stone circles
london town & derwent pencils
big ben & lily whites
national railways museum
the thatch of the cotswolds
castles lanes valleys and fields
ancient baths and stories untold

 in case that was all goggly-goosh?
we were 4 weeks away ...
flew east across the pacific & away
to the usa, ireland & england
these images are all of a little 'travel quilt' i'm making for Oscar
it did travel with us as something to keep my hands busy
whipped up some border piecing the night before departure
backed pinned & bound 
took in hand perle thread & needle
fyi safety pins are just fine going through 'security' 
in some of the largest airports of our world!
moisturiser however in quantities greater than 100ml is not
not as much chunky stitching was done as intended
but the woven fabric badges
of the countries to where young Oscar (the lucky boy!)
has traveled in all his 5 years
well ..... they were collected!
the intention here is that on the back of the quilt
over time these badges will be sewn & most likely added to
he's a trouper of a traveler ....& got right into it
if i had to share just one travel hint for 
taking a 5 year old on such an adventure ...
i'd say pack a scooter 
..... didn't hear him say even once: i'm tired!

i hereby promise that there will be some
crafty historic or interesting stories to tell
with some real life 'pics' sometime soon
how do you choose from 1067 photos?
i'll work on that .... 
& another 'new studio' sum up post of on the now finished space
will come someday soon too

world map panel & coordinating fabrics are
love it
 May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Karen said...

I never realised so much of our local vernacular was Irish either, and I know I have Irish roots.
I love that prayer - so lovely.
Glad you had fun, but gladder you're home :-)

Cath said...

That prayer made me cry...my dear old Nan's fave....wow the travel memories Oscar has in just 5 years...lucky boy...and a quilt to boot!