Taking Stock: September ’17

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I may be a crafty type and an arts lover but gee, I’m also a big footy fan and today is the AFL Grand Final! As a Hawks supporter I’ve been lucky enough to see plenty of premierships, but today it’s the rest of the family going through Grand Final anxiety! Thirty seven years since the Tigers last premiership – my man was there as a 14 year old! – and the first time my boy and girl have seen their team in a Grand Final! They’ve headed down to the Tigers’ home ground to watch on the live screen with thousands of other Tiges supporters. With the house to myself, and before the match hits the screen here, I’ll do a quick ‘Taking Stock’. Thanks Pip for the inspiration!

Watching: lots of footy preview shows!

Reading: Ache by Eliza Henry Jones and footy analyses

Cooking: pasta for dinner, I think

Eating: cheesymite scroll – because it’s yellow and black

Making: an arc-y weaving

Hearing: the washing machine beeping at the end of its cycle

Getting: over a cold

Feeling: butterflies in my tummy

Hoping: for a Tigers win, of course!

Looking: at my pile of ironing

Smelling: the lingering aroma of cheese toasties

Needing: to proof read my boy’s history research project

Wishing: that we weren’t switching to daylight savings this weekend. It’s too early for me!

Noticing: how nice and tidy my garden looks since the huge clean up I gave it yesterday

Enjoying: watching the little charges I work with developing their skills and imaginations

Thinking: it would be nice to have a holiday

Needing: a drink – tea or water will suffice. Feeling a little parched

Wearing: nothing with red or blue! Don’t want to appear to be in any supporting the Crows!

And that’s September! Hope yours has been a good one! GO TIGES!!!

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Hello weaving!

Hey gang! How are you? I have been well. Yep. My man is back at work and the kids are at uni, so we’ve been getting back into a working week/weekend rhythm which has been nice. And I’ve discovered weaving! I’m a bit in love with it.

A couple of months back I went to a little one day beginners workshop with the lovely Anna at The Studio Workshops. If you’re a Melbourne person, you should check her out. She runs all sorts of different crafty workshops for adults and kids (including kids’ birthday parties) – polymer jewellery, gift tags, fluffy animals. And they usually involve yummy food and beverage consumption too! But back to weaving. I think what I like about weaving is the creativity that it allows. I’m not following any pattern, but just making it up as I go along. I might start with an idea in my head and a sketch in my notebook but it invariably changes as I start threading the weft over and under the warp and different combination of colours, techniques or shapes spring to mind. Which is code for saying my original idea was crap and a lot of undoing has taken place!! But weaving is forgiving that way and for that I thank it! Unsurprisingly, it is quite meditative to take a length yarn ‘over, under, over, under’. And, since I am working on a lap loom, it’s a nice activity to do whilst watching some telly in the evening. Bonus!

So which one do you like best? I’d love to know! Have you fallen in love with anything new recently?

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