Saturday, November 20, 2010

When I'm an old lady!!

I saw this in a newsletter yesterday and had to share it.  I sent it to my kids but had no reply.. ???? they're probably thinking I wrote it!!
When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness... just as they did.
I want to pay back all they joy they provided
Returning each deed!.  Oh they'll be excited!
I'll write on the walls with red, white and blue,
and I'll bounce on the furniture... wearing my shoes..
I'll drink from the bottle and then leave it out.
I'll stuff all the toilets.. hehe how they will shout!
When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh they'll snap their fingers and shake their head,
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids).
When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat.
I'll gag on my weetbix, spill milk on the table
And when they get angry.. I'll run....if I'm able!
I'll sit close to the TV, through the channels I'll flick
I'll cross both my eyes to see if they stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud till the end of the day!
And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan "She's so sweet when she's sleeping"!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Weekend Plans

I just HAVE  to go to this gorgeous little shop I've found called "Three Buckets Full" on High Street in Lower Hutt.  It was closing 10 minutes after I found it last weekend so I NEED to go back (matter of life or death you know) and have a better look!!   It is like a little museum but also has antique toys, ornaments, jewellery, and BUTTONS... HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF BUTTONS!!!    I'll ask if I can take photos and publish them tonight. 

Photos are taken on my camera because moi dumbo took the camera case but left the camera at home!! derr

See all those little drawers.. FULL of buttons.. CHOCKA even.  Bead's, braids, buckles, as well as hundreds of other gorgeous old things in the shop.  Wendy showed me some of the antique collectors buttons.. oh wow!  One was $110???  $60... $85.. geez but they were beautiful.  Now I am going to make velvet pads to tie my buttons on to.  I'll get several layers in my tin.  I'm going to take some of my old buttons in and she will date them for me.  The shop is open 11 - 4pm Tues to Friday and 10-2pm on Saturday.

It's raining again.. After a beautiful week of summer weather it's wet, damp and chilly.  Oh well, a great day to sew inside.  And that's my mission this weekend.I have to mumble mumble sew a heart block for Myra, mumble mumble FINISH the knitting bag, make some more Quilt as you Go blocks to finish a lap quilt for my granddaughter and make another house block.  I'm hoping no buttons arrive in the mail as that could distract me for awhile hehe.  Tomorrow is Sewing Day .. a friend and I have found a Community House where we can sew all day with others and I love getting out and DOING!  No distractions at home.

I Saw this at the supermarket and had to take a photo.   they don't sound very nice to me.. Gasflushed Sausages... hmmmm whatever next???

Another heart from Austria

I've received another email from Hanna in Austria and her heart is on her blog.  I've learn't a lot over the last few days.  a) There is a translate button on blogspot and b) how to put links to other blogs in.  Hmm, I've decided I'm a little techochallenged... or is it technophobic... too afraid to do too much on the computer in case I stuff it up haha.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Healing Hearts

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer the members of Kiwiquilters Yahoo Group sent me Healing Hearts blocks so in the mail most day I received a beautiful heart made by a stranger.  They kept coming and it really helped to take my mind off the 'what-if's" ahead...especially before the surgery.  these photos of of some of my healing heart blocks.
Kiwiquilters and friends are now making heart blocks for Myra and she has received about 30 blocks from around New Zealand. 
One of our fellow bloggers Karen Griska (the Selvege blog) is making a heart block for Myra and has asked on her blog for her readers to make them too.  Already I have had emails (for Myra's address) from Sally in England, Beth from somewhere?MIchele in Florida, Martina in Germany and Claudia in Austria so far.  Imagine Myra's surprise when she receives them.  I am really excited as I haven't told her. Have a look at their blogs and their hearts. 
 If you'd like to make a Healing Heart block for Myra here are the instructions:

The blocks should be 6 1/2 " square finished with either a cream on cream, or white on white background.
The hearts can be pink, blue or purple pastel shades or a floral in any of those colours. They can be embellished or embroidered - whatever you would like to do!

Also please to sign your name on it so that Myra knows who made it and put in a note about where you come from.  You can make as many healing hearts as you like. Each one will be so appreciated. 

Please send me an email and I will reply with Myra's address

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More Buttons

Last week I went to visit 'Lady Buttons'.  She lives locally and has sold buttons for all her working life.  Her parents and grandparents had a haberdashery in England where she was born.  Mary told us she was sent to school before she was five as she loved to cut the buttons off the cards and hide them!!!  Hehe.

She has millions of buttons but these are just a few I bought to make cards for future babies and to make necklaces for my granddaughter.

I took along some of my precious (well to me they are) buttons.  Mary was able to give me an idea of where and when they would have been made.  This one is a buckle from 1930's.  I can imagine it on those pretty dresses back then.
These buttons were made in Czechoslovakia and the ones with black in them are glass buttons.
I really love the cream and white art deco buttons and am working on a display for them.  They all have such intricate patterns. 

I found these ones last night made at the Button Company in Waterbury?

Love the detail in these painted? buttons

Not sure yet what orthese ones are but they appear to be old so will research a bit more.
A Sun Dial  - cool ah!

This button appears to be very old by the back and the shank.  I found it in the op shop for 5c. 

Mary told us that after the war they made buttons using the windows (made of lucite) in the cock pit of war planes.  These are three of them known by the flower motif in the middle.   They were known as 'aeroplane buttons'.

For some weird reason I have fallen in love with green things.  My curtains are all green now.. I don't understand except that my Aunt loved green and autumn colours.. is she picking my buttons for me???

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  The storm last night has passed but the wind is horrendous and it's cold.  So I'm staying inside and hope to sew all day.  Tomorrow I'm an Angel at a Scrappy quilting class so although I expect to be busy ironing and reverse stitching I know I'll enjoy seeing the techniques and ideas.