Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I've been doing more stamping ... if I can ever get the lighting right I will post some more soon ... but now am off to school for afternoon pick-up ...
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
But as well as the personal interest as I looked through the book I was interested in the plates and the stories, and also to see the variety of chapters.
"I WONDER WHO HE IS, AND THERE IS NO ADDRESS"
This is from a chapter entitled Romantic Episodes in the Old Testament (!)HOLDING HER PITCHER FOR HIM TO DRINK
Another very interesting feature of this book is that there are articles about the war, which had been going for 3 years by now, making the book quite current and relevant to girls at the time.
This illustration is from a chapter on French Girls at War Work - what a French author has to say of the patriotism of the French jeunes filles.HITHERTO UNACCUSTOMED TASKS AT HOME
An unfortunate-looking man playing tennisHE WAS UNUSUALLY GOOD AT THE NET
"a face which was a flower of sweetness, a star in its expression of radiant steadfastness", but then, she is in "A Desperate Situation" as the top of the page informs me. I love the old books which summarise each page with a heading.
A lovely domestic scene"ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESSES I HAVE EVER SEEN"
The chapter "Canada for Girls" is also very interesting - it seems to be information for British girls who may want to emigrate to "the Dominions" (and therefore seems a bit pointless being in the Australian Empire Annual, since Australia was also "the Dominions" and the girls were already ... well ... here).GATHERING THE APPLE HARVEST IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
"There is a general impression abroad, I believe, that the British
Dominions over the Seas are eager and waiting to accept any kind of women or
girls whatever, so much are they in want of our sex. This idea is quite
erroneous. It is true that women and girls of the type the Dominions
require are welcomed with open arms, and we in Canada are as desirous of
encouraging the right sort of women to emigrate as any such land can be.
But she must be the right sort - not any Clara, Mary or Martha who is unfit for domestic work and service at home, and would be still more unfit for it
The article goes on to say that they do not want girls to take over farm work from men, but to help on farms and other places by "cooking, making bread, sewing, washing and doing dairy-work - with all the more certanty of a very good situation or post if they can add to these accomplishments the arts of pickling and preserving jams, fruits etc." (such a girls is then described as "thus clever"!)
(Aside: the list of desirable accomplishments seems to have changed from almost exactly 100 years before when Mr Darcy and Miss Bingley discussed the topic)
And so above we see the "clever" girl collecting her box of apples to make preserves. Girls are also warned not to plan to marry too soon after arriving in Canada! Also, "she who wishes to spend her evenings at picture-palaces or amid crowds of people is not the girls Canada and other Dominions are calling for"!
I hope you have enjoyed this little trip back to 1917 as much as I have!
At long last I have finished my quilt. Well, actually it is not entirely my quilt. A few years ago in an op shop I found 6 pieced quilt blocks. Just sitting there. $1 each.
I had just been planning a red and yellow theme for our study (mostly timber and neutrals but a few red and yellow accents, to go with the curtains, and there it was - a pile of red and yellow and calico quilt blocks.
So I took them home, and last winter bought some extra yellow, floral and striped fabric for the sashes and joined them together. I couldn't find an exact match for the deep red but wanted to use a brighter red anyway, and I loved this fabric with the roses. The joining was a feat in itself, it turned out that each block was a slightly different size - eek!
I started quilting, and then in fits and bursts have worked on it ... the rest of the time it has sat on a chair in our living room.
I love the way whoever pieced these blocks matched the pattern so carefully when she cut the pieces.
The matching and the precise hand-piecing is way beyond me, generally I'm a straight lines kind of girl when it comes to patchwork. I am so not a perfectionist when it comes to quilting. (as you can see if you look closely!)
It was fun to quilt each block in a different way, I hand-quilted them all except later I added machine stippling around the Dresden plate block.
And last night, I finished it! I sat and watched Pride & Prejudice (well, listened while I stitched, really) and sewed on the binding, and now it is done!
Now I just have to tidy the study - again! And re-upholster the council-cleanup armchair find to coordinate with my decorating scheme. Always another project to do :-)
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Did I tell you about our recent trip to the Netherlands?
Well maybe because we didn't actually go quite so far ... today we had a picnic at a nearby park which has international gardens. We had lunch (bread rolls, chips and apples) and the girls played on some play equipment. After a game of frisbee we walked around the international gardens.
We had a great afternoon, but just look at the sky! We thought it would pour on us at any moment, but actually we had periods of sunshine as well.
This is the North American garden, and my favourite house. I could live here!
And don't you wish you owned this little corner of garden? I do.
This is the Australian house (of the early 1800s I'm guessing - our house is a little more civilized than this one LOL)
and the Mediterranean Garden:
and the view from the steps, with those amazing black clouds.
We had an afternoon tea at the park of lemon coconut slice and (packet) lamingtons and tea from a thermos, and made it home to rescue the washing from the 10 light raindrops which fell around 5pm. I guess those black clouds were just passing by.
The girls did most of the cutting, pinning and sewing themselves!
Before sewing it into the bag I added chain stitch around the bird and some running stitch on the wing and plants.
It's not a super-strong bag, so I'll have to choose the perfect purpose for it ... maybe to hold the scarf I am knitting, or maybe my current magazines ... hmmm
But it sure is making me happy when I see it!