Wednesday, 11 July 2018

In the eyes of the beholder

I often contemplate on why we do what we do and why we react the way we react as we face hurdles along this journey called life. To find balance and contentment can be challenging but with friends and family surrounding us it makes it so much easier. Finding special friends is certainly one of life's rewards and I am forever grateful for them all. So it would seem as I sit here that I am obviously in a state of melancholy perhaps lamenting at something I am dreaming of that will have to wait for that "rainy day"! I do love prose and I even found that the "rainy day" meaning is on google........
My late mother's armchair is one of the most comfortable of all and I have been wanting to get it re-upholstered in one of the new Morris & Co 'Pure Morris' range fabrics. It needs to be upholstery fabric which restricts choice but the Willow Boughs weave seems to be top of my list.......
Which is quite surprising considering how mellow and neutral the print is compared to most of William Morris's busy and colourful prints. But I have come to realise that these bright bold prints don't really suit our small home amongst all my clutter! These rooms on the Morris & Co site are definitely mellow.......


 Then again I think Mum's old chair could look quite spruced up wrapped in a new coat.......
 When talking of colour I am constantly reminded of my own issues with having a condition called Tritanopia - a blue/yellow colour blindness that has been challenging at times in my quilt making! I was tested many years ago and the optician was incredibly excited as it is extremely rare. One of our daughter's has inherited it and I am sure one of the little ones possibly will as well. I challenge you to try this online test......for me it wasn't easy but in the scheme of things it is a minor barrier and as I say all the time......"beauty and colour are in the eyes of the beholder". This was my result from that test......
So maybe these neutral Morris hues are quite perfect and will work for me. Some years ago some black and white Morris prints for quilting came on the market and I enjoyed using them to make this quilt for a special person.......

 And I was on the receiving end of a beautiful gift of a handmade wallet in one of those black and white Morris prints as well in the Brer Rabbit pattern.......

 This wallet is so handy and the mobile phone fits snugly inside too so I have enrolled in a class in a few weeks to learn how to make some more.........
Well that was a load of garble about nothing.......guess I just need to fill in the blog diary so you know we are all still here! We've had a day in the garden this past week pruning all the roses and very strangely there were even some late blooms.....
So as always I will conclude with the young members of the family following yesterday's "happiness is" calendar page that says it all.......


 And young Beau has lost his first tooth!.......
So my words for the week are that I truly believe all things including feelings, opinions and perceptions are in the "eyes of the beholder".  Take good care and thanks for dropping by x

Saturday, 30 June 2018

New Patterns available

I am pleased to say I have finally completed the instructions for my two newest William Morris inspired quilt patterns. They are on my blog site on the 'Digital Pattern Store' page and do read the note at the bottom of the page that explains how it all works. I've now added "Elegance" and "Morris Brocade" in the store........

While browsing the internet the other day I found some more new William Morris temptations but they are sadly way out of my budget! First up some gorgeous new bed linen........
and some wonderful floor rugs and stunning tableware from Spode......
These wonderful pieces (and more), come from the Style Library that carries Morris & Co stock and there is way more to tempt you on that link! I was really thrilled to also see on their site the 'Mary Isobel"  fabric and wallpaper pattern and even more excited to see the acknowledgement to Mary Isobel Barr Smith who embroidered the original piece here at home in Adelaide in the 1890's! This is the gorgeous fabric.........
 And their words............"‘Mary Isobel’ has been adapted from an embroidery designed in the 1890s by J. H. Dearle and shows scrolling acanthus leaves and flowers. The original fabric was embroidered in Adelaide, Australia by Mary Isobel Barr Smith, who probably ordered it from Morris & Co. as a kit. Morris & Co. first printed this design on linen in 2008 for Morris V and then reissued it as an embroidery on silk and on linen in 2011 for Archive Embroideries. This wallpaper version is available in five colourways including a shimmering pale ‘silk blue’ version printed in mica inks."
The original piece is in the collection at the Art Gallery of South Australia that we view during the William Morris in Adelaide tours.......
and this is the piece in its entirety and alongside my very simplified version.......
Speaking of tours I was thrilled to receive an email a few days ago from Renaissance Tours to say they have just opened bookings for two more tours next year (2019) during the months of May and August! We will be having a change of hotel venue in 2019 and a few other minor changes to reflect feedback from the first two tours this year. We will be staying in the city this time at the Playford Hotel that has a touch of the Art Nouveau.........




So if you would like to see more get in fast as the tours do sell out fast! I have three more this year and one starting in just four weeks....all very exciting! All the details are here at Renaissance Tours. While drooling over those luscious Morris furnishings I am reminded that you really need large rooms and a largish home to really make it work...well in my opinion anyway! But I enjoy my little Morris snippets every day.....

 Some windows have shutters but the loo celebrates a bit of Morris!.......
 On the home front we've been fighting off the inevitable winter germs. It has been so chilly with record cold temperatures and even some of this in the Adelaide Hills.......
So I cheered ourselves up with these beautiful poppies that we found at a country store. I love the hairs on the stems that were clinging to air drops in the vase..........

 I've also been hand stitching the bindings in the evenings to some isolette covers to donate to the neonatal unit that cared for little Wade........
 Last weekend I took Beau and Maisie to see the 100 Years Disney Magic on Ice show. It was treat for the three of us and I had bought tickets 8 months ago! They were dressed for the occasion and very excited....




 So another jam packed week for the Hill household so I will finish with little Wade who has also been struggling with the winter cold season but it didn't stop this smile. Thanks for visiting and take care till next time x