Wednesday, January 27, 2010

1 Million Woman

1 Million Women - A campaign of daughters, mothers, sisters and grandmothers - Committed to protecting our climate, our communities and our future, leading change for the better.

Our goal is to inspire 1 million Australian women to take practical action on climate change by cutting 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse pollutant causing global warming.

Every woman who joins has a personal goal to cut 1 tonne of CO2 from their daily lives within a year of joining the campaign.

i took a look around the site & found that i do quite a lot of the things listed but i also found a few that i would like to try. so thought id give it a go.
i put in all things that i already do & added the ones i want to try.

so take a look around the site, watch the youtube video & maybe it will inspire you to become 1 in a million

Sunday, January 17, 2010

B'Day Treat

one more year means im now 38, what does that mean anyway. 38, its just a number. some people are obsessed with getting older, looking older, feeling older. as for me i have always been an old soul so it really is just a number.
for quite a long time now my B'day has just been another day, nothing special. get up, have a shower, feed the dog, do the washing, make food Blah Blah Blah.......

but yesterday on my 38 B'day it was different. cards & gifts from my boys as usual :o) i was told on friday night A & I would be leaving the house at 7.30 in the morning oh what a surprise, just the 2 of us :o) {wasnt real sure about that, i have never spent a B'day without my boys}.
i figured we were going into the city after we passed Parramatta station but still not a word from A, off at Central, walked for a while then into the supermarket for some snacks. A said we would be seeing a movie. we walked up the Greater Union Event Cinemas. A had already booked our tickets
we were seeing Avatar in 3D in Gold Class. how posh is that
recliner chairs, a table, waiter service, what more could you ask for.
the movie was great & 3D wow how cool was that.
we are not big cinema fans so when we do go it really is a treat.

have to say it was my best B'day in a very long time.

New Year

well here we are again, another year has flown by
tomorrow its back to work for me Grrr..... i just dont want to work there {bad pay, bad conditions, Bad employers} really new a new job.

the last week & a half i have been pretty productive, it all started with trying to finish off some of the many projects i have on the go......... i did manage to get a whole stack of knitted squares sewn together into a blanket now i just need to give it a crocheted edge.

after that i ditched the half finished projects to start on some new stuff
first up were a couple of tops, the pattern i purchased in Feb last year
its a Simplicity #3835. these tops are so easy to make, however if you have a big bust you will need to adjust the pattern.

i like the colours in this fabric, its a really soft cotton so falls nice
this one is made from a sheet i purchased from Vinnies {cleaned them out of sheets to use as drop cloths over my furniture, when we were doing the kitchen. more projects to come using sheets.} it is very soft from years of washing.

the next 3 items i made come from a Simplicity pattern #4595
i have used the pattern before, when i made an orange short skirt to go over jeans {view E}
i used view D for all three but altered them slightly.

the first one i followed the pattern, the fabric is a cheese cloth, so really light & summery
i added a bright red lace to the bottom hem

the second & longer one using the same cloth also view D but i added 2 of the second section & added another 3 inches to is length so it would also gather & another 5 inches to the bottom frill. i did not hem the bottom as i used the selvage edge.

Skirt # 3 also view D, used cotton fabric & again added the lace to the bottom.

lov the skull & cherry fabric
all 3 skirts had a petticoat added, the black one didnt need it but i like to have one anyway
the pattern for the petticoat is from Kwik Sew View C . so easy to make only uses to pieces.
the petticoat is sewn into the skirt before the waist band is done.

back to that same sheet i used to make the top, i made 2 aprons. the one below is a double sided apron, on the other side i used a yellow sheet. the reason it is double sided is because the fabric is just a little to thin on is own to use as an apron. most spills & what not would soak through pretty quick, making a mess of what ever i am wearing. also made one out of black & white ticking for work.

been watching lots of TV shows & movies, staying up late. so while i was doing that i was also crocheting dishcloths. these are sooo much quicker than the knitted ones i make. i used a 20% cotton 80% bamboo mix. they are really soft, would make better face washers. i must say i prefer to use the 100% cotton as its easier to work with, the mixed ones dont stay twisted like the cotton.

the Phoebe Bag comes from artsy crafty babe blog
i purchased this green fabric form the furnishing section, its pretty thick, sort of like a canvas
i didnt add the flap & clasp. lined it with a cotton Cherry fabric & it has 4 pockets in total
it is very cute

Green really does make me happy so a green work bag might make going to hell [work] a little better. for both bags i used iron on interfacing.

the work bag has a hard plastic bottom inside a fabric slip so it can be removed to wash the bag, it also has 7 pockets. why 7 you might ask? well thats how many i needed.