That was the title of one of my instagram pics this week [you can view my images in a few ways:Â followgramÂ orÂ webstagramÂ or atÂ instagram]. Light glorious light. We haven’t had enough of it this Summer, it has been a strange season, usually our summers are hot and dry — now don’t me wrong — I’m not complaining, I am not really a summer person unless there is a beach within walking distance and as I live in an inland city the shower is as close as I get. The light streaming in brings with it interesting shadows and makes my studio a glorious place to spend time during the day.
This weekÂ I am making progress on my Â Scrappy steps afghan which I mentioned inÂ last weeks newsletter. Also in last weeks newsletter I mentioned the beginning of a series: chatting about pre-cut fabrics and the quilts in my new bookÂ Â Little Bits Quilting Bee:Â I have introduced a couple of quilts already –Â SquadronÂ ::Â Lollypop treeÂ ::Â Cloud songÂ – more to come…
I have had some great emails and letters this week — lots of affirmations and snippets of information too:
- Amy Butler has a new knitting book out — featuring her organic yarn with Rowan
- Holly has some cute lego valentines
- I love this: easy ideas to make life easier
- I was interviewed by Jo for her Inspiration Sunday spot
- Peppercon is a cute new Aussie blog – she shares an elephant pincushion tutorial
- Lisa Lam is expecting a bundle of joy this spring and RUCraft.co.ukÂ is holding a Crafty Baby with Lisa Lam competition. Entries are due 31 May and there are lots of great prizes — find out more at the website
- Lovely Rhonda sent me in her homemade soap recipe and I will making some soon
- And happy valentines day to those who celebrate. We missed the boat on it — I guess in Australia it is not as big a deal as elsewhere, which is why you didn’t really see much valentines crafting here at whipup — I figured there is enough elsewhere to keep you busy — but here is one sweet craft that caught my eye — a paper and straw flower.
In other news:
I am working on the next Action Pack Magazine for kids. It’s nearly ready to launch and will be lots of fun. It is the Mad Scientist issue and is filled with some fabulous science experiments, can’t wait to show you! If you are an Action Pack fan — make sure to check in on our facebook page for updates and news. If you haven’t heard of our Magazine for kids (ad free) check out our website, you can purchase back issues there too!
Also at WhipupÂ we took a look at the book ‘How to take great photos‘ especially for diy-ers and crafters.
What I am reading:
In The Wilds: Drawings by Nigel Peake Published by Princeton Architectural Press (April 2011). I love a textured cover on a book, I know it’s a small and silly thing, but with everyone proclaiming the end of books, I am so glad that publishers are making an effort to preserve the object-ness of the book. In the Wilds, not only has a lovely sturdy textured hard cover, but it is filled with delicate textured drawings based on Nigel’s love of the land he grew up in. Birds,Â fields, fences, wood grain — he manages to capture the essence of place.
Paraphernalia by Steven Connor and published by Profile Books (UK) and Allen and Unwin (AU) (2011). Steven Connor is a professor of English literature and has written several academic books, here he shares his knowledge of objects, the English language, history and some philosophy too with us common folks by exploring our curious relationships with ordinary things. This book is a joy to read, wonderfully clever and full of fascinating stories about objects.
Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha, English language version published by Interweave Press (December 13, 2011). More beautiful simple flowing designs in the Japanese style – from flowing dresses, to cute tunics and drawstring pants — there are some elegant wardrobe basics here. The one drawback as another reviewer said: “The patterns only go up to size L – which ends up being something like US 3-4 [teenager] size or a petite. Short and no room for breasts.” However due to the excellent photo illustrations and how-to instructions which we have come to expect and appreciate in Interweave books, if you have a little sewing experience you should be able to alter the patterns before making up the clothing if required.
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