The good and the sad

by kath_red on 13/07/2012

in Books, Newsletter

It is school holidays in my little corner of the world – cold too. The first week of the holidays we all just needed a break, I think my pre-teen daughter spent three whole days in bed, just emerging to growl or cry, get food and then limp back to bed. Today she worked a few hours as a mother’s help to a friend with three little energetic girls and when she came home she proclaimed herself exhausted and took to her bed again. It really is true that puberty requires sleep! As for my boy – nearly 10 years old – oh my how the time has flown – my baby. He has been busy playing soccer every day and when not playing soccer he is reading books or playing gadget type games.

And as for me, I too took a break and spent one whole morning in bed – after a three day photo shoot for my next book – it was exhausting and creatively fun at the same time (I spent 2 whole days just cleaning to get ready as many of the photos are taken in my house and the rest in friends houses – the pics are going to be really gorgeous – can’t wait to show you – but you’ll have to wait … sorry).

This week:

Something sad happened this week – I can’t get the image out of my head. Three ducklings drowned in our makeshift pond, I think they became too cold and couldn’t work out how to get out of the pond – the water level had gone down from all the splashing and they were unable to get out – such a dreadful thing. Only two precious babies left.

There was something good though too – a profile and the first of a series of articles published in Quilters Companion Magazine.

And of course all the amazingly inspiring articles on creativity at Whipup: QuiltDad discusses creative dads and the gender divide in the crafting world :: Jen discusses how creativity has changed her life :: Erin discusses visual overload :: and Berber tells us that creativity is in everyone.

Books are a big part of my life – and I am thinking of getting a kindle – do you have one? do you like it? I feel sad to be considering it because I love the physicality of books – but wow – those kindles are sort of really cool and convenient!

I have reviewed Beautiful Botanicals before – but have been revisiting it and it really is such a lovely book. As for the other two books on that pile – oh so luscious! 18th Century Embroidery Techniques (by Gail Marsh and published by Guild of Master Craftsman) is a visual treat. Inspiring and useful – textile artists and historians and anyone who loves stitching will fall in love with this book. And the final book in the pile – We Love Color – is one you have probably seen around the traps. It is a Stash (C&T) book of contributor quilts made with Kona Solids, a strong group of modern quilt designers with some really inspiring quilts to make with solid fabrics.

[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending me books to review, I don’t get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate] (Australians can purchase craft books online through can do books or booktopia or else browse booko for the best prices.)

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