An amazing first day; early arrival, a quick nap, lost for a bit rescued by a taxi (when in doubt leave it to the professionals!), folk art museum, then a walk around crazy shops and a wonderful dinner.
The boys are in Italy; I dropped them off at the airport and off they went... I miss them, the house is totally quiet and feels very empty. Lilli and I look at each other and we both agree that it's not the way we like it. Then she runs off chasing squirrels and I'm left with the hoover.
I'd rather be chasing squirrels myself.
Anyway, Mr M and I are off for a week by ourselves to the land of the rising sun (very excited!) and I've been trying to sort out the house so it doesn't scare me when I get back and pack in a mature and organised way (normally after packing for the three boys I'm so bored with it I throw my stuff in a case without too much thinking!)
So this is what's coming with me:
A new 'Artsy clutch' (from Bend the rules sewing) for the essential passports. We have a 'family' one we've been using for years, but that's gone with the boys.
(remember when they were all the rage all those years ago?
A new small pouch for little essentials, like ipod nano, lib balm, moisturizers etc.
I really enjoyed all those little stitches.
And last but not least a new project bag for knitting on the plain essentials.
In this case a pair of socks. Pale grey, simple lace pattern.
So that's it folks, be good... I'll be back in the next few days with a new series: Postcards from Japan!
I only took a few photos... mainly of art quilts this year, the ones that spoke to me.
(And I don't have names for all the artists either... apologies)
There was a beautiful and way too small exhibition of Amish Quilts that were impossible to photograph properly
And more modern ones
I came home very inspired, my fingers are itching to sew and feel very frustrated I don't have any time to do it...
Ali was great company (even though she's a bad influence when it comes to fabric purchases!!!)
There were many many quilts worth of photos I didn't take, or took and came out blah... if you have a few minutes checks these babies out (but don't take pictures of them... you'll get told off... just saying...). They were simply stunning.
Ok, gotta go. I'm driving the boys to the airport this afternoon and need to make sure no essential item has been left behind causing them (and my parents) enduring psychological trauma...
Believe it or not... things are still being made around here...
I have this thing in my head that I must make more stuff from all the craft books I've accumulated in the past few years (and if there's nothing in them I want to make I'll get rid of them, I crave space).
I had the thread in my stash so I have no idea what it is... but I can tell you I used a 2.5mm hook.
The dark green linen is from the stash and I have no idea where it came from.
I'm so helpful, I know.
I have a full day ahead which will start in a couple of minute when I'll ask child no 2 and no 3 to have breakfast and get dressed and stop playing table football so that we can go food shopping and retrieve child no 1 from his cousin's and we can go mountain boarding with friends and have enough time to rush back for the karate lesson... and dinner out later with other friends...
- I think I have everything I need for the boys' new school year.
- (except three pairs of rugby boots, but Mr M will sort that out on Saturday)
- I've been sewing labels for three days.
- I haven't even started looking at the shopping bags full of mis-matched socks.
- I haven't watched TV at all since the Closing Ceremony; it doesn't seem worth it.
- I spent 1 hour and 42 minutes in a queue on the phone to get tickets to hear JK Rowling talking about her new book at our local Festival of Literature.
- I got them!
- I'm also going to see/hear Paul Auster. I hope he's as smart and different as his books. When the 'written' voice doesn't match the real person it is a very disappointing experience.
- I'm getting into the 'fantasy genre'. Just finished "daughter of smoke and bone" by Laini Taylor. Well written. Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated. (...please don't say the vampire diaries... that was baaaaad)
- Also read "the marriage plot" by Eugenides. Well written, but not amazing. "Middlesex" his previous book was great, this one... was ok. I don't like it when authors draw a whole book into conclusion in the last half a page... is that the best they can do?
- My hands are itching to make stuff.
- I have no time.
- No 2 is watching Chariots of Fire on DVD. I'm sure it won't be the last time either.