We have been back in the United States for 10 months now so I guess you could say the vacation is over. It took a while to get organized here and make the house our home again. I have tried to get some projects done, I will share later. Above is the baby quilt I have made for a new Grandson born this Jan. Isn't he the sweetest!
We will get to go see him next week so will be exciting.
The Year started off with a bang. We stayed in Sydney to watch the fireworks on our way home from Christmas in the States. It was nice, this is a picture of the 9:00 show. The logistics of staying till Midnight just wouldn't work. No train back after. We watched the 12:00 show from the Hotel roof. The elevator ride down after was a much better commute.
January is fire season here. There was one close enough that we had ashes fall on us. The smoke hung in the air for weeks from all the different fires.
With the heat came little creatures that needed care. A friend took this guy in for a month when the mom abandoned it. With the heat and lack of water the mother's lose their milk and so leave the little guy to fiend for itself. Luckily they will get found and care given and we get an opportunity to see on close up. Watch out for the claws though. He has his foster stuffed animal to hold on to.
I worked indoors during the heat. I finished this quilt top. Quilting has not progressed though, I had a hard time doing the freemotion quilting with the table I am working on. I was getting puckers in the back which doesn't happen to me with my machine set up in the States.
I have been working on painting. I have done some acrylics lately and it is a whole new learning curve to climb.
I will do the same one over and get a few more things right.
I have gotten out to take pictures. One day will try to paint them.
And last I taught a class on making my Zipped bags. Most everyone was able to complete one so I am counting that as success.
I was on Pintrest and saw this bag. It was similar to what I have been making but with better finishing on the plastic. I too have been making changes in how I made mine.
On the front I had been adding wings to cover the side, now instead, I have placed the plastic pocket on the top side of the bag and used braiding to cover the edges. Here is an example of an unfinished front. From here I will add zipper to top and complete as a lined bag with box bottom.
Having too many hobbies will greatly reduce the productivity of all of them, but here is a new watercolor to prove I am not sitting around all day. These are Rainbow Bee Eaters. They live by the Murray River and nest in the sand banks. They hunt insects and of course bees.
It is moving into spring in the southern hemisphere. I have been making a big effort to get into better shape and am walking about 5 miles a day, that is somewhere around 14,000 steps a day. That has been taking up a bit of time. I have been learning to watercolor, that has taken some time too. Sewing has been lagging lately though. I did clean and organize the room so may have to come up with a better plan to keep sewing in my routine.
I have enjoyed taking pictures of the flowers and birds. I have been trying to paint them. We will see how that works out.
I got to meet this sweet fellow who is being cared for by animal rescue. He is so beautiful and soft.
I will have to try my hand at painting his picture.