Sunday, 23 October 2011

The simple pleasures of house chores

Disclaimer:

  • If you live a ‘normal’ life (working, educating, taxi driving the children, cooking, ironing, dusting, mopping…), then you should close this page and not read further.
  • If you are my husband, you might want to save this and use it to your advantage once our life is back to ‘normal’.

The rest of the population (probably 3 to 4 persons) will understand.  I am privileged enough to have a live-in helper, a nice lady that cooks for us when I don’t ‘have time’, that does most of the housekeeping and ironing.  However, this makes me feel inadequate as a mother/wife/’home maker’.  Where does my time go?  Am I losing my soul leisuring around?  How many knitted scarves or quilted blankets one must make before it is too much (especially if you live in a perpetual summer)?  What example do I set to my children, to my girls?

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But on Monday, armed with my broom, my brush, hot water, vinegar, I dusted, I scrubbed, I cleaned and I felt very satisfied.  Life was almost normal, the children were revising, helping each other, and I felt I had accomplished something.

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Home(s)

 

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Rue d’Alésia – Paris - France

Chiltern Avenue – Bushey – UK

Old Heathbourne – Bushey Heath – UK

Cours Marigny – Vincennes – France

Am Tiefenberg – Gerresheim – Germany

Rue de Sèvres – Ville d’Avray – France

Rue de la Ronce – Ville d’Avray – France

Kingsley – Bushey – UK

Park Road – Bushey – UK

Coronation Road West – Singapore

These are the name of all the places I lived with Philippe; ten homes is 18 years.  One day I will make an embroidered panel with all of them. Something like this:

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{source – from Gardners 2 Bergers}

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

10 meters

10 meters… that’s how long is this binding.

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and here a sneak peek of what I will be able to show you in a couple of weeks.

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Autumn

You know what I miss the most in S’pore?  I really, really miss the change of seasons.  I miss the crispy cold of Winter (some will say the dark humid days).  I miss the wake up of nature in Spring (other will say the endless rainy days).  I miss the coolness at the end of a hot Summer day (I hear you saying what hot Summer day?).  I miss the warm colours and the smell of Autumn (who’s thinking gloominess?).

Until we moved, I did not realised how the seasons rhythm our lives.  I remember our first year here, my mind and body were still on ‘holiday’ mode in December.  Here it is simple, it is either ‘sunny and hot’ or ‘rainy and hot’, every day, all year long…

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When Alice and I were in England a few of weeks ago, I just wanted to stay there and enjoy the changes, the smells, the colours.  I wanted to feel chilly in the morning, to wrap in a woolly cardi.  I realise it was the end of Indian Summer, and soon the days are going to shorten, rain and cold are going to take over.  But I really crave for Autumn colours.

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Pattern: Daphne by Lien Ngo

Yarn:  Fyberspate Scrumptious 4 ply bought at Darn it and Stitch in Oxford

Love metre: lots and lots of love Red heart Red heart Red heart Red heart, will probably knit this again.

 

Actually, I like it so much, I think I’ll keep it for myself.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Blabbing and stuff

I have not been posting much recently, it seems that my days are filled with so much ‘stuff’.  The kids are off to school by 7:30, and I expected to have more time to blog but I keep asking myself whether my ‘blabbings’ really interest anybody out there.  Oh well! I guess I am not blogging for fame, but to keep a record of my life .

So you know not to expect any amazing tips, life coaching, professional-like pictures.  It is just me showing some stuff and blabbing away.

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The cardi was started way back in July.  The yarn is from Sublime.  I worked it like the Lady February cardi, top-down.  What I like about the hole pattern is its elasticity: squeeze the fabric in your hand and it just bounces back.  It’s light but I think will keep a certain little lady (not my Juliette) warm this Autumn.

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This skirt is made of Japanese linen.  It is relatively heavy but still have some flowiness (is that a word?).  The pattern is ‘mine’, and maybe one day, if I find time, I will share it with you.

My love meter for the outfit: very very high Red heart Red heart Red heart Red heart Red heart

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

SAL – Week 2

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I really like this week pattern -  Love and Kisses (if you have not yet downloaded the pattern, go there quick; it is available until Friday! And Santa is available too).  And I love it even more because I think that my embroidery is better than the one on Santa. 

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This is the first time I am embroidering with batting.  Last week I was not quite convinced by the result.  My Santa looks puffy, the fabric very tight around my stitches.  Obviously, I’ve been pulling my threads to much.

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This week, I used a loop and did one stitch at a time: through the fabric, pull from the back, through the fabric again and pull from the top.  It is a bit longer, probably twice as long, but the result is much better.  So time does not count, with one block each week, I have plenty of time to finish it.