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Magpie's Nest
Central West Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Leading a Fast Life in the Slow Lane & Ageing with Grace under Fire.
Interests: Healthy Ageing + Blogging + Writing + Reading + Researching + Knitting + Gardening + Travelling + Hobby ceramics.
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I chose to do 1/4" hexagons to make the most of my beautiful fabric scraps because a girlfriend suggested that fussy cutting wastes fabric and I was determined to prove her wrong! I kept using smaller and smaller hexagons until the fabric scraps became so small that even the 1/4"... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at MyFabricatedNest
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This is going to be a hard statement to explain, being ultra-aware of the need to be politically correct and my wish not to intentionally tread on anyone's psychologically vulnerable toes. And no matter what words I put down in black and white here, the experienced English teacher in me... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Magpie's Nest
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We had the Friday morning free before THE wedding ( my only daughter was married 10 days ago, in case you didn't know) and of course we headed to the fabric shop we'd been given the heads up about. It was called 'Addicted to Fabric' and we could see why!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
I ran out of fabric Kristine, but I didn't take any to the actual wedding itself! Thank you for your very kind comments about my page. The page, or blog itself is a wonderfully therapeutic outlet itself and I love working on it: thinking of topics for it, taking photographs for it and simply playing with it. It's a bit like Ratty's messing about in boats. Is it Ratty who did that in "Wind in the Willows"?
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I'm thinking of setting up a 'My Fabricated Nest' YouTube channel wherein I upload short video clips of slightly 'insane' sewing sessions of arthritic fingers attempting scintillating feats such as sewing 1/4" hexies! Creative 'fun', what? Perhaps 'you' and I can even attempt a blog challenge next year using 1/4"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
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What with a wedding in a scant few days, and my daughter asking me very sweetly and rather nicely if I would just please trust that she has everything under control to the best of her ability and that she really doesn't need me stressing within her hearing, LIfe in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
And it's so nice to know that you are there, swimming along beside me there Bernie. I've been tackling some 'free' photo software and in the end I decided to eschew the hassle and pay $46 for a license. It was driving me nuts to spend time making collages with the advertising watermarks splashed all over them!!! I now have some very niftily creative software to play with so my Christmas cards this years should look extra spiffy!
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2014 on The Blog Imperative at Magpie's Nest
How kind Loani! Would be lovely to play alongside you!!!
So much to explore Bernie. To keep learning is KEY. Wish you lived closer!!
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This morning as I snapped each patchworked snip and cut with my iPhone's camera, determined to imprint each tiny step forward on my retina (and yours), and gloried in the fabric I was using, I had an epiphany. And to share this epiphany with you I have had to do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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Robin, from my online craft group, wanted me to clarify a point I made in my last post about the mistake I made initially when using paper cutouts and fabric to make quilts using hexagons. The photograph above shows the leftover one inch hexagons from the first and only baby... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
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Sun is splashing my garden with highlights. Indiscriminately, as it does. It shoots its glare on weeds and foreign imports and friendly donations and plants I pray over and plants I should pray over. It spins its rays and drags me drooling over what my garden could only be if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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Why didn't you STOP me? Surely you saw it and were too polite to say. Carefully examine the photograph below and see what I mean/ One hexagon is pierced and the other is merely hemmed. Believe me, there is a world of difference in technique! WHAT was I thinking you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
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I'm worn out! Buoyed by friendly faces and divinely skilled and creative quilts at a recent local quilt exhibition, today I fronted up to a quilter's monthly meeting and joined up with a warm and knowledgeable set of very accomplished women. Their work boxes and reference books are encased in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
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I'm the only minion in this atelier. Other people would just get in my way and I work best alone. I like the background noise of radio or podcasts or music or tv or just silence, although 'silence' per se is a profound illusion in our world, natural or built... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
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Ouch! I've been away for a whole week. Heaven only knows what my musical life would be like at this stage if I'd been away for any longer? I've been out in Western NSW and looking at rustic shearing sheds amongst other wonderful sights. I ddn't take my flute. Next... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus
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'TechnoChickHenOldBoiler' was the wonderfully evocative category I invented for this categeory of blog discussion way back before I ever imagined that I'd be enrolled in an online course at FutureLearn called 'Web Science: How the Web is Changing the World'. Prescient perhaps, and very glad to be! As part of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Hi Skye, pleased to hear from you. You can probably see from my post dates that I have been a bit inactive of late. Not dead. Just inactive/busy with other things. I'm currently on holidays but my little kiln is called 'The Little Red Hot'. It can fire up to 12-1400 degrees centigrade. I usually crank it up to 1230. I live in Australia in NSW and get my clays from Keanes mail order. I'm currently trying a porcelain ice cold something or other but I haven't fired it yet. It is much wetter than the other clay I've bought. Have a go is all I can say! Experiment and good luck! Talk to the suppliers - they are usually very helpful. Cheers.
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I do love that illusion of extra sunlight in my day, although I was enjoying wakening earlier with the sun streaming in through every crack in our bedroom curtains. That biological relationship between light and energy seems to work better for me. No more time in my day, alack and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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Everything in our present life has a back story. 27 years ago I hand pieced and hand quilted a cot quilt and two tiny doll's quilts. I was living in Bogor, Indonesia at the time. I went to the pasar to source cotton fabric, the local covered market with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
It's true. You know as a Retiree when it really irritates you to give your Occupation, especially on Facebook, and Facebook is reluctant to accept your creativity? Just because I've retired I haven't suddenly lost my identity and then you have that sudden realisation that identity is emotionally charged with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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We were at afternoon tea yesterday afternoon, discussing my challenges in learning the fingering of piano scales - two octaves one hand; finger patterns, or notes - and my friend said "we were just told what to do and we did it!" She is 72 and was recalling her practice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus
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Ironically, this is a review of a review; an enthusiastic review of a review; an enchanted review of a review. It is an instinctive recognition that gardens are at once intimate and public spaces, and as such, have immense personal appeal. Whether you have a pot plant or two, or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Serendipity - both of them! However it is significant to note that I have had an education and career such that I could afford these instruments myself and gift them to myself as an adult, unlike my own childhood situation. This is why I constantly maintain that it is never... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus
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Why on earth would anyone start to learn ONE musical instrument over the age of 60, let alone TWO? Actually one instrument has a faux beginning, but let's not get ahead of ourselves shall we? I think I've read somewhere that's it's always wise to begin at the beginning, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus