Friday, 27 February 2009

I have been doing things to a doll's house I started years ago. For some reason it overwhelmed me. I cant imagine why - it must have been at a fragile time of my life rather than the complexities of the house. It is really simple. It is 20" to the top of the cute tower and 15" wide, 11" deep. I have a couple of bags of little doll house sized shingles to put on the roof. The kit does have shingles but they are really ugly. And there are 'delightful screen printed plastic window glass' and trim (made of cardboard) to add around the windows, and eaves, and barge boards. There is a front door that I should have added with brass hinges (not supplied) before I assembled the rest of the house around that wall. It will work out. Have yet to fill some tiny gaps and glue the fretwork on the front veranda. It is rather cute, tho isnt it?

Another horrid hot day - they are saying it is almost as bad as Bad Saturday (Feb 7 when so many people died around Marysville, Kinglake, Bendigo...), there are almost 200 schools closed around the State - including our local ones. Bit nervous here surrounded by tinder dry bush (which hasn't has a reduction burn in the 6+ years I have been living here). I am heading down to The Sweetheart's place in Sunbury later on today. And tonight we are going to The Comedy Company at the Atheneum Theatre in Collins St.

Bad Saturday it was 50* under the veranda and the winds were howling. I don't know why I thought I would be able to save the house if there had been a fire. I had my fire fighting gear all ready to leap into, and metal buckets with mops, and the bath full of water. But then after I saw the footage of 100m high flames I realised I couldnt have done too much to save my home. So I am not going to try.

My Smelllie 4 came up last weekend and did some raking of leaves and bark and other mild gardening bits. And he made a wonderful standing stones for me to admire. Isnt this fabulous! He said the hard bit was getting the two stones at the bottom to behave whilst he added the horizontal piece to stabilise them. There are lots of rocks here - we can make thousands of sculptures on the block. You can see a smear of smoke haze in the background too.

I am not really happy with the appearance of my blog, went looking for other templates but there is nothing that looks like any of the lovely blogs I have seen. I will just have to learn how to do it as I go along (and would I be the first person to do that????).

Thursday, 26 February 2009

So there is a blank page in front of me and an almost blank mind inside...
I have been thinking of blogging for a long time, and looking at other wonderful blogs and wondering how on earth do people get these great templates, and how do they make their blogs look so good??? And all whilst bringing up dozens of very cute children, maintaining happy households and partners and creating amazing quilts for friends' babies and their couches, little things for their Etsy shops and holding down full time jobs. How do they do it? I shall find out. Well some of it at least. At least the good looking blog bit.
I have already brought up my cute children (Just The Four Boys), it is pretty easy maintaining a happy household when much of the time it is just me to be pandered to, and I do whip up the occasional quilt, and I don't work too hard...
I am not going to be overwhelmed by other great looking blogs - with time and effort and a pile of luck and advice from the nerdier ones this blog is going to be Just Fine.
I shall start with making this look handsome and interesting.