Monday, 22 February 2016

Reused fabric

I found a lovely piece of heavy fabric at my local op shop.

At the time it was made into a couple of bolster covers, but my trusty unpicker soon changed that. It had been cut in half but you can see that the full width of the fabric was still there.

A bit of a wash and I found that this furnishing fabric is in a Swedish design called Patricia by Linda Svensson Edevint. This had been sold through Ikea stores world wide but is no longer available. The design is similar to traditional indigenous designs from northern Australia.

I am really pleased with the bag I made using this fabric. It is large enough to carry all the bits and pieces I need for tutoring. And ... it still looks like a simple shopping bag.

I incorporated lots of pockets, and that was a bit of a learning experience too. Little pleats do not always improve a pocket, unless of course it is to hold a fat dictionary. Pockets for workbooks, computer, phone, keys, and more, in different sizes. I used different colours for the pockets to help me remember what goes where.

I still need to add some binding to those side seams. I tried having those seams in one of the partitions but then the bottom of the bag was lumpy. The bottom is reinforced and the handles go underneath as well so that nothing pulls or drags. The yellow flowers face upwards on both outer panels.

In the wet weather I do not want to use my basket when I go to tutor my students. Baskets are wonderful because I can easily find exactly what I need, but rain and baskets are a horrible mix. This bag can be pulled closed and even washed.

I am a bit smug because I managed to reuse or recycle something that had been useful into a different useful object. It takes a lots of kisses to find the prince, but this time I found a prince.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

St Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day is always important to My Beloved and me. This year marks 40 years of togetherness.

For today we have red roses, gifts, candles, and other household decorations. A special dinner is planned with bubbly rose; oh, and homemade chocolate bread for breakfast too.

Forty years ago a gift of saucepans ticked all the boxes for beginning something. That might not sound romantic but the meaning is still clear.

True love that lasts a lifetime.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Birthday greetings

One person in my extended family is celebrating a birthday today.
Two others are having a birthday tomorrow.

I send them a virtual cake so they suffer no virtual health complications afterwards.
Special diets play havoc with parties.

Happy, happy birthday from me to you.
I wish it was my birthday so I could party too.

Friday, 5 February 2016

The Lionel Logue Story

I have seen the movie and now I have read the book.
"The King's Speech: How one man saved the British monarchy" is a biography of Lionel Logue written by Mark Logue (Lionel Logue's grandson) and Peter Conradi (a British journalist). The material is drawn from Logue's papers and diaries which had been in storage and not actually valued by the family until the movie was instigated. The photo on the cover of the copy I read is taken from the movie and is not Lionel Logue or King George IV.

The title is a sort of pun, linking several meanings of the word speech. Much of the tale is about the giving of public speeches, some more important than others. The other thread concerns the speech impediment that plagued King George VI. Logue devised a plan that lessened, conquered, the problem.
King George's name was actually Albert Frederick Arthur George and becoming king was his duty although making public speeches was a requirement of his role in his family. Knowledge of recent European history and the social setting of the times helps with understanding the depth of both the problem and the resolution.

Is this book interesting? Yes, to me it is, but probably not so interesting for today's young people. I like social history. I'm a stickybeak who wants to know how people live.
My husband enjoyed this book more, because he like history and is able to link dates and events really well.
Lionel Logue was a talented man who broke new ground and really brought speech therapy into the public eye. He worked hard and had an interesting career. How he created that career in a new field interested me.

Would I recommend this book?
The book is not the same as the movie. The movie makers took parts of Logue's story, wove them together, and created a piece of entertainment. A few facts were manipulated to create something that would appeal to a specific audience.
There is no mystery or intrigue, no deception or magic in this book. Yes, I recommend it to anyone who enjoy a slow and relaxing story. Enjoy the detail. Enjoy the color that it adds to your interpretation of history. Enjoy reading about people who were in the public eye and whose actions influence us even now.
My copy came from my local library. There is no payment or anything like that associated with this book review.