A poignant day for me. It would have been Dad’s 86th birthday and I want to remember him how he was not how he ended up.
Dad (1928 – 2014), we are the same age, he in this photo and me today. My sisters went out for a picnic at Burpham to celebrate, a little tearfully by the sound of it but its where we all gather to celebrate in the summer, especially for birthdays.
I can hear him telling me I need to get on. My family need me and I need to get into the routine again of school, university, work and Bizzi Lizzi Creations. So I spent a quiet morning updating my Etsy shop adding a few new things.
There are only 10 days left until the end of the month but time enough for me to make a small list and complete it! So, in the words of the Lord High Executioner (from Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado; I loved the version I saw directed by Jonathan Miller with Eric Idle (yes, of Monty Python fame) as the Lord High Executioner, all in 20s costumes). “I have a little list”. In the opera the list is always a political one but not my list…
My studio – it’s a mess – I don’t need to say any more
Christmas fabrics – already its that time of year to think about getting them out and looking at what’s new in the shops. So far, its disappointing. Fabric prices have risen so the way the the fabric chains are coping with this is to reduce the fabric quality. I am appalled at what’s available, sadly it makes my collection quite precious because I wont be able to replace them! The quality and prices of the fabrics in Joann’s this year leaves lots to be desired. So I’ll be looking at the local independent quilt shops and taking a look on line!
Plan a couple of Christmas tree throws
Plan a Father Christmas throw
Squares for wall hangings
Make 2 cushions for me – I returned home with some fun beach hut fabrics and I am hoping to have the time to make a couple of new cushion covers, just to remind me of home and the beach.
Plan out Fall Season shows.
Then there is some family stuff as well … my youngest son has struggled with depression for 2 school years and has just about scraped through with understanding teachers and support from his counselor and psychiatrist. He tried returning for his senior year and its overwhelming, so he’s going to quietly finish his 12th grade at home, and will hopefully be finished by Christmas, depending how diligently he works!
Many thanks to everyone who came to the Bowl Associates art show at the Mission Gables House in Redlands last weekend, it was great to meet you all.