Friday, 30 September 2011

On Being Green

Got this in an email from my cousin.
I have to admit that I am old enough to remember some (not all!) of these things.
Ahh ... life was so much simpler then...

Being Green is the new thing, or is it?
In the queue at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks. But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's nappies because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 240 volts - wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.  But that old lady is right; they didn't have the green thing back in her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of Yorkshire. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you.  When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; they didn't have the green thing back then.


They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the tram or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or went on the bus instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then? 
Pass it on ....

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Beaudesert Show entries

This is a collection of Georgia's FIRST soft toy and her SPECIAL PRIZE. James' dragon came THIRD. That's also Esther's doll's legs.

In this cabinet is Harry's satchel and dragon, James' dragon, Esther's bag, doll and outfit for a 3 year old, Georgia's tote bag, soft toy and fabric basket, and Ainsleigh's pompom apron and star cushion

Esther's dress featuring a cowl collar, lining and rolled hems.Esther's dress came SECOND in the under 12 year old category.

A very fuzzy photo of Eliza's dress with a silk bolero jacket. Eliza's outfit came FIRST in the under 12 year section.

I love this cabinet...there is only one item that isn't from any of my students. How cool is that?
 Harry & James entered their Nerf vests, Eliza and Esther entered dresses, Ainsleigh and Georgia entered their pyjamas, Kate and Ainsleigh entered tote bags.

Gillian's first show entry - casual bag using fabric weaving techniques. Her bag came THIRD.

Lesley entered an outfit for a girl under 12 years old and came SECOND.

Another dress entered by Lesley. This one came THIRD.

Naomi's cushion entry came FIRST in the senior section. The cushion was made using the Sewing Revolution Create-a-Tilt ruler. The embroidery is from Sue Box.

Georgia's tote bag came FIRST and Ainsleigh's pompom apron came SECOND.

Eliza's shaggy quilt on the left came SECOND and Esther's came FIRST. Ainsleigh's soft toy came SECOND.
I am very proud of everyone's entries. Well done. Now let's start working on next years effort...

Why do men's and women's buttons do up opposite?

Q: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?

A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have remained since.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Term 4 Class Dates

Here are some new dates for October

Learn To Sew - Evening class

Thursdays October 6,13,20,27
6pm - 9pm
Light supper supplied

Learn To Sew - Saturday class

Saturdays October 8,15,22,29
Refreshments supplied, BYO lunch

Overlocking - Tame The Beast

2 day workshop
Wed October 19 & Thurs October 20
9.30 - 2.00pm
Refreshments supplied, BYO lunch
Send me an email to let me know your are interested.
I need 3 students for any class to go ahead.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

New Classroom is ready


Well almost ... I still have a few finishing touches to add and organise,
but it's ready to use.
Aisnleigh and Georgia were first to have lessons there.