Thursday, 27 November 2008

Santa Must be a Woman

The Truth, as We All Know . . . . . . .

I think Santa Claus is a woman....I hate to be the one to defy a sacred myth, but I believe he's a she. Think about it. Christmas is a big, organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing social deal, and I have a tough time believing a guy could possibly pull it all off!

For starters, the vast majority of men don't even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve. Once at the shops, they always seem surprised to find only socket wrench sets and mood rings left on the shelves. On this count alone, I'm convinced Santa is a woman.
Surely, if he were a man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag.

Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there. First of all, there would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted and strapped to the rear bumper of the sleigh amid wide-eyed, desperate claims that buck season had been extended. Blitzen's rack would already be on the way to the taxidermist.

Even if the male Santa DID have reindeer, he'd still have transportation problems because he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions.

Other reasons why Santa can't possibly be a man:
  • Men can't pack a bag.
  • Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.
  • Men would feel their masculinity is threatened...having to be seen with all those elves.
  • Men don't answer their mail.
  • Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described even in jest as anything remotely resembling a "bowlful of jelly."
  • Men aren't interested in stockings unless somebody's wearing them.
  • Having to do the Ho Ho Ho thing would seriously inhibit their ability to pick up women.
  • Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.

I can buy the fact that other mythical holiday characters are men.........

  • Father Time shows up once a year unshaven and looking ominous - definite guy.
  • Cupid flies around carrying weapons.
  • Uncle Sam is a politician who likes to point fingers.

Any one of these individuals could pass the testosterone screening test.

But not St. Nick. Not a chance.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Simply Quilts in the Garden

I have just finished watching a couple of episodes of Simply Quilts which I had recorded. I love this program and record them whenever they are on.
The first episode was about Quilting in the Garden. It was an exhibition of over 70 quilts made by two quilters (Diana McClun & Laura Nownes) at a garden nursery in southern California. They had been pegged on clothes lines hung between enormous old oak trees. They looked absolutely fabulous. What a wonderful way to view quilts, in nature. The second episode was about setting up a quilting studio. Myrna Giesbrecht presented some useful ideas which I'm sure we could all adapt to suit our needs. I am now inspired to try and organise my quilting mess, which is spread throughout the house. Maybe I might find some time before Christmas & maybe not.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

It's time to decorate our blogs for Christmas

It's time again to have fun and decorate your blog for Christmas. Sooziii will put up a Voting Poll closer to Christmas and there will be prizes to win. Click here for all of the details.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

I've been tagged!!!!

I've been tagged by Lindi of Quilty Threads. This is a first for me, so I'll give it a go.

These are the tag rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. List 7 things about yourself. Some random, some weird.
3. Tag 3 more players and let them know.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.
OK here goes.....
7 random &/or weird things about me:
1. My husband says that I snore very loudly. Not sure that I believe him, but it's not the first time I've been told this, so there maybe some truth in it.
2. I like things that I do and make to be perfect. They do not always turn out perfect though. My friends have told me on more than one occassion that I have a problem.
3. I'm a hoarder. A bit like a magpie I guess.
4. I wrote a book on my family history and organised a family reunion.
5. I'm also a scapper. No this doesn't been I collect scrap fabrics (well I do, but that isn't what I mean). I enjoy scrapbooking & I love the Creative Memories albums. So much that I am a consultant (hobbyist).
6. I gave up fulltime work in Aug 2007 to work less and do temporary work through an agency. I have been working ever since, except for approx. 10 weeks.
7. I meet 3 Friday nights in a month with 2 friends and quilt. We call it our 'Stitch 'n' Bitch' night.
OK, now who am I going to tag?? I don't know to many bloggers, so if you want to join in, just leave a comment and I'll add you to the links - this is a good way to get visitors to your blog, too ;)

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

I've created a countdown 'widget'...

I just had to add this post to let you all know that after a lot of trial and error I've managed to create my very own Christmas Countdown Widget using one of my plum pudding pics. I'm so chuffed. It only took me most of last night. Check it out in the right sidebar. I did get carried away and added a couple of other Christmas countdowns as I just liked them. Not long to go now.

Monday, 3 November 2008

First day back at work.....

Today was my first day back at work after four weeks off. Even though it is only a temporary position (I've been there now since March 2008), it was good to be back. It was difficult getting out of bed this morning and getting ready for work as I have gotten used to sleeping in a bit. But thankfully it only takes me five minutes to drive to work, so I do not have to arise to early.

It is a short post tonight as I have been busy searching the WWW for Christmas stuff to decorate my blog with. It is very time consuming and I haven't come across much that I like. Besides I received the December issue of AP&Q in the post today, so I think I'll go and tuck myself up in bed were it is nice and warm and have a bit of read. It is quite cool here in Melbourne tonight.

Good luck to all of those people in sweeps for 'Melbourne Cup' or who will be braving the TAB's and placing a bet tomorrow. I hope your horse comes home strong.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Camera battery found

Yippeee!! I finally found the battery charger for the camera and the batteries are now charged and pictures taken. Moral of this is to unpack all items from bag after a trip away before putting bag away.
Below are some of the sewing related items which I have been working on the last few months and have actually completed.

Left: disappearing 9 patch with vintage chenille borders

Below: Maria quilt challenge finally completed. Read more about this subject in previous here

Left: first batch of mini plum puddings

Left: they look good enough to eat don't you think!!

Above, left & below: Puzzle balls. They also rattle...great for babies. These were actually quite fun to make.

Above, left & below: Now I don't particularly like mice, but I do luv these cute little fabric mice. Fun to make and I luv these Moda fabrics. I've got some more in the making but this time with more bright retro fabrics.