Monday, October 27, 2008

Bras and Abortions

Here are a few new things I feel convicted to get behind and support.

I found this fascinating charity: donating bras to women in the Pacific Islands. The way it works is that lightly used bras are given to these women (since new bras incur an import tax) who otherwise would never be able afford them.
Bras are a sign of status and cultured living in these areas and the lack of a bra is sometimes seen as a sign of poverty.

I think the idea is fabulous! Here's the information if anyone is interested in donating!

UpLiftBras

Recently at college we were treated to an incredible presentation by Melinda Tankard-Riest. She is a strong advocate for women's issues particularly against the sexualisation and objectification of women in today's society.

She spoke particularly on the issue of abortion. She was very revealing about the distinct lack of 'choice' in many women's decisions to have an abortion. In today's society it's more about the choice of the partner, the doctor, other family members or more shockingly society's choice to not have more unwanted children (or even children with disabilities).

She's written two books, Giving Sorrow Words and Defiant Birth. The first book gives a voice to women who have had an abortion but regret the decision. There is a lot of information out there that claims that there is no physical, emotion or spiritual harm done to women post-abortions. This book shows from a very personal viewpoint that there is such harm for many women. The second book records the stories of a number of families who have been pressured to have abortions because their in-utero children were deemed to have disabilities. All of them refusedand as a result experienced varied amounts of abuse and displeasure from their doctors, families and society at large.

Check them all out and definitely check out Women's Forum Australia. 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

FreckledNest Rocks

I found LeighAnn a while ago and I think I've posted about her before. I love her blog (FreckledNest.com) because she writes so beautifully, honestly and with such fun and vivacity.

She's just recently decided to refocus her life away from working full time at her art and craft. As a result she's made everything half price in her Etsy shop. I just bought this:


I'm so excited to finally buy somethin from her! It's a mini album the perfect size for photobooth photos. I've only got two photobooth photos and they were both with an ex-boyfriend. I'm thinking hubby won't be too keen on putting them in the album. This is a great excuse to get hubby in some more photos with me! 

So what are you doing? Go check out her stuff!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Story of Stuff


I can't remember where I found this link but I'm glad I did.  I'm not a tree-hugging hippie but I do my small part when it comes to recycling and buying renewable products. This short film (click on the above picture) is really eye-opening, a little discouraging but motivating at the same time. It's about the insane consumerist, materialistic society we live in and how it's damaging not just the environment but us humans too. 

Then I followed some links and found this site: Cosmetic Database (click on the picture). 

I was very, very shocked when I plugged in some of the body and face products that Nathan and I use. I generally hate make-up and rely on Photoshop to make me look betterbut even still, I use lipstick with lead and moisturizer with carcinogens!

So check them out. I think it's good to be well aware of what's going on around us. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Exams: blerk. Internet: yay!

I've got 7 exams coming up and I just handed in my last essay-type assessment for the year today. It wasn't really an essay but an exegetical - 1000 words on Psalm 116. Pretty interesting but the Hebrew was a bit boring - I found it difficult to get the full word count.

So, I should be studying, but oh my, are there so many pretties on the internet. I've been blog hopping for hours on end. I just love looking at what everyone is making, bookmarking it or favouriting the pattern if it's knit or crochet. But all my organization usually goes to waste since I never remember to go back and look at all the lovelies a second time to actually make them.

So here's some pretties to keep us all procrastinating:

My friend (can I say that? I've only emailed her twice I think) Marly got one of her crochet patterns published in Interweave Crochet. It's out now at the newsagents.


This place is pretty awesome: Vintage Sewing Patterns. I love looking at and collecting vintage patterns but haven't been very successful with modern patterns let along older style ones!

I want to make this bag - it looks so easy!


I would love to learn how to quilt like this: (From House on Hill Road)


I signed up for the Holiday KalCal again. I only got one entry in last year but still managed to score a book prize. I've got a few handmade Christmas projects coming up that I'll enter.


That's all for now. I need to get back to reading Philosophy. Blerk.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Monkeys! Monkeys! Monkeys!

I [heart] monkeys so much! I love calling my husband 'monkey'. (If you hear me say 'Bun', that's short for 'Bunny'.) I just love the word 'monkey'. It sound so magically odd in a very strange, Diane sort of way. Monkeys seems so incredible cute, weird and mysterious. I'm not talking about orangutans or gorillas but cute little spider monkeys or sock monkeys or sad monkeys that are tied up and dance to music.

"Monkey-poodle-bottom-bum-nut."

Natalie Dee
nataliedee.com

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sewing love

We just had 2 weeks holidays from college and are currently in the second week of term 4. On holidays I like to laze around, watch DVDs, annoy my husband with laments about not actually leaving Sydney on holidays and just general craftiness. Every holiday, without fail, we have an essay due in the middle. That part is very painful but it does mean that you can work on it without other college obligations.

Last holidays I did a little sewing. I made this awesome bag that I just adore.

It's from Bend the Rules Sewing. I'm loving this book more and more. The linen outside fabrics are two 20cent teatowels. I got them separately on different occasions at our internal op-shop at college. Such a score. The inner fabric is some 100% cotton polkadot print from Lincraft.

The bag is a perfect size and the pocket works so well. I still love my other bag that I made from this book but this bag is much nicer since it's smaller.

I did attempt to make a skirt from this pattern. I bombed. Badly. I'm not sure what happened in terms of measurements - I thought I had it all figured out but it ended up looking horrendous so the fabric'll be scraps for a future quilt or bag.

I finally finished this top as well (Simplicity Pattern 4123). I started back last year and got frustrated with the yoke and hem binding. It was my first top to really follow a paper pattern all the way through and boy, did I learn things!

Right now I'm working on top pattern from OneSkein using some recycled yarn from a 100% cotton jumper. I'm really loving recycled yarn. I unravelled another jumper the other day and plan to make a shawl out of them once I've overdyed them.