Monday, 15 September 2014

White Perspective

Cabbage Patch

It is time for spring around here and I am the lazy gardener. Really I am not much of a gardener at all, although i do admire a well thought out garden and love a good display of nature's bounty.
This year I have planted my own colourful cabbage patch. Tongue in cheek- I love this type of gardening because it looks good all year round and once I've crocheted it , it doesn't require any maintenance on my behalf.
Do you recognise this work?

It is my spoke wheel flower scarf. I have only twelve more circles to produce to make it long enough. Although every time I think it is long enough I wrap it around my my neck and think I should go a few more.  I was at swimming training the other night sewing in all the loose ends on the scarf and decided to wind it up  upon completion (instead of the normal toss it into the bag) and I suddenly had a lovely looking cabbage in my hand - I had to take a  picture of course.

And this is the baby quilt so far

Hoping your garden is blooming

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Playing with Palette Builder

Having made a mosaic in the form of the  kaleidoscope of materials reminded me of the palette builder tool that can be found on play crafts. So I went back for a visit and had a play with some recent photographs. The link address is here at Palette Builder 2.1

In the scrub

In the backyard..lovely blossoms and a limited palette

Beach pebbles

My mossy and rotting fence

At the beach-Willunga



I've been procrastinating about making a baby quilt for some time now and can wait no longer. Another baby due for one of the girls at work (one of three pregnancies at the moment) so I feel the impetus to actually get started on this project. Mother's request for a green quilt..mmm ..I could go with the soft muted colours but am feeling the penchant for something a little stronger. I dont know the sex of the child so shall try to remain neutral in my theme. So here is a sample of my palette and I have presented it in Kaleidoscope theme with some of the blossoms that I photographed in the garden this morning.

I'll show you what i have made tomorrow, but today I am off on a trip to the hills.. a little bit of op shopping and some divine eating in lovely green surrounds. Cheers and have a fantastic day!

Friday, 29 August 2014

A Day Out

Thought I would sandwich the sunset from 2 nights ago between the progress on the crochet spoke flowers. Such a beautiful calm evening, a prelude for spring!

Today has been an exceptionally busy day. Three months ago I booked in for a tour of the new South Australian Medical Health Research Institute (SAMHRI) and I showed you photos of the building here i took lots of photos of the external structure but today had the opportunity to see the inner workings

Three pods form part of the lower aspect of the building and the front foyer to the main pod is spacious. The  extremely large void  appears to house an inner building - the main functioning work space. A total of 1400 windows encase the building and give a very light infused and open feeling to the building. the cheese grater effect on the external building are designed to move to accommodate air flow and make the building environmentally friendly.
The building is built on aboriginal land and its use of colour were given by the aboriginal elders to represent earth sea and sky. Colour glimpse through the windowed panels and as part of the upper foyer area


Looking down from the eight floor into the void of the foyer and the colours dedicated by the aboriginal elders seen through the many panels of glass and representative of each floor

Now I apologise in advance for so many photos of a staircase, but i love form and function and think that the structural beauty of this staircase speaks for itself. It just depends on which perspective you look at it!

Like a big corks screw the staircase is central and is designed to draw all layers/ levels of the building together in the ideal of collaboration and openness.

It just depends on which way you look at it!

Also of interest is the supporting structure of the building. The guide referred to these structures as flowers. The beams radiate throughout the building, with the angle becoming wider as the building grow upwards and are the support framework of the whole building.

Aboriginal artwork in area designated to aboriginal health research

One of the lab spaces visible on the tour.

The building supports over 600 researchers/ collaborators yet only offers only 20 carparks in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint.  The bike rack outside the building is well utilised, the tram runs past the door on one side of the building and the railway on the other

After my tour I walked to the botanic gardens and had lunch under this palm type tree. I would never had paid attention to it except for one of the branches had been pulled from the tree and was laying on the ground below. Then I got carried away with my camera , But I forgot to snap the name of the plant.

An arbour reflecting nature and a beautiful blue sky.

On to the Amazon  Lily room

 And some iron work panels one of the park entrances

A quick trip to the art gallery- these guys nailed it!

And to finish off - a rainbow of colour in the mineral room at the museum.