To Act Or Fly

I wrote another Sonnet tonight. This one is in regards to going to Ukraine vs staying home.

To travel half the way around the world
At seventeen, a terrifying thought.
If, silently, my shyish wings unfurled,
And rise above, perhaps I would be taught
To make decisions easily somehow.
To act or fly? Oh! What a choice to make!
I wish I had the right answer right now,
Or it come in the morning when I wake.
Ukraine or Dorothy – what do I do?
Two passions that I seriously love.
One to serve – affect a life or two;
Or hear the house cheer from below, above.
I wish I knew the answers. Goodness! Why
Is it so hard to know to act or fly?


I still haven’t come to a decision about Ukraine vs TAFE & theatre, but the other night I looked up some audition tips for the Wizard of Oz and found a great Dorothy monologue. SPOILERS: This is from the end of the movie after Dorothy returns home and regains consciousness. I love it!

“But it wasn’t a dream. It was a place. And you, and you, and you…and you were there. But you couldn’t have been, could you? No, Aunt Em, this was a real truly live place and I remember some of it wasn’t very nice, but most of it was beautiful – but just the same all I kept saying to everybody was ‘I want to go home,’ and they sent my home! Doesn’t anybody believe me? But anyway, Toto, we’re home! Home. And this is my room, and you’re all here, and I’m not going to leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all. And…oh Aunty Em! There’s no place like home!”

Even though that’s not the official audition piece (I find that out next week) I figured it would be helpful to start learning something so that I have something to fall back on in the audition if something goes wrong. And if I don’t end up needing it, well I can recite a section of the Wizard of Oz 🙂

Mum is still not mad keen on the idea of me jetting off to Ukraine at the age of 17 and deferring my studies. She and Dad and I need to sit down this week and discuss it…see what’s happening with it.

Will update regarding the quilt soon.


Decisions, Decisions…

Hey crew,

Need some help…I have a big decision to make for next year. I have been invited to go to Ukraine for a couple of months with a couple from my church. They are going to visit some mutual friends over there who run a Christian campsite for orphans and children from their village. I’ve been invited to go help out at this camp during May-June of next year.

This would mean deferring my studies for a semester. A few points to consider are:

  • I am 16 (will be 17 during May-June of next year)
  • I live just north of Sydney, Australia and the furthest I have been from home is New Zealand (that was with Dad)
  • I have never been anywhere with no family before – I have been away without my parents but have always had my younger siblings with me
  • I LURVE performing, and classic movies, and my local musical society is putting on The Wizard of Oz next July and I can’t be Dorothy and miss 2 months of rehearsals…
  • I’m not sure yet whether I am actually able to afford going to Ukraine

What do y’all think?



Thanks for all your comments yesterday, everyone! And thanks especially to Nicole at www.sisterschoice.typepad.com for giving me a mention and getting you all heading over here (I am still figuring out how to put links in so please bear with me). Nicole is a great mentor, so if anyone is interested in starting up blogging, I recommend you get in touch with her.

Ok – here are some photos of my progress so far. These diamonds all have 1 1/2″ sides.

These diamonds are also 1 1/2″ but this is the pile of between 100 and 200 red diamonds. No more red I think!
Some of the un-sashed 3 1/2″ diamonds.
More 3 1/2″ diamonds.
And finally, the 3 1/2″  diamonds with sashing on them.
I tally all my patches in a little exercise book so i don’t have to go counting diamonds all the time. The current count is:
  • 3 1/2″ diamonds – 169 out of 232
  • 3 1/2″ half diamonds (top to bottom) – 0 out of 22
  • 3 1/2″ half diamonds (across the centre) – 1 out of 24
  • 1 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ rhomboid for sashing – 79 out of 282
  • 1 1/2″ diamonds for sashing – 0 out of 323
  • 1 1/2″ diamonds for border – 603 out of 2200

As you can see, I still have a lot of work to do cutting and stitching. But the other day when I sat down and sewed up all those diamonds and sashing strips, I felt like I was finally starting the quilt. Sewing is what makes a project real for me 🙂 I am so excited about this project! I can’t wait to see it come together.

The good thing is that so far I have only bought 4 fat quarters for this quilt (white with black flowers, navy with cream flowers, solid green, solid pink). The rest was from my stash, which I am quite proud of!

I have this idea for the solid colour 3 1/2″ diamonds. I think I want to stitch my siblings’ and my names into some of them, and then when we eventually have kids, stitch their names in too, and possibly the names of our spouses (or we might have to share diamonds there…not sure yet). What do you all think?

Hope my American friends are having a great Thanksgiving!

A few months ago I embarked on a journey to make my very own Jane Austen quilt. I am following the pattern found on http://www.jasa.net.au.  I have decided to make this quilt for my parents for their 25th wedding anniversary in a few years (their 20th was this April gone). As the quilt uses 2200 1 1/2″ diamonds for the borders, you can see why I left this much time! I am getting there slowly…I have not cut all the shapes yet, but as I have a large number of 3 1/2″ diamonds cut, I have started putting the small sashing strips onto them. I’ll try and do a photo update each week – it will be interesting to eventually see what a pile of 2200 1 1/2″ diamonds looks like! I am glad I get to start sewing now 🙂 The quilt is a medallion style, worked around a central diamond with 33cm sides. I am still hunting for the perfect fabric for my medallion. I also thought I had more of my sashing fabric than I do, which is frustrating 😦 Any of you who are reading this – do you quilt? Do you craft at all?


I’m not in an overly write-ey mood lately, so I thought I would share some poems that influence me. Please enjoy.



Sonnet 116 – William Shakespearemarianne dashwood
Let me not to the marriage of true inds
Admit impediments; love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh no, it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown although his height be taken.
Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Kat Stratford’s poem from “10 Things I Hate About You”

I hate the way you talk to me,
And the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car.
I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots,
And the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick;
It even makes me rhyme.
I hate the way you’re always right.
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh,
Even worse when you make me cry.
I hate it when you’re not around,
And the fact that you didn’t call.
But mostly, I hate the way I don’t hate you.
Not even close – not even a little bit – not even at all.


Clutches at my chest like an intake of icy air

Restricts my breathing

Makes my heart race wildly.

The children.

Oh dear God, not the children.

Not my children.

I can’t lose them.

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