Sunday, May 06, 2007

wigwam for a goose's bridle

This is my wigwam for a goose's bridle on the embellisher - that little long forgotten expression which Ian popped out with has created a little discussion. I don't know if it is from Tasmania but it was certainly part of my childhood whenever some adult didn't want to tell you the answer (or most likely didn't know the answer). Further research on google tells me it means 'mind your own business'. I had fun making these long beads.

Beautiful day in Perth - we had breakfast up at Lincoln's, our new lovely cafe - with Grant this morning. They make the best coffee (after Ian of course). They have some dear little stools in the cafe and I went off and bought one for my studio. I will take a pic when I get the second one which I have ordered. I was looking for something nice to finish off the last corner.

I will have the front cover pic of the book on my embellisher blog later on today - Ian says we can take preorders from Wed onwards. He just needs to confirm the price as we have added another 10 pages or so since the initial quote. It has been very satisfying to finish it - and an excuse to drink champagne.

I have been awarded a thinking blog award from fembellish - I am not sure what that means but I am honoured - I am sure there are a lot more blogs with a lot more thinking. A friend emailed me this week to say that her blog is a visual diary and not full of family pics and daily activities - I think was a dig but I will ignore it. From all the comments I get, I think people must enjoy reading about our comings and goings, rugby and sailing etc. Anyway, I think it all adds to the tapestry of my life. I come with grown-up children and interests outside textiles.

Jocelyn - thanks for your comments - apart from the fact the NZ doesn't start until south of the Bombay hills, Auckland is fabulous! And the World Cup will roll up soon. Fingers crossed this time round....

Moonshadow Inks - I got a new order of moonshadow mists and starburst stains on Friday and I brought in some of the moonshadow inks to try them. They are exactly the same as the mists but in jars - you fill them up with hot water but you can use a pen to write or sponge etc. I have been playing with them and might stock them if there is enough interest. We have had lots of interesting stuff in this week - Rae has been dyeing up all sorts of things for me - we have ravishing rayon in the Opulent colours, and fabric ends which are very textured. Ian has started putting some of the new stuff on the web and I think he is working on the May specials right now. I know we are always late but usually worth the wait.

15 comments:

Tannia said...

I'm Tasmanian too and I know "a wigwam for a goose's bridle" too :)

Emmy said...

I love your wigwam

K. said...

Love the wigwam Dale, and the variety of things you talk about in your blog. Waiting for Wednesday. Kay in Tas.

sjandik said...

I think the mix of textiles and family is just fine. It helps me to know you. By the way, great picture of you and a fun wigwam. Sandy in La Center

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Pat said...

What a wonderful expression, my mother's stock answer to "But why?" was "Because there's railings round the park!" Grown ups. What can you do?

Penny said...

I know the expression too and I am South Australian, but I think my English grandmother used it too.
Waiting for Wednesday.
Afraid my blog is personal too and I like it, so apparently do my friends around the world who keep up with my doings through it.

Anonymous said...

Dale,

The wigwam is a beauty! I was born NSW, grew up there and in Victoria though I now live in Tas. I suspect the expression is a universal one but like many older things it gets swamped in all the new jargon of the younger people which doesn't matter as long as some people remember it.

Judy.

dawn said...

Like the blog just as it is. Lovely smiley photo, much more the fun personality I'm sure you are.

Doreen G said...

We did start a good conversation didn't we-- your wigwam is is marvelous as usual.

Helen said...

Love the wigwam! I grew up with the saying here in New Zealand. Both of my grandmothers were English. I suspect it has origins there.

MargaretR said...

I have never heard that one before dale, but I love it.
It's good to have a life outside of textiles Dale. It's a very boring person who just does one thing with their lives and the textiles would be more boring as well IMO.

SiouxSue said...

Don't really understand the goose bridle, but it sure is neat!

Maureen said...

Dale I grew up in Perth and was frequently fobbed off with:
"It's a wigwam for a goose's bridle to teach young donkeys how to trot"
I often wondered if it was something from the Irish part of my family!Never found out.

Anonymous said...

We had the wigwam expression when we were little, one of us is from Tassie the other from Victoria. I just tried to explain it to our Austrian internal - difficult to explain....!

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