Monday, January 31, 2011

My month (or two) in pictures!

To avoid having to write "The End of  Exams to the New Year, An essay by Miranda", which wouldn't not have been fun to read or write, I thought I would do a picture post to sum up everything that been happening, so here goes.... Drum roll please!.......

1. Week in Lorne (end of November) with some friends. Had an absolutely amazing time, met lots of great people and made many new friends that I see almost every week now.

2.  Home to find a lovely email from my friend Samm that really touched my heart and after such a wonderful week away, coming back the happiest I had been in a long time... I was really quite speechless. Guess what? I was Blogger of the month over at Stash Manicure and had won a gorgeous fat quarter bundle of Riley Blake's Quite Contrary Fabric! I love it and it is even more gorgeous in person... I have so many quilt ideas, I can't decide! Thanks again Samm, and all the amazing people over at Stash :)

To see the whole collection- Click Here
3. Exam Results came out- I did really well in my exams and was really happy with my results and enter score. I also got over 40 in Studio Art (overall subject scores are marked out of 50) so my name appeared in the paper which was really exciting and I was really happy after all the work I had put in. I still haven't posted my Major Works have I? woops, will do soon.

4. Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild's last meeting for the year- Basted and decided (with the help of almost everyone in the room) how I should hand quilt my Just Dreaming Summer Quilt. I also had to resew a few dodgy seams prior to Basting, after realising (after the whole top had been pieced) that the tension must have been a bit off and as a result the seam was loose (note to self: always check the seam after sewing). Luckily I didn't have to take the whole top apart, but it wasn't fun.

Basting & Marking

5. Perth- spent 2 and a half weeks there over Christmas and New Year with family and friends.

My uncles famous Trifle and my aunties Christmas fruit salad- YUM!

*It was also my Birthday in December :)
My Breakfast- the most amazing pancakes with yoghurt and berries!

* I took my Just Dreaming Summer quilt but didn't do any hand quilting- too busy, too hot and too humid.

6. After Perth we spent a week in Bali. We had a great time shopping in the markets, eating, visiting temples, lounging by the pool, walking on the beach, more eating and just relaxing.
View from our apartment
Feeding Turtles
The beach was just in front of our hotel

7.  I received my stocking from the MMQG Christmas stocking swap. This is my stocking from Clair, I love it! And not only did I receive a gorgeous was filled with all sorts of goodies including: Chocolates, buttons and fabric (in my favourite colours and including Owl Fabric!! oh my goodness) which was really kind and generous of her. Which has made me feel a bit awful for not putting as much in my stocking. I had intended to make some things and fill it with things from my favourite shop Patchwork House but we were so busy before going to Perth I just ran out of time :( 

BUT...I'm making her something special soon, its a surprise...Hi Annabelle! :D

8. Received Uni Offers = Really Happy. See previous post "A new beginning and a world of opportunities"

9. Almost finished hand quilting :)

10. Enrolment day for Uni = even more excited!
11. I have a bit of an owl obsession (it has become a bit of a joke between my friend and I)
  My friend...She isn't a fact she has a fear of sewing needles

but she made me this really cute little owl for my Birthday! I love it so I thought I would share it with you. I'm so proud of her! And even more exciting is that she said to me yesterday that she wants to learn to sew and asked me if I would teach her!
and that sums up what's been happening... so as you can see its been pretty hectic, and those are just the major things! This post still ended up being longer than expected- well done if you've made it to the end! 
Anyway, I'm off to sit in front of the aircon- It's 40 degrees here today and we don't have aircon or a fan in the study so I'm melting as I type.

Hope you have a lovely week
Miranda & Charlie

Monday, January 24, 2011

A new beginning and a world of opportunities!

*My "month in pictures" post has had to be postponed,  after reading Samm's blog post about all the issues Blogger is currently having with loading photos into blogs and blog posts and even whole blogs I thought it would be a better idea to share my very exciting news instead!

I found out my exam results and VCE mark early in December and was really happy with how I went but for the past month and a bit I have been waiting anxiously for University offers to come out and find out which course I got into.

And Guess what!?....last Monday I found out I got offered a place in my first preference of 
 Speech Pathology!!  

I am so happy and very excited at the moment!
It wasn't really until this year that I decided I might like to do Speech Pathology and it wasn't until after going to the open day at the university and watching the demonstrations that I knew this is what I would love to do!

 I decided I wanted to do something working with children and helping people and possibly in the health care industry but the past couple of years, my other ideas were doing a double degree in Nursing/Midwiffery and specialising in NICU, Psychology or  Primary Teaching. I decided on Speech Therapy because in some ways it is a little bit of all three and I think it would be really interesting. I also like the diversity in being able to work in schools, hospitals, private practise etc. 
 and Speech Therapy and many jobs in the health industry such as nursing and also teaching, are occupations that you can have a family and come back to.

 Also, I watched an American show a few years back where they were using therapy dogs in Speech Pathology with children, which I found really interesting because I do a lot of work with dogs and training (there's something you didn't know!).

Anyway, so there's my exciting news for the week! I have enrolment day this Friday and then University starts in March, so it's going to be all very new and exciting and I can't wait!

Hope you had a great weekend,

Miranda & Charlie

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It's a bit late but...

Happy New Year!

      Hope you had a great Christmas and have been enjoying the holidays! I know I have!
Perth Sunset on New Years
It has been a long time since I have been around here, hasn't it?
I assure you I am alive...I have been away for the past month in Perth and Bali and had hoped I would be able to blog, but we were staying at my grandparents house in Perth and their computer blocks internet sites that you log into (for some strange reason!) and we didn't have any internet in no blogging, blog reading, email or Facebook (my brother nearly died with the lack of that last one!).  And the Christmas craziness before we left for Perth = a lot of blogging and blog reading to catch up on!

But I did have an amazing time away, relaxing on the beach, shopping and catching up with friends and family.

And I'll post on everything that's been happening (an exciting parcel- Madame Samm knows what this one is! , Exam results, Quilting, Perth- Christmas and B'day, Bali, another exciting parcel- this one from the MMQG Stocking Swap aaannnd Uni offers and agility) I think I'll do a post in pictures, with each picture representing something and then a little bit of words... otherwise it could easily become "The End of  Exams to the New Year, An essay by Miranda" which wouldn't be fun to read or write!

Hope you are well, have a great weekend :)

Miranda & Charlie