A Creative Challenge

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This morning I received an SOS from one of my sewing friends. Help with a sewing project, I thought? Well, what eventuated was an unusual request. My friend had sustained an unexpected knee injury which necessitated urgent surgery yesterday. It was a day procedure and she was discharged in a knee brace and with crutches to be used for at least 6 weeks. This all seemed pretty straightforward so far but there was a catch. Previous breast surgery some years ago has left my friend with very sensitive scar tissue which is painful from any pressure when using the crutches. Some sort of padding was required. So a brainstorming session ensued.

As a result I repurposed an old singlet top by attaching padded protective flaps.

I cut pieces of wadding from an old polyester quilt.

The pieces of wadding pinned to the inside of the singlet to gauge the accuracy of my plan.

Then I chose a small piece of very lightweight smooth satin from my stash for the side facing the skin. I used a piece of very thin cotton sheeting for the other side of the pocket for the padded inserts.

The pocket is made and wadding inserted.

The padded inserts were then sewn onto the inside of the lower armholes of the singlet and bound with some satin binding.

It is not the prettiest project I have done but it was immensely satisfying to be able to create a solution for my friend in need.

Community Service

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This morning when I took the rubbish bins up to the roadside this is the scene that greeted me.

2012-12-05 01We live on a quiet, semi-rural road and our driveway is opposite a minor road junction.  The rubbish truck does not go down the side road so each rubbish collection day the bins from the side road and a few surrounding properties are lined up on the verge near our driveway.

This morning one bin was open and several items were scattered around.  I am not sure how this happened but I know that with the automated collection of the ‘wheelie’ bins the remnants would be left behind.  I grabbed a bag, collected up the loose items and put them in the bin.  This ensured that we were not left with a mess on the verge.

2012-12-05 02Here is the same scene a few minutes later.  It is a small but worthwhile job and keeps the area clean and tidy.  Much better than whinging about the rubbish lying on the footpath.

“Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow”

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This quote sums up how I feel about my latest project.

This is not a great oak, but a bunya pine which is indigenous to our area.

As you know we live in a semi-rural area so we have neighbours but definitely not close enough to speak to them over the back fence.

I have had a germ of an idea which has been evolving in my head over the last couple of years.  I would love to promote a real sense of community among the people who live in our road.  There are probably about 20 -25 households.

I have finally bitten the bullet and contacted most people by email and we have set up a group email for us to share ideas and information that is relevant to our area.  There are so many opportunities to connect with each other, share resources and generally support each other.  I think this is a really important part of the structure of our community and one that we need to nurture.

I am looking forward to seeing what direction the group takes.  I hope to one day see great oaks (metaphorically speaking) from this seed of an idea that I have planted.

Do you have any similar networks where you live?