Australia Quilt

My whole life I’ve dreamed of going to Australia.

I have a small obsession with it.

It’s a beautiful country with amazing wildlife and I can’t wait to see my first kangaroo out in the wild when I go there.

I can only imagine how breathtaking it would be to see something so foreign just out and about, like it’s no big deal.

It’s a kangaroo!

My friend Michelle and her husband took a trip to Australia and I was so envious of them making that trip.

They’re global adventurers to say the least.

I was right there after their trip, asking questions.

What did they do?

Where did they go?

What did they see?

Someday my sister and I will take a trip to Australia and I will get to experience firsthand what my friend and her husband got to enjoy.

All the diversity of life and the people of Australia.

In keeping with my passion for quilting, I’ve started to work on my Australia quilt.

Now, remember I make quilts for other people so making a quilt for myself is a rare occurrence.

The last time I made a quilt for myself was about 8 years ago – a beautiful pinwheel quilt very similar to this one:

I’ve decided I’m going to make myself an Australia quilt and I’ve selected the perfect wildlife fabrics from Spoonflower (naturally) to make this quilt:

I like this pattern for the quilt because it allows you to focus on the fabric design.

It’s called Craftsman by Amy Smart:

And because I want to surround my quilt with a beautiful border and binding, I’ve selected this wonderful ocean wildlife fabric for the border and geometric waves fabric for the binding:

Should make a GORGEOUS quilt no?

Almost as gorgeous as all the critters, small and large, who make up the fabrics I’m using!

Arachnophobia

Many of you already know I have a GINORMOUS spider phobia.

I scream when OTHER PEOPLE squash spiders.

What you don’t know is WHY I have arachnophobia.

Way back, when I was a young little girl, I didn’t like it when spiders were in my room. So I’d ask my dad to get rid of them.

My dad, being a vegetarian/pacifist who doesn’t believe in the senseless slaughter of animals, would get a plastic baggie and try to capture the spider in a bag.

Nine times out of ten the spider would fall behind my bed and I wouldn’t be able to sleep in my room that night.

When he DID catch the spider in the bag, he’d shake the bag in front of my face (yes, I know, not very kind to the spider), scaring me witless (yes, I know, not very kind to me).

Fast forward 4 decades and here I am, still scared of spiders but SOMEWHAT able to deal with them myself (squishing, flushing, stomping, etc).

I only OCCASIONALLY scream.

Which is why I have this fear/fascination with countries with LARGE and/or deadly spiders: Australia, South Africa, etc.

More than anything I want to go to Australia.

But have you SEEN those huntsman spiders?

Or, God forbid, a funnel web spider (which I think is a man killer)?

Someday I will drag myself to Australia, and I am sure I’ll have a great time, but believe you me, it will be with the thought of deadly spiders in my head THE WHOLE TIME!

 

P.S. My last run in was with a spider crawling on my neck in my tent trailer and I threw it across the trailer and against the front door. It made a THUD! FREAKY!

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Inner Child

Did you ever just fall in love with something and had to have it, at any price?

Well, I was shopping around for faux fur, like any good burner does, and I stumbled across this beautiful pastel faux fur from Fur Addiction in Australia.

I instantly thought of my unicorn hot pants, lavender lace cami, and pink fishnets.

Ohhhhhh!

Love!

What could be better than buying a pastel jacket to go with my raver girl outfit?

I contacted my etsy seamstress who made my white faux fur jacket for my Star Wars burlesque outfit.

How much to sew it? $35.

Done and done!

So I’m having the fur shipped to my seamstress who will build me a pastel faux fur jacket for my pink, lavender and blue unicorn hot pants outfit.

It’s just too AWESOME for words!

Once again, it occurs to me that I should be too mature for things like faux fur jackets and anything colored pink, lavender and light blue.

I should be.

BUT I’M NOT!

I’m literally off my gourd with excitement.

And anything that makes me this happy is something I’m going to pursue.

Thank you Burning Man, for letting my inner child play dress up!

Dream a little dream

For most of my adult life, I’ve fantasized about going to three places:

  • Greece
  • Finland
  • Australia

I’ve wanted to go to Greece on account of all the beautiful pictures I’ve seen of it – white walls, blue seas, and Mediterranean food.

greeceFinland has made it to my list oddly enough because I love the idea of sleeping in a glass igloo under the aurora borealis. Even in freezing cold temperatures with blankets of snow.

finlandAnd Australia made it to my list because… well… Australia!

australiaAt the risk of sounding ridiculous, I love the accents, the animals, and the beautiful cities.

I haven’t travelled as much as I would like to mostly because in all my fantasies about traveling the world, I never fantasized about doing it solo.

I mean what’s the point of sleeping in a glass igloo under a dramatic night sky unless you’re simultaneously getting your freak on?

Don’t get me wrong. I traveled to Scotland with my sister and I drove all over from Oban to Fort William to Inverness to the Isle of Skye.

I watched a shinty game in Skye with little biting midges flying up my nose and in my eyes while the shinty boys raced like thunder up and down the pitch.

Their thighs captivated me.

I really exposed myself to a different culture and people.

And I want to continue to do so.

But alone?

No thanks.

I may just have to bug my sister to take another trip with me next summer.

The question is: Where do we go first?

And can I convince my sister, who is an avid relax-and-do-nothing vacationer, to go out with me and get dirty/wet while having fun?

That is the questions my friends.

Vacation for one

I’m trying to decide where to vacation this summer. I will be vacationing by myself so taking the 10 day hike up Kilimanjaro in Africa is probably out. That definitely requires a companion.

I have several options on the table right now –

australia

If I go to Australia, I’m pretty sure I can get up to all sorts of mischief. I would start by diving the Great Barrier Reef, tour the rainforest, and drink excessive amount of beer at some random festival. Maybe even find a cowboy to take me on a pack trip through the outback. Yeah. That sounds good. Read Things to do in Australia.

scotland

In Scotland I would go fishing in the Isles, take the West Highland line to Mallaig just to enjoy the scenery. Rent a car and drive from town to town, ask the locals where to go and what to do. Plan as little as possible, enjoy as much as possible. Read LookSmart’s FindArticles – 100 Things to do in Scotland before you die.

newzealand

In New Zealand I would definitely have to try zorbing. I would look into other sports there are well – like climbing and maybe enjoy a tramp (hike) or two. See the wildlife in Tongariro National Park. Head to the beaches and lounge around reading smut novels. Learn to be a bum for a week. Read Top Things to do in New Zealand by Lonely Planet.