Monday, June 20, 2011

Count down til caravan.

Most of the time it feels as if we aren't going anywhere and that this winter is going to last forever. Same, same, cold, muddy, same, same... The truth is though that time is marching along rapidly and we will be outta here before we know it.

There have already been a couple of lasts and there are lots and lots of count downs going on. Last time I see my folks, nine more school days, nine more school lunches, one more pilates class, two more bush kinders, two more dancing classes...

And even though it feel like I am going about my normal routine, the extra things are different. I am putting clothes and towels aside, there is a car fridge in the lounge room, a monster truck in the garage, I am sewing madly and Farmer Bren is welding and measuring and painting.

This morning when Miss Pepper told me she doesn't like it when daddy is away because we are always rushing and I get grumpy, I didn't feel so guilty because I know that there will be a time soon when I wont rush and I'll have no reason to feel late and grumpy.

In fact, I think the main reason I want to go on this trip is to stop the clock. To slow down. To stop ticking things off my never ending list and to stop rushing my days away. To live in my body and not so much in my head. And to be here and now.

There are a gazillion reasons of course but that's possibly the biggest.

Another reason is of course the styling of the caravan. It's like a big girl's cubby house.

So far I've made Miss Jazzy's and Miss Pepper's doona covers and I'm now working on ours.

And look what arrived in the mail this morning from the super talented Chantal. Is it wrong that I'm more excited about this stamp than the roof racks and tow bar and cargo barriers my Farmer boy just got fitted?

I can hardy wait to start stamping that snail mail.

I hope your Monday is a funday people. x

60 comments:

  1. I was going to carve you a caravan stamp! It wouldn't have been as good as a Chantal's one. Her's are lovely. I want to see inside the caravan!

    Boys get excited about roof racks etc. Girls get excited about styling possibilities. well thats how it is in my house. ( Currently one man is beside self with excitemtn over his new chainsaw and may return home today with 9 acres of cut down forest and one lady is excited to be styling a big new deck)

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  2. LOve the caravan stamp! I want a cravan stamped something with the Milo please! Lovely to see you this Morn xxx

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  3. Its not wrong to be more excited about the stamp! look how cute it is!!

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  4. how exciiiiting for the foxs lane gang x

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  5. I want some snail mail now!! x

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  6. And who thinks they wouldn;t be able to make a quilt!

    looking forward to hearing about your vanning adventures x

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  7. Chantal makes the most gorgeous stamps, I love her work. Happy sewing and preparing.
    Anne xx

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  8. I just love the bed linen you have sewn! I am so jealous of your vintage sheet collection, you know I was in Vinnies the other day & saw some nice floral sheets but they were charging $8.99 for them. So I said no!
    You might want to start your own caravaning adventures blog for all your family members to add stuff too - would be a good way for your girls to show & tell to their friends too.

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  9. I am so excited for you, and I just can't get enough of those candy coloured quilts and pillows! Nic x

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  10. oh that stamp is cute.
    but I wanna see the real carvan!
    It sounds like you are doing this trip for a whole bunch of great reasons, plus the fact that you DESERVE a break xo
    PS made a potholder I know you're not going to like coz it's orange

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  11. I can't wait to see your caravan all finished & that stamp is fantastic! Wow 9 days..so excited for you!

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  12. Love the donnas, and the stamp....too sweet.

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  13. I reckon it'd be impossible not to sleep well snuggled in to that bed linen.
    How do I know? Because I'm the proud owner of the Kate-made floral pillow case pictured here [1], and since it's been on my bed, every night I sleep like...a baby.

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  14. oh my! vintage fabric and caravan stamps...ultimate perfection!

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  15. Pure sweetness, both fabric artwork(!) and caravan =)
    Siv

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  16. That's what holidays are all about, living in the here and now, not "needing" anything, nowhere else to be beyond the absolute immediate. So refreshing.

    But golly, I think your old sewing machine needs a holiday too!

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  17. Those quilts!!! And pillows!! And the living in your body and not your head... And that stamp!!
    Everything about this post makes me smile Kate. Soooo excited for you.
    x

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  18. So close! All looking lovely..
    Hope last days are not too frantic..

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  19. Love the doona covers and the stamp is so cute! Enjoy your lasts

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  20. Wow. I didn't realise that it was so soon. Those covers are beautiful, Kate. I am wondering why I have some mass produced yucky doona cover on my bed now.
    How exciting!

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  21. Not long to go now! How exciting.

    I LOVE the idea of 'a big girl's cubby house'.

    Here's to fun, cubbys, and slowing down. x t.

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  22. Our summer holiday began a week ago. Routine and rushing is out the window as the lazy days of summer take hold. Bliss! Enjoy your caravaning. Best wishes, Tammy

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  23. Good lord those are the coolest covers I have ever EVER seen!

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  24. my hub was over the moon when our roofracs arrived and were fitted. .. ..

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  25. Wow I can feel the excitement building for you when you start count downs...those quilts are just perfect and I am sure all the rest will be completed right on time....oh for the no rush no grumpy days that you will be having very soon.

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  26. Your caravan days are going to be fantastic. What memories you will all have :-)

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  27. Those beds look like fun times will be had in that van. So cheerful, just what childhood memories ars made of. My sister & hubby took their 11yr old & 8yr old boys vanning around Australia last year... They had such an ace time & are all so much more connected with each other now. It's going to be so wonderful for you guys. x

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  28. I love it that you're doing this! I've been watching you get ready and now that you're really counting down I'm even more jazzed.

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  29. Those doona covers just speak of pure sunshine. Love the van stamp and so excited that maybe soon we get to see inside the real van. Has your caravan got a name by the way? melx

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  30. I love those bedspreads so! Glad you're excited about the stamp too - it was much fun for me to make.
    Good luck with your final preparations.

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  31. Oh wow Kate - this is so exciting!! I love seeing the quilts together like that. And how fabulous is that stamp? Gorgeous gift :) Kx

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  32. Those doonas look like so much fun side by side. Your caravan is going to be a gorgeous riot of colour.

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  33. What beautiful bed covers.
    Love the stamp.
    Chris

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  34. I love your bed linen soooo much Kate it is GORGEOUS and Chantal's stamp is adorable

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  35. seeing those doona covers makes me realise I don't have enough orange and yellow in my vintage sheet stash- it really chippers it up, your doona covers look ace. As does that stamp. That is serious counting down. I just got a little bit excited on your behalf xx

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  36. Stop the clock...live in the here and now...LOVE it!! You guys are going to have such a ball playing to the beat of your own drum :)

    btw, those doona covers are absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    x

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  37. Oh goodness! If only to stop the clock. How good would it be?? Well, you're about to do it Kate, how fabulous! You must be getting excited little butterflies now, I'm excited for you :o)
    Awesome stamp, that is a winner xo
    P.S. Loving your big girl's cubby house look too!

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  38. you all are going to have the best time!!! It is so important and super fun to take this timeoff as family from "life" =)

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  39. 38 comments so far. Countdown, x

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  40. I'm not really sure where you are going, but if you find yourself heading up the Hume Highway, anywhere near Gunning, we have FREE camping by Meadow Creek at Barbour Park with COLD showers (sorry about that ...) and a number of lovely cafes in town! If you find yourself this way, send me an email!

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  41. ooohhhhhh! The excitement is rising!!! Cx

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  42. You will the way it will force you to do nothing except live in the moment. Last camping trip I played cards and even did a little drawing, something I haven't had time to do in years. Oh and a lot of cooking, as when you do not a lot, life revolves around food :)
    Those quilts look absolutely AMAZING by the way. I love the little tree touch too.

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  43. Gorgeous (doona covers), gorgeous (caravan stamp), gorgeous (teal green ink)! Enjoy the count down but enjoy the experience more!

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  44. OH MY GOD KATE Those covers a BRILLIANT!

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  46. The beds look fantastic. They will brighten up the van no end. I agree, if you are going to be living in the little van for a long time, it might as well look pretty!

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  47. that's one sweet stamp, I'd be excited too!

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  48. Your vintage sheet quilts are to die for!!!! I am keeping my eyes open in the local op shop for vintage sheets and have started a wee collection. I WANT to make one of those!!! Absolutely gorgeous! Oh and yes, the caravan stamp is just too cute, I want one of those too!!!

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  49. Such a great sense of calm and excitement coming through in this post...makes me feel excited! You are doing this trip for all the right reasons...it will be fabulous x

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  50. I firmly believe that one should always be more excited about beauty than practicality. That stamp is a work of art. And those doona covers... spectacular. Who really cares that the tow ball will get you actually on your way with caravan hitched? Pah. Details... details...

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  51. Those doona covers are unreal!!! SO gorgeous, bright and cheerful.

    Of course, you are excited about that stamp. Chantal's work is awesome!

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  52. I love the sheet sets and oh the gorgeous stamp gift is amazing! I so want one you lucky thing :)

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  53. They are all beautiful reasons to go on the caravan adventure. I wish you wonderful travels full of laughter, peaceful times together and memorable pleasant adventures.

    (and thank you for making me smile,think, nod my head in agreement and understanding with your clever, funny, thoughtful, beautiful posts)

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