Annies Crazy World

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August 2005
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Flyover and Fireworks August 14th, 2005

This evening I went to see a flyover of military aircraft and fireworks display to commemorate 60 years since the end of world war II….The display included lowering soldiers into the lake from ropes dangling from helicopters and dropping others directly into the water from an even lower flying shanook….The fireworks were WOW as fireworks always are and they finished with 2 F111s lighting there afterburners as they flew over …Thats 2 Jets that each dump a payload of fuel and set it alight as they fly over and it makes for a magnificent display…Such flyovers are not done very often as they are very controversial because of the environmental and $ costs and there is a very load noise factor ….I will understand if they stop doing them but in the meantime I will see every one I get a chance to, I have seen them a few times and every time it has given me a huge thrill…they really do have the WOW factor.

Below is a photo I took this evening of the sun setting behind Black Mountain Telecommunication Tower which is a landmark that can be seen from most everywhere in Canberra.

Sunset behind Black Mt Tower

Hunting For Jeans August 14th, 2005

When the bags of fun started it brought up memories of the embroidered Jeans from the 1970s…for me they are more than memories because I still have them…From memory I was about 14 when I bought the Jeans, and I can remember hating them, they cost me $3, and looked Cheap, at the time good Jeans cost about $10 , I did understood that my parents couldn’t afford to buy me expensive fashion jeans but understanding didn’t stop a 14 year old hating having to wear Cheap Jeans…when I got some iron on Motifs in a teenage magazine and ironed them onto the Jeans…those iron on motifs, now faded and crumbly were the starting point, I followed them up with other little embroideries until the patches I had added for decoration were joined by patches added for necessity as they had faded and become comfortably warn and become favourite Jeans… I have put larger images and embroidery details into my Flickr album.


When I first joined bags of fun I was thinking that I would do it in a 1970s style but have since thought that isn’t what I want for a new every day use bag….and lots of dangaly beads and clusters of buttons keep coming into my head….but they are not going to be a practical for every day use either…so I am starting to think that I am going to have to make 2 bags, one a new every day bag with minimal embellishment and another very embellished one just for fun…We will have to wait to see wether I opt for the seventies or beads and buttons…

In the meantime I have been hunting under my sons bed for the bag of Jeans that I have kept and collected for making quilts….I think that I have enough for several quilts and lots of bags!!!!


Comments: 1

sharlee on 15 August 2005 at 02:18
I remember buying my first ‘real’ jeans when I was seventeen… They were a pair of Levi’s for $10.00… And I loved them… My father hated them with a passion…Thought they were ‘rough’ and how I liked that image… I also remember going to the Lady Mayoress’s jumble sale at the Lower Town Hall in Melbourne where I bought two second hand jumpers – that also caused quite an arguemnet in my middle class home – this time with my mother… But gee the jumpers looked great with the jeans!!!!! I still have three dresses from those days – I bought them from a shop which was called the ‘In Shoppe’ which is now where DJ’s is across from Myer in Melbourne – these were the days of the late sixties, early seventies – when flower power was at its height… The dresses are long and made of crepe and one was a dark green with a machine embroidered velvet top and cuffs – this one was special to me as it was my going away outfit… My you, the dress outlived than the marraige – but in those days dreams were sweet… I’ll stop now!!!!!!