have a heart

Experiment in patchwork heart-shaped cushion: relatively quick to make, enjoyable to stuff and hand-stitch edges with perle cotton while watching a Season 2 episode of Top of the Lake, make sure the bottom lines up properly next time. I plan to make a batch for the next Made in the Cape market, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

heart

The bathroom took longer to sort out than I’d anticipated so no worthwhile pic to show you yet. I’ll be moving on to the sewing room next, but the week has been interrupted – very happily – with more overseas orders for pillow cases and the discovery of a fabulous new Italian restaurant in Observatory. Forneria Italia doesn’t have an alcohol license yet, so take your own wine. Best.pizza.ever. Thanks to Gwenni for the recommendation.

And the last thing for today, particularly for Cape Town readers: Level 6b water restrictions will be coming into effect from 1 February, as you probably already know (and we’re all trying not to panic too much) but how useful is this from EyeWitness News:

50 litres

RAIN. PLEASE. SOON.

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26 thoughts on “have a heart

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      They aren’t my ideas, picked them up somewhere on facebook. But I thought helpful to visualise what water looks like volume-wise! It’s a bit bloody grim, isn’t it? Went down to Kalk Bay this morning, there is a little mountain spring that opens at the side of Main Road – there was a looooong queue of people.

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  1. katechiconi

    That’s a lovely cushion, your TV watching time was well-spent! I really hope it rains soon for you… I’m currently using very little water in my cooking and the garden is not getting any water at all. We’ve certainly had rain more recently than you, but even so, everything is brown and crispy

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I only allow myself to watch something when I have handwork to do – so it’s never actually tv itself, just something through you tube/ laptop storage. Are your dams not full enough? Is that the problem? Or does it always happen like this at this time of year?

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      1. katechiconi

        Our dams are getting empty. For the Wet, it’s been terribly dry, after a very dry Dry. Normally, around November, they’re getting everyone prepped for storm season, warnings about driving through flood water, etc. Not a drop yet, and of course, all through the Dry people were using water with no rain then either, crops being irrigated, etc. We were *promised* rain earlier this week and nothing fell, the clouds passed over with some thunder and lightning. The dust is terrible…

  2. coppicelearner

    the cushion is gorgeous! i hope they sell well for you. I had not realised how bad the water situation is for you – I hope it rains there soon. Here in South West Wales we could do with some drier weather. What a pity we cannot share our surplus with you!

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  3. insearchofitall

    I love the cushion and have been reluctant to try that shape. You make it look easy. I’ve been reading about your water issues. It seems some get more than they want or need and the rest do without. Where my son lives in the mountains, the winter lodges and ski area business owners are going bankrupt from the lack of snow and no real rain either. Seems the world has turned sideways with the weather. Hope you get some rain soon and I hope you pass on many hearts to those in need of one. :)

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      The economic fall-out will definitely start becoming more apparent here, over the next few weeks. Property prices will be affected as well. The hearts are dead easy, and I also hope to pass on many to those in need – in exchange for their cash, of course!!! :) xxx

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  4. nanacathy2

    Your water situation made Radio4 news here in England! Appreantly rich people must stop watering their lush lawns. I love the cushion and wouldn’t have noticed the non-alignment had you not mentioned it.

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Ya, those bloody rich people and their lawns….but there’s a nice plan in place to penalise those households which exceed xxx water usage depending on number of residents, and it’s a hefty 1000% increase! 50 litres a day has been a bit of a shock, even to those of us who have been very careful for nearly two years now.
      On today’s agenda – more heart cushions <3

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Indoors….ah I DREAM of staying indoors because of rain…..
      Sorry to keep going on about it, I should stop now – maybe I’m making everyone feel more negative about the situation than needs to be. We’ll all survive somehow!

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  5. Linne

    Personally, Jill, I’d rather keep hearing the news as it is. Makes it more real when it’s affecting someone we ‘know’. Even though the south coast of BC is quite wet, the rains come mostly in the late autumn through to spring.

    When I lived there (1965-1997) we never had water rationing in summer, but they do now. In Vancouver some rich people ignore the rules, just as where you live. Human condition, I suppose.

    The news helicopter did a wide swing one day last summer (we watch the news from Vancouver most days) and it was so easy to tell who was watering their lawns when they weren’t supposed to do so. I feel the police ‘copters should be able to fly over and take photos, then the offenders should be fined very heavily. We all need to do our part, not just those with less.

    ON a positive note: I love that pillow! Have you made any with the patches set diagonally? I wish you plenty of sales!

    Much Love and Light coming your way! ~ LInne
    (and good luck with that bathroom; I would have opted for the pizza place, too!) :-)

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Thanks, Linne, you are right – we all need to do our part and change our lifestyle habits! Big discussion this morning at home about the use of the washing machine, showering, flushing, etc. The reality has finally sunk in.
      I haven’t done diagonal patches – I am a very basic kind of patchworker and will only make what is super quick and undemanding!

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  6. quietwatercraft

    Aw what a lovely cushion!
    I reckon the next technological innovation should be a way to distribute the world’s water more evenly. We get so. much. rain in Scotland, we definitely don’t need (or want!) all of it, if there could just be a way to send it to places that really need it!

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      There’s a lot of talk right now around ships carrying water to the harbour and then having it piped into the dams. There’s a lot of talk about Everything Water though, so who knows…..:( I’m getting a bit tired of all the people who have already gone into panic mode. No-one needs to panic – just SAVE WATER AS INSTRUCTED!!!
      If you would like to bring some of your water here in person, you will be treated like royalty :)

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