Delegation and Outsourcing


Yesterday, I wrote about empowerment that comes with learning new skills.  Mindful delegation also brings empowerment.  Recognising that you cannot be an expert in all things, and thoughtfully outsourcing to people or services with complementary skill sets, can free you up to focus on assignments that bring you joy and satisfaction. Against this background, I […]



For many months, my laser printer has displayed a message Cyan Cartridge: Replace Soon. Naturally I was half way through printing materials for France when that message changed to Replace Cyan Cartridge. Not to worry,  I had a spare cyan cartridge ready to go.  But then there was a clunk and a loud whirring sound […]

Australia Quilts Exhibition: 18-21 September 2014

Australia Quilts: Exceptional Quilts from the Great Southern Land

Carrefour Européen du Patchwork/ European Patchwork Meeting celebrates its 20th anniversary in Alsace, France from 18-21 September 2014. Australia is guest country of honour from outside Europe. I have curated a special exhibit of 34 works to  showcase the diversity of Australian quiltmaking and textile art – both traditional and contemporary.   THANK YOU to all […]

Planning to Escape to the Country


Next week the Laundry King and I will be undertaking a mini version of Escape to the Country. We tried to secure a home exchange but ended up booking a bungalow in the Worcester countryside through AirBNB. Our key search criteria included: close proximity to countryside walking trails – we love a meandering footpath; decent […]

Neptune’s Necklace #1: 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction


The annual benefit auction is the signature fundraising event for Studio Art Quilt Associates. Your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach. The 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction is coming up in September.  My donation work Neptunes’ Necklace#1 is part of […]

2014 World Quilt Competition Prize Winners

The World Quilt Show – New England XII runs until 17 August 2014.  Congratulations to all the entrants and to the winners of the 2014 World Quilt Competition XVIII including the following Australian prize winners: Best of Country (Australia): Bernardine Hine Coreopsis Best Machine Workmanship: Innovative:  Susan Mathews Coastal Life 2 Honourable Mention: Traditional: Linda Steele Christmas Crazy […]

Daily Exercise – Creative Life

Here at Casa da Praia, we have a longstanding house rule – no breakfast unless you have been for a walk or a swim (or both)  even if it is just down to the PO box to clear the mail and back up the “Stairmaster“.  I am convinced that this daily routine is conducive to […]

Australia Quilts Dispatched!


In September 2014, Carrefour Européen du Patchwork/ European Patchwork Meeting celebrates its 20th anniversary in Alsace, France. Australia is guest country of honour from outside Europe.  As curator of the Australia Quilts invitational exhibition, it is my honour to be entrusted with 34 exceptional quilts and textile works.   There have been many trips to the […]

Serendipity Circles with Victorian Quilters


Victorian Quilters had a big program this weekend. They turned their AGM into a mini winter festival. In addition to meeting formalitues, my consciousness-raising presentation on Copyright & Quilting in the 21st Century, Corliss from Threadbear in Castlemaine shared a selection of her personal quilts and there was a bounty of door prizes. And, of […]

Exciting Mail

Brenda Gael Smith Postcards

I was VERY happy to get today’s mail: a duly completed ATA carnet for the Australia Quilts exhibition at the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork, Alsace, France: 18-21 September 2014.  (An ATA carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods and getting this has been a bit of a […]