Friday, 9 January 2009


it's suddenly dawned on me that it's nearly a year since i began this lark...storytelling in fluffy space...and so i thought i'd celebrate by giving someone else a present.

there's a catch though...first you'll have to read some pearls [possibly of wisdom] and then you'll have to contribute a few of your own.

post a pearl in the comments and on January 14th [South Australian that'll be the 13th for you Statesiders] Martha-muu will help me to pick a lucky-dip winner from the hat [felt, of course]
i'll then post the name of the winner, who will have to supply me with their postal address so that i can send them an eco-print surprise... a present from the Prophet of Bloom.

so here goes

"never chase men or trams...there'll be another along in five minutes" -  Grandma

"a little dirt never hurt anybody and besides, it keeps you warm" - my favourite Auntie

"a little of what you fancy does you good" - British actress Joan Collins [i apply this theory to chocolate although i suspect Ms Collins applies it to other amusements as well]

"i'd rather dye regretting something i've done than something i hadn't done" - my youngest child [then aged 14 and still a fount of wisdom]

"save the planet, it's the only one with chocolate" - some bright but nameless soul

"knowledge is the realisation the tomato is a fruit. wisdom is not putting it in the fruit salad" - my son

"a change is as good as a feast" - me

so there you are...and now it's your turn. post me your pearls in the comments and who knows, you may find yourself the lucky dip winner of an eco-printed textile object...which i'll be making this coming weekend... 


  1. I love your Grandma's quote about men and trams and the anonymous one about saving the planet because its the only one which has chocolate.Congratulations on a year of "story telling in fluffy space", I do enjoy your posts.My pearls are "The one who travels alone, travels the fastest" and "The only constant is change". There are others but only these two come to mind just now.

  2. An old one, but a good one:
    "None so blind as those that will not see."
    And this one that I read somewhere, but can't remember who said it: "It's attitude, not aptitude, that determines your altitude."

    Congrats on your blogiversary!

  3. Allready a year, India? Congrats!
    I have a pearl for you too:
    "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see".
    Henry David Thoreau

  4. You have stolen my thunder and attributed it to your fave aunty! Hrumh!

  5. Here's one for when I feel need a picker upper:

    “There are flowers upon the thistles, and the thorns are covered with roses.” ~Ellen White

  6. a day without creating is a day without soul ... my very own pearl!

    (also blog

  7. I have only come to your blog recently, so I'm enjoying working my way through your posts. I like the pearl about a little dirt, and in that vein here is my pearl:
    "after two years the dust doesn't get any worse" Quentin Crisp
    take care and thanks for visiting my blog

  8. 'stand clear... i have no toes' bouja bouja

  9. Cheers to you on your anniversary!
    My pearls are southern country: "What I see, others see" (as in if you notice something awry); and, "If it's not one thing, its two things" (from a former co-worker vis-a-vis a family maid.

  10. Another of my mother's sayings which has walked with me many a mile is 'Leave not until to-morrow what you can do to-day', that one we all know and have at some time suffered under, but mother had the convers as well, when I was obvioysly over tired, the old Latvian saying 'work is not a rabbit, it won't run away' would come to the fore.

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  12. "man has no choice when he wants every thing" from the song The Scarlet Tide by TBone Burnett, Elvis Costello

  13. don't worry about life, you're not going to survive it anyway......don't know who said this but it made me laugh.
    Congratulations on your anniversary

  14. The road from Kyoto to Tokyo is 8 days long
    if you give up on the 7th day
    you never get to see the sunrise over Mt. Fuji
    (times and distances are approximate!)

  15. the string of pearls is looking very fine so far...

    and it's a good thing it's going to be a lucky dip, i'd never be able to choose a winner otherwise.
    keep em coming, there are 3 days to go yet!

  16. whatever else they may be, weeds are optimists.
    J.B.McKinnon in The Hundred Mile Diet
    and a Chinese Proverb
    A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
    It sings because it has a song.
    And my current sig line.
    The end does not justify the means,
    the means determine the end. Love ya blog India

  17. Congratulations on your blog anniversary India. I saw my words of wisdom on a sign board outside a local hall, 'an eye for an eye, soon everyone is blind'. This appealed to me.

  18. err... my previous post was from some zen book I read years ago (maybe Basho?) - too long ago to remember.
    An Eastern proverb nonetheless

  19. "The man should always have the last word (or two) in the marriage ... "Yes Dear"." My husband's contribution at weddings we attend.

  20. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I love seeing what's going on with you down under. As someone whose endeavors are almost never done halfheartedly, I have always been inspired by this quote from Goethe when embarking on something new: "At the moment of commitment, the entire universe conspires to assist you." More often than not, I have found this to be true in my life.

  21. I'm not sure of the author but I try to remember these words everyday, "being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect, it means you've decided to see beyond the inperfections."

  22. your blog is fabulous, your writings in textile magazine are so wonderful also!
    I love this quote from Picasso which I try to relate to all my work, not just painting..

    "I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them" Picasso

  23. Still one of my zen favourites, especially in the botanical dyeing process...
    "the journey is the reward"
    See you soon in Welly...

  24. "somewhere a door will always open"
    "a green branch will always appear if you keep climbing"
    "whatever you can get done today, don't post phone until tomorrow"
    These three are translated from swiss-german hence a bit cumbersome in english

    "there's art for conversation and art for product"
    by me

    Congratulations on your anniversary!... oh, how fast time passes....

  25. oh I'm SO enjoying this....have decided to repeat this amusement [with a different theme] at some point in the future, perhaps when the happy band of followers hits the 100 mark...we'll see!

    meanwhile here's a contribution from Velma, whose internet connection is creating hiccups in the comment-posting department...she's asked me to paste it in for her

    "Eat dessert first, life is so uncertain." A bumper sticker on my [Velma's] nephew's pickup and Dr Spock.

  26. One of my favorites from Billy Connelly
    "There is no such thing as bad weather - only the wrong clothes!" Happy blogversary!!!

  27. ah yes, Billy. i quote him all the time!