Fancy a magic carpet ride?

Because if you do, I know where you can find one. Yes, I’m still here. Haven’t won the lottery and escaped to the Bahamas after all. I’ve just been horrendously busy with a combination of school holidays and costume making for a production of Aladdin the ducklings were starring in.

Talk about typecasting! Beautiful Drama Duck played the beautiful but melodramatic princess. Demon Duck lived up to her demonic name by making a splendidly evil bad guy. And crazy little Baby Duck played the evil sidekick – a wisecracking parrot. Not a bad match for a little guy with a big sense of humour who never stops talking.

The show was last Saturday night, and I spent several weeks sewing in the lead-up. Yes, I volunteered, and I’d do it again, so I shouldn’t complain, but wow, that was a lot of work. I made about 20 costumes, and let me tell you, I am so not a clothes maker. Straight lines I can do. Give me a quilt any day. But mention sleeves or fastenings or waistbands and I want to run screaming in the other direction. I guess it was a learning experience! Thankfully there was another lady – a very experienced, much more competent lady! – who made all the really hard costumes and did tricky stuff like working out sizes and fabrics. I just did what she told me, and I must say they certainly looked very professional on the night.

So the costumes were a slog (though I am such an expert at elastic waist pants now!). But I really enjoyed making the magic carpet. Look at that perfect border fabric I had in my stash. Doesn’t it just scream Persian opulence? I don’t even remember buying it, but I had just enough, with barely six inches left over. It was obviously meant to be! Oh, and while you’re looking, please admire the tassels, made by Drama Duck. She could see I was under pressure so she wanted to help out, bless her.

What about turbans? If you need those, I’m your woman. I made ten, and they looked awesome on stage, if I do say so myself. They were kind of fun too.

And the ducklings, of course, were wonderful, and had the best time. Their excitement made it all worthwhile, cliched though that sounds. I’m still very glad it’s over, though! Now I can get back to sewing my quilts. Not to mention getting to bed before one o’clock in the morning.

“You seem happy today,” the Carnivore said yesterday, in a tone of mild surprise. Guess I have been a little stressed and grouchy lately.

“That’s because I’m sewing and it’s something I actually want to make,” I said.

What a lovely time I had, cutting gorgeous fabrics and sewing them back together into even more gorgeous arrangements. I’ll show you what I’m working on soon – but in the meantime:

Sorry …

I can’t resist …

Just look at that date!

May the fourth be with you!!

Happy Star Wars day everyone!

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