Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Flags of my Neighbour XII

So it looks like I do live next door to a Nazi, this being the second Nazi flag he/she has had up! Scary s*#t....

Flag for 15/08/2011

Today’s Flag:
F29 SS Totenkompf Nazi Division Flags.
The 3rd SS Division was formed from the Totenkopf units that took part in the Polish Campaign. The unit served both in France and on the Eastern Front. The Division surrendered to the Americans on May 9, 1945, and the prisoners were handed over to the Soviets.

On a brighter note it’s a rainy cold day, perfect to make some dresses!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


So I only own 1 but I’m totally obsessed with Peter Pan collar dresses! 

I have more cardigans than any other item of clothing... So now I need some dresses to mix and match. Spring is only a few weeks away and pairing a dress with a cardigan just says spring to me! Although my colour palette tends to be the primary, secondary and tertiary colour's only (solids mostly)!!

If anyone knows of a great pattern I'd love to see it, Think I just may have to make up some dresses to get ready for spring!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Flags of my Neighbour XI

Flag For 04/08/2011
Todays Flag: 
Rising Sun Flag of Japan (Naval ensign)
The design is similar to the flag of Japan in that it has a red circle close to the middle signifying the sun, the difference being the addition of extra sun rays (16 for the ensign) exemplifying the name of Japan as "The Land of the Rising Sun". The Imperial Japanese Army first adopted the Rising Sun Flag in 1870. The Imperial Japanese Army and the Imperial Japanese Navy both had a version of the flag; the naval ensign was off-set, with the red sun closer to the lanyard side, while the army's version (which was part of the regimental colors) was centered. It was adopted in 1889. The flag was used in overseas actions from the Meiji period to World War II. When Japan was defeated in August 1945, the flag was banned by Allied Occupation authorities. However with the re-establishment of a Self-Defense Force the flag was re-adopted in 1954. The flag with 16 rays is today the ensign of the Maritime Self-Defense Force while the Ground Self-Defense Force uses an 8 ray version. This flag is often considered offensive in China and Korea, where it is considered as a symbol of Japanese militarism and imperialism, and often referred to as the "militarist flag of Japan" in China.

Flags of my Neighbour X

Flag For 01/08/2011
Todays Flag:
The Soviet national flag.
The hammer and sickle itself, originate from the unique Russian unity of the peasants (the sickle) with the workers (the hammer) who together formed the Soviet Russian state. The Red field is symbolism of the blood that has been spilt by workers the world over in the fight for their emancipation, and was directly inherited from the red banner flown at the Paris Commune; the original and hitherto “base” symbol of a worker’s government flag. The single yellow star is both the representation of the life and immense energy of the sun, empty because within is the blood or production of workers struggle; and also the five points of the star symbolize the single unity and international representation of the government — each of the five points is representative of the five (up to then known/recognized) continents.
Brian Basgen (Marxists Internet Archive Director)
, 07 Jul 2000
Soviet flag with hammer, sickle and star was not created in 1918! It was adopted in 1923. The star on the flag was red with yellow border (not plain red). Only the coat of arms and some military colours were with hammer and sickle in 1918. Hammer and sickle existed in soviet symbolism since 1917.

Flags of my Neighbour IX

Flag For 29/07/2011
Todays Flag:
Australian Flag.
The present Australian flag can be considered to consist of three main elements:
The Union Jack in the upper hoist quadrant or first quarter (also know as the Canton), denoting Australia's historical links with Great Britain. The Union Jack itself is composed of red and white intersecting and overlayed vertical and diagonal crosses on a blue background,
The Southern Cross in the second quarter (also known as the top or head) and fourth quarter. Consists of five stars in a more or less kite-like pattern - Alpha Crucis (7-point), Beta Crucis (7-point), Gamma Crucis (7-point), Delta Crucis (7-point) and the smaller Epsilon Crucis (5-point). The outer diameter of each of the 4 major stars is 1/7 the width of the fly and the inner diameter is 4/9 outer diameter; the diameter of Epsilon Crucis is 1/12 the width of the fly and the inner diameter is 4/9 the outer diameter. The constellation of the Southern Cross is a significant navigational feature of the southern hemisphere, strongly places Australia geographically and has been associated with the continent since its earliest days, The Commonwealth Star or Star of Federation, central in the third quarter or lower hoist, has seven points to denote the six states and the combined territories of the Commonwealth. The seventh point was added in 1909. The outer diameter is 3/5 the width of the Union Jack (3/10 the width of the fly) and the inner diameter is 4/9 the outer diameter.

Fat Quarter Bag

I found this tutorial a few days ago and just had to give it a go! And after buying a few fat quarters at the Melbourne Craft show I already had what i needed.

I just love owls right now!

 I think I'll try a few variations for the next one. My dad is making some handles for me, all shapes and sizes!