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the renovated bag

December 15, 2012

Can’t help myself really…I have these visions of the way things could be and it gives me joy to make things with my hands. I suppose it comes from school holidays as a child spent mastering the art of knitting, crocheting or making Fimo crafts with friends visiting up the street.

Snooping through a second hand shop one day, I discovered an old doctors bag that whispered to me it would love to live again hugging all my collected treasures of art materials I am saving for a weekend I am inspired to create a masterpiece.

We had a thoughtful conversation back and forth about the idea and I finally relented having been reminded that I loved to give new life and direction to things that had lost their way.

You’ll love me – you’ll see …. It said to me.

So I believed and we left together, me protesting that I really wasn’t sure I could do it justice since I was so busy and it saying “you’ll see!”

We lived together a long time till one day a thought came to me that i had renovated a cushion on my couch and perhaps the same person could renovate my new (old) bag… No, not possible for me he said… another acquaintance ? who mentioned he had a colourising business that renovated leather in cars – I wondered if he might be able to bring new life to old? Yes! I’d love to give it a try he said and so off my bag went with a new friend… whispering in his ear!

Quite a conversation they must have had as when they arrived back my bag had been to the spa and look marvelously refreshed! An offer of left over material from a recently renovated couch was also made and accepted, I’m sure part of my bags doing whose old lining was beautiful but past a state of repair. So we collaborated and whispered together again about suitable reconstruction options.

Coming to an agreement to move his pockets to the ends my bag i was happy to get his internal makeover underway. But only if I would let him befriend my other kept but forgotten sewing companion – an elegant black tape edging.

So we set to work, my sewing machine friend and I to bring my bags desired vision to life…

What a brilliant collaboration….thanks for the vision, friend, we will go on and collaborate again one day.

Jude Woods lives on the Gold Coast of Australia with her husband, Warren.

making bread

August 11, 2012

Jude’s Home made (and ground) Caraway and chia seed whole wheat raisin bread
I dried my wheat grains ready to grind into flour with my schnitzer pico grain mill (they need to have the pop sound when squashed with a knife to show they are dry enough to grind).
Prepared my yeast with 1 cup approx 100 deg water, 1 cup similar temperature milk, 2 tablespoons black strap molasses till it bubbled.
Then I added my freshly ground wheat flour, chia seeds, soaked raisins and a handful of caraway seeds to aid digestion.
Mixed it to a nice dough.
Raised it twice to double size (this can take up to an hour I’m told but i couldn’t wait that long!)
Then baked it at 160deg Celsius till it looked good.
Tested on my husband! He thinks it’s pretty good – I like it too.

I’ll make it with a different grain next time so I make sure my nutrition is always changing giving more chances of staying healthy from all those undiscovered vitamins and minerals God put in when he created them all.


Jude Woods lives on the Gold Coast of Australia with her husband, Warren.

reids place

May 27, 2012

Our recent weekend break took a slight detour on our usual direct route from the lovely gold coast in qld up to my husbands favorite holiday hideout in Noosa on the sunshine coast. Reid’s place is more often used for weddings or honeymoon stays but I just wanted a nice romantic restful place to stay for a dedicated husband.


Jude Woods lives on the Gold Coast of Australia with her husband, Warren.