Friday, October 30, 2009

Star Wars, Scienceworks and a darning foot!

There are some days when you just need to do something different, you know, something spontaneous!

So yesterday, Mr SUDs and I took the kids to visit Scienceworks, and in particular, the Star Wars exhibition :-)

It was such a beautiful, warm, sunny day and after our humour-filled car journey we arrived at the museum to be greeted by Darth Vader himself! Isn't that an impressive sight?!

In no time at all I was *cuddling* up to a Storm Trooper, and believe me, with all that shiny plastic, they're not very cuddly! But I gave it my best shot. I had a little giggle to myself when I read the sign on the wall behind me - it says "Getting around"... and I sure was! Because here I am buddying-up to a Jedi Knight...

I didn't attempt to cuddle this chap, but he generously shared his lightsaber with me! *giggle*

My DS, Aaron, got to hold a lightsaber too - a replica of the ones used in the more-recent movies. Careful Aaron - "you could poke someone's eye out with that thing!"

Rosie wasn't *quite* as impressed with Star Wars. It was noisy in the exhibit and the Storm Troopers freaked her out a bit. But we enjoyed plenty of fresh air at lunchtime and a trip to the park soon lifted her spirits. I took the above pic of R2D2 (on top of the building) while we nibbled on our sandwiches, mainly so you could see what a gloriously sunny day it was.

Oh - and another 'view' while we were nibbling our "sangas" (sangas is an Australian term for sandwiches)...

...Can you guess what it is?

Go on - have a guess - I'll tell you in my next post :-)

Back in to
Scienceworks, and Rosie was in her element investigating everything. I tried to take pics without other people in the shot, but in actual fact the place was packed-out with school kids. Here is Rosie learning how to use a calculator. We had a conversation a bit like this:

Mum: "So Rose, how much yardage will I need for that quilt?"
Rosie: "Hang on a minute Mum, I think it's going to be 2.4 but then you'll need your binding as well, don't forget..."

he he he... Well, I hope that was the scenario - if she was working out how much I've spent on fabric this past month, well - I'd have to get Mr SUDs out of earshot!

Scienceworks is great for kids of all ages, and having an eight-year gap between my two children was unnoticeable. There was even some memorabilia for adults to enjoy. I *loved* looking at the 'old toys' on display.

Check out this little sewing machine - how cute is that?!!

Now you may be wondering why I took a photo of the washing machine?

Well, it was so that the following pic would make sense...

Mr SUDs is humoured by his new nickname - and now it's official - he's an "o-matic" as well!!!

It was a truly magical day, full of fun, learning and laughter. Even the views on the drive home were magical. This is Melbourne City, I wish I could tell you what bridge we were on but I have no idea, I have a memory like a sieve!

And now for something completely different! You guessed it... A darning foot!

Cynthia asked me if I used a 'whizz-bang' sewing machine for free motion quilting, after reading
this post, and I promised to put up a pic of my darning foot.

I have a really old Husqvarna 2000 sewing machine, it hasn't got any special features, but it is very reliable. I use a generic darning foot, lower my feed-dogs, and away we go. Give it a go Cynthia - honestly - it is easier than you think it will be! When I say "easy" I don't mean to say that you'll get the desired result straight away - but it is SO much fun!

Before I go I just want to give you the 'heads up' that
Jenny is having a sale in her etsy shop and she has some really beautiful designs on offer. The sale ends in less than 24 hours so if you haven't done so already, you may want to head on over to elefantz and grab some bargains :-)

Until next time (and for all of you Star Wars fans....)

May the force be with you!!!!

Ah c'mon...It had to be said didn't it?!!! *giggle*
Hugs! Vikki x


Allie said...

I am GREEN with envy - we would love to go to a Star Wars exhibit! That picture of the front of the building is incredible! GREAT pics!
And no, I can't guess what that pic is of. A bird of some kind?

Too cute of Rosie with the calculator, you'll have her quilting in no time, lol!

I think I have that Suds-O-Matic font on my computer - I love retro fonts like that, and the vintage toys.

I have a Husqvarna machine too, LOVE it - old reliable, that's what they are. Maybe I'll give my darning foot a go! I'll just lower my feed dogs and "use the force", lol!

karenshopes said...

Is it a penguin !!!
Is it a seagull !!!!
Is it a duck !!!!!
Looks like a fun time was had by all.

Daniella said...

Hi Vikki, thanks for your words in my blog some days ago. Please tell me which tea pot oil burner do you like and I´ll try to found one to send you.
Hugs and kisses

Maria said...

Looks like you had a fun day.
My DD2 and her family are in an re=enactment group so just LOVE star wars.In fact her DH has a real lightsaber.They would love to go to the exhibition

I think it is a seagull!!

I have just bought a new machine and am learning to drive the BSR unit.My other machine is 40yrs young.

Simone de Klerk said...

Oh, Vikki, you definitely had a magical day! You must have had so much fun (O: Thanks for sharing your lovely experience. Have a great weekend and may the force be with you too!

Anonymous said...

You had a great day, how wonderfull. Is Mr SUDs going to do the laundry, now he has his own washing machine ( giggle)? And I have now idea what it is ( that pic) I think it's a bird?????

Liz said...

Long trip on a beautiful spring day in Melbourne, how lucky were you. Glad you had a good day and that's a great shot of a SEAGULL, bit of over exposure in the sunlight hey??
Have a great weekend.

Joy said...

Okay, well at first I thought it was a dove but the feet are all wrong ... is it a seagull???
LOVE the piccies of the "old toys" but now I'm feeling really ancient cos my kids had one of those old wind-up 'tvs' and they LOVED it ... eeek!!! Cute old sewing machine though, I'd like to take that home with me ;o).
Looks like you had a wonderful day judging by the smiles on your beautiful faces :o)!!! What a great place to visit!!!!

Oh ........ "and also with you" (ya know, the 'force' he he he);o).

Love & Hugs,
Joy :o)

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

I remember going there with my kids when they were small. It is a lovely place. We went and saw the Star Trek exhibit! When i first saw the shape i thought it was a pear, then realised I think it was a pigeon.
Looking forward to finding out it was. Cool post!

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

I think its a seagull (cos of the feet). The shadow looks great though, but a little penguin-like don't you think.
BTW Kris came homw with a Microsoft lightsaber. LOL
Looks like you all had a fun day.

Deb said...

Hi sweetie, what a fun post. Those storm troppers are well padded and protected aren't they and as for Mr Jedi Knight, well he was certainly someone who's light saber you would have enjoyed holding......... tehe te he..... sorry.... Mr Sud's O Matic, how absolutely gorgeous.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Star wars exhibition sounds like fun ! Hope it travels to our Science Museum in the future - my kids would love that! Have a great weekend.

Vicki ♥ said...

It sure does look like a great day was had by all :) I love the old sewing machine and the picture is a seagull :) He must have been a very white one:) Hugs

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Scienceworks is always such a great day out for young and old. Looks like you all had fun.

Absolutely no clue what that picture is but I look forward to finding out.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Young Rose is quite the mathematician, Vikki-love! I think you MUST hide those fabric receipts after all. ;-)
That looks like a fantastic day out, and is it a seagull??
I bought a darning foot for myself and for Blossom last year and still haven't used it...eeek...naughty me! You have encouraged me to give it a go. Thank you darling!!
Suds-o-matic...he is never going to live this down. ;-)

Micki said...

What a fun day you all had...I would have loved to go to that science centre.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Looks like a great day out had by all the family.
How funny finding Mr Suds (name) there!

Hm, the picture of the bird is a bit confussing, Its a seagull sitting on an appliqued blue bird. LOL

Gosh, what lovely wavy, long hair you have. Never noticed before.

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Vikki! Oooohh!! That Star Wars exhibit looks fun - now why didn't MY teachers think of teaching science with a bit of R2D2 and Han Solo to grab my attention! :0) Your seagull visitor looks like he's fading out - like Dr Who's Tardis. What a wonderful family outing you had. Oh ... loved the sign on the first washing machine photo - MY machine randomly eats one sock from time to time, so I can relate to the sign on it!! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Cheryl said...
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Cheryl said...

Well gorgeous Vikki, I think you're looking up through a clear ceiling at a seagull standing above you.... is that right?
looks like you had a fun day!!!

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

Hi Vikki,

well star wars, that takes me back a bit! What a wonderful exhibit, I am sure that it was enjoyed by all, even now, my sons says he would like to go - BIG KID he is!

Guute said...

Hi Vikki, thanks for visiting my blog! Long time ago when my children were young, we also visited such exhibitions! The children loved it!


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