Thursday, January 5, 2012

And This Little Pig said Special Day + Crazy 2012

First to start off on a very different note, for those of you overseas, well mainly in the US, cricket in Australia is a national past time in summer. Think of baseball, but not really :@ a Test Match can go for 5 days, and while it can finish earlier, it never goes longer than 5 days.

Today is 3rd day of the 'New Year Test' the Sydney Test Match, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, this year we are playing India.

The 3rd day of this Test is a very special day, as it is Jane McGrath Foundation Day.

Jane was an English girl who was married to one of our greatest test bowlers (pitcher) Glenn McGrath. At age 31 she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer this wiki link partly explains her courageous story. She and Glenn married and had two beautiful children.

So back to the 3rd day of the Test Match, a big fundraising day for the McGrath Foundation, it is also a day when the Cricket ground and everyone who attends the game, wears pink, pink clothing, pick shoes, pink hats, pink bandanas and pink hair. It is a day filled with fun and laughter in memory of a very special woman.
To make today an even greater day, the Captain of the Australian Cricket Team, Michael Clarke scored 329 runs not out. I know most of you don't understand this, but let me tell you it is a huge thing to score 100 runs, is consider a great feat let along scoring 300 runs in an innings. And as Jane's best friend said at the end of today's play, the score was 90% talent, and 10% Jane.
Michael Clarke after reaching 300 runs.

So today share a thought for an extraordinary woman, who was not only beautiful on the outside, but had a most beautiful soul. Battled bravely an awful disease, with style and class, and why she did not win the battle, through the Foundation and the sheer determination she showed in life, Jane continues to strongly fight the war. She will forever be imprinted on the heart of the Australian people.
I promised a Crazy Challenge update, so 10 of the Crazies I will be stitching this year.
Day 1 Plum Street Samplers - Sophie's Sheep, stitched on 28 count linen.

Now silly me remembered my camera today, but left Day 2 LHN 2011 Ornaments Cardinal's Winter and Day 3 LHN 2011 Ornaments Bringing Home the Tree starts at home, will have to photograph tomorrow.
Day 4 Little House Needleworks 2011 Ornaments Deck the Halls, 32 count Belfast Linen, hand dyed with Parisienne Essence, double dipped.

I finally decided on Crazy No 15 Little House Needleworks Warm Winter Woolens, seem to have a think for sheep this year :@

Catch up with you all later... LiBBiE in Oz


  1. It's so interesting to hear about cricket. I've always been curious about it. How can a game last sooooo long? lol! And be interesting too? :D It must be fun to see everyone dressed in pink. Loved hearing about Jane McGrath too. And finally, your challenge pieces -- all wonderful! I love sheep too! lol!

  2. What an interesting post Libbie! Glad to hear her story and how she left her mark.

    Looking good! That's quite a pile of patterns :o) LOL!

  3. Thanks for sharing! Love your crazy picks!

  4. A beautiful post. I so like to read about different cultures, customs and people. Jane must have been a very special person. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Ohhh...what gorgeous stash. LOVE it all. I'm not really into Cricket. But soon there will be the Australian Open...YAYYYY

  6. WOW!! I wish I had had a pink wig when I went through chemotherapy!! Sounds like a truly wonderful day for everyone! Love your collection for the Crazy Challenge and look forward to seeing all your starts. I didn't know Plum Street Samplers had done Sophie's sheep..I LOVE it!! Thanks for enabling...*Hugs*

  7. Looks like you have some great charts lined up for the Crazy January Challenge, I love the sheep theme. Sometime I should do something with a frog in it, since my dad's nickname for me when I was little was The Toad. Actually, he still calls me that sometimes. I wonder where I get my self-image issues from?