On Amiglia you can describe your family tree with photos. This you can also blog, house links, and photos of your family, and have a calendar listing of upcoming birthdays.

One of the more interesting features is that it is integrated with Google Maps. You can have maps with links to photos of where the photos were taken. It is a good representation of where you went on holidays or where a family is dispersed. These can also be linked to satellite photos which is sort of neat. You are able to link albums together and easily tag people themes and places. Music can be added to slideshows and home videos can also be incorporated into the site. Uploading from mobile phones or email is possible and importing from flickr. Also for a minimal charge have backup CDs and DVDs made.

As a package it brings data management to the home. This is not a texile link but I think many people who read this will find it ineresting. The service is still in beta so there are glitches but a basic account is free so it is a least worth exploring a bit.

Stilts, bags and Circus Costumes

After yesterdays post about my new squidoo link lists I feel everyone has a heap of links to browse so I am going to be a little self indulgent this morning.

Yesterday afternoon I made a stilt bag. As many readers know Eve my daughter is in a circus Will o’ the Wisp. The news is that Eve is about to do a three month tour the UK and Ireland, departing on Tuesday morning. A stilt bag was needed so out with the sewing machine and here it is.

Last weekend the Wispies were at the National Celtic Festival which was at Port Arlington, Victoria and took part in the World record attempt for the mass highland fling. Eve in her usual style did it on stilts. That’s right the highland fling on stilts! Now these are wooden peg stilts she is dancing in, not the light weight aluminium ones. If you are impressed there are more photos on their National Celtic Festival gallery

I thought this morning I would point to the latest costume I have finished. I have to admit I completed it in January but I have not blogged it before mainly because it was whipped out of my hands and taken to the other side of the country before I could photograph it. Not because Eve is thoughtless but because I am one of those stitch till the last moment costumers much to Eves frustration.

I am trying to keep on topic rather than turn this into a brag post. Ok, I will be honest, it’s a brag post, not so much about the costume but about the stilt walker.

So here is the latest costume. This is the front. Eve is dashing to a gig – yes running. It takes skill to and a good level of fitness to run on stilts.

This shot was taken Fairbridge Festival which was in West Australia in April. It shows the back of the costume better. Eve is dancing. The photo also gives you a better idea of the height she works at. If you are curious, you can see most of the costumes in use in the Wisp photo gallery

Now these costumes get heavy wear as Will o’ the Wisp mainly works with fire. So think soot, sweat and dirt. The costumes have to stand up to hard, active usage in far from ideal conditions. So when Eve came home for a week the tired costumes came with her. They all were washed, repaired and ironed. Try ironing half a dozen stilt pants and you will know why I mention the ironing!

Well that’s it for my little motherly brag thanks for the tolerance and I hope you enjoyed a bit about the family.

I have been Squidooing!

A couple of weeks back I pointed to Squidoo. Discovering this was fatal I am afraid, as I have been going through bookmarks, this blog and doing a few extra searches and building a couple of my own squidoo link sites. The idea behind a Squidoo list, or what they call a lens, is that people can build lists of useful bookmarks around a particular topic. So if you are passionate about a topic you can set up a small site to share resources online in one place.

I was holding off announcing that I had jumped in and built a couple of these sites because I thought I would do so when the topic areas I had chosen were complete and polished. I have decided that these addictive little projects will not necessarily ever be complete. They are an ongoing interest. So here we go read them as works in progress but hopefully developed enough to be useful. They certainly will keep you busy browsing!

Fabric Postcards is a collection of links that lead to information about making postcards, fabric postcard groups, inspiration and a heap of techniques which will be expanded. Also at the bottom there are links to peoples flickr sites. If you tag your cards fabricpostcard or if you are part of the 6x4lives and use the tag 6x4lives an small thumbnail of your work will pulled into squidoo and people can click on it and be taken to your flickr space.

For readers, a lens is RSS friendly so if you use an RSS feed such as Bloglines you can subscribe to any of the lists and receive updates as they appear.

The next lens I started was a collection of links on Crazy Quilting which is also still in development but gutsy enough to point people too. I thought many of these links would be useful for people new to crazy quilting and provide the community a place to point them to where links are all in one place. So spread the word if you think it will be useful to people.

Hand embroidery is another lens which is still in development but also useful not only to hand embroiderers but to crazy quilters as many resources to various kinds of hand stitching are available in this list.

Finally the last lens I am pointing to today is Sewing and Craft room organization as every stitcher I know is always interested in a well designed craft or sewing area.

Now these sites are all in development and I am still working through a ton of bookmarks and annotating links plus the archives of this blog, but if there is something you think should be there please let me know. Even if I know of the site, for instance, I know of few good tutorials bloggers have published which I have yet to link to but will, a reminder will not go astray. On the other hand, I do not want to include commercial sites that are simply that. I don’t do reciprocal linking, nor am I interested in link farms. If a resource is there and I think it’s good, I link to it because it is useful not because they link to me.

I have worked quite hard on these little collections so I hope people find them useful. If you think there are ways to improve these sites drop me a line or use the squidoo rating system as it gives me feedback. If you think they are worth while please spread the word on discussion lists, blogs etc so people can make use of them and don’t forget to bookmark them or subscribe to them in your RSS feed.