Thursday, July 31, 2008
I've been looking for one of these for a while now as they are perfect for holding..........
The red shoes & patterns were from the op shop. The shoes are worth a post all to themselves...but only if you are into vintage red leather children's shoes (isn't everybody?) so I'll refrain, you can get a better look here. The other tip shop finds:
The teapot is for Max & Adi as we have started having little teaparties & the roll of paper is to add to the kids craft cupboard (ha-ha-ha.....like it's all nice & neat in the cupboard!)
From the op shop I also got this beautiful children's book,
The illustrations are beautiful , here are some of my favourites;
Dad burning the toast while reading the paper
Getting yourself dressed in the morning
And my favourite today.....climbing into bed with mum.
Hope you've saved a bit of goodness from going to landfill & had a little one come crawling into your bed.
Hot water news flash - the instantaneous gas system is installed, just awaiting connection to the mains.....hope Powerco are reading this! I can't wait for a soak in the bath........
Sunday, July 27, 2008
To hold all my inherited knitting needles - I hope to become a better knitter one day, it would suit living in Tassie.
Some strawberry bloomers for the shop
Some undies for Max...fresh from the wash. I got a coverpro 1000cp for Mothers day & have been doing a few trial stretch projects....I'm really happy so far ( this site, & this one have really helped!)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I had a great day going to the top of 'the mountain' with the kids on Friday. The sun was out, there was lots of snow around, and it was easy to get to - the weekends can be a traffic nightmare. Max was sooooo excited as we had been watching the snowline moving up & down the mountain all week. He searches for the "snow mountain" as we navigate around Hobart, particularly since we have been talking about snow-men of late - or as Max calls them no-man.
Adelaide really loved it as well, although she was quite annoyed to be unable to remove her mittens (a small win her me!). The only down-side was discovering there was no memory card in the camera, fortunately my mobile can take a half decent photo.....even if you can't actually see the screen to frame the shot!
And I actually remembered everything (a small miracle); kids lunches, the thermos, the hot chocolate, scarves, beanies, coats, all-in-one-suits, mittens, sled, carrot, sticks for snowman arms, a shovel to collect some snow, a nappy bucket to carry the snow, etc...........
We dropped this little bit of the mountain off for Tim as he missed out on the whole adventure.
nose after this shot!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The pants are flannel with a flannel ruffle at the hem (apparently she loves ruffles at the moment & also doesn't like her current PJs). The top is a bonds stretchie - I just discovered they only make stretchies up to size 2! What will my kids wear after that? The jumper (or "sloppy joe" as my Nanna calls them) is not great but she needs to be warm & this is the best I could come up with at short notice (well I did know her birthday was coming up, but only decided to make PJs the day before her birthday - standard operating around here). Anyway HAPPY BIRTHDAY Miss M., hope these keep you snug on those o-so-cold northern NSW evenings (yeah right!).
Monday, July 21, 2008
I had to leave the room & burst in to fits of laughter after discovering them, Adi all smiles & Max looking very proud of himself. Thankfully the camera was hanging out in the hall & I managed to grab a couple of photos before attempting to wipe some of it of. Having no hot water made the task next to impossible, so instead it was sort of smeared all over her, although I managed to collect quite a bit in a bowl. So the lesson today...Max can play nicely with his sister....just not in the way I had imagined it happening!
We had a great time in Launceston, meeting baby Jasper & having lots of cuddles. Despite early enthusiasm regarding staying up & watching the Tour de France I went to bed at 9 (unheard of!). On Sunday we watched our friend run in the Launceston 10 before Tim headed to the soccer while I took the kids to hang out at the Inveresk Queen Vic Museum & Art Gallery. It's the perfect spot to take kids on a cold & rainy day (especially if it's a Sunday!). While they slept I looked at the things I like; the China Trade Paintings , the Tasmanian Aboriginal shells exhibit, and some of the amazing colonial paintings they have there. Max loved waking up amongst the trains, planes, dinosaurs & the fabulous new phenomena factory. The less said about the drive home the better!
That's about all I have time for as I've a mountain of sewing/mending to get through tonight & the pile is threatening to topple over & destroy my prioritised stacking.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I'm in the middle of a huge cook-up so we can take up some frozen meals for our friends who have just had a baby, a fair swap for getting a few newborn babe cuddles. I'm also madly preparing gifts for the little tacker....
I stenciled the dinosaur on last night...just waiting for it to dry so I can wrap it up. I got out the gocco last night (finally!) after being inspired by kate's efforts. What I didn't count on was how long that little bit of ink would last for.....it just kept going, and going, and goooooing! All of this with the Tour de France & Tim keeping me company. The gocco outlasted Tim & in the end I just scrapped the ink off so I could get to bed. What to do with my trial prints.... bugs & strawberries, perhaps I should have thought more about that combination.
I'm looking forward to getting some larger screens & printing some fabric.
I also managed to make a couple of pencil rolls, one for Max from a vintage linen tablecloth & one for me - the patchwork version from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Alas it's gone! I can't tell you how often I've looked at this in the past few days
It seems to be raining babies at the moment, I managed to get some time in the sewing room over the weekend & whipped up these bibs. I made a few extra for my etsy shop & for Adi as her bib options were rather grotty or gross, like the bibs we got at an op shop on holiday after not packing any...bibs that say things like...."Future Grand Prix Winner". I thought I'd send them back to the op shop, but of course they came home with us & are now in regular circulation. Well no more!
Got some great bargains at the op shop this week, more on that later, Adi is awake!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
This little nest was tucked in behind the canopy....
It was a beautiful hour spent in the brief sunshine, especially as this heavily perfumed bush was in flower.....not sure what it is?
The fruits of our 'labour' (well besides the sooty mould my hands were covered in this part was the easy bit, tonight the cutting & preserving begin in earnest)
Our hot water system dilemma continues, we are trying to decide whether to go solar or instantaneous gas.....in the mean time the kids get a 'bath' in the kitchen sink (which they LOVE!) , Tim gets a shower at work.....& I'm making do (which I don't LOVE!)
Monday, July 7, 2008
We did manage a quick trip to town on Friday to have lunch with Tim & get a few supplies. We then spent about 20mins at this building site. Max loved it!
I'm wondering if I'll get much from the veggie garden this winter considering the frosts we've been getting (& the general neglect it always gets!)
Max is off to childcare today, he had baby-doll ready to go in the bike trailer, unfortunately with Tim still feeling sick, she has been left waiting for her ride!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
We have been struck by some kind of vomiting bug (a bug that causes you to vomit rather than a bug that vomits!) so it was nice to get outside into the nippy air to take a few deep breathes and pretend that stain on my shoulder was something more benign!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Starting a blog has been on my mind for a while now. The blogging idea has waxed & waned but I've finally started. The onset of winter has had something to do with it.....there are not as many outdoor temptations competing with all the other things I try to fit into my days, so here I am.
With winter comes the frosts & this is what I got when I tried to water some of the frost from the veggie garden this week.....
Hose icicles! My son thought they were marvelous....although I don't think he could feel his fingers after about the 3rd one.
I plan to add a little snippet of my/our lives here every couple of days, but you know what they say about plans. The next few days have a focus on sewing as I MUST reduce my fabric stash...it's taking over the house!