Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tip shop wins

 On a recent trip to my favourite tip shop for more bird cages to protect our seedlings I also found this 'Riversdale Bobs' contraption (there is nearly always other things to find!) 
Tim remembers playing it growing up, apparently as a snooker-like game but it works 
just as well for marbles too.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


A recent visit to the GASP

with installations from the Works Festival

Monday, November 12, 2012


The end of year whoosh is upon us....

The weekend was dominated by the school fair. Given how much effort went into it all (by everyone involved) all I could find on the camera was this photo of the herbs we picked from the garden. There were several late nights brewing up cumquat marmalade (fruit picked from our little tree and our other source). It's amazing how a rather small bunch of families manage to do so much, and it is nice to be part of it all.

The rest of the weekend passed in a more relaxed fashion, with kitchen bath-time

a new rider in the family

bush walks

Summer planting starting......I promise there are tiny tomato plants in there somewhere. The zucchini is not under house arrest just protected from the chooks and blackbirds.

and the start of this years bean crop, a teepee like structure that I hope will eventually be covered in beans not sheets off the kids bed!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A start....

The requests for dance class have been consistent for about 2 years now....perhaps I figured they would stop if it was just a phase. Mostly it has been my reluctance and low-grade horror when looking at the images on various dance forms/websites of little girls wearing excessive make-up. Now with a friend teaching a ballet class we have begun.

With much enthusiasm!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


random pictures I find on our camera but missed in real life

(a nice change from the other photos my kids take of their toes)

Monday, October 8, 2012


The first sibling cuddle of the morning (the first ONE of many)

ONE hour of secret birthday card + drawing preparations 

More than ONE mouthful of sand

ONE more garden helper

ONE packet-cake mix (gluten-free boy/tired mama)

ONE candle

ONE happy boy

ONE of us missing (another cake soon)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pressing play :: Dancing

I can't look at that old sheet from the last post any longer!

With three boys in the house I'm always on the hunt for decent examples of boys dancing

This one is the current favouite

All sorts of good

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Creative Space :: Winter sewing

There has not been a lot of sewing around here of late. Since the inevitable relinquishing of my sewing room, finding the time and space has been the main issue. Without a space to leave messy set-up for sewing the possibility of quick moments to sew has vanished. Now I have to factor in the clearing of the dinner table, the getting out of the machine, the setting up and the putting away time.....which usually leads me to just pass on the whole idea. The overlocker has sat unused and unthreaded for months as there is never the time to get out both machines. When I really have to get everything out it is usually for the most mundane of sewing tasks like mending. Thankfully there are enough handmade hand-me-downs going to keep everyone clothed.

But I did recently manage to do a whole lot of sewing of the most unglamorous yet practical kind. Sewing hankies. Kids winter hankies to be precise. 

We have always used cloth hankies and have accumulated over the years (with each new family member) quite a collection of vintage children's hankies. They are often very sweet with cute prints and the like, but really they are way too thin for the likes of one of my children with a full blown cold! I'm not a fan of tissues either; they are also too thin (causing you to double them up and risk it not being large enough, they leave the skin around your nose dry, red & raw and one always makes it into a washing load. 

When I pulled out our flannel fitted sheet to wash at the start of winter it immediately protested about its years of service and literally came apart. Where it was worn it was very worn but around the edges it was still thick and soft. I remembered my thrifty mum telling me about how they had used an old flannel sheet as hankies.

First I removed the elastic (cutting that into sections for staking tomatoes this coming season) and then cut along the corner seams so the sheet sat flat.

Using the rotary cutter I cut copious amounts of hankies (about 10" squares) 

I used 100% cotton to hem these as my plan is that they make their way into the compost eventually and I don't want to be fishing out polyester thread from the garden in years to come. These were then hemmed over a number of evenings. To overcome the mind-numbing boredom of this type of sewing I would watch something from TED or iview with earphones on to hear over the machine. I just turned the edge over once and used a wide and fairly close together 3-stage zig zag stitch, with a rough and ready reverse over the corners. These have been washed SEVERAL times and the hem is lasting fine.

In the midst of a snotty bout I just throw the hankies into a bucket to soak and then wash them as per normal and hang them in the sun for at least half a day for a good dose of sunshine. 

And all that super soft thin flannel from the centre of the sheet?

I just ripped it all into strips and then cut them to fit into a box to use as disposable kitchen wipes or hankies. Because despite now having a vast quantity of hankies (that pile up the top is about a quarter of the flannel hankies we now have) when the household goes down with everyone sick and snotty (fingers crossed as we have avoided that this winter), inevitably the washing falls behind and these are a great back-up.

It would be worth just having a box of these disposables in your cupboard for the next round of winter nose-blowing if only to save you from that red, raw nose.

Now I'm off to look at some other creative spaces of the more glamorous kind so I can imagine they are mine (in my parallel universe where no-one ever needs old-sheet-hankies and gets by with a light vintage hanky for their mild sniffle)

Sunday, July 15, 2012


A candle-lit dinner for a boy turning three (gulp!) on Friday 13th
(Everyone ate their greens, probably as they couldn't see even complained!)

Bike rides

Wagon rides for an unwell baby during the 40 minutes when the paracetamol seemed to actually work, the rest of the time spent being carried around in mostly Mama's arms

A much anticipated tooth that finally fell out!

How I love these notes
 (Dear Toothfairy, Here is my first tooth, from Max)

In amongst it all were the general weekend lego-making, washing-catchup, lunchbox-emptying, toenail-clipping, drying-laundry-inside-shuffling, sibling-arguing, solo-dad-birthday-fishing, hair-washing, rat-catching shenanigans.

Friday, July 6, 2012


 This girl of mine loves patterns

Each time I look through the photos on our camera lately I find Adelaide's patterns, a few photos taken by request but most taken by her.

Over time the patterns have become more and more complex.

By far the favourite item to borrow from school is the big box of tesselations tiles, but she happily builds patterns with all sorts of bits and pieces

We look for patterns in all sorts of things, from fabric to succulents....her world is suddenly full of patterns or a lack of patterns. 

Today we are collecting together a box of bits and bobs for yet more patterning

Friday, June 22, 2012

Long nights

[my mama planting garlic]
[blue scribble courtesy of his little brother!]

To celebrate the shortest day of the year I took on a plot at our 'local' community garden to plant out some extra garlic. I needed another garden bed like a hole in the head, especially one that that was so full of weeds! But as the babe slept in his car seat and the others climbed trees I got it weeded and planted out (much later than our other garlic crop). Upon arriving home Max wrote a story of his day, the bit above was my favourite part! I'm loving this new phase where he is so interested in writing; writing stories, writing letters, writing notes, writing jokes (will these jokes get funny one day?). It is just so great to see the excitement of writing by himself.

To 'celebrate' the longest night Reuben came in to our bed early for a chat


Here's to the days growing longer


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