Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
So tell me. Which of these is not a unisex garment? Is it
The three paintings in the top right are all from Abby's kindy class (age 3-5).
Carly's studio and shop is in funky Croydon. Isn't it lovely? Everything in it is lovely and I think Carly likes Ikea as much as I do!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
* a few child-free hours (it wasn't looking good this morning) to make fig jam muffins from this month's delicious magazine and sew some skirts. I haven't done any solo baking for a while and I must say it's a lot less stressful. I don't spill flour on the floor and stick my fingers in the sugar jar. And I don't need to watch myself with the hot oven.
* my visit to the hairdresser this afternoon followed by some solo op-shopping and knowing that Abby will be starting kindy in a few short months and then I will have 4 afternoons a week just like the one I'm having today. I'm counting on the fact that little Rory will still be having loooooong afternoon naps. He'd better.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
That pile of fabric is from my opshop trawl this morning. I took the 'I'm always happy when I'm out and about' child with me and the 'Muuuuuuum this is booooooooring' one was at my MIL's.
I'm going to make the Butterick dress with the blue fabric at the bottom of the pile. It is a lovely soft wool. I'm not sure what the next fabric up is but the original label says "2.3m $120" so I think I've stumbled upon something pretty special. It's a knitted fabric of some sort but doesn't feel like wool. I'll have to have a good think about what I'll turn it into.
I am going to turn the pink and green fabrics into tunic tops and I want to get some Amy Butler fabric to make the anna tunic but I couldn't decide which one. I'm very touchy-feel so find it very difficult to purchase fabric from the virtual world. Do any shops in Adelaide stock Amy Butler?
I was inspired to start thinking about my winter clothes after trying on this dress on the weekend. If it is still there on Saturday when I'm in the neighbourhood I'm going to buy it.
I'm getting a little tired of sewing little girl skirts (I never thought that day would come!) so I'm looking forward to doing some selfish sewing.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Obviously all went well on that first date because we've been together ever since.
flowers picked by Abby (yes, one is a weed)
I was given a lovely present this morning. We don't normally do presents so it was a lovely surprise. Dinner will be even lovelier. We're so (dis)organised we both booked a table at the restaurant which means we won't have to sit together!
Actually, although the sixth year was quite itchy, we're working hard to make sure the seventh isn't.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
There's nothing like a shady fig tree to swing under though and I even painted our back fence green to match (mural to follow one day).
Thursday, February 12, 2009
She is feeling a smidge better today but not well enough to really do anything so we pottered at home (my favourite kind of day).
Abby goes on and on (and on and on) about her toys' birthdays...which toy's birthday it is, how old they are, whether they're having a party, who's coming, what presents they're receiving etc etc etc.
miraculous recovery just in time to lick the beater...
These conversations are a little tiresome. She's been on this birthday thing since her birthday back in July.
So today I tried a different approach. Let's give those toys a party.
So party we did.
Invitations were sent out (to Mummy, Daddy, Rory, and our 4 year old neighbour), we wrapped up a present, blew up some balloons and made a cake.
She said the party's going all weekend (hmm the toys must be teenagers). Surely it'll be out of her system after this.
Monday, February 9, 2009
The pile in the top left corner contains gillybean skirts and singlets. I will be sending them to grandy and baa who is collecting handmade clothes for the fire victims.
How do you explain such a tragedy to a 3 year old? Well, she understands that some people are in hospital and she understands that some people don't have a house to live in anymore but we haven't yet explained to her that a lot of people have died. I'm not sure how to do it without scaring her and making her worry.
I vividly remember the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983 (I was 7). We lived on a hill in an threatened area and Dad was away so we were home alone with Mum. The wind saved us that day but the memory and the aftermath (seeing it on the news, hearing people's stories, driving through the affected area) still haunts me.
Abby was so sweet in her innocence as I explained who the clothes were for. I told her that the people in the fires didn't have a house anymore or a bed to sleep in or toys or clothes. "So they will have to be a rudey-doo?" "Yes, Abby" "Even at night?" "Yes, Abby" "But they'll be cold" "Yes, my love (trying not to cry)."
It's hard to make sense of a tragedy like this. I am thankful that everyone I know is safe (most of my family live in country Victoria) but so reduced-to-tears-everytime-I-see-the-news achingly sad for everyone who is not. There are so many questions and so much wondering what it must have been like for them and how on earth they will pick up the pieces.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
So when do I sew? Wednesdays. Abby goes to childcare and Chris' mum looks after Rory. Oh how I love Wednesday.
I do most of my cutting out and hand-sewing at night when both kids are in bed. I don't have a table in my 'studio' yet so I use the dining table and chat to Chris (who likes to watch CSI and all that rubbish).
This morning I had a rare moment child free so I made some new pants for Rory. He actually slept in and Abby was at Chris' mums again. I used a girl's pants pattern (Burda 9843) and made them in size 2 to accommodate his giant cloth nappy bottom. Obviously, I chopped quite a few inches off the length.
Cute pants. I can't believe how well I lined up the stripes! I might even make him some more if he ever sleeps in again.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
my other helper. who cannot even walk but likes to climb.
simmering away and smelling yummy
Friday, February 6, 2009
I have omitted #14 I like to sew and knit and #23 I have a blog because I figured you kinda knew about those already.
1. My favourite colour is green
2. I have a major snake phobia
3. Giving birth to Rory was the best experience of my life.
4. Giving birth to Abby was the worst experience of my life.
5. I always wanted 4 kids. Some days I still do. Other days I think having another child would be my worst nightmare.
6. I’m not married but most people assume I am (or forget that I’m not).
7. Being a stay at home mum is the hardest job in the world. I know, I’ve done both.
8. My 3 year old is better at maths than I am.
9. I have a terrible memory. This is regretful because I've had some pretty amazing experiences and also spoke 4 languages at one stage.
10. In the 31/2 years since I had Abby I have owned 5 prams. It’s ok, we walk a lot.
11. If I’m home at 1 o’clock I watch Oprah. Always have, always will. Oprah is pretty much the only tv show I watch.
12. In my lifetime I have wanted to be: an astronaut, a pilot, an airhostess (??!), a doctor, a nurse, a midwife, a travel agent, a police officer, a diplomat, and a librarian. I am currently studying to be a social worker.
13. However, I’m hoping that by living simply and being largely self-sufficient, I will never have to ‘work’ again.
15. I like to cook and bake and make my own jam and I must wear Grandma’s apron while I’m doing it.
16. I really miss my Grandma and think about her every day.
17. My favourite time of day is 5 o’clock. Chris arrives home, the kids have a bath, I pour a glass of wine, and start cooking tea.
18. I would like to learn how to make bread from scratch.
19. I have traveled a lot and lived overseas and would love to visit Antarctica before I die or it melts, whichever comes first.
20. I make friends easily and have lots of them. I don’t have many close friends though as I fear I will lose them and that has already happened way to many times (I went to six schools…)
21. I subconsciously dress myself and my 2 kids the same. I usually realize about lunchtime that we’re all wearing blue or stripes, for example.
22. I would like to be an egg donor one day
24. About 15 years ago I bunjee jumped over Victoria Falls and to this day I still have nightmares about it.
25. I secretly enjoy listening to kiddy cds in the car. I get in trouble if I sing though.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Oh dear. I should've stopped after I sewed the seams lopsided. I really should've stopped after I sewed the pocket on inside out and crooked. I was forced to stop after I sewed the casing for the elastic waistband closed. It's a good thing it's too hot for wearing jersey fabric at the moment - I've got plenty of time to practice.
I think the secret must be to use lots of pins. I don't use a lot of pins as they slow me down. Un-resurrectable failures (see above example) slow me down more though...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
To add to my pain, I have been listening to the hum of our neighbours airconditioner all day. And they haven't even been home.
I believe that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. I thought we were pretty decent people but we must have done something really bad to have our air conditioner break on us for the hottest week on record.
I've been wracking my brain and I can only come up with one possible infringement:
Two years ago I pushed in front of some people I pretended I didn't see in the customs line at Sydney airport (we were about to miss our plane). Regretful behaviour but not that abominable I didn't think.
Well, there you go. Maybe we did deserve the heat torture we've been dealt with this week after all.