Friday, July 31, 2009

The party dress

There are two remarkable things about this picture:
1) Abby is standing still while I take her photo
2) Abby is standing still while I take her photo in a dress I made for her

This is her birthday dress. Except she didn’t wear it on her birthday. Despite having chosen the pattern and the fabric she decided she wanted to wear her ‘pretty dress’ and not this hideous creation I lovingly sewed for her.

But tonight we ‘dumped that pesky brother’ and went out for a lovely dinner. Just mummy, daddy and the big girl who brought her restaurant manners and left her whingey voice in the car. Just lovely. The pasta on the menu for $30 was not so lovely. Not that I ordered it. $30 for pasta? I'm sure it was lovely but so was my (also overpriced) $20 pasta. Sheesh. Maybe I just haven't been out for a while.

Quote of the evening - “because I’m wearing my party shoes I’m in a happy mood.” That’s my child!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

This is not a square

It is a circle.
Even Rory has that one figured out.

Potholder maybe?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kindy is taking over our lives

Goodness. I thought I would have more free time once Abby started proper kindy but it feels like we've got less time. I'm conscious of not wearing her out which means we've been doing a whole lot of nothing but just enough to keep her little brother from driving us crazy with his need to get out of the house even though it is raining. Argh. I'm the one going crazy.
So we've been op shopping. Abby scopes out the puzzles and books and Rory tries on ladies shoes while I hunt for treasures to make more tablecloth dresses. Everyone's happy.

Today I found the ugliest quilt in the whole world.

I overlooked it initially but when I went back to pick everything up off the floor and put it on the shelf (Rory wasn't just looking at shoes today) I noticed these squares:



So I bought it with the inention of chopping it up but now I feel a little bit sad about destroying someone elses (idea of) loveliness and hardwork.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

In touch with my inner granny (square)

Crochet is the new black. I didn't know about the bunting bandwagon but I sure knew about the crochet bandwagon. And thanks to some lovely Adelaide Brown Owls (and Cherry) I'm on it.

This took me 2 hours.

And I woke up with a sore arm this morning but I'm not sure I should be blaming my crocheting, it's probably got more to do with curvature-around-baby.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Table dressing

Tablecloths in a past life.....

I'm feeling like orange could be my new purple. I've never liked either colour but seem drawn to them lately. I think they deserve a second chance.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The bunting bandwagon

When I strung this up in the kitchen last night Chris remarked "'re on the bunting bandwagon" There's a bunting bandwagon? How does he even know what bunting is?
The purpose of my bunting is not just to look pretty. Its main purpose is to display all the paintings Abby brings home from kindy. It was her first day back today and she didn't disappoint, bringing home no less than 3 masterpieces. Four sessions of kindy x 3 paintings per sessions = the bunting will be full by the end of the week.
And for my next to move her paintings from the bunting to the bin without her noticing!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Don't laugh

This is a sock.

I like to knit and I do it a lot but I wouldn't call myself a good knitter. Until recently I've only ever knitted scarves. Last year I made some beanies and I've made another 15 or so this year using the same pattern over and over and over. So...time to branch out. Extend myself a little. Time to try a baby sock.

I googled 'easy knit baby socks' and found this which looked fairly straightforward. A few things went wrong though. First, yucky wool. Second, ummm things went pear-shaped right after I cast on. The instructions say 'rib' the first 12 rows and I just knit them. Third, I dropped a whole heap of stitches and there's a ladder running up one side. The other side. I photographed the 'good' side. Fourth, the foot is way too long. I got carried away and knitted 24 rows instead of 15. The result is one hideous looking sock. I'm not going to bother knitting one to match. I'm going to use that time searching for a different sock pattern instead. Or maybe I'll just go back to knitting beanies....

Bird bath

Abby and I spent our morning off from her brother moving dirt.

Bricks - $0 - from the neighbours
Bench seat - $0 - left at our house by the previous owners
Bird bath - $0 -on loan from my sister and BIL who are moving overseas
A spot to sit and soak up the winter sun and beautiful Spring-like weather - priceless

The bird bath was my wedding gift to them. I made it just before Rory was born. Back when I obviously had way more free time than I do now!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Nimbus

This is my first softie. I never really understood the softie thing. This house just doesn't need more toys. But it was nice to make something purely for pleasure. His only purpose is to look cute. He pulls it off quite well. I'm not sure he could pull off the 'king of the jungle' role though.

He's from Amy and Carly at Umbrella Prints where Abby had her art classes. I couldn't visit their beautiful shop week after week and not take something home with me. I was even allowed to hand pick my fabrics. I also purchased one of the trimmings packs but they're still just that, trimmings.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Tilly Dress

I made this dress for our sweet friend Tilly. She turned 3 the same day Abby turned 4 so they are birthday buddies. The party included an indoor roller coaster, bubbles and an echidna cake. Happy Birthday Tilly!

And my birthday girl? Well, she's already been pouring over the bible selecting
a birthday cake fit for a 5 year old and getting used to the idea that it's four minutes in the naughty corner now, not three.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


The birthday girl and her little brother are tucked up in bed despite the icing induced sugar high and now I contemplate life as a mummy of a four year old.
Four is big. Four is a real live little big person. I have memories of when I was four and I'm sure Abby will too so I'd better get this right.

We're off to a good start...

pancakes for breakfast
presents (lego, a scooter, some games and three painting kits)
ice skating (fun for her not for mummy's back)
her favourite meal (bangers and mash) with all her favourite people
and a butterfly cake
No doubt there's a lot more four year old fun in store for us.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A whole weekend of 'me time'

I'm not the 'fridge' anymore and I've been feeling the need to get away for a while so I booked myself a little sojourn in the Adelaide hills. That's right. No husband. No kids.

But.... I missed everyone and was terribly lonely. 'Me time' is overrated

...being in charge of the remote control? overrated (there's nothing on tv anyway!)
...solo breakfast reading the papers? overrated (no one to talk to and no one to share tastes with)
...spending as long as I want in the shops that I want? overrated (I have no spare money and remember that vow I took)
...going for long walks in the countryside? overrated (I missed the running commentary. A cow is really just a boring old cow without the 'moo' chorus and a rendition of "Old Macdonald had a farm")

...2 whole nights of uninterrupted sleep combined with waking up when I want? SO NOT OVERRATED!

The days stretched on forever and I experienced something I had forgotten existed. That phenomenon known as 'idle time.' The luxury of wondering hmmm what shall I do next. Knit? Read my book? Go for a walk? Yes, I must admit, that part was nice.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Green cleaning gift

My sister actually seemed genuinely pleased when I presented her with this green cleaning kit for her birthday. I'm sure most people would be less than pleased to receive such a gift (and 3 months late at that!!).

We threw out all our chemical cleaners when we moved into our new house 3 years ago. They made me sneeze and itch. Since then we've saved a fortune and we haven't looked back. I can't say our house is actually 'clean' because that would require using the cleaning products on a regular basis but I can say that when we do use them they do a good job.

Aimee has similar allergy issues and is moving into a new house next week so I made her up this little kit:

It contains:
- 50/50 water + vinegar mix which we use for cleaning just about every surface - bench tops, shower, sinks, furniture
- bicarb in a shaker which we use for cleaning sinks, cook tops and the oven
- rags made from chopped up old clothes
- a housework apron
- a green cleaning recipe list

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Brown Owls

Brown Owls was fun but not what I expected. I was expecting sharing and group discussion and introductions and some 'look everyone this is what I'm knitting/sewing/embroidering/crocheting isn't it lovely.' It turned out to be a very informal sit and chat and do your thing. I sat and chatted with Silly Gilly and Lady Rockstitch and blogless Leonie who had one of those big round knitting loom thingamiajigs.

Silly Gilly made this rainbow fleecy scarf for Bab and I finished off Rory's 4th beanie for the winter. He seems to enjoy flinging them out of the pram when I'm not looking. His punishment was having to wear Abby's old pink pussycat hat until I finished this one for him.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

...and another one

I couldn't stop at one so here is the next peasant top instalment. I have gillybean-ified this one and will be taking it along to the next market with me. I added some bias trim and some elastic at the back. I also made the sleeves shorter and didn't elasticize them. It is also more a-line. Fabric from the remnants bin for $2!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Solo Sunday Sewing

A glass of wine, some com 'n bear, mummy tunes, this tute and I sat down for some Sunday evening sewing while the mob were out for tea at the ILs.

Very cute very easy and very perfect for kindy.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Rainy day + Sick kid =

Abby is really ever not so well (actually it's just a cold but sometimes I can't control my urge to speak like Lola from Charlie and Lola). So we spent the day sitting and knitting and watching and chatting
Sorting buttons

And tasting Milo for the first time
Also, I highly recommend the airport for cheap, rainy day fun. Oh the places you'll go!

My current knitting project (seen above) is for Abby's kindy. They are putting together a literacy pack based on Mem Fox's book Shoes from Grandpa. Another lucky kindy mum scored the sewing portion so I'm doing the knitting. This is the scarf that will make us all laugh. I also have to knit some mittens that are softer than kittens, a sweater for when the weather gets wetter and some socks from the local shops. It's such a wonderful idea. I'm happy to be part of it. And ofcourse I told the kindy teacher about the Princess and the Pea phenomenon sweeping blogland at the moment so she's keen to do that next.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wardrobe Refashion - Day 1

I signed up for FOUR WHOLE MONTHS at Wardrobe Refashion. That means no new clothing purchases until November. So I'll be sewing/refashioning/op-shopping my way through the rest of Winter and the beginning of Spring. Chris is excluded from this challenge. He won't let me make him anything and all his clothes are from the mid 90s anyway (it's ok he doesn't read my blog).
So I started the challenge with some new trackies for Abby. Seriously, the kid grew 4 inches while we were away and all her tops are now midriff and her pants show her ankles. I made these using the instructions in Soulemama's Creative Family book and a pair of my old tracksuit pants. Basically, I just traced around a pair of her well-fitting trackies and used the existing side-seams and hem. Easy peasy.

You'll have to excuse the dark photos. She is looking out the window at the pouring rain and it
was dark).
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