Sunday, September 27, 2009

The 'don't ask me if I'm pregnant because it's embarassing for both of us'' dress

It happened twice when I wore this dress yesterday. But I kinda don't blame them after looking at the photos. I think I got the idea for this dress from here. I'm planning to make a few more because I've heard the baby bump look is in this summer.

Friday Fun Day

Friday is our kindy free day which means we make a special effort to do something fun because I know that in less than a year there will be BIGFATZERO spare days to do fun things and goodness knows I'm not ready for that. I am, however, glad that the good-lord-how-are-we-going-to-fill-in-yet-another-day days are in my past.

This Friday was not so fun with sick kids, cold rainy weather and lots of errands to run. But last Friday, well last Friday we went to the beach! Here's hoping the holidays bring us two whole weeks of 18/09/09s.

And look! Someone's been knitting down at the bay. But who? And why? What's the story here.

More presents

Today I told Abby it's time to start culling some friends. Luckily she didn't understand the meaning of the word 'cull' and I'm not complaining really because who doesn't love a bit of fairy bread and a natter with the other mums. It just seems I've been making a lot of presents lately...

This one if for her kindy friend who is off to school next term - 5 is so big!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Buttercup Bag

My good friend Masha is celebrating her birthday with a brunch today so I whipped her up a Buttercup Bag using this free pattern from Made by Rae. It has been on my 'must sew' list for a good six months so I'm glad I found an excuse to make one.

It was quick and easy and came together nicely. The only trouble I had was choosing the fabric. In the end I chose this grey leaf print from IKEA which I think Masha will like as her taste is quite classic.

OK, better go beautify and have words to my stomach and small child about the number of croissants it is acceptable to eat in one sitting.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I won't tell Rory he's wearing a girls t-shirt if you don't.

He wears his big sisters hand-me-down rainbow socks and fairy pyjamas but I draw the line at pink diamante angel t-shirts. I covered it with a cleverly positioned applique IKEA lion.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What I'm wearing this Spring

It was 24 and sunny here yesterday which means I finally got to wear the new top I sewed for myself back in the middle of August when the weatherman teased us with a few Spring-y days.

I also sewed these pants because I need some new comfy clothes and I'm making an effort to not wear trackies every day. I always get enthusiastic like that at the beginning of the season.

I also needed a new cardigan so I prayed to the Op-Shop gods (because I'm not allowed to buy anything new, you know) and they delivered three (3!) of them my way.

exhibit A (which was not a cardigan but is now.
I snipped it up the middle, added some lacey trim and sewed on a button.
I'm wearing it in that other photo above with the black pants)
exhibit B is a beauty

Exhibit C (I haven't taken any after photos of this one
yet but it required modification because of its gargantuan proportions.
I bought it for the colour.)

3 months in the offspring and I are dressed almost exclusively in Op-shop clothing, hand-me-downs and clothes that I made (but don't tell the bunny mums at Playgroup).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More things I needed to sew

The Walrus needed some new pants. I made these from an old singlet my sister was going to give to the Op-Shop.

And Babs probably didn't need a new spring top but I needed to try this tutorial a friend-who- has-no-blog told me about. I made the top from one of my old shirts. I think it's about 3 summers old and had seen better days so I dyed it pink using Rit dye from Spotlight (it's about $5 and they have lots of pretty colours).


I also dyed the white hoodie on the right. I don't really 'do' white these days. Come to think of it I don't really 'do' pink either. Never mind. I needed a new top for my morning walks.

Photo courtesy of Abby

I chose morning tea time for a photo shoot because I figured I would have still children. Wrong.

Oh, and the bright shadowy morning light? Well, we have morning tea at 8:30 at my house. Yes, 8:30. Normal people having morning tea at 10:00 - 3 hours after breakfast. We have morning tea at 8:30 because IT'S 3 HOURS AFTER BREAKFAST.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I need to sew...

From now until something-else-comes-along-that-I-absolutely-must-sew-right-now-fend-for-yourselves-children I will be sewing things we actually need. You know things like pyjamas that actually fit my children, and something to store all those hair ties in, and maybe a pot-holder or two. Essential items that I've refrained from buying because I adopted an 'if I can make it why would I buy it' philosophy a few months ago. Trouble is I never seem to get around to making said essential items and so the kids' ankles freeze.

I started with a fabric bucket to store Abby's clips and hair ties. I've made one of these before using Jodie's fabulous tutorial.
...and some cushions for the boudoir. The fancy patchwork one is from the front of a quilt I found at the Op-Shop. I hacked into this one because although the hexagons are lovely, some other quilter with shocking taste must've taken over the project and unfortunately things did not end well for the poor hexagons.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Windburnt and hoarse

Another Sunday, another market, another exhausted gillybean. I had a lovely (albeit windy!) day at 'work' and met some more clever Adelaideans.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's time to kidney beans

The August pantry challenge continues into September because the pantry is still full (but not quite as full as it was a month ago). Tonight we had an old favourite in this house (probably every house) TACOS. I make a vegetarian version which even pleased the tum of my meat-a-tarian Dad when I made it for him.

Let the taco feast commence. The taco king is there on the right in the aqua suit.

The recipe (from the AWW Vegetarian cookbook) -

A splash of olive oil
1 brown onion
1 clove of garlic (crushed)
1 tomato per person, chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
1-2 tbsp of taco seasoning
1 cup of vegetarian refried beans
420g can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
Taco shells
1 avocado
4 green onions
1 small red capsicum

Heat oil in the pan and cook the brown onion and garlic until soft. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and seasoning. Simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the beans and simmer for another five minutes. Meanwhile prepare the taco shells and the salsa (chop and combine the avocado, green onions and red capsicum). Serve with grated cheese, salsa etc. EAT. YUM.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What would Amanda do?

Amanda's new book arrived today which presented me with a dilemma

fold 3 loads of washing...

or sit and read...

I'm pretty sure Amanda would sit and read and have something wise to say about 'being mindful' so I sat and read.

(here I am trying to read the book and push the pram after discovering
the parcel at our front door on my way to pick up Abby from kindy...dammit postie ring the doorbell!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dishcloth for the beginner knitter

OUT - Scungey stinky sopping wet sponge

IN - Hand-knitted dishcloth of loveliness

I wanted to try one of these fancy ones but it required too much concentration and too much counting. Rib blah blah. And I was trying to watch a movie. So I just used garter stitch and pearl and invented my own.

Here is how I made it -

I used 4mm needles and 4 ply cotton from Spotlight.
I cast on 37 stitches and did four rows in garter stitch. Then I continued for about 20cm with 4 rows of garter for the border and the middle bit in pearl. Then I finished off with another 4 rows of garter stitch. Easy. Simple. Quick. The way I like it.

I can see the floor!

I think I've finally won the scrap battle.
I threw out all the useless scraps (less than 5cm or so), gave a huge bag of ugly and novelty scraps to kindy and sorted the rest like so -

rainbow scraps

from left to right - vintage scraps, boy scraps and 'grown up' scraps

kindy scraps

And I even made some clips with some of the teensy tiny bits.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Give and ye shall receive

I'm a big believer in op-shop karma and it happened again today. I dropped off a big box of stuff and a bag of clothes and thought 'well I'd better just pop in and have a look around while I'm here' even though I was there late last week and came home with nothing.

Today I found a lovely skirt for me (brand new "SASS" brand which I've never heard of but I'll pretend it's Sass & Bide), a tunic top (oh how I love my tunic tops at the moment), a little dress for the babmeister and 7 balls of cotton yarn in a lovely aqua colour.

I'll be making sure I offload more of our unwanted stuff before the tour so I have plenty of karma in the bank.

"Puss puss"

Oh that's right, I was supposed to blog about food in August. Whoops. I used up the last can of chickpeas last night. I made couscous or "puss puss" as Abby calls it. It is just about the only food that kid won't eat and I don't know why. I cook it from time to time anyway just to annoy her and because we all like it so ha ha (annoying 4 year old speak which translates to 'sucked in').
The recipe -
3 teaspoons of moroccan spice mix
a splash of olive oil
red capsicum
spanish onion
cherry tomatoes

Chop all the veggies, sprinkle them with the spice mix and put them in the oven at 200 degrees. Unpack the dishwasher, re-pack the dishwasher, bring in the washing, bath children, dress children, tidy the kitchen, rescue the cat from underneath children, feed the cat, take out the rubbish, empty the food scraps into the worm bin, read children "Mutt Dog", sweep kitchen, set the table, then check on the veggies (after an hour or so) and make the couscous (just do what it says on the packet). Then add the couscous and chickpeas to the veggies and put it all back in the oven for another 20 minutes or so. Eat (unless you're Abby in which case you sit and watch while we eat ha ha).

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