Monday, November 22, 2010

At my house

At my house Erin and I are recovering from our excursion to see Dinosaurs Alive with 100+ excitable 5 year olds. Erin is sleeping and I have been flaked out on the couch watching Oprah, stuffing the Poppy Doll I am making Abby for Christmas and refuelling with a Bickfords Lime Cordial. Ahhh.

At my house Abby is making tooth wobbling a full time occupation! Last night I whipped up a tooth fairy cushion ready for the big event.

At my house it is very quiet because Rory is at his Nanna's.
At my house the cherries are ripening and for the first time in the 4 years since we moved in we are hoping to eat them before the birds do. We have netted some of the branches to make sure.

At my house the warm weather has arrived with gusto and we are all sporting pink noses after our day in the sun yesterday. We spent the morning at the kids market and the afternoon at the beach.

And I finally got to wear the new skirt I have been hanging out to show off. I just sewed together two squares of Amy Butler's Love fabric and shirred around the waist. I probably shouldn't be showing off those white legs yet but oh well.

At my house we are thinking about Christmas celebrations and presents and Abby's long summer break. Overseas and interstate visitors, camping at the beach, lunch with 30+ members of Chris' family and a plan to take the handmade pledge again this year.

At my house today I am wondering how to keep the chooks cool in this warm weather and what to do about a chook who won't get her butt of our eggs!

At my house this morning Abby re-created a scene from Sex and the City 2. Here are her glammed-up barbies riding camels. And no, she hasn't seen the movie.

At my house I'd better go and put tea in the slow cooker so it can slowly cook our chilli con carne.

Find out what's happening at other people's houses over at Lou's.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekend sewing

A few weekends ago the planets aligned and I was left at home with just the baby for 4 whole days! It's funny how looking after a 3 month old now feels like a holiday for me. This was certainly not the case 5 years ago when Abby was a baby. This version actually sleeps. And this version doesn't require hours of patting and rocking in order to get to sleep. And this version can actually be placed in her bassinet without waking up and forcing me to repeat the rocking and patting shenanigans all over again. And by then I didn't know if the baby was grumpy because it was tired or grumpy because it was hungry and I would have to start all over again! All the while busting to use the loo and starving hungry because I had not been able to put the baby down to eat or pee! Ahhh the memories!

So anyway. Erin and I had a lovely quiet weekend together. Long baths, long walks,lots of quiet time, a movie date and for Erin lots of long sleeps. And while she slept, I sewed.

I sewed some pants for the walrus from Pip's new book Sew La Tea Do. These pants are a great fit and the pockets are perfect for carrying around cars and trains and dirt. Never mind that Daddy put them away in the 'pyjama' drawer.

Also for the walrus, a new hat. I used the bucket hat pattern found on the Simplicity website. Yes, the adult bucket hat pattern. He has a big head.
I have had 'beanbag' on my list of things to sew for eons. I finally found the perfect fabric (thanks IKEA) and used the 'fun-sized beanbag' pattern found in Kelly Doust's The Crafty Kid. I like the shape of the bean bag (it's like a pyramid) but it's pretty mini. It is too small for both my kids so we've been using it as a footrest until Erin grows into it. In a few more eons I might attempt a bigger version.

I made some other stuff too but I either haven't had a chance to wear it yet (c'mon warm weather) or it's yet to be gifted and still top secret (not that anyone reads my blog but you never know!)
And while Abby is at school, Rory is at nanna's and the baby is asleep -I'm off to sew!
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