Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
The first is the humble list. Lists really are so useful. This one is for the big kids to follow every morning. The idea is that the TV or computer does not go on until they have done everything on their list.
The second is a version of the zip-lock bag. (My mum and I go nuts for zip-lock bags, in all sizes.) At the beginning of every year I buy each child an A3 size plastic zip folder and everything paper that arrives in the house goes into it.
Certificates, awards, artwork, schoolwork, birthday cards etc....
At the end of the year you can cull it down a bit and only keep what is really precious, and when they leave home I will be handing them a large pile of plastic folders.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
I try not to buy useless clutter, or something they will get lots of like chocolates, candles etc...
This year I bought from the Oxfam shop, which has loads of great ideas for gifts.
Hmmm... I have just realised that I bought chocolate, after I said I wasn't going to buy chocolate. Maybe an early night is in order???
Monday, 7 December 2009
Life has been rolling along here. Children growing up, study and exams to finish, and birthdays to be had, mine in particular.
We have also been doing a bit of exploring around our area and are becoming familiar with the local Chinese Supermarket. We have been there quite a bit lately as it is so cheap, and has the most delicious things.
Duck pancakes, yum...
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I gave half to Pippi and have cut up some to make bibs.
I have since learned that it is 'Hippopotami' by Austfield, and is selling on Ebay for $45 per metre!!
Friday, 16 October 2009
watching the big kids making funny pictures on the Wii
smelling the pancakes Dave made us for breakfast before he went to work
reading craft books from the library
enjoying the memory of the movie we saw last night (Julie and Julia)
listening to the clunk of my washing machine that needs a new gearbox
sewing only on Mondays
drinking Lady Grey tea
wanting to be more organised, or less lazy
embracing everything in my life right now, except for all the Uni work I have to catch up on
And here is little Ben and his little bag. He has become quite attached to it and takes it everywhere. If he realises he has dropped it, he will crawl back to get it. So sweet.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Take yesterday for example. I ...
Made a birthday card for my nephew.
Hung some pictures on the wall.
Tried to make baba ganoush. (Note to self. Pierce the skins before you bake eggplants)
What did you do all day?
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
The craft box has been getting a workout.
Bubby is loving hanging out with his big brothers and sister.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
First, Weekend Sewing arrived from the Book Depository.
And then this gorgeous fabric from Retromummy.
Yesterday we were in the Mandarin Centre in Chatswood having Yum Cha.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Saturday, 3 October 2009
A little bit of this...
...and a little bit of that.
Pippi and I both got a bit of this one. It reminds me a bit of the 'Truffala Trees' in The Lorax.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Matt has discovered 'claymation' movie making, and I was roped in to be his assistant. My job was to guard the tripod from getting bumped, and to press the button on the camera (100's of times).
This frame from an old cork board is slowly being transformed into something else.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
The very clever Jen was visiting from NZ (check out her blog, she makes the most AMAZING things). While she was making a couple of these bags at my place, we decided to make a tutorial.
My job was to take photographs and to make notes on what she did. Her job was to be clever and make the bags. She did her job, I did half of mine.
I have lots of photos, but unfortunately only limited instructions. I must have got distracted by the kids (there were 8 running around that day).
Here is the picturey tutorial, with a few words. I hope you can work it out. If not, see Jen.
*Start with 1/2m each of the outside and lining fabrics.
*You will also need 20cm for the band across the top.
*Cut 3inches off the bottom of the main fabrics, to use for the handles.
*Attach the band and sew around the top.
*Fold over and tuck in the edges. Topstitch at the top and bottom of the band.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Pippi made these pants for her Ben out of the sleeves of a men's business shirt. He looks so cute in these funky pants, very 'Zoolander' we thought!!
Then using the idea from the Soulemama book, I made some pants for my Ben out of an old t-shirt of Dave's. I copied the style of a pair that Ben had grown out of.