...and now enough about carrots until they're actually big enough to eat!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Winter is drawing to a close and before it passed us by for another year my partner thought it would be a good idea to have a fire. His eagerness for a fire happened to neatly coincide with the need to dispose of some old wooden barrels that had for the most part rotten.
We drank a bottle of red wine and ate homemade pizzas sitting under the stars in our backyard. It was wonderful. It has been a long time since either of us has been camping and sitting around the fire was very relaxing. There is something very beautiful and mesmerising about watching a fire.
Master E. woke later in the evening after having a nightmare and I took him outside to sit by the fire and have a cuddle. It was the first fire he had ever seen. He was both enchanted and afraid of it... and very puzzled as to where it had come from.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
In the past I have actually been rather afraid of them, but with the passing of time I have learnt to tolerate their presence.
During my recent screen printing course I laboured over 3 little birdies and now over the past week I have been spending a lot of time on the Avairy site playing around with all kinds of birds - a phoenix, a falcon and a toucan.
Above is one of my creations.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Last night was my final screen printing class. I took along some of my own screens so that I could take advantage of the school's exposure unit - two of the screens worked out but the other two were monumental disasters to the extent that I just cleaned them off ready to start again. Whilst disappointed that the screens weren't successful it was really fortuitous that it happened. The ol' cliche about learning from mistakes has been characteristic of my learning style throughout my life. It was really interesting to see how the course facilitator worked out what the problem had been and how to solve it. If this had happened whilst I was starting out all on my own I think I would have been really stumped. Still, my skill level has really come along over the past couple of months. Funny to think that printing some orange elephants on fabric started this journey... who knows where it will take me?
I'm disappointed not to be heading off to class on Thursday nights. Obviously I have an interest in learning about screen printing but it was particularly fantastic to spend a couple of hours in the company of adults!
Can't wait to get started at home. Might be a couple of weeks until I really get started as I have a few other projects waiting to be finished off ... story of my life.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
After two weeks the carrot tops are really starting to take off - much to Master E.'s amusement and wonder. "O wow!" he exclaims with sheer excitement as I show them to him.
So what happens now? If I eventually plant them in the garden will I get carrots?
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This is my first attempt at making a fully lined jacket. It took me ages to figure out how to finish it! I was stuck on how to sew the lining into the sleeves. Pleased with my first attempt at a ladder stitch - barely detectable. I've decided against buttons at this time, which in light of my recent haul of buttons may seem to be a strange decision. However without buttons the jacket sits on Ms. M so nicely and it is so easy to turn inside out for another look (... excellent for hiding food slops when we're out & about!). I suppose I could sew buttons on both sides using the same button holes but I wonder if that would be uncomfortable as she crawls all over the floor. Maybe I'll change my mind... ?!?!
Using material from an old skirt of mine and the remnants from the lining I also made some pants.
Ms. M looks so cute in the outfit - but no photos yet - she is so quick getting around these days it is becoming harder and harder to take a decent pic.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sewing for a boy is a bit of a challenge. The fabrics are blah and inspiration can be in short supply too, certainly in comparison to what is out there for girls. This is something that I am working on - I'll keep you posted on what I come up with.
Being two and a half years old he wasn't at all keen to model them but I eventually got a shot of him wearing them.
the handsome Master E.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
In addition to growing carrots in our vegie garden I thought it would be fun to show Master E. carrot tops growing on the window sill. I remember doing this when I was a child. Rather than putting the carrot tops in the worm farm they've been placed on a bed of cotton wool and watered daily (about a tablespoon) as I do the dishes. By day five there was evidence of green shots about to burst into life. Amazing really how quickly new growth appears.
carrot tops - first week in review
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Whist I gather that the situation in the United States is much worse than it is here in Oz, where there are at least some regulations, watching the documentary reinforced to me the value of hand made non-mass produced items.
For me the film also raised very personal concerns and questions. How, as a mother, do I protect my children from such sophisicated forms of marketing? Marketing that at its very heart would have my children value themselves less if they don't possess products being promoted. Marketing that is ubiquitous.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
When the skies opened up today it bucketed down hail... and more than once too! A perfect day to stayed cuddled up in bed reading a book - which is exactly what I did this afternoon. Finished Middlesex - will write about it soon after I have collected my thoughts.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Master E's father usually sends a text message when he is walking home from the station to let us know that he is almost home. E loves to go outside and run down the street to his Dada's welcoming arms. A new addition to this evening ritual is that E likes to pick flowers from our neighbours gardens. He comes running back into the house with a gigantic smile and a little bunch of flowers especially for me - his mama. My heart melts - moments like these make all the hard work worth it :)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
These ribbons and ric rac recently came into my possession - the result of a clean-up at my mother's house. She actually gave me quite a few packages, including a bag full of buttons, but this is all I have had a chance to sort through so far.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I'm really looking forward to next week's class when it will be time to give adding further colours a go. No matter how it turns out it is going to be an interesting process and certainly a learning experience.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thank goodness for iview - I'll be able to watch the show later - but of course I am now running late for next month!!!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Baby karaoke is a great way to entertain and distract a sick bub - especially when you're completely exhausted too.