Thursday, September 30, 2010

just a minute … in september

Listening… to music on the ipod that has been passed on to me from my partner now that he has upgraded. Still trying to work out some of the features and need to make it a bit more my “own”.

Watching… footy finals!

Growing… lots of vegetables in the garden. Unfortunately this month has been one of the driest Septembers on record.

strawberries

Playing… with water. Already temperatures have exceeded 30°C. I think we’re in for a hot dry summer. I spent much of this month assembling Ikea furniture to organise a toy/play space for the children. It has come together well and now just needs a few finishing touches to make the space a little more unique to us.

playing with water

Developing… Ms. M acquires new words and phrases daily, “me too” has been her favourite phrase this month. She’s had a bit of a rough time of it this month, sore throats, coughing, vomiting and cutting teeth – she has handled it all in her stride. She sure is a trooper. This month she also had her first haircut. Mr.3 has been drawing, drawing, drawing! He has also been teaching me lots of games – his imagination is out of this world. I struggle to keep up with him … but I’m giving it everything I’ve got.

Wearing… 

Ms M: just one shoe!?!just one shoe just one shoe (2)

Mr. 3: skivvies and beanies (as opposed to being naked) now that the days are getting warmer!my thoughtful boy

september sewing challenge :: make a bag

12monthsewingchallenge

September’s sewing challenge was to make a bag. At the time of signing up for the challenge I had planned to make myself a bag – but instead I ended up sewing sixty odd library bags for my son’s kindy! So not a lot of time left over to make a bag for myself but I’ve well and truly met this month’s challenge.

I enjoyed sewing the library bags. A great feeling to make a contribution and also good to develop a production line of sorts. As the seams were very straight forward (literally!) I sewed at great speed. It was fun.

my creative space :: time to sew

thread  stitches

tea 

At last some very precious time to sew. Pure bliss.

… more creative bliss this way.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

thinking of you :: liesl @ hoppo bumpo

Every time I spy the hydrangeas growing in the back garden I think of Liesl. She was clever enough to grow a mutant hydrangea last season, and there I was thinking that I just had a pink variety!

Leisl has created all kinds of blue hydrangea magic, and so this year inspired by her and armed with a shaker of ‘blueing tonic’ I’m hoping to grow some blue hydrangea magic of my own.

blueing tonic

Thank you Leisl.

A few of you expressed interest in ‘playing along’ after last week’s post – so if you are please leave a comment so that I can come and check out who you’ve been thinking about.

Friday, September 24, 2010

all done

library bags

The last of the library bags are finished. All done.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

thinking of you :: cam @ curly pops

I’ve been reading blogs and writing my own blog for a little over a year now. Being part of the blogging community has meant that many bloggers now feature as a part of my daily life. Little moments pass by where I find myself thinking of them despite the fact that I’ve never actually met them in person – they occupy a significance presence in my life. These moments can be anything from recognising a fabric, noticing a flower or hearing a song – they are many and they are varied.

pinking shears (2)

My pinking shears inspires such a moment. Every time I see them I think of Cam @ Curly Pops. I didn’t own a pair until I read Cam’s superhero headband tutorial and had an “ah-ha” moment. I bought a pair of pinking shears almost straight away – and since that time every time I see or use them I think of Cam.

pinking shears 

Since the pinking shears live on my sewing table that means that I think of Cam pretty much every other day.

pinking shears (3)

Thank you Cam.

As I’d like to recognise the wonderful and sometimes quirky contribution my fellow bloggers make to my existence I’ll be back again next Tuesday with another “thinking of you” post.

Monday, September 20, 2010

a night away

Last night our family escaped the city for an overnight trip to Cervantes. There was no particular reason for our adventure other than the need to get out of town.

cervantes

It’s been a while since we’ve taken a road trip and this was the first since Ms. M was born. The brief trip has been chalked up as quite the learning experience – road trips with kids require a bit of organisation. More than we’re used to making anyway, planning and organisation doesn’t come naturally to either myself or my partner. We’re more your impulsive traveller types. In discussions had on the road we’ve agreed that next time we hit the track we’ll pack a map!

Still if it wasn’t for impulsiveness we wouldn’t have made a trip to the leaning tower of Gin Gin.

leaning tower of Gin Gin

Lots and lots of fun dropping water balloons from the very top!

Today our attention turned from engineering marvels to nature’s majesty.

stromatolites  Stromatolites at Lake Thetis

five pinnacles The Pinnacles

We had a fantastic time at both the Stromatolites at Lake Thetis and then the Pinnacles. With nobody watching Mr 3 came off the boardwalk at Lake Thetis, covering his shoes and pants in mud. The shoes and his feet could be washed in the water, but the pants had to come off, revealing that Mr 3 had decided not to bother with undies this morning. Oh well, we had the place to ourselves so there was no problem with a nudie run among the stromatolites and waterbirds.

Later we enjoyed playing hide and seek amongst the rock formation of the pinnacles. Great fun indeed. I was a tad disappointed not to have seen any emus wandering around (though I would have run for the safety of the car if I had) but chirpy encounters with a gorgeous pink galah made up for it.

the pinnacles

A very happy time away with my family.

my family

I’m so very blessed.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

germinating carrot seeds

carrot seed germination

The carrot seeds have germinated… little bits of green bursting through the earth. A beautiful and magnificent sight. Amazing. Tiny seeds deep in the earth forcing their way to the light of the sun. So fragile and yet so strong.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

sew darn cute

Look what arrived for me yesterday!

for me 

A gorgeous parcel with the sweetest bow. So pretty. And inside?

sew darn cute

A most darling book of crafty goodness, and a greeting card that doubles as a recipe for chocolate brownies. Yummo!

I was lucky enough to win Clare’s giveaway.

I’d actually already read Sew Darn Cute before as I borrowed it from the library around the time of Sarah’s Apron Swap and used the apron in the book as the inspiration for my offering to my swap partner. I held off posting about the apron that I made and sent opting to wait until I received word that my apron had arrived. But I never heard. I emailed to check but no response. Perhaps because my swap partner hadn’t got around to making one for me – I hope it was that and not because she thought the apron I made awful. Or worse still that something terrible had happened to her. She hasn’t made any posts to her blog in a long time either which makes me worry for her.

my apron offeringmy apron offering  close up

Anyway – I was pretty pleased with the apron and so after a long time had passed and an apron still hadn’t arrived for me I decided to make another using the fabric remnants for me. A place to store all my sewing bits and bobs that I tend to walk around the house with and consequently misplace and loose.

an apron for me

I’m fairly pleased with the apron that I made for myself too… but I accidentally made the pockets a bit too deep. I’m not so good at measuring late at night and for the life of me I can’t quite figure out how I got it wrong. Not to worry.

A big thank you to Clare for offering such a generous giveaway. I’m so looking forward to tackling some of the other projects in the book… but which one to start with? 

Friday, September 17, 2010

stitched and bound

Stitched and Bound Poster 

Yesterday my partner and I had a very rare opportunity (the first time since February this year) to spend some time together sans children. We went out to lunch and then popped by the Stitched and Bound exhibition at Heathcote Museum.

It was great. There are so many very talented people out there in this world. I was overwhelmed with inspiration, and making a quilt has jumped ahead several places in my mental ‘to do’ list.

I had two overall favourite pieces from the exhibition – both are very different and yet both I could relate to intimately.

Here is a Picture for YouImage via

Here is a Picture for You by Ruth de Vos just blew me away. It is such a fantastic image – two children drawing lots of wonderful pictures – made from so many pieces of fabric. So vibrant. A closer look reveals so many wonderful aspects of this piece amongst them there is the screen printed rocket ship and the child-like drawing of a person in crayon on fabric. The quilting stitches take the piece to a whole new level. The stitches form new layers of imagery – more child-like drawings of people, an elephant, a castle. Breathtaking. I wish I had had more time to stand and gaze at this piece – time to appreciate the work that has taken it from conception to being. Amazing. Can you tell that I am in awe?

unfolding vanessa wallaceImage via 

Unfolding by Vanessa Wallace records a moment from everyday. So many kinds of wonderful. Standing from afar the circles of colour look like bubbles floating against white light but on closer inspection these bubbles are actually passing moments in 2009. Photographs from a moment in time coupled with some faint handwritten text from the day. Reverse appliqué heightening the sense of peering in to another’s world. More than two-thirds of the year into my own ‘a photo a day’ journey I was particularly taken with this quilt. Appreciation for the daily discipline that went into it’s creation, admiration for the images themselves, and the stitches that bring them all together. Wondering too. The empty circle somewhere in November. Why was a day missed? What happened? 

Walking away from the exhibit I was filled with inspiration. A marvellous feeling. A great end to a very sweet day with my man before heading off into the afternoon traffic to collect children.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

my creative space :: contribution

waiting to become library bags
 
This stack of fabric is cut and waiting for me to sew into library bags for all the classes at my son’s 3+ kindy. I’m pretty thrilled to be able to help out – especially in such an enjoyable way – and knowing that so many students, a little over sixty them, will have a library bag sewn by me is exciting too. I am making a small contribution to their literacy and that makes me feel good.
 
There are lots of creative contributions being made over at Kirsty’s place … go on over and take a peek!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

veg about @ the start of spring

veg about

Lots of work has been going into my little garden in the past fortnight since spring began according to the calendar (but perhaps someone might want to let mother nature know!). The garden beds have been cleared of languishing winter crops, sheep manure turned into the beds and new seedlings and seeds planted.

So what is now growing in my garden?

  • artichokes
  • basil garden bed sept 2010
  • beetroot
  • carrots
  • chilli
  • coriander
  • dill
  • lettuce
  • parsley
  • peas
  • radish
  • rhubarb
  • rocket
  • rosemary
  • sage 
  • silver beet
  • snow peas
  • spinach
  • strawberries
  • thyme

Now to tend to my little plants so they grow big and strong. And in the coming weeks there will be more planting too… zucchini and pumpkin are still to be planted but I wanted to give some of the other plants a chance to get a head start and establish themselves before they compete with the squash vines for space.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

on my feet

on my feet …today were these gumboots. Spring is here. The weather is fine. Work has started in the garden.

Oh how I love this time of year!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

saturday night sewing

for Linus

Last night I finally made it to my sewing machine. It had been too long since we last spent quality time together. I didn’t work on any of the projects waiting to be finished – rather I quickly whipped up these pants and hat for a special birthday boy. I’m loving the vibrant colours. I hope he enjoys wearing them on his up coming holiday to Malaysia.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

star trekking across the universe

captain kirk

Star Trekkin' across the universe,
On the Starship Enterprise under Captain Kirk.
Star Trekkin' across the universe,
Only going forward 'cause we can't find reverse.

Fingers crossed today won’t be the last day this fine man plays.

picture via

{Added @ 1955hrs} Oh well – I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. What a fantastic match – another close one that made me feel like I was on a rollercoaster and going to be sick. Farewell Kirky and Roos – youse guys totally ace.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

my creative space :: excuses excuses excuses

I’d hoped to be sewing today in my creative space.

sewing in waiting

There are many projects waiting to be finished – but the sewing planets just haven’t been in alignment in my part of the world… and unfortunately today isn’t any different. My little poppet isn’t well today. We had a lovely afternoon at the zoo yesterday but my poor little one was uncharacteristically clingy – then when we came home she needed to be encouraged to eat her dinner and then as her dada scooped her from the bath she emptied the contents of her stomach all over him.

So today I’ve plans to do some more hooking, using acrylics yarns that I’ve been stashing away in a yet-to-be-completed (aka unfinished) hessian bag. The plan is to make some goodies for the new toy room that is finally starting to take some shape after putting together lots of furniture last Thursday.acrylics

As I snuggle with my poor little sick poppet hooking away I will be considering potential creative excuses for what I think will be my first ever speeding ticket. Ooops – there was a big flash from the supernova at the side of the road as I drove past! I’m thinking the truth - that I didn’t see the approaching camera or my speedometer because I was whacking my sick daughter riding in the back with her nappy wallet in a desperate effort to keep her awake until we got home – would get me into further trouble. Mmmmm… might just need to stay mum on this one.

Speaking of my nappy wallet – here it is:nappy wallet

I used Karen’s wonderful tutorial to make it. The tutorial was so easy to follow and having a nappy wallet makes getting out the front door so much easier – a “must have” item for mothers of toddlers.

For more creative space make a slow and steady trip to Kirsty’s – and be sure to keep your eyes on the road.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

today

1. breakfastBreakfast, tea and raisin toast, before heading to a local park to look for turtles…

2. looking for turtles3. no luck… we didn’t find any. (we did see ducks – but really that isn’t very exciting now is it?)

Time for the serious business of play…4. time for play5. on the swing6. hanging around…before heading home for lunch and a rest.

I hooked away as I listened to the mad Katter…7. listening to the mad katter

… and waited for the press conference that would reveal the outcome of the election.8. watching the announcement

The children woke up just as the press conference began. Their interest in events was short lived so…      9. with the kids

…they were bribed to stay quiet with the chocolate Megan sent me (I wasn’t planning to share but it was there at hand).10. bribing the children with chocolate 

The pressure was on. We were running late for an appointment…11. watching ... but running late12. really running late

… but since Rob just kept talking and talking the children were quickly herded into the car and the radio was tuned in so that I could hear what his final decision was…13. tuning in to the radio

…and finally when we were here on our trip I heard that Julia Gillard would be forming a minority government. 14. and the winner is

YAY!

We eventually made it to our appointment – but a little bit late due to Rob’s blathering. Check out the waiting room! Almost more fun than the park we’d been to earlier in the day. And check out the art on the wall – truly stunning.15. in the waiting room

I hooked as we waited to be seen…16. hooking 

…and eventually we were, but not before both the children were well and truly bouncing off the walls after scoffing so much chocolate (they don’t often get it!)…17. with the doctors

… on to another waiting room… 18. another waiting room

…and then finally home, after picking up Dave from work. Time to put my feet up… 19. feet up

…and reflect on the day and the new government. 20. time to reflect on the new government 

Bring on the sunshine.