Monday, May 30, 2011

a little bit late

Ever finished a sewing project a little bit late?

Here is a summer maternity top. A little bit past its usefulness since winter starts at the end of the week and I’m now in my final trimester. maternity top white 

And another one in black. maternity top black

Not to worry. In the spring they’ll be good to wear while my tummy is still a bit squishy. Still, it is a bit disappointing that I didn’t get my act together and have them finished in the summer like I’d originally planned.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

sunday afternoon

A brilliant blue sky. Small fluffy white clouds. A warm radiant sun.


There are still leaves and small flowers on the frangipanis. Hard to believe that Autumn is almost over.

frangipani shadow

Perfect for lying in the sun with a bit of stitching.


Baby was loving the sunshine as much as me. Dancing within it felt like bub was reaching for the sunshine, evidently lapping up the radiant warmth from within.

end of autumn

end of Autumn

It’s been a while since I’ve written about our little garden. The summer here in Perth wasn’t kind to us – it was long, very hot and dry. At the end of Autumn however there is a bit more action. Tomatoes, beetroot, basil, zucchini, and silverbeet are all going strong. We’ve also picked our first lemons from our small lemon tree and now have many many fresh, sweet and juicy oranges.


Today I harvested from the garden some mushrooms…mushrooms 


…and radishes.radish

My heart swells with joy as I watch the children pull veggies from the garden and twist oranges from the tree. This morning Ms. M was amazed and enraptured by the beautiful red radishes being pulled from the earth. She was in absolute awe. So wonderful. Meanwhile Mr E. showed his bravery balancing precariously on a chair reaching with full stretch to get oranges from the tree. Marvellous.

So, how does your garden grow?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

lazy days skirt

a skrit for ms. M

A lazy days skirt for Ms. M. Super easy and super quick to make.

ribbon detail  …and because we seemed to have entered Ms. M’s pink phase a bit of pink ribbon too!

Monday, May 23, 2011

another maternity skirt


Another maternity skirt that I quickly made (and clearly didn’t iron very well!) to wear to work. It’s not particularly exciting. Black. Makes getting dressed @ 0515hrs a bit easier – all of the limited choice of maternity tops go with a black skirt.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

a rainbow scarf

E's rainbow scarf

E. loves rainbows. His favourite colour used to be pink, but these days when the question of his favourite colour is posed he replies that he loves all the colours in the rainbow.  I was commissioned to hook him a ‘rainbow’ scarf. Using the easy wash acrylics in my stash I hooked this scarf for him.

E and his scarf

He loves it – the scarf… but he wasn’t loving having his photo taken!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

saturday mornings

saturday morning @ the library

Our weeks are hectic and by their end the children are capital T, capital I, capital R, capital E, capital D, TIRED! Ms. M spends five 8-10 hour days in day care and Mr. E has three similar days plus two days of big boy school. Saturday mornings are now known for their meltdowns around here.

Where would we be without our local library? A place to chill out on the couch in the warmth of the sun reading a book. A peaceful place to go. I am so grateful for our library. I am often popping in and out to borrow sewing and craft books. The children treat their library cards as if they’re credit cards and visit the library to ‘buy’ new books, DVDs and CDs. I love Saturday mornings at the library.

Gratefulness abounds @ Maxabella loves.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

a nursery for bub

We’ve started to prepare the nursery in anticipation of the arrival of our newest family member.

painting scraps

Formerly a green room we’re going for a lighter brighter feel this time around. The intention is to paint the walls white and then fill the room with colourful accessories and toys. We’ve hit a few snags though. The very original paint, under the coats of green that we’d applied on moving in, started to peel so we’ve been scraping paint. It’s an awful job.

scraping paint

What I had thought would be a quick and easy job is starting to turn into the never-ending-story. I can’t wait to finish so that I can start building furniture and then eventually sewing bits and pieces for this special space.

For more creative spaces head on over there.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

the rest of the day

Ok… so I did eventually get out of bed – a little after 10am. A huge lie in for me. It was great… but then I was getting fidgety and wanted a shower. I didn’t resist all the jobs at hand… I did make a quick trip to the shops to stock up on milk. I wanted a cuppa! I popped into the library while I was there. Then I headed home and resumed my regime of relaxation… but not until I’d hung out the washing. It was a bright and sunny day how could a Mama resist getting on top of the washing?

Then I started some simple hooking while I put my feet up bathing in the autumn sun…

sitting in the sun 

…all kinds of wonderful!


I did dabble in a little laundry - soaking a little doll that needed a good wash after being left outside in the rain.


Does it upset anyone else seeing her hanging by her hair on the line??? I find it very unsettling. Poor little darling.

All in all though I did pretty well at resisting all the chores that well, frankly, really need to be done. The relaxation and rest was needed more and I have to say that I am all the better for it.

After picking the kids up early from day care we all headed out to a cafe for chocolate milkshakes and a decaf cap.

cafe with the fam

I miss my beautiful babes so much. So lovely to spend an afternoon in the sun chatting about our days and do a little colouring too! Time to go slow. To enjoy each other. More time to just be.



It is almost 9:30am and I am still sitting on my bed dressed in my PJs. The light is softly sparkling through the blinds. I decided at about 05:30hrs this morning that I would take an impromptu flex day. I was just feeling too tired, too exhausted, too pregnant, to drag myself out of bed and on to work. I am fortunate enough to have a great guy for a boss so I flicked him an email and got a cheery “no worries – enjoy your day” response.

There are a thousand things I could be doing. There is washing in the laundry waiting to be hung out. There is cleaning, washing floors, dusting, vacuuming… There is sewing that I want to sew, hooking that I want to hook, photos that I want to take, organise, file. Songs I want to load onto the iPod. Gardening that needs to be done. Appointments that need to made and shopping that needs to be done. I’ve been working some l-o-n-g days, getting into work before 6am and not leaving until 8pm, so there are so many jobs that are backing up around here.

BUT… I think I might just sit here. Here in my cozy bed with my computer on my lap. Resting. Stretching my legs and wiggling my toes. It is time to just be.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

a very special parcel

Cot blanket from NinnyThis very special parcel arrived in the post this week. Inside a very special crocheted gift for a very special person who will join the rest of the family on the ‘outside’ in the later half of this year.

cot blanketThis cot blanket has been hooked by my grandmother, the virgo within’s great-grandmother. Even though she lives on the other side of the continent she’ll be one of the first to hug the wee one through this blankie.  There just aren’t enough words to describe how special this is. In so many ways this blanket embodies everything I love about crafting – the creation of a physical representation of our unique love for others.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

a maternity skirt for me

maternity skirt

I am fast running out of clothes to wear. My belly (and my arse!) are growing at a rapid rate. Getting dressed of a morning ready for work isn’t much fun. It is hard to look nice and feel comfortable at the same time. This is the first maternity skirt that I’ve made – and there were a few lessons that I learned through the process. Time permitting I’ll be making a couple more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

thinking of you :: a little bit of ribbon

a little bit of ribbon

A while back the fabulous Karen offered up the marvellous suggestion of sewing a bit of ribbon into the back of garments. I’ve been doing so ever since, tipping my hat to Karen’s genius every time.

Monday, May 9, 2011


1. wake up

Wake up! After hitting the snooze button for a good ten minutes or so I finally drag myself out of bed.


2. the journey to work

Showered, dressed and armed with a hot cup of tea it is time to head off to work.

3. breakie at my desk  Arriving at work it is time to jump straight into it while having breakie at my desk.


4. lunch

There isn’t much time for lunch, but I manage to steal some moments from the busy day.


5. pick-up time

Time to leave work and head off to pick up the children…


6. via the library …via the library to pick up a book I’d reserved.


7. the first collection Pick #1 child up from school


8. grocery shopping A quick grocery shop at the markets (oops… forgot the enviro bags)


9. another collection Pick #2 child up from family day care.


10. feet up with a cuppa

Unfulfilled ambitions of a cup of tea with my feet up for five minutes.


11. laundry

Three loads of washing done and hung out.


12. starting to cook dinner Veggie soup prepared, cooked and eaten.

 13. bath time

Children bathed and bedded.

… and then finally time for me to hit the sheets, put my very swollen feet up and do a little bit of bedtime craft.

14. bed craft 

Good night.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

mother’s day

What a lovely day. It started with cuddles and breakfast in bed. Cards were gifted that had been made at day care and at school.

mother's day

My little girl gifted me a beautiful mandarin tree – replacing the one that her brother had accidentally tortured at the end of last year (it had done quite well up until the end of the summer when it just couldn’t cope with the extreme heat – now it is only the root stock that is sprouting green). As we still had Ms. M’s placenta in the freezer she and her dada planted the tree with the placenta in the base of the pot… may this little plant grow and be fruitful.

a gift from my sweet one

My boy spent much for the day making me gifts and drawings – I received lots and lots of robots created from the recycling. Super. My two little cherubs also made me a huge tent in their bedroom using every pillow, cushion and blanket in the house. Very special… but most special of all was that they got on all day and didn’t squabble and bicker with each other. The greatest gift of all. Fantastic.

Another highlight of the day the discovery of a little bird’s nest in our orange tree –so very fitting on mother’s day me thinks.

a nest in the orange tree 

A lovely dovely day indeedy. I am one very fortunate woman.


Monday, May 2, 2011

a skirt for a friend

Not too long ago a close friend of mine asked if I’d make her a skirt based on an existing favourite of hers. The request was terrifying. Using her beloved skirt I drafted a pattern and set to work.


It turned out alright. I wasn’t 100% pleased with the zipper. I wanted it to be perfect for her. Nonetheless she tells me that she loves it.

I hope she really does and isn’t just saying so.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

finding our groove

I’ve been a bit absent from the blogosphere for the past month or so. Mid-March I returned to full-time work and it has taken the family and I a little while to find our groove, our daily rhythm. We’ve had visitors from inter-state in that time too which disrupted the routine we were newly forming.

I think we’ve found our groove now. It is a struggle to find balance, to find time for all the things I love. And there is the sheer exhaustion too – a full time employee, a full time mother and hostess to a growing life within.

This weekend there was some time for sewing, some time for hooking and some time to hang with my nearest and dearest. Bliss.