Thursday, September 28, 2006

A week without craft

No time for sewing this week. Lots of piles sitting of fabric waiting to be cut out, but I don't know where the week has gone. I just haven't been home, but it has been good busy. My sister Jane came to stay and my good friend Rose came for lunch with her gorgeous little boy Jeremy.
We had a playgroup dinner the other night and unbelievably no one bought dessert. So at least 2 of us are definitely bringing it next time just to be sure.
Yesterday outside Grace and I blew some bubbles. Amelia just wanted to sweep.

We live across the road from a little dam. At the moment there are a lot of ducklings and they wander around with their parents through the gardens and make Amelia and Grace very happy..

Monday, September 25, 2006

Margaret River

I can't believe the weekend is over already. Chris and I went to Margaret River while Mum and Dad looked after the girls. Not only that they did the washing, cleaned up the woodpile, gardened and mowed the lawns. Thankyou so much Mum and Dad!!!
We had a great time - went to a 21st at Wino's and had lunch at Voyager. Here is Chris standing outside there.

Although I missed the girls and I wouldn't want to go back 2 years in time it was like we had our old lives back for the weekend. It was so nice to wander around and actually sit down and drink a coffee with the papers and not have to stress about getting them down for a sleep or finding something for them to eat and not actually have a definite plan.
The girls are asleep - I think they had a pretty busy weekend so i am drinking some tea from T2 and listening to Dan Kelly.

I caved in last week and had to get some Echino fabric and some other Japanese fabric. It was definitely worth it - it is gorgeous. Ok my break is over the girls are up.

Friday, September 22, 2006

WIP Friday

Some works in progress for this week. A soon to be sheep and wombat. I think there will be a few more calico versions first. A sock this I have just ripped as there were a few horrible mistakes. Lastly some spinning I have been doing late at night listening to podcasts.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Winter Colds

Not much happening here this week. The girls have had colds and Amelia's turned into a chest infection so we spent one day at the doctors and the hospital. She didn't take kindly to us giving her antibiotics. I think it would have been easier to de-worm a feral cat the first day and yesterday I had to visit Chris at work to get his help. She seems to have calmed down a bit today which has made life easier and she is back to her old self.
I bought this print a while ago from Carla Sonheim for the girls' room. Somehow I couldn't work out where I put it, but after looking for a week I found it in a very obvious place.

Chris and I are off tomorrow for our first night away form the girls. Mum and Dad are looking after the girls and we are off to Margaret River. Woohoo!!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Winter Again

Winter has returned again. Lucky I made a huge pot of Pea and Ham Soup yesterday. The recipe came from Stephanie Alexander The Cook's Companion.
Here is what I have managed in the last week late at night. Lots of elephants and giraffes. Some for new babies and some for my etsy shop.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Left Brain Right Brain

You Are 40% Left Brained, 60% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

This surprised me a bit. I was always a Maths and Science person at school and tend to prefer being organised. I guess these things can change over time.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


We had a beautiful spring day here yesterday. I decided it was time to tackle the vegie patch. Didn't really seem to get much done with these two trying to help me, but it was really nice to be outside.

The topic on Insight on SBS this week was identical twins. Quite interesting. It is repeated agin on Monday at 2.00pm if anyone is interested. I haven't thought too much about the girls being identical and problems this may cause in the future such as what will happen at school and making sure others treat them as individuals. They just seem so different to me, looks and personalities. On the other hand it was so nice to hear about the bond between twins, a person that always understands you and is there for you.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Pink Elephant Swap

Now Cathy has recieved my package I can post pictures. This was my first swap, which was a bit stressful. Would she like it? Were the colours right? Cathy has a thing for elephants so I sent this one and a matching bag.
Elephant pattern from ISBN 483476348X. I managed to make it not so unbalanced this time by putting some by using some of these to weigh its bottom down.
The spring weather has started here (although I'm sure it will be winter again for the weekend). The girls and I are going to see what we can do with the vegie patch which has been horribly neglected over winter. Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Great Mail

Look what arrived in my mail box yesterday! Audrey has gone to live with Maggie Smith and Percy has come here. He is the cutest pig I've ever seen and excptionally well made. Maggie makes the most amazing creatures - you can see more here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

More animals

I had one of those night where I just needed some things finished to make space on my desk. A finished giraffe. My sister had a yellow jumping kangaroo as a child and we all loved it. Here is my version out of a wool blend fabric which was meant to be a winter coat, but winter is nearly over and it's gorgeous to make toys out of.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Weekend

I finally finished Lily and Pippa, poor things had been lying unstuffed for weeks.
I had a big day out in Bunbury with my friend Ali on Saturday and found these cheap little chairs for the girls. It was a bit like the Friends episode where Joey and Chandler would not get out of their new chairs yesterday. The girls sat there and yelled when they wanted something.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Learning to Sew

I'm not sure why I learnt to sew. My Nan did a lot of sewing, but it's never been one of Mum's favourite things to do. I think when I was about 13 or 14 I realised I could get a lot more clothes out of my clothes allowance if I learnt to sew.
We had no other sewing machine than this, which was my Grandmother's and once I decide I want to learn something I have to do it immediately. So I made it work and this is what I started sewing on. Mum uses it as a side table at the moment, but one day all it will need is a clean and I think it will go again.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Good Weekend

We had a great weekend. Probably too much driving and definitely too much food, scotch, wine and port!
On Friday we all went to Terra Vista, a restaurant north of Hyden. Yes I couldn't believe it either, a very strange place to find something like that, but it is there and it was pretty good.
On Sunday Gem, Mum, the girls and I went to watch a nail biting hockey grand final at Bruce Rock. Kondinin eventually won on penalty flicks. Then home again yesterday via a friends place who have twins a bit older than the girls. It is always good to see them and to have someone who understands life with twins.
Then back here where winter seems to be back - its bloody freezing in this little wooden house and the girls don't seem to want to wear their clothes.

More pictures from the weekend here.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

It's all ok again

We are back from a great weekend at Mum and Dad's farm (more on that and photos tomorrow). I don't think Chris had a relaxing Father's Day, but he did listen to the football the entire drive back.
I have a new computer hard drive and I don't think I lost much, so everything is ok again. Thanks goodness I am slightly anal (yes Chris is does pay off sometimes) and I have an external drive I back up frequently. I have heard a few horror stories of people losing a few years worth of photos and all their data. So the moral of the story today is back it up!
Here are a few pictures from last week. These are giraffes from the girls flannels and towels.
Here is my 3-D interpretation of them. Hmm, not quite looking how I want them to yet.