Wednesday, July 30, 2014

a little blip

My goodness. Excuse my the little blip in my blogging. My attention is wandering this week! It's the little guy's birthday week. (Yup, we milk it around here!) He loves to throw a party this one. Plans have been cogitating for oh, about a year and we have been busy making, baking and dreaming up his knights and castles party. I love the detail and research he has put into preparations this year. All food has to be authentic. I also love how he slipped in his beloved avocado sushi onto the menu by reasoning that a visiting samurai warrior taught the castle cook how to make it.

The invites he aged by coming up with a paint wash and having me singe the edges of the paper. We also had to hunt for a real seal and stick of sealing wax. Which I had never used before. Fun times. Seven. Wow. My boy is turning seven! He keeps asking me through out the day...'seven years ago mama, what we you doing exactly seven years ago?'
The best answer so far was 'throwing up on the cat'. Ahh, motherhood! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

felting with bubble wrap

At our homeshcooling group recently, one of the mama's taught us how to felt. We do a bunch of crafty stuff at home and usually Jed likes to be outdoors with friends at these gatherings but he surprised me this time by joining in. It was a good reminder not to concrete him in and assume anything. 
I love the feel and smell of raw wool. And those colours!

We learnt two ways of felting...layering the wisps of wool on top of each other, crosswise and when your design was complete, placing it carefully into a ziplock bag, pouring a little warm soapy water in it, closing the bag and rubbing it through the plastic. Pretty genius. We then placed our felting in progress in a rectangle of bubblewrap, folded it over, rolled it up and keep rolling and agitating it until it had felted. 

I like a bit of bright colour on a winter's day. These might become rugs for the rabbit. Or perhaps coasters. Or get sewn onto a bag for decoration. Not sure. For now, they are reminders of a fun afternoon with our homeschooler friends.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

beans in winter

We had saved these bean seeds from a heritage variety Jed grew a few years ago. Finding them in a drawer, he asked whether they would still grow. After a bit of research into viability of bean seeds after 2 or 3 years we decided the only thing for it was to test them out. Hence the winter beans.

We germinated them in a mason jar on the kitchen windowsill. We stuffed the jar with damp paper towels and laid the beans against the jar so we could see them germinate. I know I have photos of this somewhere in my bulging photo library but I can't face fossicking around in there just now. Sorry folks.

It never fails to amaze, that little germinating miracle thing. Lain dormant rattling about in a drawer for years. Add a bit of warmth, water and light and hey presto...bean seedling!

We potted them up and they grew beautifully but before I could get them in a polytunnel they they got pretty badly thrown around by that crazy storm. Nutty time of the year to be a bean, but hey, we know the rest of that seed is viable for next season!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

sneaking slices of sunshine

 We are in the depths of winter here. While the temperatures aren't anything near as cold as when I lived in Eastern Europe or even in the Pyrenees, it's pretty darn cold for around these parts. The fire is doing double-time, the garden is very very full of water and we have had some truly massive storms. The hot water bottles are getting a good outing most nights. 
In between the rain and wind the sun just feels so good. We've been curled up reading in puddles of it on my bedroom floor. In between the bouts of rain we try and make the most of the sun on mini-adventures. If it looks good, we'll drop everything, grab the scooter and turn my phone off, and head out.

Yesterday, we got chased off a new town beach we were exploring and raced laughing back to the car. We sat in the rain and ate morning tea, telling stories and looking out at the ships passing. It was a moment. I had to get over myself a bit before I could get there. I was looking forward to walking along this beach and was a bit miffed at the rain. But being miffed at rain never got anyone anywhere, especially not to the present moment. And when I got there, to the moment, to what was happening, it was good. Really good. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Most Treasured Possession - Dee from Dee*Construction

That means it is time for my favourite thing at the moment:
I have asked some lovely bloggers to share their most treasured possession with us and let us know why it is so treasured. 
Unfashionable in this age of decluttering, simplifying and tiny houses I know…but we all have our treasures.

This week with her Most Treasured Possession is the lovely Dee Rolston 

of Dee*Construction blog. She is also the co-creator (with her husband) of the amazing Needle and Nail and Dee makes the most beautiful dolls as Tiny Eyes. 
Clever much?! YES!

If I'm truly honest, my most treasured possession doesn't really belong to me at all.
But every time I think about the possibility of losing it, I feel devastated and there is really nothing else (that I can think of!) that I feel that same way about.

So, if I can share it with my daughter (who is the actual owner), my most treasured possession is this little notebook called the 'You & Me' book that we write notes to each other in.
You can read more about how and why I started this notebook in this post , but this is basically how it works - my daughter, Jada (now 10), will write in the notebook and leave it on my pillow for when I go to bed. I usually will write back straight away and leave it beside her bed for her to find in the morning. 
We use it to congratulate, encourage, draw silly pictures and it's also a really good way to say the things that are difficult to say out loud. It's pretty much our favourite thing to see laying about ;)

Seeing my daughter mature and learn and question and grow through these back-and-forth notes over the last few years is already priceless and I can only imagine how amazing it will be to see (read) her growth into adulthood in the years ahead. I hope this notebook will one day be as priceless to her as it already is to me.

But I seriously need to get a copy of it to keep for myself before she leaves home!

Wow, I love this idea. That is one super precious book! Thanks so much for sharing this with us Dee. 
And Jada for letting us peek into her world too. 
Have a great week everyone.