Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
The excuses went like this: 'I don't have space for another machine', 'I don't have time to learn new skills right now'...etc. All of which are true, but there comes a time when you just have to jack in the reasons why not and just let rip.
Some crazy retro striped cotton jersey i picked up for a few dollars turned into...
...a tunic overdress. I did try to match the stripes at the side (i am not generally a match stripes sort of a gal when sewing for myself), but i have to admit that at 11.30pm my commitment slipped slightly. I used New Look 6731, View B but with View A's length. I think i came across this one on Amy Karol's blog, Angry Chicken awhile back.
commissioned bunting flags and a bunch of wintery GrowMama gear to be listed on Trademe and quite possibly placed in a few stores around town. Ahem, that's the main pile anyway.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Take a piece of coloured card. Fold it into an even number of pieces. Draw a picture, (in this case easter related), making sure to go all the way to the edges at a few places so it can stand up. Cut along the lines of your drawing and open up to see the finished product. Thomas and Petra Berger's Easter crafting book was the inspiration for these. Well worth buying or borrowing from the library!
Jed's face lit up as he opened each one and saw what it turned into.
Jed likes how the rabbits are nuzzling each other. And they needed grass to eat. Easy enough!
I used two pieces of standard size card and used the first design as template to do the second one. I just traced around it. I used sellotape to join them together.
Here's the mama chicken design in case you want to copy it.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
How lovely to learn how to craft new gorgeousness and send a parcel each year's quarter to someone i have never met before. This time round i was partnered with the organiser herself, Pia, who runs Nalina Design. These pictures all show Pia's stunning work.
I have to admit to struggling a little with Easter in the southern hemisphere...to me it is all about beginnings, new growth, fertility and well, Spring. Yet here i am stacking firewood and putting the garden to bed at the very tail end of summer. Sixteen years cavorting in the northern hemisphere and four (five?) years back in New Zealand and i am still a bit lost in the seasons. Sigh.
In the middle of his pizza party this evening (where he invites his friends, we make pizza together and general mayhem and spontaneous music making sessions ensue) Jed asked me 'what this Easter thing' is about. I asked if i could get back to him.
And i fully intend to. Not just the facts about why it is special to Christian's, but what it means to me. Its that second part i am a bit stuck on.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I had the balance a bit off. Enter from stage right one cranky mama with far too much flying round her head. Enter from stage right, one sensitive old soul in a small body, shall we say 'acting out' a bit at Mama getting it all wrong. It's my old issue: trying to do too much on too little sleep (with anaemia thrown in for good measure). I know i simply can't get caught up in a busy busy stressy whirlwind and still be the mama i want to be.
So, on days when i am working alot from home, we take a breather from our different projects to hang out. We claimed a mama 'n' Jed HQ. We take a waterbottle, a blanket, some books and a spoon.
Our HQ tent is pitched a metre away from the feijoa trees. 'Tis the season. Mmmm.
We talk, we laugh, we connect. I get to remember what's important in life.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I wear it when i need reminding.
An aside: Four days into 'Seven days of blogging'...i could get into this daily posting milarky. If only someone would pay me for it!