Monday, November 28, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

week's end

I'm officially calling an end to this week.

We're skipping kinder, playgroup and drama.

The Mr misses out. He gets to go to work.
And he gets to deal with the house in the state we leave it in upon departure.
But he also gets 2 nights at home sans children.
(or more importantly 2 mornings!)

We're heading to a smaller Island.

We're heading for a lighthouse adventure.

We're heading to celebrate a birthday.

There is much excitement (think :: chaos) in the house...suitcases are being wheeled around with reckless abandon, I'm wearing shoes to protect my toes. I'm overhearing whispered conversations about sneaking more 'essential' items into said suitcases. I'm ignoring it.

It has been a perfectly ordinary week which I've been feeling thankful for in the light of others in the midst of less ordinary circumstances.

celery experiments (I can grow it, I just can't stand to eat it raw)

copious amounts of breastfeeding

park visits where 2 boys ignored all the play equipment the entire time

Inexplicable excitement over visiting the dentist, equally inexplicable gloom over not having a new tooth growing like her brothers.

The house and yard are littered with paper planes, paper planes in production, discarded paper planes. I find myself watching you tube clips on making paper planes (over, and over, and over again), I have discussions about what paper planes are the best, what makes a plane fly...or more often why it will not fly as predicted. I know there are planes packed to see if they fly better when launched from a lighthouse (they would have to, I'm certain!)

I've raided the garden, we're off

Happy weekending to you, I've a boat to catch.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

more baby pants

It seems a long time since I took part in 'Creative Spaces', mostly as I have not had the time to make much or I have not had the time to browse around all the other creative spaces.

Them's the breaks I guess.

But with the outbreak of warm sunny weather since my last post, there has been a need for summer baby pants, the kind where toes may wiggle freely.

Everyone has been enjoying the bare feet, or bare bodies that warm weather herald.

The pattern is this one with a few modifications for a bit more room in the seat for cloth nappies and the waistband from a cotton/elastine t-shirt rather than elastic for a more comfy's more of the shirt from my last round of baby sewing. The rest of the pants are made from vintage cotton sheets, nice and soft against baby skin.

Now to see if I can get some of the various sized shorts sewn up while this weather holds out!

Some more creative spaces over this-a-way

Friday, November 4, 2011

High pants :: long pants

Sewing for babies can seem a pointless task at times given the deluge of barely-worn baby hand-me-downs that you receive when people hear you are pregnant. And the fact the good old Bonds wondersuit is all they need most of the time as a newborn. Plus it can be super fiddly working on things that small.

But it is such an easy way to use up small amounts of fabrics, to experiment with upcycling and because if you want your smalls to wear handmade, you need to start ASAP because before you know it they will not be so interested in wearing those pants you made from one of dads old shirts!

Having said all that I've managed very little baby sewing so far (which is fine). But having recently carved out a little sewing space after some major spring cleaning and rearranging I did manage to make a start.

These wool pants were actually made the week before Rueben was born. Or they were sewn up the week before he was born, they were cut out a few weeks earlier. I used an not-so-old fine merino wool jumper of mine that had a few holes in it (Ahhh!). I used this pattern with a few modifications. They turned out to be rather high-waisted which actually works well as warm overpants when going out as they add another layer to his tum.

harry-high-pants pants!

I'm not that into baby socks as they always seem to be too small, fall off after a few squirms or get lost in the wash. Consequently I am into pants with feet to keep those little toes warm. As Reuben has started to stretch out as well as grow he is growing out of his pants/suits with feet in length only (squashed toes can't be comfy). So rather than face any outing with 4 smalls in tow I decided to just add length to some of the baby pants and suits.

It was quick easy sewing with great results...

It's not really a tutorial but here are some pics that might show you how to do it.

Much easier than a shopping trip!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Rainy days

the weeks end
a day at home
saying yes as often as possible today
(a good excercise if only to remind me how often I say no to the zillions of requests I seem to get most days)
staying in pajamas all day if we want
crafting instead of breakfast first thing

:: Mr Details-details-details

:: Sir Snip-a-lot

:: Ms Stick-a-lot

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunny days

Three days since mum departed.

We are all surviving and starting to put together something of a routine
(I use the word routine rather loosely)

The gorgeously sunny days of late have been put to good use with a visit to the beach
(I even managed a dip.... quite literally a dive in, run straight out, feeling very much alive!)

We spent a good part of the weekend out in the yard

:: gardening

wishing scarecrows kept weeds at bay

preparing a strawberry patch for this summer

plans for planting out seedlings...not actually a reality yet

:: gathering greens from the garden

Finding a quick and easy way to use up a bag full of spinach and the last of the garlic cloves

wishing I'd never planted those horrendously spiky artichokes

frittata from the garden (with the last of our pink eyes)

asparagus pizza
(mountain bread, sour cream, asparagus, salt&pepper)

:: Meanwhile

Baby sleeping in hammock

Kids getting seriously grotty

Back to rain and grey today, but with a slight tan line to remember the recent sunny days.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

boy o' boy

Already it feels like he has always been with us

born (with less haste than his siblings...phew)

7 October 2011

Reuben Henry

Now a little gang of 3 brothers (gulp)

With one sister, holding her own for now
(while still holding out for 2 more siblings....both make it even)

(as Leo would say "NO WAY")

He has been kind to us so far with much feeding and sleeping. I'm under no illusions that it will continue this way but for now it is nice to so easily meet the needs of one of my peeps.

Having my mum still with us has made the whole experience much easier for everyone.

thank you
thank you
thank you

Friday, September 9, 2011


I like school holidays.

Strange but true, perhaps.

Unfortunately the first week was filled with sick kids and an overwhelming and never-ending amount of snot and thankfully not quite so much vomit. The sun came out to dry all the associated washing and the kids were fairly subdued (and whingy) so there was plenty of hanging out in the garden and baring my oh-so-white legs to the Spring warmth. I managed to waddle wander around the yard pulling some of the weeds that came out easily after all the rain we have had lately.

Being at home reminded me that we have a new babe arriving soon and that instead of stashing baby stuff under the house I should wash & sort it all out! I forgot how many zillions of pegs are required for all that little stuff.

The snot is drying up now and the rains have returned so we are plotting a few adventures for next week when my mum arrives (an eagerly anticipated event). Until then the kids are amusing themselves with puzzles (they are all slightly puzzle obsessed at the moment), reading (Leo has been introduced to the Richard Scarry book collection by his big brother)

and dressing-up, oh the dress-ups. The place has been full of midwives, superheroes, princesses, kings, knights, firefighters, farmers, builders, dogs, and various other folk.

The dress-up basket is invariably emptied each day in search of the perfect ensemble.

The other short-lived source of entertainment was our old mattress which provided much amusement, jumping and somersault practice, head knocks and then a rash all over Leo's legs due no doubt to any number of allergens that had accumulated in that mattress over the million years we had it.

Two more weeks of holidays to go, I'll see if I still like it as much by then!
(especially as Addie is currently obsessed with playing a Christmas CD she found at the op shop)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ahh the sunshine

I'm happily falling for the notion that winter is over

:: flowers from the garden & neighbourhood for the kitchen window sill
:: eggs from our girls
:: sink full of dishes crudely cropped from the photo

we've also been out collecting for flower pressing

I regularly find these at the op shop and the smalls love them; the collecting, the pressing, the waiting, the forgetting, the remembering

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I do so like if I can use some old cloth instead of buying something disposable.

Given the state of the cloth wipes I made back before Leo was born and the fact I have quite the collection of old towels and flannel sheet offcuts I launched into making a new batch in preparation for the next baby.

Armed with a new rotary cutter and too much enthusiasm for such a tedious task I cut up a few old vintage towels & flannel in quick succession. A large part of my thinking at the time was based on how much time a rotary cutter saves and how amazingly sharp a new blade is. This thought was of course followed by my next cut also removing a large slice of my finger. A sacrificial strip of flannel and a long sit down followed. Those superficial slices can really bleed!

That was well over a month ago and with my finger healed I tackled the unfinished wipes by overlocking the edges with no further injuries sustained. I'm liking this selection of towels from the days well before the super-sized white bath sheet.

Now I'm just working my way through the pile tying off the ends. A few have already entered circulation, along with these bibs, which were fast to make up and work well (I wonder if I'll ever use bias binding again now that I have fold-over elastic?)


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