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?)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Postcards from recent times

The feeling of needing to get things done is increasing in direct proportion to my inability to see my feet, but looking back over the last couple of weeks we have been making progress while still fitting in fun things....

Another 2011 snowday

yah for polar fleece!

(and for these old-style thrifted snowsuits)

(and for warm drinks in the van when the clouds roll in)

(and for undercover clothes lines to dry everything out)

Girls only lunches out

Playing in our yard, which is now just a series of puddles....

another shirt for the dye pot!

the building of new bookcases to prepare the junk room sewing room spare room potential third bedroom for guests and eventually baby change table and other baby paraphernalia.

These span the wall above our bed (and amazingly fitted exactly - without prior measuring - and went up much faster than expected). They are in the process of being filled with those books we have not culled plus a variety of other homeless bits. Given there will soon be six of us living in a reasonably small house, we are attempting to use the bits of space that are usually wasted....the walls. It's not very zen perhaps but there was not much zen going on around here anyway!

Our efforts in the dining room have stalled due to a series of laughable exchanges with electricians who advertise as happy to do domestic work but never turn up, call back or act remotely interested in moving the offending power point. Meanwhile the bits we have done fill up with more homeless bits and pieces!

Cold-busting juices (I've discovered the secret to regular juicing is to do it the night before as I have little time or enthusiasm for the actual juicing bit first thing in the morning...the noise alone is a dreadful start to the day)

Lots of soup weather lately, thankfully the kids are into minestrone
(made using the recipe from here anyway)

It can be heartening to download recent photos from the digital camera to be reminded of the good things that do not necessarily stick in my memory :: because really who has time to take photos of towering piles of washing and dishes, siblings arguing and whining or evenings where the house looks like a bomb has gone off!


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