Monday, April 27, 2009

Getting all Granny

Whilst trawling through Flickr, I've been seeing some beautiful crochet projects on the go. Namely these ones. Gorgeous.

But alas, I can barely knit - let alone crochet - so I put my desire for a hexagon crochet rug to the back of my wish list. Given I needed to attain the skills.
Then I was introduced to the lovely Kirsty during my weekend at Sewjourn. She brought her crochet project with her. The delicious coffee, chocolatey granny squares are planned for a king size blanket. She's got guts! Kirsty was also kind (and patient) enough to show me the ropes of creating a granny square.

They're a bit wonky. Bit too loose. Not perfect enough for a blanket...and until I've mastered it I'm not moving onto circles. So in the mean time I'm practicing my squares and one of S's dolls may score a little blanket out of it. She's not as fussy as I am. Yet...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Gift for Ruby

For a long awaited, much anticipated baby girl. Ruby Rose. Welcome.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sewjourn retreat

I am lucky to be dear friends with Jo. We have known each other for a long time but it wasn't until we had kids that we discovered similar interests...such as craft.

Like me, she is a shocking perfectionist (said with the utmost respect and love Jo!), and so her work is beautiful. Perfect. Inspiring.

She has been blogging for several years now and has made several blogging friends. One of which is Leslie. Together they decided to put together a weekend craft retreat. So I went. And I sewed. And I talked. I also learned to crochet a granny square (thanks Kirsty!). Another lesson was to take a deep breath and remember who I am when I'm not mummy. I'm not half bad.

Sewjourn is a beautiful place for creative people to visit, indulge, unwind and create. It is beautifully decorated...with hand made quilts or blankets on each bed. Lots of lovely touches like fresh roses and lavender in vases. And a huge studio equipped with all you need to just plug in and create.

So as you can imagine it was SUCH an effort to eat, create and play with my fellow retreaters. Such a lovely bunch of ladies - Jo, Leslie, Kirsty, Christie and Carly. Each so talented in their own way.

Great company, food and conversation. I had a ball. Thanks girls! And to top it off I even came home to a happy husband and child. Definite Bonus. Perhaps I could do this again..?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter basket

Easter crept up on me quickly this year. We had the Big Fella's family staying with us from Perth for a week during that time, so my plans revolved around preparing for their visit.

But it didn't manage to pass without me churning out a few quick treats. A felt basket and 3 dry felted balls. They were perfect for my 2 year old - and they weren't chocolate.
Felt basket was made following this tutorial.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Home-made Finger Paints

Mum's opinion - Definitely more fun to make than to clean up.

Daughter's opinion - There are no boring bits. It's all fun!

The Recipe:

3 tbs. sugar
1/2 cup cornflour
2 cups cold water
Food coloring
Mix sugar and cornflour in pan. Add water; stir.Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will boil, then thicken. Cook about 5 mins. Remove from heat; cool.

Separate into 4-5 cups. Add food coloring a drop at a time. Add a drop of dish detergent in each cup to make clean-up a breeze.

Paint on paper, cardboard or posterboard.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

10 years

It's hard to believe that Big Fella and I have been married 10 whole years. Lots of love in those years. Tears. Frustruation. Learning. Enduring. Forgiving. Living. Loving...Lurving :)

I'm pleased to say that if I had to do it all again I would stand opposite him, look him in the eye and promise to love him forever again. And perhaps this time I'd cry because I'd know what it takes and how we'll grow.

Here's to all the rest my love. J x

**Excuse the blurry wedding pic...we didn't get any digital photos 10 years ago**