Monday, 31 March 2008
It's hard to believe that today is the last day of March! This year is really rushing by. Thank you for your kind comments about Miss 11's bunnies that she made! She was thrilled by them! She was worried that her bunnies wouldn't get any comments, I don't know why, because they are so very sweet. Well, here's looking forward to April. In April I plan to shun the Procrastinator and sew lots of warm clothes for my kids to wear. (It's finally thinking about being cool!) The weather bureau is forcasting 'rain' for Wednesday. I'm very excited! They haven't forecast 'rain' for a long time. Normally they only forecast 'showers' so I'm hoping for more water this week!
Sunday, 30 March 2008
This finding of a clutch of eggs has taught our children to share (we hope!) and the finder makes sure that everyone has an egg. The easter bunny (Bradley) must be getting tired at our house. Last year Miss 21 did the hunt. She used rhyme and the scriptures to link the chocolate to Jesus Christ. This year the easter bunny and I collaborated on the hunt. I decided on one word clues. Yes, we are getting tired!
This is how Miss 11's easter baskets turned out. Beautiful.
(We apologise for this break in transmission. The camera was misplaced immediately after the hunt and I figured that makes it ok to do an easter themed post one week late!)
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Goodbye bunnies! They're hopping off home!
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Monday, 24 March 2008
A short week ahead. I will still be busy with 'love the house'. And hopefully some sewing and knitting too.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Her first basket turned out beautifully. She had so much fun that she decided to make a bunny tonight too. Her bunny is so cute (I'll have to take a photo tomorrow!). How are your easter plans going? Now that the weather is a little cooler we went out and bought some easter eggs. Can you imagine what they would have been like hidden in my room at a temperature of 41 degrees? Flat easter eggs! So now the hunt will go on!
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
And the fabric.
Traditional patterns with blue, brown and green. (A combination I love at the moment)
And dots and dashes. (The little brother and sister of spots and stripes!) Ahh! Fabricy goodness.
Monday, 17 March 2008
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Today I finished a pair of pajamas for Mr 7. They are a second pair of zebra summer pajamas that I started, but didn't finish at the beginning of summer. I think I had mentally given up on them because it's no longer summer. Of course our 200 days over 35 changed my mind! (Okay, maybe it's not 200, but I am so over this heatwave it certainly feels like 2oo!) Today was another 40 degree day. (104 F) Back to the sewing! After the pajamas I started on another top for Miss 11. I made one last week, but today I just couldn't get it right! After unpicking for the fifth time I gave up. I think I'm tired. I guess I will sew another day!
Saturday, 15 March 2008
In real life there was a lot less blur! The lights were just so beautiful! Great vibrant colours. This building also had a couple of other effects on it that I didn't have photos of. One of my favourites was one with printed music on it. There is a lawn infront of this building and we sat down amongst many other people and gasped when everyone else did when the lights changed. As they changed it was a though one set were turned off and the building was in darkness for a little while and then the new colours jumped out at you!
These lights gave the building a "sketched" appearance.
This one was very disney!
Another of my favourites, a vine covered building. Sorry for the blurry photos! If you want to get a better idea of how wonderful these lights actually were go to Comfy Cosy (link in my blogs I visit!) and look at her great photography!
Here's a side on view of Mrs 23 and her bump. She's wearing it over her shirt! The skirt she is wearing is a bias cut skirt she makes from her own pattern. It is made for her unpregnant, but fits her pregnant (although she is wearing it higher up). She made another skirt like this one today in our sewing day.
A front view. Next on the maternity clothes list is another shirt from the same pattern. This time in a satin print. Hopefully I will be sewing again tomorrow after church!
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
Sunday, 9 March 2008
Saturday, 8 March 2008
The first photo shows the "right" side. I think I like the "wrong" side better. Dots and dashes. Which do you like?
I was inspired by Amanda Jean's quiltathon weekend (Crazy Mom Quilts) last weekend. She finished an amazing amount of quilting and I thought what a great way to get some concentrated work done! This weekend is a long weekend in Adelaide (Adelaide Cup day) so I decided to have a sewathon this weekend. I guess I really should be sewing now, but I have 3 days so I'm pacing myself. Last night I started cutting out and began sewing. It's a hot weekend (39 degrees at our house today) so today I split my time between sewing and swimming (ie cooling off!). I made a top for Miss 11 from $3 a metre quilting cotton from Spotlight. I also made a nightie for me, but there's no photo because it doesn't fit! I am most disappointed. I have figured out how I will fix it, but thought I would do that tomorrow when I'm fresh. I am also working on a shirt for Mrs 23. Hopefully I will get some more garments finished before Monday night! Stay tuned!
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Aren't these quilts beautiful? I think I like to make quilts because they are beautiful, but these would have been essential as well as lovely. I love that "essential" thing. It's lucky that I do because with six children at home there's an awful lot of "essential" to be done. So far this week I have been caught up with "essential". Tomorrow I look forward to doing some sewing. I will be sewing clothes. Just a different kind of "essential" I think. More my favourite kind of "essential". (I'd like to hire a cook and a cleaner for the boring - to me - "essentials" and I could provide the clothes and quilts and soft furnishings and...)
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
"Mum, Mr 7 thinks we should make our own eggs."
Hmmm..... Ok. I'm thinking, "How would we do that?". My mind is a blank. Then I see the light. Mr 7's favourite friends have chickens. He loves to help look after the chickens.
"Oh!", I say. "He thinks we should get chickens!".
She just looks at me strangely. I have the feeling that there's something I'm missing, yet I can't seem to work out what it is.
"No Mum! He thinks we should make Easter eggs for us too!"
Oh. And I thought I had a grip on the situation. So, when is Easter?
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
While we were looking out over the Valley we heard some noises and saw a koala walking along one of the hiking tracks. (Mt Lofty is in a national park) Mr 7 was suddenly interested! We watched the koala walk along the track until we could no longer see him. (It was at this point that Mr 7 asked me how I knew the koala was a boy! Hmmm...... not a koala expert! Just didn't want to call it "it", I guess!) A little while later I heard some more noises and walked along further to investigate. I found our koala about to climb up a gum tree for a snack.
Mr 7 was surprised at how fast the koala could climb the tree and it's big sharp claws! We were really close to it and the kids were thrilled to see a "wild" koala. It was a lovely evening and we had so much fun!
Monday, 3 March 2008
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Saturday, 1 March 2008
I guess knitting day is just an excuse to catch up with each other, but I really enjoy all the knity goodness I learn too. I watched my friend "magic loop" a jumper she is knitting in the round. (Very cool. Seams are the worst and with magic loop you can avoid quite a few of them!) We all bring food for lunch. My friend made little quiches, I made soup and Mrs 23 (Picklesticks) made sticky date pudding. Yum!
None of the boys knitted. (Sometimes they do) They were too busy playing. Miss 11 embarked on her first ever knitting from a pattern. She is making some booties for her nephew. This is a big step. She was quite overwhelmed by the knitting language, but is persevering.
I am still working on the rug I'm knitting. I hit the halfway mark yesterday so it's going well.
I'm having trouble believing that it is March already. This year seems to be flying by. The kids are looking forward to easter, but I can't seem to get my head around it!