Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day 2 of our Holidays

Cousins came over today for fun and adventure. The boys had a full session of Mario Smash Brothers with all the interesting language it entails. Eventually I pushed them out the back door to jump and swing (which they love). After much protesting got this photo (OHH Aunty N) - I loved my two big boys on the glider swing perhaps those days are coming to an end slowly. Of course swinging these days is more like EXTREME SWINGING almost too scary to watch. The afternoon was art class and here was the product.
Bye For now

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 1 of our Holidays- Guest Blogger

Hellooo from Mummy's blog (she is typing for me). Today it was so nice to be able to just play. I had my good friend Miss JJ over to play today and we played Barbies while her mummy and mine sewed then we played jump rope and swung on the swing and the trampoline. Mummy made us hot dogs and we ate them outside for the first time in ages. While mum cooked dinner I finished making Tinkerbell from Hama Beads and then mummy ironed it. Tomorrow I will do her wings. They are so cool. I am going to an art class tomorrow with my cousins and I can't wait. hope I canblog again soon. Bye

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well the children did a super job of their school concert. Sir TP made avery convincing Getaway presenter and spoke clearly an awful lot of large and foreign words (his photographic memory comes in handy for more than just picking up on forgotten promises). Little Miss B also did a great job of singing and dancing in her Grease medley. There were some truly classic moments of 5 yearold SUmmer Lovin. Friday saw the children on holidays and mini golf with Grandma followed by Saturday Daling Hubby abd I tripped down memory lane at The 50th anniversary show of Adelaide Gang Show (SIr TP has begged to be allowed to audition for it next year - we'll see). Then SUnday saw us up at dawn to drive Polly Prefect (1949 Ford Prefect) in the Bay to Birdwood Run finishing our Weekend off at the bike party wher we 'crashed a friends birthday party. Literally we left the park with 2 grazed knees and a bump in the middle of Little B's forehead. Tomorrow I will have some holiday photos and a guest presenter


Ps head to my favourite of all time blog for a fantastic giveaway here. It is mine but you are welcome to have a try at winning it - fingers crossed

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I'm SIck :(

2 working days until our school holidays and now I'm stuck at home sick. My throat is sore, my bones are aching and I have been asleep all morning. I have to get up and get the children from school and get them ready for their concert and go and watch them. My head hurts my ears hurt. But really life is still good - 2 weeks ahead to play with my lovely children. Look out for them as they are going to do some guest blogging features.

Keep you posted

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Smocking Season

It's smocking season. For those who have visited my blog for a while may already know that smocking is my first love. What you may not know is that pleating is the complete opposite( I am not allowed to use the H word). If you don't know what a Smocking Pleater looks like go here to see a picture. It looks like torture equipment from the witch trials or the reformation doesn't it. Well using it is kind of like torture too. The little floral dress went through no problems - that is for a dress for a little 2 year old cherubim who belongs to a school mum. The holly fabric was pleated twice it went through crooked and then folded itself into a nightmare. The language used by the pleating lady (Me) would have curled your hair and I don't think it would be much less painful to be put through the winder then to have to push the warped fabric through the pleater unpleat it re thread the machine and do it again. The sad thing is I have one more piece of fabric to pleat tonight. God bless us as we go through it again.

PS Last pleating job - mission accomplished successfully hooray.

Cheers For now

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Shoeboxes of Love

Last Wednesday we all went shopping to buy small things for somebody we don't know.
Something to wear, something to love, something to play with something for school, something to remember. We bought t-shirts, hair ties, face washers ,tennis balls, bears,dolls, pencils, sharpeners, exercise books. Today we have wrapped up boxes in our favourite colours added some stickers and carefully packed it all in it was a bit of a squeeze. omorrow we will take them to school and send them off to somebody who doesn't get a lot of presents and doesn't know us and ca't say thankyou. But we know how great it is to get a parcel in the post and that is thanks enough.

Ps yes those are ANZAC crumbs on faces and shirts - and that is thanks enough. If you want to know more about Operation Christmas CHild go here


Yummy ANZAC biscuits - a double batch some for us and some for a care packege for a family friend. Nothing smells better then freshly baked biscuits. Now for the not so nice bit got to go and clean up.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lazy Day 4

Well so far so good I am on top of my challenge - but I dont think I will be posting a day 5 skirt tomorrow -sorry and all. I havent had timeto get the fabric I want to do it in. This skirt I am calling Flower Power because it is really bright. Most of these skirts have cost me $3 - $5.00 including trim and elastic. It's hard to beat that. I will definitely have to challenge myself more often -sometimes you surprise yourself what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. I have been encouraging Little Miss B to help me with my sewing she passes things and holds the tape and any small jobs I can think of. I want to try and find a little swap among bloggers for a childrens sewing kit to get involved in or maybe host my own. I wonder if there is such a thing or if anyone is interested.

Why its Greased Lightning

Here is little Miss B before her dress rehearsal for school concert this morninh. Wound up like a ha'penny bob. Hope she remembered it all we have been singing Grease songs in the car for 2-3 weeks now and it does take some convincing that I do know the real words. I can't wait to see it Thursday night. Hope you are having a great Monday

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mondays Skirt is Fair of Face

Beautiful and cool pale blue floral with blue and white stripe ribbon on the bottom - I know my photos are dodgy as but my sewing is somewhat better. I think I will call this one cool as ice. For those really hot days. I must say blogger is being really kind with me of late and uploading photos is becoming a whole lot more pleasurable. I am also enjoying the new stats page which has shown me that people really to drop by to visit. So a big thankyou for stopping by please leave a comment from time to time. After all I would hate to think I was just talking to myself. Leave me a comment if you too are planning change of season fashions so I can check out your blog and maybe get some inspiration.
Cheers - I am off for a busy day of concert rehearsals at the school.

Lazy Sunday Skirt

While the children are out for a fun day of Scottish country dancing I have quickly whipped up todays skirt and a top to match - little green apples. I just happened to have some matching apple buttons that seemed just perfect to match this fabric from my stash. I can't say too much more I am putting off a battle with my pleater some house work and a promise of ANZAC biscuits for school lunches. Only 1 more week till the holidays - I cant wait the children are tired and cranky and need to have a day at home in their pyjamas. Till then

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Lazy Days Skirts

I loved the challenge run here last year for Oliver and S Lazy Day skirt. I wasn't organised enough at the time to take part but I thought now would be ideal to get ready for Spring/summer fashions so we are off and racing -although I would love to use some beautiful fabrics from here my budget might not stretch quite far enough this year we'll see. So here is skirt no 1, day 1 for viewing Fabric used is Summer song by My Minds Eye for Riley blake purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop -I am loving my Aussie Dollar so much.

We {heart} Percy Jackson

Sir TP and I have just finished our 4th Percy Jackson book in 5 weeks. We love Percy Jackson and the greek gods tale of adventure. We have only had one night of bad dreams about sirens which he thought were a little scary because they wanted to eat the sailors but overall it has been very exciting reasing. It is a challenge to find books to excit an 8 yr old strong reader that have an exciting story but stretch the mind further than good old Captain Underpants and where the language isnt pitched too high or crass. We have read all the Zac Powers, have made a strong start on Enid Blyton now The Secret Seven and hopefully the Famous Five and a few others. I have been trawling the second hand shops and have so far found this haul

I am also in the process of a sewing challenge so hope to report back regularly this week on making a skirt a day. The blogging regularly may well be the challenge. I wanted to do this last year - make 5 play skirts for Miss B for summer. Whilst no official challenge exists at the moment it suits me to challenge myself now. I will report back my progress soon


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

First Costume Mum

Sometimes you cant help yourself you volunteer to share your skills and the rest is history. I have been working on Miss B's Pre - primary ballet costume and I think it is all final now. It is sweet and innocent - Dancing to music from Finding Neverland(a Peter Pan Story) and they are all little Tinkerbells(no wings) waking up Wendy

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Our Spooky Party

Here is Sir Tp -henceforth Skeleton Boy my happy 8 year old at his spooky party. We even arranged spooky weather for the day and thankfully managed to entertain his 12 friends inside for 3 hours despite rain and storms ravaging our state for 24 hours.

As usuaul celebrations for us are as much about the journey as the destination. We made chocolate crackle bats yummy and spooky.

We set up a Spooky table.

In the morning Skeleton Boy woke up to a present in his room , balloons streamers and bunting. I had covered his floor in balloons while he slept

and just to stretch your neck (in case you have been reading blogs for too long put your right ear on to your shoulder and you can see Skeleton Boy and Witch Girl ready to go. Helium balloons supercede the broomstick of course these days. Skeleton Boy was great in our Spooky passageway which we turned into a dark space with spooky glow in the dark bats , skeletons and footprints. Not to mention my painted glow in the dark face. We all had fun and recovered in time to celebrate dads day the next morning.
Cheers for now