30 Oct 2008

Happy things

Some things which make me happy right now;
WIP (soon to be a finished (and posted) object)

Wheat... accidentally growing in our garden

Lemon flowers

Black eyed beans - I adore these beans, and haven't been able to find them for ages.

Fire Blanket. Soon to be replaced after an 'incident' on Tuesday night.

The chicks. No longer cute and fluffy, I am so glad they've graduated to the great outdoors.

26 Oct 2008

Sources of happiness

Long, long ago Beth nominated me for a Tree of Happiness award.

At the time, I had trouble thinking of even one thing which could truly make me smile, let alone six. Clearly an attitude problem.

Now, I'm feeling up to giving it a go;
1. Having some time away from home, with my family, doing things we don't usually do (like going to the races, and betting on the 'pink horse', in honour of the Pink Ribbon month of October).

2. Thinking about knitting, gathering supplies, and maybe even casting on...

3. Going to visit an exhibition - with friends, even.

4. Gathering sewing supplies - from my lovely mother, who assures me she will never need all this cotton, and I would be doing her a favour by taking it!

5. Getting up to date with my email inbox. Good intentions count for nothing.
6. Swap deadlines. Truly, there's nothing like a little forced creativity to inspire.

There, that wasn't so hard.
Now, tagging? Sorry, I don't tag (dates back to trauma over picking teams in P.E.)

20 Oct 2008

Retreated

My weekend was spent sewing. Without children. With other women.

Doing no cooking, cleaning or nagging. What bliss.

On the way home I spotted these adorable Belties, members of my favourite bovine breed.


And finally, the fruits of my labour - more hexagons.

17 Oct 2008

Pedal to the floor

That's the only way my grandmother's sewing machine gets up any speed whatsoever. Anyway, sewing action.


I have made an apron for a swapper whose parcel never arrived. Despite somehow cutting the apron in half during the process, I'm quite pleased with the finished article.


Five out of nine blocks are complete for my upcoming doll quilt swap.


And, I've managed a slightly dodgy log cabin block. Slightly dodgy since Mama's machine has an ever-loosening foot, which messes up my seam allowance. Generally doesn't matter, but this one was aiming to be 8 1/2 inches (instead varies from 8 1/4 to 8 3/4.) This was the better of the two that I made.


Finally, two sleeping bags for Annabelle's babies. These were a priority since the pyjama pants they're made out of would not stay up anymore, but remained VERY popular to wear.

15 Oct 2008

Excitement

Yesterday, my children had their first swimming lesson*. They were soooooo excited.

*Why yes, I am one of those slack mothers whose children did not attend swimming lessons weekly from the age of 4 months or so.

12 Oct 2008

Long time passing....

Goodness - time has just run away with me lately. I have had things to blog about, but time has not been under my control at all. I'm very glad I didn't sign up for Blogtober this year.

Firstly, I was lucky enough to win a blogiversary giveaway a while ago from Julie at http://www.fireflylane.blogspot.com , and just look at the wonderful goodies she sent me.

Thanks so much Julie.

I've received my Facecloth swap parcel from the Ravelry swap knitted by the talented blogless Cheryl, and am delighted with it. The soap is scented with rose essential oil, and my whole bathroom smells good.


Also in the way of swaps, I've received a Magic Yarn Ball in another Ravelry swap from blogless Aeonie, and again am delighted. It was just FULL of goodness.

The more patient swapper would knit the yarn, and enjoy the gifts as they become exposed in the ball. I rewound the ball, and enjoyed the gifts immediately!

And finally, we spent some time visiting my family down the coast last weekend. Here's a snap of Annabelle and her grandmother doing the hula. Annabelle can 'hoop' for nearly 5 minutes!