Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Making tea cup s and teddies in cars


 dont worry the next ones will have matching wheels.



 FYI they were selling these for $2.50 each at our local cafe.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Did November actually happen?

I seemed to have missed November...  I know that I did a blog post in there, but in my life November just has seemed to skip past me.

its been busy here in this wonderful household.

Doing what- I actually dont know.  I have done very little sewing (shock!)

I have spent some time at the dentist... I  know that!  My bank account knows that too!

Some time knitting- Acacia- very quick and easy knit.  In Bendigo Woolen Mills Spring Cotton.


taking kids to sport... cricket, swimming and karate

My biggest boy should be going up another grade soon- so proud of his efforts!

And now its December, and we are meant to be putting up the Christmas tree! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Life- climbing stairs

Not far from me is a national park


And in that national park is a set of steps.

Its actually a tribute to the Kokoda track.

No doubt they are not as gruiling as what our grandfathers climbed in the 1940's.  But hey, it sure does work my legs!


All sorts of people climb these stairs.  People who need to lose weight, mothers with babies strapped to their backs, 80yo's from the local bush walking clubs, footy players, fitness enthusiasts... and us!

I have actually really enjoyed it.  The first time I did it, it took me over 20min.  And I didnt make it to the top. I got a stitch.  he next time I was more careful about when I ate, and set on up there. Now I am climbing them in about 14min. (mind you that is just the steps, not the hike to the steps)

I took my boys with me on this occasion.  They didnt even break out a sweat!  Mind you there was alot of sillyness on the way down, so took alot longer than I had hoped.

But we had fun anyway!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Life- getting active

As a mum of a few kids, I find it really hard to spend time on getting active. The time I spend sitting I could be doing crunches- but who really wants to do that?.  I do enjoy walking, but who wants to walk when you have 2 girls saying "mum im tired, im hungry, when are we going to the park".

I was inspired by a couple of friends  who have made it work for them.  They are getting out there and improving their health, one day at a time.

So I am giving it a go.

I am trying to find what works for me.

I don't want to spend money

I don't want to hurt myself either, or make myself sick (I don't cope with that).  I don't want to lack oxygen to my brain by being that puffed that i cant breathe.  But I also want to see results!

So what do I have at hand..
A skipping rope.
Wii fit
tracksuits pants and shorts

So I have been doing the Wii fit.  Just a little each day
This is my cheer squad. They love watching me play the games. and its not a massive workout but it does get me moving on days where I cant get outside.  It also does set a good example to them too.

I have also been walking. Just a little every few days where time allows. Such as before dinner when the man is home and can watch kids and dinner.

 My downfalls are chocolate and chips. And yes I am still eating them, but only 1 piece instead of .... or 3 chips when there is not much left so I dont eat the whole packet. Lets see how we go...


Monday, October 31, 2011

So what do you do when you lose your sew-jo?

I knit!


 This is another Tikki design: Jane. Seamless, top down knit. Very easy to knit too!


 8ply by Cleckeaton Country, stitcks by Knit Picks 22" chest, 7yo length for my wee tall baby girl. 

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Ive called it my lollie Jane, as its so bright! Its the perfect little cardie for spring weather, on its own, over a dress, over a long sleeved top.


The only thing I would suggest that if you want to make one, if you have a pair of 30cm circular needles, use them, or gain a pair. I used magic loop on the sleeves and my tension was tight because of this, making it quite firm around my daughters arms. But really, that is a problem I can live with!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

kids...and rainy days







Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rainbow dress for Lily.


My Lily girl

in her tikki rainbow dress 


knitted by me


 with 4mm Knit Pro Cleckheaton Kids (6 colours 25-50g each) and navy (150g) all bought on special at Spotlight.


 very happy with the results- and so is the princess.   

Inspired from the great knitter RachaelD from NZ

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I want to be the whale!

I found this on Facebook.  I dont know who wrote it, so I cannot give credit to who wrote it, but it defiantly wasnt me!  I really like it.

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)

Monday, September 19, 2011


Yes I knitted!

And yes I played yardage chicken!

this is what I had left over from 2X 200g of Utiku yarn.

But the results were super cute!

A little knitted vest/ jumper with a hood and a pocket!

The little cutie pie heard me rejoice when I finished this knit (I am not a quick knitter- so it took longer than usual), and jumped out of bed to try and on and model in her PJs

Isnt she just georgeous!

I must admit, my little girl is so beautiful- without mother bias!  



Sunday, September 18, 2011

a pile of old tees

A while ago I went on a hunt in op-shops for old tees with lycra in them



to make knickers!


And on top of the old tees, knit fabric scraps (of descent size) also make great knickers.


Now my girls can dance around with a little extra coverage that little girls require.

dont look too close, they are rough and ready, but the girls dont care!

Pattern from That Darn Kat and also Cinderella Zwergen Mode. Both are PDF patterns.

Friday, August 19, 2011

my daughter- but in the 1940's?



this is a photo of fathers older brothers and sisters.  It seems that I have a daughter who looks a lot like my auntie!  Ill scan in some photos of myself at some stage, as I too look similar!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

the joys of making sparkly Olivias and the 3.5 yo!

Sorry for the lack of blogging.  But I struggle to write blogs without clear pictures of what I am talking about.  But you must understand, when you have a 3.5 yo and a 5yo who will not stay still for photos, the photos are rather boring, or out of focus!

You get photos such as these



Pattern Olivia by Farbenmix. Fabric some sparkly polyester stretch stuff from Spotlight.

Not sure how it will wash up, but mainly for dress ups anyway, its not everyday wear sort of fabric. Got the idea from Sara at Willow and Moo.


Rolled hem and cuffs using embroidery thread. I usually iron up the hems but as its polyester i didn't feel confident adding heat.



Since posting this I have been informed, by the mother of the owner of the pink one... that being my sister... that I have created a big rod for her back. Not only is it likely that Indi will love her new dress, but its unlikely she will ever take it off. Its her new sleep in, play clothes, have bath in dress.