Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunshiny day Blogtoberfest Day 18

I'm getting a bit slack on this blogging every day business! Oh well.
It's a gorgeous day, too nice to be inside sewing (as I sit inside at the computer, blogging...) so I thought I'd post a sunshiny pic of what i SHOULD be sewing.

 A cot quilt for the new little cousin in Vancouver. It's been started and won't take long to finish, but I've been dragging my heels. Best get it done before she gets to school age!

Poppies are my favourite flowers so I planted a slew of them this year, and they are just blooming fantastically!!

Charlie and I have had a lovely morning, taking Dom to school on the tram, having coffee with the girls, Dymocks story time, Lunch at a cafe, home on the tram via the supermarket to change the lightbulbs for a record THIRD time!

Must remember that it's time to put the sunscreen back in my bag again though. It's lovely and warm today but supposed to be 29 degrees on Thursday!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vintage Jug love! Blogtoberfest Day 15

I've recently developed a love of certain vintage "objets". It has quite a lot to do with this very talented and lovely friend . And look what she presented me with yesterday, having requested that she ferret some out for me some weeks earlier!

Two beautiful French (?) enamel jugs!

I risked life and limb to climb on the garden shed, armed with secataurs, to secure the very choicest Bottlebrush blooms to put into one of them. Will fill the other with some gorgeousness from the market today.

SO much better than a glass vase! Thanks Lisa! And remember, No Mates Rates!

If you are in the market for anything Vintage, look no further. She is a marvel! She can source things, make you a fabulous themed chair or ottoman from vintage tea towels, and has a storage locker full of fabulousness. And she is one of the kindest, coolest people you will have ever met!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Must like kids

I like kids. They make me laugh. I used to be a teacher. Most of them like kids!

I love my own kids with a fierceness that is sometimes overwhelming and I am constantly amazed by their uttering and antics. I'm so very proud of whatever little achievement they...well..achieve.

I always feel that I don't spend enough time really playing with them, though. Classic Mother's guilt.

Today, I had the pleasure of witnessing one of my friends, a new friend, playing with my five year old son for an hour or two. They built Lego - the Ninjago he got at his birthday party yesterday. Then he sat on her knee with the iPad and showed her his games. She was right into it with him, on his level. He had an absolute blast!

We were at sewing group, at Sniff's house. Well, it used to be sewing group, but we've diversified into, let's say, an activity group! There are bloggers, laminators and a good bit of sewing goes on too. It's good fun!

It was beautiful to watch. He had the best time, I think, that he's ever had there. I go there to sew and chat to the girls. I have a great time every time I go. He doesn't mind it, but I always fob off his attempts to join in the sewing. In fact, I pretty much expect him to entertain himself. We all chat to him, suggest activities. But this week he was the centre of someone's attention! And Tori bought chocolate!

I'm going to get some hessian this week, a big blunt needle, some wool and buttons. I'm going to let him sit beside us and sew too if he wants to.

Thanks, lovely Kath! You made his day, and mine too. It was so kind of you to take the time to connect with him on his level for all that time. Looking forward to the big Halloween/ birthday celebrations including aforementioned Lego, with your young Lego master. Oh, and there may be a few drinks involved too!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

At last, she sews! Day 11

I finally got the binding done on Charlie's Quilt! Feels like I haven't touched the machine in ages, but it's good to be back!

I'm really happy with how it turned out!!

It's bought the room together beautifully. Have now dumped (in the wardrobe) the blue and green Ikea mat that never used to stay flat!

 And on a slightly different note, here's a taste of another little somethin' I'm working on for the littlest Rock Star...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Back to School/Kinder - Blogtoberfest Day 10

God, it's hard yakka on the first day back after the holidays! Kids and self to get organized and out the door, lunches to make, Charlie did the usual and slept in, so had to wake him up just after 8 and shovel food in, arguments with Dom about getting dressed before the telly goes on and taking thine own crap upstairs, not leaving it for Mummy to do later. And all while my significant other slumbers in bed! The Joy! You can imagine my mood by 8.40! Very tweezer-lipped!!

But I've been having some lovely lie-ins and some very lazy days. The boys and I had a very relaxing holiday on the whole.

But it's kind of nice to back into the old routine again. Less time to sit about and eat!

Kids are eating their dinner now and soon will be in bed. I plan to take a nice long bath and sew the binding (finally) on Charlie's new quilt.

Went into the city today to Cake Deco to get prepared for the Cake Pops I'm making for Charlie and his buddy Lou's Kew Traffic School party on Thursday.

 I'm making them fairly simple - you can get some pretty amazing results if you know how, but this is my first time. Will post numerous photos, post party.

Happy Monday ! X

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Blogtoberfest day 7

Out for dinner with my buddies. Cocktails, wine, thai food and Dolly Diamond at 10.30. Tried to take photo but buggered if I know how to do that by iPhone!

Hangover expected tomorrow.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day 6 blogtoberfest

My littlest man is having his first sleepover.

I miss him.

I know these things need to be done, and he's at one of my great friend's houses with her little boy, whom he adores, and he's had an absolute blast, but it's doesn't feel right not to have him here.

On the upside, big bro has had the best time. He got to sit in the front seat with me on the way to Aikido ( bad mummy), had some of my coke ( as in cola, not powdery stuff which I would be far too scared to touch), had fish and chips in the park with me and Dad, watched Transformers (an M. - bad Daddy) till 9.30 and had Tim tams. Very happy boy!

Still miss my little one though. Can't wait to see him tomorrow.

Better get used to it though, I suppose. Doesn't mean I have to like it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 5 Blogtoberfest -What's cookin'?

Cooked up a storm this last night and this arvo.

Love you, Thermomix! Love you, Donna Hay!

Pumpkin and Sage Risotto, with Chicken.
Lemon and Passionfruit Yogurt Cake.
Lemon curd Tart!

Wanna recipe?

I'm thinking of doing a dinner prize as my celebratory Blogtoberfest giveaway.

You'd have to live in Melbourne though.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Day 3 Blogtoberfest - Kid's Choice

Daylight Saving is here!! Love those long summer nights spent outside (unless it's too stinking hot and you're forced inside with the air conditioner on full blast and the curtains drawn, Aussie style.)

It's the beginning of the second week of the school hols. The sun is shining but they were promised an outing to The Smurfs, so that is what we are doing today. Donning our attractive 3D specs and heading down to the Rivoli at midday. Maybe an afternoon in the park.

The Mustang is back from the garage, having had its innards replaced. I asked the man to make it quieter, but I fear that my wish has not come true.

Fruits of my labours yesterday. There is a floor in here! Let the sewing begin..

 Still not perfect, but much better.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Every night in my dreams.... Day 2: Blogtoberfest

OK, OK, I know it's technically cheating but 2 posts in one day is making top for not starting yesterday!

We have a Titanic obsession going down in Chez Williams at present. We watched the movie yesterday (heavily edited by me with the remote, fast forwarding all horrible or slightly sexy bits). 
Here is what was made while mummy slumbered in bed ('til 9.30 - result!)

 The Band Aid packet is the iceberg, in case that needed explanation! I tried to encourage a slightly longer ship, but was told that the propellers were already attached therefore, impossible. They are now making a poster to adorn their walls.

And Mr Sun is trying to shine today! Happy Day!

Blogtoberfest, Day 1- a series of confessions!

First of all, I'm a day late starting Blogtoberfest as it is indeed the 2nd of October today. I looked at entering last night, but hate blogging from the iPad, and although the movie I was watching was average at best (Tomorrow, When the War Began) I couldn't be arsed getting up and going to "the pit of despair".

Which brings me to my second confession.

 This is the worst half of the pit of despair - the sewing part. The office part is pretty messy too, but this is the reason I am not motivated to sew at the mo'.
 It really beggars belief! There is crap everywhere.

I am resolved to spending a good part of my day trying to get this beast into some semblance of order.