Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Under the Radar

Looking back at the last few months there have been many things happening....so I have been working under the radar mostly.
More stippling on our boys quilts.
And now all finished....
...on their beds....well, sometimes anyway. Tramming is great for driving your matchbox cars on don't you know.
Miss 15 has been knitting scarves for a while now and we finally listed them for sale.
Busy little fingers....lovely outcome.
In the July holidays I managed to put down some pebble tiling in front of our hearth. Tiles were purchased a year or so ago and I finally plucked up the courage to get into it.
The hearth has been there for more than 10 years and never finished off at the front. Grouting was quite intensive, but glad I had a go.
All finished now!
My Gardeners Journal stitching has come along a bit since my last post.
And this little cross stitch occasionally sees the light of day.
It's been a wet winter here this year and occasionally some amazing sights to enjoy.
Soccer mornings have often been quite cool and sometimes foggy. This was a great start to the day last week. Only a week or two to go now. Love watching our boys play their soccer.
Today I'm finishing up some burp cloths for a new little babe for a local family.
Couldn't find chenille so settled for polar fleece....a little character building.
The tutorial is here http://theinspiredroom.net/2015/07/15/diy-baby-gift-idea-burp-cloth-tutorial/
I changed the thread colour according to the alternating backing as I went.
Four cloths in all. Now to wrap them :)

Monday, 27 April 2015

May I Be Excused......My Brain Is Full!

Do you ever have times like this?
Sometimes I think it's pretty much every day for me. And here we are almost at the end of April.....wow! It has been a very full school term.

Over the last couple of holidays, and stitching a bit here and there I've completed a little more on my Gardener's Journal quilt.

And a little more to look forward to....
Since snapping this photo I have started stitching this one, which I will share next post.

The last couple of months have been full of early morning walks,
painting the verandah beams and ceiling....turning the worn shade of brown to a fresh white,
some smelling the roses,
and a bit of quilting at a craft camp near the local dam.....the level was quite low here a few weeks ago.
Had a go at some stippling. Fun to do, and slowly got the hang of it as I went.

Should be an enjoyable term as we continue with painting (hopefully), speech therapy, soccer Saturdays, a bit of study.....and of course some stitching.

Enjoy getting back into it too.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Breathe In; Breathe Out

Christmas has come and gone and here we are - the start of a new year.
What a year it has been.
There's been many happenings in blogland that I haven't been able to keep track of, but I have been very mindful of all the creativity blossoming at the hands of many inspirational lovely souls.

In 2014 I enrolled in a one year course to study for a teacher's aide qualification.
Many hours have been spent at the computer researching and putting together various assessments. I can honestly say I am SO THANKFUL for Google and all the lovely people who so willingly share their tips and encouragements. Not much action for my sewing machine or needle and thread for 2014!

After all the research and study, the assessments, time getting to know many wonderful students and more than 120 hours of work placement, my course certificate should arrive in the mail in the next few weeks and the new year will unfold....

After unsuccessful attempts in regularly following blogs, and writing my own posts I am hoping that this year I can breathe out and catch up a little bit. This might be a little easier after the recent discovery of a Blogger app for smartphones.

With technology so easily at our fingertips I have been reminded this year of the need for much valuable time with family and time for connections.....hence not being online so much. This lovely blog often keeps me inspired and my thoughts where they need to be. Read this post - it is a real blessing.

Our family started 2014 with an overnight stay in Goulburn on our way to the coast for our camping holiday.
Often we drive right through this town, but it was great to stop and see the sights together, including this rather large woolly fellow, The Big Merino.

Surfing learning to surf was quite a highlight for many of the family and so another trip to the coast in late February was a must! Despite a fairly overcast and rainy weekend we all had a fantastic time :)

During a couple of the school holidays I took the opportunity of the break from study and followed my inspiration to continue with some painting renovations including painting our loungeroom wall red. With the powerpoint taped up and the lounge moved away from the wall it was time to open the paint tin!!

Always daunting painting with deep colours but nothing quite like a challenge. A bright cherry red wouldn't suit the green lounge suite and quilt so a rusted tint of red was in order. When I'm browsing the paint section at the local hardware store I'm sure the lovely staff must think "here she goes again", hehehe.

Here's the wall freshly finished. I am happy with the difference it has made to the room. I finally hung some pictures on the wall just before Christmas.....with some space left to fill another day.

Some more painting was done outside on the verandah ceilings to freshen it up......but it's still an ongoing project. No photos of that though......white ceilings aren't very exciting.

This boring old canvas cushion has been crying out for a bright change for quite a while.

I had found this 'citrus' fabric in the last couple of years and finally made it up during spring in 2014. I love the happy print and the difference it has made......but might have to change the cushions :)

Enjoy the fresh start a new year brings and hope it is filled with many creative moments.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Catching Up!

I've made it out the other side of the end of another school year, the Christmas and New Year break and returned from a camping trip at the beach!

Just before the end of the school term I managed to complete a couple of journals for two lovely teachers who have now moved on to other things. As always I am so organised and had plenty of time to complete them (laugh now!). The pattern is from Thimbelinas blog over here.

I took a short cut on the binding and machine sewed it down using the wonderful no snit binding tutorial. A little tricky through all those layers including plastic but we got there :/

I also modified the pencil pocket to allow for a couple of wider pencils and a highlighter.

I do like them both but I think this one is my favourite made from Verna fabrics.

The markings on the pencil pocket before stitching shows the modified markings on the left to allow for the wider sections...not so in focus!

This binding tool was quite handy. I haven't used it many times but it's proving very useful!

I also found a couple of painted timber buttons during my trips in mum's taxi.

Another event before the end of the school year was my Master 10's birthday at the waterslide.

We had some mini cans for the kids to keep them cool at the pool and I wondered how we might keep track of 'whose is whose'! A quick last minute idea of printed tags came together with some A4 cardboard backing and paper spray glue.

A rather blurry photo but it gives you the general idea.
It worked quite well......for those that used them (LOL)

Here is my blank wall in my kitchen that i've looked at and wondered about for quite a long time (not usually the sort of thing you go blogging about, hehe) This is another small project that came about in December.

After finally deciding that we weren't going to put cupboards on the wall it was time to complete the space....well start it anyway.

On the back of my canvas (below) there were two saw tooth hangers. They have had me stumped for a while. After watching a you tube video and a visit to the hardware store I made my own marking 'tool' from cardboard and a thumbtack......worked quite well actually (yes I surprised myself!). Screwed in some nylon plasterboard screws that are quite easy to use and we were done.
This blue french style 3d canvas print caught my eye at a local discount store and thought it just might work on my kitchen wall. It's four canvases screwed together with two of them inset back from the other two.
A large wall candle sconce delivered to my local post office completed the next section above the stove.....and the other side is still coming together!

A few days after this we also managed to squeeze in a 40th birthday BBQ for my love....so it was all happening just before Christmas :)

A rainy Christmas morning was a lovely start as it had been very dry for so long. It's quite a bittersweet time of year. It's been 15 years since my mum passed away and I miss her more I think as the years go by.....but I am very thankful that she was part of my life.

I love the excitement from the kids on Christmas morning. It's a special time. I loved watching their reactions as they opened their gifts. This lovely little guy was given to my Miss 13 from my eager little Miss 8. I had promised to help her make a little something for her sister and this candy cane reindeer is what we came up with on Christmas Eve, thanks to this great tutorial at beafunmum.com.

We had lovely mild sunny weather for our beach camping trip this year. The rain didn't set in until the day we left (yes a very wet tent to bring home!) I went along one morning with my hubby and a couple of the kids to the beach on one of their early surfing outings. There is nothing else like cold sand between your toes. Couldn't resist this pic with the sand dunes and plants and early morning light.
The waves were steadily rolling in that morning and a bit challenging getting up on the board.

I am glad it was them in the water and not me!