A little bit of February

: : new school shoes for a new year
: : a pre school for Poppy
: : tired baby
: : birthday baking – a four year old
: : a visit to hospital in the wee hours – the morning of the above mentioned birthday
: : farewelling friends with a nature walk
: : precious little viking boy – deep love to you Eli
: : a toddler (first steps just before 10 months of age, really walking at 11 months)
: : spot of craft
: : rain
: : toddler toes
: : more rain
: : water baby, loving even more rain




bits and bobs

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We enjoyed making paper, it’s easy, so we made another batch with Fox, adding flower seeds instead of parsley.

small projects

DIY OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATimber frame with a Monet print….boring! No, more than boring it was yuck!  I expect that is why it waited on the side of the road for days for someone to take it home.  I decided to collect it one day as we made our way home from school, a month later it looked like this.

I had been waiting for the stars to align before I could paint a number of other frames much  in need of a makeover.  Today was a good day per the paint instructions:
: : 15 degrees or over.
: : no wind.
: : Three kids entertained by their father – ok so not a paint instruction, but an imperative when using spray paints.

I’m not sure where they will hang in this house, but I will find a place.  I also need to find some large frames as Poppy came home from preschool with her best art work to date – the sort that just have to go into a frame and up on a wall.

the big ones

the big ones OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was guided to a great quote from our Doula Ingrid….

“Imagine that your partner has just bought home a new lover and announced that you are all going to live together.  It would be fun! You will be best friends! After hearing that your partner loves you and his new lover equally, you are asked to share all your things with this intruder.  It also turns out you won’t be getting as much attention as you used…..”

Toddler Tactics, Pinky McKay

I’ve been really conscious of being there as much as possible for Fox and Poppy, before baby Gil arrived and now that he is here.  Poppy has always said she wanted a girl; Fox a boy.  I thought that one of them might be a little put out when they learned of the gender, so I planned that we wouldn’t tell the kids the gender of the baby, that we would bring them to the hospital to meet our bundle and then the big kids could see the new being, kiss them, cuddle them, hold them, and only then would we unwrap the baby and to see if it were a boy or a girl.  It seemed to be a good idea, Poppy did show initial signs of disappointment when we unwrapped Gil and she learnt he was a boy, but she had cuddled him and kissed him and the disappointment seemed short-lived.

Poppy has commented that she wanted Gil to be a girl, and “….could we have another girl Mama?”  She is doing well, she is besotted with Gil, loves to touch and kiss him at every possible opportunity, she has told me she wants to share her toys will Gil.  But she is also a little more teary and stroppy this week.  I am trying my darndest to craft with she and Fox as much as possible, to read to her when I’m feeding Gil, and to say yes to her as much as I can.  For Poppy the family dynamic is just not the same and it never will be again.  I hope beyond hope that I serve Poppy and Fox’s needs in this early transition to being a family of five.


National Portrait Gallery OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we went to the National Portrait Gallery, they have a great kids arts and craft program.  An hour around the gallery looking at portraits and drawings, making collages and dioramas.  Followed by one of the best coffee’s in Canberra and free time and creative drawing in a great family craft space.

Last two photos are courtesy of Poppy!


finishing off and using up

I love to finish things; the last bit of tooth paste, the last fruit in the fruit bowl, seeds, paint, moisturiser, thread on the spool the list goes on.  Finishing something and throwing away or better still recycling the packaging, it just feels good.

I have a box of fabric scraps, many of which belonged to my beautiful Mum.  I didn’t want to toss them but I really don’t want to move house again with a box of scrap fabrics.  In the weeks prior to Christmas I decided I’d cover my baby sick cloths/burp cloth.  I tend to use hand towels as I need the absorbance of terry towelling but prefer the smaller size to that of a nappy.

Fabric scraps to the rescue refreshing the hand towels, fulfilling my need to sew and my love of using things up.  Win/Win/Win!!! baby sick cloths

Way back in October I covered our baby rocking chair, it was a hand me down from some very special friends.  Fox and Poppy had both used it and at least three babies prior to mine.  The original cover was a repeat picture of Winnie the Pooh, I am not a fan of Disney or other branded children’s merchandise especially when there is so much beautiful fabric on the market, and for that matter in my sewing cupboard.

Once again scraps to the rescue, I recovered the rocker.  I had thought of recovering it when Fox was born and again before Poppy but I didn’t think the work required was worth the effort, however it really was much easier than I anticipated.  And if I do say so myself it looks pretty cute.

baby rocker

I have been behind the sewing machine a lot lately.  Once I started to feel well again as the morning sickness and fatigue subsided I hit the sewing machine in ernest.  In part because I had missed sewing and in part because I thought it would be hard to carve out sewing time once the babe arrives, oh and not to mention what has been the sewing room/study/spare room will now be the baby’s room I will no longer have a permanent space set up for sewing.

I have made five pair of PJ pants for myself, some from vintage sheets, some from Mum’s fabrics.  All of which are super comfy and I think cool enough to be lounge pants.  I made a  new doona cover for Poppy’s bed, 95% of the fabrics were in my stash, I only needed to buy the edging fabric. Of course I had paid for the other fabrics some time in the past but it felt satisfying to part with only a small amount of money to complete this project.poppy's quiltPoppy’s baby carrier was a Christmas gift I made out of fabric’s from Mum, that way it feels like it is for her from my Mum and I know she would have made that sort of thing for our children.  Poppy loves it, uses it most days (the pattern is from the ‘Oliver and S little things to sew’ pattern book)!  I’m certain once the baby comes along and is carried in a sling or the ergo, Poppy will be beside me carrying one of her babies around in her own little pouch.

baby pouch

I am conscious that Poppy gets more handmade items that Fox, I find it easier to a) think of and b) sew things that I think she will like. I am conscious I want to sew more for Fox, so kids size messenger bag to the rescue, and once again I used up fabric in my stash …oh so satisfying to be using it!  Foxy loves it and Marco does too, he says he wants one in his size!Foxy's messenger bag

I’ve made other bits and pieces for myself and the kids but I’ll draw the line on my show and tell fest here.  The sewing has been so good for me, a real sense of achievement not to mention totally enjoyable and because I have a large stash of fabrics (paid for in the past) it has cost me very little.  Of course I’ve more projects I’d like to compete before I pack the machine away, five and a half weeks till the baby is due and the room converts from mine to theirs.