Make Missy Moo a pillowcase dress as seen here.
I've got the pillowcase from the set I bought at the op shop the other day (70's yellow/orange stripes) and a very tempting bed linen outlet down the road which I'm sure will have some gorgeous pillow cases worthing of making into summer dresses..... I'm thinking pretty embroidery, crispy white or summery florals or gingham... I'd love to make some for Christmas presents but the problem is I only have nephews and all my closest friends have boy-childrens. SIL is due in October so let's hope it's a niece!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Make Missy Moo a pillowcase dress as seen here.
Posted by A at 11:01 PM
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
And here is the little surprise she left me in the pantry - it made me smile a big Mummy smile! Labrador in a glass jar.....
Posted by A at 1:25 PM
I visited one of the other op shops in town today. To my absolute joy there was a box of patterns. I started to flick through and found a baby layette pattern. Yay! Kept flicking. Children's clothes. And then they just kept on coming! I bought 20 patterns for $8 - most of them from the mid 70's but one from 1960 and one from 1982. Here are my favourites......
Posted by A at 12:30 PM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Okay, I sewed this tonight after Missy Moo was asleep so I wasn't able to model with a real live wiggling toddler. The bear below is not my daughter. She's not that furry.
Thank you to Jan Andrea for the FREE pattern and instructions. You can find them here. I varied mine slightly by using a double thickness of fabric which negates the need for bias binding along the edges of the seat.
This cost me about $3 to make. All materials were 'freed' from the opshop/thrift store. Sewing machine is Mum's old one (30+ years old), cotton, bias binding, sheet and table cloth all reclaimed! And to think I could have gone to 'insert Chain Baby Store here' and bought one for $30.
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Monday, July 28, 2008
Went to 'the local' this morning on the way to the supermarket - didn't make it to the supermarket because I found so much at the op shop that I couldn't possibly carry the shopping as well so I had to go home again and venture out in the afternoon for the groceries.
Here is what I got (photos to come as my camera had flat batteries):
- Wide striped yellow/orange/red double sheet set from (I am guessing) the 70's. Made in America. Brand is Martex. BIL hates it. I love it.
- Bright yellow table cloth in similar shade to sheet set
- 10m of elastic
- 5m of forest green bias binding
- 5 cute red buttons
- Original (STILL IN THE PACKET!!!!!!) Japanese felt animal craft kit (including everything but the stuffing) circa 1960s.
- 4m length of fire engine red fleece
- 'Hit the pegs into the wood with a hammer' set for Missy Moo. (What do you call that anyway?)
- Wooden stacking/counting set for Missy Moo.
I bought the yellow table cloth and bed sheets to make this tie on baby-seat/chair sling and I have so much material that I think I will make a few more and give them to friends who are nice to me. (Who also happen to have babies otherwise it would be weird.....)
I want to make pants/sleeping bag/stroller foot muff for Missy Moo with this lovely red fleece.
Was so excited when I got home that I had to call my Mum and tell her about my loot. Hubby is not quite so appreciative of my quest for the perfect op-shop treasure.....
Posted by A at 9:02 PM
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thanks to Bollewangenhaptoet for this meme.
1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today- not in any particular order?
3. Snacks I enjoy.
Fruit. Especially pineapple and berries.
4. Places I’ve lived
The Mornington Peninsula, Preston, Clayton, Mitcham, Kew, Hawthorn – all suburbs of Melbourne. Forshaga and Tystberga in Sweden. Seoul, Pusan, Ilsan and Sokcho in Korea.
5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire
Have a heartattack! After I’d done that I would buy nice houses for my immediate family members. Start a charity of some kind and start my own business.
6. What are some jobs you’ve had?
Tour guide, television presenter, TV extra, teacher, insurance underwriter, translator, Telstra slave, lolly shop worker (awesome!), Mum.
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In 2004, before we were married, my husband and I went on our 'before we have responsibilities' trip to Europe. We spent 6 weeks travelling from London to Vienna through central Europe.
I took the photo above in Zurich and the one below in the infamous Berchtesgaden. The water in the lake was so crystal clear....
On top of the Jungfrau!
The Roman baths in Bath - I didn't know it then, but on researching my family history my Mum's family actually hails from Bath originally. No wonder I felt at home here!
Posted by A at 12:49 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
So many people have asked me for it so..... here it is.... my now not so 'secret' recipe.
250g minced beef
250g minced pork
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 stock cube dissolved in 1 cup of milk or water
1 very finely diced brown onion, lightly fried and left to cool
Serve with lingonberries (you can buy them at IKEA or at some large department stores) and gräddsås. Don't forget boiled potatoes or mashed potato and perhaps some dill pickles.
This recipe is also nice if you swap out the breadcrumbs and stock water for mashed potato. Just remember that as there is no stock cube you will need to add salt - I prefer to use Herbamare.
Posted by A at 9:08 PM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Shoulder massage: $15
Thanks to Granny I am now ready to face another week with Missy Moo.
I think I'm bruised though.....
Posted by A at 9:42 PM
Saturday, July 19, 2008
(I tried to find a link to this company and was unsuccessful. )
Posted by A at 5:24 PM
My wonderful husband and my darling Missy Moo.
Thanks 'One Little Acorn' for this weeks 'This is.'
Posted by A at 4:34 PM
Friday, July 18, 2008
Foto: Katrin Jakobsen
Studien: THE EFFECTS OF BACKGROUND TELEVISION ON TOY PLAY
New study: TV Can damage children’s development
When small children play with a TV on in the room it interrupts their concentration. Interrupted play can lead to children not developing to their full potential. This is the result of a new American study.
Showing adult programs in the same room that small children play can be a threat to the children’s development. Earlier, it was believed that TV didn’t affect children unless they watched it. But now researchers from the University of Massachusetts have actually studied how very small children react when they play in a room that has a TV on, writes Dagens Nyheter (another Swedish newspaper).
The sound and lights cause interruptions
The children, aged between one and three, were studied as they played in a room with a TV showing the program Jeopardy. They were also studied playing in the same room but with the TV off. When the TV was on, the sound and light flicker made the children stop their play more often to glance at the TV even though they were not watching the program. Interruption of play can lead to children developing concentration problems, say the researchers, as the ability to concentrate is developed in the early years. This research has led them to warn against the dangers of leaving a TV on in the background at home when there are small children around.
On the other hand the researches point out that the study applies only when the TV program shown is meant for a mature audience. To let children see appropriate children’s programming may have a different effect.
(This is me...) Either way - having the TV on can't be good! I'm currently limiting Missy Moo to about 30 mins a day - Playschool on the ABC as she loves it, it is educational and I can have a shower etc without having to worry about her climbing the couch, playing superman and breaking her neck while unsupervised! It is the only TV program that she will actually sit and watch. She dances and claps to the songs and laughs when they show footage of animals. (Yep, I spy on her when I've finished my shower : )
Posted by A at 11:15 PM
Thursday, July 17, 2008
"Leave the decision in your doctor's hands." I won't comment on this one.
Posted by A at 8:38 PM
My little one (14 mths) has the attention span of a gnat.
But, give her a loooonnng piece of sticky tape/cellotape and she's amused for at least 3 mins. Longer if you are lucky. When she gets bored with the piece she has I let her have a new piece.
Voila! 20 mins of peace! (Oh, and 20 mins of creative sticky play for Missy Moo! You'd be amazed at what one little girl can do with a piece of tape.)
Posted by A at 5:25 PM
... or perhaps they do. If you know about it please share and leave me a comment!
This Belgian restaurant in Canada provides a babysitting service at the restaurant. You eat your meal in peace while the kids get spaghetti and waffles and play with cool toys in a space next door under the supervision of professional nannies.
The restaurant is of course also a regular dining location and only offers the service one night a week. But what a night that would be.........
1. waffle with syrup, 2. Shovelin that spaghetti
Posted by A at 5:11 PM
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Posted by A at 8:56 PM
Well, I don't know if I am taking this way too seriously but I think it's the grossest thing I've seen for a while. Right up there with Bratz and the sexy Santa outfit seen in last years 'Reject Shop' catalogue (worn by a 3-4 year old little girl wearing plastic high heels).
Do you want to tell me to have a laugh and get over it or do you agree with me?
Posted by A at 11:13 AM
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Missy Moo is learning some Auslan. She's already mastered several words and seeing as her favorite song is Twinkle Twinkle I have been teaching myself to sign it so I can teach it to her. I must look hilarious sitting with my laptop singing TTLS slowly and fumbling about with my arms/hands/fingers. Quite funny really. I keep thinking I have it mastered and then it just goes out of my head! I'm seriously considering taking an Auslan course at the local community house so we can learn more. Annie is desperate to talk but her little 14 month old mouth won't have any of it.
It's really interesting watching Moo verbally babble and then finger babble. She babbles with her fingers a lot as she's singing away so we should have her singing and signing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in no time......
Posted by A at 3:26 PM
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I took photos of things around the house that are green. Will do a different colour each week.
If you would like to make a photo mosaic head over here.
Posted by A at 1:35 PM
Thanks to Flightless Boyds for this weeks 'This is.'
I couldn't bring myself to put a photo of the thing which gives me goosebumps because I would have a heart attack every time I opened my blog so I have chosen something abstract.....
I REALLY hate spiders! The word arachnophobia comes to mind. You should see my spider dance! I've also been known to throw a book or magazine across the room because I turned the page and there was a photo of a spider on it.
My poor husband has to deal with any spiders that are stupid enough to enter the house and once my 70 year old bent over Grandma chased down a huntsman with a broom because I was too scared to go to bed - I was 19.......
Posted by A at 11:25 AM
Friday, July 11, 2008
I found some info here and here for anyone who is interested.......
$1295 for one made in China or $3500 for a Dutch made original Bakfiets......
Don't think I'll be getting one anytime soon but it's a nice dream. We don't even own our own car a the moment! (We have a lender.) I don't have a driver's license so I walk with Missy Moo in her Podaegi or in the pusher and we take public transport if we need to go more than 5km. A cargo bike sounds wonderful for doing the grocery shopping. *sigh* However, riding on the road is definitely not safe around here and it's illegal to ride on the footpath in Victoria. So, until the government gets it's act together and puts in a safe place for us to cycle we will be contributing to pollution by driving our car when it would be perfectly fine to ride a bicycle.
So, I hereby challenge Tim Pallas (Minister for Roads and Ports in Victoria) to ride his bicycle down Maroondah Highway with a baby on the back/front.
Posted by A at 10:28 AM
What makes banks and utilities companies think it's OK to charge someone money as a late payment fee/overdrawn fee? If someone doesn't pay their bill doesn't that create an assumption that they are short on cash and therefore charging a late fee means they are even less able to pay the bill?
We forgot to pay a bill with a certain telco (Foxtel. Oh, did I mention their name...?) and the next bill had a FIFTEEN dollar late payment fee. We literally misplaced the bill and it wasn't paid on time. Now, I know that these companies will defend themselves by saying there are costs involved with unpaid bills but having worked for one of these large companies I can tell you that it only involves the computer adding the charge and spitting out a letter. Surely that doesn't cost $15. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Angry!
We are going to quit once our contract is up. It was nice having something to watch in the middle of night when Missy Moo was first born but now it's time to turn it off and get a life.
Die Foxtel. Die.
Posted by A at 10:11 AM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
My cousin had a bouncing baby boy a couple of days ago. This afternoon I am going to visit Mum and bub in the hospital and get a whiff of newborn deliciousness. If only you could bottle it - eau de bebe. Mmmmmmm
I really need to get some better lighting....
Posted by A at 12:38 PM
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
My brother in law (and artist!) Michael Peck will be starring in a talk/interview segment with Kathy Bowlen tomorrow morning at 11. (Thursday 10th July). Tune in to 774 ABC Melbourne - on the AM dial!
Here are a couple of tasters from Mike's last exhibition at Metro 5 in Armadale.
Posted by A at 5:28 PM
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
artist Lindsay Brackeen's blog.
Paper. Stitching. Appliqué on paper. I had an idea to do this kind of work a few weeks ago but hadn't got around to it. Now I'm even more inspired! Must get to it......
Posted by A at 10:44 PM
Monday, July 7, 2008
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This is.... my most treasured childhood possession(s). I found it hard to choose...........
A bluebird necklace. I also have a bracelet with my name engraved into it from my Dad but it's too little for my wrist. When my daughter was born the first thing my Dad did was get the same bracelet with my daughter's name engraved on it. So sweet.
My dear dear teddy bear who was always known as 'Teddy.' All of my other toys had 'proper' names but my teddy bear was always 'Teddy.' Here he is enjoying some winter sunshine.
Just the two of us!
My set of 72 Derwent Pencils. I begged and begged for these and finally got them one Christmas. It was the best Christmas ever! Almost as good as when I got the Pretty n Pink Barbie......
Posted by A at 7:46 PM
On Friday night we went to the airport to pick up Missy Moo's Grandparents who have been back in the UK for the past 6 weeks. We had planned to go to Phillip Island with the rest of the young ones on Saturday afternoon but after driving home we decided on the spur of the moment to pack the car and leave straight away. We left home at 10.45pm but thanks to the new freeway (Eastlink) we were there in no time. So, we have only just got back so my this is post will have to wait until later. There are cars and bags to unpack, dinner to be made and a babe to be washed and dressed in jim jams. That's the boring part of having taken a holiday..... : (
Posted by A at 5:07 PM
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Hand made leather shoes from Chook Leaf in Mornington. Unfortunately they are children's shoes and they don't make them in my size! I'm sure Missy Moo would love a pair though. Perhaps the design below in red might be nice......
If you are looking for some lovely children's shoes check out Chook Leaf's website here.
Posted by A at 11:08 AM
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I've been watching Flight of the Concords and this just made me laugh sooo hard! I love it!
Posted by A at 8:57 PM
(Don't mind the baby stains on the front of the shirt....)
I like how it looks with my favorite wrist warmers...... kind of reminds me Flashdance.... ha ha ha
Posted by A at 1:58 PM
Daffodils in a drinking glass
Klässbols linen table cloth in 'asp' (Tack ska du har Syster Yster!)
Confession. I can't knit. I've tried several times and I'm just hopeless. I wish with all my heart that I was a fantastic knitter because I love knitted gloves, hats and socks etc. So, I have picked up the 'Knitting Nancy' and am attempting to make husband a winter hat that he is not too embarrassed to wear in public. We'll see. Stay tuned for the finished product......
Posted by A at 1:49 PM
So I am reminding myself: Be grateful. Enjoy the moment. Smile. Savour the warmth of your bed, the taste of your food. Enjoy good health when you have it. Love your family and friends. Tell them what they mean to you. Life is too short.
x x x
Posted by A at 11:01 AM