Friday, October 31, 2008
Posted by A at 2:59 PM
I was very pleased with myself for making a fully lined dress. The patterns are so easy to follow in this book so I am glad that I bought it.
Posted by A at 2:53 PM
Monday, October 27, 2008
In other bathroom news we have ordered and paid for the tiles - unpolished dark concrete for the floors, white gloss on the walls and taupe pencil tiles as a border around the whole room. I borrowed a crow bar off my FIL and have taken the skirting boards off. I had a look at the shower base and it's not even stuck down!! So, that will be easy to remove. And then it's just the floor boards which I will do next weekend. ~PHEW~
Posted by A at 10:24 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
My brother in law's website is up and running. Mike's work is awesome and you can see it here.
His next exhibition will be in December with the next solo exhibition being in May next year.
GO MIKE! (Yep, I like to cheer for my friends and family!)
Posted by A at 2:50 PM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Feed baby and husband. Check.
Feed self. Check.
Turn on Sesame Street and The Night Garden to keep kid quiet while on the phone. Check.
Tax return. Check.
Call Centrelink. Check.
Wait forever to talk to someone. Check.
Get annoyed. Check.
Order tiles. Check.
Call Bunnings. Check.
Call glazier. Check.
And it's not even 10. I think it's time for a cup of tea!
Posted by A at 9:49 AM
Monday, October 20, 2008
All by myself and without messing up the instructions! Good thing I was educated at a technical school and know how to use a screwdriver. My time in Sweden taught me how to appreciate sitting down for coffee and a kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) and also how to interpret IKEA assembly instructions......
Now all we need is walls and a floor - yep - that is the underneath of our house you're looking at there! Hopefully there are no elves or trolls living under there......or come to think of it - SPIDERS~~~
Soon to be ripping out the floor and old shower base. Sugar soaping the walls and then it's all up to Mr Tradey to do the rest. Can't wait!
Posted by A at 2:17 PM
So, what do you do on a weekend morning at 8am? Go and have a lovely cooked breakfast made by someone else! Woo hoo~~ Moo and I shared a 'Big ass breakfast.' (I didn't call it that. It was on the menu!)
After we got the all clear we had a home pit stop and after parting with a few hundred hard earned dollars trotted off to IKEA. We managed to stick to our list and picked up the vanity/sink, towel rails and mirror without incident and without any talk of divorce. Hubby actually felt like looking around (what kind of miracle was that!!??) so we looked around and dreamt about kitchens and window seats and an organised wardrobe. *sigh*
When we got home hubby said, 'I feel like having a BBQ.' So, we ended up having a nice relaxed Saturday evening BBQ. Beer. Irish cider. Steaks. Lemon and herb fish. Kartoffel salat. Friends. Fun.
Sunday morning hubby was really getting antsy that he had not started his homework (part time uni student) but he also admitted that he was suffering from a severe case of procrastination. Then the phone rang. BIL rang and asked if he could come over with the family (new nephew!) We asked them to stay for lunch and MIL come over too. We enjoyed some family time. Moo and her cousin rough housed (and nearly broke the joint!) and I had the perfect excuse not to make tea for everyone - a tiny one week old nephew asleep in my arms.....
For a weekend that had no plans it turned out to be exceptionally fun.
Posted by A at 8:58 AM
Sunday, October 19, 2008
.... that I've had my 1001st visitor. That's exciting!
Posted by A at 5:39 PM
... my favorite film(s). I have sooo many favorite films I just wouldn't know were to begin. So, here are a few favorites....
You me and everyone we know
The Wedding Singer
Friends with money
The movie that I can never think of the title of and I always call, 'The film were the main character can hear the narrator.You know.....' I believe it's called 'Stranger Than Fiction.'Will Ferrel's character says he can hear 'a voice talking about me, accurately and with a better vocabulary.'
Also a big Tarantino fan. I love a good horror film - my favorite is 'The Shining' but no one does horror like the Japanese. The Hollywood versions don't cut it for me.
Don't mind an old movie or two, Hitchcook or Ingmar Bergman. Dam Busters.....
This week's 'This is...' was brought to you by Hokey.
Posted by A at 4:53 PM
Friday, October 17, 2008
Got home and my bestis was there with her son 'O' and we walked together to pick up Moo. After arriving home we made picnic food. Got out the picnic rug and ball etc and went to a local park. We ate fruit, apple and cinnamon bread and strawberry yoghurt. Then we all went and played in the playground.
When we finally made it home (the kids wanted to stay!) we watched bestis' DVD of her little 12 week fetus rolling around.
Ooooo, and it's Friday!! Tomorrow we are buying all the stuff for our NEW BATHROOM!!!!
Posted by A at 3:08 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
... I certainly wouldn't have this choc-chip banana cake recipe!
180g raw sugar
180g wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g dark chocolate bits
Cream the butter and sugar. Mash the banana and then beat it into the creamed butter and sugar. Sift the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl. Lightly beat the eggs in another bowl. Add 1/3 of the egg mixture to the butter mix. Beat. Add one third of the wholemeal flour. Beat. Alternate with the remaining egg and flour, beating between. Mix in the chocolate chips and pour into the cake tin. Bake for 45 mins or until a cake skewer comes out clean.
Posted by A at 12:19 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
... we got a heap of them in this weeks Organic box. I searched on the internet for some recipes and found one for green beans with mustard vinaigrette. I modified it a little so here is my version:
Blanche and then plunge into cold water 2 handfuls of beans.
Make the vinaigrette by combining the following in a jug:
- 1 small squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp of mustard (I used German 'cause I like it but seeded would be better)
- 2 tbs ground almonds
- a small amount of crushed garlic (to your taste) I used the juice only from one clove.
- a pinch of sugar or other sweetener
- season to taste with salt and pepper
The vinaigrette probably makes a little too much for the amount of beans cooked so I ended up putting some in the fridge for tomorrow's bean cook up.
I don't like beans, but these are goooooooood~~~~~ mmmmm
Posted by A at 5:52 PM
Monday, October 13, 2008
OK, I am about to mention feminine hygiene products so if this topic doesn't do it for you stop reading NOW.....
For a while now I have been using a small face washer (folded to make 3 layers) instead of a 'panty liner.' I read about it on a blog and thought that I would try it. For a number of reasons - that I don't like chemicals, that I don't like adding to landfill and that I want to save money and find it outrageous that these 'necessary' items have a 'luxury tax' applied. I initially wanted to buy some cloth liners, then I thought I would make some and then when I came across the 'use a facecloth' post it just seemed like the thing to try first. Initially I was skeptical and I only did it at home but now I am a real convert. So much so that with the left overs from making Moo's fitted cloth nappies I have made some panty liners from toweling.
It's amazing how much fresher it feels. Yes, it actually feels nicer than a disposable pad. I really hate wearing the other one's now. Yuk.
If you change often enough during 'heavier' days you don't leak either (which was a major worry for me!). Because of the texture of the material it doesn't slide around in your undies so you don't need anything to keep it in place. As I already have a bucket in the laundry for soaking bibs and the like I just throw them in there when I am done and then it's into wash. They clean well and I'm not adding to landfill. Makes me feel good ; )
OK, you can't go swimming with it and I wouldn't recommend doing gymnastics....
Posted by A at 10:10 PM
When Moo woke I up I changed her nappy/diaper to the one I had just whipped up. It was very easy to put on and didn't leak or anything. Yay!~
I am therefore going to make more. After use I am dry pailing and washing them every other day. Works for me. Hopefully we won't use as many disposables now because there will be a heap of easy to use, quick drying cloth bums.
Posted by A at 7:23 PM
* It has to dry easily, so nothing too thick.
* I don't want to buy any extra materials - minky fabric or bamboo stuff, press studs or velcro
I thought about it for a few days and then today I did the following:
* Got out one of the nappy covers that fits her now
* Got out a disposable nappy in her size
* Got scissors and an old school cloth nappy
* Laid the nappy cover over the cloth nappy and used it as my basic pattern.
* Compared the shape and size of the disposable and decided that I didn't need it. Threw it aside. (tee hee)
* Reshaped the nappy so that it was about 1cm less than the nappy cover all around the sides but left the length the same. I went in a bit more between the legs.
* With the remaining nappy, I cut a LARGE rectangle that if folded in half both lengthways and sideways gave a pad that was 4 layers thick. This will be my 'absorbent pad.' I decided on this design as I want the nappies to dry quickly and folding an inner pad when doing the washing didn't bother me at all. So, this way there is only one layer of nappy to dry instead of several. The pad does not need to be fastened at all as the toweling doesn't slip as it is so 'rough.'
* I used my maching to zig-zag stitch around all edges. What I ended up with was a 'nappy shaped' piece and a large rectangle piece.
When I fold the washing I just need to fold the rectangle piece twice and lay it along the middle of the outer piece.
I place a large rectangle of polar fleece over the pad to keep Moo's bum dry (it wicks really well) and make it easier to remove 'solids' from the nappy. You could use flushable nappy liners too but I like the polar fleece and it's sooo soft!
Wish us luck!
Posted by A at 2:39 PM
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saknaden efter Josef: A crime novel by Elizabeth George. Only into the second chapter.....
Back issues of Living at Home: I'm trying to cull my magazine collection so I am reading back copies and cutting out the bits I want to keep. This German mag has such great design ideas and lots of inspiration for me.
Amy Butler's little stitches for little ones: 20 keepsake sewing projects for baby and 'mom.' Great and easy to follow patterns. I've made two things so far - bibs and a little dress. Mum has the dress because she is using her new fangled machine to put the buttons on. My old machine is totally annoying when it comes to button holes!
Organic Vegetable Gardening: By Annette McFarlane. Speaks for itself and I can totally recommend it if you are interested in this topic. Has chapters on climatic influence, starting out, propagating and saving seeds, pest control and an A to Z of vegetables with everything you need to know to grow them.
And, I didn't photograph them, but what I am actually reading most of at the moment is children's books. Especially 'Baby Animals' and 'Baby 123.' Sick of the sight of them to be honest..... but I read them with enthusiasm because I have the best audience in the world.
Thanks to 'My Champagne Dreams' for this week's theme.
Posted by A at 11:30 AM
I missed last week's 'This is....' so I am doing two today. Last week's theme was 'This is..... my favorite kitchen gadget.' As always, I found it so hard to choose! I have soooo many gadgets (which my husband will attest to) so I thought I would go with a stainless steel theme.....
- 'La buona pasta fatta in casa' machine (17 years old! I bought this when I was 16.)
- My speedy kettle and loose leaf tea ball - perfect for making just one cup of tea. (The babies at about 2 years old.)
- Part of my espresso machine - good for just one cup of coffee (Already 7 years old!)
- My wavy vegetable cutter and potato press and meat basher. (All about 12 years old.)
Posted by A at 11:18 AM
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I told hubby about making new friends on the internet through blogs. He was interested to hear that we are having a 'Mitcham Blogmeet,' and said that my blog friends were probably truckers pretending to be crafty types. Always the cynic. I wonder what kind of person is seriously going to spend hours doing craft and blogging about if they are really a trucker who wants to lure me to meet in a cafe....... I'm watching you Nikkinoo and HoppoBumbo..... looking out for beer cans and trucking momentos in the background of your craft project photos!
Posted by A at 6:30 PM
When I was a kid we lived in a cardboard box in the middle of the road and had to get up before we went to bed....
Hubby and I are thinking about having another baby so I am on the 'before pregnancy diet,' which is a healthy diet accompanied by pate, deli meats, sushi and all the things you can't have when you're pregnant. Today I bought some yummy Maggie Beer pate and was eating it while I watched Moo having a bath. Of course she wanted some. (She wants to do EVERYTHING I do. EXACTLY how I do it.) So, picture this, 17mth Missy Moo sitting the bath eating pate on garlic bagle toast. I don't think I did that when I was a kid.....
Posted by A at 6:22 PM
Our toilet blocked up on Friday morning. The kitchen sink tap broke on Friday afternoon. Our second bathroom is almost gutted and will be sparkling new again in a few weeks. Annie is growing out of her size one clothes. I hurt my neck and had to see someone to get it 'fixed.' AND Christmas is only a couple of months away...... Don't even get me started on this whole world financial thing!
All I see is $$$$$$ flying out the door...... *ching* *ching* *ching*
Posted by A at 6:19 PM
Friday, October 10, 2008
I went to visit my newest nephew this morning. All 3.6kg of him. He looks different to his brother when he was born. Not that I expect he should look the same, but you know, brothers often look a like.... Mum looked great (Y, you're a champ!) and baby was feeding and pooping up a storm. Big brother wasn't too enamored but Moo was interested on and off. She poked him, stroked his head and gave him a kiss - then ran off to play with big brother. I'm going back in a few hours for another cuddle. Just got to make an early dinner (grilled free range chicken thighs, garlic sauteed spinach, fried mushrooms, vichy carrots and creamy potato mash). Yum yum.
Posted by A at 4:21 PM
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I've been busy. And sick.
Had an excellent time at my nephew's birthday party on the weekend.
Hurt my shoulder/back/neck so I'm walking around like Frankenstein. (Not at the birthday party.)
So, I haven't had the time and then the physique for sitting at the sitting at the sewing machine.
Makes me sad : (
BUT, before I hurt my neck and got busy, I did manage to sew some pretty little skirts and some bibs which I will show some photos of later.
Just wanted to explain my absence for those who care. He he he.
Posted by A at 4:35 PM
Thursday, October 2, 2008
... cutting out bibs...... hanging out washing.... cleaning up kitchen..... need to find and excavate loungeroom from under ALL of Annie's toys. Mother in law arriving in .... 5.....4.....3...2......
Posted by A at 3:16 PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I thought I should put some labels on the stuff I make. Seeing as I am only going to do kids clothes I'm going for a childish name ; ) ha ha
I am thinking 'Jam hands.'
I wanted "moo moo" or something Moo related but it seems that name is quite popular and I have to come up with something different. So, "Jam Hands" it is - unless anyone knows of a brand called Jam Hands.....
Posted by A at 4:23 PM
I made these clothes to sell at the market but I kind of like them too much to part with them.... I want Moo to wear them....
I found the two prints at Spotlight this morning for $1 each in the remnants bin - and just the perfect amounts for making a size 1-2 skirt!
I bought the shirt in Target on sale and put 3 tiny red heart buttons to liven it up a bit and bring out the colours in the skirts. Should I sell them or keep them?????
Posted by A at 3:56 PM
Morri LOVES anything fishing related so I made him these for his birthday. They all have magnets in their 'noses' and come with a magnet "fishing rod attachment" for him to put on his reel when he wants to fish for these little babies.
Morri's turning 2! Where did that time go? I remember going to see him all tiny and wrinkled a few hours after he was born. I was 3 months pregnant with Moo. Two whole years.....
Posted by A at 2:24 PM