Friday, August 31, 2007
As I was cutting out the paper pieces for the invitations last night I asked my significant other why it is he thinks I make things rather than buy them. I obviously enjoy the process, but I could also buy something that would be as enthusiastically received by the children. I tend to under value the things that I produce, my cooking, my crafts and at times I even wonder if others think I'm trying to show off. Is there a tendency for those who do just buy things to think that those of us who make things are trying to be too clever?
I guess I feel that the effort I go to for birthdays and special occasions is an indication of how important they are to me. Having said that, I don't mean to infer that others who don't insist on doing anything themselves care less, so I guess it comes back to pure enjoyment. Mind you, at the last moment when you're still icing the three level castle cake with turrets, a moat and trees, I had to remind myself how much fun I was having.
This year our invitation list currently stands at 25 children, many more than in past years. I think I'm still a new mum in that respect as I've included the birthday girl too much in the discussions - hence everyone is being invited. I may have to consider restricting who comes as this party will be held at home and if the weather isn't nice it could be very stressful trying to host all the games in our small home.
I still have to write on the invitations and attach the tickets nan kindly found for us and then move on from there. Signs to paint, games to make, temporary tattoos and good face paints to find. It is fun and although it's a very short 2 hour period it's like a wedding isn't it - all that planning for something that's over so quick but the memories last you a lifetime.
Monday, August 27, 2007
We were based in Inverloch and drove to Wilsons Prom on the Saturday and had lunch on the beach. Of course apart from sandwhiches, there were the compulsory scrambles on the rocks, building of castles, dipping of toes in the icy waters, kicking of the footy. Another group had carried in icy beers and bottles of white wine, which of course led to "why didn't we think of that"?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Tonight the girls, although both full of colds, went to sleep without fuss. My husband and I chatted in the kitchen, he over a Little Creatures beer and me over a glass of red. We sat to the dining table over our dinner and chatted in a way it seems we haven't in forever, probably since the babe was born at the start of the year. I looked over at our couch, completely dishevelled but covered in pillows and lit so welcomingly by the dimmed downlights, and thought, my life is good.
You know when you live with someone and you've known each other for so long (12 years for us) and you forget to really look at each other? Well there are moments when you remember to really gaze into each others eyes and you're surprised at all you're reminded of there. I looked at G tonight and remembered who he is to me and I felt lucky. I thought of the girls in their beds, my somewhat disorganised and not quite spotless house and thought, I'm lucky, very.
So, I'm now retiring to that comfy couch, with my even 'cumfier' man and I'm going to have another glass of red and watch an episode of Entourage with him. He'll scratch my head and I'll fall asleep about 10 minutes in.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The market was smaller than we expected, probably only about 30 stalls in all, and a probably a slightly different selection of products than we were expecting too. There were a few really good products, but there were also more commercial operations mixed in. We visited Patchwork on Central afterwards and in chatting to one of the owners she mentioned that it had changed quite a bit over the last few years. She said that previously it was more the handmade items, but had changed a little. Don't get me wrong, there were a few stalls that were fantastic and made it so worthwhile, but a lot that washed over me too.
This image, Freckles, was one of a number on display by Erin from Little Living Spaces. Erin refers to them as childrens artwork, so I guess that confirms that I'm a big kid as I could happily hang any of them in my bedroom, they appeal to me so much. I love that they are illustrations, but they are so clear that they almost seem to rise from the canvas. In this one it seems that the scarf is more a photo image which adds to the illusion. As you can tell my art appreciation vocab is rather limited - suffice to say they wowed me. Something else to add to my one day wish list.
For ages I've been trying to find a particular style of shoe for Ella - simple, smart, stylish - but have found it very hard to find. There are European styles available in the stores that are in the style I like, but at $130+ for a pair or children's shoes, that's a little rich for me. Then in one corner of the market was the lovely low key ChookLeaf stall. The shoes are exactly what I've been looking for and a great price at only $55. As they're based on the Peninsula I otherwise would never have come across them. The problem then was figuring out what size Ella would be as they're made on old fashioned blocks so sizings are not the commercial standards. As it happens we figured it out, the lady was sooo helpful, and they fit like a dream.
The packaging (which of course was destroyed in Ella's opening enthusiasm) was delightful with a "chook leaf" to seal and the care instructions are just so adorable - I love this care to detail in a product - I hope you can read it.
I also bought a cute little tshirt for Ella from Red Wagon. She's so keen on playing nurse and ministering to the needs of all her toys that this seemed perfect.
So I managed to find a couple of things I would otherwise never have heard of, I consumed a delicious passionfruit cupcake with my coffee and managed to spend a few child free hours with a new friend - all in all a good day.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
I'm really pleased for you Sarah. x
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
So, in the same vein, the first three to comment on this exchange will receive something handmade from me within the next 365 days in return for you paying it forward and making the same promise on your own blog.
Today is a catch up day for me. I still have all my gorgeous fabrics from Amitie sitting on the table, but haven't had a moment to do anything with them. Today is washing day - yeah! Yesterday was a drying day and today is an ironing day - all 4 loads of it! Where does it all come from? I'm not an ironer by any stretch, I think it's somewhat a generational thing. My mother in law, bless her, irons everything - knickers, teatowels, everything. I love it when she helps out with washing because everthing comes back smooth and gorgeously pressed. I am trying to do some ironing these days, simply because ironed things take up less space in the cupboards then the scrunched up unironed versions.
I collect Ella from kinder shortly too - quarter past. I had a horror moment on Monday and got my pick up times wrong. I was sauntering down the road to kinder, chatting to Leila in the pram, eating an apple when in the distance I could see everyone leaving. Needless to say my saunter turned into a canter and I was the last one there! Poor Ella, she wasn't teary but she was borderline. I'd promised myself I'd never ever have her be the last one there. I got my quarter to's mixed up with my quarter pasts! You know what it's like though, now it's in my head I can't think straight and am worried that I'm wrong even when I know I'm right!