Sunday, July 20, 2014

Holiday blues


Wow, I had a clean out of my blog reader a few weeks ago. A lot of you have left blogging - moving on to Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter maybe? The people I met at 'Sewittogether' - Melbourne years back and other crafty bloggers I have followed over the past 8 years are slowly leaving.

Most of the blogs I follow now are home and design focused and less about people and sewing.


I am recovering from school holidays today. We have my husband's 12 year old son with us for the 2 weeks (longer over Christmas). His 18 year old sister has been living with us for 2.5 years now. I find the non-stop focus on food, shopping, planning dinner, arguing over sweets and soft-drinks hard work. Especially on top of full time work, washing -up, washing clothes etc. I struggle, I guess because I am used to my down time and my space in the house. They have been brought up eating and pretty much doing what they want to with food as a focus. I was raised differently and my friends and family appear to manage their children's diets. I am not sure how much to push this with my husband as he sees it as an attack on him if I try to restrict the 12yr old's access to sweets and soft-drink. I ended up accepting I can't change most things but made sure I left chopped carrot and fruit out all of the time, hoping he will choose those snacks over chips and sweets. He isn't over weight and does play sports so maybe I should give in?

The other battle is time playing horrid games on the computer and watching cartoons. Do you limit the time your children spend watching screens?

Beautiful day today and peaceful without the boy. Fairy wrens in the garden picking at worms dug up by hubby who is preparing soil for concrete to go around my studio.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Autumn blooms

Pink

  Begonia

Daisy

Autumn

Amazing that there are so many flowers out at the moment. All of my plants are in pots while I wait for a garden, but it is lovely to have some colour!

Autumn leaves

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fabric - free to a good home


I think there is a metre. Gorgeous blue cars fabric, med - heavy weight, with a checked border. I have a few fat quarters to throw in too.


I am happy to post anywhere in Australia - first commenter who can put it to good use gets it.

Comes from a crazy cat household, so can't promise it is entirely cat hair free.....

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Studio update

So now that I have finished my masters degree I am hoping to spend more time in my studio. I had a tidy up a few weeks back and boxes that were stored in there now have a new home in the almost finished garage.

Sewing space

Studio and cat

Bookshelves in studio

Little displays

Hat rack

Monday, February 10, 2014

Submitted!!

I have just submitted my last assignment!! If I pass this one I'll have attained my Masters. Yay!! No more study......

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Not sure what I will do but am keen on starting a garden. Worth waiting till it rains again (if ever)!!

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I bought magazines today to celebrate and one involves making things!! There's a novel idea....

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Or maybe I'll just take some time to enjoy my surrounds.

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I still have a full time job mind you so I am not going to have time to REALLY enjoy my freedom. Although my Mr has quit his job, now if I can just get him and the 18yr old Miss to do all of the cooking, cleaning and washing ........ Hmmmm.
 

Thursday, January 02, 2014

2014 word - simplicity


I think my word for 2014 will be 'simplicity'. For a while I have been trying to declutter the house and my studio. After phases of mad magazine, book, fabric, vintage teatowel and other odds and ends buying, I have accumulated quite a lot of ... well, crap really!

I need to simplify my home life and work life and try to achieve things by focusing on fewer, more important tasks.


I will finish my Masters Degree in Feb!
Our renovations are getting on and this year I will have a garden!
Also the step-girl has finished school and may be moving out .....

Lots of endings and new beginnings?


So this year - more of this:

Gardening
Home decorating
Sewing
Reading
Walking
Travel
Cycling
Cooking
Music
Yass

Less:

nailpolish
TV
plastic and packaging in the rubbish
blog reading
eating
waste
shopping
cleaning
Canberra

8 days off

Since Christmas Eve when I got off work this is what I have been doing:

Making: potato and green salad, ice cream, brandy butter, pumpkin and fetta salad, date and walnut brownies.
Shopping: Christmas gifts, food, drinks and hardware.
Doing: cooking, painting weatherboards, sanding weatherboards, filling nail holes in weatherboards.
Accomplished: Hosted a successful Christmas lunch for 12, painted 42 weatherboards, survived 1.5 weeks of school holidays (so far so good), completed and submitted two essays for Uni.



Outside of the new bathroom, loo, laundry and garage.


Inside of new bathroom, loo and laundry, garage on the right with Frida in it!


Hope you have had a lovely Christmas and achieved something this break, even if just relaxing!! Happy New Year!!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

1 year

We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary this week. This time last year we were in Tasmania, eating our way around the island!


So this weekend we went to Tease and Tearaways in Canberra, had dinner at Bicicletta and stayed at the Diamant Hotel. We had breakfast at A.Baker and went to Pialligo for garden design inspiration.


Definitely like this idea for garden beds, veges and other plants! This was a shared garden for units at New Acton near our hotel.


And I picked up my new toy! I have had a Bernina for about 30 years. I am getting it serviced and will give it to my Step Sister and niece. Looking forward to doing some making soon and considering joining the local Quick Quilters group. There is also a local Roller Derby club I have just discovered, not sure if I am up to roller skating again.... Looks like fun though!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Saturday in Yass

It was lovely and sunny this weekend. After a day off on Friday to get my eyes tested, my hair cut and coloured (goodbye grey - for a while anyway) and lunch with a friend, I had a restful Saturday. Mr Bloggs and small boy (11) were off on a motor bike day trip.

After an early massage, I bought a pre-loved Allanah Hill dress, white blouse and a cute clutch from Label Love in Yass. After a bit of a look around the Canberra Centre on my day off I think my local country town has more interesting clothing (missing Melbourne)!! Worth a visit, a trip from Canberra even?

I also stopped in at Wilhemina & Celeste (find her on Facebook), she stocks lovely gifty things. I am hankering after the set of black and stone moose towels and pair of moose earrings. I did manage to find a gift for someone else and some reindeer food for my nieces to sprinkle in the garden.

This is why the moose items appeal to me :-) Any ideas on Christmas decorations for Morris? I am thinking a red nose?

This is the lovely Yass Crafty Co-op shop - under the old art deco Liberty Theatre. Good for home made yummies, baby gifts, old magazines and plants.

And a stop off at the local farmers market for veg, a chicken, leek and proscuito pie for lunch and fresh bread.

Lovely! Sunday? Study, while Mr Bloggs takes small step-boy back to the coast. I did do a lot of cleaning and washing yesterday but the enjoyable morning made up for that!