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Fathers Day, McScrooges Birthday, Boys Birthday and so on….

17 Sep

Well, it was Boys second birthday last week, and, going against the Pinterest trend, I DID NOT put on a huge shindig which rivals some weddings I’ve been to, nor did I buy out ToysRUs or anything similar. In fact, I went cheapskate the whole way.

I did start thinking about having a big picnic like we did for Girl’s birthdays when she was little, until it occured to me that Boy is shy. OK, lets be honest – Boy really doesn’t like people much, so I figured I should do something he might actually like  far more – we just had a nice dinner at home.


Girl insisted that pumpkin soup is his favourite – he denied that by blowing raspberries at me when I put it in front of him.  Here he is opening the card Girl made him. (do you see that shiner? He took a header into the kagu in the living room, right onto the corner of the step – ooochie).


He got a set of hardcover Lynley Dodd stories, a shirt (I know, lame, right?) and a big Hotwheels car. And thats it. It didn’t matter, once he opened the car, he could car less about the rest of it, ignored the heck out of it all anyway. Well, thats not quite true, we also got him a trike we found on ebay, but I dont have any photos of it! So never mind. Another time.

Here His Preciousness is with his cake (note the Hot wheels car still clutched in one hand)…

About 1 minute after blowing out his candles and eating his first bite he threw up all over his bowl. Lovely. The next few days were filled with similar sorts of loveliness. Euw.

We also had fathers day and McScrooge’s birthday that week (it never rains but it pours).

I cant remember what we got him. Probably not much. He honestly hates it when we get him things and is disappointed with us when we do.

Girl had a birthday party to go to and asked for a pencil case like we did before. Since that fitted in with my typical cheap style I was fine with it. The oilcloth was in the bundle I got at the fabric-0-brac at the State Library a few weeks ago. I actually found it pretty thick and difficult to work with so I had to leave it quite simple. It worked out ok.

I had decided not to do another fabric covered sketchbook because I wasn’t quite happy with the last one, so instead I sewed a cover for an A5 folder and made her a funky diary instead.


Just ignore the little corner of messy workroom there, ok? The inside of the cover is gingham material with clear vinyl from, yet again, sheet set packs sewn over the top. I put together dividers with pretty pictures and titles like: “If I Were A Mermaid” and “Things I Want To Make” and “Super Cool” and “My Dream Castle”. Then I laminated them. I was going to sew around them with top-stitching thread, but I was sewing right up to the minute she was picked up, so I ran out of time.

The images on the dividers mostly come from, their digital scrapbooking stuff, and some of it is pictures of material in my stash.

The dividers are not quite flush, but never mind, I’m happy with it, and most importantly, Girl was jiggling with delight, and even MORE importantly, some of the other mothers have since approached me to hassle me about them, so I know I have done good! Plus, I have survived the last few weeks, which is the most important thing.

Now if only I can survive the next few on the lead-up to our holiday away…


Pretty Pretty

15 Aug

We’ve only got another 6 weeks until we go overseas. Its suddenly looming over us, instilling deep fear of NOT GETTING ENOUGH DONE!!! Aaargghhhhh!

So I immediately turned around and wasted loads of time sewing up a dress for Girl, and now, blogging it. I’ll get everything I need to get done, completed some other time. Soon. I promise.

I made up the pattern, although its just a basic bodice with a sweet-heart neckline, straps, a gathered skirt and of course, it was missing something so as usual we added a great big huge sash and bow. I think it works alright, and it didn’t really take too long, started yesterday at 3pm, and finished at around 10ish, but had to stop in the middle to cook and eat dinner, kid wrangle, watch the news, etc, etc. So pretty quick and easy, really. The material is leftover from a patchwork quilt I made for Girl awhile ago, and the material for which Girl chose. I personally find it a little pastel, but she likes it.

Now I better go do something constructive I suppose…although theres lots more things Girl wanted me to make for her…


A Brief Moment of Sunshine

26 Jun

McScrooge was out west last weekend, and the kidlets and I treated it a bit like being on holidays. Which is a bit mean, isn’t it? I mean, in fact it was extra work, but theres something about not having to fight someone for the remote or defend my program choices to – although in fact what happened was that Girl claimed the remote and I didn’t get to watch what I wanted anyway…

And it was a fricking beautiful weekend. It was sunny and warm without being boiling. We went to the markets, and had a ride on the ferry, and then on Sunday we made savoury carrot and broccoli muffins and scones with jam and cream. Girl built a big cubbyhouse in the backyard with sheets and stuff and Boy got in her way and pulled it all down and then we pigged out. And it was glorious. McScrooge needs to go west more often. Either that or we just need to get out more…

Boy is looking more and more like his Daddy. I think it’s the little milk-bellie that does it. On his Dad it’s more a beer-bellie though.

Mmmm, scones with jam and cream….except at the last moment we realised we had run out of jam, and instead its scones with cranberry sauce and cream….yum….well really its practically exactly the same. So still yum.

Cheap Presents

23 Jun

Summer, summer where for art thou Summer? I miss you! I’m fricking freezing my bloody ass off! This is the season for flannel people. Lots and lots of flannel. Its also the season for crafts because its about the only time of year the sewing room is bearable for any length of time.

So yes, I have been sewing up a storm. Girl had a birthday partay to go to of the sleepover variety and ofcourse, being the cheapskate I am, I sewed for it. I think I spent a grand total of $8 on this present. Girl designed the whole thing after denouncing all my ideas as “lame and boring” and  ordered a sketchbook to be covered with her selection of materials, a pencil case – again in her selection of material and some pencils from the newsagency. The cost was $5.50 for the sketchbook, and $2.50 worth of lead pencils.

I had some oilcloth left-over from another project (I’ll tell you all about it later) and I used some plastic from one of those cases that sheetsets come in – you know the ones? I have never been able to throw them out, and have finally found a use for about 10cms worth of one…now I just have a bag full of them to go. The pencil case pattern is from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches, but I didn’t read the instructions properly and accidentally made it about 5 or 10cms smaller than it should have been.  I don’t know what it is about the instructional language in that book, but after reading about a paragraph my eyes glazed over and I realized I hadn’t a clue what it was trying to say. Couldn’t make head nor tails of it. OH well. Still, it worked ok.

I covered the book with the material as per Girl’s instructions, but couldn’t find any of my origami paper or anything to put on the inside to hide the messy bits. In desperation I used some old colour cards. Oh well. Its covered.


The Sick Room and Other Stories

23 May

It has been rivers and rivers of gross oozing green snot and coughs all over the place over here. Girl had a few days off school (coinciding with a report that she hadn’t finished which was due…hmmm) and Boy had a week off of Playgroup. I chucked a few mattresses on the floor of the livingroom and they built themselves a nest of nanna-rugs, pillows and snotty tissues and zombied the days away.

There is still a fair amount of snot hanging around, but they are finally mostly over it, and on the weekend we went down and spent the day with the Dreamer! That Oof is such a sweetie, he honestly is so happy and trusting. The Boy by comparison watched any and everyone suspiciously right up until we were leaving when he condescended to cuddle Oof. The Dreamer rustled up some delicious burritos with an avocado salad, and apple crumble with ice cream. It was really lovely to hang out and hopefully we’ll do it again soon.

In other news, HELLO my newest nephew, Jimmy Ray Jeep Wrangler! Can’t wait to see you! Big smooches from your aunties! xxxxooooo!!!

Oh! And just to make everyone jealous – I’m making potato scrolls for dinner! Mmmmmm! Heh heh eheh!


School Holidays – When Will They Be Over???

28 Jan

Okay, well clearly they are over, and school is back in – YES!! I just found that I hadn’t actually posted this draft, so I thought I’d send it out there!

Now, you probably can’t tell, but we have been pretty busy with school holidays around here. There have been play dates, trips to the swimming pool, sleepovers, trips to the swimming pool, movie dates, trips to the swimming pool, cook-ups – you guessed it, trips to the swimming pool, and all I can say is that I am very ready for the holidays to finish up. Make it quick, please.

Can you believe that D actually wore her swimmers out? Yes, the elastic has just given up the ghost. Unfortunately I noticed this in action and had to call a halt to all swimming activities until after a new pair were bought. In any case, she has been having fun which is partly what this whole stay-at-home-have-another-baby brainfart of mine was all about, so its nice to see some of my plans, hopes and dreams coming to fruition.

Anyway, yesterday I took her and a friend to a horror movie make-up workshop run by the Brisbane City Council Libraries. I love that they have all sorts of different types of free workshops running through all the school holidays, and although I have known about them for awhile, it is the first time we actually made it to one. The girls had heads turning all the rest of the day, and were very satisfied with the ghoulish results.

I think they have some mad ideas for Halloween, which clearly cannot come soon enough for them.

On the other hand, I have some mad ideas for time off, which also cannot come soon enough for me. I cannot wait for the holidays to end!!!

In the meantime, I can turn only to the Demon Drink.

Tomatoes Coming From My Ears and Butterick 5022 – Again

29 Oct

Our tomatos are going nutso and we are getting way more than we can use. You want some?

I’d like to try heirloom varieties next time. These are great and better tasting and fresher than the shop tomatoes, but I’d love to try out those wild looking heirlooms.

The zucchini aren’t doing so well. The flowers are dying on the end of the tiny little zucchini and the little zucchinis are just rotting and falling off. I think they’re not getting pollinated. I might have to introduce the boy flowers to the girl flowers and show them how its done. Or something. For some reason its making me feela little squeamish though.Plant sex. Eww.

Talking about plant sex, here are some sweet peas, they are finally going well, and the snap dragons and marigolds are finally flowering.

In other news, I have finally taken some photos of Girl’s new summer nightie, which I have made from Butterick 5022. I bought this years ago and have made it loads of times. I made three last year for her, all of which she has unhelpfully grown out of. This is one:

See, its a little tight under the arms now, but otherwise has stood up really well. I’m not too sure what to do with them now. I feel very fond of these little nighties, but Girl wants to sell them on ebay with a bunch of her other too small clothes, and we don’t have any little girls in the family to pass them on to…yet…Get to work C – you know who you are! We are putting in an order for a little girl please!

Anyway, I made it up again in a larger size (I always trace the patterns onto butchers paper so I can keep using the pattern in different sizes), and here she is. I like the pattern, but the material is a little stiffer than I’d like.  Anyway, this makes two nighties for this summer, I reckon that might be enough. What do you think?

After this I am going to try to finish up a bunch of Burda’s Ruby Shorts for Girl.

I have started one white pair with blue topstitching and blue buttons. The others will be one pair in lightweight denim with red topstitching and buttons (a la sailor mode), a red pair with white buttons and maybe a patterned pair. We’ll see how I go. Now that I have posted it, I have to finish them! That’s the plan, anyway.