Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August Taking Stock

August is flying by way too fast.  In fact life is flying by way too fast.  So thanks to Pip over at www.meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com here I am taking stock:
Making : some lifestyle changes (my doctor says I have to)
Cooking : slowcooker meals and quick things from "5 ingredients 10 minutes"
Drinking : Sleepy Time t2 tea (which is working wonders for my insomnia)
Reading: Ghost of Shadows and Fog (a very interesting read)
Knitting: Socks, more socks
Scrapping: Robe Holiday photos
Missing: my grandfather, it has been almost a year but I still think about him every day
Wanting: Chocolate, oh please, chocolate - why can't someone invent a calory free version?
Looking: At the grey hair, laughter lines and forehead wrinkles
Playing: Trucks and roads and mud kitchen recipes with my kindy kids (it makes me happy!)
Deciding: To live a healthier, simpler, less stressful life
Wishing: more people cared about packaging and landfill and what our kids will inherit
Enjoying: snuggles and cuddles with my small girl
Waiting: For Winter to end
Liking: The last few days of sunshine
Wondering: When life will slow down
Loving: stolen crafty moments
Pondering: why no one has invented "healthy" chocolate and why red wine has more calories than white?
Considering: learning to like white wine
Watching: My boy gain confidence and coordination at karate twice a week
Hoping: The cleaning fairy visits my craftroom tonight while I sleep
Marvelling: At how much children still teach me, and surprise me, every day
Needing: Quiet time at home
Smelling: Jurlique Rose hand cream (gifted from a lovely friend) and the blossom tree on the corner of our street
Wearing: My red boots
Following: too many pinterest boards
Noticing: How many people say ugly things to one another
Knowing: How quickly children grow
Thinking: Am I missing too much of it?
Admiring: Bonnie and Camille fabrics (can you ever have enough of Bonnie and Camille?)
Sorting: Nothing - way too busy, but dreaming of sorting scrapping stuff, and kids clothes, and junk from off the pool table
Buying: Copious quantities of carrot and quinoa salad (my new favourite healthy lunch)
Getting: Older and grumpier by the day!
Disliking: Juggling too much stuff
Opening: too many packets of rice crackers? Who eats them all? I swear they just vanish in this house
Giggling: over the silly things my kids do just to make me laugh
Feeling: tired, and blah, and guilty about diet and exercise
Snacking: On Paradise/Heavenly mix and strawberries
Coveting: a long term part time contract at my favourite kindy (not gonna happen unfortunately)
Wishing: it could be simpler
Helping: Organise two conferences
Hearing: My children coughing (go away Winter coughs and colds) the ipod on shuffle (love to be able to craft to such an eclectic mix)
Realizing: this has become quite a negative post when I wasn't meaning it to be.
Thankfully Spring is just around the corner and hopefully it brings with it a bit of breathing space and some happy carefree days with those I love.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mastering the Sock

I have knitted about 8 pairs of socks on circular needles now and every single pattern I have tried has needed tweaking or fudging or frogging, and required some cussing and ripping back and staring cross-eyed at the pattern.  Not anymore.  Enter Cat Bordhi's "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles" - I have just finished the "Simple Sock" for James, out of the most beautiful "Jedd" colourway from Moseley Park.  This is quite possibly the most perfect bit of knitting I have ever done - no fudging, no cussing.  A joy to knit.  That makes me ridiculously happy.

There has also been a lot of spinning for the Tour De Fleece.
And yesterday I managed to finish quilting the world's ugliest UFO and I will stitch down the binding on it Wednesday night at sewing!

Tomorrow is the very last day of holidays - one more day of sleeping in, cooked brekkies and slow paced days.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Favourite Layouts from the Weekend!

We had my "team and friends" CTMH retreat on the weekend.  I managed over 60 pages and these are just a few of the favs:
We have a brand new ideas catalogue out this month so I cannot wait to get my hands on some exciting new goodies!
Happy scrapping!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

School Holiday Status Update

Thinking: of casting on a new cardi for my new nephew baby Mike
Feeling: all snuffly and fluey and tired
Eating: cooked breakfasts and lazy day food
Decluttering: the craft room
Dreaming of: a flat stomach and losing a few kilos (DH is off getting a new exercise bike)
Knowing: the laziness of the next few days is fleeting before we go helter skelter into the new school term again
Frogging: the stupid cow onsie
Proud of: the 60 odd pages that I got done on our weekend retreat
Lamenting: the messy state of this house
Cooking: nothing that requires effort
Reading: The Phantom of the Opera (for rav reading group) and anything by Alexander Mcall Smith (who I have recently discovered)
Watching: nothing decent since A Place to Call Home finished and there is no Downton for a long time (might need to restart the Downton discs back at series 1)
Sewing: what's sewing? Really want to finish that quilt ufo this week
Spinning: lots and lots for the Tour De Fleece (and I got my old wheel working down at the beach house so now I have a holiday wheel as well! How cool is that!)
Knitting: Willow test knit shawl, Jedd socks for James
Listening to: Rain on the roof, kids playing computer, telly in the background
Grateful for: a lovely few days away at Robe making memories with the kids

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Kick the Bucket and Julie and Julia

There has been lots of frenzied crafting here after the boy announced that we would holiday at the beach all of this week.  I have finished the Nokomis test knit (and this pattern has been released on Rav)  It is a super quick and super easy sweet little knit (and best of all Mads loves it and wants to wear it!)

I also finished the Gruffalo Hat in time to wear to the forest with kindy.  I am claiming that as a Julie and Julia project as I modified the polar bear hat from the book "Animal Hats" which is making its way into my library as we speak!

And then there was some hurried finishing on this little guy.  My friend started this Melly and Me "Dilbert" pattern a long time ago.  She did all the hard work and then gifted it to me to finish.  As she has a new little grandson I finished it to give to him. Tick that one off the Kick the Bucket list.

Just lately I have been VERY naughty in adding to fibre and fabric stashes so I am cold sheeping/stash busting for a while to make up for it.  
 Of course part of that means spinning up all of the "little" and random bits that I have accumulated - like this blue/black that I aquired in a swap.

It is "Tour De Fleece" at the moment so I am trying to spin as often as I can while that is on.
And, of course, next weekend is my consultant and friends scrapping retreat so there is a bit of crazy packing going on too!
Life is never dull when you are busy LOL
Have a great week folks!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Some Inspired Scrapping!

I have been doing Stacey Julian's "Inspired Scrapping" course at Big Picture Classes.  This month was all about scrapping the "everyday" photos, so these first two pages are for that (and also gave me a chance to use the July Stamp of the Month which is this gorgeous Circus Alphabet.
We are about to get a nice new catalogue so I had to make my favourite pages out of the old one (these products are all WSL now and only available until the end of the month)  Please note that these layouts are just like they are in the catalogue - they are not my own original ideas!

Happy scrapping!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Test Knits and a bit of Op shopping

I have never been a "test" knitter.  Mostly because I think that even though I have been knitting for a long time I am a very slow knitter (and most test knits have a tight deadline) and I am also quite a simple knitter (maths hurts my head and I knit for relaxation not mental gymnastics) which of course is why I took it into my head to sign up for 2 test knits within a few days of each other (and in the same month that I am supposed to be knitting a silly cow onsie for my soon to be niece or nephew!)  I know! I am hopeless!

Anyhow, the first test knit is a lovely shawl pattern from Nim Teasedale over at www.littlehouseonthehill.wordpress.com  I am knitting it in a scrummy 4ply merino/cashmere from www.kathysfibres.com

There was a child-wrangling incident which resulted in some frogging and starting over and the second time around I was distracted and cast on 4 stitches instead of 7.  Not to worry.  I have finished the garter stitch middle and am ready to fudge the final row count to start the lace section.

The second test knit is the Nokomis Tie Strap Summer Dress by Jenni Lansing.  I love this pattern. So simple and sweet even if I did have to let little Miss choose her own colours.  I am not anticipating that this one will be too much of a problem as it is stocking stitch and seed stitch (should be a perfect vege out project).  
There is also a Gruffalo hat in progress (hopefully finished this weekend) for our kindy excursion to the forest.

Yesterday, in between my to do list, I found myself parked right outside my favourite Op shop with no kids.  A quick dash inside produced a couple of vintage hankies, 3 winter coats and a long sleeved shirt, and this sweet little trio of dishes which I think will be perfect for chutneys, tea bags, and jam with scones.  They are made in Japan, but as I get older I am getting less snobbish about that.  I also couldn't go past the 50c blue jug.  That brings the collection to 5 (oops) and I shamelessly think that there will probably be more in my future.

And now, after a busy week, it is Friday.  My favourite day of the week.  Roll on a cruisy crafty weekend.