Monday, November 23, 2009

I've Found My Scrapping Mojo Again!

Today we braved the crowds and the parking in the city for our annual tradition of going to the Magic Cave and Santaland with my MIL. Hannah wore the Christmas dress I made her yesterday (another tradition that the kids get a Christmas outfit every year - glutton for punishment that I am!)

I had the yummiest products arrive in Creative Memories Autoship this month. Lots of new paper tags, frames and ribbons and a big circle cutter. It was just what I needed to re-find my scrapping mojo! Hope you enjoy the layouts,

Keep smiling,

Friday, November 20, 2009

My big grown up girl and a bit of Spring goodness

I couldn't resist photographing this bouquet from my garden (obviously taken before the heat hit!) I am a very hit and miss gardener - very much an Edna Walling devotee who likes everything growing wild and jumbly enough to hide the weeds! In Spring my garden just gives me so much joy. The idea of having fresh flowers in the house all the time just lifts my mood! Most of the roses are David Austens and the sweet peas are self sown but delicious.
The big excitement around here at the moment is that our "little" girl has started school transition. Here she is all ready this morning in her uniform and new hair ribbons! Enough to break Mummy's heart but you know I actually feel really good about her starting knowing that I have given her 6 extra months than most and that I have really done some "shopping around" to have her in the best school environment possible. She was so confident and happy to have us leave her there this morning and that speaks volumes!
Anyway, only an hour until I pick her up and my Creative Memories autoship has just arrived so I want to go and have a little play! It is raining here today, such welcome relief after the heat wave!
Keep smiling,

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Baby Update!

Forgive the clumsy belly shot but here we are at 36 weeks and 3 days. We have had a very eventful time of it late last week. Wednesday night I started getting Braxton Hicks contractions at about 11.00pm and they continued right through the night becoming more and more painful. Fell asleep in the wee hours and then went off to do my last kindy teaching day Thursday (thinking "they're only Braxton Hicks - I'll be right!") By Thursday afternoon the girls had called for teaching back up and I was on my way to the hospital to get it checked out! They hooked me up to a fetal heart monitor and left me for half an hour (and of course my body went "aahh! So nice to just lie here!" and did absolutely nothing!) The midwives sent me home and told me to rest up as they can't deliver babies at Mt Barker until 37 weeks (and I was just 36) Had an okay night Thursday but still with lots of twinges (and Friday night was just horrendous) so had a very quiet time of it for Friday and Saturday - had to cancel out of so many things - no craft show, no wine auction, no unit christmas dinner, no quilting group :(
Anyway, things seemed a bit better yesterday and today I saw my doctor and she thinks I'm probably a bit sore and bruised from all of the movements and hasn't ruled out a gastro type bug for causing the contractions in the first place. My uterus has dropped and bubby is head down and engaged so she is doubtful that I will last to due date of Dec 4. All of this excitement has been good for one thing - we've been cruising along and haven't organised car seats or the bassinette or the baby's room. This weekend, while I rested, James moved furniture around so that the baby's room is more or less ready. He put up the blinds in that room, and moved the guitars and amps etc into our room. Today I rang up about the baby capsule and washed the basinette mattress and sheets etc.

I even darned the ends in on the finished shawl (which should look lovely with the white bassinette and the red spotty fabric on the quilt and change mat)
Because I've not been up to doing anything the kids have had a wild time trashing the house:

The quilts and bears have been displaced by guitars and are now residing by the front door (which looks kind of homey anyway!)

My wonderful friend Nic (and her great friends on the essential baby website) have been getting together a stash of the most gorgeous newborn fitted nappies for me - they are all washed and ready to go and I keep sneaking in to look at them because I can't believe how tiny and cute they look!

Hannah has been creating artwork for the baby's room (including this precious family portrait!)

And in amongst it all I've finished off two pairs of fluffy bootees, knitted more on a soft camel coloured baby cardigan, and completely finished these Christmas baubles (enough for Kris Kringles, stocking fillers, teacher gifts etc etc!) Marg Low and Yvonne have a lot to answer for!!!

Hospital bag is being packed tonight and camera batteries recharged and then we will just sit and wait!
Thank goodness the Christmas shopping is done!!!
Keep smiling,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happiness is...

"What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life" Leo Buscaglia (a very clever man with some wonderful insights into children!) So what is making me blissfully happy at this point in time:
- a garden gone crazy in the Spring sunshine; my jasmine is finally tall enough to trail through the climbing sympathie rose at the front door; self sown sweet peas that smell divine (and have been given away in huge bunches); picking armloads of roses to cart indoors - we all have flowers in our rooms.

More happiness: working at kindy three days last week and two the week before that and then three again this week - lovely to have that last hurrah teaching before bubby arrives

- getting ready for the new arrival; I made this little owl outfit a while ago but hadn't got around to blogging it. The growsuit was completed first and then I found the lovely owl fabric at Kirkbride Quilts on our Retreat weekend - matches so well doesn't it? I used the bloomer pattern from Amy Butlers "Little Stitches for Little People"

I also started the pinwheels for the baby's quilt yesterday - love this fabric and I was just so glad to finally make a start after putting it off for so long! The kids took advantage of the hot day to help me scrub down and wash the pram and all the assorted baby bits and pieces! It was so lovely outside that we even ate tea in the back yard.

These little farm animal softies are for the baby's Christmas present (although I think the older two will enjoy them just as much as they've already been pre-tested and met with approval!) The pattern is out of Country Threads magazine and was so easy that I will probably end up making some more as gifts and for the Softies for Mirabel campaign.

I also cut out the fabric for the two little Mochi kangaroos I am making for my little British nephew and niece - so watch this space; hoping to have them finished next weekend.

All in all, flowers and crafting and time spent with the kidlets is making me a very happy Mummy!

Wherever you are, whoever you are, Happy spring!

Keep smiling,