Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 4

This weeks block: Friendship Star

It doesn't look friendly.

It totally looks like a ninja star.

Seriously, google it and try and tell me it looks friendly.

Dammit, I just realised I have left a selvedge in.

Just when I thought I was working this shiz out...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 2

Does anyone actually know what that big wavy wood thing represents out the front of the museum? Honestly, I'd really like to know.

So we arrived here and before we even set foot in the door, there may have been at least one child complaining of sore legs. Sigh.

But we pushed on.

I didn't take a photo of it, but at the very beginning there is a revolving room that has a brief history of Australia showing on the screens. Amy was a little bit freaked out by this. Again?! It was over soon enough and off we went in search of historical artifacts.

The kids really enjoyed looking through the people gallery, probably because it had things they could relate to like PlaySchool and The Wiggles. The kids did not think my rendition of the rocket clock music from PlaySchool was very good. I say they don't know what they're talking about. Although they may have a point with the bopping up and down.

At the beginning, the lovely lady at the information desk gave us Trail Blazer booklets for the kids to look up fun stuff. The pig head with two bodies was an interesting one. Sorry, I really should have taken a photo of that!

Anyway, it was great as there were some exhibits that the kids would not have ordinarily looked at. like this cannon, where you get to feel a piece of ballast.

Here's the men in the family, in trouble as always and having to put on shackles:

Oh look, I even make an appearance! Amy took this photo of Luke and I, and I thought I would include it in my post for no reason other than to say 'hi!':

And the kids seemingly doing what they do best, playing on a damn screen:

And this photo because we got lost and could not find our way out of the museum. Really, an exit sign would have been helpful.

There's that wooden wave thing again. I'm so curious about the meaning behind it.

By this point, the kids had had enough and secretly so had I, and it was after 2pm so we could actually check into our lodgings, so off we went in search of our hotel.

Good times, Canberra.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 1

Last week, Steve and I got a little idea in our heads that we would take the kids away for a weekend. We decided on Canberra because it's only a few hours drive and well, there's just so much to see and do there.

Especially because we like to torture our kids by taking them to places like museums and stuff.

No seriously, they love it.

So, Saturday morning at 7.30am, we headed out. It was such a glorious morning.

We got down there and headed straight to Questacon.

Is this place not one of the most fun places on Earth?!

I seriously have so many photos, I don't know where to start!

Here's Amy and Luke on the ramp to the top of the building. Amy was seriously freaked out by this. So of course we jumped up and down on it to try and make it move.

Here's some photos of us trying out the experiments.

The one where you can make water jump at a certain frequency:

 The one that makes you feel like you have floating arms:

The one where you build a pyramid out of other shapes, or a kind of pyramid because you've given up:

Hey, it looks good to me, but that's probably because I built it.

This uber-cool light room thing:

And because we all love playing games where we can't possibly win (I'm looking at you Monopoly!), we all had a go playing air hockey against a robot. Robot wins. Every. Single. Time.

This was such an awesome way to kick-start our weekend! The kids had a ball and hopefully learned something too! Steve and I also really enjoyed it as it is not just for the kids.

Next up is the museum. Joy of joys.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 3

This weeks block is titled: Untitled 1.

They name things as well as I do...

Now, this block is super dooper dodgy as I tried to paper piece without cutting my block up into three separate pieces. It totally didn't work and I left myself unpicking and resewing and almost throwing it out.

But you know, once it is in a big quilt, no one is really going to notice how bad this individual block is. Right? Right?!

Sigh. I can only improve from this point.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Scrapbooking: Funky

Another layout from the retreat I went to in June.

I love this photo of Amy and I remember blogging a little snippet of it back here.

I'm totally digging anything that is woodgrain at the moment (it's been a long moment, honestly). Oh and how awesome is Crate Paper's Boys Rule range?! I can't wait until the Project Life range comes to our shores! I'm going to be all over that.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day to Day: It's about time.

I'm one of those people who are built for comfort. I like to be comfortable in my clothing, footwear and well, life.

So when I saw an advertisement for Pantene Beautiful Lengths, I thought, awesome, I don't need to cut my hair for a while!

Now at this point in time you may think that I'm not really comfortable, and that I'm really just lazy.

You are possibly correct.

So anyway, I decided that was it, I'm growing my hair.

It has taken me so long to get it to this length, I'd say close to a year.

By now, I was just so over having long hair. It either ended up in a ponytail or plait everyday.

It was time.

Yay! It's gone!

Although the girl who cut my hair gave me the most awful haircut I have ever, ever had. I will never go back to that salon as it's the second time I've walked away feeling very cranky.

Regardless, the reason for cutting my hair is a good one and I'm so happy I was able to contribute to such a good cause!

Check it out here: LINK

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 2

Back again with another block for my quilt.

This week it is the Sawtooth.

Before I started making these blocks I watched quite a number of YouTube videos and read instructions on how to paper piece.

They all said it was easy.

Now I'm not going to call them liars because I'm sure they aren't, but I'm awfully close.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks

My friend Sarah picked this book up at the local op shop for $2.

Turns out she wasn't much interested in making a million tiny little 4 1/2 inch blocks to make a quilt.

So I, of course, offered to take it off her hands.

Once a week, I am going to create a block from it. It's going to take me ages to get this quilt done, but I figure one block a week is not overwhelming manageable.

The first block is Shoofly. Mine looks a little bit like this:

I really shouldn't make that picture so large, because then everyone can see how dodgy it is.

Anyway, it's my first attempt at paper piecing and let's just say, I can only improve from here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Scrapbooking: Dad

Another Polly Scraps (Scrappy Canary) April Showers kit share!

This time it's a layout featuring a spunky man and some pretty cute kids taken on Father's Day 2013.

(What do you mean I am biased?)

I am totally digging my CTMH stitching ruler, can you tell?

I had such a fun time creating with this kit and my sincerest thanks to Polly Scraps for having me as a guest designer! :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Project Life: Polly Scraps Kit

I was super excited when Ruth from Polly Scraps (Scrappy Canary) asked if I would like to be a guest designer! Yes, please!!!

The colours were gorgeous and I had so much fun creating from this kit! I had already started my March title when I received the kit, but I didn't want to wait another page, I wanted to get stuck into it straight away!

Now for some close up shots:

The next double page spread:

 And the close up pages:

And that's a couple of my Project Life pages using this awesome kit! :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Scrapbooking: Don't eat the dirt!

My kids are going to love me when they are older for documenting all the cool stuff they did.

No. Seriously, they are!

I saw the June Inspiration Board over at D-lish Scraps and thought I would play along!

The board is stunning! And I've finally scrapped that photo that has been sitting in my photo box for the last year or so. Good times.

Scrapbooking: Note

Last weekend I went to Long Point scrapbooking retreat. It was awesome fun. I caught up with some great friends who I only see at these things. I had the best time away.

As is a customary challenge, we had one hour to complete a layout.

For those that have scrapped with me, know it takes me an hour to pick a photo. But every year I have done this challenge, I have always finished before time.

Who knew I could speed scrap?! Not me!

And I must say, I am loving the Project Life cards as journal spots. All the more reason to buy some more. Sssshh. I didn't say that.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sewing: Oh my, what?!

This is a bit of an older story that I just want to capture.

Well, I entered it into the Hawkesbury Show.

And it won first place!

I was so excited, I couldn't contain my happy dancing. I only entered it on a whim as I was entering a layout (coincidentally the layout didn't even place second!)

What an awesome Mother's Day surprise!

Now I have to decide on what I am going to make to enter next year. It's in my head, but it will take me a lot longer than 8 days to make it!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Day to Day: The last two months.

I can't believe it's been 2 months since I posted here. Those two months went by really, really fast.

Back in February I got this little idea in my head that I would go back to uni, so I enrolled and then in March I started studying for a Bachelor degree in Business. I was going ok with it to begin with, but then I started to ramp up my study and unfortunately my craft and blog fell by the wayside.

And I'm ok with that because I think I did reasonably well for my first semester back.

Now we are on holidays between semesters, I have a lot of catching up to do...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Project Life: Easter Printables

Yep, another round of printables!

Funny how when I created my first lot I thought I wouldn't make another set.

And here I am with my fourth set.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Day to Day: Luddenham Easter Festival

This year we decided against going to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, as I really want to take the kids to the Hawkesbury Show in just a couple of weeks time.

So when I saw that Luddenham was having their own Easter Festival, we decided to check it out.

It was small and had a very captive audience. You couldn't do anything without paying for it. Well played, organisers.

We stayed for a little bit. The kids went on a few rides.

Luke really wanted to go in this thing:

We went in the Maze of Mirrors. We wouldn't have escaped, except we overheard someone saying how it works.

Steve and Kate really wanted to go on this thing:

Which was a really bad idea. Kate gets car sick at the best of times, so you can imagine how she felt after going around in circles really, really fast. And then going backwards. Really, really fast again. At one stage she was leaning over the side of the seat and I thought she was going to be sick. Thankfully she wasn't!

So while Steve and Kate's tummy's were settling down, Amy had a go of this:

(Excerpt from Amy: i felt happy. i also felt happy on the trampoline and i felt happy when we got stuck in the mirror maze.)

Then a few arcade games:

 Winners are grinners, unless you feel like you're going to be sick.

And with about a 5 minute walk from home, Kate and I hopped out of the car as she wasn't going to make it home without seeing her lunch again.

We did have a fun time though. If it had a little more than just rides and arcade games, it would have been even better.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Project Life: February 1

A new page for my Project Life album. This is the first page for February.

Yep, that stack of books is what we read in January. We're crazy readers! Amy is even into Diary of a Whimpy Kid.

I think I'm getting a little too happy making these videos:


In the end, that stamped 'hello' wouldn't dry so I heat embossed it.

And please, no grey hair comments.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day to Day: Museum

Amy woke up on Sunday and really wanted to go bowling. So of course we took the kids to the Australian Museum instead. We're cool parents like that.

We decided to see the Tyrannosaurs exhibition:

It was very interactive so the kids had a ball. I think their favourite interactive exhibition was the one where they had to jump up and down to make the asteroid miss Earth.  Sadly, they were unable to save the Earth.

Then after going through the dinosaur gift shop and contemplating buying fossilised dinosaur poop (in the end we went with a snail), we headed to the rest of the museum.

We went through the skeleton collection:

Then through the stone collection:

Through the Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery:
This gallery was absolutely amazing and so packed that you could not get through the crowd to see every photo.

Then through the original dinosaur collection:

Only on one of the nights before, we were watching a David Attenborough documentary about when he was younger and was given a shell of an Elephant Bird in Madagascar. We did not expect to see a cast of that very same egg, but to our amazement, we did!
Lastly, because you can never have too many photos like this one:

And just maybe, sometime over these school holidays I might take them bowling.