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.
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
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.
And in addition, I may have even made a YouTube video of myself using them. You'll notice in the video that I messed up thinking I was sliding them into the front pockets, I wasn't, so I had to change the presents tab to the surprise flag.
Remember this post? Considering my broken tooth has only just finally been fixed, I certainly haven't forgotten it.
I must admit it, I had some major anxiety attacks after my fall, even when I just thought about the bike. When Steve tested the brakes out, I had to hide inside almost in tears in case the same thing happened to him. It didn't help that my brain kept a loop going of the part where my face was grating along the road. Especially when I would try to fall asleep. Fun times.
It was even a big deal to me just to run as I kept thinking I was going to fall over. I've never fallen over running before, but what can you say to an unreasonable brain?
This last week, I took the kids out for a ride while I ran. After the second time I thought, you know what, it's time.
So I got my clothes ready the night before, put my cleats out and pumped up my tires.
When I woke up in the morning and Steve asked if I was going, of course I made an excuse not to go.
Then I thought: go dammit, just go.
And I did.
It took me a bit to push off and start peddling. My brain was saying yes, but my legs were not cooperating.
In the end, I only cycled 15kms.
But I cycled.
And now I don't have that anxiety in the pit of my stomach.
I have a new burn.
The next tri I am going to enter. I have some training to catch up on.
I have two uni assignments to write, for different subjects, but both are based on a personal reflection. Needless to say, I am putting it off. Which is why this took me just over a week to complete. Procrastination at it's finest.
Sarah and I picked up the fat quarters for only $1 each in Spotlight's March sale. Who can resist a $1 fat quarter? Not us, obviously!
I cut the coins in varying sizes, they were a combination of 3", 2.5" and 2". The little grey strips in between were only 1". These measurements include the 1/4" seam allowance.
The next night I sewed the stack together. It didn't take long as the quilt is more of just a lounge blanket.
With that complete, we just needed to go back and find some backing fabric. Cue the gnomes. The lady who was cutting the fabric chuckled. I'm not sure if it's because she thought the gnomes were cool, or if she thought I wasn't able to properly see what I was buying. I'm going to go with cool.
The majority of Friday night was spent sewing those lines into the quilt. So tedious. And of course I ran out of thread with 20cm to go, so I used some other thread to finish it off.
Time for the binding, which by this stage, I should have called it a night. But instead I ploughed on through and did a dodgy job. A non quilter wouldn't know, so I don't care. Oh and of course, the bobbin ran out with about 3cm to go.
So, from original purchase to completed quilt = 8 days.
Please don't think that's a common occurrence around here, I'm still trying to finish the one I started about 5 years ago.
Now I guess I better start on those assignments...
I made these bunny baskets back in April 2008. They were pretty easy and for the most part, I made them with supplies I already had hidden away in my room from my husband on hand.
What you will need:
2 pieces of felt for the head and bottom, also some scraps to make the eyes and nose. Just the cheap stuff that comes in 8.5x11 will suffice;
2 fat quarters in coordinating fabric (unless you've got some bright, happy scraps);
Black DMC type thread for the mouth;
A white pom-pom thing for the tail;
Double sided tape.
I decided to shut the gate after the horse had bolted, of course, so I'll need to explain some of the steps without photos.
First off, you will need to design your bunny's face shape. I started off with tracing a circle from a plate onto a piece of scrap paper. The approximate diameter is 6". I then drew my bunny one ear. I kept sketching over the ear until I was happy with the shape. I then folded my paper in half and traced the other ear so they would be matching.
I cut this paper bunny out and traced around it onto the sheet of template plastic. Cut the bunny out of the plastic.
Use this template to cut out the bunny's face from the felt and from a piece of batting.
This is the time where you will need to sew the bunny's face on (see above photo).
Now you will need to cut out a bunny's head from the fabric. It will need to be about 1" larger than the template.
With the fabric piece, take your double sided tape and pull the fabric tight and stick it down. The tape will need to be at the very edge of the fabric as you do not want to sew through it. Alternatively you could use a spray adhesive, but I didn't have any.
Taking the plate you used for the face, you will now need to basically repeat the above steps but for the back of the bunny. This will be a plain 6" circle.
Make sure you stitch the tail pom-pom on now. Trust me, it sucks to do it after you've sandwiched it.
Next we will make the 'basket' part of the basket.
Don't sandwich just yet!!
Now for the 'basket' section:
Cut a piece of fabric 12"x12'. Cut a piece of batting 5.5"x11".
Iron the piece of fabric in half wrong sides together. Also, iron the end 1/4" each end and a 1/4" on each side.
Place the batting inside and sew around the edges. It should look a little something like in the top photo. It should end up the same size as the batting you cut.
I quilted stripes in mine lengthways about an inch apart (just for decoration really).
Next for the handle:
Cut a piece of fabric 2"x11".
Iron it like you would create bias binding (in half lengthways with the edges tucked under).
Sew along the length of the handle, don't worry about the ends.
Now for the sandwich:
Layer your bunny's head so that the handle is between the batting and the plastic, right in between its ears.
Start to sew around your bunny's head close to the edge. You will need to sew slowly as you are sewing through the template plastic and you don't want to break a needle. Don't worry if the batting is visible.
Further handle instructions:
Now that you have the handle sewn to the head, you now need to sandwich it on the back half of your basket as well.
Repeat the above instructions and you should have something that resembles the photo below.
Now for the 'basket' part:
You need to find the centre bottom of your bunny's head and the middle of the long length of your basket fabric.
Line the two middles up and then work the fabric along the edge back to the start of it so you can start sewing.
Place your fabric edge just inside the bunny head's edge and sew slowly until the end of the length.
This was the point where I thought the basket would be too slack and I sewed in a pleat.
The back of the pleat is 1", so the folds are 1/2".
Sew pleats on both sides.
Now to sew the bottom on.
Basically, it was exactly the same as when you sewed the basket portion on to the head, except it is slightly more fiddly, but persevere as you are almost finished!
After you sew your pretty buttons on top of the pleats, you have completed your bunny baskets!
And yes, you will see the batting, but it gives your bunny a furry look which I quite like.
But you will also get some cute baskets and hopefully even cuter photos!
I'd love to see your baskets if you make them by leaving a link in the comments!
For this layout, I created a really cool heading out of wire. To do this, I wrote the word down on a scrap piece of paper and then I traced it with the wire. The word probably would have come out nicer if I had better cursive writing. Printing I can do, running writing, not so much.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand, the layout I made. I even scrapped the smaller size this month as I just wasn't feeling like filling up a 12x12 page.
Right now: I'm totally digging on the colour orange. What's your favourite scrapping colour at the moment?
So, I've been scrapbooking for about 12 years. When I first started I would rush out and buy the newest Creating Keepsakes magazine every month. I loved that magazine. Becky Higgins would do her monthly sketch and I always marveled at how easy she made scrapbooking look.
I remember hearing about Project Life in 2007. All I knew of it, was that it came in a kit. I didn't delve too much further into it at the time as I wasn't scrapping much.
Then 5 years later I saw this Project Life thing again popping up all over my Pinterest news feed. I loved the way it looked and I loved the simplicity of it. Needless to say I got hooked on it pretty quickly.
I love my 2013 album. It's not quite finished. I just have our snow holiday spread to finish off, but otherwise, it is all done.
So when the opportunity to meet the creator of Project Life, I first baulked at it. I wasn't sure if it was necessary. I mean, it's just paper and glue after all.
In the end I went. Not only to meet Becky, but to meet other Project Lifers as well.
And there were plenty of us!
We even had a group shot of the people who attended from our Penrith Crop Nights.
I was a little bit smitten with Becky. She was so lovely and took the time just to chat.
Kate wanted to have a little get-together for a few of her friends for her 13th birthday. Kate loves sloths. So I may have foolishly put it into head that having a sloth cake would be cool. I couldn't disappoint her, so I turned to the interwebs.
(Un)surprisingly, there aren't too many sloth cakes out there on the net. In the google search, the sloth cakes quickly gave way to just sloth photos and memes.
I did find one on Pinterest and unfortunately the pin did not lead to any information, so I was left to my imagination and inexperience at cake decoration.
And then I made this and freaked myself out completely because it actually looked like a sloth cake (if you squint):
And here's a little closer look at the big guy.
A few things to help the next person:
Brown is a tough colour to be made from a simple 4 pack of food colouring. I used green and red and a lot of finger crossing.
Chocolate does not mix well with fondant (when thinking of substitutes for food colouring).
If the legs are put too high on a sloth, you may get funny comments from friends.
It wasn't near as hard as I thought it would be. Roll a few balls for belly's and heads, then roll some sausages for arms and legs, and you're pretty much good to go.
This year I decided to tackle Project monthly, instead of weekly. In saying that, I still feel as though I'm doing it weekly, just without the weekly title cards.
So back here I shared my front page. It's been quite some time since I did that page (and I haven't kept to any of those 'resolutions'!). In the meantime, I have finished the last 3 months of my 2013 album. And you want to know something?
It feels fantastic to finish!
Anyway, here's the first couple of weeks from January: