Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sewing: A quilt for Kate

I took the kids to see How To Train Your Dragon 2. I figured I'd check out the Spotlight almost next door as I was on the hunt for some specific yarn. Well, lo and behold, there's a 40% off fabric sale.

Kate found some flannelette that she really liked.

I didn't say anything, but I'd already bought a drill version of the same print months ago.

I told her I could make her a quilt and that could be the back if she liked and to pick out some fabric for the top.

When we got home I went to my stash and pulled out my 'bloody bear' piece of fabric as Sarah and I like to call it.

Kate was not impressed.

With the fact that we are both awesome and have the same taste in fabric, or for another reason, I do not know.

But anyway, she's decided on equilateral triangles. Let see how that goes, shall we.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 7

Week 7 is brought to you by the block Card Tricks.

I am starting to think that this quilt might turn out all right. Although I have an awfully long way to go to find out.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Project Life: March

I was really stumped with this layout as there was just so much red! Although, what did I expect, it was the Museum of Fire?!

In the end, I just started sticking stuff down, although looking at it now, it seems a little boring. But as far as I'm concerned, done is better than perfect.

I must say, we had a really nice time at the museum. The kids seemed to like it, especially the firetruck ride. Or it could have been the McDonalds lunch afterwards. Either way, we had a really nice day out.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Craft: Crochet Baby Blanket

In between uni semesters I wanted a mindless project that I could sit in front of the tv with.

I found this gorgeous ripple blanket on ravelry and decided that was the one!

A lady I used to work with is pregnant so I thought a nice little pram blanket would be cute and wouldn't take me too long to complete.

She doesn't know what she is having so Steve suggested I leave the pink out, which to me meant leave it in.

Firstly, I chained 152 stitches but it didn't look big enough.

So I followed the pattern and added the rest. Big mistake. A chain is never as long as the finished product.

This blanket went from being a pram blanket, to just a blanket.

I didn't think I was ever going to finish it.

I would race myself on the train to get three rows completed in a trip.

It took me a solid two weeks, but in the end I got there and she loved it. Well, she said she loved it...

And I told her to have fun finding all my mistakes! Especially the night I had a cider and thought it would be a great time to do more of the blanket!!

I even linked up to my first craft link thing over at Not Just A Housewife. I'm starting to get the hang of this blogger shiz.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 6

This week is titled: North Wind.

Now, before I get carried away with thinking how awesome I am (don't look at those points) can I just say that there has not been one block that I haven't had to unpick at least one seam.

You'd think I'd have the hang of it by now, but apparently not...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Craft: Red Spray Painted Chairs

My neighbour had a garage sale and I picked up these two chairs for $5 each.

They weren't red to begin with.

That was my doing.

I had wanted to try my hand at spray painting some bright red chairs for a while now and I figured these would be as good as any chair to have a go with.

I sanded these puppies back like crazy to have a nice smooth surface.

The first chair, I didn't do an undercoat on. I just started spraying.

There was one fundamental thing about red spray paint that I did not know.

It's kind of translucent.

So off to Bunnings I go to get a tin of undercoating paint for the second chair.

I used 2 tins of spray paint per chair because , truth be told, I'm a bit heavy handed and I wasn't getting the finish I wanted, so I just kept on spraying until I was happy!

But in the end, they turned out good enough.

And I reckon once I make some cushions for them, they will look even better. (Stayed tuned)

And here's another photo of Pixie:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 5

This week is brought to you by the Churn Dash.

I'm slowly getting the hang of this paper piecing and I've realised that in order to do it successfully you need patience and a good iron.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 5

I know what you're thinking: when will this road trip end?!

Don't worry, I was thinking the same thing by the end of it.

But this is my last post, I promise.

After the zoo, I conned Steve into driving us out to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

I was not expecting there to be so many dishes. Or so big!

We went to the visitor centre to have a look around. There are some really cool displays. Like a spacesuit:

A piece of the moon from the Apollo 11 mission:

And a 1:1 scale model of the Rover and a human Luke robot:

After we had finished reading and learning about space and astronauts, we headed back into the city. We still had time for one more place, so we settled on the Royal Australian Mint because we didn't think it would take us long to get around it.

Here's another family photo, minus Amy. Ignore Stephen, he doesn't like having his photo taken:

Then on to the displays about how to make coins and old currencies:

More displays. These ones were more interesting though as they featured coins that had been stamped incorrectly:

Where else but the mint can you spend $3 to get a $1 coin in return?!

And that, is that.

A weekend of family time, enjoying each others company and learning stuff too.

A perfect weekend, really.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 4

Brace yourselves for day 2 our our road trip.

So we started off by going to the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Which of course, we got there early, so we drove around and found a bakery and had a second breakfast. Mmm.

Back to the zoo. So, we get there and well, we look around.

I get another awesome family photo. These are the only family photos I seem to get...

Then into the aquarium we go. The kids love the sensory pool where they can pick up shells and touch things.

My kids can have a pretty wicked sense of humour at times. It makes me proud, I must confess (because we all know it's from me, right).

And here's a photo of some sort of monkey and the only reason why I am putting it here is because it was actually looking at me. It was probably thinking, what the bleep are you looking at, but whatever.

Onto the big cats. These white lions were absolutely beautiful.

And so were these ones, but this one scared me. I mean, look at that pacing figure eight he has carved into the ground. Not good.

Onto the monkey that loved Luke just a little bit.

It's not a great photo of the monkey, but this little guy was following us every time we tried to walk away from his cage. Apparently if you talk in a really high pitched voice and raise your eyebrows, they will 'talk' to you. Well, this one would not stop! We stayed here talking to him, his name is Coco by the way, for ages. Although he was probably thinking similar thoughts to the other monkey.

Stephen even got to pat a wallaby.

And so did the kids, but by the time Amy had had her turn, the wallaby had had enough and pushed her hand away. I don't blame him. Although I do feel sorry for the next kid that was about to try and pat it. Patting overload.

And that was the zoo. It was a great size as it wasn't too big and exhausting. The enclosures were really large which gave the animals some much needed freedom, or as much as you can get being locked up in a pen. The kids really liked it too. The fact that there was both the zoo and aquarium made it so much better in my eyes!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day to Day: Canberra Part 3

When we go on holidays, I always try and find the cheapest accommodation. Because I am tight.

The first thing I looked at when we decided to go on our road trip, was to check out hotels. I headed over to Booking.com and put in the dates, number of people and hit search.

Then filtered by price.

I picked the first one on the list of course.

The place I picked was Forrest Hotel and Apartments.

I must say, having the room all heated for us when we walked in was a really nice touch, because you know, the middle of winter in Canberra is really cold.

We were on the bottom floor of the apartments.

I'm trying to convince Steve that we need a modular couch. He doesn't think so:

And the master bedroom, where I must say, considering it was the coldest night in Canberra (-5) since winter 2013, we didn't feel it at all:

After we checked out our lodgings, we decided that if we stopped, we wouldn't get going again. So off we went to Telstra Tower.

You may (although probably not) remember photos from way back here. I apologise if they are too similar.

The tower from the base:

An updated photo, although Steve is missing:

We decided to stay to watch the sun go down. We made 2 mistakes.
1. It was really bleeping cold and windy.
2. It takes less than 1 minute for the sun to actually set.

Without a word of a lie, the time stamp on the next photo is only 57 seconds later:

Afterwards, we went out for dinner. Nothing fancy, well except for that rocky road sundae Kate and I shared at the end. Pure bliss in a glass cup.

And then because we were basically in a food coma which was combined with sheer exhaustion, we went back to our hotel and went to bed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day to Day: Why I Write

This post is part of a blog hop. I've no idea where it started from and like all good chain mail, no idea where it will end.

If you've found your way here from Georgia's Inner City Stinge blog, then I would like to take the time to say hi!

The questions are:

Why do you write?
I started this blog almost 9 years ago now. I can honestly say I started because I was jumping on the bandwagon. It was something new and shiny. Once I started I found my blog useful to go back and look at the things we did when it came time to journal on my scrapbooking layouts. I keep this blog as a remembrance tool, somewhere where I can look over my life and smile at the things we've done, the places we've gone and the creative things I have made.

How does my writing differ from others in it's genre?
I don't know that I am different from the other crafty people out there. I don't know if I have a special voice. All I know is, I like to share my crafting endeavours and a little bit of myself.

What am I working on?
The question should be what am I NOT working on? I am always scrapbooking, project lifing, sewing, crocheting, thinking and dreaming of crafty stuff to make.

Do I write what I do?
Yep. You can't really fake the crafty stuff, I guess.

How does my writing process work?
For me it's pretty simple, if I have a project, I write about it. If we have done something, I write about it. If I have some photos to share, I write about it. I don't share everything though as I'm always worried that people won't want to read my content. I need to stop thinking like that, because at the end of the day, my blog is about me for me, and that's all that should really matter.

So, now I have become the link in the chain, I am forwarding it on to:

Rachael of Fat to Fit and Fabulous by Forty
 Rachael started her blog 6 months before her 40th Birthday, debating whether she was going through a mid-life crisis and freaking out by focusing on exercise and trying, trying, trying to eat better.

Helen's blog is all about her adventures in growing her own produce, foraging for local produce and supporting my local community on a shoestring budget and loving what she does.

And now here's a photo for good measure:


Yes, that's a photo of Pixie, sitting at the kitchen table.

You're welcome.

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.