Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHANGES - 2016 update

Hello everyone - if there is anyone out there still following my blog?

Please comment - please say hi ?

It has been such a long time since I have blogged and a part of why is because I never knew where to start with this post. 

To sum the time up and explain my absence as brief as I can - my marriage ended in December 2015...I have applied for a divorce and on April 4 I will attend court and May 5 my divorce should be finalised.  

Moving forward to today...

I am the happiest I've been my entire life.  I'm in a new relationship with a wonderful man who for now we will call "D".  Slowly life is returning to a semblance of normality... I am no longer depressed, I am no longer taking medication for depression... and I can thank "D" for being my rock through some pretty hairy times.

I am juggling two part-time jobs along with being a single mum.  I'm now a lollipop lady at my own crossing at the tiny school in the neighbourhood.  I enjoy it despite the challenges of the weather and it helps to keep the wolves from the door :)  I am still working  at the same supermarket but these days you will find me in the Deli Department...which I find has its ups and downs and daily challenges.

Recently I looked at my future employment prospects and decided that I needed to "Get my act together" so to speak as I cannot see myself still working in the supermarket in 10years time - I'm not sure my body would cope.  So... I looked at my options in proportion to my age and decided that I should finish what I started - yes that means study again.  So I am resuming my Bachelor of Education (Early childhood Education) on February 29th.  One subject at a time to start, until I get back into the swing of study and juggling life and its commitments.

So what made me decide tonight to sit down and FINALLY blog?

Simply that I miss blogging, I miss the friendships, the interactions and the sharing.

What are my plans for this blog?  I am hopeful to include more of the everyday, to share craft projects, art, cooking, and basically my life.

So for now I will say "goodnight"  I am about to go watch some of a DVD (Bones) prior to bed and pick up the crochet rug that I am working on for Xanthe.  I will leave you with a sneak peak.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


For a long time I have been thinking about organising a crochet, knit and knatter group in the Daylesford area. I figured it would be good for me to find some like minded people and potentially make some friends.

I started a group on Facebook and will add the link in here when I am not blogging on my phone - slowly after some advertising on buy swap sell local sites I got a few members of the group and we had our first meeting on Tuesday. 

I looked around town and thought this place would make a nice place to meet. 

It is a little coffe nook off the bistro of the royal hotel in Daylesford - after chatting to management they were happy to have us come use the space. 

Our first meeting had just myself and another lady show up - but it was a horrid day absolutely raining cats and dogs !! Hopefully a few more will come this coming week. 

I had a new start - a simple blanket for a snuggle rug for Xanthe.  I managed 3 squares whilst I chatted so I had a lovely morning :) drinking coffee and crocheting.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I will return - not sure if that is a threat or promise?

I know you have all heard it all before but sorry for being such a bad blogger - life as they sometimes say has a habit of getting in our way when we are busy making other plans.

I am exhausted - I think I could sleep for a month and still be tired - I have no energy and my family/home life and health are beginning to suffer.   

In the lead up to Easter work was CRAZY!!  I ended up working 29 hours and I reckon that is contributing to how I am feeling - The toll on my body is beginning to become really noticeable - In Feb I put a hairline fracture in my arm at work and although it has healed I am now struggling to lift anything above 8kg?  Which has left me evaluating life and where I am at! 

Today I went and saw the GP and she wants to run a few scans and tests - after all there has to be a reason why I am so tired? So in the meantime I look longingly at my craft and curl up on the sofa and watch tv with one eye open shhh!!!

This week we went away for a couple if days " just to getaway" and give me a break from work - it was lovely so I will leave you with a couple of photos that I managed to remember to take from my phone - until next time Chars x

 Afternoon tea - passion fruit cheesecake 

The lively view from where we sat and enjoyed the coffee, cake and sunshine.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

... continuing where I left off...

Our friend stayed for a lovely BBQ dinner cooked by Andre and it was nice to catch up and share some laughs...

As I was saying - I started working.  In the end I went for 3 jobs and landed all 3 of them!

The first job that I started was 6 days a fortnight (2weeks) working for the local bargain place - some call it a $2 shop but the reality of the shop that I was working for is that it didn't just sell cheap junk and prices in the store ranged from 50c up...  It is one of my favourite places in town to browse and shop and naturally I really enjoyed the 20% discount that was a perk of working there. fortnightly roster was Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.  Working mostly 8 hour days.  This meant that the 3 youngest had to start going to vacation care and after school care....after having me as a stay at home mum since living back in Victoria they really did not handle the change very well... both twins regressed in different ways.  One started soiling again (he is 7.5) and the other started misbehaving at school.  So that was always on my mind... add to that the costs involved in paying for care and it was not working out both financially or emotionally for any of us. The pay rate was excellent - but money isn't everything...  I finished up working there on Sunday 1st December.

I applied for another job as "relief" school crossing supervisor.  This job is only casual and I only work if one of the 3 permanent crossing supervisors are sick or requires time off.  I don't expect I will get lots of hours... but so far I have had a few shifts.

Next, I applied for a job with one of Australia's leading supermarkets - Coles.  At the time that I applied for the job I didn't know what department or what the hours would be - but I did know that they are a family friendly company and will always do their best to roster  you hours that support your family life.  I was successful in my application and I was offered part-time for night-fill... working 5pm till 10pm.  I am guaranteed 10 hours per week... and then on call for casual work across the store - service/grocery/deli.

I completed my induction yesterday Monday 2nd... and at this stage am waiting for a phone call to come in and do my online food handling course and then I will be given a roster and can start.  In the meantime - I am enjoying being at home, today I played catch up with the housework (boring) - tomorrow I am hoping that after I do a bit more housework I can spend a few hours relaxing doing some cross stitch.

I've been trying to finish off Liam's blanket whilst reading blogs - it is ALMOST finished... to him it is big enough but I want it to be big enough to grow with him... he often uses the ones from the couch and has shown avid interest (read nagging) for me to finish his blanket.  Just realised this is the first time I have mentioned it... so will leave with a few random shots taken a few months back...

It is just a basic granny.... done round and round.... each strip represents one ball and in some cases 2 balls...  his favourite colour is green and it is all shades of green.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Lazy Saturday afternoon

This is my view as I sit on our deck on this beautiful sunshiny Saturday afternoon. 

I can't believe I have not blogged since August! Wow - is all I can say.  I have not picked up my stitching in all of that time either :( 

I just placed a few stitches into my aurora cabin piece and it felt good - here is a snapshot of the section I am working on.

 So what have I been up to for these past few months?  I started working 6 days a fortnight ... Add to that my studies and family life and I've felt like all do is chase my tail.  :( I'm not entirely sure how other working mums cope but I have really struggled both emotionally and physically :( 

I'll continue this post ASAP as we just got a friend pop in

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Aurora Cabin update

It's been a while since I updated my progress on Aurora Cabin.  The last time was here in 2012.  I have been trying to concentrate on the bottom section, filling in all of the gaps. Then I plan to work in 10 or 20 stitch rows across... In some type of organised fashion until I can do the happy completion dance!!

Last time I shared a progress photo on a group on Facebook a lady commented that she was amazed at the amount if blank space that I was missing, in between sections / colours.   Admittedly it made me sit back and wonder if I am doing it wrong? I ended up moving onto other projects and neglecting this one as I felt somehow that my technique was lacking?

It spoilt it for me... But you live and learn and I have  returned to it and am making progress. I really want to finish this as my husband and children gave it to me as a gift for Mothers day in 2009?  I think I am the slowest stitcher on earth but I guess it is a case of if you do not invest time into stitching then you do not see results.  I spent all afternoon working on this today and I can see the results :)  If you look at both photos you can see an amazing amount of difference.  I am going to start trying to add at least one thread of a colour prior to bed each night as I have finally purchased a magnifying lamp and new glasses for myself - its amazing what being able to actually see the holes can do for stitching ability :)

I'll share the progress photo now.

 I hope that you are all having a wonderful crafty of fun weekend, hugs chars x

Friday, August 2, 2013

Missing in Action?

Oops it's been a long time since I have posted any updates here... I've kinda been consumed with life!!

They always say that life has a bad habit if getting in the way of having fun. 

Back in May I started full-time University. I am studying a bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) and have not long hit submit on my final assessment. It's been a very busy and stressful time, that has been full of mixed emotions - Elation at good marks, tears in times of self doubt and stress and a journey of self growth and confidence. I have reached the end of the term and I survived. !! Strangely I am looking forward to the next stage of my learning journey starting August 23.

I have picked up my crochet hook a couple of times and I have also been stitching, I even had a finish :) So will now share those photos with you all.  This is a ripple blanket that I gave started for Master Twin 2.

I am using the ripple pattern of Lucy from Attic 24. 

Next is my finish... I emailed Challenge Lucie in Cross Stitch Crazy and she published a chart for me.

So I put needle and thread to work and here is my finish.

Lastly, my friend Donna posted a link to the most adorable stuffed you on Facebook that uses the African Hexigon motif.  I have never made it before so I started playing the other night and got a few rows in before bedtime 

I might finish or at least attempt to finish it later if I don't get distracted by something else? 

I've discovered how to blog fr my phone which means I will be blogging more often- promise :). As there are often days and nights where I am needing the break from the screen if the PC but gave my phone in my hand in front on the TV looking at the net, playing games it face booking and now I can also blog :)