Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This one is of my dirty littlest princess (I dragged her inside from playing trucks with her brothers in the pindan pit (Western Australia red soil is called pindan) and her expression when she received it :) PRICELESS... and I am gathering that she loves it since its now being dragged round the house with her... being eaten and every 5 seconds you hear NA-NAAAAAAAAAAA! NA-NAAAAAAAAAAA!!
Her continual natters of na-naa pleasure have made me all warm and fuzzy... don't ya just love kids?
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I thought to myself - oh well banana's can wait to be stitched up and I will knit his jacket tonight.... ummm no ... not going to happen! 4 attempts later and I decided to admit defeat. I am unsure what I was doing wrong but I made the same mistake 4 times? I decided that I will give it one more shot another night... and if I fail - hey banana's is NOT going to freeze to death living in our house in sunny Exmouth and can live without the jacket if needs be. Actually wearing the jacket he will probably die of heat exhaustion but thats another story - LOL.
So as I wasn't quite ready for bed - I decided after much pattern browsing on the internet to start this little guy....
What is it you might ask?? Its the body for a crochet mini Amigurami plane and the pattern can be found here...
This plane just needs wings, a tail and a windshield to make it complete and also a twin to make my twins 2 happy little boys :)
I am thinking I might make 3 in total so that hubby has his own to play with too? That way he won't be stealing the boys when the time comes to play... what do you reckon? Should I also make the littlest princess one too??
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I have owned this book since approximately 1995... I orginally bought it when I was selling my craft work at local markets with my mum. I don't think I ever completed anything.... oops!!!
But... I decided to make the bananas in PJ's doll for the littlest princess :) As she saw me looking at the book - I was actually contemplating listing it on ebay... and she said NA-NAAA with the biggest grin... that I just have to make her one.
Here is a photo of where I am at with my project... this is actually TAKE 2 as the first completed side that I had Twin 1 decided that he would like to cut Banana's head off.... ugh! See what I mean about disasters??
Last night after taking the photo I managed to get the 2nd piece completed... so now I just have to knit the jacket, the brown top and sew it together... Off to work on him now... and I hope to be able to capture a big grin when I give it to the littles princess...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I have not posted much lately as I have been too busy reading other blogs, clicking links from blogs and becoming absorbed in the lives of other bloggers.
I have decided that I am going to turn this blog into more a day to day blog in which I will incorporate my crafty activities (if any happen) and also share with you my family and the beautiful area in which I am currently living... Exmouth Western Australia... and any subsequent places that we may visit or move to.
If you are reading this blog - you are probably not aware that I suffer from depression. I have suffered from depression off and on most of my adult life - but since May 2007 when we moved to Exmouth I have felt myself slip into a state of helplessness and self pity.
I don't want your sympathy - that is not what this post is about - rather I am seeking your support as for however long it takes I am going to take each day as it comes - accept any negative feelings that I may or may not have and try to focus on any positive events that I can - grasp these positive things with both hands and move forward.
Exmouth is an extremely iscolated community - If you go have a look at a map of Australia you will see a little finger jutting out of the side of Western Australia - Exmouth is located almost on the tip of that...
It is hard for people to comprehend unless they have been here but we are hundreds of kilometres from the nearest towns... Carnarvan is a 3.5-4 hour drive south and Karratha is a 5 hour drive North. Exmouth has basic services and facilities.... but no major supermarkets, no department stores, no fast food chains - you get the drift. It has taught us a valuable lesson on what we once took for granted.
Alot of people that live in Exmouth suffer iscolation sickness...
I have not made friends in the time that we have lived here... its a very small town with a population of around 2250 permanent residents... This figure swells to something like 8000 during tourist season (May till Oct) as Exmouth is a very popular tourist destination - not only for grey nomads and Australians but also international tourists and backpackers.
Why? Exmouth is an extremely beautiful area. We have sublime beaches, lots of native wild-life (Emu's, Kangaroos and Echidna's) that roam freely about the streets. It was such a novelty when we first moved here and saw our first Emu strolling down the street... I must also mention all the horrible creepy crawlies that Exmouth has inclusive of the venomous snakes - yuk - they make my blood run cold especially the 3 that have made visible visits to our yard....
Exmouth experiences hot weather all year round... and although this sounds like a good thing - I am desperately missing seasons. Lets face it 5 months of temperatures that are over 40 degrees celscius (104 farenheit) is a bit hard to take.
All I can say is thank goodness for air conditioning!!!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
We live in a house that is supplied as a part of my husbands work package - rent free - So I feel I can't complain too loudly - BUT maintenance issues are an ongoing problem. Every room in our house has vertical drapes - 99% of them are broken and damaged and if they are not already damaged you only have to open them or try to close them - for another one to peel off - not good :(
My family bought me a sewing machine for Christmas so it was time to put it to good use :) This morning I woke up and made a decision that I was sick of waiting for someone to get around to fixing the vertical drapes in our house...so I would make curtains. Only problem with that is I have never made curtains in my life but I am pretty proud of my efforts.
I picked the twins room to make my first set of curtains for a couple of reasons... I had this helicopter material in my stash. Originally I was going to make them some shorts but I doubted my ability to manage to get the pattern cut out with the helicopters all facing the right direction so curtains was a perfect choice. I couldn't stuff up :)
Even though they do not look it - they are both the same size - I fluked it :) I have had to hang them up using elastic as the vertical drape rails are still up... and even though I have ask hubby to ask - I doubt I will get anyone out here to fit curtain rods anytime soon.
BUT My 2 little men LOVE their helicopter curtains - As does hubby :) So I guess thats the main thing :)
Now the girls want some :) I looked through my stash and didn't seem to have anything suitable so... when it doubt - the answer is always found with a bit of retail therapy :)
I just went to ebay and purchased this material from ebay.
I was a bit worried that it was a little too young for Miss almost 15 but she loves it. PHEW! Problem solved :) So sometime in the near future you will see a photo of this cute fabric as curtains for my daughters :)
That leaves the lounge area... and our bedroom - decisions decisions. Tomorrow I might go have a look in our little craft shop and see what is there... otherwise I might phone www.spotlight.com.au and have a chat to the mail order ladies .... this is how I ended up with the helicopter stash in the first place :) I love shops that let you shop from home... it makes living in a remote area easier to deal with :)