Friday, December 31, 2010

Last post of 2010

As I sit here on the final countdown to 2011 I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very safe start to the New Year... May 2011 be a year of good health, happiness, love and good fortune for you and may you achieve your dreams come true.

Who knows what the New Year truly has in store... but at this stage we know that :

2011 is a year in which our twin sons will start BIG SCHOOL.  I have mixed feelings about January 24 as it is the day when my lil men will take that further step towards independence.  Twin 1 is happy and excited about his new journey but Twin 2 is rather anxious about this new adventure.  We live directly across the road from the school and I can see the "prep" playground and I am worried that they may just decide to climb the fence and come home...  ? The littlest princess will be devastated that her big brothers will be at school and she has to stay home even if this means she will get 3 days of one on one with me.  We have secured her a childcare place for Thursdays and Fridays. 

In February I  will celebrate my 40th birthday.  We are heading to the Whitsundays for a whole week... child free to celebrate and selfishly I look forward to this *us* time :)  My father in law and his girlfriend  kindly volunteered to come visit, live in our house and look after our children for the week.

Lets hope that the weather co-operates?

Upon my return from the Whitsundays... I will be starting my new University degree... Environmental Health at Central Queensland University.  Mostly its done externally but I will have to attend the odd residential school in Rockhampton for some subjects.

Who knows what the rest of the year has in store for us... ???


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How did I go with my 2010 resolutions?

January 1st I made the following resolutions - I am about to go through one by one and address how I went :)
  • Get my physical health under control. Inclusive to lose weight to take some of the pressure off my body...which at this stage is protesting loudly!!!
Weight-wise I have probably lost 5-10kg.  I have fittened up a lot which is great :)
  • Be a better home-maker. Inclusive of housework, home decorating, mother etc
I think I am achieving this....  :)
  • Do crafts everyday and not feel guilty about it.
Not achieving this but I am doing more than I was so its a step in the right direction?
  • Focus on the important things in my life and not dwell on the past, or what could have been? 
This year has been a hard one for this... especially when some important anniversaries passed.
  • Do some form of "mental stimulation" each day to keep my brain active. Even if this is something as simple as doing the puzzles in the weekly magazines THAT'S LIFE and TAKE 5 which have puzzles for prizes....
not every week but I do do them occassionally
  • Do some soul searching and find the true person within? Look at my faults and weakness's and accept them.
I'm achieving this :) and proud of it...
    On a Craft level
    • Start the "Aurora Cabin" cross-stitch kit that I received as a present from my family for mothers day 2009. I know that I will achieve this first goal as I have joined a weekly SAL here and Aurora Cabin is my nominated piece to stitch on each week. I hope to do at least 100 stitches on this each week... Last night after gridding I roughly calculated that there is over 46800 stitches in this piece. (this was calculated on the whole 10x10 squares in the piece but not counting the squares that had only a few stitches - does that make sense?)
    Well - its started and I have quite a few stitches in ... but I have *misplaced it * oops
    • Work on my other UFO's or WIP's not sure what to call them... Started I have "Friendship" , "Seaside Treasures", "Teddy Bear House Rules" and "House Mouse Sew busy" 
    nope, nope, nope and nope :(

    I did have a new start of Geisha Promise
    • Crochet some things for the house. Many years ago I was in conversation with a penpal whom I had never met and she made this comment " I can't wait to come visit you and see all the wonderful things that you have made" Sadly when I look around my house I see little evidence of my crochet. I have either always sold it or given it away. Right this second I can see a coaster... NO not a set - just one lonely coaster!! Sad :(
    I have crocheted a few more coasters and some dishcloths....

    I guess I didn't do too badly?

      Sunday, December 26, 2010

      missing in action?

      Alot of you have emailed me as you have been concerned due to the fact that I have not posted on my blog in between my button post and my quick Christmas message last night.  Purely and simply life here has been BUSY with a CAPITAL B*U*S*Y!

      About 4-5 weeks ago I started working nights doing nightfill at our local supermarket Woolworths. At first it was just a couple of shifts a week but in this last week in the lead up to Christmas I worked 28hours.  Most nights I finish at 12am... but one night I worked until 1am.  Its not overly hard work brain strain wise but it is physically hard and repetitive when you are stacking some things and sometimes you need to lift 10-16kg boxes repetitively for hours on end.  So I have been coming home physically exhausted!

      Add to this the fact that our daughter caught hand, foot and mouth disease... then whilst she was still sick our other little girl got admitted to hospital with cellulitus and a uti... they both recovered nicely only for Andre to catch the h,f and m disease.  The cycle of illness in our house has been going on for 2-3 weeks now.

      Little to no crafting has been happening :(  I didn't manage to get my best friends Christmas present completed so I will now aim to get it done for her Birthday in February.

      I've had a couple of new starts on the knitting front - I needed something that I could take to the hospital with me.  I will share pictures with you and enlighten you on my new projects when I get half a chance to take photos and write a blog post.

      Sometime between now and the end of the year I would like to look at my 2010 resolutions that I blogged about at the beginning of this year and see how I went with them?  Thinking back I can not really remember what they are so it will be an interesting excercise?

      Saturday, December 25, 2010

      Merry Christmas

      It's Christmas night here in Australia (10:20pm) and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very safe, happy and healthy 2011!

      love and hugs from my family to yours

      Char xxx

      Saturday, November 20, 2010

      Buttons anyone?

       Andre had an RDO on Friday so we went and explored the little op shop (Charity shop) that we discovered just the other day... its the only one in our little town...but it is not walking distance from our house, so I really have to rely on a time when Andre can take me.

      I spied the jars of buttons on the shelf and ask how much they were... 20 cents was the reply... I then ask if she meant per jar or per button... per jar was the answer... and the little bags were 10c each.

      So for a whole $2 -  I greedily bought the lot.....

      Then we went and bought a container to tip them into ...

      So we took photos as the layers of buttons were poured in...

      Now I have buttons for every forseeable project for a LONG LONG time.  This makes me so happy and restores one tiny little thing that I sacrificed last October when we left Exmouth Western Australia.

      Thankyou to my wonderful husband for enabling me to visit the op shop and for encouraging me to buy the lot!

      Who knows what I will find the next time we explore?

      Wednesday, November 17, 2010

      Sharing a cute moment

       Here is a video of my 3 lovely preschoolers happily entertaining themselves this afternoon - its too cute not to share :)

      Tuesday, November 16, 2010

      Scarf from Miss Santa - WIP

      Well I joined the Miss Santa swap on the yahoogroup crochet in common... if you look in the blogs I read you will find the link to the yahoogroups blog page... from there I am almost? positive there will be a link to join the group?

      Anyway :)  Here is a scarf that I have started knitting for my Miss Santa recipient... I am using the one row pattern by Stephanie (yarn harlot) - you can find the pattern here.

      Monday, November 15, 2010

      Christmas Craft Projects

      Hi everyone...

      Sorry I have not posted in over 2 weeks - wow I honestly don't know where that time has gone... in that time though I have done lots of crafting... most of it is Christmas orinintated - either for my gift box or just for us :)  I also knitted a birthday cloth for a very dear friend of mine whom I can't name because its still in the mail.  I never managed to get a photo of the completed cloth but I do have a snap of it at 80% complete so I will share that with you...

      So without further ado - in the last 2 weeks I have created the following....

       A birthday "rose" for my friend for her birthday :)

       A "Christmas Tree" cloth for my gift box
       A "Christmas Tree" cloth for my gift box
       A set of 4 coasters for my gift box.....
       A set of 9 coasters for us for Christmas Dinner...
       This year we will have 8 here on Christmas day and I done an extra just in case one of my older children or an orphan from Andre's work join us for dinner...

       Don't they look pretty and festive :)  We will probably start using them from December 1st - when the Christmas tree and decorations go up.
       This is a shot of the pattern of a dishcloth I made for us to use Christmas day...
       I will put this on display for all of December...
       Another cloth in a different pattern that I made for us on Christmas Day...
       It too will be placed on display and kept pretty until Christmas day.
       I made this dishcloth for my giftbox and will probably be gifted with the first set of coasters....
       Don't you just love the way the varigation of the cotton made diamond decorations?

      Last night I cast on a gift for my secret Miss Santa recipient via the crochet in common yahoo group...  I will share some pics of that tomorrow...

      Stay safe - Hugs xxxx

      Wednesday, October 27, 2010

      Craft Fair

      On Saturday afternoon Andre and I went for a BIMBLE (this is a word my father in law uses for window-shop/look through the shops) through a Craft Fair that was being held in the civic centre.

      It was never my intention to purchase anything - rather my plan was that I wanted to see what types of things that people were making and what was selling with the view to perhaps making some of this to sell on etsy or to give as gifts for Christmas. 

      But then I spotted this....

       And much to the littlest princess'es disgust - No it was not a bed for baby...
       Even though baby fitted really really nicely...
       It was just what mummy had been looking for to hold her current craft project ... something that was easily transportable...inside to out... and that looked neat whilst containing the necessary clutter that craft creates.

      Monday, October 25, 2010

      Squares - Squares and more Squares

      I belong to a yahoogroup called color me square and you can find it by clicking here

      Each month we swap 6" (15cm) Granny Squares...and send 2 squares to everyone that signs up.  Each month we have a colour that we have to use, but the pattern can be any pattern of your choice - fancy or plain.  

      October's colour  is YOUR CHOICE....So I made the following squares.  Using up some bits and pieces of yarn that I had laying around :)

       Other than myself all of the other participants are in the USA.  So if you are reading this and think that you would like to play with squares and make yourself an afghan from all over the world - click through the link and join :)

      Unfortunately the postal service is not the best and it appears that they have lost all of my September squares.  I am hopeful that they will still show up but since I had my crochet hook out and I was in the "zone" I thought I would make the most of the postage on my October swap and resend squares for September.  September colours were "Fall" colours....

      Originally I had made squares with red, yellow and orange... but as I had none of that yarn left I came up with the following combinations...  Hopefully these will be still considered "fall" type colours ?  The centre in this one is actually a warm beige-ish colour...

      When I was making this particular square....  the pattern for which I made up as I went along I was thinking to myself hmmm this is really pretty and would make a lovely blanket for us...So as I have LOADS of this colour yarn (about 20 balls from memory) I have decided this will be one of my next projects...

      This picture gives a quick indication of what it will look like - of course this is not my blanket - just quickly placed together squares for the photo.  I love it :) love love love it :) 

      Unfortunately I am yet to start on our blankie - As all of these lovely squares will be heading out in the mail on Thursday to the USA :)

      Sunday, October 24, 2010

      Geisha Update No.5

      I have been really busy this past week with sick kids and other bits and pieces... so I have not had much of a chance to stitch on my Geisha piece - BUT I did manage to sit still for 3-4hours this afternoon and I am pleased with my progress.  


      I have not posted my TUSAL jar for what seems like forever - so as I realised I have once again missed the new moon this month I would post a rather late update.

       As you can see my jar is starting to get rather full....
       and here is a view from the top....

      Monday, October 18, 2010

      Knitted Star Cloth

      Last night I finished off this star cloth that I started a few nights beforehand - I am practising my knitting and love the way these cloths look with all the pretty patterns.

      This cloth is a part of a set of Christmas cloths that you can find for purchase on this BLOG

      Expect to see some more of these cloths appear soon.

      I was hoping to knit some as Christmas gifts but feel that my knitting is not up to a standard where I could give it to anyone as a gift - so meantime we will get lots of usage out of my practice cloths which will keep DH happy as he wants to keep everything that I make for us...  Funnily enough I rarely if ever make anything for us?

      Sunday, October 17, 2010

      Crochet Cloths for Donna

       My friend Donna ask me if I could crochet some dishcloths for her ... She picked the colours and I crocheted them mostly whilst I was blogsurfing :)  I have found that I can crochet at night-time easily enough and I don't actually have to see it :) So the lighting issues I have with cross stitching are not really an issue.

       We have a pretty purple varigated cloth...
       A funky orange cloth...
       A Fun colours of summer cloth...

      A lovely white with green flec cloth...

      All made using the Bark Sedge Stitch cloth that you can find on the Lion brand webpage HERE - I have to say that this pattern is fast becoming my favourite dishcloth pattern.  The cloths work out to be thick and spongy and apart from colour fading have withstood lots of abuse hardwork in my busy kitchen :)  I have even started using the older cloths for cleaning tasks like bathroom duty.

      Last night I decided that I would also make Donna a set of coasters.
       I love crochet coasters - so handy - spill your drink - no problem just mop up the mess with the coaster and throw it in the wash :)

      Geisha Update No.4

      Saturday afternoon was a beautiful "crisp" afternoon and as DH and I wanted to spend it outside in our BBQ area, we pulled the table into the sunshine.   It was glorious to be sitting outside, enjoying the garden and each others company.  I was cross stitching on my Geisha piece....  and you will notice some progress from my last update picture...

      Today we had another afternoon of lazing around out under our undercover BBQ area.  It was not as cold today so we enjoyed the shade.  Once again I pulled out my cross stitch and have made lots of progress from the above photo.

      Monday, October 11, 2010

      Geisha progress pic 3

      I am really enjoying stitching this project - maybe its because it is for my friend and I have set myself a bit of a challenge to get it stitched in time to be mailed for Christmas??


      Wednesday, October 6, 2010

      I am in SHOCK!!!

      In the 7 October offer round you have been offered:

      858605 Bachelor of Environmental Health - external - CQUniversity, Rockhampton Campus
      Start Month: March 2011
      You have firmly accepted this offer and you will not be considered in any further offer rounds.


      Monday, October 4, 2010

      Lazy Sunday Afternoon

      Sunday is always a lazy day in our house and we have started to get a bit of a routine happening which I have to say I am in love with...

      DH loves to BBQ so on the weekends we let him do his thing... Sausages, onions and sweet potato chips.. and veal steaks which are not on the grill yet....

       It gets me out of cooking though I did make this yummy salald.  Low fat cheese, tomato, baby spinach leaves, snow pea sprouts, avocado, celery, mushrooms and onions... with balsamic vinegar drizzled over it. 

       This is a picture of my plate just prior to eating... 
       Anyone want to join us for lunch???

      After lunch the dishes get cleared inside and we like to hang out as a family - enjoy the afternoon, the garden, each others company and do our own thing.  I decided to take my cross stitch outside and was quickly absorbed as this sneaky photo proves..

       *SPRUNG* I realised what DH was doing with the camera...

       Lastly a progress shot... a great afternoon's stitching and I was amazed at how much I achieved...

      I certainly didn't want to pack up and go inside when the light started to fade and the Mosquitos decided to attack.

      You can see the sparkles in the material in this photo :)

      Tomorrow I will share some photos of the garden with you all....