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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.  BUT...my 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 :)



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Panda Magnum 8ply anyone?

Is there anyone out there in blog-land that can still access stores selling Panda Magnum 8ply?  It used to be readily available at Woolworths Supermarkets but they seem to have swapped the yarn range that they carry to a different brand.

I am needing a few balls to finish off Andre's footy blankie.

If anyone can help please email me for more details  - I am more than willing to pay for the yarn and postage.
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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ta-dah Marciste is finished :)

Wow - It's amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it...  I just finished off the "Marciste" Doily for my MIL.  Please forgive the crappy lighting but I was so excited that I wanted to take a photo and share with you all.  It is SOOOOOO nice to have a finish :)

So without further ado...



This pattern is from a very old booklet of my Nana's called "The Twilleys cotton crochet book 4".  I have made this pattern several times over the years - but this is the first time since Nan died and I think that may be one of the reasons why I struggled with it as the pattern, seeing her handwriting on the booklet... all brought back memories of her.  She is the lovely lady that had the patience to teach me to crochet many many moons ago when I was just a wee toddler.  Love and Miss you every day Nan x.

Easter Crochet

Happy Easter to those that celebrate - to those that don't enjoy the chocolate and the holidays.

We have had a relaxing few days at home.

I've been catching up on blogs and this morning I decided that I should try to crochet whilst I read (new concept for me but I know some of you do this already!)

Here are some snaps of what I am working on...



Yes it is the same WIP that I was working on here ....  I have not really made much progress have I?  I still have not finished it.... originally it was started for my MIL's birthday in Feb 2012... then I was going to give it to her for Christmas... ummm I definitely wanted to give it to her for her birthday this year... which has been and gone - I sent her a card and said that the present was a work in progress....  she's coming to visit this week so perhaps I should surprise her by actually having it finished??  Stay tuned for a ta dah!! :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Confused

Can someone please enlighten me....

I have heard rumours that google reader is being discontinued - I never received notification of this but then again I don't use it either - so for me - no loss.

I do however use the blogs that I have *followed* to generate my bloglist and this is how I read your blogs - Once a day or every couple of days I skim this list and then click and read at the actual blog.

Can someone let me know if this is going to be discontinued also and if I should *save* all of my blogs that I am following somehow? as I would hate to lose anyone....??

EDITED TO ADD:
I have joined Bloglovin...  It automatically transferred all of the blogs that I follow so at least I will not *lose* anyone.  Please follow me on Bloglovin? click the link on the sidebar.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

February a busy month - A Holiday and A house move

February shaped up to be exceptionally busy for us - and I ended up doing hardly any crafting - I looked longingly at it a few times - wished I could take it with me on the plane but as we had carry on baggage that was not possible... and its high on my list of things I need to find today as I need to catch up with my squares :)

On Valentines day we started off bright and early for the airport - it only took us 1.5hours to drive there - We anticipated that we would hit peak hour so allowed enough time just in case we got stuck in traffic somewhere but we must have just missed it so as a result spent a good 3 hours sitting around Melbourne's Tullamarine airport.  No one minded as we were all really excited to be heading out on holidays :) (even if it was only a few days break - it was more the fact that we were going to see Grandma and Poppy!)

Eamonn (age 6) passed the time by picking up a discarded copy of the wall street journal and reading.  Lately he has been showing intellect far beyond his years!


We landed safely in Newcastle - hired a car and then we had another drive a head of us - this time the scenery was spectacularly beautiful but in my case achingly familiar and reminded me of childhood car trips.


The car pictured ahead of us in actually my parents car as they met us at the airport -  We needed to hire a car with 6+ seats but unfortunately we could only get a 5 seater car (lucky we knew this in advance) - so they drove to pick up one of us :)   In today's society I really feel that the car hire companies should cater more for larger families?

This road sign has some familiar place names on it... I was born in Port Macquarie and I grew up in the Camden Haven region and you need to turn right at Kew...and ironically Andre was working at Kempsey and I was living in Port Macquarie when we met and then we moved to Brisbane together :)

Our destination turn is just after this sign - my parents now live in the lovely little town of Harrington NSW.


The next few photos show the local area that is Harrington NSW.  Very pretty part of the world.



 This next shot is taken towards Camden Haven from Crowdy Head which is 10km? from Harrington (towards the ocean)


This next photo is of my mum, myself, my eldest daughter Jacinda, Micayla, Liam, Eamonn and Xanthe.  My eldest 2 sons are missing from the photo...I did manage to catch up with them the next day though.


In this photo we are all ready to attend my mum's 60th birthday party - the reason behind our visit!

When we got back from our holiday we started to look for another rental house in the area as the house we were living in was virtually falling down around us...and the owners of property were refusing to do any maintenance.  The heating in our living areas had not worked since the beginning of September and if you are familiar with the climate in Daylesford Victoria you would understand and know that it can be freezing and can even snow in any season and you really need a house that is well insulated and has working heating!

So we decided that enough was enough and as our lease was coming up (mid April) we decided to start looking for a new house.  The new house had to fit into a certain criteria (be big enough and have working heating) time was on our side and we were in no rush to move.

Being that I have already hinted in the title of this post that we have already moved we found the perfect house for us in a little town called Hepburn.  Its located approximately 6km from Daylesford and separated for the most part by forest.  

Andre and I fell in love with the 3rd house that we looked at... it was built in 2006 and is crisp, clean and has modern features inclusive of a brand new dishwasher and working heating and reverse cycle air conditioning as a bonus!

We found out that we were successful in our application on the 22nd February and on the 1st March we collected the keys and moved in :)  The downside of all of this is that we still have that lease hanging over our heads... the real estate told us it was cheaper to pay out the lease than it was to break the lease... :(  Not sure how true that was but it worked in theory as after paying out the notice period it would have only been 2.5 weeks rent - So for the next few weeks we are paying double rent :(  A big financial OUCH!!  But for comfort and security - what price happiness???



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CROCHET ALONG 2013



This is the first square for the Crochet Sampler 2013 via the Afghans & blankets group over at Ravelry.

It is my variation of the pretty petals 12" Square by Melinda Miller.

If you click on any of the links it will take you to the appropriate pages on Ravelry.  If you are there why not add me as a friend?  My username is caramellosdream.

I decided to join this CAL (crochet along) after seeing it on Mandy's blog.

I am going to try to keep up with the CAL and each fortnight when the new square is posted I am hoping to make at least 3 of the squares - one in Greens for Liam....one in Blues for Eamonn.... and one in Pinks for Xanthe.

Stay tuned for the next square :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Westcoast Eagles footy rug

When we landed in Victoria last April we were staying with my father-in-law and his partner at their house in Clifton Springs.  They are avid Geelong Cats fans and as we are Westcoast Eagles fans there is always a bit of healthy rivalry and jibing - although it can become passionate hatred at a moments notice especially if one team beats the other (ha-ha) !  For those that have NO IDEA what I am talking about - I am talking about two teams from the AFL (Australian Football League) - (enough said? LOL)

Anyway, to get on with the story - We had 5 days to fill and I had zero to do - so when in the supermarket I picked up some yarn (as you do)  and a hook (as you do) and I started to crochet a blankie for the couch in Westcoast Eagles colours.  Partially to get a rise out of the in-laws on colour choices and partially cause I was bored senseless :)

It hasn't been high on my list of priorities...but every now and then I have been sitting doing a row or 2 (aptly whilst watching the football) and slowly its starting to grow and take shape. Ideally it would be great to get it finished prior to the start of footy season so that if we end up going to a game we can take it with us.

I've been a bit of a missing in action blogger - but I am going to try to start to share a bit more with you guys and stay in touch :)  So on that note - here are some works in progress shots of the footy blankie. Sorry for the quality of the photos - I am camera-less at the moment so reliant on my ipod.












Saturday, January 12, 2013

Can anyone identify these?

We have oodles of different fruit trees in our yard... some of them I recognise and others I don't.

Does anyone have any ideas what these are??



Thanks :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Late New Years Wishes :)

Just popping in briefly to wish you all a Happy New Year :)

A day late but better late than never :)

I hope that 2013 is a better year and for all of your dreams to come true.