Thursday, February 14, 2013

my creative space :: + or x



You may remember when the girl child started school I had a rush of motherly love and made her a little heart to take with her on her first day of school?

Well, fast forward two years later and the middle dude was prepping up to have his first day too (no really, where DID that time go?!). The pencils were labelled, the shirts were ironed (for the last time ever), and then suddenly I remembered the little heart and the distinct lack of one for Luca. Cue extreme mother guilt. If anyone was going to need some little link to home on his first day it was Luca, my intense little worrier.

A few fabrics were thrust in his face for approval and one baby nap time later we had this.


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A little kiss. Or a plus sign depending on how you look at (or photograph) it. So full of wonk it's not funny but so very fun to make. I was inspired to make this shape by the tutorial on Nova's site here as Lucs wasn't too keen on having a heart shape. Fair enough.

Firmly planted in his pocket he was ready to go.


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For more creative spacers click on over here. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

colour (or color)

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I've always been more of a black, white, grey, beige kinda gal (ok yes, a bit of yellow thrown in there too), but yesterday I lined up with a bajillion other Sydney-siders in the sweltering heat to run 5km whilst being periodically doused with brightly coloured powdered dye. This was of course for the Swisse Color Run, a run which has been held at various locations around the world raising money for various charities (the Sydney run was for Heart Kids). And it was my first fun run!

Needless to say it was a blast (especially when I was finished the actual running part*), and was definitely a "fun" run in every sense of the word. Just loads of people, young and old out to have a great time.

Now on to my next run ... **


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*Seven weeks ago I started using a couch to 5k style running training app on my phone three times a week. Whilst I didn't run the whole 5k yesterday (did I mention it was sweltering out there?!) I did slightly better than I would've seven weeks ago!

** Notice how I've just skipped straight over the whole "where have I been for SEVEN MONTHS" and just started blogging again? Maybe one day I'll do the big, "we-renovated-a-house-even-though-when-we-bought-it-we-didn't-know-we-needed-to-renovate-it" post. 










Friday, June 22, 2012

the guilty one


My life is all about the guilt. Guilt about sitting and knitting instead of tidying up, guilt about not making anyone's bed, guilt about serving up fish fingers for dinner (again), guilt about letting the kids watch too much telly, guilt about not reading anyone's blog, guilt about not even writing on my own. Extra special guilt for not even bothering to do the big, "He's one!" post.


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But guess what? He's one! And the poor little dude didn't even score a card from us (more guilt). I'm guessing this is why the third child is usually the one who's happiest to role with the punches as they grow up since punches is all they've ever known (figuratively speaking of course).

Mind you he is very good at letting us know he's around. Especially when I attempt to supervise homework and he's trying to climb up my legs having been perfectly happy five seconds earlier to inspect the contents of the bathroom bin (for the fourth time that day). But gee whizz, just as I'm about to explode with the stress and guilt of it all he'll flash those (eight!) teeth of his and drop his head to the side and I wonder what on earth we would've done without him. Probably had better dinners and completed homework but where's the fun in that?




Thursday, April 26, 2012

Grey days

It's been rare to see sun around our neck of the woods for some time now. Having experienced a few years of drought in Sydney it is a pretty spectacular thing to finally see images of our dam overflowing. Still it's amazing how endless days of grey skies can really impact on everyone's mood ... and laundry baskets!

So as if there wasn't already enough grey around I decided I needed a whole king-sized bed quilt full of it


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My pretty simple "Grey Days" quilt is made up of (lord knows how many), 5" squares sewn up into 9 square patches then they were all sewn together. This one had been in the pipeline for some time and only got worked on when I grabbed little snatches of sewing time here and there.

I keep fighting the feeling that I should've/could've done something much more intricate and complicated for this quilt but with a collection of such amazing fabrics, I felt that simple big-ish squares was the best way to showcase them.


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The fabrics I used included Aussie designers Aunty Cookie, Maze & Vale and some fabric printed as part of the Grey-ness swap by Suzy of Floating World Views. Also in there was some Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, old favourite honeycomb kei dots and a seasonal Liberty print I bought when I was in London a few years back.

Now I'm just waiting on a whole lotta backing fabric and this guy will be off to be long-arm quilted.

Oh and did I mention it's for MY bed? Finally a quilt for MY bed!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

10 months

Why is it do you think that the first ten months of the eldest child's life seem like an eternity but by the last child the same amount of time feels like five minutes?


Leo - 10 months


It seems this guy didn't get the memo about remaining a baby forever.* Which is probably ok since he does seem to have quite the knack for getting cuter every day.


*Incidentally he also missed the one about being able to nod off to sleep where ever he may find himself. Hence we are still held captive to his preference for his bed. Don't blame him really.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Just in time

Whoops. I did say I'd be back to share a few more completed projects didn't I? Honestly this whole family caper is a serious impediment to my ability to blog. And maybe the amount of time I spend mooching about twitter, instagram and pinterest probably doesn't help ....

Anyway this epic knit was finished in January (or was it February?) some time and boy, was it a mammoth effort.


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I was sure the Striped Cotton Cowl was going to be a quick and easy knit but as per usual I seemed to have bit off more than I could chew with this. For a start all the teeny skeins of sashiko thread needed to be wound into little balls and the changing of threads every few rows certainly did slow me down. Also I had no real idea of how long the scarf would be before the joining part since the pattern talks about "ridges" instead of rows. Now admittedly I am short (5'3"), but this wound up being way taller than me and in the end I omitted the last 12 or so rows.

Having said all that (whinge whinge!), the yarn was such an absolute delight to knit with. The Blue Sky Alpaca cotton felt like cushiony cotton wool balls and every now and then I just felt the need to squidge the knitted portion into a big ball and snuggle in to it. Which you'd have to say bodes well for an excellent comfy, warm, snuggly cowl for the coming cooler temperatures.

Just in time.


(Ravelry details here)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

fabric printing

Hey look! I said I'd be back and I am! Wow to be honest I've surprised even myself. I was sure I'd find something to drag be away from blogging yet again but it's proving surprisingly easy to sit here and type with a cup of tea despite baskets of dirty and clean washing overflowing within easy reach. Funny that.

So just another quick instalment of what I've been up to during my bloggy absence: today, a spot of fabric printing


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First there was this leafy offering. Printed using a stamp I bought in Germany and a fabric ink stamp pad on a dark charcoal grey cotton. These were then shipped off to a few crafty buddies who, like me, snoozed and missed out on Leslie's fabric printing swap.

Another mini swap was organised soon after, this time with a theme: greyness. However, two of the participants were chosen at random to print in a colour (chosen by another participant), and guess what? I was one of those people.


My "blood blisters" fabric for the greyness swap


This time I used a stencil method (using contact paper as the stencil), and fabric paint sponged on to my favourite Kona Ash. The name "blood blisters" popped into my head as I was photographing these hanging on the line and try as I might to think of something slightly more, um, nice sounding alas, the name had stuck.


"blood blisters" all folded and ready to go


So there you have it. My first dabble into the world of fabric printing. I believe I may have caught the bug and have a sudden desire to kit myself out with screen printing supplies sometime soon.

p.s In my absence I forgot all about Our Creative Spaces. Pop on over there for some crafty goodness.

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