Sunday, November 15, 2015

{Cross Stitch} Pretty Little Paris

'Twas with a heavy heart I stitched some more of this beautiful city last night for #Saturdaynightcraftalong 

Reminiscing about our holiday there almost 2 years ago....#peaceforparis

Saturday, November 14, 2015

{Snail Mail with Barefoot Crafter} Splatter Painting fun

Miss Barefoot has set down a new challenge for the next 12 months...Actually sending mail via the post! You can read about it here and join in when ever you like!

October saw her posting about a Splatter Paint note card and we couldn't resist getting out the paints and easel for a go.

The boy had fun mixing colours and experimenting with different amounts of water to get a nice splatter.

It was very messy and lots of fun!

I'm glad I set him up outside!

We turned these into cards for Teacher's Day at our while we didn't technically post them, they have been delivered.

If you want to see what Miss Barefoots splatter painting looks like and the next challenge for November check it out here.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Good friends {Quilt Camp of Awesome 2015}

Good friends are more precious than gold!

A weekend away with laughter, and crafting and more laughter is just what my soul needed. I feel rejuvenated, re-set and ready to tackle the end of year count down.

I can't thank the girls enough for their support and kindness.

Oh and did I mention the goody bag!!
Bring a few items and go home with a bag full of treasures!

I started a new project, added more rows to my ripple and worked on a very old WIP that I'd like to finish for a Christmas gift.

Thank you girls we must catch up again soon!

And in case you noticed, yes I am/did fail miserably at Blogtober...and I'm Ok with that. :)

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Hexagons (Blogtoberfest} Day 3

This box fell over while I was digging through those piles in my craft room and out popped some hexxies!

Pulling out old craft projects brings back lots of memories. I started this quilt in March 2007 and blogged about it here

I last blogged about it here in April of 2010.

I was really tempted to pull out the scrap basket and make some more to add to the current count of 1283, but I knew the purpose of cleaning up was just that, cleaning and organising NOT getting sidetracked and crafting.

So after taking a few photos and patting the pretty hexagons I popped them back in the box.....

like this.....

for my OCD friends. Although I'm sure they will tell me that the rainbow order is wrong. Too bad! They fit best this way!

So I've packed them up for now but I'm thinking they might make it to camp this year. 

Friday, October 02, 2015

First Mango of the season (Blogtoberfest) Day 2

This boy is a fruit bat, always has been. When he spotted a case of mangoes his face just lit up. Despite the steep price, I indulged him.

So worth the sticky sweet smiles!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A crafty mess {Blogtoberfest} Day 1

How delightful it was to come back to my blog and see 4 people have left comments! Blog readers and reminders must still be working on some blogs, even for the ones covered in cobwebs! Thank you ladies for taking the time to comment. 

The blogging grapevine and where I go for all things bloggy tells me that Blogtoberfest is not officially happening this year as it has been retired. 

Well that won't stop me and I'm going to try and blog every day to get back in the swing of things. 

So here it messy craft and work room. This is where I need to start.

When we moved to this house 12 months ago, my sewing table, that was originally my great-grandparents small dinning table, was sadly broken and so I was using my sisters table while she sort-of lived with us for a while. She has taken it back to make her own sewing room and I've been left with a big empty space.  

So while I had the room to spread out and the school holidays to fill I thought I sort out this mess so that I can actually find and finish something this year! 

I'm failing miserably at Car's Finish-it-fifteen challenge, with only 2 things crossed off the massive list!

So here is what I have managed so far....

That big space on the top of that shelf was where I had about 100 craft magazines. They are all now in the recycling bin after going though each and every one of them to pull out only the projects that I would even consider making. They are all now neatly stored in plastic sleeves in binders. Those ones on the floor to the left. 

I have then pulled everything else off the shelf and piled it up on the floor...I know it doesn't seem like progress but really it me! 

The plan is now to go through all of this very quickly, as I'm running out of holidays and pull out projects that I will actually finish and get rid of the ones I won't! 

Wish me luck!

Hopefully you'll actually see something crafty soon! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hello....Anyone there?

*clears throat* 

My name is AJ
It has been 7 months since I last blogged....

 I think I'm ready to give this another go....I think

Something has been missing in my life and I think it is this....not blogging but crafting... I miss it. 

I have been s.l.o.w.l.y working on my rainbow ripple and it is growing nicely. I've been adding a little at a time to my cross stitch, although it doesn't look any different. I played with Project Life last holidays and was very pleased with the months that I did get done. 

School terms are busy, life is busy but sometimes you just need to sit and be and craft. 

I'm off to look in the sewing room, to see what I can play with.....see you soon.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday Footy

I'm a Saturday morning footy Mum! We are loving the Rugby Tots program. There are 2 trainers and only 2 kids in his group. 1-on-1 attention you can't beat that!

He says he is going to play for the Wallabies....

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ready....I think....

School starts next week for most of the country....for me it starts tomorrow! Ekkkk!

It's my first year as a 'school Mum' as my boy starts Prep and my first year teaching Prep. I get to meet my little ones tomorrow as the come in for orientation. I've spent all week doing long hours, 7am til 6pm, at the classroom and then many more hours into the night  to get ready with name tags and fine motor games, and curriculum planning and resources for the classroom.

I'm basically building a Prep room from scratch as resources and funds are low. I'm being thrifty where I can and excepting donations from family and friends.

Which brings me to sharing my next #finishitfifteen project!  You can read more about it here. but basically the aim is to finish 15 projects in 2015. 2 in less than a month means I'm far...

MIL gifted, ie left them at our house, these foam cushions and I've always had intention to turn them into cushions I can use at school....but never seemed to get around to it.

My Mum kicked my butt into gear last week and worked out the measurements for me and whipped up 4 while I fussed around with her photo books from her holidays, 

And then quickly running out of time I did the other 4 on Saturday. All fabric from the stash and so not at all matching and pretty but free, if you count fabric from the stash as 'free' and done! 

I'm hoping to share other crafty endeavors for the classroom as I get the time. 

Happy first day back! It is going to be a cracker of a year!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Quilts in 2014

Quilting was practically non-existent this year :(

Returning to work full time has seriously taken a HUGE chunk of my crafting time. I'm going to make up for it this year, although still working, I'll be doing only 1 full time  job not 2 part time jobs that was like 2 full time jobs!

In December I finished a quilt for Aden's beloved Kindy teacher.

Embarrassingly this quilt was started in June 2009 when I was 8 months pregnant! I added a border and sandwiched it at Quilt Camp 2014 (which I must blog soon too I guess). The colours were perfect for his teacher

Aden had 1 Kindy teacher and 2 assistants so I pulled 2 finished quilts off the shelf that were made for no-one in particular and gifted those as well. He has super excited to be giving quilts to his teachers and so was I. They have often complimented me on the quilts Aden  took to Kindy for rest time. I've got some lovely pictures of him wrapped up in quilty-goodness with his teachers. 

We added some drawing to the lables on the backs of the quilt. 

Lake's Ripple blanket although not technically a quilt was finished in September. I can't seem to find any finished photos of it finished....I'm thinking my MIL took some...?? 

I learnt a new craft and I've got a stack of other projects in mind to work on in 2015

 I even learnt how to sew in the end neatly...I just hope they are still in! 

A 80th birthday photo memory quilt commissioned by a colleague was completed in August. This one had a super short turn around...although it was in the 'thought bank for a few months before I had all the materials and could start. It was VERY well received. The lovely complementary texts continued for quite a few days afterwards!

Started in July

And that's it....2 quilts and 1 crocheted blanket. I'm hoping to at least double that in 2015

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Pretty Little London #crossstitch

Didn't think I would be back so soon did ya!

Well here it is... my first finish for the year for #finishitfifteen

1 year ago today we were visiting London and when we got back I found these via Instagram. I'm going to add the date and frame them for my craft room. I can't decide if I should leave them in a hoop or frame them under glass. Any display tips welcome! 

It was super fun to stitch up and the perfect little carry around project. 

I also have Pretty Little Paris to start soon. 

The holiday planning goes into overdrive when you see the other cities that NEED to be stitched! 

1 down 14 to go! #finishitfifteen

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Finish it Fifteen

I'm usually pretty hopeless at these but I thought I'd try anyway!

So the Challenge is #finishitfifteen 
The rules: FINISH Fifteen half started projects in 2015.
The projects can be anything you want.

Car is challenging us to finish 15 projects in 2015. You can join her here . Like Car I have a HUGE mess in my craft room....with bits of everything everywhere. I've started tidying it up and get overwhelmed at everything and don't know where to start!

I've separated my work stuff from my craft stuff and hopefully that will help a bit.

And because I'm clever like that I've already finish a project! I'll share it soon!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Ringing in 2015

Well actually there was no ringing to be heard, just noisy neighbours and heavy rain, a few drinks and family chatter. An appropriate end to 2014. It was a bit of a 'meh' year....nothing too terrible, nothing too exciting, just busy full-time work and the stress that goes along with it, family events and getting on with things.

2015 is bringing some changes and with it a new outlook. I'm still thinking of my 'one little word' for 2015 and I'll post about that as soon as I have it nailed.

My boy is starting school in a few shorts weeks and we are both feeling some anxiety towards it.  . He is more than ready both academically and socially, I'm just not sure how he will go with the 'sitting still and listening' part of school. He always has a thought to express or a question to ask. He doesn't like to 'do it wrong' and sometimes is unwilling to try if he perceives that he might fail. I've handpicked his teacher (the perks of him going to the school where I teach) and I know he will fly under her care but still the worries are there (Do they ever go away when you are a parent?). He is very 'Mummy attention' orientated at the moment and needing to be near me. He is currently on 2 weeks straight of night waking and mild panic attacks, which have moved to include day sleeps (which are rare but still needed, especially in this busy festive period) and car travel.  He is worried that he is 'too big and everyone is shrinking and you and Daddy get to little to cuddle'. So we are doing lots of cuddling and reassuring that he will never get to big to cuddle.

I still feel our family is not complete, that my mothering tasks are not done, that I have more to give and love to share. We will be continuing our IVF journey but the timelines aren't clear yet. I'll stay focused on what I can control and keep my fingers crossed for a few less bumps in the road.

Work is setting new challenges this coming year with a new year level to learn and adapt to. I'm very keen to jump in with both feet and tackle it head on. I'm wanting to be more organised, more routine and more focused on work during work hours and spend less time working at home. I know that won't really be an option til after the first term and I have settled into my new role, but that is the goal. I'm taking on a mentoring teaching role this year and thinking about where else I'd like the career to take me in the coming years.

We have some family goals and wishes to work towards. Mostly upgrading material items and getting our house comfortable and reflecting us and the way we want to live, with less clutter and more focus. We have plans to camp and spend family time relaxing and making memories. I love the 'traditions' I remember from my childhood, holidaying at the same spot each year, camping with  school friends and playing in the river and I want that for my boy too. I want to spend more quality time with  my hubby and grow our relationship.

Of course in between all that I'd love to include some crafting time. I plan to finish more (separate blog post coming), procraftinate less, do things rather than just plan on doing them and generally be more productive. My project life and photo sorting are a high priority as is gifting homemade. I have high expectations.

Oh and read! I plan to read a lot this year. I've missed it over the last few years. I used to carry a book with me everywhere and I got our of the habit. I love staying up late reading (and usually regretting it the next day but it doesn't stop me!)  which is how I started the day today. I turned out the light at 2:38am with just 2 chapters to go but my eyes wouldn't stay open any longer! I finished it this morning and I've spent a good few hours reading reviews and building a list on Good reads to track down at the Library. I've got 3 books on my bedside table to choose from and I'm setting myself a reading goal. 50 books in 2015.

So bring on 2015 I'm ready and willing for a fantastic year ahead!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

{WIP} London

Progress on anything around here is so slow it is backwards!

A few stitches here and there, pull it out, feel guilty cause there are other more pressing deadlines to meet, put it away again.

I've been looking through our holiday photos and making our long awaited photo book while it was on special.

Not sure I'll meet the January 2015 deadline I was hoping for on London and Paris....I'll be lucky to get just this one done! 

Friday, October 03, 2014

{WIP Wednesday} Have crochet... can travel....

Finally managed to get the 4-Wheel-drive dirty last weekend! We had a great time camping and making fires for marshmallows. I did a few rows on the rainbow ripple but it can be tricky to see the stitches in the light of the campfire. And the smoke! It still smells a bit! 

I've since added a new colour and only have one more to complete the rainbow before I can start the repeats!  

Joining in here for the WIP Wednesday 

Little White Dove

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Family life...catching up

IVF surgery, medical complications,emergency department, morphine, baby boy turning 5, party prep mostly directed to and dispersed among family as I was too ill, 28 kids at the park, packing boxes, moving house, staying on top of things at work, family visiting, quilting deadlines, winter illness, more got pretty busy there for a while! Who am I kidding it is still super busy and non-stop action.

We've moved house

New Neighbours

The view from the front balcony
It is a bigger and better designed house. There are still things in boxes, but we are functioning and loving it. 

My sweet baby turned 5!
I'm not sure I'm ready to send him to school next year....although he is more than ready!

The Aunties out did themselves. It totally fitted the brief  - a number 5 racetrack with a bridge and a red lollipop stop sign

I have more to share from his party but that is a whole other 'pinterest' post! 

Sorry if you follow In is a snap shot of what else we've been up to!

I've got a finished quilt to blog so hang around if you can!