27 March, 2017


Confetti Sprinkle socks.  

A party on your feet every time you wear them maybe?  

Well these are my new socks just finished with a yarn I hadn't tried before.  It's pretty pretty!  I will have the best dressed feet in winter!  

26 March, 2017

Taking Stock - February & March

Cooking :  lots of food with zucchini.  See some favourite recipes here that we have enjoyed. 
Making :  stuff for the school fair
Drinking :  water
Reading:  Book Of Lost Threads - Tess Evans
Trawling:  sewing patterns
Wanting:  to get through more books that are on the shelf & have been for ages.
Looking:  at what I need to do next
Deciding:  what to do with zucchini next!
Wishing: I had a fairy to come & cook tea 
Enjoying: listening to BJ learning new piano tunes.
Waiting: for when DJ can have lessons.  
Liking: the cooler nights.  Ahhh...  sleep...
Wondering:  where February went!
Loving:  having the chickens in the orchard!
Listening:  to DJ sing crazy made up songs.
Considering:  what to make for next years fair.
Buying:  all sorts - piano books online this week.   I'm excited about that!  
Watching:  Our Girl season 1.  For the third time
Hoping:  Season 2 of Our Girl is out soon.
Needing: some garden magic.  Anyone want to pull weeds out?
Getting:  winter boots.  Can't wait to wear them!  
Bookmarking:  sewing stores
Feeling: clever that I made tomato sauce from our harvest.

25 March, 2017

Nailed It

Maybe I should call it "Zippered It"!  

Another party coming up in a week, but while I printed up the name for the other one I did this one.  So, got stuck into it & sewed it up.  Actually it took a little longer this time.  

I wasn't happy with the zips I had put in.  Or rather how I had put them in.  I just couldn't get them pretty enough.  Not for my liking anyway.  So I did a search & came up with this tutorial which was exactly what I needed to refine my work.  It worked a treat & made the whole bottom look so much better.  Six year old's won't care either way, but it is still nice to learn something.  Improve things, you know.  So we have different front & back for this Star Wars cushion.  Should be liked too I hope!  

23 March, 2017

Thursday Thanks

  • A successful day for the school with the fair.
  • Gifting food.
  • Being able to give back to some who have been so good to us in the past.
  • Fun with chickens.
  • A boy that is growing up & maturing in important ways.
  • Amazing creations in the grass - clever webs covered in dew early in the mornings.  So small but so intricate!


22 March, 2017

Back To Regular Schedule

Things might calm down a little now.

Well maybe not.

Birthday parties are here.  Last year we got almost through first term without any.

But that's OK.

That means I have a reason to sew again.  Not that I don't have reasons to do some things, but as expected, it's been a bit of a crash & burn few days.  Totally conked out.

 DJ told me that Toby likes farms.  Well he lives on one so that's probably something to do with it.  Hopefully this personalised cushion goes down well.

ETA - It did apparently, go down very well.  

18 March, 2017

Fair Day

Well the day arrived!

Just to add to the busy crazy time that has been this week, why not throw in a class dog!

Oh I was excited on Friday evening to find out that DJ had this weekend to take the class dog home & record it's exciting weekend with us!  I guess it was nice that we had things to report about other than making a fence!

Daisy Dog had 2 birthday parties for our family members to attend.

& of course the fair.  So yes, DJ had to carry her to school.  The family all walked down.  I went down at stupid early o'clock to help set up our craft stall though it was half done the day before.

Daisy & DJ at the craft stall in front of the slippers that Gran & Aunty Sheila knitted for the stall.

DJ & Daisy with the stand for the hamper prizes. 

DJ & Daisy dressed in the costume that DJ got in his show bag.  

It was a massive day.  The fair was a huge success as usual.  The boys had a great time.  I was flat out on the craft stall.  It was good fun really.

OK, a report on my stuff.  Success or not?

Peg bag aprons - all gone!
Fabric cover notebook holders - all gone.
Souvenir tea-towel tote bags - just over half gone I think.  Also hopefully networked a little to try to get hold of some more.  hehehehe
Hanging hand towels - not many gone at all.
Framed inspirational pictures - all but one lonely one gone.  The last one was never going to go once it was all that was left.  But the target audience of the school kids was a success as mostly they went to kids.  Good price & trendy product currently.
Fabric Baskets - Half went...  happy with that.

So there you go.  If you need some ideas for your own school, that may be a help!!!

17 March, 2017

A Little More

Some time back I saw an advert for some printables.  You know the sort?  You see them in every home decor store these days.  Foxes, deer, inspirational quotes - you name it.  I got this set of prints online.  They had a really good deal.  Combine that with some frames from the op shops & bingo!!!  You have some really cheap & effective cool pictures ready to sell!

Yes, the fair...  sigh...

ETA - these all went, fast...  the animals first.  I had a few more than what are pictured & I have one lonely one left.  Super impressed.