27 June, 2017

Secret Party Business

Some bias tape making.  



Bias tape turned into lanyards, thanks to hunting down plastic card holders.  I didn't want to have to fork out more for the ready made lanyards or belt clips which weren't cheap.  At least not for a kids party...  lol  So well, after looking at options I just sewed the lanyard to the card holder.  Done.



I was really excited to find this website with Pokemon Trainer Cards.   Personalised & printed & glued to a thick card makes a really fun treat for the kids I think.  I hope DJ loves them.  He hasn't seen these yet.  I have to try to keep something as a surprise I think.  


26 June, 2017

Work Knitting!


I realised I didn't post this last week.

I had been knitting this for the previous 2 weeks for at work.  This is a "kit" consisting of 6 25g balls of yarns graded in colour & a pattern for a simple shawl.

Hopefully now that it's hanging at work it might help sell some of the yarn packs.  They are pretty.  Not many people here wear shawls like it though which is a shame.

Guess we have to lead the way!

25 June, 2017

Lolly Free Bags!



Let's get the party started!

Or at least the party bags!  Got to love ebay!

  • Pokeball stress ball.  
  • Pikachu keyring.
  • Pencil.
  • 2 packs stickers.
  • Some mini figures.  
Ok, that's not bad really!  Lots of crappy bits that aren't totally useless.  Not the sort of thing that will be broken & binned in an hour.  Mostly useful & fun.  

Not a lolly in sight!  Yay!  The kids will all be devastated.  Mind you, DJ hasn't complained about no lollies in there.  

Taking Stock - June

Making :  party things
Cooking :  as little as possible.  But eggs.  Need some new egg dish ideas. 
Drinking :  not enough water, too much coffee.  Apple cider vinegar at night with honey.
Reading:  Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.
Trawling: ideas for a Pokemon party.
Wanting: lolly free party bags.
Looking:  at ideas for things to go in a party bag.
Deciding:  who to invite!
Wishing: that yes, we could invite the whole class!  
Enjoying:  my little chicken flock.
Waiting:  to win Lotto...  
Liking:  my new yarn pattern.
Wondering: how all those people in London are coping with the wait to find & identify their loved ones. 
Loving:  that we have passed the shortest day!  lol
Pondering: the minds of those that choose to become a terrorist/suicide bomber.  It's unfathomable.
Listening:  to the boys fight!!!  
Considering:  birthday ideas...  
Buying:  birthday presents hopefully.
Watching:  War on Waste - ABC.  New Tricks.
Hoping:  the boys grow up to be good friends of each other.
Marvelling: at going to Spotlight & only buying the one thing I went for!  hahaha
Cringing: at the cold
Needing:  not as much as some people do so I won't & shouldn't complain.
Wearing: lots of hand knits.  
Knowing: the fights are coming over the Ipad usage.
Getting: a bit more work for a few weeks.
Bookmarking:
Disliking: birthday balloons.
Feeling: clever, having treated a chook so far successfully all by myself!  Go ME!
Celebrating: BJ's birthday
Embracing: celebrating birthday's at a museum!  

24 June, 2017

Party Prep



The almost 6 year old has had a Pokemon party in mind for some time now.  Lucky I had some warning as I have been able to source some cool Pokemon things in time.

First things first though & that is the party bag to put them in.  I didn't have enough fabric so had to make a quite trip to Spotty for more.  Lucky there was some waiting for me.  I took all of what was left.  (impressed too as I only bought that while there!  Nothing else!  Not even a pin! )

Party bags are "The" thing!  I think that's all the kids wait for.   They could be disappointed with these then.

I may need to do a couple more.  Depending on the RSVP situation.  There is still a day to go.   So I am waiting on hearing from 3 more.  If it was me & I wasn't going to a party I would advise them of such things.  But I think these days if they aren't going they think they don't have to bother.  Mind you, we have had it also in the past where they haven't said either way & turned up too.  So I may need to have one on hand all the same.  Darn it.  It's tricky though when manners are a thing of the past.

22 June, 2017

Thursday Thanks



  • Gifts of handed down clothing for the boys.
  • More extra work.
  • Good work days.
  • Nice customers.  
  • A boy that is willing to have extra help from mum & dad to learn more stuff.
680/1000

15 June, 2017

Thursday Thanks



  • A 9 year old boy.
  • A compromise on a "party" that was a success.
  • Lots of interesting history to see that made the "party" perfect.
  • Extra hours at work.
  • Good work days.
675/1000

12 June, 2017

New Neighbour



This little guy is hanging on our roof.  Just outside our back door these days.  Wasn't bothered by us underneath.  Only a little one!

11 June, 2017

Birthday Party-ish

BJ's birthday party wasn't your average kids party.  He didn't want one.  

So having told us that a few weeks ago we came up with some other ideas on what we could do together instead.  

He chose the Queen Victoria Museum.  It was going to be a big day anyway, so it turned out OK that we didn't do it on his actual birthday in the end with him under the weather still then.  He wouldn't have enjoyed it at all.  

So today we had a road trip & quite a few hours at the museum.  

We had done a bit of research on what was being shown at the moment.  He was really keen to see the World War 1 display & also the ship that sunk.  Mostly he was interested in "The Blacksmith Shop".   Lucky for us, being there on a Sunday, we got the tour of the blacksmith shop which was good.  He was really pleased about that.  

A great time there & then lunch at a place in the area that he also loves so that was the makings of a great birthday!  

Oh & I must not forget the party bags which was actually a few things we picked at the Museum shop, so both BJ & DJ got to enjoy those bonuses.  















10 June, 2017

He's 9








What turned out to be a quieter than expected day...

He hadn't been well & was still a bit weary from his cold, so we chose to stay home today instead.  He didn't mind.  He of course had new presents to play with.  Even a present from the dog & another from the chooks.  See if you can guess which ones they were!

He was quite spoilt of course.

He chose pizza for tea which included his grandparents that were available.  A great day even if not feeling 100%.

07 June, 2017

Cables

I'm excited to finally be finished this pretty socks!  

I did have to play "yarn chicken" to finish them though!  Ekkk...  It was rather close.  I only had the 2 heels to go.  I had 13 grams of yarn left.  Was it going to be enough?  

Yes!  

Yay!  I still had the little bit of 3 grams left.  

Quite pleased with my first attempt at cable patterned socks.  They weren't hard at all.  & quite effective.  




05 June, 2017

Little Bit Of Play

I've been around about!  Just been knitting stuff.  Lots of stuff.  

But I did squeeze in a couple more pillows today.  My little neighbour girls have birthdays coming up, so I saved myself time & did them both at the same time.  Not quite what I had in mind but they look pretty & cute for little ones as they are.  







Pillow Presents 9 & 10

31 May, 2017

Amazing What You Find


Haven't loaded pictures from my camera for a few days.

Funny what you find hiding in there!

29 May, 2017

Frogged


As much as I love this little blanket, I have got to the end of the second skein & I have decided it isn't right.  So bye bye to that.

I will save the yarn now for a jumper or something later on.

28 May, 2017

New Jumper



Finished my new jumper on Saturday.  Came up quite well.  Interesting in this multi colour too.  Finally something that isn't blue as I tend to go for all blue yarns.  This pattern is called "Tea with Jam & Bread".  A nice sloppy jumper for the cold days coming in winter.

27 May, 2017

Introducing...

Phoebe & Lotte.

Yes, it happened.  The crazy chicken lady that lives here wanted a couple more chickens.

These 2 pretty things are Leghorns.  In my mind they are Foghorn Leghorns.  Don't ask me in a hurry what they are as I will probably tell you Foghorn Leghorns.  

Stuart went to collect these from what turned out to be a breeder today.  These are faulty birds though that can't be shown.  Phoebe has a floppy comb.  Not sure what Lotte's problem is but we'll live with it.  They are still pretty stressed after the move but hopefully settle in soon & lay us some lunch.  

Doris is the boss though...  Doris & Hettie are both in charge around here it seems.  They don't care that they are smaller either!  





21 May, 2017

Quick Gifts

I had another quick present to make.  I had trouble finding soccer themed fabric though.  

This was the closest I could come up with!  (bargain fabric too!  Under $10 for this one!)


Pillow Present #9

20 May, 2017

Special Party

We had a bit of a party today to celebrate our wedding anniversary with a bunch of special people.  

Was a great day for all of us despite the 52mm of rain.  A little rain wasn't going to dampen the mood.  
Also an update of our wedding party from all that time ago.  One bridesmaid missing & the page boy.  But we aren't looking too bad for the rest of us!  




19 May, 2017

Taking Stock - May

Making :  lots of knitting things!
Cooking :  A few different things for 
Drinking :  coffee to warm me.
Reading:  The Beekeeper's Secret - Josephine Moon.  Enjoying this one.
Trawling:  Ravelry for blanket patterns.
Wanting:  it to rain so I can test my new wiper blades on the car!  hahahaha...    
Deciding:  on a plan of action for BJ's birthday.  It's tricky with this kid.  Think we have found a great solution that will be exciting for him.  
Enjoying: knitting a jumper again.
Waiting:  for my new niece/nephew...  can't wait.  About 6 weeks to go!  
Liking:  the cool educational history books I found at the second hand bookshop for BJ.
Loving:  my chickens & our first egg!  Woohoo!  
Pondering:  knitting patterns for a baby
Listening:  Lady Antebellum - 747
Considering:  birthday gifts for our 2 boys... 
Buying:  wool
Watching:  Chicago Fire season 1  - for the third time...  
Hoping:  for more great days at work with lovely customers & lots of patience for them.  lol
Marvelling:  at our 25 years of marriage!
Cringing: at the sudden coldness.
Smelling:  beautiful flowers that were given for our anniversary.
Wearing:  many layers
Noticing:  more people are knitting now it's getting colder.
Knowing: it's still getting colder & colder.
Disliking:  being sick last week, but recognise the need to take some time out.  
Opening:  cards given to us for our anniversary.
Feeling:  happy & excited for Chris & Lexi, having just moved into their own home!  
Hearing :  the chickens right behind me when I go out into the orchard.  Love it!
Celebrating:  Our 25th Wedding Anniversary this month!  Wow!  But Yay for us!
Pretending:  that Aunty Sheila isn't leaving soon.

18 May, 2017

Thursday Thanks





  • 25th Wedding Anniversary.
  • Getting & feeling better.
  • A husband that is there "in sickness & in health".  lol
  • Special day for Mother's Day.
670/1000

13 May, 2017

Pretty Presents

I've been unwell, but somehow have managed this one for a party that I miss out on going to.  Oh well.  At least Miss Penelope newly 3 liked it.  



Pillow Present #8

07 May, 2017

Lunch

Four eggs means lunch for each of us to sample the joys of our own eggs.

Thanks to Doris!




05 May, 2017

Thursday Thanks



  • Birthday celebrations.
  • Marshmallows!  lol
  • Good days at work.
  • Lovely customers.
  • Chickens.
  • Egg laying chook!  
  • Great neighbours.
  • Fun times with neighbour children.  Creating memories for them all I hope!
  • OK start to term 2.  
  • Good planning in advance for BJ's birthday to alleviate pressure & worry.  

666/1000

04 May, 2017

Crazy Knitting Lady

I have really crossed over to the dark side...  the woolly dark side.  

I have always been a one thing at a time crafter.  I used to cross stitch flat out.  Always finished one before starting another.  

With my knitting over the last few years I have had 2 on the go at once as usually I have a small project like a cowl or socks that is travel sized for carrying with me.  

This week I have got rather over excited.  Mad even!  

Saturday I finally got started on a baby blanket for a gift after much umming & ahhing over what design to do.  It's coming along nicely.  



The sock yarns that I caked up last weekend I also finally made a decision.  I used the very technical way of asking BJ to hold 2 of the balls behind his back & I picked one hand.  That is a regular method of choosing in our house so why don't I get to actually use it myself.  I did!  I am even trying a new pattern for socks including cables!  

Crazy knitting lady is doing 2 cable knits at once!  



If that wasn't enough of a job with both of those, one of the pages I follow online has a May Sweater Challenge.  Ok, so I am in Australia & we don't wear sweaters!  Jumpers yes.  Sweaters no.  So after much umming & ahhing again over yarn colours I went with this & cast on this as well!  It got so cold this week suddenly that I needed some fresh new woollies to pull on.  I did actually bother to get the oldies out & give them a wash but there's always room for another.  



So stay tuned for updates!  I wonder which will be finished first!

Also I am pleased for Thimble-Its.  I have a hole in my finger from all this knitting so the thimble-its are saving me some pain...