19 October, 2014


A portrait of my children once a week for a year.

BJ  & DJ - both just playing around silly with Dad.  Cheeky faces, cheeky grins...  the same but different.

16 October, 2014

Week Of Crafty Bits

It's been a bit of this & a bit of that week in craft world this week.  

A friend of mine did this embroidery...
Like the embroideries I did a couple of weeks ago, my friend got interested.  She got it all stitched up, picked some fabric & I sewed it into the hanging for her.  It's cute.  

A friend of DJ's is having a birthday on the weekend.  He is a tractor mad little boy.  So I made a tractor hat!  DJ is modelling it for us.  It's been a while since I did a hat & well, I guess it won't be the last for a while...  summer is coming!  

Also picked up the crochet hook while sitting outside trying to avoid the boys yelling inside.  Unfortunately they followed me outside & it just got louder but I got a bit done out there in the warm spring air.  This one is for the CAL that I am still running.  Only one square left to post & we have 20 for the year.  Not bad really.  I have skipped a couple as one I am scared to go back to.  Have to print up another 2.  Then almost done!  

Hope you are all getting some crafty things done too!  

15 October, 2014

A Quilt Moment

 Way back in February, we got this cute fabric in at work.  The Retromobilia cars...  it's cool.  

I was bored at work last week.  Been a bit quiet lately.  I got it in my head that I would hunt out some fabrics to go with the cars...  

On the weekend I sewed this one up.  It's a cot quilt sized only.  

It's from the book Growing Up Modern which is a terrific one.  I did DJ's tractor quilt out of it at the start of the year.  This one was pretty simple.  9 fat quarters is all it takes & it was sewn up in about 2 hours.  It's a great pattern for a quick gift or anything like that.  Feature a favourite fabric maybe.  

It was good fun to do a bit of sewing again.  Must be summer on the way...  

More accurate colours in this one...   

13 October, 2014

Ice Breaking

If you remember the other week, at the start of the holidays here, I started freezing animals in a bucket.  Well we dug it out of the freezer on Saturday.  The boys didn't know about it & it proved a hit.  We all had turns whacking it with a few different things.  Some worked, some didn't.  

We spent an hour on it on Saturday.  It ended up being a bit of ice play with ice bits going down shirts.  To be expected of course.  Was rather fun.  An hour though chipping away!  Not bad.  

It went back in the freezer for Sunday afternoon then.  Still another hour & unfortunately I spent most of the time rescuing the animals.  Unfortunately some come out a little worse for wear, missing limbs, ears or antlers.  Oh well, the boys won't lose any sleep over that.  

It was a fun experiment & they really enjoyed it so it was worth the little bit of trouble it took to make in the first place!  Really, almost no time at all to make!  

12 October, 2014


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - trying to chisel/bash/hack through the rather large block of ice to rescue the animals.  
DJ - watching the rest of us hacking at ice...  

06 October, 2014

Celebrate Spring

For the last few years we have been to the local Celebrate Spring event at the arboretum nearby.  It's always nice & has some nice activities for the boys to do...

A weaving wall - 

Kite making - 

Face/arm painting - 

Rapt with their designs...

They did all go to look at the reptile display but I kept away from that bit...  I can't look at them.  

A walk around some of the tree park!  They remember what they did last year & so we repeated a lot of that.  

A walk up the big hill to see more trees, but mostly for a bit of a view.

Bbq sausages for lunch on the lawn listening to the entertainment.  They have a selection of musicians & bands scheduled throughout the day.  

A bit of relaxing in the sunshine...  

& some really good icecream while listening to more entertainment & watching the "Bright Stars Dance Troupe".  They were a group of people with Downs Syndrome of all ages.  They did such a great job.  

It was a really nice few hours out to something different in the middle of the holidays.  

05 October, 2014


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - showing off the painting of a snake on your arm at the Celebrate Spring day.
DJ - playing at home under the sprinkler again & acting up for the camera!

Linking up with the 52 project.  Not long to go now!  


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