20 July, 2017

Wet Weather Craft

It pays to buy things when you see them.  

A while back I saw these Shrinky Dinks online.  

We had lots of fun colouring them in.  Yes, me too.  I wasn't missing out!!!  

They were fun to colour & the boys did some fun colouring patterns.  I was impressed with DJ & the time he took colouring in so well.  





A couple of minutes in the oven & they all shrink!

To about a quarter of their original size.

The pack included the pipe cleaners for the legs & a couple of key chains too.  The boys have their key chains on their school bags already.  I have to find something to attach mine to my keyring still.  They aren't having all the fun that is for sure!


19 July, 2017

Sunshine





Finally the holidays brought us a day of sunshine.  Both the boys are well & we managed to escape for a bit of a drive about towns to some fun shops & then a good play at the park with some lunch in the sun.


16 July, 2017

New Slippers


BJ needed new slippers.

Back to the mukluk pattern from last year.  It is oddly enough, about a year since I started some of these as he got his first pair while he was in hospital.

He picked the colours for these out of my stash.  He wanted orange again, but we added a colour with it.

Hopefully they last him longer than most of his other pairs have done!  I really don't know how he does it!

15 July, 2017

Forgot This...


I have finally taken a picture of this.  It's a cowl I did the other week before I finished that blanket. I've worn it a bit but still hadn't taken pictures.  It's an unusual design in that it's really basic to knit, but twists itself onto the bias so sits really fun & collapses around your neck making a warm & cosy piece with a different appearance when using variegated yarn.  

It's called Wolkig & is a free pattern on Ravelry so check it out!  


13 July, 2017

At Last...


My baby blanket for my new nephew is complete.  It's just a Basketweave design which is good as it gives it lots of texture so looks a little thicker maybe than it really is.  I'm pleased with it, but will not be knitting with bulky yarn again any time soon.  It's hard work.  I'd rather knit a sock any day!  lol

I got the last row & cast off finished this morning & sewed in all the ends while I had some friends over for a holiday catch up. It's a great way to not think about sewing the ends in.

Thursday Thanks



  • A 6 year old.
  • An enjoyable party for the 6 year old & his friends.
  • The fun I get from doing the party!  lol  
  • Getting through the last week of school.
  • Boys that are better again.
  • A boy who got an award at school for "Respect".  Can't ask for better than that.  

692/1000

04 July, 2017

He's 6!!!

It was a VERY early start as I am sure most can imagine.  I did have to get him back to bed at 3am, 3.30 & 4.  Not sure if he wasn't already feeling a bit off at this point.  



School day for him though.  The first time he had his birthday on a school day.  

Also his first party with school friends.  So he was very excited.  

If you remember from my preparations the other week I was working on Pokemon things for it.  Well the theme continued. 

Pokeball lanterns.  White lanterns that we coloured in.  Used these instead of balloons.  (I am really starting to hate balloons.)  

 


Pikachu fruit boxes.  Free printable on line.  



There are a lot of cool ideas on Pinterest so I made some food labels.   




Parties these days need fruit.  So a Pokeball it is.  Handy serving dish from the cheap shop for $2.



We coloured in 24 table tennis balls & Stuart hid them in the back yard.  They had a good time running around finding them all.

I had prepared a pile of Pokemon eggs.  Found this idea on Pinterest too of course.  What a perfect thing for 5 & 6 year olds.  I even labeled an egg carton specially.


They spent ages doing this.  So lucky it was warmish.  Sun was shining so we could do it outside at least.  Each egg had one of those little plastic Pokemon instead.  So they were excited to do this.



Lots of food, & then some cake.  At this point I could see DJ was crashing out.  His eyes were glazing & he wasn't his usual crazy loud fun self.

A Pokemon cake & some Diglett Dirt cakes.  Children don't eat cake really.  So I tried the little chocolate coconut slice.  Most of them were demolished.  Only a couple weren't I noticed but the worms in the top of the dirt had gone.




The children left & the grandparents came for tea.  DJ had zoned out completely by this point.  We had obligatory cake pics with him & sang to him & then we enjoyed his birthday tea of sausages, mashed potato & gravy while he went to bed with a temp.  Poor kid.  Had a day home today feeling miserable.  Oh well, these things happen.  He still enjoyed it & was very spoilt.

29 June, 2017

Thursday Thanks




  • The safe arrival of my new nephew!  
  • A very happy & excited new mum & dad already thriving on parenthood.
  • A bit more extra work.
  • Busy days at work.
  • More eggs from my chickens.
  • Fun party planning.
686/1000

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%.