- Aunty Mum
- The past two years have been all about adjusting to motherhood and finding my way through it via craft. The out pouring of this came in the form of my blog Aunty Mum. Now I'm finally finding my feet, the children are growing, I'm getting some independence and my interests are morphing . . . into cooking. Join me in exploring creativity in many forms, food, fabric, frowns and laughter.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Here's Harriet. I've spent much of my spare time this weekend making this little darling. She's a Jean Greenhowe and I just love her. A few years back I made my mum the Town Mayor hedgehog and I wanted something quick and easy so I picked Harriet.
She's a baby hedgehog with attitude and I love that she can stand up. Sometimes it's the little things in life that bring us joy and a stuffed toy that can stand freely is just the sort of thing that I find utter bliss in these days.
So now I'm busy making Stanley the Painter. He's a bigger and more detailed individual so it may be sometime before I can share him with you. But the neighbour has taken the little darlings to my parents for an after dinner hot swim so I'm going to clear up from dinner and get back to knitting. I'm currently engrossed in the TV series Vera as I'm also reading the books. As with all literature turned into television/movies it's never as good as the written word but Brenda Blythen makes up for all of that. Ahhhh it's almost perfection!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Again Mary Jane's Tearoom patterns are such a gem. I will confess that her patterns specify 4ply and I have used 8 for all of my creations because that's what my stash mostly consists of.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
There have been numerous trips down to the thermal hot pool. Here's Janae, Rogan and Nanny enjoying a morning swim. The night before I took the kids down and soaked in the hot pool with my kindle. It's a rare form of bliss.
Janae finally found the courage to try out her 'new' bike. About a year ago we were given two bikes by a family in our village. These had been given to their kids who had outgrown them so they passed along the blessing to my little darlings. Janae's hands, until now, have been too small to reach the breaks but she's off like Flynn now.
You should see her racing about. There are numerous cuts, bruises and scrapes from her first day adventuring but she seems to have got the hang of it now.
Here she is racing out the drive. I know she should have a bike helmet on. Thankfully Nanny and Granddad live on a quiet, private road with no traffic so they're as safe as houses.
And due to the horrid weather I've had lots of opportunity to knit. Do you remember Dr. Baxter Bunny? Well I gave him to Di so that she could pass him along to her brand new grandson. Di loved him so much that we just had to make a bunny just for her.
I'd been desperate to get the new bunny finished by yesterday. Unfortunately swimming, making meals and playing cards got in the way a bit and I finished Professor Beatrice Bunny last night.
Beatrice is a botanist who loves being outdoors among the flowers and plants. Hopefully some of her love for gardening will rub off on me.
Well, in the way of life it's perfect that she wasn't finished until last night as it turns out it's Di's birthday today. We've invited her over for afternoon tea and we'll present her new best friend. Di loves to garden so I'm sure they'll have lots in common and find special ways of spending time together.
Now I'm working on my next project . . . Tessa Teddy. I thought that Tessa was a granny but it turns out she's a teacher. Her vocation may change as she's only got one leg and I'm finding that as I create my friends their stories come to life. I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I'm quite pleased and have to say a huge thank you to Just Jen for sharing this pattern. it's very different from other toy patterns I've made as the body is just one piece. But other than that I've enjoyed making it.
Unfortunately it's too late to start something new tonight so it will have to wait for tomorrow night. And I'm still thinking about Tessa Teddy. I think she'll be sitting in an arm chair to start with.
I hope you've had a great weekend and the week ahead treats you kindly.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The children had a visit with their mum this morning so I've had two blissful hours in complete silence knitting while overlooking the Tauranga Harbour. It's amazing how a couple of hours of silence can make you want to face the world again. So this afternoon - after Janae had found a secret stash of goodies in my wardrobe - I decided I'd help her make this.
This is a craft that had been given to me by the Lovely Janet. One of the many things she treats herself to when out and about and a few years later realises she'll never really get around to making it.
Janae did a great job with stringing on the body parts, learning to stitch a gathering stitch and firing the hot glue gun - not to mention the awesome job with drawing the face.
Now it's back to work on Kayley's cat. With a little bit of effort I may just get it finished tonight. And while I was enjoying the solitude this morning a little bear name Tessa Teddy popped into my imagination. Hmmm I wonder how that will pan out.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I've spent the past year working crazy hours, raising three children (who are gorgeous by the way), studying theology part-time and trying to help care for an aging and ill parent. Finally the serotonin levels got alarmingly low, my folks made the family doctor give me a call and the rest, as they say, is history.
Isn't it strange how we don't view mental illness in others as weakness but when it comes to judging ourselves it's a very different story. So I've decided to suck it up, be honest and embrace the very different person I am these days. But one thing that hasn't changed is my love of craft. I'd almost forgotten how cathartic and restful it is to create something beautiful. So I introduce Dr. Baxter Bunny. I had a week off work last week and it was school holiday time. Thankfully the weather was just awful so we hung out in our pajamasaround the dining room table and just enjoyed being inactive. A neighbour of my parents is expecting their first grandchild and Mum asked me to make something. I was going to throw together the bog standard crochet blanket until I saw Primrose on Mary Jane's Tearoom. I just had to make the bunny using yarns left over from jumpers for the children. As he came to life he stopped being Primrose and became a personality all of his own. Yes, he was difficult to give away but he brought me so much love and peace that I know he'll do the same for Baby Charlie (who was born today).
So the bug for making little friends for my children and anyone else who wants them is underway. I have a dining table currently covered in yarns and patterns and other paraphernalia and I'm just loving it. I'm currently making a Tea Room Doll for Janae. I'm not entirely happy with her as I couldn't find the gorgeous hair yarn, but Janae loves her even though she has, as yet, no arms and legs. Following that I'm going to be making Just Jen's cat for Kayley. So hopefully I'll be back with some more shares.
Now I need to keep going for another 15 minutes. I need to be very disciplined these days and get to bed on time and I'm into a fabulous book by Ann Cleeves - murder mysteries set in the Shetland Isles. I treated myself to a Kindle about a year ago and I've read more books since getting it than I have in the past four years. Best investment ever.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. xx
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I know it’s been a very long while since my last post but I’ve something very exciting to share . . . my latest obsession!
I had a brainwave in the wee small hours of the morning a couple of months ago that I fancied doing a cross stitch again. So since then I’ve done not one but two and they’re due back from the framers tomorrow so I’ll endeavour to take a photo and share them; however, during the cross stitch process I was reminded that I’d once toyed with the idea of trying out hardanger embroidery and while I had the embroidery bug, and I was waiting for Rogan’s cross stitch pattern to arrive from Australia I thought I’d give it a go.
Well, as only one who is obsessed with hand crafts knows, I very quickly became addicted and I wanted to quickly share my toils.
I started out with this little gem and it got me on the track to finally working out what to give the teachers for their Christmas gift this year. This is the first of my bespoke decorations.
I moved on to something a little more difficult with the Christmas stocking. There was a fair bit of unpicking but I got there in the end.
Then this one where I used gold thread, something I’m not keen on doing again as it’s horrible to work with.
And finally the bookmark, which I totally adore.
The decorations were terribly floppy so tonight I have soaked them in mod podge and laid them out to dry. They’ve hardened nicely and I’ll attach some thread so they can be hung on a tree.
Something I’ve had to work hard at since completing these is the buttonhole stitch. Not for the first time in my life have I given thanks for you tube. There are some fabulous tutorials there that very clearly explain how to do all kinds of stitches.
But that’s not where the display ends. Having worked hard on a buttonhole stitch and having realised that attention to detail and pinpoint accuracy is key with hardanger, I’ve embarked on this gift for my mother . . .
It’s still a long way from complete but I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had so far. I’m working on the buttonhole stitch border now and then I can begin taking a pair of scissors to it to create the filet effect and begin the long and slow binding process, but I’m fairly sure it’ll be complete for Christmas day. It’s been tough keeping it a secret from said mother, but I know she’ll love it.
This project started out as an experiment to see if I could hack making a table runner and I’m fairly confident that I can. I’ve ordered a couple of pattern books and once they arrive in the post I’ll be hardangering my way through the summer hols.
Maybe once the cherubs are back at school I’ll have something more to share.
If you’re interested in trying hardanger embroidery check out you tube and pinterest. There doesn’t appear to be a great deal of free patterns out there (probably due to its obscurity) but the local library is sure to have some books that can get you started. Be warned though, it’s highly addictive.