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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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

We're Home

Just a quick note to say we're finally home. The children are all asleep in their new beds (although Janae is asleep in her old cot). It was the most stress-free move I've ever made. All that's required now is a day's work tomorrow finding a home for everything. I'm so happy I could just about cry. Instead, I'm off to curl up on my very own sofa, in front of my very own telly and enjoy Midsommer Murders. Hopefully there'll be photographs tomorrow, and much more blogging now that I'm my own master again (excepting, of course, three little bosses that I answer to).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Key to My Heart?

Nope, better than that. This gorgeous little pink beauty is the key to my home. At long last (almost eleven months) I have my own home and I've even unpacked half a dozen boxes, made afternoon tea for my parents in my own kitchen and have just five sleeps until we have officially moved in.

Anyone that wants a sneak peek can feel very free to come visit. I'll be round there most evenings this week (except tonight as I'm shattered and will be in bed by about eight). And remember . . . no invite necessary . . . we love visitors!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Three Cushion Patterns

As promised, here are the charts for the two cushions I made last week. Unfortunately I can't upload pdfs so if you want the charts they'll have to be jpegs I'm afraid.

This is Jill's cushion. The flip side is just a basic granny square with a flower in the middle. This is, by far, the most interesting side. Here's the chart.

Here's Mum's cushion . . . side one. Just a basic flower, but quite cute. And the chart . . .

and finally my favourite the other side to Mum's cushion.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Bright Spot

This latest project is the bright spot of the toughest week of the year to date. Wow, what can go wrong etc has been my mantra and, despite everything, I've done my utmost to keep my chin up and keep smiling. I failed tonight. I finally caved in to the pressure and crumpled into a wet teary mess. That it's taken this long is very suprising. Let me explain:

Dad and I have been working hard to get the grounds done ready for the handover for the house, I raced into town with two children yesterday to pick up the handover papers and my car broke down. Couldn't call Dad cos he was out fishing so had to call a friend. Thanks John for the rescue. I had to leave the car where it was because it just wouldn't go. Then I had to get to the house to get the gas fire from the shed to the house without the aid of the tractor and forklifts (even if I'd had them I couldn't have used them as I don't know how) so thanks for the lift John. I lost my wallet three times yesterday. Janae's just started dreaming so she is waking with screams about two times a night so sleep hasn't been high on priorities this week. Today I forked out to get my car towed to the garage to be fixed and discovered the repairs will cost $500 so there goes my budget for patio furniture I'd saved hard for. I lost my wallet again this afternoon. I was 20 minutes late picking Rogan up from preschool due to massive amounts of road works on our roads at the moment. I've had a row with Dad tonight because, after him pushing to get settlement on the house tomorrow, he's starting to change his mind and thinks we'll leave it until next week. To top it all off, I had a really good browse around the inside of my new home and all I want, in my heart of hearts is to be there now, children asleep in their beds and writing my blog in the privacy of my own home without mum and dad coming in to see what I'm doing, do I want anything, remember I promised I'd go to bed early. Sigh . . . what a life I've chosen for myself.

But, I keep on crocheting. I made two cushions last weekend and realised how silly I am. I crochet with fine cotton so much that I convince myself I prefer it to wool. Having made the two cushionsI remember how much I love crocheting with wool as it's quick results. Poor mum, her table runner is left on the shelf for another couple of weeks as I'm in love with this blanket I'm making for Kayley. Please excuse the rumpled look of it. Some how it ended up under Grandfather's bum.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ravishing Roses

I've finally got together my nine photographs for what (hopefully) is the last project for the new house. I've been compiling photographs of roses from my mother's garden in order to have them framed and hung beautifully in my dining room. I just had to share the raw photographs with you. Remember, there has been no photoshop work or colour work done on these at all. When I get my Mac out of storage I may play with them but they're pretty good as they are.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Don't Rock the Boat

Isn't it amazing just what children will play with. Remember my last post I mentioned a very big box of wool being gifted? Well, this is the lid and it's become a very sea worthy boat.

Janae is usually the last choice as first mate so while Rogan was looking the other way she quickly threw her pillow in and climbed aboard. I think this particular photograph shows a fairly rough sea.

Things must have got a bit calmer here though. She's become something of a poser due to all the blogging and scrapbooking over the past months. We were out at a play group a couple of weeks ago and someone was trying to take her photograph. She leaned on the slide, put one hand on her hip and called out "Cheeeeeeeseee". I was so embarrassed. Ah well, at least she's not at the running stage when a camera is whipped out.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Boxes of Delight

The other day I had to get my cousin's wife, Jill, to come babysit while I went to a meeting. Upon my return she presented me with a massive big banana box full of wool . . . lots and lots of wool. Wow! It's those kinds of gifts that you just have to smile about.

I know I'm in the middle (literally) of mother's table runner but I just had to get my hands on the wool and make something as a thank you for her generosity. Also, I had to make sure it was original - there could be no simple pattern following this time around.

Out came the 3.5 mm crochet hook, on went my thinking cap and this is what I came up with. I hate cushions that are the same back and front; and, wanting to show off a little, I decided to put my filet practice to work and designed a completely different "back". Strangely enough, I prefer the back and would make it the front if it were my pillow - but feel free to decide for yourself.

Now mother wants a cushion too (another delay to the table runner) and this time I may do two different filet designs. I'll post the chart for this one in a couple of days and will post the chart for my new design when I've made it up.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Gardening Dude

With the potatoes we planted a few weeks ago raring to grow and be eaten we had a trip to the garden centre this week, awoke to the most glorious day we've seen in ages and went off to plant even more goodies in the garden.

Upon leaving I got Rogan all dressed up in his "dirty" clothes and he slapped on his shades. What a gardening dude he looked. Of course, the smile didn't last too long once the hose came out to water the plants and he realised I wasn't going to allow him to wash our new vegetables straightt out of the ground. Thankfully our little neighbour Hope popped over the play for a while and the tears didn't last long.

And here's the master piece of vegetable delight. We have pumpkin, cucumber, red cabbage, standard cabbage, lettuce, celery, cauliflower and brocolli. Yum! It's a good thing we're all avid vege eaters in our house cos there's going to be plenty.

Friday, October 9, 2009

What a Week

It's been one of those weeks where there's barely been enough time to think let alone achieve. But, with quite a bit of coaxing from Kayley we got the paints out yesterday and got her canvasses finished. I say finished, but I don't feel the one of the left is completely finished yet. I'll let it mull over in my mind for a few days and the answer is sure to come to me.

Well, we've survived another school holiday. We have a full on weekend planned and then it's all back to normal and we'll be back into the routine I love so well.

I have to admit that one of the reasons I've been remiss in my blogging is due to this silly Facebook game "Farmville". Who knew that cyber-farming could be so much fun. Ahhhh, I'm not silly, I know it's way more fun that real farming (I've had cows poop on my head while milking, don't worry about that). But this afternoon, as I was supposed to be arranging lunch for the tribe my mother came and found me at the computer. "What are you doing?" asked she (can you tell I'm reading lots of Austen right now?) "I'll be there in a sec," I replied, "I've just got to milk the cow and pick all the cherries from the tree." If only you could have seen the roll of her eyes . . . that classing mother look that says "oh dear, when will she grow up?"

Monday, October 5, 2009

Holy Hayfever Batman

I know it's freezing today, but thank goodness for colder weather . . . the lack of tissue use, headaches and bad temper have been well recieved by my family today. So, desipte the frantic activity these school hols have brought to my house I haven't had to much time for blogging. What have I been doing?

I've been getting to grips with the scrapbook and am loving doing that. I did a whole Sunday theme yesterday. You see (I know, I've said it before) Sundays are a handful so I decided that everytime there were tantrums and tears yesterday I'd try to get a photograph of it. Then I'd offset them with some nice pics of playing together, enjoying ourselves. It's turned out to be a pretty good page.

There is also an abundance of birthdays at the moment so I've been card making also. The thing I love about creativity is that other people do all the thinking for you and then you can come along and steal their ideas. I'm almost completed one for a 40th birthday coming up but need one or two more supplies to finish it.

Speaking of supplies, I've found a couple of fantastic online suppliers. Paper is the thing (naturally) that I go through the most and I've found these two sites have fabulous prices and ranges. Check out Craft Bug and Just Scrapping.

So, no crochet this week and not too much to show as it's all a bit top secret until next weekend and all the birthdays are celebrated, over with and suprises unwrapped. Let's hope something a little interesting can be found to snap and share in the meantime.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Best Gifts

I've had the most pleasant evening pottering in my room completing some projects I've been working on for a special gift. Personally, I am totally into gift giving and love browsing for just the right thing for a special friend or family member. Since I've become a little bit crafty gift giving has become even better, for now I can create beautiful things for beautiful people. This particular gift, however, is the first attempt at being made entirely with my own hands. Becuase it's a gift, I'm sure you'll appreciate that the photographs have to be quite cryptic (you never know who's lurking around the corner) but I'll post the complete photograph of each item post gift giving time.