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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.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Photographer is Born

Rogan got hold of the camera this morning and wandered around the house taking photographs while I braved the elements and put washing on the line (with great optimism as I’m sure it’s about to rain).

Here’s some of his handy work. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing that we have digital technology . . . it’d have cost a fortune if we were still using celluloid.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Old and the New

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My father has been busy putting into reality a dream of mine . . . an indoor clothes line. You see, in the old days a clothes line you could raise to the ceiling was a standard home fixture. And, being mean (as well as a little lazy) I refuse to buy a clothes drier as I know I’d use it more than the weather warranted. So this is my compromise. It’s made of super light aluminium and has a fabulous pulley system where I just haul it down and up as I need to put washing on it.

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I was very impressed with how quickly Dad grabbed on to my vision and made it a reality. So while the concept is old, this is new and very exciting.

And there’s more new and old developments this week. My parents have just invested in a fancy new plasma television that’s big and bright and shiny. That means we get their old fancy television that’s big and bright and not quite so shiny. We’ve been very happy with our little telly as it does the trick and, as I stated before, I’m a bit mean and could not justify spending thousands of dollars on something you blob on the sofa and look at. But when we turned our set on the other day nothing happened and it made some alarming clicking noises somewhere in the rear so I’m figuring it’s on its way out. What fabulous timing that we’re getting a new one. Kayley did her best to con me into putting the “new” one in the children’s toy room but I was having none of that. They can have the old one I’m afraid.

Well, with one hour left of my child free time I’d better go do a little more relaxing before I go get my baby girl. The morning starts seem to be getting earlier and earlier at the moment and I need to chill our before the chaos begins again.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Green Fingers versus Automobiles

I've always been quite proud of the fact that I have  had little difficulty growing house plants . . . until the past year that is. All the plants in my home have withered, some have died and the ones that haven't have been having a hard time of it.

I had assumed that it was because of New Zealand's new and improved building standards for homes ensuring we stay warm and dry that the atmosphere might be a little drier and harsher than anywhere I've lived previously. Today I discovered that perhaps it's not the atmospheric conditions but the social conditions that are a little harsh.

I discovered this little car buried deep within the tender roots of a seedling I've been attempting to cultivate. Hmmmm, me thinks that indoor plants may have to take a bit of a back seat while my children grow. Thankfully we have a lovely big garden that's starting to look more like a summer haven than a winter wasteland to make up for the lack of green indoors.

On the health front, I'm on the constant look out for spots. We're having a bit of a chicken pox epidemic lately and, while I don't relish the thought of hot and spotty children around the house I'd prefer it all to come sooner rather than later. Last night poor little Janae woke screaming at 9.30. As my best sleeper this was cause for concern, but her near 40 degree temperature was even more alarming, coupled with a little red rash around her neck. Today she has one spot: could this be the start of the pox? Rogan and Kayley are also sporting one spot each. I think to say the illness has arrived in our home might be a little bit drastic at this stage, it will make for interesting viewing over the next couple of days.

And big education changes are afoot. I've finally conceded defeat in that private preschools might be a little out of my budget (perhaps more than just a little) so in the next month Rogan will be off to kindy, closely followed by Janae once she turns three at the beginning of December. Rogan's actually quite excited to know that he'll have somewhere to go every day for the whole day with kids his own age. Janae doesn't care as long as she can draw and cut play dough to her hearts content. So it's almost the end of an era and the start of something new. And it makes me smile to know that I may not have to save for quite so long for balls of yarn once the changes are in place. I think this is what's called a "win-win" situation. Oh, and mental note, treat my mother to a coffee and muffin for a change!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Trooping On

Since arriving home from my little holiday I’ve had yet another dose of winter ills and I’m so over being ill that it’s got beyond a joke. I will not, however, let it rob me of creativity and today I’m finally posting some of my latest projects.

I haven’t not posted DSCF1213due to illness but technical difficulties. My camera charger up and died and I’ve taken time to remember to get my dad’s charger from him. Now we’re all go again . . .  well one must get organised for a Pirate Party. Here are my little treasures getting ready to celebrate their friend’s fifth birthday. But we’re not here to talk about children but knitting.

As you will know I’ve always been a self-confessed crochet freak but no longer. Now I’m totally hooked on knitting. I told in my last post about my jumper that I knitted and . . . here it is at last. DSCF1217 I have worn it and worn it as it’s one of those lovely things that knitted up about three sizes too big, is warm, cozy and just makes you feel like you should have something very cuddly and very green. As with a lot of things I’m making these days it’s not part of my usual colour choices but I’m still in love with it so I must have done something right.

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I’ve also made one hot water bottle cover. It’s officially Kayley’s but I noticed that when she was away last night Rogan claimed it. It certainly makes the bottle much more cozy and cuddly. I would make more but I’m the kind of person where, once I’ve made something once I can’t bring myself to do it again.

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I’m not sure if this picture shows the pattern very well but it was fun to do once I got into the swing of things. It’s also riddled with errors but who’s going to know. As I started this on holiday I decided that I didn’t need to be so hard on myself regarding perfection. Holidays are no place for perfectionism.

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And my latest project is a bright red cardigan for myself. It’s relatively plain and uninteresting to knit except for the ribbing which has this tiny little cable through it. I’m making it out of the mix and match book “1000 Sweaters” I got a couple of months back and instead of a collar I’m going to add a hood. I’ve completed the left front and, as soon as my little darlings are tucked up in bed tonight, I intend to start on the right front. I’m being very cheap with the yarn and am using cheap acrylic but that’s okay as I have a feeling this is going to be one of those garments that gets thrown on at every opportunity.

So there we are . . . up-to-date with the projects. Your guess is as good as mine where craft will take me next. I’ve met a lovely lady recently who is grandmother to Janae’s best friend and she said she can teach me Hardanger lace making. Now that should be fun.