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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.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

You have to check these out

I just love finding new blogs written by people who love to create. You have to check out Coco Rose she has the most beautiful work, lovely stories and wonderful pictures. I'm going to love reading this each day.

The other place you have to go is the Mollie Makes site. It's a new magazine out in the UK. As luck would have it my mother is currently in the UK so I've sent her a request to get her hands on all the available issues.

My friend has spoken to our local magazine specialist shop to see if they might be able to stock it so we can keep our fingers crossed. Mum's been having trouble finding it but I've just discovered it's stocked in the supermarket just round the corner from where she is. I'd better sign off and send her a quick text. She'll be regretting she ever went I think as I keep sending through a new request of something to bring home. Note to self: Remember to order the Jelly Babies!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ahhh The Pressure

After a year of giving away my crochet and knitting wishing I could actually make a living out of craft it seems the gifting has paid off. I was hurriedly getting these little flowers finished off for the party headbands so that I could make a start on Janae's ballerina doll. I'd just completed them when a text came through ordering three hats. Thankfully they haven't got back to me with sizes and colours just yet as supplies are getting low and I'll have to go get some more. So I started on Ballerina (Janae will have to come up with a name soon) and I got another text ordering another hat . . . one that will have to be done by Sunday. Thankfully it's just a plain black hat so it's an easy Saturday-night-in-front-of-the-telly job. But my dining room table is starting to resemble a bomb site . . . not to mention all the little off cuts of wool laying about the carpet looking like confetti on a wedding day.

 But I did make a start on Janae's doll. She's not looking all that attractive right now and I'm quite pleased that my little darling isn't home to see her or she'd probably be traumatised. I'm hoping that the addition of hair tomorrow might improve things slightly. Here's hoping anyway.

And I just had to share this photograph of my ottoman. A tiny piece of me thinks I might just leave it as it is because it seems to be a very successful toy. Janae was using it as a preschool with her teddies this morning, Kayley has used it as a music studio with her keyboard and Rogan was using it as a boat and has loaded it with a "cargo" of wooden blocks. Thank goodness my mother is 12,000 miles away because she hates this kind of mess. It can stay there until morning because my little school darlings will be out of the house by 7.30 so I can clear it up before my morning tea date . . . that's so long as I don't get sidetracked by a craft project. I'll remind myself to be strong!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Oh no . . . new projects

We were so busy chatting and learning this morning that I didn't have time to take pictures of what we were making. Birthday girl's mother loved the things I had made and does want 10 headbands so I'm busy making flowers tonight.

What's the rush? I've been loaned this gorgeous book.

I simply adore Jean Greenhowe's designs. They're such beautiful dolls and so easy to make. And what I love most about this book is the little accessories that go with each figure.

I have a friend who is going to have a baby boy in a few months and I thought that every little boy needs a fireman to love, cuddle and play with so I'm going to make this for his first day.

Janae loves the doll I made last year and gets disappointed that I won't let her play with it, and she's completely obsessed with Angelina Ballerina that I have to make this for her.

There's also a nurse that Kayley wants so I think I'll be busy making dolls for a while. But I have to be good and finish the birthday order first. I'll also have to find time to make some more headbands and hats to take down to our centre for selling. My father was being cheeky telling me that I had no right to complain about being worn out as every time he sees me I'm crocheting. When I pointed out that I was actually "working" and earning money he started to see it all in a different light so I'd better keep earning or he might tell me off.

Now I've got to telephone my building buddy. She's got the webbing and we need to make a date to finish our ottomans (I can never decide if it should be ottomans or ottomen). So much to do. So little time.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

This birthday party order has been playing with my head a bit. I have no patterns, nor ideas to steal from elsewhere so I've had to actually come up with my own designs. This isn't something that usually works well with me. These headbands, however, have been a real success in my eyes.

Birthday girl's mother had suggested something much more Can Can girl than this but when I went to add the feathers it just didn't look right so I'm hoping that she will love these when she sees them tomorrow.

You will have to forgive my model not being completely clean faced but she was in the middle of dinner when she volunteered for the job. Food smears aside she still looks gorgeous. I think, once I've finished the order I may have to make some for my girls.

This little project, however, I'm not sure how I feel about. Mum asked for a ring and I've been racking my brains all week wondering how on earth I'm going to achieve that. This is just a rolled rose made with beads and stitched onto a three strand knitted cord that I've sewn together to make a 'ring'. I think I might try a ball in crochet cotton tonight once the little treasures are in bed and I can concentrate. I think that might look a bit better. But my kids love this so maybe the birthday girl will too.

All the baking was done today. I haven't got pictures because I've put it all away safely so we don't eat it all by tomorrow morning. I don't think even my family could go through 18 lemon sponge muffins, 40 chocolate chip cookies and about 20 pieces of peanut butter chocolate slice, but you never know. I'm looking forward to my friends coming over tomorrow morning to sit at my table in the sun and create together. It's days like tomorrow that make me so grateful for being a mum who gets to stay at home.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Starting projects and finishing others

Yesterday was building day. Carolyn arrived with all her tools and, thankfully, all her knowledge and within a couple of hours we had the frames for our respective ottomans all put together. Of course my father turned up and I think he was expecting to have a good laugh. He was quite surprised to see how well we were getting on.

We were so excited by our progress that we had to bring the frame into my living room and take turns at sitting on the sofa and pretending to put our feet up. I know, we're very silly.

We've ordered the webbing which will arrive mid-week next week and we both have upholstery. I got mine yesterday at trusty ole Spotlight. This wasn't my first choice as it's a bit 'traditional' even for me. The fabric I fell in love with was $32 a metre and I really couldn't justify the fabric costing more than the hard materials. This beautiful tapestry weave was a mere $6 a metre so I can't go wrong. Plus there's the bonus that it's much more serviceable than my first choice . . . especially with three children around.

So with no more work being done on the ottoman for a while I had to turn my attention to finishing some projects. I had to make a hat for little Sophia's fourth birthday. The one her mother liked best Sophia turned her nose up at as it wasn't pink. Crochet hook to the ready I whipped this up this afternoon. Hopefully she'll adore the pink beads as well. It feels like everything I'm doing has pink and beads associated with it right now. I'm sure that will pass though.

And Megan's dear old granddad loved her lemon hat so much that she asked me to make him one. Grandma asked me to add a couple of bright flowers so I thought some spring ones would cheer him up as he sits in the rest home looking out over the wintry waters of the harbour. Here's hoping anyway.

Tomorrow I have promised Kayley a baking session. I have some of the girls coming over for a crochet lesson on Monday morning and as I'm aware the visit is as much to do with coffee, cake and conversation as with crochet, I promised to make Martha Stewarts no bake peanut butter and chocolate slice. The trick will be ensuring that half of it doesn't disappear between baking it tomorrow and Monday morning (and the children wouldn't be entirely to blame if that happened). I also have to figure out how to make a crochet ring for a six year old and there's mountains of clearing up to do before the Monday morning visitors. Sunday looks set to be anything other than restful. Enjoy your day, what ever you're doing.

Friday, June 24, 2011


I just had to pop in quickly and show you this. I'm very pleased with it as it's my first attempt at jewellery. I think our six-year-old birthday girl will be happy with this gift.

By the time I'd made the last ball I had got into the swing of things so I might have to make another one. What a shame!

Today is ottoman day so I've just time for a quick breakfast before my building buddy turns up. I've borrowed the drill from Dad, the wood's in Carolyn's car and the enthusiasm is high.

This afternoon I'm dragging my girls to spotlight to pick the fabric. As a reward I'll take them over to Bayfair for a browse around the Smiggle shop and then dinner. Should be a great day. Hope yours goes well!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Kybosh

Just after posting yesterday about all my tea cosy plans I got a phone call regarding a six year old birthday. Hmmm, what would this have to do with me? Well, it seems I've been hired to create some girlie loveliness through crochet. I have been asked to create some jewellery as well as ten head bands as party favours.

So the tea cosy has been tossed into the bottom of the basket and I've been rummaging around for ideas of what I can create.

I have made a start on a necklace. I had thought I'd do flowers and then I kept coming back to the concept of beads and how beautiful a long necklace made of large beads looks. Last night as I made the first couple I did feel like I was fighting a war with toothpicks as the stitches are so little and my fingers are not. But I'm so pleased with the result. I'm using cross stitch silk because it sews up so glossy and glass bead like. I'm also adding some texture to others with little beads throughout. Today I managed to find these gorgeous metallic looking threads. I'm resigned to the fact they'll be absolutely awful to crochet with but I'm determined to work it out.

I also splashed out on this pot of glorious pink. I will use these beads to break up the crochet balls as well as for centre pieces of the flowers I'll attach to my headbands. I'm going to have to hide this jar away from my girls as they'll be all over them and I'll have nothing left for young Ava.

This is the start to my headband creation. Ava's party theme is Paris (as in the city not the person) so her mum and I discussed the whole Moulin Rouge idea of feathers; every girl needs sparkles so I'm going to use the little adhesive diamonds in descending size down one side and I hope to have a crochet and beaded flower with feathers on the other side. I'll have to make a prototype for mother to approve of before i go ahead and make all ten.

So as you can see there's no room for tea cosies today. I also have to finish a hat I was asked to make for Megan's grandfather, I need to start a hat for Sophia's birthday on Saturday and tomorrow I'm starting my ottoman. We are planning on taking step-by-step photographs so that we can share a tutorial with you here so keep your eye out!

No more time for the luxury of blog posts today. I must dash and make something before the afternoon school run. See you soon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Making Progress

Most of my morning has been taken up helping my father put together Kayley's new netball hoop. It's a good thing we're both quite savvy when it comes to construction as the poles were mis-labelled, the instructions were mis-spelled and there could have been all sorts of dramas. However, we got on well and the hoop is now up waiting for the "schoolies" to return home. I have a feeling one 8 year-old girl will be spending much of the winter out on the drive with her new ball and hoop pretending she's Irene van Dyk.

So, to take away the stress of construction Janae and I took up residence at the table and got creative. Granted, most of Janae's creativity is minute bits of paper on the floor, but it was creative nonetheless. (That's why the vacuum cleaner currently lives in the corner of the room.)

I carried on working on my tea cosy. I feel awful that yesterday I showed a picture of it but failed to put the link to the pattern. You can see the original pattern here. I'm loving making this as it's straight forward and stress free (if a tiny bit dull). The result, however, is fabulous. You will note that I've strayed from the original pattern in that I'm doing stocking stitch instead of garter stitch. I'm not a great fan of garter stitch . . . maybe it's a bit of that snobbery coming back.

It wasn't until I turned the piece over last night that I had a vivid memory of my Aunty Min. She is my mother's oldest sister and she came from England for a visit one summer when I was about 12. She spent her time making tea cosies and this turns out to be the same pattern she used. I feel I might have to make her one and post it over so she can enjoy the memories too.

But in true Belinda style, I have been working on the next pattern adjustment in my head while knitting. I think I might make myself one and make it checked. I find it very ironic that since declaring my strange dislike of stripes, everything I've made so far has been striped. My eye does strange things with stripes, in that it tries to introduce patterns or structures that aren't there. In this case my mind is trying to see blocks of two colours instead. So, once this is complete I might just make up one in two tones but do squares so it comes out like a checker board. I will also have to knit the yarn across the back looser so you get the full effect. I'm not very good at making the same pattern more than once so I hope the enthusiasm is sill there once I've completed this cosy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sock Snobbery

I have decided that I was becoming a bit of a sock snob, trying to force myself to be the best four needle sock knitter ever. That was quite a joke really because my four needle skills left a lot to be desired. And, once I'd made a pair on four needles and a pair on two needles I decided I liked the two needles result better. So, I'm now proud to present Janae's feet adorned in gorgeous Opal knitted socks.

And here are Kayley's pair. I love this wool and am off on Thursday to get some fair isle wool to make Rogan some. I have worked out a pattern for little feet and once I've tested the pattern on Rogan's feet I'll post it. They're really straight forward and look totally cosy. I think I'll have to work out a pattern for big feet too.

 I had a wonderful surprise yesterday. A lovely lady from our church has found out that I love to knit and crochet and she turned up at my front door bearing gifts. She was once an avid crochet-er too and wanted me to have her collection of hooks. I don't go in much for "personality types" but whatever mine is I love things in neat, orderly lines . . . especially packaged in special holders so this gift was like the crown jewels for me.

So now it's on to another project that's been on hold while I battled with sock madness. I'm about to start a tea cosy. Check out this gorgeous tea cosy. I won't be putting the beads on though, nor the pom poms. Remember that collection of flowers I did last week? I've decided they will adorn this beautiful creation. I'll let you know how I get on.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Perfect Winter Day

I've had the most amazing day. It's been absolutely freezing so I climbed into a comfortable chair near the fire, got my knitting, my cup of tea and my peace and quiet and made one whole sock.

I have adapted the pattern a bit from an adult sock to a child's sock. This was supposed to be for Kayley, aged 8 but I think I over adjusted and it's the perfect fit for Janae aged 3.

I also need to use smaller needles for the ribbing as it's just not tight enough to be effective, but they've come out great for my first attempt.

I was a little horrified at the price of this single ball of wool. I am pleased, however, to note that one small sock has barely made a dent in it. And, I will have to go back to get another ball for boy appropriate socks. They have some gorgeous wools and I would love to have got one of every kind. Thankfully I have just a little more self control than that.

On a very exciting note, my lovely friend Carolyn and I are hatching a plot to make our own ottomans (or should that be ottomen?). She's priced up materials and, while it's a bit more expensive than we'd first anticipated, it's still way cheaper than buying one. And I can't help thinking that every time someone sits on it or puts their feet up on it I'll secretly smile to myself thinking I made that. See, that's the beauty of craft . . . the anticipation!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Madness Returns

I got my trip to the library today. Unfortunately the book I really wanted wasn't available and I've had to order it. I love Nicky Epstein as her designs are soooo amazing. And her book Block by Block is just fabulous. Check it out on Amazon so you can "leaf" through the book to see what I mean. It's such a great book I'm seriously considering purchasing it as I think I'll use it quite a bit.

Anyway, sock fever returns to my home. I found this great book today that teaches you how to knit socks from the toe to the top rather than the reverse. Do you remember how I'd managed to knit my first attempt at socks all the way down to the toe and then got completely stumped? This is a problem no more. Working from the toe up is way easier. Well, it's easier if you have complete quiet, count aloud to yourself, write down exactly how many stitches you knit in each row and talk to yourself muttering phrases like "and now slip, one, two . . . ".

I'm attempting this "basic" pair of socks as my first go. I will confess to starting five times before getting anywhere near happy. I'm nothing, if not stubborn. I wasn't letting these little suckers get the best of me.

And here we have the first half of the first foot. I'm knitting in four ply baby wool as I wasn't going to spend out on proper sock yarn until I knew if I could get the hang of it or not. Tomorrow I'm going to make a secret squirrel trip to the wool shop to get a couple of balls of sock yarn. I know I said I didn't like stripes but, hey, a girl's gotta have a stripy pair of socks. And, because the basic ones have proven to be straight forward, I might even attempt a pattern on the next pair. I can feel a new obsession coming on. Best give up one of the existing ones first.

So, child free day tomorrow, gardens all up to date, have cried off coffee group so that, as soon as the hoovering is done, beds made and washing put on the line I have a date at my kitchen table with a pot of tea, four knitting needles and my current favourite book.

Speaking of tea . . . does anyone know of any really great tea cosy patterns floating about the ether? I have a special friend I want to make a cosy for as a thank you gift. Of course I'll have to get her a teapot for it to go on too.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Garden at my Table

Today has been one of those where I thought I was going to get nothing achieved. And then, like magic, I'm at the end and quite a few chores have been achieved.

I have finally made it to the bottom of my laundry basket after all the rain we've had. Now our drawers are full to overflowing with clean clothes.

I have managed to get the lawn mowed. There is only one issue with this: every time I mow I keep praying it'll be the last time for the winter. We have, however, had such mild weather so far that it keeps on growing. Here's hoping that's the end of it for a few months.

And, while Janae was at Mainly Music this morning, I made some more treasures. I'm loving the bumble bee and the butterfly. Now all I have to do is make something to fix them to. I think I'll have to make a start on some hats tonight. I did promise myself an early night though so I'm going to have to be firm with myself as I want to have all my faculties to browse the knitting/crochet isle at the library in town. I haven't been there for ages and I need some inspiration for some new ideas of things to make. Hopefully someone returned a whole lot of books today and they'll be waiting patiently for me to arrive.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tiny Treasures


Because I have a sick child today, and because I’m awaiting a time to go and purchase more colours for hats I’ve decided to concentrate on making the flowers today (while I pray for the rain to stay away so the washing dries).

Every time I start a new flower pattern I think . . . hmmm, this will never end up looking like the picture; but I keep knitting, faithfully following the pattern and, voila, there’s the flower from the picture. I just love these little snowdrops. They’re so delicate and fresh looking. I especially love them against this dusky purple too.


This little flower was a bit of a challenge as it was created on the dreaded double pointed needles. Still, I got there in the end and, despite the few mistakes, I’m quite happy with it.


And all the while I was knitting this poppy I was certain it would be a disaster but it’s turned out to be one of my favourites.

My next project is going to be carnations. I don’t particularly like carnations as flowers but I have a feeling they’ll look pretty good on a wee hat. I’ll let you know!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Weekend Holiday

I had been feeling like I needed a holiday this week. Then, as the weather closed in for another weekend, it dawned on me. My parents house is currently empty as they're both away having their own adventures. They have a lovely hotpool, sky tv, gorgeous views, lots of room; it was the perfect holiday destination.

So Friday afternoon we quickly packed up our stuff and headed off. We didn't need to head far as they're only about 10km away. A quick hot swim, dash into town to grab some dinner then home, a bit of telly and the kids were off to bed.

Being the geek that I am, I use my parent's MiSky to record a programme called Edwardian Farm where two archiologists and an historian live for a calendar year in a specific era. This time it's the Edwardian era. I LOVE this kind of telly so I have hours of viewing to catch up on. While I was watching I created my second cushion.

Young Brenna visited with her mother on Saturday and snuggled up to the first cushion I'd made. "Why don't you post both sides of the cushions on your blog?" she asked. Good point. So here is the back side of the cushion. I'm really not a stripes person but I couldn't resist incorporating all the colours used on the front. Hopefully this side won't be seen too much, but it's still fun.

So Janae and Rogan quickly curled up on the sofa to watch their own favourite documentary River Monsters tonight while I started dinner. You know, I'm quite pleased with the effect of these on the old comforter.

All I have to do now is figure out which craft I'm going to take with me to the hairdresser tomorrow morning. I will have two hours of peaceful bliss to fill so I'll have to think of something. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Okay so maybe I lied

It turns out that I just could not bare the green and black combination in the cushion I posted the other day so I've scrapped that even though I'd decided to finish what I started. I don't think I'd be a true yarn lover if I didn't have unfinished WIPs hiding all over the house. Shhh, just don't tell my mum.

So I've started this little gem. I just love it. I don't normally like doing a variety of colours in one square. It's not due to any aesthetic sense,more due to laziness . . . I get fed up with tucking away all those tails. I have, however, started out as I mean to carry on and am tucking away the tails at the end of each square and am joining as I go so hopefully the end process of putting fronts and back together will be easy, when the time comes.

 And my mother would be proud of this effort . . . the fact that I've finished this cushion without getting started on some other mammoth project is inspiring even to me. I'm completely in love with this. Janae thinks it's "her" cushion but I've made her believe it's her cushion that lives on the sofa. So far she seems happy with that.

I did wonder if it should have been circular but I think square works too.

Now it's time to whip the dinner dishes into the dishwasher and then curl up to make a few more squares. I've also promised to turn up with some home baking to coffee group tomorrow so I'll have to fit that in before bedtime. Mmmm, custard creams I'm thinking.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Too busy to create

It's been one of those days that has just slipped away from me with little input or thought. I managed to get the front of yesterday's cushion complete last night but can't complete the back due to a lack of yarn. Oh what a shame, I'll just have to go to Spotlight tomorrow morning.

I did, however, have an hour to start the next cushion but I'm not happy with the colours. I had blues in mind really, but I've started now so I'll finish it, but I think there'll be some blue purchasing tomorrow too.

So after my hour off I had worship practice for a couple of hours, we had to go and watch Rogan come last in the Cross Country run and then home to go to the neighbours to raid their fruit trees.

This gorgeous specimen above is a Tamarillo. I'm assuming it's an Asian fruit introduced to New Zealand. I have awful memories of this fruit. Once, when I was about 10 my friends and I gorged ourselves on them and I came home with a very sore tummy, promptly threw up all over my father and have never eaten one again. Kayley, unfortunately, loves them. Just the sight of them makes me feel a little queasy to this day.

We also selected a mountain of mandarins. Yum. These have been a delicacy in our house this autumn as my little tree is still a good 12 months from producing fruit and the prices in the grocers have been quite high. When my neighbour telephoned this morning and said help yourself to as much and as often as you like I almost bit his hand off. Thanks John.

And I just had to include this picture of my little deep sea divers. Do you think the children are telling me it's time I took them round to Nanny and Granddads for a swim? Bless their little cotton socks. Thankfully Granddad has just dropped of the big bucket of lego and, despite the fact it's currently spread all over the living room floor, it's the most peace I've had at five pm for many a day. Long may it last!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cushion Creativity

I've been so inspired while reading Crochet With Raymond blog and all the beautiful crochet cushions and blankets Alice has in her photographs that this morning, as I had the house work done quickly, I thought I'd start a cushion. This is not what I made today but one of the first things I ever crocheted when I first started a couple of years ago. Note the terrible sewing together and dodgy appliqué. Wow, how things have moved along since then.

But, it's been so long since I've crocheted a granny square I'd quite forgotten how to do it. I had to start twice, I'm ashamed to admit. But we're well under way now.

I have been making flowers with this gorgeous fushia yarn (I won't call it wool as it's 100% acrylic) and when I was sorting through my wool basket this morning I couldn't resist it. I'm almost at the end of the ball so I'm thinking a quick trip to Spotlight for a couple more might be in order this week. They're so cheap at $3.50 for 100 grams that I can easily justify the spend.

As I have lots of cushions with removable covers I'm quite restrained on how big or, in this case, how small the cushion can be so it feels like I'm grannying forever but that's okay. It's not taxing on the brain which is a blessing after a long weekend with all the kids (and their friends) at home.

And yesterday I made Polly Precious her bonnet. This particular "baby" isn't our Polly but Polly has loaned her hat as this baby didn't have any clothes and Janae felt that she needed some. I can see that I'll be whipping up some pants and tops before long so all her babies can be well dressed this winter.

Well, the long weekend is finally at an end and I sent two children out in the cold to catch the bus this morning. (The fact that they came back 20 minutes later because they'd missed the bus is a fact I need to gloss over for sanity sake.) I've got a tidy home, Granddad is home and is coming over for dinner so he can take some of the pressure off the incessant chatter that goes with pre-bedtime and I'm feeling more like my usual, bubbly self rather than a psychotic mother on the brink of murder, as I did last night. I love week days.

Monday, June 6, 2011

What to do with Rainy Days

It's a bank holiday, it's raining and it's too early to find out if the video store is open. I had made my children promise to stay in bed until seven this morning . . . I guess that was wishful thinking. It was also wishful thinking hanging two loads of washing on the line; you'd think I'd have learned after 40 years of being lied to by the weather man, that I'd think twice before trusting him.

However, all is not lost. I kidnapped Polly Precious from Janae's bed last night to see if my tiny cardigan fit her okay. Now Polly Precious has taken ownership of it. That's okay as I'm not very happy with a couple of my executions. It's just nice to know that it will fit a baby sized human being. This said, though, I am now completing an order for a bonnet for Polly as Janae tells me that her head is getting cold too.

The other thing completed this morning was the icing of Kayley's cake. I was given this glass lazy susan for my birthday and this has been the first opportunity I've found for using it. The cake certainly looks delicious and I'm about to slice it up for our morning tea, accompanied by a hot cup of tea. Mmmmm.

Of course, with the making of icing comes the "licking of the bowl" ceremony. Janae and Rogan made short work of cleaning out the left over icing and Janae has a mouth to prove it. I sometimes feel like a terrible mother. Fancy letting my children eat chocolate frosting straight after breakfast.