- 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.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I tend to be such a mono chromatic person when choosing colours and yet I love bright and mixed colours in other people's work.
So, while I was browsing I saw this incredible blanket made from little granny squares. Being in cushion mode and still having three large cushion inners to be covered I realised I could modify this to a cushion cover. Unfortunately the pattern wasn't posted but I could figure it out quite easily. Sorry Coco, but I just couldn't resist.
Culinary Council the other day on the way to Spotlight so I called in to see if they had any pre-cut flowers. As they stock everything I was in luck and I got two packets of these beautiful little flowers. Now I feel a lot more confident in cake decorating.
Adriano Zumbo dessert of pears, profiteroles and creme patisserie. I figured if these children could do it I could too.
Well, I almost did. I made these profiteroles for dessert tonight and made my first creme patisserie, which I injected into the choux buns then lashed choclate icing on top. I'd have put melted chocolate but we'd eaten it all last week. Rogan and I taste tested one while the girls were outside having a fall out (can you see the gap on the plate?) Delicious doesn't even cover it!
So tomorrow morning is my first Monday off in a long time and right now I'm holding my breath waiting for it to arrive. I have to bonus of My Kitchen Rules on telly tonight then early to bed so I'm up bright and early to get the kids out. Waa hoooo! Can't wait!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
But on the up-side, Nanny is back from England and she came home bearing gifts . . . most importantly my first issue of Mollie Makes. I've had it less than a week and it's plain to see that I've read it multiple times, it's dog eared already and I'm loving making the first little bits and planning the bigger projects. I have just one issue with this publication . . . it makes me want to do all sorts of very ambitious things like screen printing fabric.
I promised the little girls down the road a hat each and have decided that the new and improved ones will go down a treat!
I'm loving this one for Holly. I got this ribbon the other day and knew that it'd look lovely round a hat. The flower is a pattern from the MM Mag.
And Sarah's flower has the new yarn around the outside. I'm not sure if I like it or not but I'm sure an eight year old will think it's pretty cool.
I have been so inspired by the little MM flower that I'm currently working on a cushion with that at the centre of each square. It's nice to be making something for myself again!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I whipped out my Stitch and Bitch - The Happy Hooker book and found this scarf pattern. You know, I really recommend this book for all crocheters because I've made almost half of all the project in there now and every winter I open it up and make one more.
The scarf in the pattern is only one colour but as I tend to dwell in black clothes over the winter months and because I've claimed my fushia flower hat for myself I chose to do a striped version of the colours of my hat.
Thankfully netball was cancelled as I hadn't finished it yet. I took the kids to Nanny and Granddad's for a hot swim and I sat watching and finishing the scarf. My fingers became more and more numb but I was determined to get it done. Needless to say, the minute the last tail was safely tucked away, never to be seen again, an eight year old tapped me on the shoulder and asked "Cool, can I have it?" Well, she can't "have" it but she did get to wear it for the rest of the afternoon. I think I'll be making another one very soon.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Please, don't misunderstand. I love to make hats but I finally got my Nicky Epstein knitted squares book from the library on Thursday and it's been calling out my name ever since saying naughty things like "Go on, Belinda. Making just one square won't hurt." Thankfully my resolve was firm and I got the paid jobs out of the way and now I have a week ahead where I can make something for me.
You will remember that I promised I'd make myself some cushions over the winter and as I will probably not be able to renew this book from the library I figured making a cushion cover was the most sensible use of the time I have with it.
And because of this I've fallen in love with I-Cords. I've made them before as stems of my flowers but to make one that's 76cm long to make a twirly heart and with five stitches instead of three, I've realised just how versatile and easy these can be. And how effective.
So this is the first of the squares now I need to go make some lunch and then get on with the next. Woo hoo. Can't wait!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The children are completely in love with it as it's just the right height to sit on the floor and colour in on it. Janae's been sitting on it all morning with various toys. I have to laugh though as my first prediction came true. I said to Building Buddy that there'd be a child on the sofa trying to watch telly and another would come and sit on this and there'd be a row because sofa child wouldn't be able to see. We had about four of those rows last night.
And it even served a practical function yesterday afternoon. I had a 'customer' come to place an order for hats and this was the perfect place to lay out balls of yarn, hats, flowers and all other paraphernalia so she could make all her decisions. I think it's safe to say I'm in love.
I'm also discovering my hidden child right now. Kayley brought home an Enid Blyton book Secret Seven last week. Oh no, thought I. I thought we were over story reading. But we get Janae off to bed, I make up a pot of hot chocolate and sit around the table together. We read a couple of chapters and even I have to be tough and say no to more because the story is starting to get quite exciting. I loved Enid Blyton as a child and used to tuck myself into bed to read chapter after chapter. My mother has a big suitcase of all my favourite books from childhood. I think I'm going to have to find it and get out some of my true favourites. I know Kayley would love Trixie Beldon and there's one an English teacher gave me once after I spent a term helping out the kids in remedial reading. It's called The Boundary Riders set on a big cattle farm in Australia. I've read it probably six times and have even re-read it as an adult. I really want to share it with Rogan and Kayley now.
But now I have work to do. The sun is starting to peek through the clouds so my table is beckoning me to get started. Catch you later.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
But, I managed to get it finished this morning and am looking forward to him coming home to see his face.
Janae loves him already and I fear she may have to be reminded that he's Rogan's toy.
So now I need to find the next project. I'm just waiting on a text from my building buddy. She's off getting her dacron and foam so that we can finish our ottoman projects today. I'm eager to be putting my feet up on it tonight.
Kayley has ordered a teddy in a sack so I think I'll sign off now and go get that made while I've got some spare time. Hopefully I'll be showing you to ottoman tomorrow!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
And tonight is my black hat making night. I've got to get this one done for delivery tomorrow morning. I'll be heading to bed as soon as it's finished as I'm completely shattered tonight. But it's a good shattered; there's nothing like being tired out from a hard day earning a crust!