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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.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Eureka

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It could be that I’ve completely lost the plot. I’ve spent the past two hours battling with four needles only to produce this tiny little lime. I was determined that I was going to beat my fear of four needle knitting and I think I’ve done that, but I did burst out laughing once I’d completed this because it just seemed a little like I’d gone mad.

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I decided that, since my mother’s in England, my children are all off being educated for the day and I could almost guarantee that the phone wouldn’t ring I’d give it a go. I’m pleased I did because, like most things, I really wasn’t as difficult as I’d built it up to be.

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I have been given this gorgeous book from my lovely friend Kate (Greedy for Colour) . . . most likely because I’d been “borrowing” it for about six months . . . and I’d pretty much exhausted all the flowers I’d wanted to make on two needles. I’m desperate to make hollyhocks, calla lilles and other beautiful little treasures. Now I’m feeling I have a little more confidence to do so. What will I do with all these blossoms? I have no idea, but I should imagine there’ll be more elaborate hats coming your way.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Goal Achieved and a Sneaky Lady Bird

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Ever since I started making hats (about two years ago now) I’ve had an image in my mind of a black hat with red cherries on top. Two things stopped me: I didn’t know how to knit or crochet a cherry; and would a black hat be okay for a child? Well, blow it, I’ve finally done it.

My poor girls watch me making all these hats for other people and wonder if the next one will be for them. Janae put her order in today. “I want cherries, a leaf, a flower and a lady bird” she told me. Hmmmm, all a bit much for one hat to go on a small head. I haven’t added the flower but . . .

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I did put a sneaky little lady bird on the back for her. I promised I’d have it ready for her to wear to church tomorrow so I’m up late hastily sewing on the little bits. Tomorrow I’ll ask Kayley what colour she wants and what decorations. I’m dubious abut this as Kayley is the girl whom I keep telling “less is more my darling” and she just doesn’t seem to get it (unless we’re talking about home work).

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The other hat I completed today was also outside my “little girl” comfort zone and done in blues. Having two girls I’m completely over the whole pink and purple colour scheme. I think there’s a conspiracy somewhere to make mothers dress their girls in only two colours. So, when it comes to hats, I’m trying to really branch out a bit. Of course, due to the colour conspiracy, there’s the possibility that these hats wont go with anyone’s wardrobes and, therefore, won’t sell. Ah well, it’s still fun making them and if they don’t sell Kayley and Janae will be the best dressed heads in town. All I have to do now is make some labels for the bags they’ll go in. I’m leaning towards a name like Heavenly Head Warmers. Yes, a work in progress I think.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Crafty Friends Working Together

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One of the things I love about having crafty friends is the ability to assist one another. I was almost complete making the flower for this hat and I had to knit loops for the centre. The directions seemed straight forward until I attempted to put them into practice. Nope, no luck.

Well, this morning I had coffee group and took my flower along to finish sewing in ends and attach it to the hat. I mentioned to my friend Carolyn that I couldn’t do the centre. She whipped out her knitting needles, cast on five stitcDSCF1657hes and within minutes we had it worked out.

How brilliant to have helpful and lovely friends to enjoy creativity as much as I do. And the best part of coffee group this morning was Corleah’s invitation to her birthday celebration next Thursday morning. You see it’s not only an opportunity to get together to celebrate a birthday but she’s organised for us to make “fascinator” hats while we’re there. We are very excited about this as we we’ve promised to all wear them to Church on the Sunday morning. Can’t wait to show you the results.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Birthday gifts complete

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It’s been one of those lovely days where I’ve baked, visited and enjoyed morning tea with a friend, and completed our birthday gift for Sunday . . . all with a three year old trying to get me to participate in her one child concert, make me pretend to be her baby and generally chatter all day.

The cupcakes have come up really well and I’m so happy with them. They look almost good enough to eat . . . especially once I mastered my cherry pattern. But I’m most pleased with my decision to re-work the placement of the flowers on the hat.

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I’ve laid them along the rim and they look both more natural and more appealing to the eye. I feel more sure that the birthday girl’s mother will be more likely to let her child wear the hat than the way I had it before.

And that’s the craftiness over for this part of the day. Best get out and mow those lawns before the big storm comes tonight. I had been crossing my fingers that it’d rain much earlier but, alas, I’m out of luck so better get to it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Celebrating Birthdays through Crochet

Wow, what a long time since I posted. Life has just got in the way and the habit left me. Much the same happened with my crochet too. But, I’ve managed to find the bug again and it all started with whipping up a beanie for my brother who is heading to Christchurch to help with the earthquake clean up. I had so much fun doing that that I had to make something more.

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Janae’s little friend is turning three and is absolutely mad on tea sets so I had thought that I’d make her some fruit and veges; this, however, requires knitting with four needles and was slightly outside my patience scope and skill level. I can knit with four needles if there are about 20 stitches, but anything less than ten and I’m hopeless. I’m sure I’ll find a quiet space sometime to really have a good practice, but felt that the language that was a result of thDSCF1648e efforts wasn’t healthy for my children’s ears.

So, back to crochet, I’ve been busy making all sorts of fun things. I’ve started on half a dozen cupcakes. I plan to go to Spotlight and get a silicon mould and put them in it.  Here’s Rogan pretending to eat them.

I’ve also been busy on an ice cream in a cone. It’s been an effort to stop the children from licking it because it really does look quite yummy. DSCF1646I think Kayley was wishing it was a real one.

Finally, I’ve made a hat as that’s my core craft at the moment. The children’s grandmother is taking her crafts to market every weekend and I asked her if she’d like to sell my hats. Hopefully our birthday girl and her mother will like this one.

I think I might take the flowers off, separate them and re-attach them differently though as DSCF1647they’re a little bit too dominant for my tastes.

So, here’s hoping that my crochet mojo is back for some time yet and my blogging mojo as well.

I’m planning on whipping up a batch of macaroons for our girl’s night soon so I’ll be sure to blog them on the other page.