- 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.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Having no pattern I decided it couldn't be too hard to draw one and go from there. An hour and half later, and late into the night, I was putting this together.
I have dubbed her Ellie the world's ugliest elephant but I'm sure Janae will love her. Then this morning she informed me she was getting a heart cushion for her birthday. Now that, I feel confident, shouldn't be too difficult.
Now there are only a few gifts left to make for teachers and we're almost done on the creative front for Christmas. Whew, then I can get back to the baby throw I'm supposed to be making!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
As for the coffee cup holders, you don't have to buy one. As soon as I remember the link I'll post it and you can make your own!
Now it's time to finish off the dinner as there's quite a lot of hair pulling, screaming and fighting going on. It's fair to assume that my two girls haven't had much to eat today so they're not very happy right now. Better go!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Of course, the truly amusing thing about this is that, so far, I haven't even done anything to the frame. I intend to paint it cream on Monday and, once it's dry, sand it back so you can see some of the brown through it and hopefully achieve a somewhat distressed look.
And on a completely different note: I was given some cash for my birthday so that I could get what I really wanted. As my little handbeater gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago (this being my only tool for beating ingredients necessary for cake making) I realised that I needed to invest in a cake mixer.
I grew up with a Kenwood (I believe these to be the Rolls Royce of cake mixers) but they're HUGELY expensive and I've never dreamed I would own one until my mother left me hers; of course, she's never going to die so I'll never have it. Well, with my birthday money, and a top up from mum for Christmas I'm now the proud owner of a Kenwood cake mixer. Unfortunately Mum has decided it needs to stay at her house until Christmas day so I can't make anything yet. However, it did force me to clear out my pantry so that when my lovely mixer arrives home there's a space for it.
This is an Italian glass ccoffee cup that was given to me by my employers when I left my publishing job many years ago. I'm ashamed to say that, at the time, I decided they can't have liked me much because I considered it hideous. However, when I got it out of the box and set it up on my bookshelf yesterday (the one that is currently my display case for my lovely kitchen things) I realised that I am now, totally in love with it. I do hate the idea of drinking hot beverages out of glass as my tender little fingers get burnt, but it's still fun to look at.
So you can see it's been a productive couple of days. Now I need to knuckle down to my current Greenhowe project as I've a million other things I need to make before Christmas and it's one little girl's fourth birthday in exactly one week. Arghhhhhhhhh! Too much to do!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I roped my mum into helping me chose the border fabric today as I was struggling to decide what would look best. We've made a decision to use the same fabric as the heart. It's choclate brown with lovely pinky flowers, which seems to go well with my lace and rick rack that I'm pairing with it.
I also laid the empty frame over the two fabrics to be sure it'd be okay. I still have a few jobs to do, such as painting the frame and deciding if I'm going to do any treatment to it, but I'm feeling like I'm making headway at last.
But now I need to send some children to bed as one is flashing his behind in my face to check his wiping skills while the other two are fighting on the trampoline. Yes bed time once again!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Once my whole life was about them. Now it's easy to see that my life is more balanced and is as full of creativity, craft and friends as it is of children and their needs. Just check out these "Then and Now" photographs:
Janae at 12 months (about two weeks after I got her)
Janae this weekend aged almost 4
Kayley at five modling one of my more disasterous crochet designs when I first started crocheting
Kayley at almost nine being a very helpful girl
Rogan at three finally mastering how to climb up the slide steps on his own
Rogan at almost six, looking very cool with his face paint and sparkler.
Where did those three years go? How did the children grow so quickly without my noticing? What images will I be posting in three years time? They might be hard work but boy they're rewarding!
at 5:31 PM
My six hours are almost up and they've flown away but it's been so lovely to have some quiet time after so much activity. I started my morning by organising my pretties that were given to me over the past weekend.
My tray is looking so lovely on the bookcase with just one or two things on it. Now I have to remind myself not to put other things on it as I go by.
But browsing through the magazines Corleah gave me on Friday (while being papmered at the hairdressers) I came across a gorgeous hand embroidered/applique/quilt picture in a lovely frame and realised that's what I had to do for my frame.
Here's hoping your week is crafty too.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Being two days out from my official birthday I wasn't feeling at all in a birthday mood today. I had a date to go for coffee morning with the lovely Carolyn, and didn't really feel like that. I wanted to stay home and work on my latest Greenhowe doll. But, I'd committed to it so I would go.
Well, I got home from the school drop off to find something red and dazzling on my doorstep. The gorgeous Kate had donned her Angel wings and left me this beautiful gift. I never cease to be amazed how, just sometimes, the desires of our hearts are given to us.
I had seen some silicone cake moulds just like these yesterday and longed to buy some. But being on a pre-Christmas budget drive I put them back on the shelf. Imagine my glee as I opened the fabulously spotted cake tin to find these inside. I also had these beautiful speciments to put in a vase . . .
They are simply divine. If you haven't already popped over to Kate's blog you need to go now and see all the fabulous things she makes. Now I had to telephone Kate first thing and thank her for her gifts. She asked me all about my plans for the day and ooohhed and ahhhed in interest. Not once did I think she was hiding a dark secret!
The table had been carefully laid out with all manner of delights, the chairs adorned with beautiful organza, a fresh fruit punch and a hot cup of Lady Grey ready for me. I was overwhelmed to say the least.
And then I was handed a large, rose wrapped gift. I was still so overwhelmed that I couldn't get the ribbons off. Rex was quick to the rescue and I was showered with the most delightful things and I was, one by one, reminded of conversations I'd had with various friends over the past couple of weeks.
"I don't have a tray" I announced to Corleah as she explained how she was upcycling her frame to a tea tray. "I love this hedgehog book" I said to Andrea in Spotlight one day. "I need to see Mrs M and ask her to make me a necklace to go with my lovely new dress" I said to Carolyn just the other day. It brings tears of joy to my eyes just thinking of how loved I felt to know that my friends had taken my throw-away comments and turned them into the best gift EVER!
Thank you ladies (and gents) for an amazing morning and one of the best birthdays I can remember. Now I want to plan all the ways I can make your next birthday as special!
at 6:09 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
These are the lovely decorations I've received in the post so far. I'm looking forward to dusting off the Christmas tree and getting them hung up. Still a few more weeks to go before we do that though.
But that's enough chatter for one day. I've still got floors to hoover (before the kids get home rather than immediately I think) and I need to keep on with my doll. I have a fence to mend around the vege garden and maybe even a nana nap to fit in before 3pm. Boy that'll keep me busy.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
So this afternoon I was sitting blissfully at my desk making these (until I remembered that I'd promised to help the lovely Carolyn with her Photoshop Assignment). These are sooooo easy to make and very cathartic too. It's been a bit of a bummer week so sitting in the quiet sticking pins into something was exactly what my soul needed.
Basically, get yourself a polystyrene ball, some flat head pins, some sequins and some ribbon. Place the ribbon in a cross around the ball and secure with a pin at the top and where the ribbons cross at the bottom. The start pinning on the sequins.
I had a whole lot of the hanging bits at the top left over from the glass balls I made my wreath out of. Actually, confession time, after seeing Donna's balls I came home and dug through my rubbish bin to find them because I'd thrown them out never thinking I'd have a use for them. Thankfully I hadn't dumped any awful kitchen rubbish on top so it wasn't an awful job. But Donna assures me that these can be purchased quite cheaply from craft shops.
I've threaded some matching ribbon through the loop, tied it off and it's all set to hang from a tree.
I've also decided that I've been far too ambitions (and probably a bit show-offy) and making three decorations for each person was going a little over the top. So, I have six knitted decorations and am well on the way to having six sequined balls so I'm fairly sure that the recipients will be quite happy with one of each (I hope).
It also leaves some time to work on another Christmas gift. Andrea has loaned me some Jean Greenhowe books of the "Red Nose Gang" and I'm attempting to make a hybrid of about three dolls for someone our family loves. I can't say too much as I think this person checks out the blog from time to time.
Now the children are gathered around, Kayley is waiting for the computer to do some homework, Janae's just being noisy and Rogan is just hanging about because it looks like he's missing out on something. Thus, it's time to sign off for today.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I also found a big bag of assorted balls. This is perfect for my ball loving Rogan for Christmas. It has made me realise how we, as mothers, plant seeds of what children actually want for Christmas: and sometimes it's not very subtle. Yesterday afternoon when Rogan was hunting for his flashing smiley ball I said "Perhaps Santa might bring you lots of little balls for Christmas," and Rogan thought this was a wonderful idea and rushed indoors to write it on his Christmas list. Tick, that's one gift sorted.
I also purchased a frame (of course) and a couple of quilting magazines that were about 10% of the retail price and still had all the templates in tact. I was over the moon. I can't believe that I spent a day out shopping, even had some lunch out and came home with $3 left over from my $20 budget. I need to shop like this more often.
On Thursday I intend to get the supplies I need for the next project so I'll let you in on that secret once I've got the first made. You're going to love this crafty treasure as it's super easy and super gorgeous. Bet you can't wait now.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Little Janae was terrified. Before we even got to the beach she was asking if she could go home to bed. We got the sparklers out and she refused to hold them. The fear didn't last long. She was tucked up on Nanny's knee as it was FREEZING down there and after the first firework was over she was calling out "one more Granddad". And before you know it she was begging for sparklers quicker than I could get them lit.
The other two were in raptures too. Rogan bouncing about like a bunny and Kayley taking it all in her "I'm almost nine and too cool to get excited" way. Needless to say it was a fairly late night and there are three tired and ratty children this evening but it's all worth it really.
And today I came home from church in the brilliant sunshine expecting to be mowing lawns. By the time the five minute journey was over it was pouring with rain. So I had no choice but to finish off this Christmas decoration. It has been fun to make but I'm pleased it's finished. There are just so many elements to this that I doubt I'll make another one. Now I'm busy making yellow and purple baubles (knitted of course). But I have three monsters racing around the house like mad things so I'd better go feed them before herding them into an early bed.
Oh, tomorrow is our shopping trip to get special things for our frame upcycle. Can't wait for that! I'm sure I'll end up with treats that will have nothing to do with picture frames. I'll let you know!
Friday, November 4, 2011
1. They are so fragile that there is almost no way I could put them in the post and expect them to get there in one piece;
2. They're quite expensive. I've used over 45 baubles on this wreath and it's only a little one. I had imagined I'd do a big one for my front door, but I think this one will have to do.
Now I'll have to rethink some other ideas for my swap. I have my decorations that I've knitting but I really wanted to mix it up a bit. Oh well, thinking cap goes back on.
And I have a confession to make about the creation of this wreath. My darling girl came home from volleyball tonight (she'd won and played brilliantly apparently) and I fussed over how clever she is before sending her off to bed with a book and a promise that I'd be in to say goodnight shortly. I got completely sidetracked and by the time I got in there she'd turned out her own light and was sound asleep. I'm a dreadful mother.
No more procrastinating. Back to work I go making gifts. Enjoy your weekend!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
No, we haven't been ill, but the room where I do my sewing has, until today, been known as the toy room. Really it's just the MESS room. My children are almost past the stage of playing with lots of little toys. Now they're more into sports, the great outdoors and hut making.
Consequently it has taken me all day just to get to this stage . . .
What you can't see is the big pile of things I'm going to sneak out to the rubbish collection on Wednesday mornings. Shhh, don't tell the children, because I have a feeling that unless they're informed of this, they probably won't even notice the absence of things they never play with.
Now I want to sit down and carry on with another project but it's too close to dinner making time so there just isn't the time or head space to sew. Maybe tomorrow after Mainly Music.
at 3:38 PM