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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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Is it the truth?

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I thought I felt thirty moths fluttering round my head.

I thought I saw a monster coming down the path,
I thought I saw a dinosaur swimming in the bath.

My mother thinks I am crazy.
She thinks I make it up.
So I don’t think I will tell her,
There’s a spider in her cup.

This was Rogan’s poetry recital for school. He gave me a notice on Monday morning informing me he needed any props ready for poetry recital .  . .  you guessed it . . . Monday morning. Arghhhhh! So I grabbed some dark brown yarn, a tea cup, some cling film and whipped up this for his recital. He didn’t make the finals as nerves got the better of his memory but he did his best!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Anything to get me through

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Two posts in one day? Well, the children are running rampant, it’s too early to give them dinner and send them to bed so I’m browsing the net wondering how I’ll get through and I remembered My Kitchen Rules is on the telly tonight.

My lovely French Chef Manu, is reason enough not to commit a triple murder and put up with chaos for another couple of hours. Thank goodness for telly crushes to make life a little interesting!

Square Pattern and CK

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First things first, I know I’m well and truly behind the 8-ball, but I’ve recently been playing with the idea of slapping some paint on walls and some old bits of furniture. Our house is now almost three years old and I’m ready to be a bit bolder with colour. So I’ve been silently turning things over in my mind.

I am not a floral person at all, however, I love the colour combinations in Cath Kidston’s designs and I’m thinking that I can incorporate these into my very boring cream and brown decor.

I got talking with the lovely Carolyn the other day and I began to browse through CKs website. Oh the joy. I’m secretly coveting this tea pot.  My Mum is off to the UK in January and I’m thinking I could have it delivered to my Aunt and Mum could bring it home. I’m almost tingling at the anticipation.

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A day spent at my parents allowed me space to feel awful but to keep creating. I’ve made good progress on my blanket and have started on the second row. I love this stage because you get to see how the colours really integrate with one another. I’m pleased with the overall effect.

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And now for the pattern:

I’m using double knit and a 4mm hook.

Rnd 1 Using Colour A, chain 6 and join with a skip stitch
Rnd 2 Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc into ring, join in third of starting ch 3. (16 dc)
Rnd 3 Ch 3, 2 dc cluster, ch 1 into same as joining. * 3 dc cluster, ch 1 in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st into top of first cluster. (16 clusters). Fasten off.
Rnd 4  Join Colour B in any one chain space. Ch 3, 1 dc in same space. * Dc in next dc, 2 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. (48 dc). Join with sl st into third of starting ch 3.
Rnd 5 Ch 1, sc, chain 5, sc into same as joining. *Ch 3, skip next 3 stitches, sc in next. Ch 5, skip next 3 stitches, sc in next. Ch 3, skip next three stitches, sc in next. Ch 5, sc in same stitch. Repeat from * around. Join with slip st into first sc.
Rnd 6 Slip st into first Ch 5 space. Ch 3, 4dc, ch 2, 5 dc in same corner space. *Sc into next ch 3 space, 5 dc in next ch 5 space, sc in next ch 3 space. [5 dc, ch 2, 5dc] in next 5 ch corner. Repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch in third of starting ch 3. Fasten off.
Rnd 7 Join colour C in any corner ch 2 space. *sc, ch 5, sc in corner space. Ch 5, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in third dc, cd 2, dc in sc, ch 5. Repeat from * around. Join withe slip stitch in first sc.
Rnd 8 slip st into corner Ch 5 space. [ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in corner space. *5 dc in next ch 5 space, 2 dc in next two ch 2 spaces, 5 dc in next ch 5 space, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in corner ch 5 space. Repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch into third of starting ch 3. Fasten off.
Rnd 9 Join Colour D in any corner ch 2 space. sc, ch 2, sc in each corner and sc in each dc across.

As usual I join squares as I go and I have used this technique: so don’t fasten off when finished with Round 9 unless you’re going to use your own joining method.

Hopefully that’s Chrystal clear and works out right.

And I’ll leave you today with a lovely pic of my baby girl feeding my baby lamb.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Oh Fickle Mind

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I know I’d started some little blue and white squares in the week, but I’d forgotten how little fiddly crochet just isn’t my scene so I stopped by Spotlight on Thursday and came home with some new colours and embarked on a blanket. The plan is that I will keep this for myself, but I can’t promise that’ll be the case.

I’m thoroughly enjoying making it and the first row is almost complete . . . only about eleven more to go and then borders. I’m writing out the pattern for Nicola, our swimming coach so once its done I’ll post it for you.

We also have a new member of the family . . . like we needed one.

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Meet Fluffy. Now, I don’t normally name livestock as it makes it much harder to put on a plate but poor Fluffy had a rough start two days ago. He is his mum’s first baby and she just doesn’t have enough milk for him so we’re helping her out. I was astounded as we all went out in pyjamas this morning to give him his breakfast. My children cannot agree on anything but this morning they all had a hold of the bottle and then handed it on to a sibling without any encouragement from me. I could get used to that.

Of course Sam, the cat, got a little jealous, flew up the nearest tree then called out that he was stuck. Being a complete sop I stood at the bottom of the tree calling his name and encouraging him with every lower branch he found. I’m sure the neighbours think I’m odd. Good thing they didn’t see me sneak out in the pouring rain and thunderstorm to take the lamb an old towel to snuggle into.

Now I’m sitting in a completely silent house as I’ve been rescued for the morning. I have a streaming head cold, sunken dark eyes, a nose that won’t stop dribbling and freezing feet. Needless to say, I’m off to bed for a bit. We’re all having a sleep over at my folks tonight for fish and chip dinner and a rugby match. I’m not sure how much of the match I’ll be up for but at least I’ll get a sleep in tomorrow. I’ll be back soon with the square pattern!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Welcome Back Dear Friend

I’ve been to a champagne breakfast this morning to welcome home Janet. She’s been nursing in Esperance for the past three months and her husband organised some of her girlfriends to come over and be there when she got home. Lots of giggles and yummy food. It’s nice to have her home again.

But I’m also welcoming back another dear friend . . .

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This is the first crochet I’ve done in months. The children have been down with colds and Granddad wanted to take the two little ones fishing while we went to netball. One would think my children would be inundated with hats, having a mother like me. The sad truth is they’ve grown out of the ones I made them. So I got out the yarn and hook and whipped up this little number for Rogan. As with anything I make him, he wore it solid for a whole day.

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I’m also working on these. I was a bit naughty and left my scarf at my Mum’s last night so I wouldn’t feel guilty making these for a bit. Remember I’d made a commitment to crochet some blankets for babies? I’ve felt bad that I haven’t been able to crochet and get them done. So I’ve made a start. I’ve also realised they don’t need to be the size of a single bed so I’m determined to get this done before too long. I’ve picked my colours and these are the first ones. I’m trying to make something that a will do a boy or a girl. We’ll see how that goes.

Now I’d better knuckle down to some work since I’ve been out enjoying myself.

Friday, August 17, 2012

So exciting

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I picked up this exciting magazine yesterday. I very rarely indulge in magazines because I find the cover is often misleading, the interior disappointing, and my attention span needing something a bit more meaty. However, this is the third time I have purchased this particular mag and I LOVE  LOVE LOVE it.

There is a reason why I bought this issue. Last week I was catching up on some blog reading and Auntie Becky had featured a shawl she was crocheting. I instantly fell in love and had to phone the local magazine specialist Mag Addiction and ask them to get it.

So now I’m desperate to finish off my mum’s scarf so I can get the hooks out and get crocheting again. I haven’t required surgery on my hand, the doctor advised that I avoid leaning on tables with my elbows, which is very bad etiquette I know. I have done this and now I have the feeling back in my fingers. Yeah!

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And here’s the scarf I’m currently making. You know that feeling you get when you’re near the end of a project? That feeling that you’ve spent about as much time as you can stand and you just want it finished but you’re not really enthused enough to give it your full attention? I hope you feel that way too with some projects. Well that’s how I’m feeling right now. It’s a bit of a chore to pick it up.

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In saying that though, the yarn is gorgeous to work with. It’s 2 ply which sounds horrendous but I’m working with 4mm needles so it’s not a problem. The pattern takes a little concentration so it’s not very child friendly. The biggest bug bear right now is Sam (the cat) thinks it’s great fun to snuggle up and lull me into a false sense of security then, when I least expect it, he grabs hold of the ball of yarn in his sharp little teeth and dashes across the room. Little monkey he is.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I have such romantic notions about farming

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Until I’m actually on a farm and then the reality of it hits me like a bad smell . . . actually it’s the bad smell that hits me.

We went on a farm visit with some of the kindy kids yesterday. Such a shame that it’s been pouring with rain for weeks and there was copious amounts of mud and some other stuff that looked like mud but smelled like something completely different.

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Thankfully the girls all had a great time. Janae wasn’t so game to hop the gate and get up close and personal with the calves, but the fact that they kept sucking on someone’s fingers, coat, gumboots etc tickled her fancy and she was all giggles the whole time.

Some of the other girls were much more excited about smells, mud and baby animals and wee Poppy ended up looking very much like a doe eyed calf covered in mud by the end of our time there.

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They even had fun climbing on the bulldozer. I needed a machine just like this to get my car out of the mud (there’s always one). I’m not sure the farmer believed I grew up on a farm when I turned up in inappropriate shoes claiming I don’t own gumboots and then proceeded to get my car stuck in the mud.

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Ahhhhh, finally something I can identify with. We ended up at the house having morning tea and a chat. Now that’s much more like it.

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And even though it’s terribly busy around here at the moment, I did find time to make this laundry bag for Janae. It’s a vast improvement on the one I made for Rogan and I’m thinking this might be another great birthday gift for friends children and it can only get better. This week I’m off to spotlight again to get the mermaid fabric to make Janae a mermaid tail skirt. I’ve found the perfect material but it’s not pink which does cause me some concern that she won’t wear it. Oh well, I’ll donate it to kindy if she won’t have it. Hopefully next week I’ll have a completed scarf to show you. I hope so as I’m itching to get back to some crochet and want to make myself a blanket. Let’s hope that’ll be next week’s project.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Indoors Out

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The past few days have been nothing but glorious around here. That, coupled with the knowledge that Spring is just around the corner, has brightened everyones outlook.

So this afternoon we were indoors playing our fishing game on my phone when I decided it was a bit ridiculous and we needed to be outdoors. Well, now we’re home again I realise the sunshine we could see through the window was totally misleading. It was freezing. But we had some fun.

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We headed down to the park. The children quickly raced off to their favourite spots and began to warm up the active way.

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I parked myself on my favourite bench and tried to knit. It’s so windy out there I thought my scarf and I might take off.

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It wasn’t long before the children kicked off their shoes and went exploring on the beach. They did attempt a paddle but it was a bit cool even for them.

So, after about forty minutes we treated ourselves to a wee handful of sweets and headed home. Now we’re settling down to one of the Narnia films. I’ll fling some popcorn in the microwave and relax before making dinner. I’m learning to quite love the weekends.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tea Total . . . Total Tea

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Tea is not something I’ve really thought too much about with regards to flavour and quality. It’s something I enjoy while knitting or crochet; it’s definitely something I enjoy with friends; it’s something that I enjoy when I’m a bit cold and need warming up. However, since giving up smoking tea has become a bit of a life saver as, when the urge arises, I make a cup, head outdoors (rain or shine) as I would with a ciggy and quietly sip.
I’ve always felt a little like a superior tea drinker as I prefer Earl Grey to Bog-Standard-Builders-Brew or Great-Gumboot-Tea. And lately, I’ve been feeling even more superior as I’ve graduated to Lady Grey and most of my friends drink it also.
Well, now weight loss has become a part of the quest for a “better me” my usual Thursday morning Hot Chocolate and Sausage Roll with my Mum has had to change. Our supermarket has a lovely little cafe and we ALWAYS stop there before embarking on grocery shopping. I believe that five dollars spent in there is a saving of about forty dollars in the supermarket. Anyway, last week I decided that I was using up too many points on my hot chocolate (I hadn’t discovered just how many thousand a sausage roll used up at that stage) and I ordered a cup of Bergamot Breeze (I think it’s called) of this brand . . .
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It is absolutely, mind blowingly good tea. It’s even got little purple flowers in it. The scent alone is enough to make me swoon. And the cup they serve it in . . . finally tea drinkers are as ‘hip’ as coffee consumers now, possibly more so. I was instantly in love and had to know where I could purchase such a brew.
Now I had hoped to be able to send you off to a website where you could check out all their wonderful things, unfortunately this is the best I can do. But, in my search for their website, I found this little gem. The teas here look absolutely amazing and I think, before the evening is out I may have ordered a range of tasters so I can figure out which ones I want to invest in. And the best thing is that they’re Fair Trade too. I’ll let you know how I get on and if it’s worth trying them out. Think I’ll pop off for a pot of Lady Grey now before I settle down to the scarf and the Block.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Keeping it clean

I know it’s winter, I know we’ve had an unusual amount of rain lately, and I know kids will be kids. However, one of my biggest bug bears is laundry. There’s always mountains of it and most of it is strewn across various bedroom floors. I seem to remember this was a sticking point between my mother and myself when I was young, which may be why she bought me this . . .

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I have found this to be the handiest piece of equipment throughout my life. It has travelled the world with me and about two years ago I gave it to Kayley in the hopes that it would help her keep her laundry in check. Unfortunately it’s not really working. Because there are so many clothes on her floor (some worn and some not) they all get thrown in here and dumped out by the washing machine.

However, never one to let failure get the better of me, I’ve spent the morning taking a pattern off this and I’ve made one for Rogan. Picture a little six year old whipping off his undies of an evening waving them above his head in the style of Chip ‘n Dales male review and letting them fly to free across his bedroom. That’s Rogan. So we have a deal, I have made him this . . .

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so that what ever is in it will get washed. If the clothing isn’t in this bag it won’t get washed. This should mean that when Rogan discovers he’s got no clean underwear, because it’s all hanging from a light shade somewhere, he’ll not be able to blame me. Tomorrow I intend to make one for Janae. She’s pretty good with her laundry so far, but I thought I’d get in early before the bad habits start.

And on a brighter note, we had a visit from Louis this weekend . . .

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The little ones may have ended up muddy and wet, but they sure had a great time doing it!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sew sew sew

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I have a Bible that was given to me by a dear friend many years ago. It’s not flash like my leather bound one but it’s my favourite and I love it. However there’s only one word to describe it . . . UGLY so it was time to do something about it.

I’ve had an idea brewing in my little mind for quite some time but there have been one or two impediments: the usual chaos of the room I sew in; the loss of my sewing mojo; the lack of necessary equipment.

This weekend saw us organising the room, solving that issue. A big breath and a pep talk sorted out the mojo and when my mum said she was taking a trip to Spotlight I placed an order for half a metre of wadding. All things in place and I whipped up a book cover.

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I’m amazed by two things: it actually fits the book and it didn’t take long at all. I must admit, it’s not quite finished. The strap needs some sort of attachment. I was leaning towards Velcro but as the lovely Carolyn pointed out, it might be a bit noisy during those quite and contemplative moments shared with others. I’ve got some press domes so I’ll attach those and the Bible cover will be complete. Quite looking forward to bringing it out on Friday, flashing it about a bit and hopefully getting some ooohs and aaaahs.

The other big thing in my life right now is Weigh Watchers. I have finally kicked the smoking habit and have realised if I can beat that I can beat anything so now it’s time to tackle the weight. I’ve been going two weeks and have lost a grand total of 3kg. I’ve been quite naughty both weeks and haven’t done a great deal of exercise so this week I’m going to try and be very disciplined and see what I can achieve. I’ll let you know what happens!