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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.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Oh the irony

My littlest cherub has been through the mill in the last week. We had a night in the local hospital as she’d had her tonsils removed, adenoids removed, grommets in her ears and what I can only describe as a hot poker shoved up her nose.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough four days for her. She has a squeeky, nasely voice, dark rings under her lovely blue eyes and plenty of tears. And, also needless to say, I’m a bit the same. In the greatest of life’s ironies I’ve come down with tonsillitis myself. I’m sure it’s a sympathy vote for her but she doesn’t quite see it that. way. Thankfully both of us are on the mend and my wonderful Dad has the three children for the night while I rest up a bit. Quite why I’m blogging at 5am is a mystery though.

However, hours spent in a hot and stuffy hospital ward haven’t been wasted.


I have finished what was supposed to be a genderless cardigan for Ann-Marie’s new grandchild (due on Valentines Day). Here’s hoping it’s a girl or there will be a rush job on in a couple of weeks.

I love making these vintage patterns. They have a style that seems so right for babies.


And my little invalid is the next to receive a cardigan. I think I’ve mentioned that I’m not a stripes person, but when ever I step back and look at this I just think of ice cream and I smile. Hopefully I won’t want to give her a quick lick when she’s wearing it.

Finding it impossible to sleep in the hospital I sat by Janae’s bed with just enough light from the corridor to knit. The night nurses snuck in about 1am and caught me. They thought it quite hilarious to find a mother knitting in the dark in the middle of the night. I’m not sure I saw the funny side.

Thankfully the weather has cooled a bit, sleep is coming easier for all of us and our invalid is starting to get her appetite back. (There’s nothing sure to get the tears welling up than seeing your child standing quietly under a hot stream of the shower with her ribs sticking out.) So I think we’re heading back to normality at last. I’m sure a few more games of Dora snap will help too.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Weathering the storm

It’s half way through the summer hols and I need to be completely honest by telling you it’s been the hardest three weeks in a very long time. The heat and humidity has been awful and the children have been hot and fractious. And with both my parents away I’ve been struggling a little. However, Dad’s home tomorrow (hopefully) and he’s taking the two older ones to stay on the boat for a night. They’ll love that.

So, in a bid to distract myself I went out to the Spotlight sale and came home with fabric to make my girls some pyjamas.


Here’s my little model proudly sporting the latest in bed wear fashion in our home. She loves these so much she’s been wearing them since they were completed. Thankfully the lovely Carolyn dropped by for a cup of coffee and pointed me in the right direction regarding pillowslip tops. These are so much fun and so easy to make I think Janae and Kayley will soon have drawers full of them. I will attempt a halter neck version for Kayley if I’m feeling brave enough.


Before the lovely Carolyn’s tutorial this was my effort in a top. Alas I wasn’t too happy with it but Janae was thankfully. Her face may not show it however, She was getting to the “I’m too hot and tired to be your model any more Mummy” stage. I get that.

And there was one more transformation that took place at the sewing machine today. Janae found this dress in the closet at Nanny’s house (we had a holiday there while the place was empty).


As you can imagine, she loved the way the skirt twirled when she danced but the top was too tight to do the buttons up. So I whipped the top off with the scissors, folded over the middle, bunged on a piece of elastic and now she has a skirt.


It’s not the most beautiful job, but once again she’s totally in love with it and danced around to the radio for ages.

Now I just have to figure out how to make some things for Rogan so he doesn’t feel left out.


DSCF0430 And this afternoon we were rescued by Janet who invited us there for a cool swim and a BBQ. It was bliss. I had a quick dip and then sat in the shade chatting and knitting.

Tomorrow’s adventure will be a trip up to the strawberry farm to pick some strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I have a friend’s husband who needs bribery by chocolate cake to do a fix-it job for me and I need raspberries for that. Blueberry muffins will go down very well for afternoon tea. And a bowl of strawberries and cream would do nicely for pudding.Then I must hunker down and get my gender neutral cardigan completed as I have one I want to start for Janae . . . oh and more sewing.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year


I can scarcely believe another year is here already.Where did the last one go? Well, it’s been a very low key event in our home. We got my mother off to the UK on Friday so I’m feeling more than a little exhausted doing the whole child thing completely alone and keeping an eye on my Dad as well. So last night I was in bed by 8pm with the computer and Midsomer Murders. Lights out by 10 and . . . amazement of all amazements . . . the children didn’t wake me until almost nine this morning.


So yesterday was spent at the beach. You know, these photos are too idyllic really. It was blowing a gale.


Look at my yarn blowing in the very stiff breeze. We had a swim, some lunch and then packed up the car and walked down the beach for an ice cream. Just as we reached the shop the heavens opened and we were drenched by the time we hit the car again. Such is life on an island.


This morning we had a “baking day” and Janae chose cupcakes. This afternoon was spent icing them.


I feel certain there are cases where there is more icing than cake, but it was all their creations so I made an effort not to butt in.


Rogan showed a surprising knack for cake icing. Perhaps he’ll be a baker.

We’re almost three weeks into the summer holidays and only a month to go. We’ve done a bit already. Today we were invited over to the neighbour’s house for a cold swim. Very strange experience for me as that’s the house I grew up in, the pool I learned to swim in. But it was lovely to go back after all these years. I wonder what we’ll do tomorrow.