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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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Creative Week


It's been one of those weeks where the creative juices have been flowing in myriad directions - and not just my own. The lovely Janet arrived back in NZ from her latest contract and it's become custom that I whip up a batch of macaron for her return. Here they are just waiting to be packaged. I had to laugh as I shared one with my new friend Elana and she didn't believe I'd baked them. If only she'd been part of our lives long enough to see how many we've had to eat rather than give away due to sheer ugliness.


I've finally got the teacher's Christmas gifts completed. A wee Santa hedgehog for Rogan's lovely teacher. (I've just noticed in this photograph that Santa is minus an ear . . . better get on to that.)

A postman with a mail sack full of Kisses for Kayley's teacher. And now I'm in full knitting mode working on my three Christmas commissions. I love input from new people because it pushes you to do things you wouldn't normally. I've been asked to make a mouse with pink inside the ears: seems like a perfectly reasonable request, except I'm such a monochrome girl it would never have occurred to me. Well the effect is great and when the mouse is complete I'll be sure to share.


And finally Kayley whipped up a batch of cupcakes last night. I got this cupcake stand at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago and it's been perched on the end of my bench ever since. It's been calling poor Kayley's name ever since and she's asked me daily if I would make cup cakes with her. I've been so bogged down in projects my standard answer is "Not today". So yesterday she took matters into her own hands and made them herself. A little practice with icing and she'll have it licked.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Peter Painter


Good grief it's been an interesting week . . . as in some strange things have happened. On Friday afternoons Janae has swimming lessons and I got everything together and headed off. Got to the main road and realised I'd forgotten to swing by the school to collect the avid swimmer. This morning I went to get in the shower and realised I'd forgotten to get naked first. Kayley sliced her foot open at the beach last night and dear old Granddad rushed her in for some stitches. Janae got a bee sting and had a minor reaction with a foot the size of a melon. So because Rogan was the only one not limping this morning I suggested I could stamp on his foot so he matched the set. He declined my kind offer. Can you tell I'm looking forward to our long and luxurious summer break? Only six weeks to go.

But I've been working hard to get this guy finished. With Harriet Hedgehog off to a new home (she was sold on Saturday) I was determined to get Peter complete. He's a big boy - the biggest toy I've ever made and somewhat of a mission. But he's done and now I can relax with my book and contemplate my next project.


The little darlings are off with the New Floosie for their tea tomorrow night so I've got from midday to about 7.30 to do what ever I like. If you fancy a cuppa it'll be serene in our house. I just need to tidy away my workroom and I'm all set for some solitude. I'll let you know what the next critter to be created is when I've figured it out!